I had such a GREAT time photographing Meg this past weekend!! Meg, not to be confused for Megan! She was such a great model and a trooper the entire session!!! I loved her attitude and personality she let shine through the images. I can’t WAIT to post the rest of this session. Until then, here are a few images.
A few years back, we were stationed at Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, TX. While stationed there, I met a great person named Jennifer. We started working together and soon became the BEST of friends. I got to know her family and they became mine. Recently, Jennifer’s father passed away and it tore her apart, as he was the light in her life. (well one of them) I had mini sessions for her co-workers and friends to help with funeral costs. I wanted to share just a few of the sessions that helped contribute to Jennifer and showed their support for her. I cant wait to get the rest posted and sent to everyone!!! They were all SOOOO GREAT!
And now my beautiful, awesome, honest, reliable and REAL friend……Jennifer and her beautiful family.
Auntie Mel loves you girls!!!
I have been so busy with Senior sessions this month that I can barely keep up with my blogging! Well, I won’t lie, I am VERY bad about keeping up with blogging in general…..now I just have a good, valid excuse! I wanted to post some more sneak peeks of some seniors I had the privilege of shooting. I can’t express how much I LOVE THIS JOB.
First is little miss Lexy…..
Now, time for Bianca’s pictures!
Last but not least…..Lizbeth
05*21*2013 Posted in Military
This Sunday I had the honor and privilege of attending one of many races ran by my husband, Sgt. Jonathan Leal. He runs for many causes, however one cause hits close to home for him “Semper Fi Fund”. My husband was deployed for 15 months with the 1/158 Infantry Unit out of Arizona(he’s Air Force though J ) and made unbreakable bonds with the men and women he served with. One of the men Jonathan came to know and respect happens to be one of the men Jonathan runs in honor of….. Spc. Mykel Miller, KIA. During his deployment in Afghanistan I could see his point of views changing, his passion for what he did changed (became more intense) and what he was fighting for became more evident. No matter how hard I tried, I could never understand what the men and women went through overseas. I can only imagine through documentaries or firsthand stories. When Jonathan returned home we went through our share of adjustments. This is when we discovered how different things were for those returning home to their families. Even though our struggles weren’t physical; they were still there.
As Jonathan and I approach our 11 years married and all of them have been in the military, we see how both “commitments” are connected. Crazy as it sounds, it’s the truth. We both have a love, passion and respect for our country and those who serve. The bound shared between a brother in arms is so powerful to us.
When people see how Jonathan runs the first thing they say is “HES CRAZY!” lol. We laugh because generally those are ones who just can’t see the love behind it. Others will come up and shake his hand, or walk out of their way to acknowledge what he’s doing. Jonathan doesn’t do it for the accolades; he does it to raise awareness for Soldiers returning home from combat. He wears the weighted vest and gas mask as a symbol of the struggles one faces upon returning home. So with that being said, I am so proud to post a blog about my husband, my best friend and a man I admire, Sgt. Leal, USAF.
At this point Jonathan was exhausted! The humidity, heat, gear AND w/ bricks in his vest….he needed the encouragement. The support and motivation from these two men had me a little emotional.
HEY!!! Who’s that hottie?! OH, that’s just me *wink* I will say, sadly, after this picture was taken I nearly passed out from the heat….seriously! Jonathan had to carry his vest, mask, my shoot sac AND ME! LOL
For more info about his cause visit www.runningforacause.net
Now….. as promised to the few groups that I took pictures of…..here you go! You guys ROCKED and gave me some motivation to train and HOPEFULLY run with Jonathan in the next race. You can contact me for the original pictures!
I decided that I would post all my sneak peeks under one umbrella! It’s been a while since I updated my blog so I thought “why not today?!” I have had the opportunity of photographing several seniors within the past couple of weeks. I am excited to get everyone’s session finished and blogged.
The first session is Pauline from Keene, TX. She decided to make her way to Grapevine for her Senior Session. Pauline was FULL of personality and just as sweet as can be!
