Category: kids

family session recap // otts family

In an effort to make our spring giveaway easier for people to enter (and to comply with Facebooks competition rules!) we have made some changes to our competition. ALL you have to do to enter is “like” our photography page and fill out our entry form here: Of course, we would love and appreciate any of you that would share this on your wall to let your friends know about the competition but it isn’t a requirement ;)

Now, back blogging…

In the month of February we checked back in with some of our favorite weddings to get their advice for future brides and grooms, you can read that series here. This month we will be checking back in with some of our former family sessions to hear what advice they have from their family sessions.

What would you change about your session, if anything?
I wished we had brought more clothes option but it was our first time ever to do anything like that so we know now.

otts family session recap // englexas photography

Was there anything unexpected that you loved?
All the pictures turned out incredible. My husband and I were so amazed. And you were pregnant while accommodating us, it was impressive!

otts family session recap // englexas photography

What was your favorite image from your session?
My favorite was the one of Adam over my husband’s shoulder looking straight into the camera. His eyes were incredible.

otts family session recap // englexas photography

What did you like the most about working with englexas photography?
Our pictures turned out super awesome, the price was perfect and Debbie is just amazing!

otts family session recap // englexas photography

What’s your number #1 tip for future family sessions?
Don’t pay too much attention to where the photographer is. Don’t be afraid to be a family. Even being silly and making funny faces will look beautiful because you are with family full of love and happiness. The more real it is, the more the camera will capture it.

otts family session recap // englexas photography

darby lowe: 2 years old

Yesterday was the birthday of my middle child and only girl, Darby Lowe. I thought I’d take this opportunity to do an update on her since her last one was at 18 months

englexas photography darby 2 years old
Since the last update Darby’s speech has really grown and improved. I can’t even count the number of words she says anymore and she is speaking easily in full sentences. I’ve become one of those annoying mamas who repeat everything that her kid says constantly because it just sounds so cute. My husband and I often look at her in disbelief with the things she is coming up with!

She follows instructions really well (when she wants to!) and we’ve been working on getting her to clean up after herself. She is into everything much more than big brother was, which has been an adjustment for me because I literally cannot leave her alone for any reason ever. Those of you following me on Instagram are probably well aware of her antics

englexas lifestyle blog darby 2 years old
She still sucks her index finger, a habit which I am gently encouraging her to break.

We got her into her toddler bed a few weeks ago and sometimes it takes putting you back in there a few times but she hasn’t ever gotten out in the middle of the night (thank goodness). Although her collection of blankets and stuffed animals in her bed has increased dramatically and there is almost no room in there for her! Mama will be remedying that situation over the next couple of weeks!

englexas lifestyle blog darby 2 years old
Her newest and most frequently used word is “though”…if I tell her no she will say “but I like it though” or if I say “eat your food Darby” she’ll say “it’s hot though”.

We still can’t figure out if she is introvert (like me) or extrovert (like daddy and brother). When she’s comfortable with people she is pretty extrovert but she seems to become shy in new situations. Even last night at her birthday party, she knew everyone and was in a familiar place but she kept sucking her finger (which is her comfort) so I wondered if because all the attention was on her she was getting a little overwhelmed. Despite all that she is a really independent little girl who likes to do thing her way (already?! oh boy!)

She now knows every body part, including things like armpit and elbow.

englexas lifestyle blog darby 2 years old
Her molars are in the process of coming in right now and haven’t really been too much trouble!

She is definitely displaying signs of readiness for potty training and has even gone in the potty several times. I really think that if I could devote some time to focusing on it she would potty train pretty easily and quickly, it’s just hard to do with baby brother so it looks like it’s gonna take a little time!

She loves to draw and have books read to her, her favorite books right now are “what do you say?” and “Green Eggs and Ham”

englexas lifestyle blog darby 2 years old