A First Birthday Party | Melbourne Documentary Family Photography

My first documentary family session of 2018 was a birthday party! Sharee turned one year old, and her family threw her an intimate party in the backyard. The weather was perfect, and she loved her cake (made by her mum!). Her big sister had fun with bubbles and the trampoline. Next year they’ll be running around together!
So grateful this beautiful family let me share in their day!

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Day in the Life – The Stewart Family

What are the best souvenirs for grandparents who come visit from the other side of the world?
These grandparents decided a short day in the life session was the perfect way to document their time spent with their family. We went to the park, made pizzas, and spent quality time at home.

Here is a tiny sample of their four hour day in the life session in Hawthorn East.


The Sechler Family | Melbourne

Charlie is an energetic 3-year-old who recently moved to Melbourne with his family! We had a short family session at Caulfield Park last weekend. The fall colours were fantastic! Charlie wanted to see and play with everything 🙂


Beauty Revived | Meet Lissette

The Beauty Revived magazine featuring 50 Beautiful Mothers is out!! You can learn more about it and purchase it here.
I am so honored to be one of the 50 photographers featured in the magazine! I photographed my friend Lissette with her daughter. Here is her story, with some of the pictures!


Lissette Barril was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico and moved to Texas in 1995. She joined the United States Air Force when she was eighteen. “When September 11th happened,” Lissette recalls, “I made up my mind then and there that I was going to serve my country.”

Lissette worked in an Aircraft Maintenance squadron, where she directly aided the command section. She also worked with Boeing to assist with the aircraft maintenance software with the F-15E and F-15C fighter jets. “My proudest moment was when I was lauded by Boeing for being an extraordinary airman. I transitioned all software for 850 personnel within two weeks.”

After Lissette left the military, she had a beautiful daughter, Tatiana. Then she began to experience the struggles of transitioning to civilian life. “I got married and ended up in a physically abusive relationship and became homeless and an alcoholic.” She found herself living out of her car with her daughter. Tatiana became her inspiration to keep moving forward and pursue a better life for them both. Lissette recovered from alcoholism and always made time to volunteer for veterans’ organizations. “I fought through all the adversity and finally moved into a nice townhome and started going to school.”

Lissette is now a full-time student, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Biology. “I want to eventually find alternative treatments for vets, other than medication.”

Her passion for improving the lives of veterans is a major part of her life. “I try to help out as much as I can. If there are opportunities to do something that will directly impact a veteran’s life, I am down for it.” Lissette is an events coordinator for Twenty-Two Until None, a non-profit organization that aims to end veteran suicide one step at a time. An average of twenty-two veterans commit suicide every day. This group supports struggling veterans by offering emergency financial assistance, VA benefits help, advocacy, wellness services, camaraderie, and a 24/7 crisis hotline. “The reason I stand for the 22 is because I don’t want any other veterans, especially females, to go through the same horrible transitioning experience that I went through. My oath did not end when the uniform came off. I will continue to strive to help veterans each and every day, in any way I can.” She has found joy in working with veterans and has made many great friends along the way.  “I love coordinating events that bring veterans together. It brings the sense of camaraderie that we used to have in the service.”

When Lissette is not studying or advocating for veterans, she spends her time with her daughter, who is now six years old. “My daughter is a firecracker who loves to have adventures. She zip-lined at the age of three and still looks for more thrills. She takes gymnastics and is very good at it.” Lissette hopes that Tatiana will fulfill her dreams, no matter what they are. “Happiness comes from moments and doing what you love to do. I will be there for most of those moments.”



Elizabeth Victoria | Birth Photography

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50 Most Beautiful Moms

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SO excited to announce that I have been chosen to be one of 50 photographers for the 2016 Beauty Revived Beautiful Mothers campaign! One deserving mom will receive a free session from me and will be featured in the Mother’s Day issue of the Beauty Revived magazine.
I am passionate about showing the REAL beauty in people, and now I need your help! Do you know an amazing, beautiful mom who deserves to be celebrated? Nominate her by telling her story here.
Go to beautyrevived.com to learn more about this great organization!


Shelby | SHSU Graduation Senior Portraits

Shelby is about to graduate from Sam Houston State University with a degree in journalism! We took pictures all over campus. She brought all of the school papers she was published in (very impressive!). She dreams of one day moving to New York and writing for a magazine.
Good luck, Shelby! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!


Isabelle – 4 Years Old

In case you haven’t noticed already, my approach to portrait/family photography is a little bit different. I like to let kids be kids, and capture their real personalities. This is Isabelle, who recently turned 4! We did some typical posed shots first, but then we let her do her thing. And these are the pictures that I really love.
Sweet, crazy girl… keep being you 🙂

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Paige + Jake | Engagement Session in Downtown Houston

These two are the sweetest. I had so much fun hanging out with them! We went in and around downtown Houston on a Sunday afternoon.

