• Ties that Bind | DFW Family Photographer

    I love this family! If you want to be around laid back, fun, genuine, and just plain ‘ol good hearted folks, you’ve got to spend an afternoon, or even just 10 minutes with the Shabays.  They are the kind of family that makes you feel welcome instantly and you leave wondering if you are in fact a distant relative or something.  In fact, I WILL be a distant relative of the Shabay family in the not so distant future (sort of 🙂 )  My cousin (and best friend) is marrying their nephew/cousin (hi Matt and Kels!) lol.  Is that related? Maybe it would be fist cousin twice removed in-law or something.  (totally kidding)  Those that know me, know what I am a BIG dork when it comes to family relations.  Don’t ask me why, it just fascinates me!  In fact, there will be no “official” relation, but I like the idea of being related to you Paul, so we are officially first cousin once removed in laws.  I like it.

    Anyway, before I lose you (oops) here are my favorites from their session.  P.D. and Sandra have the most beautiful backyard, so that is what we decided to use as our backdrop.  They spend lots and lots of time here all together, so its just fitting.

    Here is my favorite from the day!  Can’t you tell how close they are!  I love this … sometimes I dont see these deep connections with siblings let alone cousins.  I  really desire for Mia Grace to have cousins to grow up with like I did.  Seeing this photo makes me really wish I had one just like it of the fab five (you know who you are!)  They will really cherish this when they are older.

    And, here it is in BW.  Couldn’t decide.

    Paul and Sydney
    The proud grandparents!
    A moment away from the kids (Wendy can I please be like you when I grow up 🙂 ) Isn’t she just gorgeous?! And she is just as beautiful on the inside (no lie!)The whole gang (supporting their team of course!) 
    I didn’t catch exactly who these hats belong too … but they are special nonetheless. I thought this one called for a vintage touch.Thanks again for allowing me to photograph you family!  It truly was an honor.

     

    I hope you enjoy your sneak peek!

    Adrienne Lisenby: Hi Crystal, I think these are my favorite pictures of your ever. I LOVE the first one in color because you can see the catch lights and brightness in their eyes. Beautiful!! (Nov 01, 2008 at 22:06 pm)
    Jamie Kutter: Gorgeous session Crystal! Your clarity is awesome (and screaming...Canon!) I love it! (Nov 01, 2008 at 16:02 pm)
  • The Preskenis Family | DFW Family Photographer

    Meet The Preskenis Family.  This session was SO much fun.  I know I say that every time, but really, I just love my job.  Tracy is a friend through Mike’s family and I was so excited when she agreed to my new location I wanted to try.  It’s complete with lots of land, tons of antique farm equipment, a big red barn, and an old green farmhouse … hello?!  Here are my favorites from their session (there are lots 🙂 )  Little Wesley is a more serious guy like my little one and Reeve is the smiliest happy baby I have been around!  They were both such dolls.  Thank you guys for allowing me to take your family photos.  Hope you like the sneak peek!


    This one is my favorite I think.  Complete with drool and all. It looks great in color too.
    ligia: i love your blog! how much it costs if i want you to take some photo with me and my boyfriend? should i tell you that i;m from romania, europe:D (Jan 09, 2013 at 02:01 am)
    Kara May: Adorable!! Love the interactions - I'm sure this family was absolutely thrilled with these. Gorgeous!! (Oct 26, 2008 at 17:39 pm)
    Sharon: These are so beautiful! You are incredibly talented!! (Oct 26, 2008 at 12:42 pm)
    Tracy: NO WAY! Crystal - the pictures turned out GREAT! Thank you for spending so much time with us and for all your patience with the boys. Love the drool shot of Reeve - HA! That is so him. Can't wait to see the rest. Love you! (Oct 23, 2008 at 19:06 pm)
  • skater boy and his guitar | dfw child photographer

    A 10 year old boy. skateboard. guitar.  Need i say more?  This session was a photographers dream (or my dream anyway).  Don’t get me wrong, I love photographing families, but its a super nice change of pace to get to focus on one subject.  A subject that actually listens and takes direction, doesn’t throw temper tantrums, doesn’t need a diaper change … man, I died and went to heaven 🙂 It also seems like with boys, that moms stop getting their picture taken between the ages of 5 and 17 (just in time for senior pictures).  I would encourage all parents to get photographs of their little men to document this wonderful age.  

