I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my past sessions with Rachel and her mom, and her senior session was equally fun as all the others! Hope you love your senior portraits, Rachel, and you’re going to make one amazing Red Raider!
This past Sunday I spent some time with old friends photographing their gorgeous family. Here’s the Robertson’s sneak peek! Hope you love it as much as I do!
Getting back to my blog has been a long time coming. I will do better, I will do better…
So here we go! I’m going to keep up from now on. I can do this!!
Here’s a little sneak peek of the Griffith family. Boden most definitely had me scrambling, as most four-year-olds do during sessions. I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Capturing younger children in their element is so important. I think it’s more about who they are as “our littles” than it is capturing them sitting perfectly smiling for the camera. The moments that most capture our hearts are the ones where our children are being themselves. In 20 years, when they’re grown and you’re listening for the little giggle down the hall or the pitter patter of little feet learning to walk, those noises you will miss more than anything, you’ll treasure the moments captured where you see the early beginnings of what your now adult child’s personality is. It goes back to the old saying, “Let the kids be kids.”
My every hope is that each image I capture of your family sparks a memory of how precious your children are at this particular point in your lives. I would love to chat with you when you book your session with me about how to make it personalized to your family. Each family is different, and making sure we mark the details is something I would love to work into each session! If you’ve got ideas, bring them! If not, we’ll work them out together! But at the end of the day, what I want most is the feeling that I have given you the most precious gift of memories I could have through my family portraiture. That I have captured your life as it happens. I hope you’ll give me the opportunity to do just that, just as the Griffiths have! Thank you so much, Laura, for inviting me to record your wonderful family just as you are now! All the giggles, tickle fights, and preciousness that is your family.
My good friend Tanya and her Jared were married a couple of weeks ago. It was a beautiful affair, with the ceremony held at Immanuel Baptist Church and reception at the gorgeous Cactus Hotel in downtown San Angelo. It was quite the honor to be a part of the event, and I’m so blessed to have gained several new friends throughout my time spent with Tanya. Thank you to you both for having me, I enjoyed every minute!
Here are some of my favorites from their special day. I would also like to give a big thank you to one of my greatest friends and second shooter, Kim Rollwitz of KR Fotos in San Angelo. If you’re located in the San Angelo area, you couldn’t ask for a better photographer to capture the memories of your life. I love her dearly and admire her so much! Thanks again, Kim!
Most likely, if you’re reading my blog, you know that I am from Sweetwater, Texas.
Did you know…
Sweetwater is the home of the World’s Largest Rattlesnake Roundup? If you’re from Sweewater or the surrounding area, you definitely know, and more than likely, you either:
a) look forward to it every year. Absolutely, 100% “Red Solo Cup”, die-hard, party rockin’ weekend marked for the second weekend in March every year on your calendar.
b) specifically plan your vacation during the second weekend in March, because you want absolutely NOTHING to do with those *@#$&% snakes, all the rowdy teens at the carnival, and the weather always stinks on the Roundup weekend anyway, so might as well be on a beach somewhere, right?
My family tends to land somewhere in the middle.
My father-in-law is a Rooster Jaycee (meaning he’s a lifetime member, although I think it’s been quite a few years since his last appearance), so we typically get free or discounted admittance. And let’s face it, who can resist all the FOOD?! Funnel cakes, sausage on a stick, turkey legs, funnel cakes, fried twinkles and other various “you fried WHAT?!” items, and did I mention funnel cakes?!
Well, for those of you who aren’t Sweetwater natives, you’re in for a “treat”. I will say though, I had my uncooperative nearly 5 year old in tote, so these aren’t anywhere near as creative and fun as I would have liked. Nor did I get to peruse the flea market(s). Maybe next year. We’ll see.
Usually, the festivities are kicked off with a parade, but of course, there was rain this weekend, so no parade. It didn’t put a damper on the pageant, though, and I’m so glad, because that’s my favorite part!
This young lady did a glow in the dark dance number, and I LOVED it, and this shot!
Our 2012 Miss Snakecharmer
Then there’s the Friday festivities! Inside the actual Roundup…
Konnor and a friend of ours, Larry, with one of the “nasty snakes!”
