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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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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