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The Moores ~ One Moore Time
WHO: The Moore Family   |   WHAT: Families, Kids   |   WHEN: May 6, 2012   |   WHERE: Arbor Hills Nature Preserve - Plano, TX
Hey, a family session on the blog!  I know, crazy, right?  I've been terrible about blogging lately (and by lately I mean since Saige was born over a year ago), and I've got some sessions that are months old that I still haven't blogged, but I'm making a pseudo commitment to myself to be better about posting here. We'll see if it sticks, but here goes...

I love photographing the Moores. Seriously.  They are so easy going and fun, and we always have a good time at our sessions.  The first time I photographed them, there were only 4 Moores. Then in late 2010 they added one Moore. [I see you rolling you're eyes at my clever use of the name Moore]  And now that little JP (or "Gippy" as mom and dad call him because, being the 3rd child, he gets gipped out of some things) is a little older, it was time to update the family artwork on the walls with new images.  We met up at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve for a mostly chigger-free session before they headed off to Disney World with the kiddos.

BTW, before I get to the images, I need to apologize to the men in this family. I can't tell you how many times in the middle of all the action at the session I mixed up their names.  You'd think this being the 3rd session we've done, that I would have them down by now, but in all fairness, they don't make it easy on you with names like JC (dad), RJ (oldest son), and JP (youngest son). I'm sure I threw in a couple PJs, RCs, CJs and JRs while I was at it. Sorry guys. I'll have it down by our next session... unless you have another son/brother by then. [grin]

Here's some of the images from our session.








These next 2 images were the last two things I saw before I took a soccer ball square in the lens. My fault. At 5 years old I thought surely his aim wasn't that good yet.  It wasn't until afterwards when the blood was trickling down the side of my eye that his dad informed me that oh-by-the-way RJ plays soccer year round.






Cassidy could be a superstar child model. Seriously. 








I posted this image on Facebook shortly after the session because it made me laugh. This is what family life really looks like. I didn't even know until JC and Maureen came in to view their images yesterday that the reason Cassidy initially laid on her back was because she didn't want the grass to touch her legs. Feakin' hilarious.







Love this.









The thing I really like about this image is that one day little Cassidy is gonna grow up and get married, but this image tells the story about how her daddy will always be her first love.



Cassidy spots mountain bikers on the bike trail coming their way!







Had a contest with RJ to see who could go the longest without smiling. I won.




The great thing about the next couple images is how much the kids will treasure when they're grown,









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7-8 Months (and a 2-3 Sentence Kick in the Pants)
WHAT: Kids, Personal   |   WHEN: December 18, 2011
Long time, no post.  Recurring theme around here.  I think about posting quite a bit actually, and I actually did  post frequently... a little over 8 months ago.  Since then I've been in love with this new hobby called fatherhood, and honestly the choice between doing a blog post or hangin' out with this adorable little girl is an easy one.  

On top of that I seem to be stuck in this internet no-man's land between Facebook, Twitter, the blog, and - for about 2 days - Google+.  Sometimes I just post on Facebook, sometimes on Twitter, occasionally on the blog, and once in a fort night on all 3.  I feel technologically discombobulated. (for the record, that may be the first time I've ever used that word in the written form.)  Occasionally I hate technology because as much as it benefits us in so many ways, it also has a way of enslaving us to it to where we feel like we're gonna be left behind if we're not constantly paying attention to it.  You suck, technology... but I love you.

The message at church this past Sunday was about creating more margin in our lives. Making time to focus on the things that really matter, and discarding the things that don't.  Very timely and very personal to me as I spend an insane amount of time worrying about, working on, or playing around with things that are relatively unimportant and won't matter tomorrow, next week, next year, or on my deathbed.  

One of the quotes from the message at church on Sunday was, "What would you do today if you knew you couldn't possibly fail? Now go do it."  Those are inspiring and at the same time intimidating words.  Exciting to hear, hard to do. Think about it, though.  What would YOU do?

And while you're thinking about it, I'm off to do something easy for now that I know I can't fail at... I'm off to have fun playing with Saige.  In the meantime, here's a few images from her 7th and 8th months. 



