Heidi: Lifestyle Newborn and Family Session in Grapevine, Texas

Meet, Heidi, one of the newest residents of Grapevine, Texas and her incredibly sweet family.   I connected last minute with Heidi’s parents… after she was already born, in fact.  But I am so extremely thrilled that I got that chance to connect with this family, because their little bundle was nothing less than fiery magic wrapped up in the prettiest little package.  She has spirit and “opinions”  (maybe its those redheaded genes), but she is pure sweetness as well.  And my goodness, when she sleeps with her mouth slightly open…heart melted.  I couldn’t get enough of her.  Her parents can’t get enough of her either!

So let me tell you, I was so encouraged in the time I spent with this Texas family.    I realize I only get a small glimpse into each family’s dynamics in the brief moments I am with them, but the affection and honor this new mama and daddy had for one another was pretty powerful.  Let’s be honest, that newborn stage and those first few days home are ROUGH (and that is an understatement).  And these two new parents were handling all that stress pretty beautifully.   She never once had to ask for something while I was there, as he was already there with it in hand.  And he couldn’t have had more praise and encouragement from his bride.   She told me several times how she would not be surviving without her husband and what a wonderful father he was to little Heidi.    Honestly, it was inspiring.   I mostly remember being tired, stressed, and often snippy with my husband during those first days (ok weeks…err…months) after having our babies, and sincerely I am not sure how much praise and encouragement I was bestowing on my husband.

Maybe, as human beings, we tend to zero in on the challenges of evolving marriage relationships after adding another human being to the picture.  Perhaps, we spend too much time talking about the sleepless nights, messy houses, and date nights that rarely happen; when we should be highlighting the depth and the growth that are added to a relationship with each new season of life.  I want to be more like these two new parents, spending more time in gratefulness for my husband, for his sacrifices and his character, so that I can serve him better and sing his praises.   I love that God brought this little family my way to once again remind me that life is a precious gift that allows us to grow and to change with each new phase of life.  Challenges may be a part of those phases, but they are also part of that growth and depth.  All the more reason to love one another, to encourage one another.  I am so grateful for that reminder from this little family.

Mother and Father look over newborn in grey rocking chair. Family photographed in grapevine, Texas by Rachel DeBell Photography.

Father hold's newborn in her pastel nursery. Family photographed in Grapevine, Texas by Rachel DeBell Photography

Newborn resting under father's beard photographed in Grapevine, Texas by Rachel DeBell Photography

Newborn swaddled in floral swaddle photographed in Grapevine, Texas by Rachel DeBell Photography

Newborn girl held in her daddy's arms. Family photographed in Grapevine, Texas by Rachel DeBell Photography

photo of Newborn yawning on bed with mint green swaddle, photographed in Grapevine, Texas by Rachel DeBell Photography

Parents hold Newborn in Nursery. Family photographed in Grapevine, Texas by Rachel DeBell Photography. Free people dress.Photo of baby girl in floral swaddle blanket, \photographed in Grapevine, Texas by Rachel DeBell Photography

Mother in blue pastel dress, kissing swaddled baby girl, photographed in Grapevine, Texas by Rachel DeBell Photography

Newborn girl in floral swaddle, laying in crib. Rachel DeBell is a Lifestyle Digital and Film Photographer of Newborns, Motherhood and Families, based in Plano, Texas, servicing families all over the Dallas-Fort Worth area and other parts of Texas.  To see more of her work, please visit her WEBSITE.  In order to book your own Lifestyle Session, please click the following link to inquire: BOOK MY SESSION.

Mother holding newborn baby girl in grey rocking chair, photographed in Grapevine, Texas by Rachel DeBell Photography

Film Photograph of newborn in mint swaddle blanket being held by her daddy, photographed in Grapevine, Texas by Rachel DeBell Photography

Mother and father looking at newborn on bed. Texas Windmill art on wall. Family Photographed in Grapevine, Texas by Rachel DeBell Photography

Newborn in floral swaddle photographed in Grapevine, Texas by Rachel DeBell Photography

Mother and Father admiring newborn daughter. Family photographed in Grapevine, Texas by Rachel DeBell Photography

Photo of baby feet while being held in mother's arms, photographed in Grapevine, Texas by Rachel DeBell Photography

Photo from behind of mother holding newborn near window. photographed in Grapevine, Texas by Rachel DeBell PhotographyRachel DeBell is a Lifestyle Digital and Film Photographer of Newborns, Motherhood and Families, based in Plano, Texas, servicing families all over the Dallas-Fort Worth area and other parts of Texas.  To see more of her work, please visit her WEBSITE.  In order to book your own Lifestyle Session, please click the following link to inquire: BOOK MY SESSION.

