Cheeks! Austin Family Photographer

Cheeks! Austin Family Photographer

You know the mood of the room at 3:00am when the house is quiet and you are up nursing your baby and you get overwhelmed with love and warmth and contentment? And even though you are bleary tired, you are happy to hold her? Yeah, it's so good. I remember that. It changes when they move and run and life becomes faster. I miss those moments of forced slowness, intentional quiet, unmistakable closeness. Nothing like it.  I love this session for the mood and emotion of that time with a baby.

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Those Brown Eyes Got Rainbows in 'Em

Those Brown Eyes Got Rainbows in 'Em

I had only "met" Misty on Instagram somehow after I started following her (she's @farmwife, you should totally check out her photos) but we had never met in person before. I was kind of nervous going into this, first Instagram blind date and all ;) and first time shooting another photographer's family (sweat game was on that day). Well Misty and Wes blew me away with their warmth.  I walked into Misty's house and felt like we were friends already. And then I fell in love with Sunny and Stella. They kind of remind me of my sister and me when we were younger, same white blonde hair and summer tans, me the older one with longer hair and Megan with her bowl cut and bangs.

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The Morning After the Rolling Stones

The Morning After the Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones played Dallas recently as part of their ZIP code tour, and I was there with my friend Tiffany singing along to all those Sticky Fingers songs, reveling in Mick's swagger. The Rolling Stones are MY FAVORITE BAND y'all! If I had to pick only one band to listen to for the rest of my life, they'd be it. The last time I saw them was for their Steel Wheels tour in gulp, 1989 with my mom. I was in junior high and I've been hooked ever since.

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Fakers gonna fake fake fake, but I'm just gonna shake it off.

Fakers gonna fake fake fake, but I'm just gonna shake it off.

Photography has come into my life at exactly the right time, and now I can't imagine life without it. It's saving me and making me at the same time. I guess it's never too late to finally learn about myself, the real me. It's teaching me to listen to my gut, follow my instincts, believe in myself, and see the beauty all around me. Be o.k. with mistakes, learn to keep moving forward when the impossible seems worse than impossible. And SHARE it. And those fakers gonna fake fake fake, but I'm just gonna shake it off (I can't get that song out of my head, it's on constant request from the kids these days. And well yes, I love it too, Thanks Taylor Swift!).

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Family of Five in St. Louis

Family of Five in St. Louis

The Holly Hills neighborhood of St. Louis got a new addition 3 weeks ago. Holly Hills is one of those really adorable city neighborhoods where young families have returned to after the flight to the suburbs years ago. Historically named Carondelet and settled by Frenchmen (no wonder I like it so, ha!) it is home to the wonderful Carondelet Park, large trees, and adorable bungalows like the one the Lutkewitte family lives in. Welcome Clara!

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Port Aransas, TX Spring Break

YOU GUYS! My first blog post on my photography site. It's huge, right? Well, it is to me. Pinch, pinch. I'm so inspired by the beach and the ocean that these shots really deserve to herald in my new site, and they do so beautifully.

Some really super generous friends let us use their beach house in Port Aransas for spring break, so I invited my sister and some friends down for the week. Weather was foggy and rainy but the ocean feels like home anytime, and the kids didn't even notice. Love love love staying on the ocean like this, the house is killer and the best part is we really did get to relax! I love the mood of the photos thanks to the fog.

And if you've made it this far (it's clear i LOVE the ocean huh?) it's time for the PSA portion of my blog. One morning we took a short ferry ride over to San Jose island, just north of Port Aransas. This little island is privately-owned, and basically untouched. The morning we arrived there had been a storm the night before, and the amount of trash that had washed up on shore was staggering. Mostly plastic. Specifically, plastic bottles. Please recycle, buy less, throw your trash away, and take care of this beautiful planet! XXOO - Cathlin