Category Archives: before 8am

Jill before 8am

Jill’s morning went pretty quick as she and her husband got dressed and ready for work. Talya, her 2 1/2-year-old daughter, was not a fan of having a stranger in her house so early in the morning, and I think she was a little clingier than usual to her mom because I was there.

So here’s what happens at Jill’s house before 8am. When I got there, Talya wasn’t awake yet. Jill was up and her husband was showering.

My favorite part of this photo is the balloon on the ceiling.

Getting her hair done in the bathroom, but the weird lady with the camera is in there too!!!

He asked her, “Did I get it all off?”

I’ve already forgotten what the injustice was, but I love this photo.


To read Jill’s take on her morning routine, check out her post on the Houston Moms Blog today.

Hannah before 8am


We did this session on Easter morning. Hannah has a really nice blog ( if you want to check it out) where I spent a while the day before her shoot reading all about their lives, because her blog is gorgeous.

Why you might care about her. She’s a good writer. She has boy/girl twins that they adopted as newborns. She is a photographer herself and she works as the production manager for another photographer here in town. She has awesome style.

And then there’s the YELLOW KITCHEN TABLE. I totally loved this table, so there are a lot of shots at that table. Hannah told me she bought it from a blogger she follows who posted it for sale, and she grabbed it up right away.

She & her husband get up before the kids and have breakfast and coffee together first thing.

They had just had a deck installed in their backyard the day before, so they were excited to sit outside to drink their coffee.

The yellow table! Both kids turning to look at me! The dog under the table! I love everything about this picture.

When I followed her upstairs to her basket of clean but not-yet-put-away laundry, she said, “Well, this is real life, right?”


That’s what happens in Hannah’s house before 8am on a Sunday. Read what she wrote about her mornings in her post on the Houston Moms Blog.

Meagan before 8am


Meagan’s morning started early, and I was barely in the door when her daughter suddenly appeared on the steps. A laid-back spring break morning as they get ready to go to gymnastics. My favorite of these photos is probably the series of the two kids going out the door, when her son gets pushed out of the way by his sister.

Read what Meagan says about her morning over on the Houston Moms Blog today.

Breonna before 8am


When I commented how quickly they all got ready, he said to me, “I don’t have to dress up for work, so my hardest decision is which shoes to wear.” LOL. Unfortunately the only shot I got of him putting on said sneakers was blurry. I didn’t take a second one b/c I didn’t think that photo really mattered anyway, and then he went and made that joke and I immediately wished I’d gotten a decent shoe one!


Breonna and her husband get ready for work simultaneously, sharing duties for getting their daughter ready, and then leave the apartment together, and he drops their daughter off at daycare on his way to work.

Talk about working in tandem…this morning went SO FAST. The whole thing took less than an hour, which is a record among the families I’ve photographed so far. (Although to be fair a couple of families chose to do sessions on weekends because their weekday mornings are super quick.)

Read what Breonna says about her morning on the Houston Moms Blog.