The Baxter’s Christmas Session

I’m nervous about sharing Christmas sessions because of the anticipation of sharing for Christmas cards – but when Carrie shared over her social media I knew that I could too! I love repeating photographing families! Last year this little girl was much harder to get her to look decently happy for her photos – this year….completely different! It’s so fun watching kids grow up in front of my camera! So many cute family photos to share with friends and family I can’t wait to see which one they choose! 

Having photos on our walls help us remember sharing fun experiences with each other. 
They also help you remember to love and appreciation those who matter most in your lives. 
When you’re having a tough day, you inevitably walk by a portrait of each other and it acts a reminder to appreciate each other.  

Location: Downtown Prosper, Texas

 

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Our Fall Family Photos: What we wore/What to wear Wednesdays

We went to Wimberly to celebrate my husband’s 30th birthday! The place that his parents rented out was AMAZING. It’s also a wedding venue so naturally it was breathtaking.  At the very last minute I announced we were all doing family photos! I (naturally) went to Express to buy the a floral tie for Thomas that I mentioned just a few weeks ago as an awesome accessory for guys.

I do have to brag that he and his dad both reacted strongly against the tie but then they both commented how nice it was (yes! Fist pumps!!)
And also a huge thank you to his dad and mom for taking the photos and for entertaining our kids to have them actually look at the camera! I can’t wait to get these huge up on my family wall! 

I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the tulle skirt and hope that it convinces you to wear one to your session! It’s so flowly it looks great on camera. And here’s another tip – my shirt was super tight in all the wrong places – bouquet of flowers fixed that problem right away! Who knew flowers could make you look 10 pounds lighter? 

Location: Sacred Passage Chapel in Wimberly, Texas

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Styled Shoot: Lavender Ridge Farms

Here’s some wedding inspiration for you today! I teamed up with some awesome people to make this happen! There are many great details to get  you thinking how to style your own wedding.  For this shoot we all came together to provide you with details that are eco-friendly.

Style Designer: Brittany Baxley (the queen of thrift and everything beautiful!) IG @pinthrift
Cake: Lakeview Bakery of Rowlett IG @lakeviewbakeryrowlett
Flowers: Annamarie IG @abundantflowershop
Make up: Jennifer Peterson on Facebook at Lip Locked Smooches
Bride: Amanda Wendel IG @mrsamandawendel
Venue: Lavender Ridge Farms on Facebook at Lavender Ridge Farms in Gainsville, Texas
Photographer: Kaitlin Roten IG @Kaitlinroten

Brittany gathered the details from her expertise at thrifting. 
Some of the details came from the Canton Trade Days

Napkins were tied together using blood grass blades. 

My favorite details came from the flowers. They were a show stopper – even amidst a beautiful butterfly garden at Lavender Ridge Farms.  Annamarie from abundant flower shop blew my mind. Here are the details…

Bridal Bouquet:
Kale & Magnolia Leaves & Forage for any additional greens/textures based on season and what grows natively.
Centerpieces:
Mason Jars with Jewels – Use any type of jar and pick up necklaces or bracelets from thrift stores or from friends and family etc.
Clear milk jars dipped in gold – Any jar or glassware dipped in any color paint to match the theme. Fresh Dill from garden or purchase from grocery store in produce.
Succulent planter – office wire baskets spray painted any color, succulent plants planted in ziploc bag liners, use moss to line and cover the bag. Succulents can be later replanted at home.
Purple Jew – hanging potted plant, remove hanger and set in any home decor basket (make sure soil is dry so no drainage). Optional – add sticks from willow trees


The wedding dress was rented from Rent the Runway
A great choice to have a beautiful dress for your wedding, not spend a ton of money (it was under $200) and be able to be eco-friendly.  

The food was provided from Lavender Ridge Farms’ menu. With Lavender Honey Chicken Salad and the Salad Trio. 

The beautiful cake! It is a naked, white cake with buttercream frosting.  Beautiful peonies cascading down the side. 

These are photos from the bride and groom’s engagement session. 
They are printed on recycled photo paper and hung on this thrifted merry-go-round found at the Canton Trade Days.

Gathered flowers were picked to add some accents on the drink table!

 

Thank you to all for the help! HUGE SUCCESS and so beautiful!!! 

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Headshots and a quicky

This has to be the quickest session to date.  These kids are the typical crazy 2 year olds, but they were so good! Jennifer really knows how to wrangle them – even in high heels.  That’s a super mom for you! Scroll down for such a beauty of a headshot! Love it!!!

pinkie promise? love that! 

We were really there to get these great headshots of Jennifer for her Sensegence business.

Location: Downtown Lewisville

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Time to schedule your senior sessions!

Senior year is a sprint! And it’s here! I’ve already heard that seniors are ordering caps and gowns and it’s such a great time of the culmination of hard work and great memories. I had such a great time photographing these group of friends! Thank you Carol, Karan, Keegan, Kelly, Abi, and Nathan!! You rocked it!

You’ll want to remember these times! AND like I always say (are you getting tired of it?!) seeing your senior’s photos (especially after they’ve left the house!) helps you love and appreciate them even more….and we all need a little more of that in our lives.  Looking at your senior photos from our experience will not only help you remember that time but will help you remember how you felt during that year.  

How to book your senior session? Head over here – senior sessions are the 2 hour sessions.
For the last 20-30 minutes, seniors get to invite their friend or family for a itty-bitty session.

Location: Friends of Furneaux Creek, Carrollton Texas

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Eric and Amanda

A few favorites from an awesome early morning perfectly dressed couple! Wowzers!
I’ve been begging for someone to wear a tulle skirt and it finally happened! Look how awesome it looks on camera!

engagement session couple in field

Having photos printed in your house for all to see! It’s just not about you.  It’s about the time we’ve both invested in this photo experience.  It’s also about your future children and their children seeing these photos of how you both love each other so much! It’s much more than seeing photos – it’s about experiencing the love between the two of you that will pass down from generation to generation!

wall gallery

couple

Love the details here.  These are going straight to my style guide magazine!
Hot off the press this week! I’m so excited!!!
Having details in your session make your session look more editorial.

details

groom

Eric and Amanda – thank you so much for such a great beautiful session! It was so great to listen to your love story.
Can’t wait to photograph you both again!

engagement session

Huge thanks for Jennifer Peterson of Lip Lock Smooches for awesome make-up!

bride

Location: First United Methodist Church, Carrollton Texas

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