Daily Photos: February Edition

If one thing is for certain it's that our move is so fast approaching that my heart hurts some days and feels infinite with excitement others. Holding that in tension feels about right and in the midst of lots of planning and preparing, life happens, good old everyday life. Every day. Here is a month of whirlwind travel and photo shoots and learning my job in Connecticut and trying to savor the present tense in Texas while preparing for a future in a new place. It's a lot of bittersweet these days, but the bitter comes because we've got a lot of goodness here to say goodbye to. 

As change approaches I want to remember the wealth of community and experiences Texas provides us (and will continue to albeit from afar).

February 1: At the end of a walk wherein we decided to put an offer on the home that will be ours at the end of March.

February 1: At the end of a walk wherein we decided to put an offer on the home that will be ours at the end of March.

February 2: So many airport days, already, this year.

February 2: So many airport days, already, this year.

February 3: Uncle Jono brings the laughs.

February 3: Uncle Jono brings the laughs.

February 4: I spy the naughtiest packing, er, helper.

February 4: I spy the naughtiest packing, er, helper.

February 5: How to Sunday.

February 5: How to Sunday.

February 6: My in-laws have 5 (!!!) dogs. I married into a family of animal rescuers. My father-in-law found Saunie in a Sonic parking lot, hence her name, and she's the happiest girl.

February 6: My in-laws have 5 (!!!) dogs. I married into a family of animal rescuers. My father-in-law found Saunie in a Sonic parking lot, hence her name, and she's the happiest girl.

February 7: Treasure hunting at the yard.

February 7: Treasure hunting at the yard.

February 8: Mornings.

February 8: Mornings.

February 9: I've been photographing the Poes since they wed, and they're moving just days before us, meaning this is our last shoot for a while (but I refuse to believe that it's the last one ever).

February 9: I've been photographing the Poes since they wed, and they're moving just days before us, meaning this is our last shoot for a while (but I refuse to believe that it's the last one ever).

February 10: When Ty leaves for work...

February 10: When Ty leaves for work...

February 11: Somehow, inexplicably, Nadine turned five this month.

February 11: Somehow, inexplicably, Nadine turned five this month.

February 12: I spy evidence of a rainy DC layover.

February 12: I spy evidence of a rainy DC layover.

February 13: Week two at Connecticut Children's was marked by cold and snow and more cold and more snow.

February 13: Week two at Connecticut Children's was marked by cold and snow and more cold and more snow.

February 14: If Valentine's Day is spent on a work trip away from your Valentine, I highly recommend butter cookies and hot cocoa alongside a good book and comfy pjs.

February 14: If Valentine's Day is spent on a work trip away from your Valentine, I highly recommend butter cookies and hot cocoa alongside a good book and comfy pjs.

February 15: Olivia's family shoot last summer was when her mama mentioned a photography job at the hospital where she works. That referral led to our decision to move, so of course we had to have a winter ice cream to celebrate.

February 15: Olivia's family shoot last summer was when her mama mentioned a photography job at the hospital where she works. That referral led to our decision to move, so of course we had to have a winter ice cream to celebrate.

February 16: Six days away from home. Three books. Good math.

February 16: Six days away from home. Three books. Good math.

February 17: Packing.

February 17: Packing.

February 18: Atlanta layover.

February 18: Atlanta layover.

February 19: I'm pretty sure it is impossible for Jameson to get any cuter. Then again, I thought that last month...

February 19: I'm pretty sure it is impossible for Jameson to get any cuter. Then again, I thought that last month...

February 20: Evenings. 

February 20: Evenings. 

February 21: View from the morning walk with the best dog in the world.

February 21: View from the morning walk with the best dog in the world.

February 22: Ty needed some samples for his research.

February 22: Ty needed some samples for his research.

February 23: Jenny and Josh's engagement session. I met Jenny at an American Heart Association workshop I taught on smart phone photography, and she is one of my final Honey and Salt weddings. Talk about bittersweet. These two, though, are stunning.

February 23: Jenny and Josh's engagement session. I met Jenny at an American Heart Association workshop I taught on smart phone photography, and she is one of my final Honey and Salt weddings. Talk about bittersweet. These two, though, are stunning.

February 24: Packet pickup for the Cowtown Half Marathon, Zeke's first! He did awesome. I don't have a photo of him racing the Sunday after this photo, because I got to run with him.

February 24: Packet pickup for the Cowtown Half Marathon, Zeke's first! He did awesome. I don't have a photo of him racing the Sunday after this photo, because I got to run with him.

