The Kunz Family

Last fall, I had the pleasure of photographing the Kunz Family on their ranch in Luckenbach, Texas. Anyone who knows the Kunz family will tell you that they are a special bunch. I met Bethany briefly at a fundraiser that she was helping organize for mutual friends.  I had always heard positive things about her and her family from our mutual friends. So, when Bethany contacted me a few months later for a fall family session, I was excited to be able to spend more quality time with her and her sweet family. 

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When I arrived at their simple, yet gorgeous, ranch home, I was introduced to her husband Garret and their  three boys Gavin, Gage and Grant. I am a boy mom too. So, I think Bethany and I instantly connected on that level.  While Bethany, the boys and I got ready for their family session, Garret hopped on the tractor and relocated the family's couch to their cow pasture so that we could take advantage of the sunset towards the end of their session. 

We started the session in an oak forest on their ranch.  Bethany, the boys and I were riding their gator out to the pasture to meet up with Garret, when she turned onto a gorgeous dirt track that took us through the oak forest. I saw the golden light peeking through the trees, and knew that we had to stop.  When that gorgeous golden light presents itself, you scrap Plan A and take advantage of Plan B.  Their three boys were perfect, and they made my job easy.

I can honestly say that the Kunz family session is one of my favorite to date.  Being invited to their ranch and  chatting about being a boy mom, homeschooling and raising cows & kids helped make their family session not only easy, but also memorable.  Bethany might not know this.  But, she inspired me that day, and I now understand why our mutual friends adores her. I adore her, too. 

After awhile, we asked the boys to take a short break in the pasture... 

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While Garret, Bethany and I sneaked off to get some images of just the two of them.  They are adorable.  Don't you agree?

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As the sun to the west of their ranch, we made our way to the pasture and hoped that the boys had a few more minutes of picture taking in them. There may have been a 3 year old who was DONE with pictures, and there may have been a bruised cheek and tears from a younger brother's head hitting a cheek bone, but the three boys gave us one more image in those final minutes before sunset.  I think they earned that ice cream dessert they were promised.     

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Thank you Kunz family for being such a lovely bunch and for welcoming me to your home.  Oh, and an extra special thank you from my family for that Pumpkin Ginger Spice Pie that you sent home with me.  It was delicious!





Naturalizing Breastfeeding

When Charlene Housen of Charm Photography, a fellow natural mama and photographer,  suggested teaming up together to do a naturalizing breastfeeding project, I couldn't resist. I nursed both of my sons, and I am a strong supporter of nursing moms. I have heard unbelievable stories of nursing moms being shamed by both family and strangers for publicly feeding their babies. They've been told that they should either cover up or nurse their child in the bathroom. They've been told to nurse their baby in a hot car or to only nurse their baby in the privacy of their own bedroom. They've been encouraged to bottle feed their baby instead of nursing, and in our society, extended nursing has definitely not been encouraged.  I'm happy to say that I, personally, have never encountered any of this type of nonsense while I nursed my sons. But, I have close friends who have been shamed and who have been negatively affected by it. For this reason, I felt compelled to team up with Charlene for this project.

We had four moms & their babies participate. (From left to right Jen, Vanessa, Krista and Jessica) Look at those gorgeous Mums and bubs.

Jen and Krista were one of the two sets of sisters who participated.

Vanessa and Jessica were the other set of sisters who participated. We didn't plan for or ask that siblings participate. It happened organically. But, we were all very pleased with the outcome.

In the end, we chose a lovely water location in Fallbrook, CA, and I feel like I gained a few friends because of this project. I think it's ironically sad that the most normal thing in the entire universe, nursing one's baby, should have the word "normalizing" attached to it when someone is promoting or advocating for it. Before bottles, before formula, before society's judgement & shaming, what else was there but nursing?  If you ever see a mom nursing in public, please don't shame her. Instead, send her positive thoughts and high fives for nourishing her baby the way nature intended.