Is it me or did 2011 go by fast? I can’t believe it is over and we are starting a new year.

I wanted to share a few of my favorite images from 2011 and say thank you to my clients for making it a great year. I am honored that I got to capture some special moments from so many wonderful families. I met new people…made new friends…and got to do what I love…what more can a person ask for??

I look forward to serving you in 2012.

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by Melissa Lloyd

I had my camera out all day. I didn’t worry about whether my kids were always looking at the camera…I just took pictures. I really wanted my images to tell the story of our day…I wanted to remember it all. Not every image is portrait quality, but every image is a piece of our story and that makes it important. I hope you had your camera out and captured images that tell your own story. Images don’t have to be perfect technically to be perfect simply because of the people in them. Here are a few images from our Christmas story…♥

Our Christmas story…a day of fun…smiles…playing…excitement…family. Watching the kids’ faces as they got up that morning to see what was under the tree was SO.MUCH.FUN! I loved hearing the excitement in their voices and seeing the joy on their faces. Nothing compares to that…seeing them so happy and excited. Maddy was 2 this year so she was totally into unwrapping presents….whether they were hers or not. 🙂 I am so thankful that my kids are easy to please…they are thankful for whatever they get…I love that about them. Both Zach and Joshua were concerned about getting gifts for each other and their sister. It was fun to shop with them…both of them wanted to get something that the other would really like. Generosity & love…isn’t that what Christmas is all about?

I hope your holidays were filled with love…

Happy Holidays!

 

by Melissa Lloyd

This family met me on a very chilly afternoon for some holiday family pictures. The kids were such troopers and braved the unseasonably cold temps (for San Antonio anyway) for a few images. We had fun saying silly words that brought big smiles and thinking of places like the beach to stay warm. We even stopped off in a little bakery to thaw out and enjoy a sweet treat. Donuts make everything better! Wink!

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by Melissa Lloyd

It seems like yesterday we were having our first day of preschool and now he is a teenager…a full fledged teenager. Ready or not, the teen years are here and for the record, I am not ready. He is. I am not. Since we have entered the teen realm this year, we had to step it up for his pictures. He didn’t want country or flowers…he wanted something a little edgy-er.

As kids go, Zach is pretty darn awesome. He is funny, laid back, easy going, kind, generous, soft hearted, and a people-pleaser. He wants everyone around him to be happy…he wants the world to be fed and clothed…and he wants to makes a difference even if it is a small. He still has that sweet child-like innocence that I hope he can keep forever. It is part of what makes Zach, Zach.

He is an A-B Honor Roll student. In fact, getting a 90 in a class brings on the same reaction that he has to eating cooked spinach. I have to remind him that getting a B or a “low” A is absolutely okay…it just means he’s human like the rest of us. At home, he is a great help…he can unload and reload a dishwasher in 15 minutes flat. All kidding aside, he helps around the house and with his younger siblings and our family wouldn’t function properly without him. Zach has a great attitude and willingness to help (in lots of different ways) that is unique.

 

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Zach has a big heart too. For a kid that doesn’t have a job and gets his money by earning it for good grades, he has given countless times to help feed people that have nothing to eat or buy gifts for children that would go without at the holidays. He doesn’t do these things because of prompting from me…he comes to me and says “I want to help…” He cares about others and gives generously…

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Zach is a Lego builder extraordinaire and a lover all things fitting in the category of gadget. I think he might have 10,000 Lego’s in his room…I am not joking or over exaggerating. This boy can build! When he isn’t building, he is on his iPhone, his DSi, or one of his other gadget’s or gizmo’s. He is scary good at knowing all there is to know about these devices and finding things that are hidden to the rest of us mere mortal electronic users.

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Zach loves going to church and is active in the student group. He also loves going to STAND at school…(a Christian group sponsored by one of the teachers). He loves movies, music, video games, and candy. Unfortunately for Zach, candy is like kryptonite to Superman for him…he has had more time in the dentist chair than any kid I know. Just thinking about candy seems to bring on a cavity.

So, that is Zach…he is 13…and I am blessed. Just so you know, I got him to agree to live with me until he is 25 and then he can move next door and come over for dinner every night. He better uphold his end of the bargain! 🙂

 

 

by Melissa Lloyd

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