February 25: Jack, after assisting with communion at his parents' vow renewal.

February 25: Jack, after assisting with communion at his parents' vow renewal.

February 26: When triplets birthday...

February 26: When triplets birthday...

February 27: Outside looking in at her near-constant perch.

February 27: Outside looking in at her near-constant perch.

February 28: Spring approaches. Fast.

February 28: Spring approaches. Fast.

October Daily Photos

With October's close, four months of daily photos have been captured, and the rhythm continues to be meaningful and fun. This month included a ton of work along with a weeklong visit with dear friends from Australia. I saw so many beautiful moments during sessions and weddings and lived so many beautiful moments while working and playing and running and breathing. I love the mix from this month.

October 1: Farmer's market radishes.

October 1: Farmer's market radishes.

October 2: Sweetest sisters at a framily brunch.

October 2: Sweetest sisters at a framily brunch.

October 3: On the eve of my sister's return to work we updated her family photos.

October 3: On the eve of my sister's return to work we updated her family photos.

October 4: Evenings at our house are spent playing green bean games with Millie. 

October 4: Evenings at our house are spent playing green bean games with Millie. 

October 5: Hair wash.

October 5: Hair wash.

October 6: I got to do newborn photos for my friends James and Devon's second son. This was my favorite image. Is there anything better than brothers who are buddies from the get-go?

October 6: I got to do newborn photos for my friends James and Devon's second son. This was my favorite image. Is there anything better than brothers who are buddies from the get-go?

October 7: I spy a hint of fall.

October 7: I spy a hint of fall.

October 8: Emily on her wedding day.

October 8: Emily on her wedding day.

October 9: He cleaned the house and did all the laundry while I was shooting a wedding, and I came home from work to find them like this.

October 9: He cleaned the house and did all the laundry while I was shooting a wedding, and I came home from work to find them like this.

October 10: One of those portraits that spoke to me when I shot it.

October 10: One of those portraits that spoke to me when I shot it.

October 11: Adoption.

October 11: Adoption.

October 12: State Fair.

October 12: State Fair.

October 13: Christina and I run our portrait businesses separately, but when one of our first wedding clients welcomed their sweet girl, we shot their newborn session together. It's so fun when we get to shoot work we usually do as individuals alongside each other.

October 13: Christina and I run our portrait businesses separately, but when one of our first wedding clients welcomed their sweet girl, we shot their newborn session together. It's so fun when we get to shoot work we usually do as individuals alongside each other.

October 14: Tater came our way for a tennis and birthday date.

October 14: Tater came our way for a tennis and birthday date.

October 15: We met Ty's cousin and her family for a photo session in Waco, and this shot... I love that Cole looks like both his baby and big boy self as he clings to his mama's shirt.

October 15: We met Ty's cousin and her family for a photo session in Waco, and this shot... I love that Cole looks like both his baby and big boy self as he clings to his mama's shirt.

October 16: Grandma met Jameson. Here she was sharing mothering advice with Meghan. 

October 16: Grandma met Jameson. Here she was sharing mothering advice with Meghan. 

October 17: Dusk.

October 17: Dusk.

October 18: Their mama has worked with me for several years now, and she has continually referred me new and amazing clients. I'm grateful for her kindness. I'm also grateful that these girls now know me, that they bring smiles and hugs when they arrive, and that they bring high fives and more hugs when they say goodbye. This is the good stuff of this job.

October 18: Their mama has worked with me for several years now, and she has continually referred me new and amazing clients. I'm grateful for her kindness. I'm also grateful that these girls now know me, that they bring smiles and hugs when they arrive, and that they bring high fives and more hugs when they say goodbye. This is the good stuff of this job.

October 19: Millie. As she is.

October 19: Millie. As she is.

October 20: Batman in the shadows. Cat in the light. Probably not what Commissioner Gordon had in mind.

October 20: Batman in the shadows. Cat in the light. Probably not what Commissioner Gordon had in mind.

October 21: Super G wore a tie to "look like a college kid." I had the privilege of being his nanny when he was a baby. We had dinner after the session, and after our goodbyes, Ty asked me, "how do we get a kid like that?"

October 21: Super G wore a tie to "look like a college kid." I had the privilege of being his nanny when he was a baby. We had dinner after the session, and after our goodbyes, Ty asked me, "how do we get a kid like that?"

October 22: Gold sequined table cloth for the win.

October 22: Gold sequined table cloth for the win.

October 23: Halloween costume approval.

October 23: Halloween costume approval.

