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. 

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 
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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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.

Thanks for reading! I should be back on schedule for our monthly blog circle 4-on-4 in August. :) 

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