Saige's face says it all... it was a rough hair day for daddy.



Kylie's parents came in town for Saige's Baby dedication at church back in November.  Here's Saige hangin' out with Grandfather Garry.  



And here's Saige and Kylie's brother, Uncle Bryce.  




Love how contemplative and inquisitive Saige is now.




Gettin' some grub from Grammy (Kylie's mom).




Belly's full. Nap initiated.



Sweet.



Sweet part 2.





I posted this image on Facebook a while back. Poor Mia.  Saige tugs on her fur, ears, and Mia just whimpers and takes it without ever snapping at her.  




Are you thinkin' what I'm thinkin'?  Slap that baby (the camera, not the baby) into "P" mode, and I've got myself a budding assistant/2nd shooter!





Saige at the park with "Nonni" (my mom) at the park.  BTW, Nonni means grandmother in Italian.  Record that in your head for a future Trivial Pursuit game.









Headin' for the tree in a Christmas outfit from my step-mom, Kay.



Her big eyes kill me. I'm toast when she gets older.  



Hangin' in her high chair.





Not every minute's a rosy one around the Nicolosi household.  Unfortunately, faces like this one seem to be more frequent these days.





Poor Mia... just waitin' for some scraps to fall her way.



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Missing Her
WHO: Saige   |   WHAT: Kids, Personal   |   WHEN: December 3, 2011   |   WHERE: The Living Room
Maybe it's because it's late, and I'm sitting at my computer listening to warm & fuzzy Christmas music, but when life runs it's course and Saige is all grown and starting life on her own, this will be one of my favorite images of her. I love this girl and miss her already.



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The Debnars
WHAT: Families, Kids   |   WHEN: December 2, 2011
A couple weeks ago I had a chance to catch up with the Debnars to capture of few images for their family. Mom Kristin actually bought her husband Mike the gift of photography via a gift certificate last year for Christmas.  I can't think of a better gift for the family for the holidays. Seriously.  

20 years from now, the kids aren't going to care about the shoes, games, iPads, dolls, underwear, etc. you get them for Christmas this year (although I highly recommend getting them underwear just to see the disappointment on their face). And your wife, sadly, won't cherish the earrings you got her. Again. Because you spent 4 minutes thinking about what to get her and remembered she didn't throw you out of the house the year before when you got her earrings. (All the men out there, say it with me: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it.)  And wives, you know it doesn't matter what you buy your husband for Christmas because he won't remember what you got him by the first of February anyway, let alone 20 years from now.  

Sooo, why not find a photographer you like and invest in capturing the story of your family at this moment in time. I promise you, your kids will cherish that gift more than anything you can buy them.  Maybe not this year (although a photography session might actually seem less disappointing than underwear), or even next, but one day they'll count those images as some of their most valuable possessions.  And as parents, you know all too well that your kids change and grow so fast, and as much as we'd like to hit the pause button sometimes, unfortunately time marches on.  Documenting your family in images is just as much a gift to you as it is your kids.

Ok, wow... I got all sentimental there for a moment, didn't I?  Back to regularly scheduled programming...

When Kristin and I were talking about locations for their session, she mentioned there was a creek in their neighborhood that they occasionally go to with the kids. Jackpot. Not only was it a new place for me to shoot at, it was meaningful to their family.  And with the trees changing colors, it was an easy decision.

Here are my favorites from their session.





































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The Patels
WHAT: Families, Kids   |   WHEN: November 18, 2011   |   WHERE: Deep Ellum Arts District
Recently I met up with some of my favorite clients for another family session.  I've been photographing the Patels for a couple years now, and it's been fun watching their kiddos grow up in photos. This year was bonus awesome because there was an extra pair of little feet this time around. Little Meela is the newest rookie in the family, and she and her big eyes are stinkin' adorable.  Brother's Jai and Rishi are little GQ starter kits, too. Here's some of my favorite images from this year's installment of the Patels 5.0.



Holy cuteness, Batman.


Love Meela's expression. Looks totally up to something.








Sweet moment between mom and big brother Jai.












I know, I can't believe we're almost done with the sesion either.


I smell a holiday card image in this last one...



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