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  • Hi. I'm Amy...a photographer here in Houston, Texas. Families, babies and children are what make my heart sing. I like to think I catch the divine in the ordinary using natural light and everyday settings. My style is pretty simple. It’s a dab of traditional (for my youngest clients) mixed with modern lifestyle portraiture, indoors and out. Candid shots are my favorite. I want to capture a child’s spirit and a family's personality, even if that's not traditional smiles. My #1 goal...to photograph families in real life, not something that was imagined or 'created'...to not just tell a story or get a certain 'shot', but to tell your story though a collection of photographs, capturing all the joy that fills your soul. The greatest satisfaction for me, is knowing when you look at these photographs years from now, they will radiate of all the splendor that your children have brought to your life and will offer an heirloom of memories for generations to come. If you want photographs that are a little different and are not afraid to let lose a little with your kids, then I most certainly am the photographer for you! Just click that little contact tab above and let's book your session. ;-)

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I think this momma and I must have had like a million…okay, not a million, but many emails back and forth in attempt to nail down a date for our session.  Little did I know at the time that day would be a day that my husband was out of the country, which is so rare that it never occurred to me to book a session around such.  It was the first time with just me on my own with our son for 10 days.  Me, being ‘Miss Independent’ to a fault, I’m afraid, didn’t think much of it really.  However, as the days went by, it gave me a whole new appreciate for my husband for sure.

Then the day came to meet this family.  My mom and sister had graciously come over to keep our baby boy while I went to this session.  It’s always fun to meet new families and this crew of six was no exception.  I know in the greater scheme of things, four kids is really not all that many children for a family to have, but I always gain a who new respect for moms of more than really one.  hehe, because all I have is just one which seems like plenty most of the time.  I meet such cool mommas through my business.  I admire them so much.  All of them for some of the same reasons, but all for different reasons as well.  I do so enjoy how each mom interacts with her children.  It has always been fascinating to me to see how unique each child is and how parents engage with each child one on one.  I swear, I have the best parents that hire me.  The absolute best mommas that seem to come my way.  I couldn’t ask for better folks to work with.  Anyway, I really don’t know what my point here is, as I ramble on.  Me…ramble..??  No, not me.  hahaha!  So, let’s just get to some photos!  ;-)

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Print those images.  I’ll say it until I’m blue in the face.  And trust me, I am as bad as the rest.  My sweet baby boy is 10M old now and I’m just now hanging photos of him on the walls.  Better late than never.  And rest assured, the photos will be just as memorable as they were when they were take and will look 10X better in print.

This is an imaginary playroom.  It is used just so you can get an idea of what displays can sort of look like on a wall.  And look, these sorts of designs really do little justice to the real deal…of your images on your walls…in real life, but just humor me so you can begin to get ideas of your own. ha!

This room shows one ‘Audrey’ Organic Bloom frame, size 20×30 and two ‘Lewis’ Organic Bloom Frames sizes 12×18.  Pretty fun, right?  ;-)

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These were the photos I used so you can see them a little better.  ;-)

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There is not much sweeter moments than those blissful first few weeks with your new baby. Sure, the sleep deprivation is most certainly for the birds (ha!) but there are so many moments that are just bliss. Maybe those moments are so brief we almost miss them…but rest assured, they are there. It must be said again that sharing with parents as they grow their family is such a joy and privilege. Few are so lucky to be able to witness such on a regular basis. Whether it through birth or adoption, the newness is always the same. They overwhelming joy is always the same. And how quickly the moments pass are also always the same. Fleeting moments. This is life. Let me help you capture it.;-)

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I went to WPPI for the 2nd time this year and oh what fun.  ;-)  I went with my dear friend Mandy and it was just splendid.  While in Vegas, I had the opportunity to shoot with one of my favorite photographers, Diana Palmer.  She actually is a film photographer, which I think is like the coolest thing on the planet.  I, along with eight other girls, had a shootout of sorts with this amazing family.  Officially it was a shooting workshop, but really, in my opinion it was so much more.

What I learned was that we are all human.  We all make lots of mistakes.  We are all trying to hard to balance the creative with the business…and the business with the personal stuff.  We all question our abilities more than we should.  We all yearn to be better.  And really the only thing stopping us at the end of the day is ourselves.

