I made a point this year to visit our families in Houston close to the holidays rather than waiting until February and March, so we made a quick trip the weekend before New Years. A very quick trip–we left after I got off of work on Saturday and drove back home on Sunday night. It was so nice to see everyone, even if rushed!

Brian and Lori–my brother and sister-in-law, parents of Alena, Daphne, and Lennon.

Lennon’s mom and I were both looking forward to my photographing the most beautiful baby in the world again this year (last year’s photos: here; the year before: here), but he was feeling a bit under the weather. But I can report on his remaining beautiful and continuing to age at rapid speeds. This boy isn’t even two years old yet!

Alena and Daphne (Lennon’s sisters) hanging out in a tree. This looks sweet and casual, but getting Daphne two feet off the ground and into that tree was a huge ordeal because she is very dramatic.
Second: My sister Tori and Joseph with their new My Little Pony shirts.

My parents; Avery, me, and the two-headed cat on my sweater

I’m proud to say I’m the only adult to be inducted into my niece’s club (wherein they watch movies and eat popcorn in the garage apartment). Daphne wrote my name on a soda can to make it official.

Joseph’s sister Lerin and I met over 10 years ago (long before I knew Joseph), and spending time with her always makes me feel like I’m in middle school again. In a good way.

Creepy Couple Pictures 2012. Lerin and Chris are getting married in two months! Joseph and I were providing them with marriage wisdom in the first photo. Then Chris nearly broke Lerin’s legs in the second photo, proving they really do need our help.


  1. You take such great portraits Alyssa, you should consider going into that professionally you know!

    • alyssabyoung Reply

      Thank you, Zoe! Though I’m afraid I don’t really have the social skills to photograph people besides family and friends (I can barely even manage that, haha–it is always awkward!).

      Every time I try to leave a comment on your blog I encounter problems :( I don’t know if you’ve heard this before, so I thought I’d let you know. Blogger never recognizes any of the accounts I try to use and won’t let me use an OpenID either!

  2. The first one of Lennon is breathtaking! I love all these…you really are so talented.

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