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A Suprise For Daddy: Belton Photographer

A couple months ago, this mom emailed me and requested a “missing you” [organization name removed] session.  I love knowing that their daddy will be surprised to find an album in his mail.  It makes my heart happy to know that I’ll be sending a much needed pick-me-up during the holiday season when I know he wishes he could be home.

I loved these little girls.  Big sister is a sweetheart.  We walked holding hands. She gave me a hug.  I wasn’t “a stranger with a camera” at all to her.  Little sister was so funny.  Like most little siblings, she was all about copying what big sister does.  She ran up to me, waved around her little flag, and gave the best high fives.  I hope their mommy gave them lots of chocolate for being so sweet for me.

Thanks girls for having me take these pictures.  I can’t wait to see how much you’ve grown in a few months when we do the homecoming.

Katie Smith is a family photographer serving the Killeen-Fort Hood area.
She loves capturing families in their natural element and capturing candid expressions from children.
When not photographing the sweetest kids in Central Texas, she loves spending time with her own children.
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See you soon: Fort Hood Homecoming Photographer

I don’t like calling these ‘Goodbye’ sessions, even ‘pre-deployment’ sounds so stiff and sad. Maybe “Last Hurrah!” or something would sound better because these sessions are anything but sad! A pre-deployment family session isn’t about the upcoming emotions that military families will be feeling. It’s about the now. It’s about all the best memories and the fun times. It’s about remembering what the military member has to come home to.

I met this fun and very happy family at Chalk Ridge Falls for their session .  This mom has quickly became one of my favorite people around here.  I know she’s going to be a strong mother to these guys during the deployment.  I don’t know what it’s like to deal with deployment with older children but I know she can handle it.  My heart definitely goes out to them and I can’t wait to photograph the homecoming when it comes time.

Mandatory disclaimer:
The photos and other content of this publication do not constitute or imply any endorsement or recommendation by the Department of Defense.

Katie Smith is a participating photographer in the Operation: Love Reunited organization.
This organization provides photography to military members facing deployment.
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Brothers: Copperas Cove Photographer

I’ve met this mom and the youngest boy before and I’m so glad she came back to see me.  This time, we met at Ogletree Gap in Copperas Cove for family pictures. Getting to meet all four of them was wonderful.  They are so photogenic and the boys are redheads (little known fact: I love red hair).  I love the warm, fall colors of their outfits that go beautifully with the colors in the park.   It was a dream session even if I wore the littlest guy out.

Thanks so much, P family, for having me take your family portraits!

Katie Smith is a family and couples photographer serving the Central Texas area.
She loves photographing families cuddling, hugging, and just enjoying each other’s company.
Fall is her favorite season.  She loves hot chocolate.  And she wants you to email her at for your next photo session.
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