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Venice is a city unlike any other, anyone will tell you. There are almost no words to describe its unique splendor. I've dreamed of it's intricate, winding alleys and roadways of water for as long as I can remember. To say my visit was a dream come true is not enough. No justice. I only hope these images capture the feeling of walking among 700 year old buildings, paintings the size of an entire room, and a way of life that is constantly adjusting to the maddening pace of our world.

 

As we left the Santa Lucia train station and boarded a Vaporreto bound for the Rialto station on the Grand Canal, I was nearly breathless at the beauty before me.

 

Unlike many, many infinitely more intelligent travelers before us, our plan for the legendary city was only a loose framework at best. In fact, the Rialto station was a terrible place to disembark with our luggage...we days later found a much closer station to our lodgings in the southern part of the San Marco district. But never mind that. Our fearless leader hired a porter and cart to navigate the narrow, winding passages and endless foot bridges to our final destination. I personally couldn't be happier at our predicament. I was in Venezia, the city of my dreams. A wandering, romantic artist with camera in hand.

I spent the next few days of the sultry, blazing summer aimlessly exploring the Castello district. Starting on the Ruga Guiffa and heading north(ish), I peered into every alley and around every corner. Each sight was more beautiful than the last.

 

Somehow, magically, we stumbled upon the Chiesa di San Zaccaria and stood in marvel at the 500 year old works of Giovanni BelliniTintoretto, and Andrea del Castagno. The sheer scale of these immense, detailed artworks imbues the patron with an immediate sense of calm reverence.
 

 

 

Stopping for a light lunch and a break from the heat at the Osteria Da Bacca, we tucked up into a corner booth and speculated about the storied histories of the pictures hanging on the wall and dreamily wondered at who might have sat here before us.

 

 

We soon headed back to the flat for a quiet afternoon riposo, my group lazily lounging in their beds and making use of the newly available Wifi. Sitting alone on the small balcony, I watched the throng of other tourists wander the busy Ruga Guiffa and pause to look in shops full of trinkets and postcards. I spied a gelato shop nearby and mentally added it to our itinerary for the evening.

 

After dinner from a delicious kiosk on the street level of our building and decadent gelato for dessert, we wandered to the south with no particular destination in mind. The streets soon opened up to the south shore of the island where a line of gondolas, moored for the night, heaved and pitched with the waves crashing the shore. There's something intoxicating about the discovery of wondrous places. I could have watched those boats for hours. We headed west down the wide passerella and crossed the Ponte della Pagila. I spied another interesting bridge, and apparently snapped a night view of the Bridge of Sighs. Who knew.

 

 


 

I reluctantly turned away from the glistening water's edge and rounded the corner, prodded by the bricked paved path. We had no idea we were staying so close to the famed Piazza San Marco and St. Mark's Basilica. I stopped short and caught my breath in amazement at the dazzling panorama before us.

 

 

 

The plaza was full of life, absolutely bursting with a cacophony of sound. I counted no less than five stages with musicians playing completely different genres to the delight of the people seated at tables for two before them. Waiters danced between couples and served with a harmonic grace one would expect in such a magnificent setting.

 

We wandered for what seemed like hours. Numerous boutiques filled with Murano Glass were open for the throngs of tourists enjoying the cooler evening air. I found my favorite pair of earrings on this foray into the Venezian night, and I had to be literally dragged back to the flat.

 

Alas, all enchanting things must eventually come to an end. On the day of our departure from the island, we were greeted by a bright, bustling morning as we boarded the Vaporetto headed back again for the Santa Lucia train station. Ciao, my beloved Venice. Ciao.

 

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Think "Inside the Box"!


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A fabulous Mama contacted me and asked if I did "in the box" sessions in Houston for families. She'd had trouble in the past with outdoor family shoots. Her young son always wanted to just run around and play, (Which can also make for some beautiful images! ;) and he was terribly hard to catch!

She told me that he really loved playing in boxes, like all intelligent beings, and she really thought the White Box would work great for her family. I'd seen them before and had actually wanted to try it for a couple of years, so I told her I was game!

 

We started the session getting comfortable. With a guitar. Of course.

 

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This was the perfect prop for this little man. I love that it's simple and engaging.

 

Then Dad and Mom took turns playing in the box. Such wonderful giggles and wide smiles filled the whole room!

 

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There were so many amazing images! Mom wanted a big composite to hang in the family room. I happily agreed. There is so much love contained in these instants of time.

 

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Don't wait to document this singular time in the life of your family. Perfection is happening right now.

Make this Moment Matter.

