SAM & EYE SPEND THE DAY WITH BABY GRAY

Neither SAM nor EYE have children...but our friends, family members, & clients do!!!!!!! Not only are we fortunate to be surrounded by some of the coolest kids EVER, but we also have the honor of following them & photographing their awesome personalities as they grow. :)

The images below are part of a recent photo session that took place on a rainy day in Austin, Texas. Baby Gray was an absolute DELIGHT to work with...so calm & sleepy...I think he cried twice. We love these images & can't wait to watch him grow...well, actually we can! 

Don't grow up too fast, baby Gray!!!! <3

As you may know, Samuel Cartwright (the "Sam" in SAM & EYE) lives in Austin, Texas and I, Jessi Hebert (the "Eye" in SAM & EYE) am currently living in Nederland, Texas (right outside of Beaumont). We are photographing ALL OVER TEXAS & have absolutely no problem traveling to you for your photography sessions! To discuss booking a photo session for yourself, your family, your animals/home/cars or your business, please email us all the details at SamAndEyeAustin@gmail.com

Stay tuned for more pictures of cute kids, animals, weddings & more!!!

Thanks for tuning in!!!!

PEACE & LOVE,

SAM & EYE

JARROD & CARLIE'S WEDDING!

On a warm summer evening, a small group of the bride & groom's closest friends and family gathered to watch a beautiful couple celebrate their love for one another. You could feel the immense support from the guests and everyone had the most amazing time!

Assisted, on this beautiful day, by my twin sister: Jodi... here are the top shots from the evening:

THANK YOU FOR VIEWING!

Carlie, Jarrod, Josie...thank you for allowing us to take part in documenting your special day!

If you attended this wedding & would like to purchase any of these pictures or to see the rest of the album (we had to narrow it down to only a few of our favorites for this blog), please email me at SamAndEyeAustin@gmail.com & put "Jarrod & Carlie's Wedding" in the Subject line. :)

If you are interested, you can email SamAndEyeAustin@gmail.com to discuss booking us for your wedding/event/portrait session, etc. Or if you have any questions, in general.

You can also follow us on Facebook & Instagram @SamAndEyeLLC #SamAndEyeLLC #TXTravelingPhotoStudio

Peace & Love,

SAM & EYE

GATHER: PALEO CAFE & MARKET IN PORT NECHES, TX

It’s crazy how unpredictable life can be! After 8 years of living away from home, at the end of January of this year, I (Jessi Hebert) moved back to my hometown. 

Samuel Cartwright (my business partner) is still in Austin, TX and since SAM & EYE is a TRAVELING TEXAS PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO we’ve been shooting in Houston, Austin, Beaumont & everywhere in between! So be on the look out for more frequent posts on this blog!

AND if any of you, in Texas, want to hire us you can Email: SamAndEyeAustin@gmail.com & follow us on

FB & Instagram @SamAndEyeLLC #SamAndEyeLLC

ANYWAY, you may be wondering what brought me back home and the answer is my sisters & their new business! I have 2 sisters, Jodi Hebert (my twin) & Chrystal Hebert Lundy (our older sister), & together the two of them decided to switch gears & open a business located at

1811 Magnolia AvePort Neches, TX

Gather:Paleo Cafe & Market.

Over the last few years, Chrystal (a.k.a.CaveMomma) & Jodi (a.k.a.feral child) were providing PALEO & PRIMAL goodies at Down To Earth (in Nederland), during their weekly farmer’s market but were limited to what they could sell to their customers. People were asking them to provide meals, they needed an official commercial kitchen, came across this little red brick building next to Jill Suzanne & then BOOM!

We spent the following months renovating the small little building into a cafe, with help from Chrystal’s husband, Aaron, his brother, dad, and uncle, and our own elbow grease, time, & money. It’s been a very detailed & difficult job to take on and we’ve spent hours putting our tender love & care into this place so that HOPEFULLY when you walk in, you’re greeted with a smile, served a delicious meal... and you feel right at home...or maybe more like you're at your grandma's house. We love our community, family & friends and are continuously grateful for their love, trust & support.

As for the food, you don’t have to know what paleo is to come in and get a delicious meal for lunch! If I had to simplify it, i'd just say it’s good home cooking with the best ingredients & without the harmful ones. I’ve worked at Gather:Paleo Cafe & Market ALMOST every day since we’ve opened (January 26, 2016, which explains my absence from this blog) and, in my personal opinion, EVERY meal the girls have prepared has been absolutely DELICIOUS! I do believe this is the best job I've had, so far, in my life & I am so grateful to eat such artfully crafted, melt-in-your-mouth yummy meals every day...that are good for me!