October 24: It was shocking. Apparently. Sweet Carson was just 5-days-old at his newborn session!

October 24: It was shocking. Apparently. Sweet Carson was just 5-days-old at his newborn session!

October 25: Kate (and Steve) arrived from Australia, and we spent the day after drinking coffee and shopping and laughing and talking, and my world was better for it. Emily Dickinson's, "my friends are my estate" rings true.

October 25: Kate (and Steve) arrived from Australia, and we spent the day after drinking coffee and shopping and laughing and talking, and my world was better for it. Emily Dickinson's, "my friends are my estate" rings true.

October 26: Two of our favorite people in one of our favorite places.

October 26: Two of our favorite people in one of our favorite places.

October 27: A wetsuit was required, but Steve learned to wakeboard, and we skied the sun down.

October 27: A wetsuit was required, but Steve learned to wakeboard, and we skied the sun down.

October 28: No costume required.

October 28: No costume required.

October 29: If guests from Australia during the lead-up to Halloween, then take them to Target because consumer culture at it's finest.

October 29: If guests from Australia during the lead-up to Halloween, then take them to Target because consumer culture at it's finest.

October 30: Scary handsome. First Halloween.

October 30: Scary handsome. First Halloween.

October 31: I spy a peacock princess raiding the trick-or-treat giveaway stash.

October 31: I spy a peacock princess raiding the trick-or-treat giveaway stash.

Here is September in Thirty Photographs.

What I didn't foresee in setting out to do a 365 project was the way it would point me towards gratitude. My life is rich: the people, the places, the work I get to do and the beauty I get to see. The ordinary is extraordinary when held up to the light. Here is September in thirty photographs. 

September 1: Selfie with Jameson.

September 1: Selfie with Jameson.

September 2: Georgia spreads her arms and legs in the pool and shouts "Starfish," and the cuteness kills me.

September 2: Georgia spreads her arms and legs in the pool and shouts "Starfish," and the cuteness kills me.

September 3: Leftover 4th of July fireworks on Labor Day.

September 3: Leftover 4th of July fireworks on Labor Day.

September 4: How many kiddos can you fit on a paddleboat with Uncle Rudy?

September 4: How many kiddos can you fit on a paddleboat with Uncle Rudy?

September 5: Ice cream, before and after.

September 5: Ice cream, before and after.

September 6: Engagement session magic light goodness.

September 6: Engagement session magic light goodness.

September 7: New kitten for my little friend.

September 7: New kitten for my little friend.

September 8: The reluctant daily photo subject. 

September 8: The reluctant daily photo subject. 

September 9: *NOT* his birthday, but my lunch date on the 9th loves dinosaurs, and NEEDED to wear his t-rex shirt.

September 9: *NOT* his birthday, but my lunch date on the 9th loves dinosaurs, and NEEDED to wear his t-rex shirt.

September 10: Wherein all of my photography dreams came true.

September 10: Wherein all of my photography dreams came true.

September 11: Nadine in four frames.

September 11: Nadine in four frames.

September 12: Nightly kitten routine looks like fetching and jumping for green beans. 

September 12: Nightly kitten routine looks like fetching and jumping for green beans. 

September 13: Anniversary photos for Debo and Tyler. So. Much. Love.

September 13: Anniversary photos for Debo and Tyler. So. Much. Love.

September 14: Every time I vacuum these two camp out on the landing.

September 14: Every time I vacuum these two camp out on the landing.

September 15: Pink.

September 15: Pink.

September 16: Early morning stalker.

September 16: Early morning stalker.

September 17: Photo by Ty. I am finally getting consistent at landing *small* jumps on the wakeboard. Ty surprised me with a properly fitting board, and it's made a huge difference. 

September 17: Photo by Ty. I am finally getting consistent at landing *small* jumps on the wakeboard. Ty surprised me with a properly fitting board, and it's made a huge difference. 

September 18: Grease... high school musical edition.

September 18: Grease... high school musical edition.

September 19: Besties.

September 19: Besties.

September 20: The reluctant daily photo subject, location scouting in the Jeep edition.

September 20: The reluctant daily photo subject, location scouting in the Jeep edition.

September 21: Photo by Ty. An eff cancer kind of day.

September 21: Photo by Ty. An eff cancer kind of day.

September 22: The look Albert gives me when Millie stalks from overhead.

September 22: The look Albert gives me when Millie stalks from overhead.

September 23: Lake sunsets win every time.

September 23: Lake sunsets win every time.

September 24: Abba's senior photos looked like recreating a photograph we took when she was 10.

