The Hauptly Family

Meet Lawrence, Hollie, Quinn and Raelynn. Hollie is a birth junkie just like meeeee! Wahoo! Someone who gets my level of crazy! Haha! 😉

I met Hollie at the very first Dallas Birth Network meeting I attended. I had just had my daughter a few months earlier and my experience left me craving more from the birth world. It was about this time that I decided to pursue birth photography, so when I was invited to attend a birth network meeting, I jumped on the opportunity. Hollie sat next to me. She mentioned that she had her own business as a certified doula and childbirth educator. I was impressed and inspired. I knew what I wanted to do, but being so new to the birth world, I didn’t know how to start. Hollie was brand spankin’ new to the area and had already launched her business. She didn’t let being new hold her back, and I shouldn’t either. Everybody’s gotta start somewhere! So, this is my start.

Since then, Hollie and I have become friends. Let me tell you, this is one cool chick. She is very sweet and smart, and she is really good at what she does. Lawrence is quite impressive too. He is currently in chiropractic school. These two make a great duo and then, of course, you add two pretty stinkin’ cute kids and they are the whole package! LOL! It was a lot of fun photographing them. Quinn was completely adorable and always ready for the camera. His eyes and smile just make you light up! Raelynn was much more reserved. She couldn’t quite figure me out. But, I still want to eat her up because even though she gave out smiles sparingly, she was ridiculously cute. Well, without further ado, here are their family portraits.

And, for anyone interested in doula services and/or a natural childbirth course, check out Hollie’s website at http://www.sweetserenitybirth.com/ or you can find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweet-Serenity-Birth-Services-Hollie-Hauptly-Doula-and-BBCI/141314659269361. I highly recommend a birthing class especially if you are interested in a natural birth. Also, doulas are worth their weight in gold especially if they help prevent unnecessary interventions.

And, of course, if anyone is interested in birth photography by yours truly, you can find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pushphotos or email me at pushphotography at outlook dot com. I am currently offering discounted rates for portfolio building. Please contact me for more details.

Sweet Little Sarah

I met Sarah and her mommy, April at a mutual friend’s Super Bowl party in 2013. Shortly after I arrived, April and I started to chat. It didn’t take long for me to realize that we had a lot in common. I immediately felt like we could become good friends. Then, a few months later, I put out a casting call for a photography shoot, so I could get in some more practice. April jumped on board right away. I was so excited! April’s daughter, Sarah has the most beautifully striking eyes I have ever seen and she is so adorable! We scheduled the shoot a couple weeks ago and when I arrived, April apologized for Sarah’s “messy toddler hair”. No apologies needed! These images are not perfect. They are REAL! I cannot get over Sarah’s cuteness for who she is, just as she is. She is so beautiful with her dark hair and oh-so-blue eyes! To me, these images exemplify toddlerhood in all it’s spontaneous, innocent, natural glory. I really hope that April and her husband, J.L. feel the same way. They are such a sweet family and want these images make them smile for years to come.

Meet sweet, little Sarah:

Kay Bay Bay and 50mm of Gloriousness!

God DOES answer prayers!

I have been fascinated with photography since I was a kid, but I always felt it was something I would need to do in another lifetime. Rather than do it professionally, I would have to settle for just being an enthusiast and I was ok with that…for a while. Then, my husband bought me my first Canon DSLR camera Christmas 2010. I started shooting in manual shortly after that and my interest grew.

Then, with the birth of my daughter in 2012, my perspective on life and work changed. While on maternity leave, I felt strongly compelled to make a career change. I was working as a social worker and while I loved my work and my clients, I wanted nothing more than to stay at home with my daughter. I needed something where I had more control over my schedule. It was then that I decided to take photography from a hobby to a business.

Now, I didn’t make that decision lightly. I understood becoming a professional photographer wasn’t going to be as easy as it looks, so I would need to study my tail off to master the technicality of it and also learn the business side of things. I began taking classes 5-6 days per week and each day I learned priceless information. I also learned that my intro DSLR and kit lenses were only going to get me so far. Through my research, I discovered that one of the best lenses for portraiture is a 50mm. I needed to upgrade…but going from a two-income household to a one-income household, plus adding a new family member made things quite tight financially. It was not in the budget to make any such upgrade. I had no idea how I was going to get enough money to get a new lens. So, I prayed.

The next day, I called up a friend, a “woe is me” phone call, and I told him how if I was going to do this photography thing, I was going to need a 50mm lens to get me started and the way things were going, I wasn’t going to be able to afford one. “A 50mm?”, he asks. “We have one here in the lost and found.” Say what?!! Someone had left behind a Canon 50mm lens at his place of business and it had been sitting there in the lost and found for nearly a year. He followed up with the manager. After making me wait about 3 months (talk about a nail-biter), he finally got approval to take it.

