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Spring in Waco, Texas 2018

Girls Spring Break Getaway to Waco, Texas

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If you’ve ever watched an episode of Fixer Upper, you’ve probably gotten to the end of the show thinking, “Can it really be that picture perfect in Waco?” Well, my friends, the answer is YES. This weekend getaway was about as good as it gets. Time with my best friends and exploring all Waco has to offer. Spring break was perfect this year!

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First stop: Texas Tulips!

We went straight from the airport to Texas Tulips. The small tulip farm in Pilot, Texas was the perfect backdrop for my first set of pictures. Owen and CJ willingly posed in baskets and gave me the biggest smiles. I will not confirm or deny if their mamas were dancing like fools waving around a container of snacks.

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If you go to Waco, Texas and you don’t stop at Torchy’s Tacos— you made a mistake. This is my favorite taco spot in Texas. Their Queso is killer and they have the tastiest tacos you ever did eat. The tables are just the right size for endless baskets of chips and a game or two of spades.

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Clayton loved pointing at everything on this trip!

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We made sure to hit a few antique shops and vintage markets while we were there. The best finds came from the Cedar Chest in McGregor, Texas.

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Nothing makes this girl happier than finding the perfect vintage book and toast separator.

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We indeed had some great finds this day.

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Magnolia Market:

Magnolia, sweet Magnolia! Every detail was perfect! White brick, vintage trucks, flowers, and the perfect spot to take a picture everywhere you looked. Chip and Joanna have thought of everything. It was so fun to see the silos in person again and see how much has changed since the last time Andrew and I visited. The biggest addition to Magnolia is Magnolia Table. After a short wait we sat down at the perfect table. The food was everything we expected and then some. If you are wondering how much I really loved my pancakes, just take a look here. 😉

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The Silos Baking Co. established in 2016.

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One of my favorite photo spots!

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Although it was Sunday, we decided to pop by Magnolia anyways to get these photos while no one would be there! So glad we did this!

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What a big boy! Holding himself up at just 11 months! Don’t worry guys mom was very close by. 😉

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Brooke is always amazing at capturing photos of me! Thanks for these, friend!

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Clayton was apparently mesmerized by all that Waco charm. That or he secretly had a leaf in his mouth pretty much the entire time we were there…

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Clayton: “I think I should probably tell mom about my new chew toy.”

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Brooke: “What do you have in your mouth kid? Is that a leaf? Oh, It is.”

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Three words: Steel. City. Pops. The best popsicles this side of the Mississippi! You can’t go wrong with coconut dipped in dark chocolate or pineapple. Owen and CJ couldn’t agree more.

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Monday was my favorite day in Waco because it was filled to the brim with Magnolia!

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Started the morning off with breakfast at the new Magnolia Table! It was amazing!!

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Everything was picture perfect and tasted delightful.

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After breakfast, we stopped by a well known Waco park to capture a few portraits of Emily and her husband Caleb.

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After our quick session we headed over to Magnolia Market again! 🙂

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Then it was time for some shopping!

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I LOVED this green Jeep!

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After a wonderful time at Magnolia Market it was time for a sweet treat–Heritage Creamery, a local ice cream shop!

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How cool is their ice cream van!?

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They have amazing flavors like Honey Lavendar.

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Then we walked next door to grab some coffee at Common Grounds!

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Lucy, was a little suspicious of what we were up to next…

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That evening we did our last photo-shoot of the boys!

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And as you can see it was too cute for words!

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We spent our last day in Waco enjoying Emily’s homemade pancakes and a scenic walk before heading to the airport. It was such a wonderful trip from beginning to end!

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Till next time Waco!

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Family Vacation Portraits in Palm Beach

Family Vacation Portraits in Palm Beach


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If there is one thing I love it’s capturing gorgeous families while enjoying their vacation! Capturing family memories is such an honor to me because these are the moments my clients will look back on and the photos I capture will become precious, tangible memories they will hold onto for many years to come.