A special thanks to The Honeymooon and La Carafe! I love taking engagement pictures in bars 🙂


Whitney + Will | Cypress Falls Event Center in Wimberley, Texas

It was a beautiful day in Wimberley! Whitney was the sweetest bride, constantly smiling and laughing. Will lit up when he saw her walk down the aisle. Every detail of this wedding completely captured their personalities, and you could definitely feel their love for each other. I am so grateful for the opportunity to photograph this perfect celebration!
Congratulations and good luck, Mr. and Mrs. Powell! I wish you many adventures!

Venue : Cypress Falls Event Center
Wedding Planner: In Her Shoes
Hair Stylist: Rachel Monahan 

Caterer: Pink Avocado
Officiant: Let’s Do It, Sarah Reed
Florist: Thistle & Blooms
Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery


Fall Sessions – Houston Family Photography

I’ve been super busy recently, and just thought I’d share a little of what I’ve been doing! Here are a few images from some really cute fall family sessions at parks in Houston. The pumpkin patch is at St. Luke’s Methodist on Westheimer.

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Hawkins Family – A mini day-in-the-life session

The Hawkins family were the winners of my Veterans Day giveaway last year. They chose to do a mini day-in-the-life session at their home on a Sunday afternoon. Swimming, cookies, and jumping on the trampoline were the activities of the day!

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Brix – Hospital Newborn

Baby Brix is here! Born August 23rd, 8 lbs 11 oz and 21.5 inches long. He is one of the cutest babies I’ve ever seen. I got to take some pictures when I went to the hospital to see him!

We love you, Brix! Can’t wait to see more of you and watch you grow up!


Baby Brix – Maternity Session – Houston

My best friend is having another baby boy! We had a short maternity session at the Spring Creek Greenway. Big brother Weston is the best model ever! Such a sweet smile, you would almost think he’s not a wild child 😉 Those are his fingerprints on the chalkboard, by the way. I can’t wait to meet Brix in a few weeks!!







Day in the Life – Ruffin Family

Here a few shots from a mini day-in-the-life session with the Ruffin family! Warren is 5 months old and just so precious. We had a fun, lazy Sunday afternoon together 🙂

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McCutchen Family – Day in the Life Session

I got to spend 12 hours with this wonderful family! Edward is a sweet little boy who loves art, his puppy Nicholas, and jumping in mud puddles. I had SO much fun experiencing a typical Saturday in the life of his family!

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Bluebonnet Portrait Session Invaded

Here’s a Friday funny for y’all 🙂 the pictures tell the story.

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This was at the Miksch family farm in Schulenburg, Texas on Easter!


Brugnone – Day in the Life Session

I got to spend a wonderful day with my friends, the Brugnone’s! Isabelle is an energetic little girl who loves Ninja Turtles just as much as she loves princesses. Gotta love that. Here are just a few of the photos from the session!

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Melissa + Jack | Houston Engagement Session

I don’t usually do this type of photography anymore (because posing people is SO awkward!), but Melissa is my cousin and one of my favorite people in the whole world. We had a lot of fun and went all around Houston for half a day. Are they not the most beautiful couple you’ve ever seen?! Can’t wait for the wedding!!

Locations: Spring Creek Park, Anvil Bar and Refuge, Waterwall Park, and Buffalo Bayou Park
Melissa’s Hair and Makeup: Krystal Soliz at Brush & Blush Blow Dry Bar

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The S Family – Day-in-the-Life Documentary Session

In addition to sharing a session that I am extremely proud of, I am making an announcement in this post. At the end of last year, my eyes were open to a type of photography that I didn’t know I could get in to, but have since realized is exactly where I need to be. Capturing unscripted, genuine moments is what I live for while shooting, and I am now focusing my whole business around this type of session! christina hardcastle photography will now be centered around documentary family and wedding photography, with a heavy emphasis on letting life happen and capturing REAL moments. My first day-in-the-life session was an amazing 8 hours documenting the S family’s life as it is at this time. Kids grow fast, and this is a wonderful way to immortalize how it felt when they were this age, when they lived in this house, when the oldest loved pizza and blocks and being thrown in the air. THIS is the side of families I want to show. I hope you enjoy!

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Dinner with my Valentine

My husband made me dinner for Valentine’s Day. A (massive) cheese plate, tomato-basil soup with truffle oil, and veal chop with beet mash and mushrooms. I made the dessert; the recipe is from Primal Palate. Our animals wanted to help, obviously.





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