The Loeschers

Last month I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing the Loeschers. They were interested in family portraits to celebrate this monumental time for their family. Talk about a big year!

After multiple treatments, Frank finally beat the cancer that he had been fighting. He continues to be an advocate for other people suffering from this specific cancer found in Vietnam veterans due to Agent Orange. The way he looks at his family, you can feel his love for them. You can see that he was faced with the fear of losing them too soon, and that they are his pride and joy. Even though he’d been dealing with this very serious stress, he was hilarious and a blast to work with. A lot of those big smiles you will see below were caused by him.

Along with Frank, Claire was another comedic relief in the family. Her quick wit and willingness to play and laugh at herself made the process super fun. She is about to graduate from high school and preparing to move away for college to continue her pursuit in screenwriting. Along with screenwriting, she plays the clarinet and ukulele!

Kristie, a professor at UT, is clearly the rock of the family. Her strength appears to hold this family together. She works full time with hundreds of college students, volunteers at the local theater, makes time for Claire’s band performances, and I’m sure much more that we didn’t get to talk about! When she speaks about all of these things her face lights up, and you can tell that she really enjoys life.

The love that this family has for each other is apparent. And I love the idea of family portraits as a celebration of life, because that is exactly what it is about! Thank you so much for allowing me into your lives, Kristie, Frank, and Claire!

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The only family that I’ve had a “blooper reel” for..

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Mama Bear sweeping away bugs for Claire.

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These images hit close to home because in them are my niece and nephew (and their parents, of course)!  I’m so grateful that we captured their little lives and expressions from this very specific time period.  Shortly after this session Gage started walking (he could waddle a few steps at this point) and Sadie had a big growth spurt.  They change so fast!

We started this session out with some posed portraits which Gage obliged but was not loving.  We got what we needed from that and then just played around after that.  Lots of spinning, tickling, and laughing – those images turned out to be my favorites.  Love these monsters!

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Meghan’s Portrait

San Gabriel is one of my new favorite parks and Meghan is one of my new favorite people! Her down-to-earth energy made this session super fun – she was up for anything.

Earlier while scouting this location for our shoot, I saw this beautiful tree with a branch arching over a creek. I thought about how cool it would be to have her sitting on that branch, but it was kind of dirty and a little high so I decided that I wouldn’t even ask. While we were photographing in front of the tree, she asked, “What if I climb that tree?!” That’s when I knew this was going to be a good one..

The whole session was that way – relaxed, easy, and fun. Not to mention gorgeous.. This was one of my first sunset sessions out here in Georgetown (I’m a little behind on my blog posts) and I have to say I’ve fallen in love. In the photo world we call it the “magic hour” and out here it really is magical!

Thanks Meghan for being awesome! Enjoy..

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A Family Portrait in the Country

This photo session was really fun for me, because these are my neighbors. Carla and Jed, owners of Riata Builders, were my first non-family friends in Georgetown. They built my 2 sisters’ homes and are currently working with me to build my home. They’ve been so kind and welcoming to the whole family and have been extremely patient with me as I go back and forth with my floorplans!

This family portrait takes place on their land with their 3 sons and 2 new daughters-in-law, right where they are planning to build their own home. I think it’s so cool that they can display a print in their home that was taken in that exact same spot before the house was even built. We’ll have to do a “before and after comparison” for grins.

It was lots of fun goofing off with everybody, but the highlight of that day for me was at the end of the session. I pulled them aside, played a George Strait song, and asked them to dance with each other. The look they gave me was priceless, but they were game and it was a really sweet moment. I’ve seen them dance together before, and their love for each other really shines through, I knew that I needed to capture those looks.

I can’t wait to continue working with them, and building our friendship. Hopefully one day we’ll get some images of their future grandkids playing in those same trees.

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Senior Portrait Session With Claire

I had so much fun working with Claire! She is so full of energy and up for anything. Besides being a full time student, she is also Varsity Cheer Captain, Vice President of the FFA, works, volunteers, and has an avid social life! She is an extremely impressive person, and it has been a blast getting to know her and her family.

Being new to Georgetown, it’s been so fun exploring! Claire had some really cool spots for me to check out, and while driving around location scouting, I found a ton more! You gotta love this Texas landscape – bridges, rivers, pastures, trees, old barns – after a decade in San Francisco it’s been a while since I’ve had this much access to nature, and it’s been so fun exploring it!

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Thanks Claire and parents for being so great, I’m truly excited to see all that you accomplish in life!

Granger, Texas Landscape

I was working on an architectural shoot in Granger, Texas for a client.  We were waiting for these gorgeous clouds to block the sun and give us the perfect light so I could get the image of the exterior of the building.  I had been admiring the scenery earlier and with a small break was able to capture this image.  Not a bad work day at all!

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