We've had a fantastic summer break filled with road trips, pool time, all the ice cream flavors, and visits to the neighborhood splash pad. As we start to get back to our regular routine, I find myself with more time to sit at the computer and finally blog all the lovely sessions I photographed this summer. Most of the shoots I did were mini sessions, photographed at this very location. We kept things short and sweet because this Texas heat is too brutal (often in the low 100's) to allow for a full session outdoors.
Sadly, this beautiful spot in Cypress will no longer be available as an option for portrait sessions, unless you are a resident of Towne Lake. I am totally bummed out by that, but I did find a new location - also in Cypress - to replace this one that I am hoping to test out very soon. In the meantime, take a look at this motherhood mini session I photographed of Lindsey and her sweet babies. I've known Lindsey for quite sometime. We go to church together, have attended each other's baby showers, and I even photographed her little girl's newborn session. I just love when friends allow me the opportunity to capture moments like these for them. Also, can we all take a moment to appreciate the beautifully coordinated outfits that Lindsey chose for herself and her little ones? She totally nailed it! I literally squealed with delight when I saw them step out of their car for their shoot. Talk about picture perfect!
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I have been photographing the Pineda family since little Miss S was just a baby who could barely sit up on her own. I've watched her grow as she and her parents return for updated family portraits with me. This year, they opted for a fun summer shoot with a pop of color. When we were in the planning process of this family session, Cristina sent me a few wardrobe options she was considering. Among them was this red sun dress. Certainly different from what I recommend for my clients to wear, but it stood out to me and I suggested she wear it. I must admit, I was a little worried that it may not photograph too well, but it turned out to be the perfect choice for that fun, summer vibe. A small reminder for me to step out of my comfort zone and allow myself to be a bit more daring and bold, both artistically and in my personal life.
It's been quite sometime since I made an entry, not because there's nothing new to share but just because I've been enjoying summer with my wild bunch. I have been working on a personal project to document us. This is part one of a monthly series of short films featuring our family. I hope to keep this project going each month for the rest of the year as a keepsake of the everyday moments that make life with my brood so sweet.
I filmed this on my Canon 6DMKii with a 35mm lens, just before putting baby Declan down for his nap. I know that one day not far from now, I will be putting him down for his nap for the last time. One day, he will outgrow my lap. One day, that little hand will reach out for someone else who will have his heart. And because motherhood is full of one days and last times, I've turned to video to capture these precious and fleeting moments. While photography will forever have my heart, there's something so special and meaningful about capturing life in motion.
Want your own life captured on video too? You can read my tips to help you get started or book a short lifestyle film with me, now available to add to any portrait session.
Sweet Dreams | a short lifestyle film by Tender Nest Portraits
in collaboration with Baby Breez and Margaux + May. Music by Elizabeth Mitchell
Hey there! I'm Anel. Houston photographer, wife to my high school sweetheart, and mama to four wild kids who I homeschool. I love nature, motherhood, taking photos, and living a slow simple life.
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