Friday, December 18, 2015

The Lovely Lori

Sitting down to these pictures and this post brings tears to my eyes and a swell to my heart.  A swell of joy, a swell of love, a swell of persistence.  My brother, Sam, and his lovely wife, Lori, have one amazing kid, Walt.  It has been on Lori's heart for YEARS to have another baby.  And this year... it happened!  And not only did it happen, Juniper Bell is HERE.  I haven't had a chance to spend any amount of time with her, yet, but I know my time will come to be with her and love on her and soak in the light that infants bring.  It is with great adoration that I bring you a few pics of Lori's maternity session.  It was a short gathering to document this time in her life.  I know I was the one that took the photos and have loved this woman for decades, but I think I can say without bias that she is GORGEOUS.  Lori, you are such a gift to me.  I can't wait to be with you and your baby girl.  I adore her already!  Love you to the end of time!  -  Me

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Kim and Grands

It's not every day that someone turns 50.  This day happened to be the 50th birthday celebration of my husband's Aunt Kim.  Her grandboys were in town for the celebration (gift enough for a grandma).  My mother in law asked if I could photograph, as a gift to Kim on her behalf, Kim with her very favorite little people.  On a brisk November morning, we all met up at the creek and snapped a few shots of these cute people.  With littles, it is guaranteed to be chaotic and cuteness to the max.  These pics make me smile.  Kim, I wish you all the best as you turn your face toward a new decade.  I hope it brings with it more joy, more peace, more life, more breath.  You are loved and lovely from the inside out.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Meet Lucy

I was invited into Lucy's home to document a moment in her first days.  She arrived over the weekend, and the day before Thanksgiving her mom and dad asked for me to come snap some photos of them to commemorate her arrival.  She is a healthy, strong baby girl who is going to have to grow up fast to keep up with her vibrant big sister, Claire.  I enjoyed my time with this little nugget - waiting for her to eat, to fall asleep, to have her diapers and clothes changed.  It's always a treat to enter in to the new life with a newborn and to watch everyone gather around as they explore this new person and routine.  I am honored to have been asked.  You/we have so much to be thankful for.  Enjoy some of my favorites.

Sweet girl.

The girls.

 May your Christmas be merry!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Johnson Family | 2015

This family is dear to my heart.  I have been doing life with them for almost 30 years.  T.H.I.R.T.Y. years?!  I met them at church, and Jenny and I have managed to stay friends (God bless her) through the good and the bad.  And that friendship with Jenny means I get the rest of this motley crew, too!!  We gathered 6 years ago for a family shoot, and it was such an honor to have them over to my house for a photoshoot to commemorate this season in their life.  They've added one since we last got together, but all the people that used to be little when we took the last photo are TALL now.  It's amazing how that works!  Thanks for asking me to photograph your clan.  You make me smile.  Enjoy!

This is a group of planners.  They had family colors that coordinated.  I do love a plan!

From these two, all these babes came!  You have so much to be proud of!

Cuties...  all.

These are the people that got taller!  Handsome boys and girls, indeed.

And this little nugget is the most recent addition.  
What a joy she is to all of us!

They have fun together!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Veronica + Geoff: Married

It has been a minute... like five years worth of minutes... since I last photographed anything wedding related.  Last month the son of a family in our church got married in Mexico.  Upon their return, they hosted a wedding reception so all the State-side family and friends could celebrate with them as well.  I was asked to photograph the reception.  I figured it would be a ton of party-pics and not much else.  While it was a ton of party-pics, it was so much more than that.  I arrived 5 minutes before go-time, and preparations were still under way.  The bride and groom arrived about 10 minutes late and needed to change into their wedding attire.  After a somewhat rocky start, the party got going.  Family started arriving.  Food and drink started flowing.  And a celebration was had by all!  It was so fun to be in the mix with the newly married couple who is so full of life, love, and enthusiasm.  They were there to celebrate, and their friends and family joined them.  It was a delight.  Thanks for asking me to be a part!

The celebration was held at the Junior League E.O. Manees House in Argenta.  

A candy bar is always a hit!  Young and old indulged!

Adorable personalized details were scattered throughout.  It was the first time 
I had seen shot glasses on lanyards.  These people take Tequila seriously!

Vero's mother made her gown.  It was gorgeous!  And the shoes... they were amazing, too!
Vero's siblings and mother flew in from Aguascalientes to join in the celebration.

 The love the new in-laws have for their daughter-in-law is evident.  Sweet people!

It was time for the celebration to officially begin!  The happy couple!

 Geoff and Vero entered the room to the tune of "We are the Champions".  Hilarious!

Delicious food was prepared outside on the driveway.  The smell alone was intoxicating!

 Dancing and singing commenced when the mariachi band arrived!

I was impressed with how many people knew EVERY WORD.

 This coupled laughed and danced possibly more than any I have seen in my time 
as a photographer.  They were so fun to watch.  Well done!  Keep it up, guys!

The handsome couple.  Congratulations!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ames + 1 Week

I had the pleasure of photographing this precious family. Three kiddos under 5 makes for a wild time. They were all so different and sweet in their own ways.

As always, it is delicious to meet a new baby. They just arrived, are so vulnerable, and yet aren't afraid. They know they are in good hands and are comfortable with their number one job - to ask for help. Ames, in particular, was a calm little fella. He was quite alert but content.

It was such an honor to be there to document that moment in time. Thanks for the invitation, Beth. You are lovely and have some beautiful boys. All the best to you and yours as you transition and make room for the 5th member of your family! He's a delight!

Sweet, alert, baby Ames!

I love when you can hear the giggles in a picture.

Soft skinned, sweeties.

Pig pile!

The beautiful new family of five!

Sweet snuggles.  They are harder to find with number three!


You're in good hands, Ames.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Emerson + 2 Months

We have been in the middle of a baby boom!  And it's high time!  My dearest friends have been having babies!  Hip hip hooray!  Jenny (Jennifer to almost everyone else) and I have been friends since we were 8 years old.  For those who are counting, that is TWENTY EIGHT years!  We have seen each other through all of life.  We have had enough time at this relationship thing to be inseparable, grow apart, see other parts of the world and life, grow back together, and now have the luxury of being adults together.  There is a little circle of people that Robert and I have the joy to know that truly feel like family.  We laugh.  We cry.  We celebrate... anything!  We enjoy.  They fill up my cup.  Jenny and Jon are a critical part of that circle.  For years, I was suspicious of Jon.  He was quiet, aloof, distant... I was very cautious.  And boy was I wrong about him.  He is kind, gentle but not in a pansy sort of way, quick to laugh, smart, easy to be around.  The love they have for each other is easy to see.  You can see it in their eyes.  And now they have more to love - Emerson.  Emerson, you are a lucky girl.  You will have an AMAZING mother to love you and guide you.  Your daddy will be wrapped around your little finger and will build you some of the most amazing things to play on.  Your tree house might not be finished until you graduate from high school, but it will be done exquisitely without a detail to spare.  Emerson, we are all lucky to know you.  Cheers to two months!  XOXO - MT

Jon is single-handedly redoing their home... down to the studs and back.  It has been a long labor of love.  The photos were taken in what will one day be Emerson's room. 

Emerson has so many little expressions!

But mostly she was wondering what that big black thing in front of my face was!

Frank... holding his ground as best he can!

Jenny's mother is an AMAZING knitter!

I couldn't love this family any more.