A Little Insight from Vanessa...
I haven't written in my blog for....well it has been way to long.
I found out today that a location that I use quite often in the Mont Belvieu area is possibly going to be torn down. As I was going to a location in Crosby today, I went past the old Mont Belvieu feedstore across from Hill Lumber. I saw a small sign posted out front and I thought to myself no way, I hope that isn't a no trespassing sign. When I came back through that area, I stopped and read what it had to say. It says that they are having a public hearing in regards to the feed store being "RUN DOWN" and that anyone who wants to give their opinion in the matter can either write or go to the public hearing, I believe it is on May 4th. It made me sad at the thought.
I remember when..... I remember passing it to and from the old fire station in Mont Belvieu when my husband was a paramedic. I always thought that it was a piece of Mont Belvieu history. I can remember when it was a place where they held auctions. Then one day about 4 years ago with my camera in tow, I took my first photography session there. It made me look at this old red beautiful building in a whole different way. For years it has helped me tell stories about families and about future families. It was a place for laughter and for love... It was a place to celebrate 1st Birthdays...smash cakes...graduations...new beginnings... different Holidays such as Christmas..Easter..4th of July. Did you know that one of the early covers of Home Town Journey was taken by another local photographer for a 4th of July issue there. There are several photographers in the area that use this wonderful location.
A few months ago, I was waiting for a client to show up for a session. A young man pulled in and asked what I was doing there. I told him that I was meeting a family there to take their family photos. He said, "my family owns this property". "You see that stoop over there" he said... "I use to play on that stoop for hours at a time when I was a little boy. I told him it is one of my favorite spots of the old feed store. I also told him that another of my favorite parts was the old rusty fan in the back of the building. I bet a lot of you didn't even know it was back there. (I noticed the last time I was there it was gone) :(... He told me then that they may tear it down. I told him that I wish they wouldn't because it has made for beautiful photographs for a lot of the residents in Mont Belvieu.
I have taken many a session at that "THE OLD RED FEED STORE"... These images are hanging in the homes of people who live in Mont Belvieu. I hate the thought in a few years when they go by that area that they can't turn to the back seat and tell their children remember we took our family pictures there...or that is where you did your smash cake for your first birthday... or remember when Meme took all 7 of us to do our pictures together there and the photographer "aka myself" erased the whole session by mistake and we had to take it over again.
I hate when something gets old that everyone thinks it has lost its beauty. Is the "OLD RED FEED STORE" run down... not in my eyes. Does it need renovating some. I wish the City of Mont Belvieu would restore it to is natural state using a lot of the materials that are already on it. In the old portion of Mont Belvieu all you see are refineries, pipelines, car lots etc.... when do you say enough is enough and let a little bit of history stay where it belongs. I don't know what they have in store for my "Little Red Feed Store".... I hope it is something as beautiful as what is standing there today.
These are just a few of the images that I have taken over the years.
"THE LITTLE RED FEED STORE IN ALL IT'S GLORY"
Okay I totally feel bad that this next session was shot at the end of October and I am just now posting. I have been busy with photography sessions, work (aka real job), planning and getting ready for my own daughters baby shower.
Molly's mom and I are in the same Sunday School class and she had asked if I would be willing to do Molly's and Jame's maternity session. Of course I said NO right off the bat...are you kidding me I jumped at the chance. (actually I was dying for her to ask) They were so open for anything and they made me laugh over and over again. I also loved the fact that mom and dad came and watched and were my helpers getting things together. James said right out of the gate..."TAKING PICTURES IS NOT MY THING"....After a few snaps of the camera I looked up at James and I said "JAMES I THOUGHT TAKING PICS WERE NOT YOUR THING" He said "IT'S NOT...BUT IF I AM GOING TO DO IT I MIGHT AS WELL DO IT RIGHT"...and that he did don't you think?
They shared the baby's name with me and I just loved it. It just seems to fit. RoseMary...perfect don't you think. So I share with you a 'LITTLE BIT OF ROSE"
and a LITTLE BIT OF MARY.....
The next image is one of my fav's...I am not sure why but it just is.
You know you have to get a picture of the new granny and grandpa...grandpa (I think thats what he is going to be called) didn't think I would pull him in a shot or two. Everyone needs to know if you are around me and I have a camera in my hands, you better hide if you don't want your picture taken....it's common knowledge you know.
Molly and James thank you so much for letting me capture your start of your soon to be family. How fitting is it that Jesus was born this month many years ago and now RoseMary will be born in one of the most memorable months of the year. I hope you don't have to go past your due date so that RoseMary can share her birthday month with Jesus. How special is that. I am anxious to see your new bundle of joy...not much longer. P.S. thanks Granny for asking me to capture your daughters special time in her life.
I have enjoyed the on set of new clients and the referrals that I am getting. It is to be honest, a little over whelming at times but I couldn't be happier. I love the fact that my clients feel free to tell me what they are expecting. I really like to incorporated what they would like into my sessions. If you want vintage...farmy (is that a word)... or if you are just sisters and your having your portraits done together, I will make sure that a few images reflect that.
