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I have been thinking a lot about how God is love...

One of the biggest struggles that has come with losing my dad this year, has been this thought that I have lost someone who loved me in a way that no one else ever could. No one will ever be able to love me like my dad loved his first child. I imagine he and my mom bringing me home from the hospital, sharing me with their parents, the firsts of everything, watching me struggle, watching me excel, watching me start a family.

No one will ever be able to share wisdom with me and parent me through my adulthood years. Through his 53 years of life, millions of hours farming, starting businesses, decades of friendship, losing his parents, going through divorce, remarriage…there is depth and wisdom there that no one but a father would take the time to share with his children.

No one will be able to provide the fun and opportunities to my children that I know my dad intended to do. Growing up, we spent weeks in Colorado skiing, every Sunday making the most stupid and dangerous games up with my dad and his friend, training and competing in marathons and triathlons, traveling to visit and explore new places. This winter, my dad was planning on taking Hudson to learn to ski.

I can go down this paths over and over again. This love is dead and it is never ever coming back. I think about standing over my dad’s lifeless body everyday and holding the hands who once showed me great care and love that were cold and unresponsive.

BUT GOD. The truth is that this love is not dead. The good news of God coming to Earth to save us is that He defeated the greatest enemy of death and said that it has NO power over those who believe and accept the right to become children of God.

This love that I miss in a way that my bones ache is not dead, but is alive. God gave me a father to give me just a taste of the love of the Father, who will never leave us and is longing to be reunited with us. This Father sent His son, who left us with His Spirit as a promise of the inheritance that is yet to come.

The enemy wants us to believe that love can be broken and that we can be separated from the love of God in Christ Jesus, but praise be to God who has broken down every wall for us and made us His children. Oh how rich is our inheritance.

Photos by Katie Beth Lamb.

Best of Fort Worth Fall Mini Sessions

Fall Mini Sessions were a whirlwind of adventure! We photographed over 45 families in the short span of September through November, but goodness were they full of sweet smiles and real laughter.

WHY BOOK A MINI SESSION?

          If you want a quick family photo update or are looking ahead to holiday Christmas cards, but you don't want to invest the full price of a family session, a mini session is a great option.  Especially with kids, everyone is changing so quickly and every season is different, so mini sessions are a great option to have a handful of photos from each season. It also lessens the stress of getting small children to focus for a long photo session.

          If you want to select your location, time, and date and have more time for photographs, you can schedule a family session.  Fill out the contact form if that sounds more like what you are interested in. 

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM A MINI SESSION?

          A quick, painless, fun, twenty minutes of wrangling all your kids and trying to get everyone to look at the camera at once.  It is a hilarious blast!  I am always smiling from ear to ear, because of the ridiculous things myself and parents will do to get kids to smile.  At the end of almost every session, when I tell them we are finished, they look at me and say, "Really? That wasn't bad at all!"

WHEN ARE MINI SESSIONS OFFERED?  

            Only occasionally.  There will always be mini sessions before Christmas for family Christmas cards and at other times throughout the year (signup up for Fort Worth April mini session here) we will do pop-up sessions for a family photo update.  Sign up for the newsletter to make sure you don't miss out on mini session news and updates!

Enjoy some of my favorites below!

 

 

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INTERESTED IN BOOKING A MINI SESSION?  

Sign up for the Elle Boone Newsletter to stay up-to-date on upcoming mini session dates! To sign up for a mini session on either April 12th or 17th, click here.

Hudson's First Birthday

I cannot believe that this boy is one year old!  It has been such a great joy to watch him grow every month and to see his personality develop.  He is so silly, we laugh so much of the day at our house.  He is obsessed with all things soft and furry (especially dogs) and basically pants and rubs his face on everything soft.  He loves to go to sleep at night and lays there, allowing you to kiss him 100 times while he just giggles, but doesn't move.  He has been walking for a month or two and is getting scary fast.  He has his own "drawer" of food/cups and now he takes everything in the house-shoes, keys, phones, pacifiers, cups, toys and hides them in his drawer, which is making it harder to keep track of all my stuff, haha.  

When we went in for the twenty week sonogram and they told us we were having a boy, Michael and I both knew that his name would be Hudson.  When we were dating, we had both read the biography of Hudson Taylor, who was one of the first missionaries to China.  Unlike other missionaries of the time, he "became like" the indigenous Chinese, dressing in their cultural wear and growing his hair long.  He worked with all his might relentlessly as a doctor committed to taking the good news of Jesus to the inland Chinese.  He refused to ask for anything, but instead relied on God's miraculous provision day to day.  (If you haven't read this book, you have to!)

It is our and hope and prayer that Hudson would know how worthy Jesus is of his life and that he would wholly lay his life down in obedience to God's love.  

We are so thankful for the community in Fort Worth of friends and family who have blessed us beyond measure this year, helping us along the way at every step- meeting practical, emotional and spiritual needs.  It really does take a village to raise a child. 

 

Here are a few pictures of him last week I took at our mommy and me session.  

Eloise's Newborn Session-Fort Worth

Cotton bows. Purple Delphinium. Sweet Eloise.  

Oh my goodness what a dream.  This newborn session was sweet and beautiful with the morning light streaming into the entryway and through the bedroom windows.  Mom and dad could not have been happier that their precious gift had finally arrived-their little girl Eloise.  

Best of Fort Worth Fall Mini Sessions

 

Fall Mini Sessions were so fun this year!! I enjoyed meeting and capturing all of these great families.  

 

Why book a mini session?