We serve at least 2 lunch specials, that change daily, Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 2pm.

SCROLL THROUGH & JUST LOOK AT SOME OF THE DELICIOUS ITEMS WE’VE PREPARED, ONLY WITHIN THE LAST 8 MONTHS THAT WE'VE BEEN OPENED!

You may be wondering how some of our dishes are gluten/grain-free if they include tortillas, biscuits, rice, or noodles. Well, in the event that a dish calls for one of those ingredients, we find ways to mimic them. Such as cauliflower instead of rice, zucchini & spaghetti squash instead of noodles & alternative ingredients like Cassava, Potato, Almond, & Tapioca Flour, etc. (all of which are sold in Gather's market!) 

The menu is hand-crafted by our whole team & is entirely based on the ingredients at hand, what we're craving & what our customers have loved in the past. We get to have 100% creative freedom & can easily stand behind the quality of our specials (which we love), our guests seem to love it, too, and we typically sell out of food by 2PM. The closer you get to GATHER by 11am, the better your chances of getting a meal are. If food is not all sold by 2PM, we will package it up & it will sell it in the cold case & it is usually sold before closing time (6PM), from #FriendsWhoGather on their way home from work, popping in to see if there's anything left.  It really just depends on the day. One thing's for sure, nothing's going to waste.

You may DINE IN, take some food TO-GO, OR order our specials through the WAITR APP on your phone.

We post the daily menu on our FB & IG pages @GatherPaleoCafeAndMarket & frequently use the hashtags #FriendsWhoGather #GatherPaleoCafeAndMarket #JustEatRealFood #GatherGroupies

All meals prepared at Gather:Paleo Cafe & Market are grain-free, gluten-free, & free of refined sugar but definitely NOT free of flavor! We make all meals from scratch & use local, sustainably grown, amazingly healthy ingredients from only the best sources we can find (Donna’s Farm in Beaumont, TX// Yonder Way Farm in Fayetteville, TX// our beef was grass-fed at Chrystal’s husband’s family farm//all water used is alkaline water from the Water Tree Store in Nederland...just to name a few examples). We mix up our menu to utilize and NOT WASTE these amazing ingredients but also because we don’t believe that eating should ever be boring or harmful to your body. When you eat the same thing every day, you are more likely to get bored & steer towards junk. Eating healthy meals can and should taste delicious!

In the market, you'll find doTERRA essential oils & products, BATH BOMBS & SOAPS made exclusively for Gather from our friends at Down To Earth (yes the same Down To Earth Previously mentioned)! Find them on FB @Down.To.Earth.Nederland, Local Honey from Muldrow's Farm in Beaumont and from P&S Bee Farm in Port Neches, there are also TEXJOY Seasoning products since, you know, they are an amazing company & literally right up the road... & sometimes we have the honor of housing Lauren Hallmark to make her famous fresh salsa & Cindy Shoemaker to make her paleo desserts! :)

You can shop from our Paleo/Primal pantry items in our MARKET (Tues.-Fri.11am-6pm/Sat.11am-4pm)

(flip thru the following photos to see more of our market items)

 I want to have an amazing life…one free of pain & disease. We, in the paleo community, believe that the disease-free journey starts with eating nothing but REAL FOOD. Simple as that. It's not a magic pill, it's a lifestyle change...and boys & girls, let me tell you, it's done WONDERS for us!

We’ve been working extremely hard, ever since we opened the doors in January, and I COULD NOT BE MORE PROUD OF MY SISTERS, the team we’ve built (Marianna Taschinger, Vanessa Callahan, Rheanna Everett, Corinna Estes, Christi Benz Hebert), & the effort everyone has contributed.

It makes our hearts happy to do good & bring HEALTHY, FARM-FRESH MEALS TO OUR HOMETOWN COMMUNITY!!!

