Baby J – 4 Months Old

So, I have the most beautiful and sweet and precious nephew ever. Once again, I am honored and excited to document a new season of his little life – and look forward to capturing many more! (He better get used to my big camera!!) He is already 4 months old and is just so handsome!! Before getting into the shoot, here are some fun facts:

* He is at the top of his class at daycare and is a big hit with all the ladies! (teachers.)

* He is wearing 6-month clothes because of his length – and will probably soon jump into 9 month! He’s going to be very tall – just like his Aunt Ellie;)Wait, nope. More like his mama and daddy!! (How am I so short?)

* He loves Pa (his great-grandfather) SO much and always smiles and “talks” to him immediately when seeing him! I’m sure that this has had much to do with Pa’s great healing from having his scary skin cancer successfully removed from his scalp recently. We are so thankful that J (and all of us) will have a healthy Pa around for a lot longer!

* He is loving watching the Olympics – especially skiing! (See the adorableness HERE on YouTube.)

* How could we forget Christmas? He had a wonderful first Christmas – it was ALL about Baby Jesus and Baby J!! That boy got so many presents!! His YaYa (grandmother) bought him a “Santa Baby” outfit for Christmas Eve. Can’t even handle it!

* He has a COUSIN coming this summer!! Natalie’s middle sister, Kellie Martin, is due this summer with a BOY!! They are sure to have lots of fun growing up together!!

OK, now onto the four-month photo shoot!! Can you believe we woke a sleeping baby to take photos?? Worth it.

Ralph Lauren + cowboy boots! This boy loves America and Texas and looking GOOD!Nat, you are such a great mommy to Baby J!! So proud of you, sister! Love you THREE so much!

Until next time,
Aunt Ellie

Lynette Adam - February 17, 2014 - 5:35 pm

Oh my gosh! These pictures are adorable! Your camera has a wonderful photographer shooting with it. I can’t stop looking at this child.


Melissa Van Houten - February 17, 2014 - 6:04 pm

Ellen, these are wonderful! Great job capturing lots moods and personality!
Melissa (J’s Mimi)

Ellen Forrester - February 17, 2014 - 7:43 pm

Of course, I had to come check out cute Baby J and his Aunt Ellen’s photography. Absolutely wonderful pictures of a precious little boy!
Ellen (also a YaYa!)

Emily Franks - February 17, 2014 - 7:55 pm

Yes, that is quite the handsome man…the pictures are beautiful! He is adorable!!!

Lezlie - February 17, 2014 - 8:40 pm

These are absolutely adorable! Makes me want to squeeze him thru the picture! Thank you for capturing our baby J!

Natalie Armour - February 17, 2014 - 8:50 pm

Ellen, you are so talented! Love these! Will treasure them forever. You did a great job of capturing the many faces of J.!

Rhonda Adam - April 2, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Great job Ellie! Precious pictures.

Baby J

This has to be my favorite photo shoot ever… the model happens to be my NEPHEW! Ladies and gents, meet Jonathan Crockett Armour, aka “Baby J!”  He has stolen my heart! One month ago today, October 7th, this beautiful life entered the world. Read his birth story here, written by his beautiful mama, my amazing sister-in-law, Natalie!

We were also honored to take maternity photos for her in September! How gorgeous is she?

Before we get to the photo shoot, here are a few iphone photos from J’s birthday that will melt your heart…

This first image was when we first met him through the window to the nursery. Can you just hear the blubbering women in the background?? (new grandmothers, great-grands, aunties, etc.!) I will never forget this moment.

Meet my big brother, proud new papa, Jonathan. I am so proud of the daddy he has become already! He is a pro at feeding, burping, soothing, etc.! I will NEVER forget this moment watching him meet his son, his namesake for the first time. So many powerful emotions captured in one image! How beautiful the love of a father!

Fast forward two weeks… Baby J’s first of MANY photo shoots by Aunt Ellie & Uncle Randy!! Just go ahead and prepare your oohs and ahhs. The adorableness is undeniable!

I love this love…
Sweet family!!
Already flexing for the ladies.
The following photo is dedicated to Yaya (Baby J’s grandmother, Lezlie) who passed on a unique trait!
“Excuse me… can y’all just let a man SLEEP??”
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1
I love these 3 so much!

