I'm Jessica, the owner of Under the Sun Photography, most days you can catch me chasing my lil son on our family's homestead and fixing up a meal that'll stick to more than your bones., along with baby goats by my side. I love everything about my rural South Texas, our heritage and way of life makes it one of the best places to live, raise a family, and practice photography. Sit back, grab a cup of coffee and feel free to scroll through my blog. Mi casa es su casa. 

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The Garcia’s Surprise 50th Birthday Party




The Garcia family has a special place in my heart, as Leslie, Carlos & Nancy’s eldest, was one of my favorite sorority sisters in college and asked me to be part of this A-M-A-Z-I-N-G scheme for her parents. Carlos & Nancy are wonderful people, when you meet them their kindness just beams from their overall being. If you know them, you know exactly what I am talking about. Before their arrival, we had several members of the family participate in ‘mini-sessions’ for them to cherish down the road. To the Garcia Family, Family is everything – if you don’t believe me now you will by the end of this post.

Anxiously waiting the arrival of Carlos & Nancy…

S-U-P-R-I-S-E !

LOVED this reaction!

Josh, Nancy & Carlos’s son, gave a speech that was so heartfelt about the selflessness of his parents. As a mom, totally had some tears I was fighting back. Dang it!

Thank you speech and admiration for his beautiful family. So touching!



“Lord, bless the food before us, the family beside us, & the love between us. Amen.”




Happy 50th Birthday guys!


Mucho Love,




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  1. Shelley says:

    The look on her face is so sweet! Map props on that huge portrait of everyone, too!

  2. Erin says:

    Happy birthday to them both! Photographing the party is such a special way to remember their legacy