Sibling dynamics are such an interesting and curious thing!  I’ve witnessed a toddler boy go from hitting his slightly older sister, yelling, “NO!” and making her cry, to cuddling and giggling with her within the span of a less than a minute.  I’ve seen brothers and sisters fight rather viciously, then defend each other when someone else (often their parent!) tries to get involved.  A sibling is sometimes your first close friend and ally, while at the same time your rival and sometimes nemesis.  Your sibling may be your first introduction to a “frenemy” (although hopefully there is more genuine love between you and your sibling than with a traditional “frenemy”).  Whether with toddlers, preschoolers, school age children, pre-teens, teenagers or adults, sibling relationships are complicated for sure!

This sister and brother were so much fun to be around and certainly have an amusing relationship!  They are sweet, goofy, cooperative, good-natured and just overall great kids!  I hope they maintain their awesome personalities and dynamic as they continue to grow up!

Houston Child Sibling Photographer

Houston Child Sibling Photographer

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So, I’m a little behind on posting some photos from the holidays.  Not because I didn’t feel up to it, but because things were so awesomely-crazily-fantastically busy!  When I was going back through some amazing photo sessions from the holiday season, this fabulous family in gorgeous blue really stood out to me!  Therefore, because of my slight holiday posting tardiness combined with the vibrant blue dresses (seriously, how incredible is this mom’s dress?!?!), blue truck and accents in these pictures, I lovingly call this post, “Holiday Blues”.  (This is not to make light of anyone who may genuinely suffer from seasonal depression, but just a bit of a play on words.  I sincerely hope no one takes offense at this.)

Even if these are a couple months late, they are too fab not to post.  You can trust me on that…or you can just have a look for yourself!

And stay tuned…these are only a few highlights from this session.  There is even more from this session in another post coming soon!  So many gorgeous images to share!

Family Photographers Houston TX

Family Photographers Houston TX

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There is really no adequate way to describe the feeling of welcoming your child into the world.  It doesn’t matter if it’s your first child or any number of additional children, it is always a miracle and special beyond compare.  All the love that went into creating and growing this child that has been inside you over the past year culminates to the point you feel you’ll burst.  There’s an immense sense of relief and gratitude that your child has arrived and is healthy.  There are the moments of pure bliss and relaxation cuddling your precious sleeping child, interspersed with periods of complete exhaustion from what you’ve gone through to bring this baby into the world (and what you continue to go through feeding, changing and appeasing him).  You’re at the mercy of hormones, emotions and physical pains you never knew (or may have forgotten if you’ve been through it before and only remember the “good stuff”).

All of this floods you in the first 48 hours after your baby is born.  It may all be a blur to you later on, which is one reason I love to take “Fresh 48” photos in the hospital within the first day or two after birth.  Gorgeous moments filled with love.  It’s an absolutely beautiful thing to witness and capture!

Family Newborn Hospital Photos

Family Newborn Hospital Photos

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“You first came to us in an envelope
With letters, forms and such;
Just two tiny little pictures
With nothing warm to touch.
You grew in our imagination,
In our hearts and in our minds.
You brought us greater joy
Than we ever thought we’d find.
A phone call started labor pains
Which lasted ’til we met
Strangers brought together
A day we won’t forget.
You bloomed as you were planned
In our hearts, our lives, our home.
Our child of chance, of plan, of will
You’re now our very own.”
Author Unknown

As a adopted child myself, one of my favorite blessings is being able to take photos of families who have adopted!  About a month before these photos were taken, this mom and dad below went to China to bring home their newest blessing, the gorgeous little boy they’re now loving on!  The process of adopting a child is not an easy or smooth one, but it’s worth every difficulty.  This whole family’s life is forever changed in beautiful ways by their choice to love this precious boy.  He is clearly adored!

Family Adoption Photos Houston

Family Adoption Photos Houston

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“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” ~Fred Rogers

I love capturing the playfulness and rambunctious spirit of children just being themselves.  As parents, just letting our children play can be one of the most fun and entertaining things.  I know I’m constantly amused at the things that my son comes up with when I leave him to his own devices!  (Seriously, where does some of the random stuff come from?!?!  I don’t know, but I love it!)

Spending time with and photographing this awesome family of five was so wonderful!  Letting these cute fellas play and having mom, dad and little sister join in made for a great photo shoot.  Little sister is really just learning to play, but she certainly has good teachers in her two big brothers!  This mom, dad, two fun boys and their sweet little sister are just a delight to be around!

Houston Family Child Photos

Houston Family Child Photos

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