Speaking of, there is an organization that we are working closely with called the MidCounty Victory Garden. Our dear friend, Desiree Kleypas McPhillips, owns a Hair Salon on Nederland Avenue called SHEAR MADNESS. It is the only salon in town (to my current knowledge) that uses & sells organic hair products. (YOU CAN EVEN BLEACH YOUR HAIR WITH AN ALL-NATURAL DYE AT SHEAR MADNESS!!!) Anyway, Desiree also has quite the green thumb & has started THE MIDCOUNTY VICTORY GARDEN!  (which just so happens to be right directly next to Shear Madness. )

According to the MidCounty Victory Garden's Mission Statement: "The MidCounty Victory Garden is a community project that a small group of dedicated citizens are working on. Our mission is to educate the minds & feed the bodies of our local community. With the gathering of ideas from other gardener's first hand experiences, the attendance of educational classes, & the use of much research, the garden is coming to life. With the land available, we plan to build 32 raised beds, fence the property, construct a shed, a composting area, a small chicken coop, plus erect a water reservoir tower. We will have an area for children to learn & play, and a seating/resting area. All the projects will come to be over the course of 3 years."

Located at 1028 Nederland Avenue, it is a NON-GMO garden grown in raised beds, with organic soil & compost (from Gather:Paleo Cafe & Market). It is truly a beautiful sight and Desiree and the volunteers do such a wonderful job maintaining it. If you would like a tour of the garden, to donate time, money or equipment to this garden, you can contact Desiree ( (409) 223-0493 //
desireekleypas@live.com) to find out how. Follow the garden on FB @MidCountyVictoryGarden

OHHHH AAAAND it wouldn't be farfetched to add "Gallery" to the end of Gather:Paleo Cafe & Market because we also feature local artists’ work on our walls including some of our own art! So far, the artists' we've featured have consisted of: Xenia Fedorchenko (professor at Lamar University) , Adam Cook, Dan Gresham (artist & local news anchor), Steven Clouse & Sirena Laburn. (click on the artist's name to be directed to their websites)

I know this was a lot of information to take in. Life has been a crazy ride these last few months and I’m so excited to see where this journey takes us! I'll try my best to document it along the way! 

TOO BE CONTINUED... :)

 

 

 

SAM & EYE: Family Session in San Marcos, TX

You know, there is something extremely therapeutic about the coming of a new year! Is part of your New Year's Resolution to take more photos?? Or to print/back up the photos on your phone??? SAM & EYE can help with that!!

Email SAM & EYE today to schedule your 2016 Portrait Session : SamAndEyeAustin@gmail.com

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Recently, SAM & EYE drove out to San Marcos to photograph my cousin Keely, her husband (Scott), and their kids (Cameron & Kynlee). After a little rain delay, the sun came out and we had a wonderful time!!

Here are a few of our favorites! Please enjoy, leave a comment & feel free to share this post!

Thank you, Keely & Scott, for giving SAM & EYE an opportunity to photograph your ADORABLE family! We hope you guys had as much fun as we did and that we can do this, again, soon!!!

We are very fortunate to follow our dreams, but would not be able to do it without our friends & family's continued support and viewing! So, Thank You!!

SAM & EYE will see you NEXT Saturday!

Meagan & Cameron's Engagement Session

You know those rare moments when you meet someone and you feel extremely comfortable with them? Like, maybe somewhere, in a previous life, you were best friends or something?? That, to me (Jessi Hebert), is precisely how I felt when I met Meagan a few years ago, while living in Sugar Land, TX. Anyway, to make a long story short, we've been good friends ever since and I was DELIGHTED to get an opportunity to photograph her engagement session & upcoming wedding to her fiancé, Cameron, on September 10, 2016!!

Sam & I drove down to Rosenberg, TX to photograph Meagan & Cameron and truly had the GREATEST TIME! It started out chilly and windy but we were joking around and telling stories the whole time, the sun came out and we captured some really cute shots and before we knew it, we were on our way back to Austin... reminiscing about how much fun the session was and how excited we were to photograph their wedding next September! 

Here are a few of our favorites from the session, please enjoy & follow us on Facebook & Instagram @SamAndEyeLLC!

Once again, congratulations on your Engagement, Meagan & Cameron!!!

If YOU are interested in having SAM & EYE photograph your Engagement Session/Wedding, Family, Friends, Co-Workers, Pets, Events, Vacations, Business Inventory, Home, etc. please email us for a bid at SamAndEyeAustin@gmail.com

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Thank you for viewing and sending us referrals!!!! You are the greatest!

Aaron & Mallaree Are Engaged!!

Hello ALL! 

How was everyone's Thanksgiving?!

