There is really no adequate way to describe the feeling of welcoming your child into the world.  It doesn’t matter if it’s your first child or any number of additional children, it is always a miracle and special beyond compare.  All the love that went into creating and growing this child that has been inside you over the past year culminates to the point you feel you’ll burst.  There’s an immense sense of relief and gratitude that your child has arrived and is healthy.  There are the moments of pure bliss and relaxation cuddling your precious sleeping child, interspersed with periods of complete exhaustion from what you’ve gone through to bring this baby into the world (and what you continue to go through feeding, changing and appeasing him).  You’re at the mercy of hormones, emotions and physical pains you never knew (or may have forgotten if you’ve been through it before and only remember the “good stuff”).

All of this floods you in the first 48 hours after your baby is born.  It may all be a blur to you later on, which is one reason I love to take “Fresh 48” photos in the hospital within the first day or two after birth.  Gorgeous moments filled with love.  It’s an absolutely beautiful thing to witness and capture!

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Family Newborn Hospital Photos

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“You first came to us in an envelope
With letters, forms and such;
Just two tiny little pictures
With nothing warm to touch.
You grew in our imagination,
In our hearts and in our minds.
You brought us greater joy
Than we ever thought we’d find.
A phone call started labor pains
Which lasted ’til we met
Strangers brought together
A day we won’t forget.
You bloomed as you were planned
In our hearts, our lives, our home.
Our child of chance, of plan, of will
You’re now our very own.”
Author Unknown

As a adopted child myself, one of my favorite blessings is being able to take photos of families who have adopted!  About a month before these photos were taken, this mom and dad below went to China to bring home their newest blessing, the gorgeous little boy they’re now loving on!  The process of adopting a child is not an easy or smooth one, but it’s worth every difficulty.  This whole family’s life is forever changed in beautiful ways by their choice to love this precious boy.  He is clearly adored!

Family Adoption Photos Houston

Family Adoption Photos Houston

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“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” ~Fred Rogers

I love capturing the playfulness and rambunctious spirit of children just being themselves.  As parents, just letting our children play can be one of the most fun and entertaining things.  I know I’m constantly amused at the things that my son comes up with when I leave him to his own devices!  (Seriously, where does some of the random stuff come from?!?!  I don’t know, but I love it!)

Spending time with and photographing this awesome family of five was so wonderful!  Letting these cute fellas play and having mom, dad and little sister join in made for a great photo shoot.  Little sister is really just learning to play, but she certainly has good teachers in her two big brothers!  This mom, dad, two fun boys and their sweet little sister are just a delight to be around!

Houston Family Child Photos

Houston Family Child Photos

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So, this is my second post of 2016, but it’s my first newborn post this year, so it seems appropriate to use this as my “New Year” post.  (You know, new year, new baby…I think the correlation is obvious, but wanted to spell it out, just in case!  Don’t worry, there will be no diaper-clad large man dressed as “Baby New Year” in this post.  If you have no clue what I’m talking about, then you’re lucky you’ve never had the experience of attending a New Year’s Eve party where this sort of character has made an appearance.)

AAANYWAY…

Happy New Year, you guys!  After a very busy fall and winter, 2016 is off to a great start so far for me, with lots of fabulous clients scheduled!  I’m so excited to see and photograph so many of you this year!

The year certainly has some exciting times ahead for the beautiful family pictured below, who recently welcomed their precious little boy!  I can’t wait to take more pictures of this cutie pie and his parents!

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Houston Family Newborn Photography

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I know I’ve mentioned before (at least a few times, I’m sure) how much I love taking multi-generational portraits.  Taking pictures of children with their parents and grandparents is just such a wonderful experience with beautiful results!  There is something special about the bond you see, especially with a mother, her daughter and her daughter’s children.  (Not downplaying fathers and sons, but there is a certain connection a mother and daughter have that’s beyond compare.)

Looking at the photos below, I can’t help all the warm and fuzzy feelings I get.  It’s just precious seeing three generations of women/girls (and a sweet little boy, of course) adoring each other.  This grandmother and mother clearly love each other and these adorable children.  These connections are absolutely priceless and getting to photograph these moments is one of the greatest things about my job!

Maybe 2016 is the year that you’d like to commemorate the love between you, your parents and your children!  If so, I would love to photograph you and create pictures I promise you’ll cherish forever!

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Houston Family Child Photographer

newborn, maternity, baby, child & family photography in Houston, The Heights, Montrose, Bellaire, West University, River Oaks, Rice Village, The Woodlands & Cypress

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