Ashworth Imagery: Blog https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog en-us (C) Ashworth Imagery (Ashworth Imagery) Fri, 06 Jul 2018 04:08:00 GMT Fri, 06 Jul 2018 04:08:00 GMT https://www.ashworthimagery.com/img/s/v-5/u89154205-o853011069-50.jpg Ashworth Imagery: Blog https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog 120 80 Newborn Lifestyle: the Davids https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2018/7/newborn-lifestyle-the-davids I absolutely love newborn sessions! (I probably say that about all sessions...but...I promise every time it's true!) Photographing new tiny humans in their family's home is such a special thing. I love being one of the first to see the sweet interactions between parents and baby, and the big siblings as well! 

Joni and Michael welcomed little Evie into their family this year, and it was SUCH a joy to photograph their family! Kensie is the perfect big sister, and it was so fun seeing how excited she was to have a baby sister (although there may or may not have been gold fish tucked into sister's blanket at one point to keep her interested in playing with baby)  David family, congratulations on your beautiful baby girl! 

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(Ashworth Imagery) Ashworth Imagery Houston newborn newborn lifestyle portraits TX https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2018/7/newborn-lifestyle-the-davids Fri, 06 Jul 2018 04:07:52 GMT
I Do {David & Jessie} https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2018/6/i-do-david-jessie When Jessie moved from Kentucky to Houston, TX in 2015, she thought she was moving for a job and her masters. In addition to that, she also met the love of her life two stepping at Wild West!

In a gorgeous country church in Fulshear, Texas, Jessie and David stood before their family and friends and promised their lives to each other. Each part of the day was filled to the brim with joy - from preparation, ceremony, reception, and being thrown and jumping into the country club swimming pool, to closing out the dance floor together soaking wet, their happiness and love was an honor to photograph!

Jessie and David's ceremony took place in Guardian Angel Catholic Church. Guardian Angel is the church that David grew up in, and holds many special memories for his family, including the weddings of other family members! 

Jessie and David opted to not do a first look, but instead to see each other for the first time when Jessie was walking down the aisle. So, we took a bit of extra time after the ceremony for couple portraits! There was a gorgeous stair case leading up to the balcony that was perfect for some intimate couple shots. 

The rest of the wedding party photos, as well as the reception, took place at Weston Lakes Country Club. It was a gorgeous venue for both! 

Jessie and David, your day was truly beautiful, and I'm so thrilled for you both as you start married life together!

 

 

//Vendor Love//
Coordinator: Lean On Me Events, LLC
Floral Design: Petals by Design
Catering & Reception Venue: Weston Lakes Country Club
DJ: DLF Entertainment
HUMA: Your Beautiful Face
Cakes: For Heaven's Cake
Bride’s Gown: David's Bridal
Photography: Ashworth Imagery

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(Ashworth Imagery) Ashworth Imagery Houston TX portraits Southern Wedding wedding Weston Lakes Country Club https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2018/6/i-do-david-jessie Fri, 29 Jun 2018 22:51:20 GMT
Family Photography: the Fullertons https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2017/9/family-photography-the-fullertons Seeing the sweet relationships parents have with their children is one of the highlights of sessions I think. This is even more special when the kids are adults, but the love + interaction is so sweet and genuinely fun! The Fullerton's decided that having their entire family not only on the same continent but in the same city was reason for a session, and it was an absolute joy! 

Julie wanted the setting for their session to include nature elements without being out in the woods, and Eleanor Tinsley Park was perfect!  Green + the downtown Houston skyline. :) 

The outtakes, the real life interaction, the laughter, all my favorites. 

Note to future me: check with one of the family members on HOW ticklish someone is before telling other family member to tickle said person.  

This one might actually be my favorite of all. The only instruction I gave was, "Now we're going to do an awkward prom photo pose." And this gem was the result! 

To finish out the session, we did a quick head shot update. Because, why not?  

Fullerton family, you guys are dream clients + dear friends, and I absolutely LOVED your session! 

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Newborn Lifestyle: the Tutts https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2017/8/newborn-lifestyle-the-tutts I absolutely love shooting newborn sessions in my client's homes. There's a lot of time spent at home after a new baby is born, and the idea of being able to share and display images of that sweet time that were actually photographed where that time was spent to me is precious. :) 

Little Benjamin was exactly one week old for his first photo session! He did a fabulous job being a little baby model, as did his big brothers! 

