The Orphaned Images Project: School children

21 09 2011

Written on the back of this photo (I’m assuming the names go right to left in placement in the photo):



19 09 2010

This is my friend Rob’s first grandchild, Kali, who is about 4-1/2 months old. Rob’s daughter Mary (Kali’s mother) graduated from college (Journalism major) just one week after Kali was born. Talk about supreme multi-tasking! She has a well-written blog about becoming a first-time mom. Check it out here. I photographed Mary, her parents, and baby Kali earlier this month. See those postings here and here. Below: Kali with her grandparents, Rob and Gayle

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Alicia Royer, pastellist

8 09 2010

I met Alicia Royer a few years ago when I photographer her with her family (husband Mike, and kids Annie and Joshua) for the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). Mike, who wears a cochlear implant, is a member of HLAA. We’ve been friends ever since. I invited the family to my studio sometime later for portraits and at the time, Alicia was seven months pregnant with their daughter, Ashley Jocelyn. You can see the results of that photo session in my blog posts: Meet the Royers, And baby girl five… and Annie & Joshua. Two months later, Mike asked me if I could photograph the birth of their daughter and I jumped at the chance (and the challenge!). You can see the photos from the birth in my blog posts: Welcome to the world, Ashley Jocelyn! and Introducing Ashley Jocelyn. Ashley celebrated her second birthday this past month.

Now that Alicia has a dedicated art space in their new home, this busy mother of three has been churning out drawings and improving her skills with every effort. A few months ago, she asked if she could use a photo I shot of my friend Camilla (Cam) as a reference for a drawing. Recently, she e-mailed me the results and I thought she did a great job and wanted to share it on my blog. While I have been drawing and painting since I was a child, I haven’t done much with the pastel medium, but I do know that it isn’t an easy medium to work in—yet Alicia excels in it with her color palette choices and her layering skills. And most often she chooses portraits as her subject—not an easy task, in my opinion.

Check out her pencil drawings on and pastel drawings on

And she’s getting creative in the kitchen, too, with her new blogs, It Begins in the Kitchen and Alicia’s Favorites.


28 04 2010

I photographed Hudson and his mom and dad, Jeanette and Richard, this morning at Green Spring Gardens. The sun was out, the sky was blue, but it was really cold! We got some great shots despite the temperature. This shot was taken in the children’s garden. More to come…

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12 12 2009

I photographed Sophie in 2002 for a magazine cover.

Photo notes: Nikon F5, Fuji Velvia slide film, Nikkor 105mm micro. 35mm slide scanned by

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In the studio: Micah Doughty

12 06 2009

Just a few images of Micah Doughty from the photo shoot yesterday morning

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Micah Doughty

Josie turns 147!

11 03 2009

…days old, that is. I got the chance to photograph baby Josie again in my studio on February 20, along with her mom, Elizabeth, and two of Elizabeth’s friends who were visiting from out of town. I’ll post the group shots separately. I didn’t get a lot of shots of Josie because her attention span was shorter this time around! Not to worry, there will be plenty more photo ops in her future, I’m sure.

Check out Josie’s first debut on my blog here.

See Daddy’s little girl here.

View Josie “au naturel” in my studio here.

And with Mom & Grandma in the studio here.

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Always in pink

13 01 2009

I shot this photo of my niece, Macie, on Thanksgiving Day. She’s five years old now and doesn’t sit still for long. I don’t think I got more than five shots fired off before she skedaddled. No matter—this one’s a keeper!

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Annie & Joshua

1 06 2008

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Think pink

26 12 2007

These are some of my favorite photos of my niece, Macie. She’s four now and I think these were taken when she was 1 and 3 years old. In the top series of photos, we sat her in a plastic chair in front of the background and she started making these faces. I had just enough time to shoot about a dozen images before she flitted off to do something more exciting.

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Picture this: Summer in Dallas…July 2007…at Kelley’s house (my sister and Macie’s mother). I crocheted a pink hat for Macie (her favorite color is pink, as you can see), and when I finished, I wanted to photograph it (of course) and she was none too thrilled to sit still for the photos. I got four fake smiles out of her and then this shot. As soon as I saw it, I flashed back to getting started in portrait photography in Donna, Texas…my father recruiting Kelley to pose for me any time I came up with an idea for an image…and while I did get some beautiful photos of her during that time, I also got my share of images with this exact same expression, too. Like mother, like daughter.

Of course, in all fairness to her, Macie’s expression might have also been the result of being asked by her crazy aunt to wear a 1/2 inch thick chenille hat in 100 degree Texas heat. Ya think?


Cover kids

18 11 2007

These are some covers I shot for the National Head Start Association several years ago. I didn’t think I’d have much patience photographing kids (since I don’t have any of my own), but I found that I was actually not half bad at it. I guess the years of practice on both of my sister’s kids did give me a foundation (of some patience) on which to build. I’ve learned (from my younger sister) to shoot until they get too restless and then just let it go. Great advice, Kelley. I also learned that you can’t get too comfortable in one position because those kids can move!

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