These past few years I have noticed vacation photos are becoming more and more popular! Last year alone we captured over a half a dozen family vacation sessions! This year we are hoping to exceed last year and we are off to a great start!

On January 20th, 2018, we had the honor of capturing these family vacation portraits in Palm Beach, Florida. This was our first session of the year! It was a very cloudy and windy day but the lighting was gorgeous! Early that day there was a Trump protest but by the afternoon there was hardly anyone on the beach!

It was such a pleasure working with this sweet family! We hope they enjoy their family portraits for many years to come!


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The details that brought these Family Vacation Portraits in Palm Beach:

Location: Worth Avenue Clock Tower and Palm Beach beach

Photographer: Crystal Bolin

 

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Michigan

Trip to Michigan in the Summertime


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Deciding to go to Michigan this Summer was a complete spur of the moment decision and I am so glad I made it! Less than two weeks before the trip, my friend Brooke asked me if I would want to go with her and her parents to Michigan!

The trip was mainly to visit family and explore her hometown. She also was needing help traveling with her at-the-time two and a half-month-old son, Clayton James, who also happens to be my godson! And I am always up for spending time with my godson and traveling! It was the perfect excuse for a getaway!

We had talked about visiting Michigan so many times and this time it finally happened. The decision to go was made within minutes! A couple hours later I booked my flight and 10 days later we were on our way!

Here are some of the highlight of our week in Michigan!


My camera was packed away while we were traveling so the first handful of photos are iPhone photos.
 First stop, Tim Hortons, of course!
Then some of our favorite things… Thrifting, Sushi & more coffee!!I was introduced to Bob Evens, or how they call it, “Bob Heavens”! Life changed. Now the real photos begin! 🙂Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (5) The first few days were spent in the countryside. Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (6)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (3)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (4)Gorgeous sunsets. Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (2)


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Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (7) Brooke knows how obsessed I am with Christmas so she made it a point to get us to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland!! They are known as the world’s largest Christmas store! It was HUGE!!Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (11)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (8) This is just 1/100th of the store!! Notice the sign that says “Section 10a”!Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (9)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (10) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (12)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (13) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (14) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (15)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (16) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (17) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (18)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (19) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (20) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (21)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (22) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (24)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (28)The cutest little town!Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (30)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (29)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (43)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (45)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (42)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (32)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (33)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (39)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (44)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (40)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (25)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (34) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (26) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (31)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (27)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (35) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (36)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (37) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (38) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (41) Then we packed up and went over to Brooke’s brother and sister-in-law’s home!

C.J. had many emotions about it! 😉 This kid cracks me up! Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (46) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (48)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (47)


Lake Michigan AKA “The Beach”


Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (64)Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (63)It was quite a hike to get to this “beach”! Over 400 steps (just one way) to be exact. Something this Florida girl isn’t used to! But it was so worth it!Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (49)Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (50) Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (52)So so beautiful! Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (51)Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (53) Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (54)Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (55)Brooke took my camera from me and captured me eating my favorite—Watermelon!! Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (56) Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (57)Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (58) Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (59) Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (60)Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (61) Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (62) After lunch and portraits, we packed up and prepared to make the hike back while we all still had energy!Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (65) Stopping for more portraits along the way! Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (66)That light!! Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (67) Brooke’s sister and her hubby!Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (68) Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (69)We ended the day with a campfire and music.Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (70)