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Daddy’s Girl: A Dallas Lifestyle Newborn Session

Little Julia is destined to be a Daddy’s girl.   It is pretty beautiful to see a mother embrace her new baby, and to see how that baby knows her.  She knows her voice, her smell, everything about her.  But I am equally as fascinated when a baby seems to know her father just as well.  I have a special place in my heart for that doting father; the one who doesn’t leave his baby’s side and somehow possesses the ability to calm her amidst all the shuffle and movement of our morning activities.    Baby Julia has one of those daddies.  These two seemed to have their own way of communicating and connecting.  They were only a few days into their relationship and already it seemed that very special moments and expressions passed between them when they looked at each other.    Only a few days old, and they were already buddies…and I’m pretty sure they will be forever.

On a side note, this nursery was just the most lovely little space, with a large window, soft, feminine colors, and the sweetest little touches all around.  I quickly learned that while Julia’s mama sewed all the textiles in the room and collected some of the decor, it was her daddy that designed and lovingly crafted the custom shelves, specifically for his baby girl.  He’d also put installed all the fixtures and completely transformed the room.   I was blown away by how precious and thoughtful these two were in creating this space for their daughter.  Isn’t it adorable?

Film Photograph of Dallas Newborn Girl Yawning

Dallas Daddy looking at his Newborn baby Girl

Dallas Daddy and Mama looking at Newborn baby Girl in window light

Dallas newborn baby girl in her crib

Dallas Daddy and Mama looking at Newborn baby Girl in window light

Dallas Father and Mother looking at Newborn baby Girl in window light

Daddy holds newborn baby's feet near window

Dallas Daddy and Mama looking at Newborn baby Girl in nursery

Film Photograph of father's hands soothing newborn baby

Dallas Daddy and Mama kiss in newborn baby nursery

Mother holds baby next to window and Fiddle leaf

Dallas Father and Mother looking at Newborn baby Girl in window light

Film Photograph of Dallas Newborn Girl in Pink

Mother and father look at baby and reassure puppy

Newborn baby girl rests on her mother's shoulder

Film Photograph of Dallas Newborn Girl YawningRachel DeBell is a Lifestyle Digital and Film Photographer of Newborns, Motherhood and Families, based in Plano, Texas, servicing families all over the Dallas-Fort Worth area and other parts of Texas.  To see more of her work, please visit her WEBSITE.  In order to book your own Lifestyle Session, please click the following link to inquire: BOOK MY SESSION.

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Lifestyle Family Session in Bellville, Texas

Today’s Lifestyle Family Session comes to you all the way from Bellville, Texas.  He is a Pastor and Servant.  She is a Photographer and Teacher.  And together they are raising their little trio of  sister-warrior-princesses.  I wrote a little post on my Instagram about them HERE, and truly my words are no exaggeration.  They are all kinds of Awesome wrapped in three tiny little packages.    And yep, they are part of my family too.   I am so lucky to know them, to get to know them more as they grow, and to call them family.   A few weeks ago, I set out to quickly shoot a little family session for them at a local park in their small town.  The light was perfect, but the humidity was pretty overwhelming and it was approaching their bed time.  I thought we might be headed for some major meltdowns.  However, my nieces are three of the most spirited and happy little girls that truly know find joy in almost any circumstance.  My work ended up being pretty easy, as they found a way to bring the smiles and allow their joy to spill over into my camera.  We created some of the sweetest photos, and I’m so happy we took the time to make these memories happen for them, despite the heat and humidity.  Worth it!Texas Outdoor Family Photo of Family in Golden Hour by Rachel DeBell PhotographyTexas Outdoor Family Photo of Family in Golden Hour by Rachel DeBell PhotographyTexas Outdoor Sibling Photo of 3 girls on fuji film in Golden Hour by Rachel DeBell PhotographyTexas Outdoor Family Photo of Family walking in Golden Hour by Rachel DeBell PhotographyTexas Outdoor Sibling Photo of mother and her 3 daughters on fuji film in Golden Hour by Rachel DeBell PhotographyDad giving his toddler a kiss, Texas Outdoor Photo Session in Texas by Rachel DeBell PhotographyTexas Outdoor Sibling Photo of mother and father in Golden Hour by Rachel DeBell PhotographyLifestyle Photo of 3 little sisters Dancing Outdoors in Texas by Rachel DeBell PhotographyLifestyle Photo of 3 little sisters Dancing Outdoors in Texas by Rachel DeBell PhotographyTexas Outdoor Family Photo of Family in Golden Hour by Rachel DeBell PhotographyTexas Outdoor Sibling Photo of daddy and daughter on fuji film in Golden Hour by Rachel DeBell PhotographyTexas Outdoor Family Photo of Mother and Daughter in Golden Hour by Rachel DeBell PhotographyTexas Outdoor Sibling Photo of family of 3 daughters  in Golden Hour by Rachel DeBell PhotographyTexas Outdoor Family Photo of kids running in Golden Hour by Rachel DeBell PhotographyRachel DeBell is a Lifestyle Digital and Film Photographer of Newborns, Motherhood and Families, based in Plano, Texas, servicing families all over the Dallas-Fort Worth area and other parts of Texas.  To see more of her work, please visit her WEBSITE.  In order to book your own Lifestyle Session, please click the following link to inquire: BOOK MY SESSION.

