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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July 4 on 4 -- 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 month was a little busier than normal! My husband and I spent the Fourth of July at Crystal Beach, a beach community a little north of Galveston, Texas. Our daughter stayed with her grandparents for a few days while we caught some sun and spent time with adult friends. We didn't go swimming do to the Vibrio germs, but it was nice to relax by a beach... and we got a wee bit sunburned despite proactive sunscreen re-application. 

While relaxing is tiring business, and duty calls, so we returned to Killeen, Texas and my husband to work at Fort Hood. June was a big month for transition: my daughter started daycare in preparation for my return to full time work as a registered nurse. Sometimes I feel sad contemplating decreased family time, but this is a prayerful return to the workplace. I'll continue photographing professionally as a business owner, and also strive for personally intriguing projects and photographing my own family. I have an open mind and an open heart towards business, and I pray that God will direct my path for whatever lies ahead! 
 

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Image One: We were blessed with a weekend getaway when my parents came down to Fort Hood to our daughter. My husband and I scouted Austin, Texas and Georgetown, Texas. This is a view from the Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail. It was nice to see so many active people. (Good for you, sweaty runners!) ... And then we spent the majority of our time eating at quirky restaurants and enjoying the movie theater. 

Image Two: Perhaps my daughter appears contemplative and peaceful, but in reality, she's just chillin' in front of the TV. We do not watch "regular TV," but she likes to watch nursery rhymes on the Little Baby Bum channel on YouTube. It's funny to watch her do the actions behind "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" because she totally skips the shoulders and is pretty clueless about their location despite intentional redirection. (You experienced parents or teachers of little kids are probably laughing at me. But hey: this is my first kid and I'm still trying to understand what she does or doesn't understand as a toddler!)

Image Three: Taken during a military unit get together, a family hail and farewell (of sorts). We went to a local park in Harker Heights, Texas - Carl Levin Park.  My daughter loves playgrounds and I like how this image documents her single-minded focus towards playtime, in addition to the scratches and bruises of toddler activity. It was our first crawfish broil. I would've loved taking more photos of our toddler eating a crawfish, but she was getting tired and cranky around that time, so we left early. 

Image Four: My daughter waking up in the morning, surrounded by a pocket of light in her adorable princess pajamas. Love the cute bedhead look.

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June 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.
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This month has been a whirlwind! It began with a Mother’s Day holiday and ended with a trip to Dallas-Fort Worth for a wedding over Memorial Day weekend. I took my third online photography class this year called Mastering Natural Light Indoors. You can see different techniques implemented in the images below, like the use of soft light, split lighting, and utilizing shadows to tell a story. Before MNLI, I thought “good light” could only be bright and airy, but the class taught me to appreciate shadows as well. More than ever, I realize that photography is more than a digital snapshot, but it invokes the deliberate use of light and shadow to convey a message. Later this month, I will take a class called “Fine Art and Visual Expression.” I cannot wait to start!

I've added another self-portrait from May. I don’t think this image is particularly intriguing, but I think other mothers can appreciate the candid moment. ;) 

Here is what I shared on that day:

136 | 366 - "The Days are Long"

Sometimes (read: a lot of the time) it seems like our days are on repeat: wake up, exercise, attend to crying child, wipe snot, feed child, clean up food thrown on floor, get dressed, dress daughter before she undresses herself, perform miscellaneous errands, return home before nap time, put child in bed only to have her crawl out and sleep on the floor, and clean around the house while toddler undoes the things you just did.

But time passes quickly, in an instant. 6 years ago I graduated from college. 10 years ago (*grumbles* a decade?!) I graduated from high school. ... Even now, I can't believe the year is almost half over!

My daughter is on a waitlist for daycare and they called a few days ago saying that they'll be ready for her soon. It's bittersweet because I know she'll learn and flourish there. She'll learn to speak and begin potty training...

So we commemorate our remaining time together with a photograph. She is teething so she constantly wants me to hold her, but I also suspect that she's insatiably curious about what's going on 3 feet above her eye level. She has her lovey, "blankie," that she likes to chew. The kitchen is constantly askew with random snacks and papers. Snacks.. you know, the organic stuff that she refuses to eat and the papers are remnants of ‪#‎momfail finger painting activities. 

This stage, though, it's all temporary. One year from now, our lives won't look the same - and that's exciting and terrifying all at once.

The day that she can effectively unload the dishwasher and put things away will be nice, though. Now she just wields knives like a lightsaber.

Thanks for reading! This 4-on-4 blog post is brought to you by the Clickin' Moms Blog Circle. Please visit Chrissy Mazer's images from May here. :)

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