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It’s that time of year again, when the Texas wildflowers are in bloom and the bluebonnets line the sides of the highways in all their glory.  It’s been such a fun tradition with my two little Texas natives.  I’ve gone to the same field since Caden was a baby and have loved bringing them back each season.  I’ll definitely be that mom who’s forcing these two to take these when they are home on college break, and I’m sure they will hate one day that I have so many images of them holding hands and kissing.  Until then, I’m soaking up as many of these as humanly possible.  And oh, my, goodness, this year we had a happy accident that the sun was “hurting their eyes” so I grabbed for the sunglasses for a few.  Which lead to me taking a bajilion pictures of little miss looking like a hippy flower child.  Too cute for words!

And because everyone loves looking back in time and comparing how much they’ve grown, here’s the link to view last year’s bluebonnet pictures!

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It always cracks me up when she starts posing herself, no clue where she gets these from. 🙂

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This one is DEFINITELY my favorite.  Again, the sunglasses that weren’t even suppose to be part of the shoot.  These were a party favor from a Top Gun party that I just keep in the car for them.  The blue color made the clouds look so amazing I actually squealed out loud.

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Sisters. Am I right?

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Hey look! There I am!  Proof that I exist. 🙂

Texas Landscape Photography_0028Texas Landscape Photography_0029Texas Landscape Photography_0030Texas Landscape Photography_0031I had to finish these off with a “real life” picture.  A lot of people ask me “how do you get such great pictures of your kids?” It’s HARD.  This session I took about 700 pictures to narrow it down to 80.  A lot of crying, refusals to smile, cheesey fake smiles, more crying (by me), BRIBES, and every so often a winner.  This one cracked me up, this was about 10 minutes in and they were “over it” which was perplexing because they were yet to give me a good one.

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  • Cindy Young

    Loved all of these, Jessica!! Beautiful — children and bluebonnets!!ReplyCancel

Because I want to remember this phase of his life.  Because you never know how long they are going to last before moving on.  This has been his obsession since the beginning of this football season.  We’ve always cheered for the cowboys, we have footage of him barely getting the words out as a baby, “go womo. go cowboys!” But this is the year he finally started to understand plays and TRULY enjoy watching them unfold.  He discovered the NFL mobile app on xbox, the greatest invention on earth in his eyes. After school he races through the door and asks the same question each day, “Can I please watch NFL mobile?”  When he hears “yes” he changes out of his school clothes, puts on one of his jerseys, his helmet, and grabs a ball.  He sifts through replays and action clips dating all the way back to the 70’s.  Of course he loves the 90’s cowboys, Aikman, Smith, Irving.  In fact, he starts flag football this spring and asked for his number to be “8” after “the greatest cowboys quarterback ever.”  Which I totally get a kick out of because I remember watching those exact games when I was little. My oldest brother was also obsessed with them, Troy Aikman his favorite of course.  Growing up in Akron it was too painful to be a Browns fan, so naturally we converted to America’s team and never looked back.  It’s like I’ve been transported 20 years back in time and feel the same excitement as I did when I watched with Greg.

When his allotted TV time has ended, he takes the ball out front and recreates the plays he’s just watched. By himself.  Calling out the plays, running the length of our “field” and even perfecting his touchdown dance.  He asks me to time him, trying to beat his sprint time from the day prior.  I admire his determination and positive attitude as he drops most of his catches and watches as his passes go about 2 feet.  It doesn’t get him down or even frustrate him, he just laughs it off and tries again (especially with me as his mother, a notorious competitive freak).  He may not be scoring on any real fields anytime soon, but in his mind he’s well on his way to being the best.

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If you follow me on Instagram or have browsed my Etsy shop recently you may have seen my image boxes I have for sale.  I started off selling them because I loved the idea of a beautiful piece of art that also could be used on your coffee table to hide your remotes and other various eye sores.  I’ve since ended up making them as gifts for so many people because I loved turning them into precious mementos.  I start by using one of the images from my art collections on the top of the box and then it’s backed with either a vegan leather (many color options) or silk fabric (also many color options) in a coordinating color scheme for the photo.  They come in various sizes ranging from 4×6 to 12×12 and are either 1.5 inches or 2 inches deep.  Which makes them big enough to store anything from remote controls, jewelry, 200 photographs, to various trinkets around the house.  This one pictured is 12×12 with merlot vegan leather backing.

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In making them a little more special for gifts, I started overlaying text on the images.  I’ve done song lyrics, bible verses, quotes, you name it!  The one I made for my own bedroom says “Home is Wherever I’m with You,” from the song by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.  I keep anything from pictures to movie ticket stubs that have any sentimental value from my family.  This one is a 5×7 with turquoise vegan leather backing.

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I just made this one for a dear friend of mine who recently moved away.  I wanted her to have something special to remember the home they lived in for years, watched their daughters grow in and shared so many great memories in.  I went to her old house nearby, photographed it, put it on a box with the quote, “Where we love is home.  Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.”  I backed it with camel color leather to coordinate with her home’s upscale rustic decor and made it an 8×8 size.  Then I printed two mini albums of all the photographs I’ve taken of her kids in her home and put them inside.  Not only did it take me down memory lane putting it together, it really felt like a present she might treasure for years (hopefully). 🙂

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And like all good mother’s, my very own has become addicted to giving them as gifts as well.  She has had a rough past couple of years caring for her aging mother and has turned to a few of her closest friends for love & support.  She wanted them to know how very much she adored their help and how significant they had been in her lives.  She had a very specific idea in mind for the boxes she wanted me to make.  One of her favorite songs is by a Christian artist named Francesca Battistelli called “Hands of God.”  She had me photograph a set of hands, edit it with a rustic black and white finish and add the inscription from the song, “I Hope you know to me, You are the Hands of God.”  She made them as 5×7 boxes and finished it with platinum silk backing and loved the way they turned out!

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For more information on how I can make a personalized image box for you please give me a shout! Or visit this link that takes you directly to the listing in my Etsy shop.  It’s super simple, pick the image you want from my portfolio, choose what kind and color backing you want, the size, and we’re off!