   

It was so sweet how excited the big brothers were for their new sibling! 

Josh and Lisa, congratulations on your beautiful baby! He's darling! 

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(Ashworth Imagery) 2017 ashworth imagery baby family houston tx lifestyle newborn portraits https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2017/8/newborn-lifestyle-the-tutts Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:06:31 GMT
I Do {Gina + Ray} https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2017/4/i-do-gina-ray They met and dated over 16 years ago, but timing was not on their side and they lost touch. Gina remembered Ray though, how he fascinated her and made her feel, and in Gina’s words “Ray sorta became the ‘one who got away.’”

In February of 2014 they reconnected. They went to Chelsea Wine Bar on Taylor Lake for their second first date, and were inseparable from that point forward!

Fast forwarding to September of 2015, Ray took Gina out to dinner then back to Chelsea Wine Bar. Some wine and stargazing later, Ray suggested that they go stand by the water before they left. There they shared their first kiss, and Ray knelt and asked Gina to share his forever. She said yes!

On March 4th Ray and Gina stood aboard the Tall Ship Elissa in Galveston Harbor as they promised their love to each other! Writing their own heartfelt vows, Ray promised to make Gina laugh every day, and Gina pledged to always be a safe place for Ray’s heart. The end of their sweet ceremony was punctuated by rain, but the skies quickly cleared for a lovely outdoor reception on the docks.

 

Gina and Ray got ready at the gorgeous Tremont House in Galveston! 

Gina and Ray choose the rooftop bar of the Tremont as their first look location, and it was a perfect choice!  

Gina and Ray, thank you for giving me the honor of documenting your love and the day you committed yourselves to each other! I hope you’re able to enjoy each moment you spend together for the rest of your lives!

 

Many thanks to the fantastic vendors that brought Gina's vision to life! 

Coordinator: Polished Wedding Planning
Floral Design: Downtown Blooms
Catering: Tastefully Yours Events
Photo Booth: Fun Fab Photo Booths
DJ: Bo’s Music Factory
HMUA: La Bellalee Makeup
Cakes: Cakes by Jula

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(Ashworth Imagery) Ashworth Imagery Galveston, TX Houston wedding photographer portraits weddings https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2017/4/i-do-gina-ray Fri, 14 Apr 2017 20:59:28 GMT
Family Photography: the Smiths https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2017/1/family-photography-the-smiths I absolutely love the clients that I have the privilege of photographing every year! It's SO wonderful to watch families grow and change! The Smiths are one of my families. I hadn't initially planned to take any clients this Christmas season since it was so soon after Leif's birth, but...I just had to! :) Leif came with me, and was such a trooper - he slept in the carrier the whole time. :)

Leah and Hudson added a fur baby this past year, and it was so fun to have Hutch as a part of their session! I firmly believe that dogs match their owners, and Hutch is the perfect dog for the Smiths - he's fun and energetic, and the sweetest puppy! 

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Leah and Hudson, your session was a blast! Merry (belated) Christmas! 

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(Ashworth Imagery) 2016 Ashworth Imagery Christmas Friendswood, TX Houston, TX couples family photographer family photography portraits https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2017/1/family-photography-the-smiths Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:08:17 GMT
Announcing...Leif Raice! https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/11/announcing-leif-raice After a lot of ups and downs during pregnancy, at 40 weeks and 2 days I finally accepted the fact that there was nothing that I was going to do or not do to get this baby to come out! So Aaron and I mulched the flower beds in the front yard, because I've been wanting to do that since at least August. Not saying that was what did the trick, but I went into labor the next morning! So without further ado....

 

Leif Raice Ashworth

Born: 4:39pm on November 4, 2016

Birth weight: 7lbs 9 oz

Length: 20 inches

Labor: just under 12 hours, start to finish! Aaron delivered Leif at home, and everything went very well! I'd say according to plan, but I didn't really have a plan other than to get him out, so I'd say we were successful. ;)

Looks like: a nice blend of Aaron's and my baby pictures, although I think he's going to look exactly like Aaron! Give it a few months. :) 

Leif (pronounced LAYF. Yes, I've said it "wrong" my whole life, but as it turns out that's the actual Norwegian pronunciation so that's what we're going with! :) ) is doing fabulously, and is an adorable baby! He's nursing like a champ, and wants to eat all. the. time. Leif exceeded his birth weight in less than a week! He's starting to get little rolls everywhere, which I think is completely adorable. :) He's a pro at tummy time, and likes to show off how he can hold up his head on his own! Leif has also rolled over multiple times, but I'm hoping its still accidental at this point. :)

Aaron and I are pretty obsessed with this little person, and we're pretty sure he's the cutest baby in the whole world. We're so grateful he's here safely! 

