Family session: San Antonio

Karen is my friend and ObGyn, which isn't as awkward as it sounds. I've been photographing her family for years. So it's always fun to catch up and see how everyone has grown. This time we met at Mi Tierra, a kitschy Mexican restaurant downtown that has been open since the 40's, and stays open 24 hours a day. There are lots of colorful walls around the area, and an all around fun San Antonio vibe.

Unless of course you are a teenager and your mom/photographer is making you wear a sombrero. Thanks for being a good sport Ben! :)


I have three openings left if you need photos in time for Christmas. Which is only four weeks away holy cow let's get through Thanksgiving first. Email me if you want to schedule.

Happy Sunday! xo

Senior Portraits: Aly

This is cute Aly. Her mom is my friend Kristi, who happens to be one of my oldest friends in Texas. We met eleven years ago when our kids were in the same preschool class. And you know if you can survive Sesame Street On Ice together, you can pretty much survive anything.

I went through a really hard time when we first moved here, having three little ones under the age of five, not knowing many people, and being away from my family. The Flaningans became that to us. We spent Thanksgivings and Christmases together, and almost every weekend telling stories on one of our back porches. So much has happened over the last decade. They moved to Dallas, our kids are growing up. But no matter how much time or distance goes between us, Kristi will always be like a sister to me. She's the type of person who always hugs you a little tighter, and who seems like she's kind of made out of sunshine. And clearly the apples don't fall far from the tree.

The picture above is the only serious shot I got, and it lasted about two seconds before she burst into laughter again. So much fun to shoot, and such a sweetheart.


As a side note, if you're in the Dallas, Frisco or Plano area and need a real estate agent, call Kristi! She is really good and fun to work with.

GNO at The Arcade

I don't know if it's San Antonio, or just my friends, or maybe we're getting old. But we are all allergic to driving if it takes more than ten minutes to get somewhere. I have a very good book club friend moving Across Town. She will literally be twenty miles away, and I have to keep reminding myself that yes, it is still possible for me to see Christina again in this lifetime.

It sounds ridiculous when you say it out loud. But this is partly how I lost touch with my girlfriends before. And I don't want that to happen again. So I'm making an effort to venture past the ten mile corridor of my neighborhood. Because I love them. And also because I am exactly like Daniel Boone.

So we went to The Arcade, which is in a trendy part of town. You know the kind where they make chandeliers out of milk crates.

After dinner, we walked over to Il Sogno for one more drink, and opted to sit outside because the weather was so nice that it was worth getting eaten alive by mosquitoes. 

If you care about wine, they have a smarty pants Sommelier (yes, I just had to look up how to spell that). His name is Adam, and he will bring you all kinds of treats in a glass. I'm pretty sure that's the official term for what he does.


But then if you're like us, he will realize that all of his hard-earned wine knowledge is being wasted on people who have never met a screw top they didn't like. And then being the gentleman that he is, he will still get you a citronella candle. Which did help actually.

All in all, a good night with great company. And happy birthday today Michelle! xo