 

Contact me today to book your Houston "In the Box" Family Session!

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Glowing Houston Metro Maternity Session using Dreamlight in the Studio
 
Just look at this gorgeous dreamlight maternity session! The images have such a soft, ethereal glow...the light literally wraps around Mama from behind and delicately highlights her precious curves.
 
As we planned her session during our phone consultation, Mama knew that at 38 weeks she did not want to go hiking in the woods or deal with the Texas July heat for a sunset session. The studio was her jam. She wanted a little pampering and definitely some A/C.
 
We started with a full face makeup application by Blackbird Beauty | Houston MUA. This fabulous Mama requested something a little more natural, with just a hint of glam. Raven listened carefully and gave her EXACTLY what she wanted!
 
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She wanted images that would compliment her home as she would hang them later, so we decided on a very light and airy theme with a white dress and white background. I chose to place the light behind her, or "dreamlight" her, instead of simply using a white paper background. Coming from behind, the soft, cool light wraps Mama and cradles baby as if in a dream.
 
We did several poses that focused on Mama and her new little bub, then asked Daddy to join in. He was excited to be part of the session and experience with their new family addition, but he certainly felt a little awkward at first. Most dads do. He listened as I explained how to stand and where to place his hands...that always seems to be the hardest part. It is also the best part. Images with the whole family are always the favorite!
 
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After our session, Mama told me that she didn't believe she could look and feel so beautiful at this point in her pregnancy... but that's a major part of my job - not only to preserve this precious moment in your family's journey, but to help you feel amazing again!
 
Everyone needs a little pampering at the end of your third trimester. I truly believe that it helps the overall health of your pregnancy. Your state of mind is just as important as your physical health at this time, and just a bit of self-care can really carry you through the last few weeks. A maternity session can really help deepen the connection between you and your little one, and help solidify a solid, loving foundation on which your family will grow. Please, contact me today and let's plan yours!
 
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17 Vintage Boy Names (you didn't know you loved!) | Houston Metro Family Photography https://www.jsuazz.photography/blog/2018/2/17-vintage-boy-names

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Wildly popular in 1904 (#78) through the 1930’s (top 200), Alton has an English origin, meaning “the old town”. An Old-World feel with a delightful ring to it…

Old English for “fortified town”, nothing gets past Burton.  Ranking in the top 200 range in the 1920s, and peaking in 1925, this man’s-man is certainly a “brick” amongst his friends!

A highly regarded and prestigious baby name, Conrad has strong Germanic roots, coming from the Old High German Kuonrat meaning “bold, wise counselor”.  In 1931, this gallant title hit new heights in the top 200 baby boy names.

This destination-name may well whisk you across the pond, as Denver is an Old English title that means "green valley." Denver’s sweet coolness peaked in 1919, remaining popular until about 1940.

Harlan is a strapping, Teutonic name meaning "from the army". This handsome title scored some major popularity points in the 1920s, with the trend peaking in 1924, and staying in top 500 well into 1950s .

Jules is playful, stylish, and quite the charmer, being  Latin for “youthful”. Seeing his height around 1911, Jules still has confident and charismatic appeal.

Lawton is a distinguished title that's rich in elegance. Noted as a popular Old English family name that's thought to mean "settlement on or near a hill”, Lawton hails from turn of the century (1800s-1900).

Lucius, the Latin form of Lucas, means “light”, and this little lad will certainly twinkle right from the start!  Popular in the 1880s, Lucius stayed within the top 500 range through early 1920s.

This stately Roman family name means “of Mars” – most certainly referencing the famous God of War, and sure to win you heart. Popular in the late 1800s, Marius has seen a spike in fame in recent years.

Fashionable in the early 1900s through the teens, Meyer hails from German, English, and Dutch roots. In Middle High German “meier”, a status name for a steward, bailiff, or overseer, later came to be used also to denote a tenant farmer. The name may also be derived from the Old English name “maire”, meaning Mayor, or an officer in charge of legal matters. This dignified pedigree is sure to keep your little Meyer well grounded and gracious.

Octavius is an ancient Roman clan name, as well as the original name of Emperor Augustus (commonly known as Octavian). Traditionally, this name was given to the eighth child in a large family. This Shakespearian vintage is only recently seeing a spike in popularity, surely due to its distinctive resonance and majestic nature.

The name Palmer is an English baby name meaning “pilgrim; bearing a palm branch”. It came from the Old French “palmer, paumer (from palme, paume 'palm tree', Latin palma)”, and was a nickname for someone who had been on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Palmer reached his height in popularity in 1908, and stayed in the top 500 range throughout the early 1900s.

