L Family on South

Well the stars aligned for this sweet family session. Our location on South Blvd was (as usual) lovely and the morning light was GORGEOUS. Plus it doesn’t hurt that Baby L was precious, happy, and ready for his close-up :-) Thanks for sharing your Saturday morning with me, L Family!

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B Family 4th Birthday Portraits

What a treat to get to hang out with this cutie on the morning before her 4th birthday! And to top off the fun, I couldn’t believe how lovely the Arboretum was after our long, hot summer. Not only did we see LOTS of lovely flowers, we also had a visit from a friendly bunny and a shy turtle. Love this place and the smiles it brings out of the little ones!

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Sarah Sue’s Hiking Adventure in the Alps!

I realize I have been pretty MIA this summer. That has been partly due to the INTENSE Texas heat. We are talking “feels like 109” sort of thing. Who wants photos in that sort of weather? Sweaty people, that’s who. But aside from the heat (and much more fun), I have also been traveling this summer! A couple of weeks ago, I returned from hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc – a 100ish mile trek that circles Mont Blanc, traveling through France, Italy, and Switzerland. I brought along my big ole camera because… how could I not? These views were quite possibly once-in-a-lifetime sights. Lugging the camera each day was a small price to pay for a record of this incredible experience.

So here’s how it went: Each day we got up early, assembled our gear, and headed “up up up” (as our chipper guide told us). Most days our goal was to climb up to a mountain pass, traverse for a bit along a flat ridge, and then descend into the next valley. And let me tell you – I developed a much healthier respect for mountain hiking after just one day of this routine. Because, as it turns out, this trek is both beautiful and PAINFUL. My muscles and my feet screamed at me every day and I considered quitting more than once. As the days wore on, though, I began to discover that the views were worth the pain. Life lessons right? More on that another time… In the meantime, enjoy the sights!

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Daniel and Alix are Married!

I just love getting to participate in big events in the lives of my family members. So this Daniel fella is my cousin and he has married the lovely Alix! I had the privilege of visiting them in Austin and going to some of their favorite locations around town for a little wedding shoot. Oddly enough, although I am a native Texan, I have spent very little time in A-town. So it was a special treat for lots of reasons to hang out with these two in their city. Thanks for your hospitality and your pretty/handsome faces, Alix and Daniel!

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I enjoy thinking about “the human experience” (surprise surprise, counselor lady) and spend my days talking to people about the ups and downs of their lives. Often my photography serves as an escape for me into the lighter, more beautiful or sweet or adorable sides of life. But I believe there is also reason to photograph the darkness. I took these particular photos years ago and am currently not grieving. But I pull them out periodically and find great comfort in reminding myself of what my grief looked like. I began simply wanting to destroy… or at least render something unrecognizable. I wanted to take the chaos that was churning inside of me and impose it on the world around me. After debating the usual possibilities (shave my head? get tattoos? go skydiving?), I decided to… paint my apartment. And what began as a (feeble) attempt at destruction slowly changed into an act of creation. What started out literally in darkness (I couldn’t sleep and began painting only at night) was found by light. I am beginning to think that, out of all life’s travails, grief comes closest to looking and feeling like pure chaos. Our moments of grief are the ones when we begin to think that the center cannot hold. And yet we have reason to hope. Perhaps we should tell our stories of grief a bit more often. In my experience, the chaos doesn’t win.

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Take heart.

Happy (Late) Father’s Day!

I love that we have a day to celebrate Dads. I can speak for myself in saying that my Dad has earned my deep love and admiration and I am thankful there is a day when I have an excuse to remind him of that. This year, I had the fun job of taking a couple of kiddo photos as Father’s Day gifts. I wasn’t able to post them until now because they were (shhhhh) a surprise. So now I have the freedom to say Happy Belated Father’s Day to the daddies of these little ones :-)

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Zoe Kitty

It’s not often that I get the chance to do pet photography. But I believe pets can be a huge part of their humans’ lives. I have always loved my own pets (which have ranged from cats and dogs to horses and lambs) and have so valued the role they have played in my life. So I was quite sad when one of my friends called recently to let me know that her precious pet of 10 years, her cat Zoe, was diagnosed with cancer by the vet. Since Zoe is still active and seems to feel pretty good, she wanted to get a few photos of her acting like her normal kittenish self. We also got a few of her housemate Zack, a big ole Siamese cat with blue eyes. I had such a fun day in the life of Zoe and Zack. And am hoping for many more good days like this in Zoe’s future.

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New Packaging!

This summer, Sarah Sue Photography will be four years old (can you believe it?!). So when I recently began running low on CDs and jewel cases, I decided it was high time to upgrade my packaging. A huge piece of this decision is my recent purchase of a new printer!! With this baby, I am basically now a self-contained photographer/designer/print shop. I am able to make customer prints in-house, giving me total artistic control of my product from beginning to end. This is helpful in my recent attempts to branch out into the realm of fine art photography (more on that another day) as well as my ability to create pretty packaging for my customers. All of the inserts, tags, and logos were designed and printed by yours truly. So without further ado, feast your eyes! Next time you place an order with Sarah Sue Photography, this is the delightful gift you can expect to receive in the mail:

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Welcome Baby Joseph!

Two weeks ago, my heart got a little bigger when my newest nephew was born. Baby Joseph, as it turns out, is just a delightful human (much like his parents and siblings). And this Mother’s Day week, I am feeling very grateful for my sweet sister-in-law, who is such a fantastic momma to these kids who I love so dearly. Happy (late) Mother’s Day!

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