    Riley is one passionate little dude.  He’s into skateboards and guitars and I’m so glad he brought them along.  I really strive for photos to reflect the people in them, and this is a great way to use “props” without it looking cheesy.  Riley, it was great to hang out with you.  I think you rocked it man!  And momma … sorry for your wait 😉  Enjoy.

    So, what do you think?  His first album cover maybe?

    I think he looks about 17 here. 

    Riley also entertained me with his sweet tricks!  Seriously, I had so much fun watching him get after it.

    Eliza Boquin: You are SO stinkin' good! That top one rocks!!! (Nov 12, 2008 at 11:17 am)
    Adrienne: What great shots! I see he has a Camp Woodward Sticker on his board. I wonder if he had the awesome opportunity of actually going there for a week. If not, he has to go. My boys said it was the best week of their life. (Nov 06, 2008 at 17:07 pm)
    Samantha (mom): I am so excited! These pictures capture Riley and his personality perfectly! (Oct 24, 2008 at 08:07 am)
    Sheri: Crys you did a great job! I love how you can capture his age and not change who he is. I can't wait to get Cade's done. (Oct 23, 2008 at 08:25 am)
  • Welcome to the new blog!

    Our old blog has been driving me crazy for a while now!  The colors were always way off and the pictures were so small and blurry looking.  Well … say good bye to blogspot (actually I’m keeping it active under links if you want to see it, but you get my point) and say hello to Love, Me’s sweet new spot on the web!!  Now I can get excited about blogging!

    I have been busier than ever (as a matter of fact, I was told today at bible study that I have been using the word “overwhelmed” quite a bit lately!) I thought that was just hilarious.  I used it to describe how I felt about God’s as Redeemer, but apparently I used it in a prayer request last week as well (or maybe it was just my overall look?!!).  So … in case you were wondering what’s happening with me, you can assume I am OVERWHELMED until further notice!

    Anyway, I have lots and lots to share.  But, I thought I’d start you off with a little session I did with Miss Mia Grace a while ago.  I’ve been wanting to share these for a while, so I figured she would be a great blog opener.  She is 21 months now and just amazes me.  She truly is the miracle of my life!

    This is her look.  Serious. Intense.  Like she’s taking the whole world in.

    She would NOT leave her baby and blankie in the car.  And yes, she did this all on her own.  My mom was with us, and between Mia Grace laying down on the concrete outside to put her baby nite nite and me following along (notice the angle of this shot) I think my mom was a little embarrassed. 
    and my absolute favorite! The one that will make me really happy for a long time. Messy hair, chapped lips, piercing eyes. So my little woman.

    Alyssa Andrews: omg!!!!!!!!!!!!! mia is so beautiful she is garunteed to be a model when she grows up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Jan 05, 2009 at 18:26 pm)
    Julie DaSilva: I went to HS with Mike. I am in LOVE with your style of photography. We are in the Austin area, but my family lives in Euless. I just might book a session with you for my family at some time. Mia is absolutely beautiful! You have captured her perfectly!! (Nov 14, 2008 at 22:40 pm)
    Carole Marie: I want to take her home with me! What a precious little girl... (Nov 07, 2008 at 01:18 am)
    Jaimers: Well I don't even know what to say ... she's just amazing. Will I get to see her Halloween costume? (Oct 25, 2008 at 17:42 pm)
    Aunt Sheri: Love her highlights! I would be out of business if everyone had those natural streaks! (Oct 23, 2008 at 08:23 am)
    courtney: seriously seriously seriously the most beautiful child i have ever seen. (Oct 23, 2008 at 07:28 am)
    Jeaneen: She is just adorable! What a pretty little girl. I hope everything is going well for you guys! (Oct 22, 2008 at 19:43 pm)
    Kara May: Oh my goodness you have the most beautiful little girl!! Love her outfit! Gorgeous images Crystal!!! (Oct 22, 2008 at 19:32 pm)