Holiday Mini Sessions in October

1.jpgI’ve been meaning to get an announcement out for weeks about getting your holiday photos done in October but in true-to-myself fashion, procrastination won. Don’t be like me. Don’t procrastinate.

Have your photos within 10 days of your shoot, ready to upload to your favorite card printing site and in your hands before the Thanksgiving turkey is out of the oven so you can spend the season enjoying what it’s truly about. 
 
These sessions will done at the beautiful Oakmont Park in Fort Worth. I will have a few items on hand to increase the festiveness of shooting holiday cards in October (blankets, milk & cookies, mugs), Payment is due in full to reserve your spot and is non-refundable. For more information on available times or to book please send me an email at erinlenziniphotography@gmail.com or use the contact form.
 
And because the announcement came so late, for those who book for October 22, enjoy an extra 10% off your session.

Haven

Fort Worth Photographer | Erin Lenin | Mini Session - HavenThis is Haven. She is incredibly smart, energetic, oh so beautiful and the daughter of my oldest friend, Brittany. Brittany and I often kid one anther that we are each others longest relationship but it’s true, we are! I think we are going on something like 23 years. (When’s our anniversary, Brittany? Haha)
Our friendship has weathered the years and the countless changes each of us has gone through. The well of memories we have to pull from is vast and deep, full of laughter, over-coming  and transformation. Friendship, just like marriage, takes commitment and tons of grace. I’m so thankful that even in seasons when neither of us was reaching out to each other, there was never a question in either’s mind that we weren’t friends. There was just generous amounts of unspoken understanding and forgiveness and grace that carried us through the years. So much so that it has always felt like we’ve never missed a beat.
Like Fisher, I pray that Haven grows into her name. That she would be a woman who points many people to our ultimate place of shelter, safety and refuge, Jesus. And that Haven would find a friend like I have found in her mommy.  Fort Worth Photographer | Erin Lenin | Mini Session - HavenFort Worth Photographer | Erin Lenin | Mini Session - HavenFort Worth Photographer | Erin Lenin | Mini Session - HavenFort Worth Photographer | Erin Lenzini | Mini Session - HavenFort Worth Photographer | Erin Lenin | Mini Session - HavenFort Worth Photographer | Erin Lenin | Mini Session - HavenFort Worth Photographer | Erin Lenin | Mini Session - HavenFort Worth Photographer | Erin Lenin | Mini Session - Haven

15/52

DSC_3778.jpg I more than made up for my lack of photos last week… Here is week 15/52 in pictures. DSC_3823DSC_3864DSC_3845DSC_3826Since Christopher set up a little office corner for me, both of us have been spending much more time in the spare room. Fisher wakes up in the morning and goes straight to that room stating she has to go to work, which means complete some exercises on ABC Mouse. She cracks me up. This morning her computer “work” made her want to “real paint.” DSC_3772DSC_3773And the kindest package came in the mail from our favorite coffee shop, Cantook. The owner, via instagram, asked Christopher for his mailing address after he told him how much we enjoyed everything about his shop when we visited Québec last September – the laid-back outdoorsy atmosphere and craft coffee. In fact, Cantook is where I learned about putting maple syrup in my coffee instead of refined sugar. I have a can of Canadian maple syrup open in the the fridge right now just for that purpose. As you can tell, this place already held a dear spot in our hearts, but to know the heartbeat behind the shop is a kind and generous person, takes our adoration to a whole other level. If you are in Québec City, you must go to Cantook. Must. DSC_3960DSC_3912DSC_3975DSC_3923DSC_3970On Friday Fisher and I met up with our friend Christine and her twins to ride Thomas the Train. They had tons of activities afterward for the kids as well – a petting zoo, giant sandbox and a bubble machine that Fisher fancied so much she thought she stand right up to it. We had a blast and you better believe there were a few tears shed when momma made her get out of the sandbox because she was turning red from the heat and it was way past nap time. All of the sadness was quickly forgotten when she got to ride in the large shuttle bus back to the car because hello, no carseat! DSC_3993DSC_3995DSC_3997Fisher has become quite the little street performer. Before dinner. After dinner. In between dinner. Get up and dance! And did you notice the band-aids (stickers on her arms). We had an intense session of Dr. Fisher’s office before dinner.
This particular dance session was at the new pizza place, Olivella’s, that recently opened a few blocks from our place. We walked ourselves there instead of driving with full awareness we would probably be eating so much a mandatory loosening of our belts would proceed afterward. You can’t beat buy-one-get-one-free, happy hour pizza and when you have a kid you eat early anyway so it’s no sacrifice for us to get there before 5 pm. Best deal ever and the pizza was tops. DSC_4004DSC_4011Just a couple photos from our after dinner walk home. Fort Worth Botanic Gardens Plant Sale 2016DSC_4021Fort Worth Botanic Gardens Plant Sale 2016DSC_4031We stopped by the Botanic Gardens annual plant sale and now I’m wondering why we have never gone before. If we owned our home we would have bought so many fruit trees to plant. Since we don’t, we are just as  happy to have scored this fern for $8. Ever since our trip to Montréal, where the owner of the air bnb we stayed at had multiple house plants in every room, Christopher has been determined to recreate that look in our place. And I don’t mind at all.

