At home with Jake, Bradley, and Shannon by Shana Berenzweig

It may sound cheesy or clichéd, but being a family photographer is an honor and a privilege I don’t take lightly. There is so much trust that comes with capturing these precious moments. And it’s even more special when people, especially strangers, invite you into their home.

Several months ago, these three sweet, kind, funny, and handsome guys did just that and I’m finally getting around to blogging their session (sorry, guys!). And thank goodness, because look at them. Could they be any cuter?!

I’m so happy I could capture these tender moments at home for them. Adorable Jake had just turned one and a couple months after the shoot, the family moved to a new home. And even though time and lighting constraints meant I couldn’t photograph more of their home than I usually like to, in the end, it really didn’t matter. They still have some of those early days as a party of three at the old house captured forever.

And that folks, is why I do what I do.

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Adventures with Eddy + Garret by Shana Berenzweig

I’m always torn between at-home sessions and getting out and about with my families. On the one hand, there is probably no place else that means more to you and your children than home, where your family’s story unfolds most, both the big and small moments.

But it is definitely not the only place where your family’s memories are made and new stories are written. Especially in an outdoors-y city like Austin, many families have special spots around town that mean as much to them as their home and I love getting out there and playing and exploring with them. And after this sweet daddy and daughter session, I just want to get out there even more.

Garret is good friend of mine and one of the best compliments I’ve received so far from our fellow friends has been how ‘Garret’ these photos are — meaning they reflect who Garret is, what kind of father he is (pssst, he’s pretty awesome), and how he and his daughter like to spend time together.

Authenticity and love. And of course, lovely images. That’s what I strive for each and every family session. And putting together this post of some of my faves, I think I nailed it this session, if I do say so myself.

Now as awesome as our friends’ response has been, by far the very best compliment was when Garret texted me after getting the full gallery and said that it made him tear up. That’s not uncommon to hear from the mommas, but I don’t hear that very often from the dads, which of course makes it all the sweeter.

Want your own adventure session? In addition to my Fall Pop-Up Portrait Sessions, I’m also offering some special adventure sessions, so get yours today, they won’t last forever!

At home with the Hewitt Family by Shana Berenzweig

Lucky me has had the honor of working with the lovely Hewitt Family for several years now.  Fun, laid-back, and oh so nice, they are one of my many wonderful longtime clients.

Usually we meet at out and about at a park or some place else outside, but with a tiny new member of the family, I happily met them one morning for an at-home session.  The Hewitts had just moved back into their recently remodeled home, but we also wanted to capture sweet Mei Mei while she was still little, so we worked around the boxes and hung out in their new upstairs.  Who needs furniture when you've got a room full of love.

Here are some highlights of our time together.  It's been an honor to watch this beautiful family grow and I look forward to our next time together.

At home with the Tune-Loeb Family by Shana Berenzweig

I first met my friend, Tara, during summer school at UT - Austin.  I can't recall the class, but I do remember we clicked instantly.  But like many friendships, the relationship ebbed and flowed over the years as our lives took us in different directions.  We reconnected while we were both living in NY, but lost touch again soon after.

So, I was so happy to bump into her at the park a couple years ago, but such is life that we didn't actually get together for a session until almost a year after that.  Now we have two sessions under our belt and I couldn't be happier to have reconnected with my old friend once again.

I happily met them one early morning for an at-home session at their beautiful home, located in the historic Clarksville neighborhood in Austin.  We played.  We read.  We blew bubbles.  We took a walk around the neighborhood.  We did it all.  As you do when toddlers are involved.  Here are some highlights of our lovely time together.  I'm already looking forward to our next session.