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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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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April 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 joined a group of blogging photographers last month! We are all members of Clickin' Moms, a large photography forum with support for hobbyists and professional photographers alike. It's been great for networking and growing in photography. I joined in 2014 when I became a mother of a newborn! 

With our blog circle, we are doing a "4 on 4 project." Essentially, we share four images from the previous month on the fourth day of the current month. Click through to the next photographer, Chrissy Mazer, here

The first one is of my daughter playing with her food. Toddlers are so full of emotion! At this very moment, she wants to sit in my lap and type, but ... no, not right now, haha. :)

Images from our everyday lives, April 2016 edition - lifestyle family photography - Killeen, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Belton, Temple, Waco, Austin, and surrounding areas in Central Texas 

Images from our everyday lives, April 2016 edition - lifestyle family photography - Killeen, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Belton, Temple, Waco, Austin, and surrounding areas in Central Texas 

I wanted to elaborate on the last image, the self-portrait of my daughter and I. She goes through phases of being extra affectionate or extra cranky. My friend jokingly calls it being "sweet and sour." So appropriate!! In this photograph, she raised up my shirt and poked my belly button, smiling as she tickled me. Then, she kissed my abdomen and hugged me. I didn't teach her that; she just does it on her own! *cue awwws* 

As a photographer, I am usually behind the camera and I have thousands of photos of my daughter, yet I'm only in a few. Perhaps a lot of it is being self-conscious about my post-baby body (you know, with stretch marks, weight gain, and looking perpetually tired). Yet, I want any readers out there - mothers, photographers, clients, etc. - to know that I find you beautiful. For me, true beauty isn't found in the airbrushed, photoshopped appearances you see on television or on magazines. True beauty is your inner self (as cliche as that sounds); there is so much beauty within a human soul and a person's life. We shouldn't limit our idea of beauty to mere external appearances, but celebrate the joy in our everyday.

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
— 1 Peter 3:3-4

This year, I want to be more intentional about getting in the frame, so you'll see more self-portraits here on my website or social media. For more excellent examples of self-portraits of mothers with their children, check out this group project on Clickin' Moms, "Because You Were There Too."

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