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(Ashworth Imagery) Ashworth Imagery Houston, TX newborn personal portraits https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/11/announcing-leif-raice Wed, 16 Nov 2016 04:21:20 GMT
Fall: Mommy + Me https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/10/fall-mommy-me I truly love mommy + kiddo sessions. I feel like so often, the mom is the one behind the camera. Whether that be a cell phone or any other kind of camera, the mom documents both the important and routine parts of life faithfully, but is often left out of the photos. So it's always so fun to document mommies and their babies, and the precious interaction that's unique to that relationship!

A completely different set of photos was planned for this session (some of which will be shared in a future post!) but these images just kind of happened, and I love them! 

If I had to pick, I'm pretty sure squishy baby kiss faces are my favorite! 

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Here's to fall, and one of the most precious relationships in the world!

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(Ashworth Imagery) Ashworth Imagery Houston, TX mommy and me portraits https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/10/fall-mommy-me Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:00:00 GMT
Baby Update: 39 weeks! https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/10/baby-update-39-weeks Hello fabulous people! Yes, it's been awhile since I've blogged! Honestly, I can't believe we're here…or that I've made it this far! As the day approaches when Aaron and I get to meet our little kiddo, I wanted to check in (at least one more time :) ) and add a personal and baby update!

I'm officially on maternity leave! It's been so much fun to have time to go back through and edit personal projects, do some much needed organization, and prepare for the future of Ashworth Imagery after the baby comes! Also, it's given me time to actually write blog posts, and I'm ecstatic to be able to share some gorgeous images in the near future! Without further ado…

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(I promise I don't typically have this much lint/dog hair on my clothing!)

Baby's News:

Weeks? 39

Size? a small pumpkin. Approx. 7 lbs, and 20 inches

Happening this week? Just growing, getting fatter and cuter! :) All major milestones and developments have been passed and completed, and it's up to baby as to when he'll make his appearance! Baby has LOTS of hiccups, and that typically happens 20ish minutes after I finish eating. From how strongly I can feel them, I'm pretty sure he inherited his dad's violent hiccups, which is adorable. :) He also moves the most if I haven't eaten in awhile or a bit after I've eaten (already a big fan of food!), when I'm still, or when Aaron talks. :)

He? Yes! Baby is a boy! At least, that's what we've been told and are banking on. If he's not a boy there will be a great deal of surprise…and an emergency shopping trip! ;) 

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Leah's news:

Feeling? ready to have this kiddo on the outside! Rather large and uncomfortable…basically like a small whale. (Aaron said he's going to make me a tshirt with a whale on it. I'm not sure if I would laugh or cry!) The last couple of weeks have been especially rough, because apparently everything is stretching and preparing too much and bones are separating. Fun stuff.

Cravings? Still nothing that I've sent Aaron to the store in the middle of the night for! Oreos are fabulous, pizza with pineapple and Canadian bacon, grapefruits, Costco's pumpkin muffins, sesame balls, and cold things. 

Blacklisted foods? Not really anything that I can think of right now! Although that's subject to change at a moment's smell. ;)

I promise my face doesn't look that fat in real life! I am, however, to the point where my wedding rings no longer fit. So I have another ring I'm wearing in the meantime (because it just feels weird to NOT have one on my finger!) I do, however, still have defined ankles! So not completely puffy. Also, Schatzi REALLY wanted to be in the picture, so...

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(Baby stuff is exploding all over the house! ;) The gorgeous blanket was handmade by my fabulous sister. :) )

Other FAQ's:

How's Aaron doing? Great! He's ready to meet baby, and pretty excited. :) He likes to lay his head on my belly because baby will kick it. :) He's also doing his own form of "man nesting" - vent covers replaced, air filters, random other misc projects. :)

Speaking of nesting, how is your nesting going? Pretty fabulously! Cleaning, organizing, getting the nursery situated…the only super frustrating thing is that Schatzi is shedding her summer undercoat, so there's dog hair EVERYWHERE. Hopefully that will end soon though!