Wait… it’s not normal for the favorite AUNT to be involved in the newborn portrait session?? That’s ok. I’ve never been normal.
And… this is the moment I began crying again. Overwhelming love. I cannot explain it!
Hey Baby J!! When you get a little bigger, we will have some fun sleepovers and sing-alongs and movie dates and splash-pad dates and whatever else you want to do!! But don’t rush. For now, I will just hold you and sing to you and give you millions of kisses.
Nat, you are already such a great mom! Thank you for loving me like a sister and for sharing your new, precious joy with us!

Lynette Adam - November 7, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Oh my gosh! These are incredible! I love every single one of them.

lezlie armour - November 7, 2013 - 12:38 pm

I have tears streaming down my face! Absolutely beautiful!!!!!!! And your captions are wonderful!!!
Love you!

Sherry Naron - November 7, 2013 - 1:58 pm

There’s nothing like being an Aunt, Ellen. You can describe it, just have to experience it. Keep smothering him with squeezes and kisses until he won’t let you any more. Your photo is beautiful!

Emily Franks - November 7, 2013 - 5:00 pm

Such a beautiful photo diary inside these precious moments. Gosh I love your whole family and everyone pictured. Can not wait to hold him some day! He is a lovely gift to your entire family! God has added much goodness to all. Emily

rhonda adam - November 7, 2013 - 7:28 pm

You and Randy did a wonderful job on the pictures. Of course it doesn’t hurt that you had 3 beautiful people to photograph. Love you all.

Ellen Dettore - November 7, 2013 - 9:48 pm

Oh my goodness……he is adorable! It’s no wonder you are in love! The two of you are so talented! Thank you for sharing them!


Sandy Daron - November 8, 2013 - 6:21 pm

OMGOSH!! What GREAT pictures!!! Baby J is ONE blessed little man!!!

Nelda West - November 8, 2013 - 7:23 pm

These pictures are awesome. You and Randy did a great job with your adorable subject. Oh, yes, Nat & Jonathan look great too.


Every time we see this sweet girl, we are surprised at how fast she’s grown up (and yet surely we haven’t aged a bit!).  We met Rachel when she was just starting middle school and also had the pleasure of knowing her big brother and sweet mom.  We were honored when we were asked to do her senior portraits!  We are so proud of what she has already accomplished and what all is in store for her future!

Here are a few images from her session in Cypress!

Travis and Leah

You know those moments when you realize you are growing up? Well, recently we (my older brother and I) got the chance to see our little (not-so-little) brother marry the woman of his dreams–and we, in turn, grew just a bit older. My beautiful sister-in-law asked Ellen and I if we would photograph the wedding. Of course we were honored to say yes to her request. If I had to label the day with one word, it would be nostalgic. We were all three together at the same time, which had not happened in quite awhile. We swapped stories and laughed and mocked each other. And loved. But it is labeled nostalgic for me, not for memories past, but for the memories created. I got the chance to see my younger brother looking his most handsome, standing most proudly, and accepting the woman of his dreams to be his bride. He is different… better, when Leah is present, as you will be able to see in the photos to follow. And then there is Leah. She made Ellen and I feel like celebrities. It’s rare to be around a humble bride on the day that is all about her–but Leah was the essence of quiet beauty. Thank you for letting us capture your day. It was an honor.

Jeneen Olive - May 1, 2013 - 7:08 pm

Simply, beautiful.

pam - May 1, 2013 - 7:55 pm

awesome job guys absolutely gorgeous

LynnDay Lucier - May 2, 2013 - 12:24 pm

Photos were awsome and I really enjoyed the Mexico pics. I have never been there but I loved looking at all the people and sceanery. thanks for sharing. LynnDay Connies sister in law

Tricia Gibby - May 3, 2013 - 10:20 am

Photos are amazing!!!!! Cant wait to see the rest!!!

Leah Olive - May 3, 2013 - 7:19 pm

Absolutely AMAZING!!! I love them. I can’t wait to see more. Thank you guys again so much for doing this for us.

Cancun – Textures

I loved all of the different textures I came across in Mexico last month!  Most of these were taken in the first village we visited.
The next image is a covering to a water well.

The ground has evidence of ocean-life as this area used to be under water!
The next few images were taken at the Mayan Ruins of Coba.
And finally, an interesting image of the water in the first cenote we swam in!  A cenote is an underground cave with pure, crystal clear (very cold!) water!  You could see straight down to the bottom – with depths ranging from 100-300 feet!!

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