Category Archives: families

Jenn before 8am


This is Jenn, stay-at-home mom to three boys. I spent about 3 hours with them one morning, leaving as they left to run some errands. And–from the it’s-a-small-world files–we discovered after the session that Jenn’s husband and I had been following each other on Instagram for a while already. How random is that?

Kids are (understandably) fascinated to wake up to a stranger with a camera in their bedrooms. The parents warn them ahead of time but I still get a lot of interested stares and sometimes shyness at first (like from the oldest boy of this family). But everybody warms up to me, or forgets about the camera, eventually.

When I left, Jenn hugged me and said, “I feel like you’re my new best friend.” LOL! What can happen after you spend the early hours of someone’s morning with them.

Check out what Jenn says about her mornings on the Houston Moms Blog.

Andrea before 8am


What happens at Andrea’s before 8am. I knew I liked her when she emailed me a couple days before the session and asked if I would go with her to take her 5yo to school. YES! I will go anywhere with you.

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

Tiffanie before 8am


What happens at Tiffanie’s before 8am. I photographed them on a Saturday morning because she wanted to include their weekend mornings with the whole family together.

They have two dogs, one of whom they adopted on a total whim. Her husband told me: “You know that pet rescue place that used to be next to Anthropologie? Well, she went to return something to Anthropologie one day, and I went in there, and the next thing you know, we had a new dog.”

Read what Tiffanie says about her mornings on the Houston Moms Blog.

Kelly before 8am


This is Kelly, the woman who owns & runs the Houston Moms Blog.

Her son was born with a defect called an omphalocele, which situation in which the abdominal wall does not close all the way and some of the organs develop outside of the body, attached in a sac. He spent some time in the NICU when he was first born, and then when he was a few months old he had surgery to put his stomach, liver, and intestines back inside his body and repair the omphalocele. (In just one surgery, which seems amazing to me.)

But he healed fine and has not had any other complications at all, and he’s now almost four years old. And he’s got a little sister now, as well.

Here’s what happens in Kelly’s house before 8am.

You can read what she says about her morning, too.