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Beautiful Hayley – Canyon Lake High School Senior Portrait

I’m back from vacation!  We had a great trip.  It’s always nice to go somewhere but always nicer coming home.  I’m back to work and yesterday I photographed beautiful Hayley.  She’ll be a senior at Canyon Lake this fall.   I had to pull up the last time I photographed Hayley. It was in 2007  Click HERE!  I can’t believe how fast time flies!  I remember this session very well. Hayley with her Hannah Montana costume!  So cute!  I had to ask if she was still a Miley Cyrus fan and she said, “Um, no.”;)  Hayley’s all grown up now. She’s still dancing with her schools competitive ballroom dance group! (How totally cool is that? I didn’t even know high-schools did ballroom dancing!) and she’s also on the Volleyball team.  Busy girl!  We had a great session… here’s just a few quick peeks!  Looking forward to our location sessions soon!

On Vacation

We’re in Rockport! I love this sleepy little fishing town.  I’ll be checking email but please forgive me if I don’t reply right away.  I’ll be back in the studio on July 15th.   Because blogs without photos are lame…. here’s a little peek of where we are….  I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer thus far!

Sneak Peek for Michelle & Daniel

Meet adorable baby Lincoln!!    He’s six months old…  and super cute.  He decided that TODAY… of all days….picture day…. would be THE  perfect day to perfect the art of crawling!  LOL  I think this little cutie is going to be walking in NO time!! You can tell how much Lincoln is loved by his brothers and sister! They could sure make him smile!   Such a beautiful family!!  Here’s just a quick peek!  Was great seeing you guys today!

Sneak Peek for Anna & Maurizio – San Marcos, Texas Maternity Portraits

I had a fabulous time yesterday photographing Anna & Maurizio.  They’re expecting their first little one in a few weeks.   I don’t usually get to do maternity sessions outdoors so this was an extra special fun session.  The weather cooperated too!  It was a great day!  We photographed at the most amazing location.  The Depot!   There were so many amazing places to photograph on this property!  It’s my new favorite location!  Here’s just a few peeks! See you guys soon!  Thanks for choosing me to document this special time!


First Class Dance Center ~ San Marcos, Tx

While I’m behind on blogging… I had to take a few minutes to share some of these super cute photos.  In April I had the pleasure of photographing the dancers at First Class Dance Center  in San Marcos.  It’s a new dance studio here in town and let me just say these little girls are amazing!  So much talent!  The school is run by Lindsey Ledwig and her staff.  They run a great program including a competitive dance team (that’s something new for this area!)  These little cuties have already won numerous awards!    They’re getting ready for the first recital that will be held June 7th at the Brauntex theatre in New Braunfels.   They are also having classes this summer! So, if you’re looking for something fun for your little ones to do make sure to sign up before the classes are all full!   

Here are just a few favorites…. I’ve posted the full gallery over at my facebook page!



Amber Evans - May 13, 2014 - 4:22 pm

The came out so good!! Thank you for the awesome pics of my daughter.

Sneak Peek for Kim ~ San Marcos High School Senior Portraits

Meet beautiful Kim.  I just LOVE her red hair.  So pretty!  I’m glad she let me put up a peek!  She wanted to be surprised but it was killing me because how awesome are these??   Such a great session!  Thanks for coming in!  See you soon!

Matt Houston - March 29, 2014 - 6:28 am

Incredible. This is fantastic work!!!! This is Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone worthy. Seriously fantastic work.

Jenna & Mike ~ Engagement Portraits

So I shared the peeks…. but now I’m excited to share the full slideshow from Jenna & Mike’s engagement session.   So much fun to photograph people in love! This sessions was just awesome with the horses and the rolling hills!  It was also really neat to see the connection Jenna had with her horse Homer.  You could tell how much he just loved her!  Without further ado…


Carol Poenisch - March 27, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Laura -

This is Jenna’s mom. Just wanted to say that the engagement pictures are AMAZING!! You did such a great job! Can’t wait to see the rest of them!

Sneak Peek for Jenna & Mike ~ Hill Country Wedding Photographer

Today I had the pleasure of photographing Jenna and Mike.  They make the sweetest couple!  I’m looking forward to photographing their wedding in July at Old Glory Ranch in Wimberley.   Jenna and Mike both share of love of horses so of course we had to include some in our portraits!  We photographed out on her family’s land near Schulenberg.  The rolling hills were just beautiful!  The wind was a bit crazy but all in all it was a beautiful session! Here’s just a few quick peeks!  I’ll have the full presentation ready soon!