You know, we definitely have so many things to give thanks for, here at SAM & EYE, LLC. Business is picking up and we've been encouraged to follow our dreams by most all of our friends and family and it feels wonderful! We're not only thankful for your continued encouragement but we are also continually inspired by many of you who aren't afraid of taking chances, going after your dreams and conquering obstacles in your own lives. So if you've come to this blog and have been following us on Facebook & Instagram @SamAndEyeLLC ... THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Today, on the blog, we would like to feature Sam's very good friends, Aaron & Mallaree!!!! This couple is HILARIOUS and we had the most amazing day on South Congress Ave. in Austin, Texas just enjoying the beautiful weather and documenting the day. Here are a few images from the day that were our favorites. We hope you enjoy them & also contact SAM & EYE for ALL of your photography needs!

Congratulations on your engagement, Aaron & Mallaree! SAM & EYE wishes you nothing but the absolute BEST for the future that lies ahead of you!!!! :)

If you would like SAM & EYE to photograph you, products for your business, your family, pets, business associates, vehicles, vacations, headshots, events, birthday parties, wedding, etc. please email SamAndEyeAustin@gmail.com

We also appreciate any & all referrals!

Thank you and have a wonderful day!

Miranda & Jason's Maternity Session

What an absolute pleasure it was to get an opportunity to photograph my friends, Jason & Miranda! I (Jessi Hebert) have known Miranda since Middle School. She was then & has remained one of the best friends I've ever had in my life! 

She & Jason are the most HILARIOUS duo, in my opinion, & I know boy or girl, this kid of theirs is going to have the BEST PERSONALITY! 

I can't wait to meet this baby and document this wonderful family's history for years to come.

These are my favorites from the session, please email us at SamAndEyeAustin@gmail.com for your upcoming photography session!

Thank you, Miranda & Jason, I had so much fun!

Also, I would like to thank Jodi Hebert for her assistance with the session! 

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Thank you for your attention! Have an amazing day!

On A Walk With Sam, Christine, & Rev

HAPPY FIRST OFFICIAL DAY OF FALL, Y'ALL!

This past weekend, the weather in Austin, TX was ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!

And great news: it's going to be gorgeous for a few more weeks!

So don't delay! 

Schedule your session with SAM & EYE, today!

Sam (my business partner), Christine (his girlfriend), & Rev (their precious pup) took full advantage of this beautiful weather & allowed me (Jessi) to tag along on a walk of theirs to document them loving life.

These are a few of my favorites:

I had an absolute blast taking pictures of these three!

Email us today to book YOUR FALL PHOTO SESSION!!!

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!

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Janie's Maternity Session with Baby King

Janie and I (Jessi Hebert) met when I lived in Sugar Land, TX...we worked together and also lived down the road from one another. I don't get to see her very often, so I was very excited to get the chance to see her and document this beautiful time in her life, pregnant with her first son.

These are a few favorites from the session:

THANK YOU for taking the time to visit our blog! Please let me know if you are interested in scheduling a photo session with SAM & EYE by emailing us at SamAndEyeAustin@gmail.com

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SAM & EYE : LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Hey Everyone!!!

How was your Labor Day Weekend?!?!?! 

Sam photographed some cute doggies and I (Jessi) spent some quality time with my family at the lake. 

The next time someone asks you if you know of a photographer near the Austin area, think of SAM & EYE!

Email us TODAY to book your photography session!

SamAndEyeAustin@gmail.com

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XANDER, THE GREAT!!!

I don't know if you've ever attempted to photograph a one year old, but even with the most well-behaved baby, it's not easy!!!! They are constantly on the move!

Xander just turned ONE and his mom & dad enlisted SAM & EYE to document this milestone of his life. Of course, we couldn't have been more honored to do so!!! Thank you so much, Michael & Lourdes!!!

I absolutely LOVE the honesty of the expressions captured in some of these photos. I was laughing so hard going through the pictures and choosing my favorites.

Here are just a few of them:

As you can see from this last picture, Xander just did NOT WANT THE FUN TO END!!! It's okay, Xander, I will be back to photograph you again, soon! You are just soooooo precious! I can HARDLY handle it!

If YOU are interested in having us photograph your little one, your dog, your house, your car, inventory for your business, or WHATEVER...please email us TODAY at SamAndEyeAustin@gmail.com

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And come back to see what's new with us NEXT Monday!!!!