Christmas Fireplace -- Killeen Fort Hood Family Photographer

Michelle of All Your Heart Photography is a family, maternity, and newborn lifestyle photographer based in Killeen, Texas and serves Fort Hood, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Belton, and surrounding areas in Central Texas . She uses natural light to capture meaningful memories of your family with sincerity and authenticity. To contact Michelle or schedule a session, click here.


What is the Blog to Print Project? A personal project to translate the electronic into the tangible - that is, committing memories, words, and images to print. My husband is the writer, I am the photographer, and this is our gift to our children. 

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December 25, 2015     |     Dearest daughter, 

We returned home to Texas! Our family was in the middle of a Permanent Change of Station (Army vernacular for a long term military move) to a new assignment at Fort Hood, Texas. After your father’s promotion and subsequent army training, we were given a list of duty stations and instructed to rank our preferences. We prayed about it -- and, of all the exotic places we could have listed (Italy and Hawaii come to mind) -- our hearts found peace in returning to Texas. You were very young, only a year old, and it would be a blessing to be close to our extended family in your formative years.

Previously, our lodging experience was limited to renting on base or living off post. This time, we decided that we were going to buy a house! It was a stressful (and frustrating) endeavor to be sure. We had a small wish list, a modest budget, and an open heart that God would direct us in finding the right home. 

Your father took a few weeks of leave during the transition from Arizona to Texas, and we were blessed to stay with your grandparents during the Christmas break. Back and forth we drove, 2-3 hours at a time from Arlington to Fort Hood. We did an online recon to preview homes, but it's a different experience to see them in person. 

When we weren’t driving and looking for a new house, we were enjoying the company of our extended family: your grandparents, aunts, and uncle! Of course, you received the most Christmas gifts of anyone. You still enjoy playing with the building blocks from Aunt Eryn and the alphabet wiener dog from Aunt Casi and Uncle Jered. 

On this Christmas night, the chill of the evening air beckoned us to light up the fireplace. You were absolutely fascinated by the fire! Thank goodness you didn’t try to pull down the gate and climb over…

All in all, while home in Texas, we found a certain peace that coexists when one is home. No matter what turmoil is present in our lives at the moment, at home we find both acceptance and tranquility.

Always, our love, Ma and Pa

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Voyager - Outlander-Inspired Puddle Splash Fest -- Killeen/Fort Hood Photographer

Michelle of All Your Heart Photography is a family, maternity, and newborn lifestyle photographer based in Killeen, Texas and serves Fort Hood, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Belton, and surrounding areas in Central Texas . She uses natural light to capture meaningful memories of your family with sincerity and authenticity. To contact Michelle or schedule a session, click here.

 

If you've ever asked for book recommendations from me, you've probably heard me mention the Outlander series by Diana GabaldonI'm currently reading My Own Heart's Blood via Audible, narrated by the amazingly talented, award-winning Davina Porter. 

Out of the entire Outlander series, Voyager is my favorite book. There are so many juicy, exciting, and adventurous elements - and soon we'll see the book come to life with Season 3 on Starz! 

Diana Gabaldon's big books start with poetic prologues, vignettes that illustrate a theme in the book; in Voyager, the theme is water. This photography session was inspired by the prologue to Voyager, which is featured below, woven between images. I envisioned lots of splashing and puddles, and it was fun to utilize my daughter's love of water and playing outdoors. From a photography stand point, it's absolutely magical the way light and water work together. Can't wait to do this again! Enjoy! 

When I was small, I never wanted to step in puddles. Not because of any fear of drowned worms or wet stockings; I was by and large a grubby child, with a blissful disregard for filth of any kind.
It was because I couldn’t bring myself to believe that that perfect smooth expanse was no more than a thin film of water over solid earth. I believed it was an opening into some fathomless space. Sometimes, seeing the tiny ripples caused by my approach, I thought the puddle impossibly deep, a bottomless sea in which the lazy coil of tentacle and gleam of scale lay hidden, with the threat of huge bodies and sharp teeth adrift and silent in the far-down depths.
And then, looking down into reflection, I would see my own round face and frizzled hair against a featureless blue sweep, and think instead that the puddle was the entrance to another sky. If I stepped in there, I would drop at once, and keep on falling, on and on, into blue space.
The only time I would dare to walk through a puddle was at twilight, when the evening stars came out. If I looked in the water and saw one lighted pinprick there, I could splash through unafraid—for if I should fall into the puddle and on into space, I could grab hold of the star as I passed, and be safe.
Even now, when I see a puddle in my path, my mind half-halts—though my feet do not—then hurries on, with only the echo of the thought left behind.
What if, this time, you fall?

Thanks for reading! 

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Fall Promotion! Killeen / Fort Hood Family Photographer

Michelle of All Your Heart Photography is a family, maternity, and newborn lifestyle photographer based in Killeen, Texas and serves Fort Hood, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Belton, and surrounding areas in Central Texas . She uses natural light to capture meaningful memories of your family with sincerity and authenticity. To contact Michelle or schedule a session, click here.

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I can't believe it's almost fall! (Well, Texas doesn't seem to know it because it's still 90 degrees out!) Hopefully in a few weeks we will get some cooler weather. Recently, our family visited Cameron Zoo in Waco and the Robinson Family Farm, a local pumpkin patch in Temple, but it’s still so hot that the whole family was dripping sweat! That resulted in not-so-flattering photos, but they were still fun family memories worth recording – however sticky and stinky we were!

This will be our first fall and winter in Central Texas. We left North Texas six (6!) years ago when my husband and I started active duty in the Army. It was such a fun experience to witness how the weather transitions in different states. I remember that Texas winters are fairly mild; the cool weather starts late and it warms up early in the year! Even though Fort Riley, Kansas had cold, windy winters and a few days it was 7 degrees, I loved wearing boots, scarves, and a jacket! The good thing about being stationed at Fort Hood is that we will still be able to enjoy the outdoors this winter for family time, exercise, and photography expeditions.

In anticipation of fall, winter, and pumpkin-spice-everything, we are offering a special promotion for early booking! If you book by October 15th, you will save $25 off your session. You can choose between a mini session (30 minutes) or a full session (1 hour). It’s perfect timing for your annual family photos and Christmas cards! Check out the Information and Pricing pages for more information!

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