Sneak Peek for Cara, Ben & Elaine – San Marcos, Texas Baby Photographer

Meet sweet little Lily!  She’s just about to be two years old.   Lily is so cute and smart!  She loves puppies and princesses.  She also sings!!   We had a delightful session!   I was totally impressed with her conversation skills she has so much to say!  I LOVE this three generation portrait!  Aren’t they beautiful??   It was great to meet you guys. Thanks so much for coming in!  See you soon.

Bill Wilkinson - March 13, 2014 - 7:48 am

I am so proud to be part of this family. Three generations of beautiful young ladies have been captured splendidly. Congratulations to the photographer and love to the models.


I want to thank EVERYONE that entered our first Ten Year Anniversary celebration contest! It really was wonderful to see how you’ve displayed our photos. Everyone that sent in a photo was entered for each display you shared… I used to generate the winner. Without further ado….. The winner of a $500 gift certificate to The Smile House is:


I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this family for over five years now. She told she was sending in a bunch of photos! She wasn’t kidding… So many great memories and wonderful displays!!   If you haven’t already visit my facebook page to see all the entries!  You guys are amazing!

I’ll be having other contests and sales through out the year… so make sure you follow my blog and my facebook page! Again, thank you for playing!

Much Love,

Happy Ten Year Anniversary To Me!

Ten years??  How did that happen???  I can’t believe how quickly ten years flies by.   I have so many things to be thankful for.  There wouldn’t be a Smile House without my wonderful clients.  I can’t express enough how much I appreciate you choosing me to document your family history.  I know I say it all the time but it truly is an honor.   I want to thank each and everyone one of you…   I love celebrating your children’s milestones with you.  I love spending the most important day with a bride and groom as they promise to love each and I will cry at their wedding.  Thank goodness for auto focus!  I still get sentimental when a baby I’ve been photographing for years is no longer a “baby”… and proclaims he’s a “Big Boy” during our session.  My heart always hurts for parents as they cry watching the slideshow of their graduating senior because they know that their “baby” will be heading off to college.  Thank you… for sharing these moments with me and trusting me to tell the story of your lives with portraits.

I want to thank my husband Bryan too. He’s supported me this whole time.  Without his love and support I could have never made it this far.  Thank you for believing in me and always being there.  Thank you to my son too who’s put up with being over photographed and made to model and for not complaining too much when I wanted to take “just one more”.  I’m so proud you’re learning photoshop.  I see a summer job in your future buddy!;)

A little side note:  When I opened The Smile House my boy was only 16 months old.  I had previously worked at home so I remember this day very very well. I remember it because it was the first time I left my boy in daycare.  He cried his eyes out when I left him…and so did I. It was the hardest thing I had to do. It was also the first day my new studio was officially open. I remember walking in and the smell of paint was still very fresh… and I felt a sense of pride.   I remember working on marketing and designing advertisements.  I desperately  hoped the phone would magically start ringing.  It didn’t that day.   It sure did a few weeks later though. When I picked my boy up from daycare he was SO happy to see me.  They gave me some artwork the teacher helped them make in class.  It was a sun with hand prints and it was titled  “Sunny Day”   It had the date on it too with his name.  I love this piece of kid art.  Even though I’ve had four different studios this piece of art STILL hangs on my wall.  I’ll treasure it always.

So… in celebration of 10 years I’m going to have some contest through out the year!  I may even have an open house!  Who doesn’t like a party??  The FIRST contest… is a fun one.   Nothing THRILLS me more than to see my photos displayed in your homes!  I can’t tell you how happy it makes me!!

Here’s the contest….

Take a photo of MY photos on your wall… or your album (if you’re not a wall portrait person)  and email them to me at        info @  (take out spaces)   I’ll be posting them on my facebook page and at the end of the week… everyone who sent one in… will be entered to win a $500 gift certificate to The Smile House!   How easy is that contest???  Contest ends SUNDAY MARCH 9th.

The Small Print:   GC has no cash value.  Must be used within one year.  Non transferable. Good For New Sessions Only.

Again… thank you all from the bottom of my heart!!

Much Love,


Sneak Peek for Staci and Jeff

Saturday I spent the morning with sweet little Bennett.  He is a little over a year old… and fast!!  LOL He really has fully mastered the art of running!   I love his messy wispy hair.  I can’t  get over how much he looks like his older brother Angus!  I photographed Angus when he was six or seven months old so a little age difference but look at those eyes!!  They look SO much alike to me!  Some strong gene’s in this family!!  Such cute little boys!  Bennett is so expressive too… you can really tell what he’s thinking by his expressions  I love this image with his pouty little lips.  He wasn’t crying… just was just getting tired.  He just breaks my heart with that sad face!! Was great to see you guys thanks so much for coming in!

Big Brother Angus at Six Months!


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