Like I said, God DOES answer prayers. I get chills just thinking about it. I mean, what are the chances…? Now, the fact that someone else is without their beloved lens is not something that is lost on me. I am genuinely sad for their loss, as cheesy and ridiculous as that sounds. If I were in their shoes, I would be so upset. But, if nothing else, I can say, it is in good hands. I treasure it daily and it has done a budding photographer well. I absolutely love it and it’s got me wondering what I was actually doing before I had it because what I did before was NOT photography. I was just pretending! LOL! This lens can do amazing things. I can do amazing things with this lens!

And, without further ado, below is my very first photo shoot with my 50mm 1.4 and my beautiful, smart, fun, sweet niece, Kaylee, aka Kay Bay Bay.

Roberts Maternity

Meet Stephen, Nadia and the soon-to-be Penelope Marlowe. I met Nadia through a mutual friend and I was thrilled when she allowed me the opportunity to do a maternity photo shoot for her. Nadia was so sweet and Stephen was so funny! It was quite easy to see what a great couple they make. They are just 2 very cool people…and they are multiplying! Let just hope the world can handle what Sweet Penelope will have to offer! 😉

P.S. Nadia has the most photogenic baby belly in the history of ever! Just look at her!

Erin and the Girls

My friend, Erin has two of the most amazing, lovable, precious, wonderful little girls God has ever put on this Earth! Every minute I get to spend with them is so special. They are just so much fun and so sweet. I can’t get enough! I put out a “casting call” of sorts looking for people willing to let me photograph them for practice as I try this new venture into photography. Erin jumped at the opportunity. I was over the moon happy to be able to do a photo shoot for their precious little family. I really hope that they had as much fun on the shoot as I did!

Meet Erin, Jerah and Ayden:

The Marquis Family

I grew up around the block from this girl. She has been one of my best friends since 3rd grade. We went to school together, played together, grew up together… We used to call each other up on the phone and ask if the other could come out to play. With permission from our parents, we would say, “Ok, I’ll meet you at the corner!” And, we did! No matter whose house we were going to to play, we would meet at the corner and then walk together the rest of the way. We would do the same when it was time to go home. We never really wanted to go home, so many days/nights, we would get to the corner and keep chatting for 10, 20, 30 minutes, an hour… many important conversations happened at that corner. Oh, the good ol’ days! It stayed like that until high school when she moved away. I was devastated to see her go, but we kept in touch with phone calls and snail mail. By this time, Al Gore had invented the internet, but keeping in touch via the internet wasn’t like it is today. With the upload speed of dial up, it would have been faster to walk an email from Austin to Dallas. Ha! Well, one piece of snail mail I received was a note card with a picture she drew. It said “2005” and below was a drawing of two houses. One with her name next to it and one with my name next to it, and a message that read, “You know we have to live around the block again someday! Promise!” You wanna know the best thing about it? It’s pretty much TRUE! Ok, so maybe not 2005 and maybe not right around the block, but as fate would have it, after getting married, my husband got a job that placed him in DFW and when it came time for us to plant our roots, our real estate agent found us a home off the very same exit she moved to back when we were just 15 years old. We may not be close enough to walk to each other’s houses, but we are just a 10 minute drive up the road. That’s impressive considering how large the DFW Metroplex is!

So, here we are, 15+ years later, still friends and now with families of our own. And, Yessenia was kind enough to give me the honor of photographing her family for their 10 year wedding anniversary. I hope they enjoy these images. I sure had fun and it was a great learning opportunity for me.

Meet Yessenia, Michael, Nadiya and twins Adrien and Canaan:

p.s. LMBO! Yessenia, in the drawing, why is your house bigger than mine? 😉

Mama, Papa and 2 Drunk Bears

My cup runneth over! In 2011, my husband and I had the privilege of traveling to England and Ireland with two of our best friends, The Shireys, aka Mama and Papa. It was to celebrate our 3rd anniversary and their 2nd. While there, of course, I had to do a “photo shoot” for them. Again, I was still learning and it was still just my kit lens, but I had a blast and got a few images I hope they can enjoy for years to come.

Meet Ian and Elise:

And, while in Ireland, who doesn’t get a wee bit tipsy? Even the stowaway bears got in on the action and had a glamorous, drunken photo shoot of their very own at Waterford Castle. Well, Sugar mostly got chocolate wasted while Broder drank the hard stuff. Oh, silly bears!

Meet Broder Bear and Sugar Bear:

{Angela + Greg = Engaged}

This was my first “photo shoot” back in 2011. At the time I was just a girl with a camera and a dream. I didn’t know what I was doing. I had no formal training whatsoever in photography, but I did have a healthy fascination with it. Luckily, I had some cool friends who were getting married that year and they let me have the honor of shooting their engagement photos. I was still learning and practicing, but I had a lot of fun and learned a lot. Here are some of the images from that shoot. The images aren’t technically perfect, but they do show two perfectly in love kids.