Nothing Like Family

Today’s blog post comes from a true place of the heart.  I was honored with the chance to capture the first Christmas pictures of my beautiful cousin and her family, after their homecoming.  It’s amazing to me to see how fast time has flown.  I can still remember when she and her husband got married and when her children were little, running around her parent’s house laughing and playing.  Time has passed and her once little children, are now lovely, good-hearted teenagers.  When I get the opportunity to spend time with this lovely family, it reminds me of the way that our families were when we were growing up.  I love their family unity, and pray that they are blessed in all of their future endeavors.

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“Bells will be ringing…..”

Well, everyone it is that time of year again.  Carols are beginning to play on the radio, Christmas lights are beginning to go up downtown, the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping has commenced.  This is the time of year when we take a breath and begin to be thankful for what we have been blessed with: loving families, close friends, and children.  When we imagine the Christmas holidays, we have a tendency to picture a blanket of snow covering the ground, the sound and warmth of a crackling fire, the smell of cookies baking in the oven, and the togetherness of family.  Unfortunately, those of us that live in South Texas don’t get the pleasure of seeing blankets of snow.  Nonetheless, the Christmas season is upon us.  I would like for you to see the premiere picture of my Christmas minis.  I really enjoy capturing treasured moments that will last lifetimes.  Tonight’s feature is someone that you all have seen before in many of my images.  She is a joy to be around and her spirit is nothing but contagious.  Little Miss A is such a great sport, as she is always willing to model for me whenever I have an idea I would like to try.  So, I hope you enjoy the premiere picture to kick off this holiday season.

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Oh, how time flies!!

I have been blessed to know the children in today’s feature for 3 1/2 years now.  One was a second grader and the other one was a kindergartner when I first met them.  I am privileged to watch these children grow into the compassionate and beautiful people they are becoming.  It isn’t until I see them in pictures, do I realize how much they have grown.  If only we could find a way to stop time, in order to keep our children little.  Unfortunately, that isn’t an option.  All of our children must grow up one day and become our future leaders.  Thankfully, we have the power of photography to forever capture the images of our children while they continue to grow.

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Upcoming Project

I had the opportunity to attend a photography conference a couple weeks ago and met some amazing women/photographers.  I learned so much from them, and gained some inspiration.  I am about to begin a new project and my plan is to display at least one feature a month.  As I am a single mom, I understand the struggle that comes with being the only parent or the parent that manages majority of the responsibility.  I am looking for single mothers that are willing to participate in this project.  If you or someone you know would be willing to be a feature in my project please send an email and I will give you more information.

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  1. Jenna / Logan

    Just let me know. Lots of luck with your project.

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Project: El Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

I was perusing different photographers work and stumbled across some images that were taken of a woman in a wedding dress with her face painted like a skull in celebration of the Day of the Dead.  It triggered my memory to a really good friend of mine.  She loves to take her family to the celebrations in downtown San Antonio to celebrate this day.  Her daughter had painted all of the family’s faces in some form of a skull with different floral accents.  So, naturally she was the one I asked to participate in my little project.  It is my own personal twist of a portrait session for a teenager, bride, and senior combined with facial art.  She did such a beautiful job on her face that tourists had asked her if she would pose for a picture with them.  She was a natural in front of the camera and a wonderful sport.  I hope you enjoy the images.

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Welcome to Womanhood!

I am writing this tonight with a heart full of gratitude!  Back in March, I was asked to shoot a Quinceanera for the wonderful “R” family.  Those of you who follow my work, have seen the pre-quince pictures of their beautiful daughter.  I enjoyed every minute that I was able to spend with this wonderful family.  I witnessed so much love between mother and daughter when we began shooting J’s portraits.  J was full of beauty, humor, and spirit.  Every moment spent with her and her mother was a blessing.  When we first began shooting, J’s big day was months away, but that quickly came upon her family, friends, and I.  That day I was privy to witness the love between J and her wonderful family.  I watched her father’s eyes, when he saw his daughter walk down the stairs after her mother helped her get into her beautiful ballgown.  The look her grandmother had when she walked through the door, was so endearing.  This was definitely one of my favorite days so far, because I was blessed to see all the different emotions that J’s family shared.  I am very pleased to release this sneak peak into a few of the moments that I captured on this incredibly memorable day.

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  1. Gina Rodriguez

    First and foremost I would like to apologize for taking this long to write this – but I told myself I can do nothing else today until I did.

    Our event was my daughter’s Quinceanera Celebration. Shauna aka “Lil Munchkins Photography” was our photographer of choice and she was AWESOME. I could not have asked for a better photographer. “She went above and beyond and was truly wonderful to work with.” She arrived early and stayed late at the reception. She took over 1000 shots throughout the day! Shauna asked me what I wanted, and got the shots I specifically asked for, she needed little direction and gave us MEMORIABLE photos. All the photos are absolutely stunning and we were all blown away by the imaginative photos and the true storybook quality of the day captured by your wonderful eye! It was like being there all over again. We cannot thank you enough for our memories!!! You are a wonderful spirit and I will continue to refer you to anyone that I know that is looking for a photographer. – Gina Rodriguez

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Awaiting Baby O! – San Antonio Maternity Photographer

Back in the spring I was asked to shoot a maternity session for my lovely client.  I could barely contain the excitement when the day finally came!  Memories came flooding back to me as I captured her amazing beauty and the baby glow that comes with being pregnant.  I couldn’t help but flash back to the days when I was pregnant with my handsome baby boy.  Oh, how the time has flown!  So, when I had this opportunity to live vicariously through my client for a couple hours, I was super excited!  She and her husband were absolutely adorable and they had so much fun.  You could feel the love and friendship by just witnessing their interactions with one another.  I am so blessed that she asked me to capture this important moment in her life!  I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Baby O!  Until then………

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Hello and Welcome to the New Blog for Lil Munchkins Photography!

I am so excited to begin this journey in my life.  I enjoy taking pictures of anything and everything, and I am so glad that I am able to bring those images to friends (old and new) and family.  My son was my inspiration behind my business, I loved taking pictures of my little munchkin.  Hence the name of the business…..Lil Munchkins Photography.  I have been blessed to have wonderful friends and family that are supporting me and rooting me on in my new adventure.  I look forward to all the images I will get to shoot for families and can hardly wait to share them with you all.  Until next time.

Love,

Shauna

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