Little Sister Lydia: Newborn Session in Dallas, Texas

There is truly no relationship like that of a sister.  I came from a family of three girls.  While there was very little going on in our small town in West Texas, there was never a lack of entertainment, imagination or friendship, because we always had each other. Lately, it seems I’ve had the great privilege of photographing quite a few families with little girls…sisters.  And I can’t help but think how lucky all these little girls are to have each other.  There is just such a unique and special bond between sisters, even when personalities couldn’t be more different.

As for this little Dallas cutie, she came into the world welcomed by the most precious big sister, who is full of life and great plans.  Big sister was not too keen on taking a lot of family photos, because she had much more interesting and exciting things to do.  But she did pause long enough to proudly show me her treasured little sister and get a few snuggles from her mom and dad.  And baby Lydia, she was pretty happy with all the attention.  These sweet sisters…I wish them more love, adventure and friendship than they can possibly imagine as they grow up together.

Lifestyle Digital and Film Newborn Photos of Baby Girl and her Parents and Big Sister photographed by Rachel DeBell Photography in their home in Lake Highlands, Dallas, Texas

Lifestyle Digital and Film Newborn Photos of Baby Girl and her Parents and Big Sister photographed by Rachel DeBell Photography in their home in Lake Highlands, Dallas, TexasLifestyle Digital and Film Newborn Photos of Baby Girl and her Parents and Big Sister photographed by Rachel DeBell Photography in their home in Lake Highlands, Dallas, TexasLifestyle Digital and Film Newborn Photos of Baby Girl and her Parents and Big Sister photographed by Rachel DeBell Photography in their home in Lake Highlands, Dallas, Texas

Lifestyle Digital and Film Newborn Photos of Baby Girl and her Parents and Big Sister photographed by Rachel DeBell Photography in their home in Lake Highlands, Dallas, Texas

Lifestyle Digital and Film Newborn Photos of Baby Girl and her Parents and Big Sister photographed by Rachel DeBell Photography in their home in Lake Highlands, Dallas, Texas

Lifestyle Digital and Film Newborn Photos of Baby Girl and her Parents and Big Sister photographed by Rachel DeBell Photography in their home in Lake Highlands, Dallas, Texas

Lifestyle Digital and Film Newborn Photos of Baby Girl and her Parents and Big Sister photographed by Rachel DeBell Photography in their home in Lake Highlands, Dallas, Texas

Lifestyle Digital and Film Newborn Photos of Baby Girl and her Parents and Big Sister photographed by Rachel DeBell Photography in their home in Lake Highlands, Dallas, Texas

Lifestyle Digital and Film Newborn Photos of Baby Girl and her Parents and Big Sister photographed by Rachel DeBell Photography in their home in Lake Highlands, Dallas, Texas

Lifestyle Digital and Film Newborn Photos of Baby Girl and her Parents and Big Sister photographed by Rachel DeBell Photography in their home in Lake Highlands, Dallas, Texas