This next senior session came in from Wichita Falls, TX!!! I have known Alyssa since she was a little sweet girl in Elementary School. Her mother and I are VERY good friends and I am so proud to be a part of her life For Alyssa’s Senior session we decided to head down to Ft. Worth! She loved the country look so taking her Senior Pictures at the Stock Yards was a no brainer!
Anthony’s Senior Session was SUPER fun for me! He picked his own spots (which I loved) and one spot I actually had in a dream! SO CRAZY! He loves to fish, go out on the lake and just relax with his friends, so taking pictures on the lake described him best Anthony’s Senior session took place at the Harbor in Rockwall.
For Nate’s Senior Session we decided to head downtown Dallas and use the graffiti for a background. For this session, Nate’s family tagged along and provided great conversation along with making faces so he would smile. I must say, Nate has a GREAT smile!!!!
Jordan Lynne was one of my favorite Seniors to work with because she was FEARLESS! She loved to take chances with her locations and didn’t mind that it was FREEZING. She knocked out her Senior session like a champ. I also loved her fun shoes…..I am a shoe maniac!
Last, but not least, is Isela! Now, Isela isn’t a Senior this year, in fact we were photographing pictures for her Quinceañera!!! I can’t wait to join her family for her celebration Isela is just the sweetest thing and did a GREAT job with her photoshoot.
Be sure you come back to see the full blog of each Senior!!!! I can’t wait to get them up for everyone to see
02*18*2013 Posted in Maternity
Candice approached me a few months back asking about maternity pictures. When picking out a date that we could shoot for she informed me that she was pregnant with TWINS!!!!!!!!! So we had no idea what timeline we were looking at. However, I am sooooo excited to announce that she is almost 8 months and looks GREAT!!!!!!! We couldn’t have picked a better weekend to do her maternity picture either!! The weather was PERFECT, minus the dirt in everyones eyes…lol.
We choose to take the pictures in Down Town Ft. Worth, and I can’t wait to post the rest from our shoot. Candice, hopefully I am able to take the baby boys pictures when they arrive. I am SO EXCITED to meet them. I hope you love your pictures, you are truly a beautiful mommy to be
02*14*2013 Posted in Uncategorized
So I have been SO WRAPPED UP in my new position at work that I have neglected my blog!!!! So much has happened in my life, all my blessing coming to pass and really just me taking my professional career to the next level. I managed to assist Celina Gomez with her beginner photography workshop she does every year!!! It was a success and I loved every min of it! Well except the weather…..it never fails…..we have this workshop on the coldest, gloomy and rainy days of January. We can never guess it right when we have bright sunny days and it’s 80 degrees RIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS! (only in Tejas) Anyhow, shout out to the models that came out to help. I have a few pictures that were my favorite. Thank you Ty and Sophia for being troopers!!!
11*19*2012 Posted in Uncategorized
It seems like my schedule keeps filling up with LIFE and my projects need some extra attention! I am going to play catch up over the Thanksgiving Holiday so I can hopefully complete all of my sessions! (I am shooting for the stars here) Here are some of my sessions that I can’t WAIT to post!!!
I had a GREAT time shooting with the Milwoo0d’s. From the moment I walked in the front door, I felt like I was sitting down with my own family. The dynamic between the sisters was a lot like my own. I just had a great time hanging out with everyone. We decided on taking family pictures in Flower Mound, which turned out to be a great idea because it was beautiful.
Here are some of my favorites from the family session. I will say that I am a little jealous of the girls hats!! They were so fun!
10*05*2012 Posted in Uncategorized
Since I have been behind on blogging I decided to do more than one sneak peek in this post. Since my 4 kids and full time job isn’t enough, I now need to add blogging to my weekly life!! This first sneak peek is of Kristen. She’s so beautiful and was one of the easiest to shoot! Not to mention she brought her yummy little girl with her, who I must admit had me wanting to snuggle instead of snapping!!! I am a sucker for little angel babys:) Come back and visit for the rest of Kristen’s shoot!
This next sneak peek is of my good friend Natalia. I kid with her and say she’s my other sister, but in all honesty she’s just the BEST thing since bubble gum I LOVE LOVE her spirit and her creativity. Here are just a few from her shoot….and again, the rest will follow SOON!