Santa Fe Photography Workshop

Last week was fantastic. For my summer vacation, I spent several days visiting friends in St Louis (and managed to squeeze in a newborn session – more about that soon!) and then relocated to Santa Fe for an absolutely incredible photography workshop. Our instructor was the legendary photographer Joe McNally. I have to pinch myself to believe that I really did get to learn from that guy for 4 days. We covered the gambit, from camera basics to advanced lighting techniques. Joe encouraged us to focus on crafting high-quality photos straight from the camera, with only minimal post-processing. So without further ado, here are a few of my favorite shots…

Assignment 1: Santa Fe

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Assignment 2: Ghost Ranch (Georgia O’Keeffe country!)

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Assignment 3: Eaves Movie Ranch (Ever seen The Cheyenne Social Club? Or Wyatt Earp? They were filmed here along with a slew of other Westerns. And yes, I know that my model is in the jail with his gun and with the doors open. We decided that he is seeking revenge on the sheriff, and is waiting to ambush him at the jail. All in good dramatic movie fashion.)

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The M Family is having a baby!

This is a couple that is totally gorgeous inside and out (cheesy I know, but true). So I was super pumped to learn that they are expecting a baby! I cannot wait to meet that little one face to face. In the meantime, it was wonderful to get to photograph this family of three at Rice U. Mr. And Mrs. M were so patient with me, trekking around the campus and braving the Houston mosquitoes, smiling sweetly all the while. Thanks so much M Family!

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V Family Mini Session

The V Family won my Fun in the Sun Contest! After a couple of rain checks in our Houston monsoon season (or whatever you would call these last couple of weeks) we finally got to meet for our mini session at the Arboretum. And ya’ll, I cannot believe how many good shots we came away with in twenty minutes. Little Caroline just turned on the charm, happily smiling away and singing with her parents. What a delight!

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L Family at the Arboretum

What a fun morning I had last weekend with the L Family at the Arboretum. These little boys were super pumped about the trees, bugs, berries, fish, you name it – this place is boy heaven! Basically we did lots of playing and caught some precious moments in the process. Thanks, L Family, for choosing this awesome location!

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Sarah Sue has joined Red Thread Sessions!

Attention attention! Sarah Sue Photography has joined up with Red Thread Sessions to offer free photo sessions to new adoptive families. There is a brand new button on my blog sidebar that will take you to the Red Thread Sessions website for more info. It looks like this:

I worship a God who has a heart for adoption – has, in fact, adopted me into His family – and I would be honored to be a part of your adoption story. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Fun in the Sun mini session GIVEAWAY!!

Yep, you read that correctly – it’s giveaway time! Summer is nearly upon us and I want to see your favorite Fun in the Sun moment.

What could be better than some canoeing in the sun?

What could be better than some canoeing in the sun?

Here’s how to enter:

1. Email me your favorite Fun in the Sun photo (contact at sarahsuephotography dot com) by next Friday, May 9. You must “like” Sarah Sue Photography on Facebook in order to enter. **Because of the nature of the prize, you must live in Houston or San Antonio to be eligible to win.

2. I will post your photos to my Sarah Sue Photography Facebook page on Saturday, May 10.

3. Ask your friends to vote for you by first “liking” Sarah Sue Photography and then “liking” your photo.

4. Voting will end on Friday, May 16. The photo with the most likes is the WINNER!!

5. Winner, claim your prize – a FREE 20-minute mini session and CD of 10-15 high-res images.

Let the competition begin. You may begin sending me your entries… now!

H Family in the Hill Country

The H Family lives in Texas too! Everybody comes back ya’ll… it’s true. This sweet family lived for a few years in the arctic lands of Minnesota. It’s so great to see them back amongst the hills and the cacti. And these brave kiddos were more than willing to run and play in the dust and the grass (while expertly dodging thorns and ant beds). Their boldness out in all that beauty made my job easy. Thanks for spending the morning with me in Boerne, H Family!

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V Family Newborns

Have I mentioned how much I love newborn shoots? My morning spent with the V Family was no exception. What fun to hang out with this little guy on his 10th day of life. And I have to say… this family gets extra bonus points for the snuggly bear hat – precious! Thanks, V Family for welcoming me into your home during this special time!

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What else I like about Texas…

These. Found today on a short side-of-the highway walk outside of Buc-ee’s. I was able to identify most but not all. Please let me know in the comments if you are able to identify the last one!

All the Flowers



Dewberry flower:

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Evening primrose:

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Indian paintbrush and bluebonnets:

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Tasajillo cactus (“Christmas cactus”):

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Texas violet:

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What I like about Texas…

It’s funny what happens when you live somewhere your whole life – that place makes up the air you breathe. It seems totally normal, uninteresting, mundane. But when you leave, all of a sudden home becomes fascinating, interesting, worth talking about. During my years in St Louis, I tried to explain the beauty, nay the glory of my beloved Texas. I had a few enthusiastic listeners but they were outnumbered by the eye rollers (“you Texans“). But now that I am back in my home state, I am soaking in those things that seemed so mundane before. Here are just a few of the things that I have loved about Texas over the last couple of weeks…

The storms and views in the Hill Country:


Rodeo clothes:


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The beautiful view of the Houston skyline from Buffalo Bayou:




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The Kite Festival at Hermann Park:





Stay tuned. My love affair with my home state has only just begun…