[New Blog]

I’m so happy to direct you to my new and improved blog at www.jcotaphotographyblog.com

Please do update your subscriptions as the new posts won’t be on here. I will keep this one around for those who want to look back. 🙂


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[a long walk downtown | austin engagement portrait photographer]

This couple wins the award for most ground covered downtown in one session! What troopers! These two are an incredibly sweet and kind pair, and I just can’t wait until the big day in September!!

I simply adore this flower in her hair. And I think I told her about ten times during the session, too. 🙂

I love “in the moment” pictures… even in portrait sessions!


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[Introducing Eve | austin newborn family photographer]

I really do love her name and just had to get it in the title! I was thinking about how fun it is to have repeat clients, because you know exactly which rooms in their house to go to for light. The fun thing about having repeat photographer “clients” is that THEY know exactly which rooms in their house to go to for light AND which way to face. 🙂 This is my favorite little light spot in her house, and I realized that all our favs come from this little space!

And it didn’t disappoint this time, either:

I think I tried jumping up and down on my stool after taking the above picture!

Since mama’s a photographer, there wasn’t a need for me to do the usual newborn pictures, but there were still a couple moments during the session that I could not resist. 🙂

How special is this – little Eve had a portrait with all the ladies – her mama, sister, grandma, and auntie. 🙂

And a couple family pictures!

So, so thrilled for you friend Mollie!


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[they leave your heart full | austin newborn twins photographer]

Just full of love and happiness and joy. It was so moving to photograph these two and their sweet family, and I do hope I reflect that in their photographs!

The next series is “so” newborn, and so quickly passing that I’m thrilled we captured it!

LOVE this picture:

Oh these little darlings!

Melts my heart!!!

There are always unplanned, sweet moments in full newborn sessions, as in the following two. I know it’s the mom in my, but I few things are more precious to me than pictures of parents and their newborns.

Um, hello little miss stylin’!

We even got a couple pictures of the big brothers all by themselves!

And a couple family pictures, too…

Thank you so very much, G family, for letting me capture this moment in time. So very special you all are!


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[isn’t he cute? | austin child photographer]

I just had to share. 🙂


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[Easter Party | austin party photographer]

This was the second year our sweet friends hosted an Easter party, and this year was just as lovely as the last! I promised myself that I would not pull out the camera when I realized I’d left my back-up in the back seat, but I only made it halfway through the party before snapping away. I tried… it was a battle… I lost. And I am glad I did!

[The above activity was “confetti eggs” – an Easter tradition this fam shared with us all!]

She melts my heart. 🙂

I love spring!

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[catching up]

Just a little note to say that I’m home, I have lots of pictures to share, and I have a lot of catching up to do. I tried to stay up with e-mail the best I could with the little iPhone [that could], but I’ve arrived to find that I have over a hundred e-mails to respond to between photography and calligraphy… after deleting the spam. Every single one is precious and know you will have a response in the next couple of days!

For portraits, I am booking mostly in June with a couple openings in May for those who can work with mid-week sessions. The June special is a free itty bitty session (three images) in November (perfect for Christmas!) for clients who hold a “fun” or “fab” session in June.

My trip to DALLAS is scheduled for June 6-7, don’t forget! Would love to meet new clients!


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