On the fourth day of Christmas, my photographer gave to me, four preppies pinking* . . .
(*It’s my post, and I’ll make “pinking” a verb if I want to . . . #falalalala)
Austin family photographer Ziem knew as soon as she meet this family at a client’s party that they were the very pink of perfection . . .
. . . so she was delighted when they reached out to her to schedule a family shoot. Mom knew exactly what she wanted for the shoot & communicated wonderfully with Ziem, resulting in some preppy photographic perfection.
Ziem ran into this family recently, which resulted in an unprompted display of the girls’ “Mrs. Ziem smiles”:
They’re so pretty in pink, don’t you think? Ziem truly enjoyed working with this family & can’t wait to do it again soon.
On the third day of Christmas….
It was so nice to meet another set of high school sweethearts and photograph them for the first (but hopefully not last) time. Their little Henry’s speech was just developing at the time so we spent the better part of their session asking him “What does a lizard say?” “What does an elephant say?” and praising him for correctly telling us so. They brought the most adorable props and clothes and though we didn’t get to go through the entire set, we got a few cute captures of the cutest prop of all.
On the second day of Christmas, my photographer gave to me, two babies twinning . . .
Since twins are often born prematurely & spend extra time in the hospital, it isn’t always possible to shoot newborn photos within their first fourteen days. And so it was with the twins shown here, but Austin family photographer extraordinaire Ziem applied her same trusted newborn formula to their shoot - a warm setting (in this case, their gorgeous home), full bellies & white noise:
The twins snuggled throughout the shoot & enjoyed being photographed together – no surprise after nine plus months in the womb!
Ziem’s favorite part of the shoot was the enthusiasm of the twins’ big brother, who was eager to show off his big brother skills as well as chat about his school and friends.
The shoot may not have happened within Ziem’s preferred 14-day newborn window, but like much of life, the best things – and photos! – often happen when things take an unexpected turn. The photos of these two sweet peas in a pod & their brother are Exhibit A, don’t you think?
The family that parties together stays together, right? If the Sharratt and Stephen family are any indication, those parties are both beautiful and incredibly fun too. True to family form, then, Jessica’s baby shower for baby Kennedy Rayne at the 360 Condos building in downtown Austin was a family affair to remember:
Ziem has been honored to shoot a number of events for the family, from the maternity, shower & newborn shoots of Olivia, sister to Jessica, and Olivia’s event design company Liv By Design Events:
The rainy weather didn’t put a damper on the perfect party details – in fact, it perfectly suited the mother & father-to-be, since it rained on their wedding day, as well as baby on board Kennedy Rayne (get it?):
Kennedy Rayne couldn’t have had a better or more enthusiastic sendoff. As the first grandchild for her paternal grandmother – one of Ziem’s favorites, incidentally – baby girl on board was truly showered with love. She’s soon to be in good company, too, with two girls and another due soon to family & close friends. What luck & good timing!
Ziem can’t wait to do Kennedy Rayne’s newborn photos and is just anxiously awaiting her arrival along with the Stephen-Sharratt clan. As we all know, the
sleeplessness party *truly* begins when the newborn arrives! At least, given the family involved, this particular newborn party is bound to be a pretty & pretty fun one too.
Picture it – a wedding so fabulous, so perfectly *you* and your Very Important Other that you decide to re-create the magic 10 years later, bringing back every last detail down to the same vendors. That’s exactly what Cindy Lo and Scott Francis did last Saturday, revisiting perfection at the historic Driskill hotel:
Lucky Ziem got to sub in for Cindy & Scott’s original photographer, who had since gone out of business. Not only did Ziem appreciate working with Cindy, the kindest, hardest working woman she’s had the pleasure of working with for almost half a decade, but she also loved seeing the incredibly creative, luxurious little details Cindy dreamed up – and it’s all about the details, isn’t it? Take the guest entertainment at the reception, for example, which included a stunning ice sculpture, casino tables, flash tattoos, an interactive photo/video booth with festive props, and – Ziem’s personal favorite – a “typewriter rodeo“, complete with poets who churned out personalized poems on the spot using oh-so-Austin vintage typewriters:
Cindy & Scott put the same attention to detail into the food, and the results were equally spectacular – again! Guests enjoyed food stations featuring Peking duck bun, fancy mac & cheese, Texas-inspired soba noodles & a taco bar. It all culminated in a cupcake bar, much like I imagine Heaven does:
Dysfunksun Junkshun kept guests shake shake shaking off all that cupcake bar goodness.
