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?

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September 4 on 4 -- Killeen Texas 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.

I almost started the monthly summary again with the words: This month has been busy! Well, in reality, I just feel busy and tired. My work schedule switched to early morning shifts for a few weeks, so I wake up at 4 a.m. even on my off days so my body and mind aren’t adjusting to drastic time differences. I prefer staying up late opposed to waking up very early. And to think, when I was in college, I woke up super early all the time!)

The desire to improve my life feels never-ending – eat healthier, exercise more, photograph meaningfully, manage and market my business better, parent more attentively, master new nursing skills, mindfully spend time with the Lord. The List goes on. Sometimes, in the moment, I have a strong sense of dissatisfaction, that I’m not where I want to be . . . but really, it’s where I need to be – right now – for my family. I can’t be expert status at ALL those things right now. So I have to cut down and prioritize what IS important. Am I spending my time and energy well? That can definitely be improved. Keep it simple, Michelle!!

Looking back on this past month from August, I can see that it wasn’t for nothing. To be honest, I’m so tired from work and eagerly focused on the upcoming fall and holiday season for photography, that August feels like one big blur! But then again, that’s yet another reason why I’m thankful for photography and that I intentionally took my “big camera” out on expeditions in the rain, to Killeen’s local ComiCon, and captured our everyday adventures. Time sure does fly! 

Just a little reminder: “Be patient with yourself.”

Some background on these photos:

#1 – Playing in Puddles – Finally, we have some rain and splashing fun! This is a childhood bucket list activity that I have wanted to do for some time now, inspired by Diana Gabaldon’s prologue in Voyager. Love these bright, cheerful colors!

#2 – Not a Morning Person – This one is just funny. When she wakes up in the morning, her hair is all askew and she does NOT like it when I open up the window to bring in some natural light! Bahahaha. I’m sorry, my sweet child… but mama needs the extra light for decent camera exposure.

#3 – Rembrandt Portrait – I actually had a different project in mind. I love her perky, Dr. Seuss hair and wanted to do a side-by-side portrait with a pineapple. Hmm, need to do a collaboration with my assistant. A.k.a. daddy.  

#4 – Interpretive Dance – Part of our bedtime routine, I guess. I often catch our toddler babbling to herself and playing in the mirror when it’s time to brush her teeth. Find fun where you can! #lifelessonsfromatoddler

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August 4 on 4 -- Fort Hood/Killeen, Texas 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.

 

It's August here in Texas! The heat is in full force, but I hope that means slightly cooler autumn weather is around the corner! ;) 

Here are some highlights from the past month:

  • We returned from a beach vacation and our first vacation without our toddler. She stayed with her grandparents; it is a total blessing to be near family when your husband is active duty in the Army! 
  • I started a new job working at a hospital in Temple, Texas.  Through work, I’ve already met some wonderful people. Many nurses I work with continually say they LOVE working at the hospital and on this unit. The supportive morale was welcoming and I hope I can contribute. 
  • I exceeded one of my personal goals to take 3-4 photography workshops this year. I’m at 5 already! The most recent course I took was Xanthe Berkley's Time Capsule Video course. You can see my Fourth of July Vacation video here.

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First Photo: I was determined to get some summer-themed photos. Our family dog got bath in the backyard and we splashed around outside. We went to the water park in Lion’s Den Park in Killeen too. Our daughter loves playout outside and in water, but we definitely have to go after nap time.

Second Photo: Bahaha, this is delightful revenge for the first year of sleepless nights. At least when she wakes up and seems surprised, she appears innocent and sweet.

Third Photo: Maybe I have biased “mom eyes” for this one. It’s just a simple close up with a genuine smile and bright eyes with catchlights. Usually my daughter will only smile if my husband does something funny, but not usually at the camera. (Any other moms/photographers relate??)

Fourth Photo: I know this one is random, but I couldn’t decide between this and others… But this one makes me so happy! I handed the camera to my husband to capture this cute moment. Sometimes our toddler likes to pat us on the bum. She uses the same gentle motions like when she pets our dog. I don’t get the toddler logic, but it’s sweet and endearing. 

 

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