The party has moved!!!

March 6th, 2010 , Posted in sneak peek

Spread the news! Update your bookmarks! Come on over and explore the NEW Pinkle Toes Blogsite!

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Welcome, sweet baby boy!

March 5th, 2010 , Posted in Austin Baby Photographer, Austin Birth Photographer, Austin Birth Photography, Austin Newborn Photographer, sneak peek

He made his momma and daddy wait for a bit, but when he was ready to come, he came into this world fast! Could not have been a more beautiful evening, M. Congrats to you on becoming a family of 5! Love, M2.

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  1. Mariah Milan wrote: Seriously?? I was giggling at myself for hopping onto your blog literally hours after he was born and you are so quick with this sneak! YOU ROCK. I am madly in love :) (03/05/10, 3:31 am)

  2. Lucy wrote: So beautiful, I love that last picture! (03/05/10, 4:19 am)

  3. Lee-Ann wrote: What an amazing moment... :) (03/05/10, 7:03 am)

  4. stacy krager wrote: wow...lost for words. beautiful. Congrats new mama!! (03/05/10, 8:50 am)

  5. Kim wrote: Congrats Mariah! What beautiful pictures! Your photographer is very talented! Thanks for sharing right away! He's gorgeous! (03/05/10, 8:09 pm)

  6. Stephanie wrote: Incredible! Beautiful! (03/05/10, 11:52 pm)

  7. Daniele wrote: Love it! Makes me want to shoot births :) (03/09/10, 9:56 pm)

  8. annie wrote: h gosh I'm so excited to be photographing my first birth soon. This is such an inspiration thank you (09/19/10, 1:44 am)

in memory.

March 2nd, 2010 , Posted in sneak peek

This is hard to write.

Driving home from this session last fall, I was grinning from ear to ear. I absolutely could not wait to see the moments we had captured on camera. When I actually sat down to flip through the images on the computer, I couldn’t stop. I had to edit the whole set then and there. I was so eager to show mom how vibrant, how positive, how loving, how beautiful her family was (as if she didn’t already know).

Looking at those pictures again now, I would never, never have imagined even for a second that something was so tragically wrong.

A few weeks after their session, I got a call from Stephanie’s sister in tears letting me know that this seemingly healthy, loving, strong father that we see right here had been diagnosed with melanoma. And it didn’t look good.

This is hard to write.

In spite of many pleas and prayers for a full recovery, Dana recently lost his very short battle with cancer.

This family’s faith and courage throughout this whole ordeal humbles me and inspires me and reminds me that nothing is more precious than the time we get to spend with the people we love. Dana was supposed to be treated at the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center. If you’re so inspired, maybe you could give thanks for the blessings in your life by making a small donation, and in turn, honor the memory of a father and a husband who was very loved and will be very missed.

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  1. Caitlin wrote: My prayers and condolences are with this family... (03/02/10, 5:05 pm)

  2. Adore Amore wrote: Please extend my prayers and the best blessings to this beautiful family. (03/02/10, 5:35 pm)

  3. Kathleen Porter wrote: This is very sad. He is very young! My thoughts are with his family. (03/02/10, 5:43 pm)

  4. Ursula wrote: So prayers are with this family (03/02/10, 5:56 pm)

  5. Amy C wrote: Wow! How tragic! I'll keep them in my prayers. (03/02/10, 6:02 pm)

  6. Scott Stater wrote: :( (03/02/10, 7:41 pm)

  7. Sarah pratt wrote: I hate that we have both had to write similar posts this week. It's just not fair and I don't understand his such sad things can happen to such good people. My prayers are with Dana's family and with you, Michele. Hugs! (03/02/10, 7:51 pm)

  8. Rhonda Steed wrote: aw that poor family! My heart goes out to them! (03/02/10, 8:26 pm)

  9. Kristi wrote: what a remarkably strong woman she must be........I am certain both she and the three beautiful kids will always cherish the moments you captured for them. May their faith keep them strong (03/02/10, 8:30 pm)