Nursery theme? Nautical and sea creatures. It's mostly practical right now, but I do have decorating plans that will start tomorrow if baby hasn't yet arrived! ;) The longer he waits, the more will get done…mostly because I'm trying to fill all the extra time with projects so I'm not as impatient for his arrival!

Baby name? I think we've finally decided! but we're keeping it a secret because something has to be a secret, and he'll be born any day, so… ;)

Anything else? The realization that there's a person inside me that HAS TO COME OUT hit me a couple of weeks ago. That was kind of an emotional day. Also, newborns look huge. And go call your mom, and thank her (especially if you weren't her first baby!)

Here's to hoping that the next update has baby pictures! :D

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(Ashworth Imagery) Ashworth Baby personal https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/10/baby-update-39-weeks Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:59:05 GMT
Family Photography: The Adkins https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/6/family-photography-the-adkins Summer in Houston can make for some challenging circumstances photo-wise. When Nicole contacted me about photographing her family, we were working around a very short time frame, rain in the forecast for the entire weekend, already soggy locations, and, of course, the heat… However, I'm SO glad we were able to schedule! :) We settled on Memorial Park in Houston for the location, and were even able to find some dry spots to shoot! 

This session was so much fun, and the kiddos were such troopers (despite the HOT morning!) I love photographing extended families - it's a joy to see families that love being together, and make documenting moments in life a priority. 

Special thanks to the stranger in the park who hung out for a few minutes with her dog! Your puppy was perfect for getting the little people's attention, and I'm grateful for your kindness! 

When photographing groups that include little people, it's a given that at some point in the session, one of them will decide that cooperating and smiling isn't fun any more! Some of these shots completely crack me up - sometimes so much that I include them with the family's gallery! ;)

Adkins family, thanks so much for trusting me to document this beautiful time in your lives! I'm so grateful to have been able to capture these moments that you were all together, and I hope the images are treasures! :)

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(Ashworth Imagery) Ashworth Imagery Houston family photography Houston, TX Memorial Park family portraits portraits https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/6/family-photography-the-adkins Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:22:52 GMT
Family Photography: the Powells https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/6/family-photography-the-powells I absolutely love it when clients are gifted sessions! The Powell's family session was a Mother's Day gift from Logan, Landon, and Lizi to their mom. I so enjoyed documenting their love for their mom, as well as how each relationship is special and different. :)

Due to bad traffic and a delayed start, it ended up being almost noon by the time we began the session! I was grateful for some fabulous trees with lots of open shade! 

 

Powell family, it has been so fun to document your family through the years, and this session was no different! Thanks for being in front of my camera and in my life! :)

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(Ashworth Imagery) Ashworth Imagery Houston family photography Houston, TX family portraits portraits https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/6/family-photography-the-powells Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:11:02 GMT
Baby Update: 17 weeks https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/5/baby-update-17-weeks The last few weeks have been a whirlwind! At this point I'm just going to assume things will never slow down, especially with all of the fabulous plans we have for the summer!  Sooo, just a quick update!

 

Baby's news:

 

Weeks: 17

Size: a white onion. 5.1 inches and 5 oz. 

Happening this week: Baby is practicing breathing movements! Also has well formed lips and mouth, and is swallowing, yawning, and hiccuping. Taste buds are fully developed, but the nerve connections won't be mature enough for baby to actually taste for another few weeks.

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Leah's news:

 

Feeling: Steadily better!

Crazy cravings? Not so much. I've had a few, but nothing that was an "I must have this or someone will die" experience. From what I'd heard I really thought it was much more like that!  Favorites this week have been peaches, mangos, and these amazing chicken avocado burritos. 

 

Blacklisted foods? Eggs, lettuce, broccoli. Also anything with weird textures.

Anything else? I started feeling Baby move this week! It's super exciting, but also a bit weird. I can feel movement the best when I'm laying on my back, and especially if I've just had something fruity/sweet. Also excited to find out SOON if Baby is a boy or girl! :) :) :) 

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Baby Update: 15 weeks https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/5/baby-update-15-weeks This week has flown by! Sometimes I think 40 weeks is forever away and will never get here and feel like we have all the time in the world. Other times I realize how fast the past 15 have gone and flip out a little bit. 

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Baby's news:

Weeks: 15

Size: a pear (or avocado, but since those sound disgusting right now we went with pear.)

