Traveling with Preschoolers: A Hotel Hack 

Traveling with Preschoolers: A Hotel Hack 

Preparing for our trek across the country and knowing that we would stay in hotels and in friends’ guest rooms, I started scrolling through my mental rolodex for all my packing and travel hacks.

You know those busy school mornings where you can’t find little Junior’s shoes or little Lassie’s backpack suddenly vanishes into oblivion? Staying in a hotel easily tops that. All the planning goes out the window and we can’t find anything. Our room easily looked like a Forever21 dressing room at the end of back to school sale.

Our suitcases exploded in our rooms. And we have preschoolers!

We we wanted to do better.

Franklin Family: 2015

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This family is one of my favorite to photograph. I might be biased: they are family! They have always given in to my requests over the years to follow them around with my camera. During my first film class in college, Ruger, their oldest, made his entrance to the world. I remember taking film pictures of the few day old little man while he slept on Justin and Julie's dining room table in their one bedroom apartment. Aw! My heart gets all happy just thinking about it! I processed the film in the darkroom. I was so worried that I would ruin the precious film and lose the precious photos of their adorable baby. Guys, I had only processed a few rolls of film before Ruger was born. I won't lie, I might have spent a few days building up my courage to process this roll of film. Once I built up the guts to break into the film canister, I headed toward the darkroom. As the image appeared on the paper, my heart sang. It was adorable. 

Things have changed for me since this guy was born. I've switched to digital. Don't get me wrong. I LOVE the art of film photography. That's exactly what it is: ART. But, I'm kind of a tech geek. I love my computer and all the techie stuff that goes along with digital photography. I applaud those photographers that still jump in the darkroom. 

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I absolutely love watching these boys grow up both through living life with them and from behind my lens. I have hundreds of pictures of these boys, and I plan to take hundreds more. Their parents are doing such a great job. These boys are respectful and sweet. They have their own personalities and interests. And aren't they good looking fellas?!? I mean, those eyes!

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Look for this image in the Hallsville Bobcat football program this year! Denny's of Longview (view Facebook page here) bought a full page and I designed the ad! 

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I love it. 

Landon Evenson

Sometimes, you just find someone who loves to be in front of the camera. 


Since his mommy takes lots of photos (see her portfolio here), he knows the drill, knows the poses, and can work the camera. 

Landon is such a sweetie. I might be partial- he loves my Lucy... and I love those that love my little one. 


Landon is starting his first year of school this year. Preschool! Best of luck, Landon. 


Back to School Minis 2015


This week we are shooting back to school minis! 

What's a mini?

A mini is a shorter session. We pick the location, props, theme, etc. You show up, look beautiful, and get awesome pictures without all the planning of a more personalized session. 

What do I get?

  • 30 minute session on location of photographer's choosing
  • 1 digital file with limited print release (with the option to buy additional)
  • gallery posted online and in an app (iPhone and android)
  • 1 mini accordion book
  • a few other surprises!

Other Comments

These are turning out SUPER cute, and aren't only for the younger kids. These would be super fun for a quick senior session. 

We have limited spaces available, and the sessions are filling up fast! There are only a few spots remaining. We only offer a few mini sessions each year. Don't wait, schedule yours today.