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Merry Christmas from our family!

Friday, December 23, 2016


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Here are some of our photos for Christmas family photo session! It took me awhile for me to pick which photos I’ll post today, since my kids were running around and didn’t want to stay in one place 😉 Check my previous post here to see our Christmas photo card! :-)

Kids – Mid-top Canvas Boots / Black sneakers (similar) / Dark Wash Jeans (similar)

Brent – Brown Leather (similar) / Grey wear-to-work shirt (similar)

Em – Black Pants (similar)  / Black Bootie (similar)


Merry Christmas everyone!


“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16


Romantic Mediterranean Inspired Wedding Ideas

Monday, November 28, 2016

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Today, I’m excited to share with you a collaboration I did a few months ago with some talented vendors. This is a Mediterranean inspired wedding captured by Claire Casner Photography. I had worked with Jennifer from Harper Hadley Events, on a previous shoot. (link) She invited me to join her as a makeup artist and collaborate with other talented vendors. Together, we were able to execute a romantic and lovely set for this photo shoot. Here are the amazing vendors you need to check out! Plus, this shoot was featured on Check it out! :)

Photography: Claire Casner Photography // Design & Styling: Harper Hadley Events // Floral Design: DIRT // Rentals: Pretty Little Plates // Linens: La Tavola Linens // Paper/Calligraphy: Prairie Letter Shop // Gown: Saint Isabel Bridal // Makeup: Em Smith // Hair: Macey Burns // Jewelry: Shapiro Diamonds // Favor Boxes: Marigold & Grey // Model: Alice Mamula



Portrait Session With Dr. Tran

Friday, November 4, 2016



Since we moved back to Houston, we’ve been reconnecting with our old friends. One of those friends is Jana. I met her through my husband’s grad school and clicked. Plus, we both like makeup. 😉 I’m glad we had the time to see each other, chit-chat, and have a fun time during this photoshoot. I’m proud and happy for Jana and the others my husband and I met through his psychology grad school program.After long years of studying and hard work, they now have their doctorates and are happy with their field of work. Here’s some info to get know a little more about Jana.

Dr. Jana Tran is a psychologist who specializes in the treatment of trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston.

She works full time as a staff psychologist at the Houston Fire Department, where she provides therapy services to firefighters and responds to critical incidents, such as line of duty deaths. Dr. Tran also has a private practice aimed at supporting survivors of trauma, including combat Veterans and survivors of childhood abuse, rape, and interpersonal violence.

Her research interests center on the impact of trauma on sexual behaviors and functioning, and she recently published a paper on this topic in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. On a more personal note, Dr. Tran has a passion for yoga, lifting weights, salsa dancing, camping, and spending time with loved ones, including her pug, Leo.

If you are looking for a therapist to give you advice or tell you what to do, then Dr. Tran is not the right person for you. She regards clients as the experts of their own lives, and she honors and respects their beliefs, values, and goals. As your therapist, her job is to provide a safe, nonjudgmental space to facilitate your own healing, self-discovery, and personal growth. Dr. Tran offers a free 5-minute phone consultation to determine if her practice is a good fit for you.





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First Birthday Photo Shoot

Sunday, September 18, 2016

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Say hello to the precious Zoie who just turned one this month! These are the pictures I took from her first birthday photoshoot, together with her mom and dad. It was so sweet of her mom Charm to create and prepare props for her shoot. They made it so much fun and cute, just like Zoie! I love how Charm did the DIY cardboard sign saying “One”. Great job Mom and Happy 1st Birthday Zoie!

Photography by Em Smith (me)

What’s your ideal photoshoot theme for your little tot?

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:10


Hello Island Mama is a makeup, DIY, design, and lifestyle blog by Em Smith. She is the mother of three boys and a wife, who loves to inspire and encourage others through her works and stories. Originally from the Philippines.

"I can do all things through him who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

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