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San Antonio Maternity and Newborn Photographer – Tips on how to set up a milk bath

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3 tips for photographing your own milk bath:

It’s no surprise that my all time favorite subject to photograph is my daughters. At the start of every month I take pictures of my youngest to photograph her monthly milestones. July’s theme was to photograph her in the morning, just after waking up & when she is just so so happy. Afterwards we moved down to our kitchen for milk baths.

Top 3 tips I have for photographing milk baths of your own little ones would be

  1. Make sure your child doesn’t mind laying their head down in the water. We had to practice this with my older two girls for a few months before they were comfortable laying their heads down half way under water & not screaming their heads off. Don’t worry, you’re not alone if your child doesn’t like being under water. It takes time, so don’t rush it & be patient.
  2. You can use milk jugs mixed in with water or you can use powder milk. If you are using something small like a farm house sink or ceramic bowl, you can definitely get away with a gallon or two of fresh milk. I actually used two bottles of breast milk that I had had in the fridge for 3 days and was no longer good to feed to the baby. However, if you’re using a regular size tub, powdered milk is the way to go. Just 1 box should be plenty to give you that creamy white color you’re looking for.
  3. Lastly, USE FRESH FLOWERS. It makes all the difference! Spend 10 dollars at the grocery store for a few different varieties of flowers & place them in the shallow water just before you start to photograph. For this shoot I bought a dozen roses; I only used 3 of them full & I took the petals and leaves off another and placed them in the sink. I also bought some of the smaller white flowers since I was going for that classic, vintage vibe.

I LOVE how they came out!!! Priceless images I’ll have of my daughters at this very moment. Hope you enjoy, get inspired to try it yourself and let me know how it goes! 🙂


New Year, More Ice-cream!

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January 1st, 2017 came way too fast. Lets be honest…I was not prepared for this!! So in any good fashion, we took the girls out for a bit of Blue Bell ice cream in downtown Gruene, TX to help ease the sting that is ‘time flying by us’.  Seeing my family all together, our health is intact, & munching on some BlueBell….it is going to be a great year. I’m ready for you 2017!!

Here are my New Years Resolutions:

  1. Pay off all our debt! No credit cards, car bill, phone installment plans…nothing!
  2. Read my Bible more often & get more involved in church.
  3. And of course the ever popular “lose weight” goal lol. I think that’s one of my resolutions every year! but, hey, someday I’ll lose my extra baby weight 😉

Until then….more ice cream please 😉


Learning to ride, the right way – South Austin Family Photographer


Some of you may know this already but my husband served in the Marine Corps for 4 years. During that four years he sacrifice & missed so much of our daugthers’ lives. He missed both births, first christmas’, first valentine’s days, first words, first teeth & so much more. He missed Adalae becoming a big sister. And the girls missed him just being there as their dad. So when Adalae’s 3rd birthday came around, I KNEW it was time to teach her to ride her Schwinn Roadster. Helmet: check! Bike bell: check! Daddy? CHECK!! I am so grateful for my husband’s selflessness in serving our country but this time together as a family…teaching Adalae how to ride her bike…being here for when she turned 3… It just doesn’t get much better than this.



Adalae & Penelope – San Antonio Photographer

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January has been an amazing month. We were lucky enough to visit family in Chicago last week and while it was an amazing time, it was FREEZING. I am definitely more of a Texas sunshine girl. Here’s a few pictures of my daughters to spread the warm beauty that we are so lucky to have most of the year here in San Antonio.  February is coming & I am so excited! One wedding consultation and a few sessions already on the books. Don’t forget to check out the newborn session sale I have going on, on my facebook page!

These images are some of my favorites of my girls – Adalae age 2 & Penelope age 7 months. They are so beautiful by themselves but seeing Adalae be an incredible big sister and Penelope look up to her is just an entirely different level of gorgeous. I am one lucky mama <3

I also included a couple of bloopers & perfectly imperfect pictures that I LOVE. Enjoy <3

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the picture below is blurry but I just couldn’t resist sharing that perfect little face with you all!





Tutu dresses – Kensington Lane Kids

Hair Bow – Fourth and Pierce

Flower tie back – Gray and Mae

Moccasins – Wild Explorers




Jessica and Joseph- Austin Engagement

Engagement, personal, Uncategorized, Wedding


I have known this couple for a LONG time. Jessica is my cousin so I’ve known her all my life. Since my dad was in the military we were always moving around & growing up away from family never gave us a chance to get to know them. But Jessica and I were always really close. She came up for my 18th birthday when we lived in Chicago & 6 months later I came down to Texas to celebrate her 18th birthday with her. At the time we had both JUST started dating the loves of our lives. It’s so crazy how time flies!! I love that we have those memories together. I love you, you beautiful soul! And I couldn’t be happier that Joseph treats you like a queen! I am so excited for your wedding in June & extremely flattered you would trust me to capture it for you <3 These are just some of my favorites from their engagement last weekend in Austin, Texas. The gallery will be on its way to you shortly!