  10. Melissa wrote: Poor family! My heart goes out to them. Our family has been touched by cancer as well and its a terrible ordeal, especially for one who was seemingly healthy. I was just thinking today that one of the things I love most about being a photographer is giving the gift of a visual memory for someone to cherish. When a family member passes away the photographs are what many people cling onto the longest as their memento. I am sure his wife will treasure this photo forever. (03/02/10, 10:36 pm)

  11. michelle nicoloff wrote: Oh Michele...that is terribly sad! My prayers are with the family. (03/02/10, 10:44 pm)

  12. bir wrote: :( Very sad for that poor family right now. I will be thinking of them alot in coming times.. (03/02/10, 11:01 pm)

  13. Lauren wrote: I'm absolutely heartbroken for this family. So terribly sad! Just really makes you appreciate every second we have on this earth with our family. And this is another justification of how important your job is Michelle! This family will have these images for a lifetime. And they are PRICELESS! No amount of money would cover these cherished images. My prayers are with this family. (03/02/10, 11:06 pm)

  14. Darla wrote: God bless their precious family... (03/03/10, 2:20 am)

  15. Gillian wrote: This is too devastatiing for words. I'm heartbroken for this family. There are never enough words. Never. I'm so so sorry... (03/03/10, 4:01 am)

  16. Stacy McPeek-Smith wrote: Very sad news. My heart goes out to this young family. And what a amazing gift you gave them... I looked at the session and WOW! You are incredible and they will have those forever! xx (03/03/10, 7:27 am)

  17. Ceci wrote: My prayers go out to this family. What a blessing that they have this session to look back on. God couldn't have picked their session at a more perfect time. (03/03/10, 7:53 am)

  18. Stacy wrote: So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with the family! What a blessing to have such cherished memories of happier times. (03/03/10, 8:56 am)

  19. erin wrote: oh my goodness! i just went and looked at the session.. you captured so many beautiful, happy, smiling, wonderful memories for them! like someone else said, what a blessing that they have these amazing moments captured on film. i just said a prayer for their family... thank you for sharing their story. (03/03/10, 9:03 am)

  20. Mariah Milan wrote: Can't find the right words.... deepest sympathy to the family. Cancer is such a horrible thing - I pray for the day that a cure will be found. God Bless their family! (03/03/10, 9:19 am)

  21. Kristen wrote: Many prayers for the family. Your photos will be cherished much as their loving father. (03/03/10, 11:39 am)

  22. stacey wrote: Okay, this just makes me weep for this precious family. My prayers are with them. How wonderful for them to have these photographic memories to capture the spirit of their family and their father/husband. Thanks for sharing. (03/03/10, 1:23 pm)

  23. Luanne wrote: My thoughts and prayers go out to this family. (03/03/10, 8:46 pm)

  24. anya wrote: oh Michele, my heart just aches for them.......what a beautiful family. (03/03/10, 9:45 pm)

  25. Julie wrote: So very sorry for their loss. You can see the love they have for each other in the images you captured. Pictures are so important as we go through the grieving process. I'm glad they have these. Praying for them. (03/05/10, 7:58 am)

  26. Michelle Sidles wrote: My prayers and sincerest condolences go to this family. {{prayers}} (03/05/10, 10:33 am)

  27. Tabitha wrote: Michele, I absolutely loved these pics from the time I first saw them on Steph's Facebook. You captured so well the vitality and energy of this beautiful family. They are all the more meaningful and precious due to the circumstances. You have a gift. These photos of Dana and family will long be treasured by those of us who loved him. Thank you for sharing your gift with us. God's blessings, Tabitha (03/05/10, 9:04 pm)

  28. Elle wrote: So so sad. :( Praying for this family. What a wonderful moment in time you captured that they will cherish forever. You are truly gifted at capturing the essence of families! (03/05/10, 10:59 pm)

  29. amber wrote: i am a little late reading this post...and oh horrible. my heart aches for them. what a beautiful family. this is pure reassurance of why we take photos: to document and capture the joy in their moments. you absolutely are not guaranteed of another day. my prayers will be lifted up for them, as i know the months to come will be difficult. (04/10/10, 10:51 am)


March 2nd, 2010 , Posted in Austin Baby Photographer, Austin Newborn Photographer

I want to do a whole book of nursing images.