          If you want a quick family photo update, but you don't want to invest the full price of a family session, a mini session is a great option.  Especially with kids, everyone is changing so quickly and every season is different, so mini sessions are a great option to have a handful of photos from each season.  

          If you want to select your location, time, and date and have more time for photographs, you can schedule a family session.  Fill out the contact form if that sounds more like what you are interested in. 

 

What should I expect from a mini session?

          A quick, painless, fun, twenty minutes of wrangling all your kids and trying to get everyone to look at the camera at once.  It is a blast.  I am always smiling from ear to ear, because of the ridiculous things myself and parents will do to get kids to smile.  At the end of almost every session, when I tell them we are finished, they look at me and say really? That wasn't bad at all! 

 

When are mini sessions offered?  

            Only occasionally.  There will always be mini sessions before Christmas for family Christmas card and at other times throughout the year we may do pop-up sessions for a family photo update.  Sign up for my newsletter to make sure you don't miss out on mini session news and updates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interested in booking a mini session?  

Mommy and Me Mini-Session signups are live, you can sign up here.  

If you want to be notified when other mini-sessions dates are released, sign up for the newsletter below.  

 

 

 

Preparing for a Family Session

 

          What should you wear to a mommy and me session?  What should your kids wear?  What photographs well?  Read the following for some suggestions and guidance.   I love to help with selecting outfits and styling your session, so text me photos and ask me questions.  

Attire for Moms

Wear something lightly colored, pastel, neutrals, or floral prints.  Layers, vests, accessories, earrings, headbands, all these things add depth and character to photos.  They can be done perfectly or overdone.  I think long flowy dresses make moms look like queens and can be worn again, especially in the spring/summer.  Choose something that you feel beautiful and comfortable in.  Check out my pinterest board for inspiration and let me know if you need help putting together your outfit.   

 Make sure that your fingernails and toenails aren’t chipped, it will show up in photos.  Don’t hesitate to have your hair and makeup done.  Let me know if you need suggestions of hair and makeup artists. 

Where can I find the perfect dress/top?

I would suggest looking at the following websites or stores. 

Attire for kids

Kids look great in a similar color scheme- light, soft, colors.  Avoid bright, fluorescent colors or intense-looking patterns.  Stripes, flowers, seersucker, gingham, cords, etc. are great.  Shoes, moccasins, booties, or barefoot are great.   You can coordinate with your kids color scheme wise, but don't overdo it and match too much.  

Bonnets and straw hats are a plus if that's your thing.

Make sure to wipe your kids noses and pack clean snacks for your session.  

Check out my Pinterest page for more inspiration!

Where can I find the perfect outfits for my kids?

I wrote a blog post a few months ago highlighting some great kids' brands see more here.

In the mean time, here are a few kids brands that I love.

Also local to Fort Worth, Baby by Design has great outfits to choose from!

Florals

If you are interested in adding a subtle bouquet or flower crowns for your littles or mom, let me know! I can order them and have them delivered to the session.

Hair and Make-up Recommendation

Shannon Caldwell Downing at Something You Beauty
Becca Ashmon at BA Beauty

Annie Newborn Shoot

An old historic home with white washed walls, her father's baby crib, lace details and dried flowers.  This Fort Worth newborn session was a dream.   I loved getting to take Annie's mom's maternity photos and get to really anticipate her arrival alongside of them.  I loved getting to watch her sweet dad take part in the photos with fun picture ideas.  What sweet parents, Annie you are a lucky girl! 

Emory Newborn Shoot

Looking at these photos, I keep thinking back to one year and a half ago.  I had just moved to Fort Worth and was connected to Bailey through a friend and we met during her lunch break at Lili's Bistro.  She filled me in on Fort Worth life and mentioned a guy that she was starting to date... fast forward to January and there is this beautiful family.  

Emory was perfect during the shoot, she was so sweet and easy.  I could not get enough of her sweet parents smiling and swooning over her, we all were.  Welcome to the world sweet Emory, I am so excited to watch you grow and to get to parent with your wonderful mom and dad.  

Shopping the look for family sessions...dressing your littles


Ten Brands to Shop 

So, I have been on the hunt to find reliable brands to help you to dress your littles for your family photo session.  It was so fun and also overwhelming to browse the world wide web looking for children's clothing.  There are so many crafty and creative designers out there right now, so where do you start?  I looked through a lot of websites and a lot of Instagram feeds and came up with these ten soft, whimsical, and creative designers.  Prepare yourself. 

The websites below offer so many hip, cute dresses, overalls, moccasins, bonnets, and vests, that are great for little ones taking family pictures.  These brands are dreaming up such creative, quality products that have the most precious look.  

Take a look through these websites to shop for your next family photo session.  Comment below and tell me which site is your favorite... (I know mine!!)  

I want to have my family photos taken...

 If you would like to have your family photos taken this year, there is one last mini session date on November 14th, click the link for more information. 

 If you would like to have a full family session photographed, with a flexible date and custom location, fill out the contact form.

 

If you want to shop the looks in person...

If you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I have found some or many of these brands are offered at the following stores.

  1. The Little Things 5207 Bonita Ave. Dallas, TX 75206
  2. Button Up 2050 N Stemmons Fwy Dallas, TX 75207

  3. Baby by Design 4806 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76106

Norah Skidmore Newborn Pictures

I couldn't stop smiling for days after this newborn shoot.  It was so sacred to get to go into the Skidmore home in Dallas a week after Norah was born!  It was so fun to see this precious little angel and her family interact and love on their newest member.  I loved getting to see these old friends and meet their son George.   So so special!