Amarillo by Morning *Montogomery Family Photographer*

Where’s the bubble wrap?

I have been dreading it for days, counting down the opportunities to see him until he departs once again for college.  I have seen my friends posts as each one sends “one, two or even three babies”, back out into the world of adulthood.  Why is it so hard?

I am reminded of a water color print I gave my mom a billion years ago when I was a teenager.  It said “a mother holds her children’s hands for a little while, but their hearts forever”  Gosh, in hind sight that saying in like a stab in the heart for a parent.  Who cares if it’s true, a lovely sentiment, but it doesn’t dull the loss of energy.  The energy only that “one” child brings to his family, the completeness.  Tonight we will only need eight plates for dinner, tomorrow he will not be there for his baby sister to run to with open arms. Sunday we will go to church with only six kids in tow.  We will be incomplete… We will be reminded that they are only ours to raise, to house, to watch grow for a short time.  I think it’s God’s way of pulling the band aid off ever so slowly.

And so, as his final minutes at home remained… in the 10 minutes I had… between picking up one sibling and another,  I took a precious minute with just me and this kid.  The boy I use to sneak out of bed and snuggle with (on nights when my own college and work days took me away from him), the independent one who would ask “mommy, how did I get in your bed”  only to accept my lie “you must of had a bad dream” without further question.

52 days till Spring Break!

Country Fall Family *Montogomery Texas Family Photographer*

Working on a few posts that have been in reserve while Christmas cards were mailed and photo gifts distributed.  I am so beyond blessed to have this couple as my friends and clients.  They make that hour “ish” trek from Sugar Land 2 or 3 times a year.  I know they love my images but I think they also know how much I adore these babies.  Love that they brought the parents with them this trip, because we were able to get some really special moments between all of them, big and little.  We took pictures for nearly two hours and their gallery was nearly triple a normal one, but there was just so much heart and love in them, I had to hand the tough decsions over to them.  I value them and the gift of their wonderful family and so grateful for the repeat business and for their love of photography and capturing every milestone of their little ones journies.

A sweet new blessing *Kristi O’Connell Baby Photography*

Meet Miss P, isn’t she just the prettiest baby?  At four weeks old she wasn’t really in the mood to sleep but loved looking around and checking out all the new shapes and shadows, and with eyes like hers, who needs sleep?

Brian + Virginia *Winter Wedding at Briscoe Manor*

What a wonderful celebration of Love!  This wedding was filled with fun and activities.  The dance floor stayed packed and everyone was so obiviously overjoyed by the union of these two fantastic people.  It was so much fun to photograph, thank you guys for letting me be the one to capture these moments for you!  Wishing you a lifetime of happiness and good times!

XOXO

Kristi

Richmond Texas Bridal *Kristi O’Connell Photography*

I am so blessed to have been this beautiful souls photographer since her junior year in high school.  I was so honored when she asked me to photograph her bridal portraits and wedding.  She is kindness and joy and it was so wonderful to witness this next step in her life journey.  May the Lord bless you in all you do!

Hugs Kristi