The Upper Penisula


Portraits in Michigan (71) We began the day with a lovely family breakfast. Portraits in Michigan (72)Then Brooke spotted this gazebo a block away so naturally more family portraits were in order!
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Portraits in Michigan (74) Then a Wagner family portrait!Portraits in Michigan (78)Then it was my turn! Thanks for these Vicky!
Portraits in Michigan (76)Portraits in Michigan (77) Portraits in Michigan (79)Then we hit the road again traveling north towards the Upper Penisula! Portraits in Michigan (80) Portraits in Michigan (81)Right before crossing the Mackinac Bridge we stopped to see the downtown area and a view of the bridge!
Portraits in Michigan (82)Portraits in Michigan (83) We just started walking and found this amazing view! Portraits in Michigan (84) Portraits in Michigan (85)Portraits in Michigan (86) How amazing is that light!?Portraits in Michigan (87) Portraits in Michigan (88)Portraits in Michigan (89) Portraits in Michigan (90)Mackinac Bridge in Michigan Mackinac, Michigan Mackinac Bridge in MichiganMackinac Bridge in Michigan Portraits in Michigan (95) Portraits in Michigan (96)My favorite photo of C.J. and I! Portraits in Mackinac Bridge in Michigan Portraits in Michigan (98) Mackinac Bridge in MichiganPortraits in front of the Mackinac Bridge in MichiganPortraits in front of the Mackinac Bridge in MichiganPortraits in front of the Mackinac Bridge in MichiganMackinac Bridge in MichiganPortraits in front of the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan Then we found a lighthouse!Portraits in front of the Mackinac Bridge in MichiganPortraits in Michigan (101) Portraits in Michigan (102)Portraits in front of the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan Portraits in front of the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan Portraits in front of the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan Lighthouse in front of the Mackinac Bridge in MichiganThen we crossed the Mackinac Bridge and headed to Brooke’s childhood home in Sault Ste. Marie! The Mackinac Bridge in Michigan Mackinac Bridge in MichiganSault Ste Marie, Michigan Photography (115) Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Photography (116) First stop, Brooke’s childhood home! Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Photography (117)Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Photography (118) Then their favorite spot to grab a bacon cheeseburger and onion rings! West Pier Drive-In in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan (119) West Pier Drive-In Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Photography (120)After hearing so much about this place I was pretty excited to try it! West Pier in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Photography (122) Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Photography (123)Brooke was over the moon! 🙂West Pier Drive-in in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Photography (124) West Pier Drive-in in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Photography West Pier Drive-in in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan West Pier Drive-in in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Photography (121)Then we head to a friends cabin where we would be staying for the next few nights! Sault Ste Marie, Michigan


Day 2 in Upper Peninsula


Childhood home portraits in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan The next day we stopped by Brooke’s old home again!Childhood home portraits in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Childhood home portraits in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan In her childhood bedroom with her little one! Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Then we have a yummy lunch at a local favorite–Penny’s KitchenPenny's Kitchen in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Penny's Kitchen in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Penny's Kitchen in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Brooke sitting in her favorite chair! The same chair she would sit in as a little girl most days after school.
Penny's Kitchen in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan After lunch, we explored Sault Ste. Marie! Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Pink Peonies in Sault Ste Marie, MichiganTrees and flowers in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Pink Peonies in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan I was in love with all the flowers EVERYWHERE!!Pink Peonies in Sault Ste Marie, MichiganPink Peonies in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Pink Peonies in Sault Ste Marie, MichiganThen we drove back to the cabin as the sun was setting! Sunset in Sault Ste Marie, MichiganSault Ste Marie, Michigan Sunset Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Sunset


Marsha’s Cabin


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The Wagner’s friend, Marsha, so graciously opened up her lovely cabin for us to stay a few days. After a few wonderful nights at Marsha’s cabin, she sent us off with a warm delicious homemade breakfast! She made homemade blueberry pancakes with wild blueberries, fresh homemade jam, real maple syrup, sausage and homemade berry-bread!! IT WAS SO GOOD!! Basically, a breakfast fit for a king!

After breakfast, I explored the land surrounding the cabin and we captured a few portraits! It was a beautiful start to our amazing day!


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Mackinac Island


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After leaving Marsha’s cabin, we headed south toward MACKINAC ISLAND!! Visiting Mackinac Island was a dream come true! This was my favorite part of the whole trip! The perfect ending to our amazing trip!


Brooke grabbed my camera and took a cool shot of her shoes!  Mackinac Island Photography in the Summertime Star Line ferry took us to Mackinac Island!
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