It’s in the Genes | Lubbock Family Photographer

When I travel for a shoot,  I always enjoy the challenge of newness.  The campus of Texas Tech University was the obvious choice for this sweet family as both mom and dad are professors there.  Since it's my alma mater, I am always happy to tromp around finding ways to see things in a new light.

Their story was delightful.  Dad is from Ireland and after I got over my initial gushing about this (who doesn't LOVE an Irish accent?), we talked Dublin and U2 (he attended their first ever concert!!) and leprechauns.  We walked around, I tried to understand what it is they do (I am obviously not as smart as I don't think I ever understood).  He is a geneticist and a Dean in the School of Medicine and she is a professor within the surgery department of the medical school.(Is that right K and S?)  So you see?

It is all in the genes….(and here is where I publicly out myself on dorkiness)….


See?  Jeans?  Get it?  



This family was so full of life.  I brought some trucks and toys for the kids to play with – it was serendipity that the truck perfectly matched his shirt!

And this one?  Augh…so handsome and fun.  He was charming and polite and such a delight….I loved watching their different relationships with their parents.  

Then when I got mom and dad alone (something I always, always do)…..these shots came out. Some of my faves…

Mom and I communicated through email several times during the process of setting up her appointment….where we wanted to shoot…what time etc.  I was so thrilled when they showed up with a blue balloon – a take home from a just-attended birthday party.  Balloons always = happy pictures!

And with a different lens and black and white…




We had to use the beautiful Administration building as a backdrop!

And….what better building for this family?

But really, this is the picture that steals my heart….that makes me smile.  That epitomizes what I love about photographing families.  Fun stolen moments. Unaware and uninhibited.  Just happy and in love with life and each other.

Shot by Russell while I had a different angle:

Maybe I'll start bringing him along on every shoot!

By | 2017-02-06T10:56:56+00:00 November 17th, 2010|


  1. lee November 17, 2010 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Those are all beautiful photos! You guys look so great!!!!

  2. Nancy November 17, 2010 at 11:57 am - Reply

    You did a beautiful job. The photos are fantastic as are the captions. Hopefully I’ll be getting one of the family photos as a Christmas gift!

  3. Celine Godard November 17, 2010 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    beautiful picture and family!

  4. Lane Beasley-Adams November 17, 2010 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Bethany, once again, you have done an AMAZING job! Of course your subjects are all really beautiful people!!! Great pictures! Precious children.

  5. Sophia November 17, 2010 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Wonderful pictures! And SUCH a great family!! πŸ˜€

  6. Sherilyn November 17, 2010 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    I love this family! Such great great pictures! Love all of them!

  7. Demet Nalbant November 17, 2010 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    One of my favored families! Great pictures of brilliant people! I miss you guys.

  8. Trevor November 17, 2010 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Excellent photos! Main campus is always a good place to take photos.

  9. Melinda November 17, 2010 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    So cute – love these pictures!!!

  10. Naomi November 17, 2010 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    I love, love the “Genes” photo! Great pictures of great people

  11. Sandra November 17, 2010 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    Beautiful pictures! I went to high school with “k” overseas!! πŸ™‚

  12. Chase November 17, 2010 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Uber nice photos!

  13. Beth Dallas November 17, 2010 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Such good pictures and I love the title!

  14. Adrienne November 17, 2010 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    I need a copy of one! You guys are so pretty, every one of you. These are some of the best pics I’ve ever seen taken!

  15. Matt Fogle November 17, 2010 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Hey Kenny – Great pictures of you and the family. In case you are keeping score, my favorite is the black and white photo in front of the science building. Someone call Norman Rockwell – he’s got some painting to do!

  16. allie November 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    i love the first picture of everyone’s feet on the stairs. especially the little boy standing playfully πŸ™‚

  17. Jane Williams November 17, 2010 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    Super shots. What a handsome family. My relations are very photogenic!

  18. francie November 17, 2010 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Beautiful pics!

  19. Julie Isom November 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Wow! Love Kendra’s Rumbaughs sweet family photos. SUPER!!!!

  20. Rick Rumbaugh November 17, 2010 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    What a nice experience for everyone, photog and subjects. Couldn’t be any better. Grandma and I are very proud and we get them for Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing.

  21. Katrina November 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Amazingly beautiful family!! Can’t believe how blue little max’s eyes are!!
    Oh and way to go making the chemistry building look so awesome!

  22. Judy Williams November 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    Fab photos – you all look great.

  23. Angela November 17, 2010 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    What beautiful pictures – and such a beautiful family too! You did a wonderful job with them. I love the incorporation of the TTU science buildings!

  24. Arlene November 17, 2010 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Great pics!! Like the Science one….

  25. dan November 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    wow! love the pics! (could you please delete my previous comment. autofill changed my name into my entire email address. thanks πŸ™‚

  26. Erin November 18, 2010 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Wow – I can’t believe these photos turned out so well! I know the family and can’t believe how big the kids are getting!!!

  27. Jeannie Wyble November 18, 2010 at 8:10 am - Reply

    Excellent as always! You are such a great photographer!

  28. Cassie November 18, 2010 at 9:55 am - Reply

    The pictures are so cute! Like the one with all the feet.

  29. Dee Bradford November 18, 2010 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    oh what wonderful pictures. and part of my family too. wow, when did the boys get so big!

  30. Ximena November 18, 2010 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    beautiful pictures of a beautiful family!! πŸ™‚

  31. Dovie Rumbaugh November 19, 2010 at 9:01 am - Reply

    What wonderful pictures of the most picturesque family I know; not because it happens to be my daughter & family!!! The title and first picture are unique. Thank you for sharing them.

  32. Theresa November 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful eye for detail! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE candid photos!

  33. Andy November 19, 2010 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Wow! Great family photos–the boys are getting so big!

  34. Betty Fawcett November 20, 2010 at 11:48 am - Reply

    I loved the pictures – What beautiful people!!!! Betty Fawcett !!

  35. Rashila Patel November 21, 2010 at 4:36 am - Reply

    extremely well done shots. It looks like the pictures are from a fashion magazine – the one with all the feet showing with only Max sitting down on the stairs. The black and white pictures particularly enhance the already beautiful faces.

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