Outdoors Army Deployment Photo Session in Harker Heights -- Killeen/Fort Hood 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.

This pre-deployment session was so much fun! When I received a session inquiry from this family, I was overjoyed to discover that we all went to the same university! Small world, huh? Not only that, but they were a dual military couple as well! The term "dual military" is used to describe a married couple who both serve in the military at the same time. It's super stressful and tiring, and requires a lot of patience and grace. At any time, one – or both – person(s) can be deployed, in addition to the regular expectations of early morning physical training, late night work, irregular hours, and field training exercises.

A large unit is scheduled to deploy out of Fort Hood and this family wanted to capture photos of their family beforehand. This soldier will go on his fifth (5th!) deployment, but the first one since their children have been born. And to boot, they just moved here a few months prior! If army life teaches you anything, it's to be adaptable!

The two little girls were at such precious ages: 3 years and 7 months. Sometimes the three-year-old wasn't in the mood to smile much, but that's okay. It’s something I want parents to know: it's okay for your children to be themselves! As a mother, I adore those cheesy baby smiles and love the way their eyes crinkle, genuinely amusemed. At the same time, I like it when kids are having fun and being kids! As a photographer, I cherish moments of genuine connection, like when a child rests her head on her father’s shoulders, simply taking a moment to be still and appreciate one another. <3  

Thanks for reading! Also, if you would, please take a moment to pray for this family, all the deployed soldiers and their families at home, for those in service toward our nation and to peace, and for our leaders in government. 

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And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." -- Philippians 4: 6-7

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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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