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  1. jodie wrote: Us too! We're doing a whole nursing mini session at our local breast feeding support group and we're so excited! (03/02/10, 4:54 pm)

  2. Angie wrote: This is precious, I too adore these images. (03/02/10, 5:00 pm)

  3. Caitlin wrote: Perfection. (03/02/10, 5:07 pm)

  4. Mrs Soup wrote: Breathtaking! (03/02/10, 6:23 pm)

  5. Victoria wrote: *sigh* Michele...................ugh so beautiful. I left for Paris on Sunday and asked Dan to take pictures of Brandon's last time nursing...I am 100% sure that pic is nothing like this image. I am still so sad that we never took them, and now its over and it will never happen again. Your work is so moving and gorgeous. (03/02/10, 6:43 pm)

  6. Cassie wrote: Beautiful! (03/02/10, 6:58 pm)

  7. Victoria wrote: For you... :) (03/02/10, 7:02 pm)

  8. KatieE wrote: LOVE this shot ... (03/02/10, 7:18 pm)

  9. Lauren wrote: Ok Michelle! This is positively the BEST image I've seen you take! I have sooo many favs, but this... this makes me speechless. Definitely a candidate for Pinkles Pick of the month ;) (03/02/10, 11:01 pm)

  10. Wanda wrote: So amazing. I'm currently nursing and wish I had an image like this. Gorgeous. (03/03/10, 9:08 am)

  11. lilia wrote: Oh, me too!! I can't tell you how many times I've had that thought! (03/03/10, 11:07 am)

  12. lilia wrote: p.s. This is GORGEOUS, girl!!! (03/03/10, 11:08 am)

  13. Kelli wrote: This is just beautiful! (03/03/10, 8:16 pm)

  14. Kristen Honeycutt wrote: Beautiful. Seriously beautiful. Thank you so much for capturing such a sweet moment, that is often overlooked. (03/04/10, 3:22 am)

  15. Mariah Milan wrote: Beautiful! What a lovely idea. Your nursing images are gorgeous. (03/04/10, 11:03 am)

  16. Maegan Dougherty wrote: This is beautiful. Victoria's comment made me a little teary. And I love the idea of minis at a breastfeeding support group. I only have one nursing shot on my blog. Hope to take more. (03/04/10, 8:06 pm)

  17. Rachel wrote: Is there anything more natural? Here is Australia we have the ABA (Australian Breastfeeding Association) and they release a calendar every year: (03/09/10, 4:15 am)

  18. Juliann Newton wrote: This picture made me cry like a baby. Absolutely precious and beautiful. (03/21/10, 9:35 am)

  19. cierra wrote: wow... so so beautiful. Great capture! (03/31/10, 8:52 pm)

  20. Julie wrote: OMG... that is the most BEAUTIFUL picture I have ever seen. I am so moved!!!! (08/16/10, 12:18 am)

A building. A field. A family.

March 1st, 2010 , Posted in austin childrens photographer, Austin Commercial Photographer, Austin Family Photographer, Austin Kids Photographer

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged their full session yet. Oi! This is a family I’ve known for a couple of years now, but it’s the first time we were able to get the whole crew together. I’m SO glad we did…look at how much fun they are! I also enjoyed re-visiting one of my most favorite buildings in Austin. Something about redheads, too…

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  1. Candice wrote: Beautiful always! Love the red hair against the blue wall. Where in Austin is this building? Would love to share it with my sister who lives there. Thanks! (03/01/10, 8:54 pm)

  2. Jennifer O. wrote: Gorgeous shots! Love the interaction between the family, very sweet! (03/02/10, 6:30 am)

  3. wrote: Beautimus!!! What a photogenic family. You made them look SO beautiful. (03/02/10, 8:57 am)

  4. Lisa T wrote: Beautiful Michelle! You seriously hit it out of the park every.single.time:) (03/02/10, 9:44 am)

  5. Sarah wrote: Love the feel of these. The Mom & Daughter look just alike. I really like that blanket too. (03/02/10, 10:14 am)

  6. Ruby Campbell wrote: Great work. (04/04/10, 11:02 pm)

sleep study.