Didn’t your momma teach you it’s not nice to stick your tongue out at people? These snakes have been measured and weighed, and are in a big trash barrel waiting to be milked. The venom is harvested for anti venom. From there, the snakes go on to be deheaded, then skinned. They do various things with the meat, ranging from frying it to selling it (from what I understand, it is considered an aphrodisiac in eastern cultures, and I myself have witnessed this being eaten raw by some Asians in attendance). The skins are, of course, sold to various vendors to be used in the making of different things, such as boots, belts, etc. People from around the world come to the Roundup every year. There are also prizes awarded for the longest snake, shortest snake, and the most pounds brought in. I do believe the going rate this year was $10 a lb.
You wouldn’t believe the things some of the vendors sell…and they DO sell…
Waiting for the information booth show to start.
This little hisser is HOT!
This is David Sager, the face of the Sweetwater Jaycees, and my husband’s cousin’s dad. Very, very brave man, but also very, very knowledgeable. Yes, he’s holding that snake in his bare hand.
The BEST hand squeezed lemonade you’ll ever have. Just ask Jar Jar Binks…LOL.
I would have liked to have gotten a few images from the flea market, but again, the 4 year old’s meltdown prevented it, so I’ll leave you with one last image, and a little note. Leave them alone, and they’ll go home, rattling their tails behind them…
Seriously though. Be careful out here in the wild, wild West Texas!
Be sure to jump over to Krista’s 10 on 10 to see what her crew has been up to!
This month’s 10 on 10, I decided I’d like to share 10 things going on at my house these days. I believe the expression is “my plate is too full”. Ha! While photography is a major part of my life, there are of course many, many other things going on here all the time. My husband swears I have “commitment” issues, because I have 40 projects I’ve started, and only a few I’m still working on (although he will admit, there are MANY that I have finished! Which is the goal, right?). So here’s the skinny on the current happenings in the Womble household.
Dressing Himself – I’m in the process of teaching KonKon to dress himself. We were heading out the door soon, so I interrupted his playtime and snapped this quicky of his dirty little socks as he sat on his feet while attempting to put his pullover jacket on. Such cute socked piggies…
Super Mario Brothers – Right before asking him to put his jacket on. He’s VERY into Mario since Christmas. Hubby bought me Mario for Wii (because I’m a Mario NUT.), and KonKon is following in my footsteps. He LOVES Mario. So the little Toy Story alien on top of the ball? Yeah, that’s one of Bowser’s minions from one of the castles that balances on a ball. My sweet, sweet, creative little guy. I have no idea about the car or the train car though…lol!
Shelf Buddy – I’ve been thinking a lot of my hubby’s grandmother that recently passed lately (she and I were very close – I considered her MY grandmother, and she quite often referred to me as her granddaughter.). This came from her home (as well as several other pieces in my home), and for some reason, it gives me great comfort.
Decisions, Decisions – my new office/studio coming soon but for now…a gazillion choices and decisions!!
Accomplishment – I finally painted this piece (another from Gram), and hung it on our chimney. LOVE my drill-free brick hangers!
Major Headache – Ugh. Not lying. MAJOR headache. I’ve been scraping our front porch for DAYS trying to get the carpet glue off. Apparently, underneath the hideous blue carpet that was on there, at some point, there was green. TWO layers of carpet glue, plus red paint. Awesome. Not.
What to Do? - this fun little gate is now mine since we got my grandmother one that actually functions. Hmm…will have to consult Pinterest.
New Friends, Meet Old Friends – I’ve never known exactly what to do with this little guy. I know now. He matches perfectly with our new DVD storage chest of drawers that I painted a week or so ago! Yay for new homes and spray paint!
Heavenly Scent – After a month of waiting, and about a month of ridiculousness with the fireplace people, we now have a working fireplace. There’s absolutely NOTHING better than the smell of oak in my beautiful fireplace.
Upcoming Attraction – This is my next furniture project. It will be every bit as funky as the yellow and turquoise/white chevron DVD chest. I call it FunKitfying. Corny, I know.
Now, scoot your booty over and see what Dana Cubbage has in store at her blog, click the link below! And don’t forget to leave some love while you’re there!