There are Austin family photography sessions, and then there is photographing the DeMartinos. This is our final session together as they are moving back to Chicago next month (tear). I have enjoyed seeing these two darling children grow over the years into sweet, flexible, handsome, compliant, bright individuals. (That’s my meager attempt at convincing them to stay because, of course, they are 10x more than that.) I can’t wait to send them off with a few keepsakes from their time spent in our funky town. Here’s a sneak peek from the morning!
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This hippie-meets-modern first birthday shoot was a dream come true for photographer-in-chief Ziem. She’s loved collaborating with friend & stylish client Lauren over the years on a half dozen or so family portrait sessions, and this latest one for Lauren’s little warrior prince was filled with this family’s customary style and sunny smiles.
Crafty Lauren ran tirelessly around town before the shoot, carefully assembling the props and family heirlooms which – along with the birthday boy himself – brought this shoot to life.
Speaking of the birthday boy, he’s proven himself quite the warrior over his first year, tackling challenges and overcoming them with the trademark family joy and strength. A happy photo shoot was the perfect way to honor that – and those incredible eyelashes (not that this writer is jealous of those incredible eyelashes. Nope. Not even a little bit.)
Wishing this warrior prince the happiest of first birthdays, with thanks again to the Aseron family for their continued friendship & support. We love you, sweet Jun!
I had a very productive consult with mom Angie before their family session last month. It is so important to me to learn as much as I can about my clients beforehand – must-have shots, strong aversions, and things they enjoy together as a family. Not only does it help me find ways to connect with someone I might be meeting for the first time, but I also know the things I should avoid so as not to upset the little ones. I can’t tell you how lucky I feel to work with some of the best.
During our consultation, we decided on two looks and one location. Our one and only requirement was the need to accommodate dad’s work schedule and the kids’ swim lessons. This park allowed us to start later and still shoot at a leisurely pace before sunset. It was the perfect setting for back-lit photos, twirling, dancing, and relaxing after a long, hard hour of shooting.
After the mandatory dressy photos, this crew loosened up as soon as they slipped into their “Friday casual”. Dad was formerly in a rock band, owns multiple vintage jukeboxes, and a cool bar on Rainey St. so I suggested a laid-back rock look. He even brought one of his guitars and his grandmother’s hat. I love photographing my clients in special family pieces. I hope these get hung next to the hat rack.
So glad I made the suggestion for our “rock look” and even more grateful mom trusted my creative vision. As we threw down a blanket and dad took over on the guitar, several magic moments organically happened. Big brother was the most relaxed Mom and Dad had ever seen him. They felt at home and it really shows in these photos. In the end, these two definitely deserved their pick from my prize box!
I met Andy years ago when our older two started playing soccer together (translate: run amok for 20 minutes before requiring a 30-minute snack break). I’m certain it was Andy’s infectious energy which subsequently got me through mommy & me swim lessons for our elder three, my awesome blogger Melissa’s son included, while pregnant with my second child. It’s crazy to think we will have three- and six-year-olds before long!
Have you seen a more doting big brother? They are seriously the most charming little fellas with a bond that can’t be sweeter.
These days, I also get to enjoy Andy’s energy in a restorative way, through her Friday Power Vinyasa yoga classes. It has done wonders for my mental and physical strength – which is useful when balancing a business, two busy little ladies, and everything in between. In case you missed it, we did a Fit, Fab & Forty post, showcasing her amazing talent last year. What a blessed lady with many reasons to smile!
I enjoyed getting to run around and capture this family’s fun spirit on camera.
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Seems like it was just yesterday that I received an inquiry from Kifany and Matt, just engaged at the time, as they were interviewing wedding photographers. I connected with them immediately and I was so glad they chose me to be their photographer! It was a blast being a part of their romantic garden wedding and amazing reception at the W, complete with an appearance by Superman (OK Matt) at the end of the night.
I was delighted to learn Kif was expecting and thrilled when I found out I would also be their newborn photographer. The second go-round of planning was just as seamless as the first; from deciding the location in their home in which we would shoot, to choosing the best time of day to photograph their newborn, to selecting accessories that baby and Mom would wear, Mom nailed it.
Speaking of wraps and accessories, not even the threat of a baby mohawk (gifted by a friend who shall remain anonymous) from Daddy’s costume closet could interrupt her two-hour slumber during the newborn session. And let’s talk about Matt for a second, shall we? Anyone who strongly feels that any photography session, weddings and newborn sessions alike, should be one big party is my friend for life. I’m so happy to see these three adjusting to this precious new life so well and I hope to be a part of many special memories to come. I know she’ll be creating much of that in this perfectly furnished nursery.
In case you missed my top three favorite shots, check out their sneak peek here.
If you looked up “style” or “family” in the dictionary – ok, or on the internet, as the kids do nowadays – you’d likely see a picture of the Aseron family. It just doesn’t get better than this wonderful bunch.
The universe basically insisted that Austin family photographer Ziem and the Aserons be friends, between two older kids often mistaken for twins, a shared due date for a second child, and a shared class at school. From joint half birthday portraits to countless photo shoots, Ziem is honored to be both friends with and photographer for this happy clan. Z and mama Lauren may or may not be plotting an arranged marriage between their oldest two – and can you blame them?
The world got a lot brighter with the arrival of the Aserons’ third child. The lucky boy appears to have inherited both the trademark family charisma *and* the to-die-for lashes; with any luck, the amazing dance moves are next. Baby Boy is also simply the sweetest, happiest little man, the perfect addition to an already impressive bunch.
Ziem feels honored to not have photographed so many of the Aserons’ important moments throughout the years, but to be great friends with them as well. Sometimes the universe just knows that a partnership – including at least one arranged marriage – is meant to be!
Austin Kite Festival 2013