Case in point Mr. L (Old McDonald himself) loves the farm and singing his favorite song. Mom shared that Mr. L. sings Old McDonald had a farm..all the time. Since Mr. L was turning 3, mom wanted a few images to reflect his birthday, his love of the farm and a few family images of all three of them together..(I mean all 4 baby sister is on the way). We met on a Monday late afternoon and the weather well it was just perfect. When Mr. L got out of the car he was ready to go..all smiles from head to two.
I knew right from the start that he was going to be easy. All I had to do was just let him be himself. I gave him a wheel barrow and he was off doing what farmers do...sitting in it....pushing it..and pushing it...he would just keep talking about his farm.
We wanted images to reflect his third birthday....I think we couldn't have asked for more....He acted like a 3 year old...the images below well they are priceless...
Seriously the next image is just to sweet...this little guy has eyes that every photographer dreams of...
I believe that a child has an unconditional love for their parents...a love that cannot really be described into words... they look right through your outer being and look straight into your soul...they look at you with such love and kindness.. to me it is breath taking.... Mr. and Mrs. B always remember that when little L. looks at you and laughs with you he doesn't care of what or where or how...he just cares that he can spend time with you. Thank you so much for sharing your evening with me. I truly enjoyed myself watching the three of you together. I noticed when his smile was the biggest is when you three were hand in hand or playing together...
Psalms 127:3-5 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
Loved this family for sure....
I don't know what it is....I never get tired when it comes to photography (except for the occasional wedding). I could have a hectic day at work and be totally exhausted but as soon as I grab my camera and meet up with my client IT'S GAME ON....I love that my client base is getting bigger. I have been meeting up with some awesome people lately and their children. It is crazy that I get so nervious when I meet new clients, expecially children. I always pray that they will be easy on me and the funny thing is, they always are.
I meet up with Ms. R and the twins at the beginning of October. The day was BEAUTIFUL...until I pulled my camera out of my bag. As I was waiting for the girls to show up, the black clouds rolled in. When they showed up it was raining enough that we had to use an umbrella to get the girls out of the car. I spoke with mom and I suggested that we reschedule. She looked at me and said could we just take a few (I actually read her mind tho, she was saying lady do you know how hard it was to dress these three girls) LOL.....I am so glad she did. The girls were so much fun...and the rain, well it stopped and we pulled it off. Ms. R the oldest was the leader of the pact..until one twin went one way and the other went the other way. She would just look at me as if to say, welcome to my life. They were quick and full of energy. If I didn't snap quick the shot was lost forever. LOL Thats what I love about the photography I do...I love that they can run and have fun and that I can get them being who they are. So many people ask me to do mini sessions for the different holiday's, etc.... Maybe one day I will, but for now I want my clients to have a unique experience for their own special family.
I loved the way that Ms. R. would hold them tight. Thats what older sisters do...I know, I have one that always held me tight and was my protector...so I know from experience...
I tell you it was hard to make Ms. E smile but I actually got a few....she was a toughy...Ms. C was a piece of cake she would laugh just to laugh because she knew she was funny... Ms. R was just has cute as she was sweet.
It is funny, I was only with these three for a short time but yet, I could see what each one was like.. Ms. C the comedian-- Ms. E her twin meek but has a spunk about her and Ms. R. the protector of the two.
Mom and Dad you have three very special girls on your hands...time will fly before you know it...and when it does, look back at these little faces and remember when.
I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
So true look at these three faces and there is no question of God's Grace.
I have been waiting to share Kara's bridal session for sometime. I think bridal portraits are so much fun because the pressure is off--you can take your time--normally there isn't many people around to cause confusion. The Bride and I can just relax and have fun with it.. and that we did!!!
I have known Kara since she was 3 or 4. I have watched her grow up before my eyes. There is something about her that makes you giggle. She is funny...crazy and so down to earth. I love that she is there for just about everyone in her life. I am sure that she has touched many of your lifes in one way or another... She has such a kind heart and it shows in her actions...
I value the friendship that her and her family has with our family....you need something all you have to do is call. I rode with her Aunt the other day to pick up some things for the reception area and she asked me why I helped Kara so much with her wedding...my answer was ...JUST BECAUSE..She is not just a friend she is like "FAMILY"....and when you see someone in your family needs a helping hand thats what you do...
If you have read my posts on facebook you already know that we did two bridal sessions...Just because we wanted to and besides I need all the practice I can get....Kara had told me she found this great BIG RED BARN that she wanted her pictures taken at on the second trip. She told me that no one lived there and that we could run in and run out....YEA RIGHT...SURE...NO PROBLEM. When we got there the driveway was full of cars and she insisted I go and knock on the door...so as a photographer I did what I had to do. I knocked on the door and I told them what I needed and they looked at me as if I was CRAZY...(we all know that I am at times but thats beside the point).. The homeowner of the house gave us permission and followed us out there...She was the sweetest lady and stood there a talked with us and welcomed us back anytime. (I will take her up on that one)... I am sure you will agree it was pretty cool back ground.
Kara....you make me laugh and push me to be a better photograher. I love the fact that our friendship has grown so much since you have grown up. You made a beautiful bride yesterday and I am excited to share all of your images from your special day. I want to leave you with this following scripture....
My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart, for they will give you a long and satisfying life. Never let loyalty and kindness get away from you! Wear them like a necklace; write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favour with both God and people, and you will gain a good reputation.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.