Happening this week: Baby's facial muscles have developed enough for it to start practicing making faces! Fingers can move independently of each other, and Baby can grab its feet with its hands. Its skin is still transparent, and this week Baby's head is smaller than the rest of the body.

 

Leah's news:

Feeling: Still slowly improving! Sometimes I feel like it's taking forever to get through the morning sickness stage, but if I compare how I'm feeling now to how badly I was feeling even a couple of weeks ago the improvement is huge! So there's hope for feeling well again. :) I actually feel the best outside, so I've been hanging out a lot on the porch.

Food: is starting to be a good idea again! This week the things that were essential were chili cheese hot dogs, mac 'n cheese, Pad Thai, and a turkey BBQ stuffed baked potato. Also a watermelon lime drink that Aaron made (four or five times this week I think?) that is amazingly delicious!

Nasty foods: I made a deer roast earlier this week. After smelling it for three hours I couldn't stand the thought of eating it, which was sad because Aaron said it tasted really good. Most meat still doesn't sound good, especially if I have to be involved in the cooking process. 

Will you have a birth photographer? Not planning to. I've photographed numerous births and absolutely LOVED the ones I've attended. There are definitely moments that I would want documented, so I'll have my camera out/available. But at this point I'm also thinking that I only want a minimal number of people around. However all this could change. 

Books: My favorite one currently is Pregnancy Day by Day. I love having daily blips to read, it goes through the entire 40 weeks, and there are tons of pictures. I'm absolutely open to books suggestions if there are any fabulous ones? 

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Anything else? Schatzi is being SUPER protective of me. Not sure if she knows or if she just knows something is different? It's sweet, but sometimes annoying if I'm trying to do something and she's right on top of me. But whenever I get annoyed with her she smiles like she's done absolutely nothing wrong (see below)

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That's all for now! Happy Saturday!

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(Ashworth Imagery) Baby Ashworth personal https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/5/baby-update-15-weeks Sat, 14 May 2016 17:03:05 GMT
Hudson and Leah https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/5/hudson-and-leah Hudson and Leah's session was such a fun session to photograph! I always love being able to document the lives of dear friends, and the Smiths definitely fit that description! In addition, they absolutely love life and being together, which makes them so much fun to be around and a dream to shoot! 

I always love it when my clients mix things up on their own! Because sometimes people end up climbing trees, and super fun photos occur that reflect personalities perfectly! :)

Hudson and Leah, it was a joy to photograph y'all!  Thank y'all so much for not only being fabulous clients, but dear friends! :)

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(Ashworth Imagery) Ashworth Imagery Houston, TX portraits https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/5/hudson-and-leah Thu, 12 May 2016 21:42:06 GMT
Announcing....Baby Ashworth! https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/5/announcing-baby-ashworth I'm normally great at secrets, with a couple of exceptions. One of those exceptions is Aaron - I tell Aaron everything. I don't think any of his Christmas or birthday gifts have ever been a surprise…if he doesn't know right after I find them, I end up telling him before whatever the event. (In my defense, most of the time it's because his gift is SUPER COOL and he has to know right then to appreciate the fabulousness of whatever it is as soon as possible.) 

Sooo, on the morning that we found out that we were going to be parents, of course I couldn't keep that secret either! :) Aaron and I both had to work that day, and I'd thought that maybe it was a possibility…but I didn't want to say anything to Aaron if there wasn't anything to say! So I'd intended to get up early, take a test, and then if it was positive we'd have a moment before he left. Well, I missed my first alarm, and barely had a chance to take a test and stash it under the sink (you know, to wait the two minutes or whatever it was) before he got out of the shower. I started the stopwatch on my phone, and then promptly got distracted doing other things… Aaron left for work, and I went back to check on the test, and there were two lines (insert scramble for the directions, because what did two lines mean again?) But when I looked at the stopwatch, the time had gone over, plus it was a dollar store test, and of course if it's only $1 it's probably not accurate. Four dollar store tests and one "real" one later, I called Aaron. :)

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Life has been pretty crazy since then, and I'm sure things will be a whirlwind from now on! Aaron and I are both ecstatic, and can't wait to meet our little one! :) I know I've been pretty quiet around the blog lately. Between maintaining service standards for my fabulous clients as well as dealing with morning sickness, my plate has been pretty full! What that does mean though is that there are many many fabulous sessions of gorgeous people that I can't wait to share, and I'll be working to update with those sessions as I can. :) For now though, baby news!