Lifestyle Digital and Film Newborn Photos of Baby Girl and her Parents and Big Sister photographed by Rachel DeBell Photography in their home in Lake Highlands, Dallas, Texas

Lifestyle Digital and Film Newborn Photos of Baby Girl and her Parents and Big Sister photographed by Rachel DeBell Photography in their home in Lake Highlands, Dallas, Texas

Lifestyle Digital and Film Newborn Photos of Baby Girl and her Big Sister photographed by Rachel DeBell Photography in their home in Lake Highlands, Dallas, Texas

Lifestyle Digital and Film Newborn Photos of Baby Girl and her Parents and Big Sister photographed by Rachel DeBell Photography in their home in Lake Highlands, Dallas, Texas

Lifestyle Digital and Film Newborn Photo of Baby Girl and her mom and Big Sister photographed by Rachel DeBell Photography in their home in Lake Highlands, Dallas, Texas

Lifestyle Digital and Film Newborn Photos of Baby Girl and her Parents and Big Sister photographed by Rachel DeBell Photography in their home in Lake Highlands, Dallas, Texas

Lifestyle Digital and Film Newborn Photos of Baby Girl and her Parents and Big Sister photographed by Rachel DeBell Photography in their home in Lake Highlands, Dallas, Texas

Rachel DeBell is a Lifestyle Digital and Film Photographer of Newborns, Motherhood and Families, based in Plano, Texas, servicing families all over the Dallas-Fort Worth area and other parts of Texas.  To see more of her work, please visit her WEBSITE.  In order to book your own Lifestyle Session, please click the following link to inquire: BOOK MY SESSION.

Morgan: A Motherhood Session at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

I first met Morgan when she was newly engaged, and I had the privilege of photographing her wedding.  Now Morgan is in a different stage of her life: Motherhood.  She holds the title of  “Mama” to two young daughters…miniature versions of herself, each in her own way.    I always appreciate it when a mother details to me all the specific characteristics and personality traits each of their children possess.  It is always then that you see the fullness of their love and admiration for each little human gift that makes up their whole family.  When a woman talks about her children, with his/her individual quirks, strengths, talents and humor, you see the culmination of everything that makes her a mother.  You see her greatest joys, her biggest fears and everything her heart prays for as she tells you just exactly who her child is and who she hopes he/she will become.   Morgan is a mother like that, parenting two very different personalities on a daily basis, and yet so in love with how God designed each of them with purpose.  And her two little girls seem to think she’s hung the moon, as well.  We chose to photograph her Motherhood session at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, one of the prettiest natural settings in the DFW area.  While the girls played and ran, and picked wildflowers, I got to see Morgan doing what she does so well, being their mother.

Outdoor Motherhood Film Photograph of a Mother and her daughter at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, TX by Rachel DeBell Photography.Outdoor Motherhood Film Photograph of a Mother and her daughter at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, TX by Rachel DeBell Photography.Outdoor Motherhood Film Photograph of a Mother and her daughter at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, TX by Rachel DeBell Photography.Outdoor Film Photograph of a little girl picking wildflowers at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, TX by Rachel DeBell Photography.Outdoor Film Photograph of a curly haired baby clapping her hands at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, TX by Rachel DeBell Photography.Outdoor Motherhood Film Photograph of a Mother and her baby daughter at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, TX by Rachel DeBell Photography.Outdoor Motherhood Film Photograph of a Mother and her daughter holding hands and snuggling at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, TX by Rachel DeBell Photography.Outdoor Film Photograph of a little girl picking wildflowers at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, TX by Rachel DeBell Photography.Outdoor Motherhood Film Photograph of a Mother and her curly haired baby at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, TX by Rachel DeBell Photography.Outdoor Motherhood Film Photograph of baby toddling along a dirt trail at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, TX by Rachel DeBell Photography.Outdoor Motherhood Film Photograph of a Mother and her two young daughters at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, TX by Rachel DeBell Photography.Outdoor Motherhood Film Photograph of a Mother and her two young daughters at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, TX by Rachel DeBell Photography.Outdoor Film Photograph of a little girl picking wildflowers at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, TX by Rachel DeBell Photography.Outdoor Motherhood Film Photograph of a Mother and her two young daughters walking along a path at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, TX by Rachel DeBell Photography.

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