 

Family Session | The Sans

About a month ago I met the Sans family at a small farm in Grapevine to take some photos. Gwyneth, their youngest, had just hit a major milestone, learning to walk only 3 days before. She had no interest in the being held or having her picture taken. She wanted to explore and I couldn’t blame her. The world was within reach in a whole new way and farms have a special beauty all of their own – vegetables growing from the ground, sheep peering through the fence and chickens clucking from their coop! I enjoyed every moment of this warm spring afternoon with these two girls, following them around as they found new discoveries and got snuggled by their parents.
Thank you for allowing me to photograph your family, Leslie! Fort Worth Photographer | The Sans Family | DSC_2590Fort Worth Photographer | The Sans Family | DSC_2464Fort Worth Photographer | The Sans FamilyFort Worth Photographer | The Sans Family | DSC_2474Fort Worth Photographer | The Sans Family DSC_2465Fort Worth Photographer | The Sans Family | DSC_2537DSC_2545Fort Worth Photographer | The Sans Family | DSC_2562-bwDSC_2571Fort Worth Photographer | The Sans Family | DSC_2573DSC_2657testint 2test 4DSC_2695

14/52

14/52Last Monday was actually a comedy of errors and Fisher and I laughed all day about it. We decided to go feed the ducks at the Trinity River Duck Pond. We hiked a huge hill to get to it and had no idea the other side was a mud slide. Fisher and I both fell and slid down! It may be slightly ‘okay’ for a toddler to have brown pants, but it’s not okay for an adult. I wanted to turn around but we had come so far. As I looked over to the duck pond I noticed ALL of the water was gone and NO DUCKS! As we walked closer we spotted a gaggle of geese sunbathing. I through out a piece of bread and in unison they all started honking and running over on their prehistoric legs. I got scared so I scooped Fisher up and I remembered that animals are afraid if you make yourself tall. I stretched myself as high as I could and ran toward them. They didn’t budge or stammer and actually just kept running forward. I forgot, they are related to the chicken somehow and I am not, so I lost that game. I totally ran away. I’m not ashamed to say it. With all self dignity gone, I took Fisher to Chick-fil-a, brown bottoms and all and joked for the rest of the afternoon that geese don’t say ‘honk’ but ‘gimme all of your bread!’
None of these photos are from that afternoon. I only took a few photos last week. I blame the week before and the insane amounts of photos took. I just wanted free hands and to be completely present. These photos are from a little walk we took so I could scout a location I’ll be shooting at in a few weeks. I had no idea this little creek walk existed in the stockyards. Such a little gem of a spot.14/52DSC_3713DSC_371814/52