(our social media announcement photo!)

 

Baby Ashworth:

Weeks old: 14

Due: beginning of November

Size: a large lemon. Or a beet, or a house mouse. But lemons are the easiest to find/hold, and taste good in water, so I pick lemon. ;) 3.4 inches and 1.5oz. 

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Skills and facts:  Swimming around (during our appointment this week, Baby kept trying to avoid the dopler - lots of movement! Or it could have been because of the tea and coffee I had before the appointment?) Baby is starting to be able to hear outside sounds this week! So I can really talk to it without feeling silly. :) Its thyroid is developing, kidneys are functioning, and fingers are well differentiated. 

First ultrasound: happened March 19th. Yes it was early, but I needed to see the munchkin/hear a heart beat, and scheduling the ultrasound was absolutely one of the best decisions ever! Plus it's nice to be able to look at pictures after throwing up, and remember that there's a really fabulous reason that all of the yucky stuff happens.  image by Leah Ashworth

(our precious little gummy bear alien's first photo session :) )

 

My news (and answers to questions)

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(self-portraits are hard - next time I'll have Aaron help!!!)

How are you feeling?   Slowly getting better! Still throwing up, but there's definite improvement! (Which is a wonderful thing, because it's never fun to watch what you just ate come right back up…tmi?) 

Showing yet?   Depends on what I'm wearing! I think absolutely, but it could also look like too much cake. 

Food cravings?   Not so much cravings as "these things I can eat and these other things I can't stand!" Yogurt is good, string cheese, biscuits, pancakes, chicken salad, snickers bars, cold liquids…and Sunday the only thing that sounded good was a bbq stuffed baked potato. And I've wanted a chocolate cake donut for almost two months, but the one time we tried to get donuts the drive thru person gave us a chocolate glazed instead of chocolate cake donut. Which was slightly devastating. 

Horrible/awful/terrible/foods?   Most meat, eggs, anything that smells strongly, crackers (threw them up one too many times)…coffee for awhile, but this week that has been OK again, so that's exciting! :) 

Maternity clothes?   A few. Funny story, I actually had some already (they tend to be cute, soft, and be longer so they work better with my long waist. Plus thrift stores, so…) Most of the time I'm wearing athletic shorts/yoga pants and a comfy t-shirt. I did buy a couple of pairs of pants though, and am having to do the hair tie trick with regular pants.

Hospital, birth center, or home?    Home. Unless there's a reason that we'd need a hospital. We found a fabulous midwife (who's a CNM and RN - if you're in need of one in the Houston area, I'd be happy to send info!) and between her, her assistant who is also an RN, and Aaron (RN, paramedic, and just generally fabulously skilled) I'm completely comfortable and very excited about being at home!

Finding out if it's a boy or girl?   We're absolutely planning to find out! We'll wait until the next ultrasound though (I CAN wait a few more weeks! At least I keep telling myself that…)

Names?   We actually came up with a list of baby names on our honeymoon. Slight problem, I have no idea where the list is! The name will be a secret though until Baby makes it's appearance. :)

Bought any baby clothes yet?   Not yet…but oh so tempted. I did buy a blanket that fits perfectly with the baby room color scheme and some receiving blankets though. 

Nursery plans?   Yes, but also just normal house project plans. House remodeling projects kind of ground to a halt after we moved in last March, so there's a ton of detail stuff that needs to be done (trim, this one closet we never got around to ripping carpet out of/painting, painting a bookshelf, a bathroom remodel and flooring) so we'll be super busy! 

Still shooting?   YES! :) Although I most likely won't be taking any sessions after mid-October and before February. 

Anything else?   I cooked yesterday for the first time in over two months. I felt like that was an accomplishment!!!

Until next time….

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(Ashworth Imagery) Baby Ashworth, personal https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/5/announcing-baby-ashworth Wed, 04 May 2016 23:38:05 GMT
Family Photography: the Wrights https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/2/wright-family A little over a week after little Isabel was born, I was back at the Wright's for a family session! Laura and Grant wanted to document life with their new little one. :) 

I love being able to shoot growing families in places that hold meaning for them. For the Wrights, there are many hours of joy and laughter in and around the swing in their front yard. We also just happen to have a shot in the  very same place right after James was born, so it's fun to continue the setting for baby number 3! 