September 24: Abba's senior photos looked like recreating a photograph we took when she was 10.

September 25: Savannah.

September 25: Savannah.

September 26: Happy birthday, Josh!

September 26: Happy birthday, Josh!

September 27: Never let go.

September 27: Never let go.

September 28: Because date night.

September 28: Because date night.

September 29: New glasses.

September 29: New glasses.

September 30: Dinner and a movie with friends. Elim kept yelling "ooky." I think he's ready for October.

September 30: Dinner and a movie with friends. Elim kept yelling "ooky." I think he's ready for October.

July Life

Snippets of life in July. Being intentional about a daily photo has caused a creative shift as well as a growth of gratitude. Paying attention and pulling out the camera daily has been so good for me.  I'm looking forward to sticking with it for while. I hope you enjoy seeing as much as I enjoyed making.

July 1: Making a list of the things she wanted to do at the lake.

July 1: Making a list of the things she wanted to do at the lake.

July 2: When it comes to baby whispering, we are a matched set.

July 2: When it comes to baby whispering, we are a matched set.

July 3: Beers in the water and endless jumping off the boat.

July 3: Beers in the water and endless jumping off the boat.

July 4: Playing cornhole; taunting Mom. Let's be honest; she probably won.

July 4: Playing cornhole; taunting Mom. Let's be honest; she probably won.

July 5: After the rain.

July 5: After the rain.

July 6: Goddaughter. Super hero. Both.

July 6: Goddaughter. Super hero. Both.

July 7: All in a day's work.

July 7: All in a day's work.

July 8: They are so much braver than last year.

July 8: They are so much braver than last year.

July 9: Slalom.

July 9: Slalom.

July 10: Celebrated Donna's birthday with a 15k. We both got age group awards and chased running with tacos. Win.

July 10: Celebrated Donna's birthday with a 15k. We both got age group awards and chased running with tacos. Win.

July 11: Mom sitting at my sister's bedside almost 24 hours into her labor. We thought we'd meet Jameson on the 11th, but that wasn't to be. I love this photograph, as it tells so much about the way my mom loves.

July 11: Mom sitting at my sister's bedside almost 24 hours into her labor. We thought we'd meet Jameson on the 11th, but that wasn't to be. I love this photograph, as it tells so much about the way my mom loves.

July 12: Capturing the miracle of new life amazes me always. Capturing the miracle of my nephew's arrival? I don't quite have the words.

July 12: Capturing the miracle of new life amazes me always. Capturing the miracle of my nephew's arrival? I don't quite have the words.

July 13: Getting to know Jameson.

July 13: Getting to know Jameson.

July 14: Hospital kisses.

July 14: Hospital kisses.

July 15: I married a badass.

July 15: I married a badass.

July 16: Jump!

July 16: Jump!

July 17: Brothers. Eye roll.

July 17: Brothers. Eye roll.

July 18: Besties.

July 18: Besties.

July 19: The linen cabinet.

July 19: The linen cabinet.

July 20: Sleeping in the morning light.

July 20: Sleeping in the morning light.

July 22: When in proximity to Chicago, eating as much Chicago-style pizza as possible is essential.

July 22: When in proximity to Chicago, eating as much Chicago-style pizza as possible is essential.

July 23: My cousin Allie got married, and I loved being a guest at their wedding. A big camera photo had to happen, of course.

July 23: My cousin Allie got married, and I loved being a guest at their wedding. A big camera photo had to happen, of course.

July 24: The skies at dusk, always friendly, even after a 3-hour weather delay.

July 24: The skies at dusk, always friendly, even after a 3-hour weather delay.

July 25: A hard day.

July 25: A hard day.

July 26: Our cats prefer the dog's food.

July 26: Our cats prefer the dog's food.

July 27: How had he only been here two weeks, I wondered? It seems like we blinked, and he'd been here forever.

July 27: How had he only been here two weeks, I wondered? It seems like we blinked, and he'd been here forever.

July 28: Experimenting with double exposure. Love him. Love this place.

July 28: Experimenting with double exposure. Love him. Love this place.

July 29: Posed dog in the magic light. Cat walked into the frame and stole the show.

July 29: Posed dog in the magic light. Cat walked into the frame and stole the show.

July 30: Our niece on his side meeting our nephew on my side. We scored in the family department.

July 30: Our niece on his side meeting our nephew on my side. We scored in the family department.

July 31: Apprentices in Uncle Ty's lab.

July 31: Apprentices in Uncle Ty's lab.