April Desktop Calendar

April 2016 Desktop Calendar
I put together another desktop calendar for April! This quote I chose from Walt Whitman got my mind thinking about the abilities of words. Some are powerful builders, able to bring encouragement or restore dignity or soothe like a healing salve on a languishing soul. Others are destroyers, able to tear down dreams or crush one’s worth, grinding it to dust. Some words describe or peak the imagination or take us on journeys. Words can do all of this and much, much more. Words are capable things.
But words are also such incapable things. They are, in fact, just mere words and there are some things that they simply cannot tell. Beautiful things. Divine things.
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Butterflies in the Garden

DSC_3041The above picture is of Fisher explaining how the butterflies, although fascinating creatures, should fly at a reasonable distance and only land on mommy.
She is my cautious girl. Always eager to investigate and learn, but at a safe distance. I actually have an irrational reaction to moths (and we know butterflies aren’t much different), so as not not instill fear in her, and maybe to overcome my own, I let multiple butterflies crawl onto my hands. It made me shudder a small bit on the inside, but I had to do it for her.
However, the exhibit was fascinating. I thought we would have to strain our eyes to find butterflies, but no, there they were, swooping and fluttering, chasing each other and eating all around us. We even witnessed a butterfly emerge from its pupae. Did you know butterflies do not actually fly for the first 4 hours after emerging? It takes that long for their wings to unfurl.  Butterflies in the GardenButterflies in the GardenButterflies in the GardenButterflies in the GardenDSC_3042Butterflies in the GardenButterflies in the GardenDSC_3050Butterflies in the GardenButterflies in the GardenButterflies in the GardenDSC_3098DSC_3101DSC_3103DSC_3104All photos were taken at the Butterflies in the Garden exhibit going on through April 3rd at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens.

13/52

DSC_3574Oh this week. From visiting the butterflies at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens on Monday to the epitome of reasons to celebrate, Easter!, on Sunday, add in an early morning family session and a trip to Peaster, Texas for a passover experience, to say I have photos spilling out of my memory card is an understatement. DSC_3052DSC_3028DSC_3050Didn’t I have the cutest guide at the butterfly exhibit? She can even read the guide upside down she is so familiar with all of the species! Actually, she was a little frightened of them and appreciated them from a respectable distance. More photos of this outing to come later in the week. Or next week if I’m being completely honest with myself.DSC_3193DSC_3199DSC_3195Every few weeks I try to meet up with my mom, all of her sisters and my grandma for lunch. Since my mom had Fisher for the first 2 years of her life during the week while I was at work, she is very close to all of these woman and would see them weekly. I’m totally an outsider when they get together. They have a special bond and I don’t want it to ever change. (Second picture is of an after lunch ballet performance for all who wanted to watch. This girl can’t wait until June when ballet class actually starts!)DSC_3370Easter, Texas Passover ExperienceDSC_3369Christopher had the day off on Friday so after my morning session he surprised us with a road trip to Peaster, Texas for the Passover Experience, an interactive reenactment of the passover and the last supper. This was a wonderful surprise. I loved reading all of the prophecy pointing to Jesus and the “walk through Jerusalem” was amazing. The productions was well done and helped me to actually experience what life would have been like when Jesus walked the earth. I’ll share more on this later as well.DSC_3474DSC_3631And once again, there are more than a few photos of Easter I’d like to save to my little journal so they’ll be getting a post of their own soon. I hope everyone had a happy Easter and has a wonderful week!

This Good Friday

Tell Me the Story of JesusDSC_3243I mentioned in an instagram post yesterday how I’ve been struggling with keeping my heart and mind focused on the cross during Lent. How the cheap thrills of this season, the Easter baskets, the egg hunts, the candy, have been of greater thrill to me than the deep and lasting thrills of God. As I hope for myself, I also hope for anyone else who has been as distracted by all of the pastel noise, to behold the slain Lamb of God and be so moved that all other interests pale in the cross’ looming and loving shadow. May the the good in Good Friday sing all of it’s graces to you and may the celebration of Easter remind you that life can indeed come after death!