Rowland is a French baby name, meaning “renowned in the land”. One of the most celebrated Rowlands was a legendary hero who served Charlemagne. A prominent name in the early 1900s (reaching its height in 1903 within the top 500 popular names), may your little Rowland prove to be as legendary!

Boys named Rupert are a shining light amongst their friends. An Italian form of Robert, this name promises “bright fame” for its bearer, and was popular late 1800s through mid 1920s (in the top 500 range).

This grand name really makes you sit up and take notice! The ancient history of the Stanton name begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Stanton is derived from the Old English term stan 'stone' and tun 'enclosure' or 'settlement’, and may include “stony meadow”. Seeing moderate popularity in late 1800s, Stanton rose again around Great War in 1913-1915.

Tobias certainly sounds marvelous, and seems to be rooted in some brilliant ancestry.  It’s a Greek version of the ancient Hebrew name "Toviyah" meaning “goodness of the lord”. Seen in the top 500 in the mid to late 1970s, and a recent spike in last 5 years, no doubt due to a wildly popular series of novels.

Warner was fantastically popular during the late 1800s -- and can still own the playground today. An English title with German roots, Warner means “protective warrior”  - perfect for a rough and tough young gent with a peaceful purpose.

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Houston Metro Area to Mayfield Park, Austin, TX

 

 
"Have camera...will travel!!!"
 
Usually spotted in the Houston Metro area shooting outdoor family sessions, my family and I decided to visit the beautiful hills of Austin, TX. We were not disapointed! Such glorious Autumn days in Austin's Mayfield Park. Skipping streams, climbing rocks, and soaking up the drenching sunshine and golden light. Oh yeah...and free-range peacocks! What an amazing place to bring tiny, fiesty balls of energy.
 
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After a short, stream-hopping hike, the woods thinned a bit and slowly opened up to a clearing with a beautiful staircase built right into the rock! It was perfect for a family photo! Of course, this was all I could get...they're smiling, right?
 
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But what really took my breath away (as a photographer looking for the "perfect" setting), was the completely unexpected, totally stunning, wooden TEPEE! casually constructed along the side of the path! Of course I made the boys get in...
 
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Strangely, they were not quite as thrilled as I. No matter. Next up, the teenage girl...who gave me gold.
 
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Yes, the boys much preferred the hike back through the woods and up the Austin chalk cliffs.
 
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As we reached the park entrance, the sun had properly set and the sky was ablaze with color. The peacocks roosted in the trees, and the evening was hushed and still. Such a perfect ending.
 

Don't wait to document this singular time in the life of your family. Perfection is happening right now.

Make this Moment Matter.

 
 
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Dirty Boys Are Happy Boys (5 things They’ve Taught Me)


My husband says I’m a control freak.  He ought to know, right?

Control is something I’ve struggled with my whole life.  I was the bossy big sister.  The girl in class no one wanted to work with because I took over every project.  (My ideas were the best…Duh.)  I didn’t think I was perfect, just a step ahead.  I thought I had a better way to do absolutely everything, which is ridiculous, because I was eight and had no idea what I was talking about.  

 

Things got better as I grew older.  I found my love of people-watching, I enjoyed hearing opinions and ideas totally different from mine, I joined my High School theatre arts group – all of these things helped me mature and branch out as a person.  But I still thought, deep down in my heart of hearts, that I knew what I was doing. And that I was right. 

 

These boys of mine have flipped my universe.  And I mean all of them, my crazy husband included.  I’ve always known that I need to let go a little…but THESE guys? Really?  My life now is much less about control, and much more about simple survival!  And it is also overflowing with double-dimple toothy grins and deep belly laughs.

 

Suazo Family Truths:

     1. The best way to eat chocolate pudding is to spread it all over my face, then on every horizontal surface within arm’s reach.

 

     2. Going on errands in costume is fantastic!

 

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    3. Old campfire ashes make amazing body paints.

 

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     4. Living Room racetrack enjoyment is directly proportional to the number of people involved. (More friends = More Fun!)

 

     5. Popsicles always taste better outside in the dirt.  Really.

 

 

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Every time I look at these pictures of my dirty, itching-to-be-washed boys, I’m reminded of how happy they truly are.  And that, sometimes, free exploration and experimentation really are the best “systems” in which they learn and grow. Because what if I had not let them slide and roll down the dunes at White Sands? It's a Physics lesson...really. Had to be done.

 

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It’s so important to me to capture these once in a lifetime moments…they’re precious. Vital to my mental health and stability, even.

 

Don't miss out on yours.

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