Typically, newborn sessions will have a transition from posed baby shots to incorporating more of the family. The Wrights chose instead to focus on family interactions. So, the main transition in their session was from outside to inside! :)

Congrats again, Grant and Laura! You have a beautiful family! :)

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(Ashworth Imagery) 2016 Ashworth Imagery Sugar Land, TX family newborn portraits https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/2/wright-family Fri, 19 Feb 2016 16:37:42 GMT
Birth: Isabel Praise https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/2/birth-isabel-praise It's always an honor to be asked to document births. There's no comparison to the privilege of capturing the moment that a new life enters the world! It's also incredible to be able to document the process...to see the parents work through each contraction, expectation of meeting the little one, and the excited relief after the babe is born...So much wonderful! 

Grant was so wonderful to Laura, supporting her through each contraction, and being so attentive to whatever she needed. Their daughter, Eden, wanted to help as well, and was so sweet to her mama. Grant and Laura decided to wait to find out the gender of the baby until she was born, and Eden's big job was to tell everyone whether the baby was a boy or girl!  

Beautiful rest between contractions...

Welcome to the world, little Isabel! And congratulations, Grant and Laura! :)smile emotico)

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(Ashworth Imagery) 2016 Ashworth Imagery Sugar Land, TX birth birth photography newborn https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/2/birth-isabel-praise Mon, 15 Feb 2016 18:00:00 GMT
Engagement: Rachel and Daniel https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/2/engagement-rachel-and-daniel Rachel and Daniel live in Pennsylvania, and I had the pleasure of getting to know them a bit more during Rachel's sister Becky's wedding  in October. After the wedding, we took a little bit of time to do a few engagement photos of Rachel and Dan, and I'm so glad we did! Their joy was infectious, their smiles delightful, and love beautiful... And I'm sure the expectation of their own upcoming wedding made even more real by the union they'd just witnessed. :) 

Rachel and Dan, I'm so excited for y'all and your upcoming wedding! I'll be cheering for you from Texas, and praying that you have a wonderful wedding day, and a beautiful lifetime together. :)

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(Ashworth Imagery) Ashworth Imagery Engagement Hazleton, PA Pennsylvania engagement photography https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/2/engagement-rachel-and-daniel Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:55:00 GMT
I know because... https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/1/i-know-because There are lots of ways to love someone. To me, I feel love the most when someone is willing and takes the time to be involved in my life and what I love to do. I've been in the midst of going through sessions to choose images for blogging, and have been reminded again how amazing my husband is, and how much he shows that he loves me every day. Specifically, I've realized how much he loves me through everything he does to help and encourage me in my business, and I'd love to share a few of those ways...

 

I know he loves me because he comes with me to shoots, even though he knows it always takes longer than I say, and there are lots of other ways he could spend his time.

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I know he loves me when he cheerfully stands in random spots for light/exposure checks. 

I know he loves me because of the way he listens as I plan out a shoot. 

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I know he loves me when he's willing to shoot with me, even if it's freezing outside and I've said "just one more pose" a dozen times. 

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I know he loves me because of the way he supports my dreams, and encourages me to pursue them.  image by Leah Ashworth

I know he loves me because he's willing to carry my coffee as well as his. 

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I know he loves me because he goofs off to help calm my pre-shoot butterflies. 

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I know he loves me because he's always willing to carry my gear bag, a prop bag, and a blanket, even though I bring the whole house along to a session and he knows it! 

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Aaron, I know I couldn't do what I do anywhere close to as well as I do it without you. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you! 

XOXO,

Leah 

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(Ashworth Imagery) Ashworth Imagery personal https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/1/i-know-because Mon, 18 Jan 2016 13:30:00 GMT
Arlynn Turned One! https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/1/arlynn-turned-one It's always a joy to document the special occasions in life, and it's even more fun when it's family! :) My niece's birthday party was no exception. It was a fabulous time with food, family, friends, and photos. 

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It's so fun to watch my brother be a dad!

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Happy first year, Arlynn! I can't wait to watch you grow, and am thrilled to be your aunt. :)

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(Ashworth Imagery) Ashworth Imagery Sugar Land, TX birthday portraits https://www.ashworthimagery.com/blog/2016/1/arlynn-turned-one Fri, 15 Jan 2016 13:00:00 GMT