Notable guests for the night were the bridal party and Ziem’s past client and friend, the de Waals, who made a quick appearance to congratulate the amazing couple after her husband pulled a 24-hr ER shift. Obviously, it was a party no one wanted to miss!
Just to put the icing on the (cup-)cake, guests encountered a delicious surprise when the valets returned their respective cars – two macarons in a darling gift box.
Congratulations to Cindy & Scott on scoring a perfect 10 anniversary party – here’s to many more happy years *and* another killer party in 10!
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Feeling so much love and gratitude today.
Thanks to all the wonderful families, couples, and clients who allow me to continue doing what I love.
I hope your tummies and hearts are full.
Between the meal prep and the in-coming in-laws and the school breaks, it’s easy to feel the true meaning of Thanksgiving is getting lost somewhere, maybe wherever the top-secret family stuffing recipe is hiding (WHERE did I leave that???). Those of us with kids may – ok, do - struggle with how to teach our children the true reason for the Thanksgiving season #heyitrhymes.
Thankfully our trusty photographer-in-chief Ziem is coming to our Thanksgiving rescue this year with a craft trifecta. It’s easy, it’s FREE, and it will keep your littles entertained creating a family heirloom while you’re arguing with Aunt Myrtle over who correctly remembers the stuffing recipe. Again.
How beautiful and beautifully simple is that?
Ziem, being the overachiever she is – and a mom who knows that little attention spans may need more than one craft to last ’til turkey time – also whipped up these gorgeous Thanksgiving cards, where each family member can note their gratitude (particularly if said family member can remember where the stuffing recipe is, ahem.) These have so many fun possibilities – set them out in lieu of placecards at your Thanksgiving table & go around the table sharing what you’ve written, or simply steal a quiet moment amidst the chaos to individually record your memories. Either way it’s such a simple way to create a keepsake:
With not one but two free craft templates – again, you can download them here and here – you’ll have plenty of turkey time. OK, “plenty of time” is a foreign concept to most of us with families – how about a distraction long enough to start the stuffing search party?
When life hands you a family session with a middle school cheerleader, you’re sure to end up with a batch of images chock full of smiles and silliness. Our spirit girl abandoned all restraint (both on and off cameras) which was infectious to a very charming and suave little brother. I love it when parents leave kids to be themselves! Their personalities truly shine here and I’m totally bookmarking the individual shot of Isa for recreation in 10 years.
Photo sessions without a child under the age of five are few and far in between so it was a welcome break from shooting while getting a full on cardio workout Together these two were so much fun and their energy matched my experience as a mom of two.
Loved meeting this great looking family (dog included) and I can’t wait to work with them again in the future!
I absolutely love everything about this family session, the warm colors, gorgeous Austin weather, fun day, and wonderful family.
You can’t wish for a better holiday portrait than one where fun-having is pretty evident. It wasn’t so difficult to achieve here; these two prima ballerinas who are used to being in from of my camera by now were delighted show off their dance moves! Not only was my queue to have them dance a great distraction from the real task at hand while I caught their true personalities – it also gave mom and dad (who happen to be over the top awesome with a slight aversion to being in front of the camera) all the more reason to smile and relax as I captured their individual nuances.
This is my third year to photograph this fun bunch, our California turned Texan friends who we’ve known since our older girls were infants. As always, it was such a joy and I look forward to the opportunity next year!
Hello friends! I hope you all are staying warm on this chilly Austin morning. I thought it might be fitting to share another holiday session this morning given the drop in weather temps.
When you think of photographing an infant – let’s be honest – relaxed, calm, and natural are not the first things that come to mind. But every once in a while, the perfect little baby comes along and she’ll blow you away with her full cooperation, leaving you and your assistant gushing about her for days after.
Three years ago, I met Natalie and Brian, then social worker and medical student, while shooting their engagement photos. In addition to being a great-looking pair, they were unmistakably kind and modest. I really enjoyed getting to know them in the little time we got to spend together. We did a holiday maternity session / gender announcement the following year and Liz was ever the stunning, glowing mama-t0-be. I knew she’d make an exceptionally lovely one. I had the pleasure of photographing them again recently and they came back with the same pair of red shoes used last year for the reveal except this time the shoes fit two dainty little feet!
Stay warm. Be sure to check back for more! xo