February 28th, 2010 , Posted in Anderson Family - My fam, Austin Baby Photographer, austin childrens photographer, Austin Commercial Photographer, Austin Family Photographer, Austin Kids Photographer

After the past few very rough days, it was lovely to see her finally sleeping so peacefully. Like a little angel.

More on that beautiful shirt later, by the way.

Also, if you haven’t been to the homeschool blog in a while…

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  1. Jen wrote: Pure sweetness. I've been blog stalking long enough..time to start posting. I adore your work. The variety and joy in it inspire me! Thank you! (02/28/10, 4:07 pm)

  2. Sam wrote: LOVE LOVE LOVE the tank! That's awesome. Glad y'all are feeling better! (02/28/10, 4:08 pm)

  3. Tabitha Blue wrote: Oh these are beautiful!!! She is an angel... and I can't wait to hear more about the shirt. :) (02/28/10, 4:15 pm)

  4. amanda leatherberry wrote: These are so beautiful. I love that tee! And she looks so sweet sucking her thumb in that bottom image :) Glad she is feeling better! We've had a bad bug traveling our home that all four of mine caught plus me and the it's an upper resp tired of being sick but at least the kids are better!!!! (02/28/10, 6:26 pm)

  5. Laura Biebl wrote: SO cute. I need to know where you got that little tank! (02/28/10, 7:10 pm)

  6. Scott Stater wrote: Here you were upset that you couldn't go out today, but look at this amazing moments you got with her - priceless. There will be many more t-ball practices! (02/28/10, 7:21 pm)

  7. Ana Guerrero wrote: Oh, she's so adorable!!! And I love that tank as well! I'm glad she is feeling better. There is no worse feeling in the world like when your little ones are sick. You feel SO helpless. And when they feel better, you feel peace again. (02/28/10, 7:24 pm)

  8. Darla wrote: bless her little angel heart! Glad she is feeling better! (02/28/10, 9:15 pm)

  9. michelle nicoloff wrote: Gosh, how I wish I had pictures of my babies like that :) sooooo adorable! (02/28/10, 10:10 pm)

  10. Courtney wrote: Where in the WORLD did you find that little tank/shirt??? I'd love to get it for my nieces. (03/01/10, 1:19 am)

  11. DB wrote: Hello, My husband is in the AF and his squadron's symbol is the "Angel of Mercy". It would mean a lot to me to know how to purchase the shirt. It would be a great gift for our squadron babies. Thank you. As always it's a great joy to view your site. Thank you for sharing. (03/01/10, 7:24 am)

  12. Jennifer O. wrote: Precious shots! (03/01/10, 7:45 am)

  13. stacy krager wrote: She *is* a little angel! how precious michele! I'm so glad she's feeling better...I wish my daughter would sleep with me clicking away :) she's such a light sleeper she would wake up instantly! lol (03/01/10, 8:53 am)

  14. Amy F wrote: She does look like a little angel...I am so glad you are enjoying her wings!! Hope you guys start feeling better. (03/01/10, 8:55 am)

  15. Wendi wrote: OH, I will be stalking until we get info on the shirt! My little Pig needs that!! (03/01/10, 6:35 pm)

  16. Meg Borders wrote: I love posts like this... precious memories! (03/01/10, 7:16 pm)

  17. Sara Lopez wrote: I want a little girl just so I can buy that shirt. LOL so cute. (03/02/10, 4:54 pm)


February 26th, 2010 , Posted in Anderson Family - My fam, Austin Baby Photographer, austin childrens photographer, Austin Family Photographer, Austin Kids Photographer, Random Ramblings

She’s been so sick and now I’m getting it, too. We’ve been good for nothing much except snuggling by the TV for these past few days. I hope she turns the corner soon. I miss my sunny princess. 

Since I don’t feel much like blogging myself, thought I’d share with you some recent Pinkle Toes blog features and let them do the talkin’:

The Maternal Lens

The Baby Cove

Nighty, night.

