Hudson | Fort Worth Child Photography

Hudson is two! And every bit as adorable and rambunctious and personality-filled as you would expect. Laughed myself silly chasing him around, and mentally prepared myself for what life would be like with our daughter in a few months. :) This little guy's parents are friends of ours, and I am so glad we were able to carve out some time for these precious pictures while they were here for a few days!

As you can see, Hudson alternated between huge smiles/fits of laughter and strong-willed stares, and I loved every minute of it.

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Grateful | Fort Worth Child Photographer

A  little bit about my business: I have a very, very small advertising/marketing budget. I rely almost solely on word of mouth and referrals to keep this thing going, and thankfully the DFW metroplex is full of mommies supporting other mommies trying to make a living as a small business owner (see TanglewoodMoms.com, and Shop Small Fort Worth---two hugely supportive sites that have been such a blessing to me recently).

So all this ties back together to this sweet family. This mama started the Shop Small Fort Worth group, and we ended up connecting and chatting over social media as her idea was born. Then, a few weeks later, I found myself with an unexpected cancellation one weekend, and it was like the planets aligned. Now, you all know I don't normally shoot families, unless it is a part of a maternity, newborn, or milestone session. It's just not where I feel my strengths lie. Unless there is a baby around, or on the horizon, I feel fairly out of my element. I think its my slightly introverted nature. But this mom, who has been a champion of small business owners over the past couple months, has not had photos taken of her family in years. So she jumped in and hired me last minute and we had a blast. She is a joy to talk to and be around, and her family is a hoot. Look at those boys.

As to the title of this post...never EVER would I have dreamed that I would meet so many ladies willing to go to bat for me; that other busy moms would take time out of their schedules to support small business owners. Glowing words from happy moms is quite honestly the absolute best advertising I could ask for....so yea, for all the support that our amazing little/big town has, I am grateful.

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Lena and Family | Fort Worth Baby Photographer

Soon, I realize, my daughter is going to be older than all of my 1-yr clients, and I won't be able to say this....but Lena reminded me so, so much of my Adalyn. Except for the fact that she would sit still and  actually allow herself to be read to. Addie doesn't do that.

Lena, who turned one this month, is petite, loves to be held, and only has a few sweet tiny teeth. (I think God designed new little baby teeth to be so stinking cute so that us moms could get over the loss of that gummy smile a little bit easier.) She is sweet and totally angelic looking, but she is also feisty, tough, and full of personality....and she lovessss doing whatever big brother is doing.

Also, if you didn't see my IG post...this little boy can seriously play those drums. I smiled a little when I saw the set, because I immediately thought "grandparent gift." :) You know, one of those gifts that kids really, reallllllly want but parents never want to buy because of the noise so grandma and grandpa do it? But no, mom and dad totally encourage this hobby, and for good reason. This is a true talent of this little boy, and I was blown away!

I say it all the time and I will say it again...these at-home sessions are where my heart is. The ordinary moments of life with babies are memories that many don't consider preserving...but to me, they are the most priceless. We all know our hearts can be filled to the brim by seeing our little ones peek out and smile at us over the side of the crib, by watching them read a favorite book or play with a favorite toy; by witnessing their sweet attachment to a lovey. Don't we want to remember that? We live a million more ordinary moments with our children than we do extraordinary. But that doesn't make them any less special.

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