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  1. Jayme wrote: This pic is amazing, look at those lashes. Sorry you are all sick, we did that a couple weeks ago. (02/26/10, 10:57 pm)

  2. Laura Biebl wrote: This is so precious :) She has the longest eyelashes I've ever seen! Adorable. (02/27/10, 12:18 am)

  3. Luanne wrote: Hate to here you and your princess are not feeling well, hope you get better soon! Love all of your pictures (02/27/10, 8:12 am)

  4. kristen wrote: awww. hope you both feel better VERY soon. no fun at all for sure! enjoy the snuggles... and oh my oh MY those lashes are incredible. (02/28/10, 1:13 am)

  5. Bonnie wrote: So, so sorry you both are feeling bad. Please feel better soon! Seems like sickness can't make you take a bad photo though. Beautiful! (02/28/10, 10:39 am)

  6. Jen wrote: Sigh...lovely lovely shot. Those germs are flying around. Yuck. Feel better soon! (02/28/10, 4:03 pm)

  7. Stacey Potter wrote: Beautiful! Is this with a macro lens? (04/29/10, 10:36 am)

In case you didn’t get the memo

February 23rd, 2010 , Posted in sneak peek

If you’re a photographer living *OUTSIDE* of the Austin area, Pinkle Toes 4 Photographers is now open to new members!

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  1. Elle wrote: Mmmmm. And here I thought you were offering hot chocolate! ;) (02/24/10, 12:21 pm)

  2. Moira Castanon wrote: This photo looks so much like a photo I took after a shoot this weekend. Funny! Wish I could join but (sigh) I live in Austin. :) (02/24/10, 8:27 pm)

  3. Kim wrote: So excited to see that PT4P is open, then so sad to see that it doesn't work with elements :( (02/26/10, 8:40 am)

Well, this morning started off fine and dandy

February 23rd, 2010 , Posted in Anderson Family - My fam, Austin Baby Photographer, austin childrens photographer, Austin Commercial Photographer, Austin Kids Photographer, sneak peek

Albeit, a little cold. But who cares when you get to work with a boy this charming? (Great to see you guys again, today, M!)

But then, I spent the afternoon like this:

She’s absolutely pitiful. It’s so hard when your kids are sick. You can’t do anything and you can’t do anything for them. Snuggles are good. But does it make me a bad mom to say that I secretly enjoyed being forced to do nothing all day but hold my sleeping, fever-flushed angel in my arms? Perhaps, but it’s still precious to me.

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  1. Susana wrote: awwwwww... I hope she gets better soon. In the meantime, I'm sure she enjoys the cuddling as much as you do. (02/23/10, 5:32 am)

  2. Stacy wrote: Poor baby girl....I hope she feels better! (02/23/10, 6:31 am)

  3. JV's Mommy wrote: Poor Amry! It stinks to be that little and have the yuckies; if you need anything please let us know. Hope she feels better today :) (02/23/10, 10:50 am)

  4. Minnette wrote: Two out of three of ours have been sick all week and we have done the exact same thing. Enjoy that cuddle time and I hope she feels better soon! (02/23/10, 10:57 am)

  5. stephanie beaty wrote: love these -- not a bad way to spend the morning (02/23/10, 8:50 pm)

  6. Quinn wrote: He sure is full of sweetness! What a cutie! As for feeling guilty - My daughter rarely cries...but not only do I love her smiles, I love her sad face too....not that I want her sad or feeling bad....I just think she looks so cute when the lower lip comes out. I hope Amry is feeling better soon! (02/24/10, 12:01 pm)

This kid is too beautiful to be mine.

February 21st, 2010 , Posted in Anderson Family - My fam, Austin Kids Photographer

It’s almost not fair for a boy to get rosy cheeks and lashes like his. Look out ladies…I’m afraid he has the makings of a heartbreaker.

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  1. Karen Linnell wrote: he looks just like you,beautiful : ) (02/21/10, 8:23 pm)

  2. lindsey Rowland wrote: Beautiful Eyes!!! Handsome fella!! (02/22/10, 9:01 am)

  3. Mariah Milan wrote: Mmmm hmmm... seems to always happen like that. My baby brother got the suuuuper long eyelashes and rosy cheeks too. Your boy is beautiful. Ryenne said, "Oh! He's handsome!" :) (02/22/10, 12:05 pm)

  4. Treva Tribit wrote: Wonderful pictures! Children playing with blocks is such a neat idea! Love this! (02/28/10, 9:55 pm)