There are a handful of images I really love from this workshop and these are just a few.  I hope to share more sporadically over the next few weeks or so.

Mommy and daughter pics…how much better does it get?  ;-)

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As I was editing this specific gallery, I kept coming back to this image.  It just radiates with me for some reason that I can’t quite put my finger on.

Even though I am very much from the country…I’ve never been much of a country music fan.  However, I’ve heard my fair share of country tunes and I admit to really loving a handful of those songs.  This particular photo made me think of the very sweet song by Martina McBride, in which she says:

In my daughter’s eyes,
I can see the future,
A reflection of who I am and what will be,
And though she’ll grow and someday leave,
Maybe raise a family,
When i’m gone I hope you see,
How happy she made me,
For i’ll be there,
In my daughter’s eyes

(darn it….it gets me every time-ha!)

On-location & in home, natural light lifestyle + portrait photographer specializing in birth, babies, children & families

I loved this photo just as much in black and white as I did in color, so I had to show you both.  Many more to come from this wonderful family session very soon!

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The wall displays I am showing you are just more for the design and layout of the photos, not as much the actual photographs.  Your photo collage most certainly does not need to be all photographs from a professional photo session.  You could mix and match an assortment of different images…old and new, from multiple sessions…some professional and some sort of creative snapshots of life events or simply a favorite photo of your child.  I just want you to feel excited to prints some photos.  This display showcases four 8×10 images in 11×14 mats and four 5×7 photographs in 8×10 mats.

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These photos used in this display were taken like two years ago…but as I am doing these wall displays, I will be reviving a few older sessions just for the purpose of the wall displays only as to not be too repetitive with recent work and post.  ;-)  Hopefully this makes sense.

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There are many reasons I love this photo.  Sure, genuine smiles….from not only a toddler, but his baby sister is awesome, of course.  I also love the fact that the dog just happened to get in on the photo.  That was not planned but was such a great addition when it was all said and done.  I mean, their puppy is just as much a part of the family right?  But I also really like the angle I shot at.  It is not all that unique really…shooting from above, that is.  But I do feel that them on the sofa with the kids hanging over like this is pretty unique.  It is a real moment that yes, I sort of orchestrated,but then it then just happened.  So don’t worry.  During a photo session, I am very directive.  I’m pretty good at coming up with an initial plan of positioning and/or activity, then I just let the kids sort of determine where we go after that.  I do best when I am feeding off your kid’s enthusiasm.  So momma’s don’t worry about your lively kids, rest assured, I live for lively kids.  hehe  I really try to work with your kids and not against.  Often time the kids not doing exactly what I have in mind makes for the absolute best photographs.  I just roll with the punches and ask that my families do so as well.  It really makes for a much less stressful event.  ;-)

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We live in such a digital world these days, which is so great on so many levels.  With photography, there has been a huge negative, thought, I’m afraid.  So many families missing out on what really makes an image pop, so to speak.  Well, if you ask any real professional photographer, they will tell that the true value comes out in an image when it is showcased in print.  And not just any print, I quality image.  An image that is true in color and has good clarity as a print.  There are so many terrible printers and it saddens me to the core to think so many are investing in professional photography and then compromising to save sometimes a couple of dollars, when it comes to printing their images on their own.  This is especially sad when there are a handful of really great consumer printers out there for almost the same cost of a drugstore print.  The best retail printer I have found is www.unitprints.com.  They really do an excellent job.  One day I will show side by side comparisons and price differences in hopes that more will take head to the warnings and not print at the big chains, which can be quite terrible.

But that is a whole other post for another day.

As I mentioned a few posts back and tagging on how I began this post, I truly feel the value of your images is found when you see them in print.  Be them on a wall, in a little keepsake photo book in your purse, framed on your desk at work, on the fridge…wherever.  It doesn’t matter, but the point is that they are something you can feel and see without having to pull up a million photos on your phone or Facebook.  Because I feel that printing at least a few of your images is important, I’m going to begin regularly showing you ways to display them in your home on walls.  In addition, I hope to also occasionally add in other cool products and where to buy them that will allow your photographs to be showcased as a tangible item.

I’ve shown a couple of these in recent post, so to continue this new goal, here are four photos taken from a somewhat recent session.

I thought they would be really fun on the wall of a home office such as this.  This wall display shows:

a 20×24 framed image with 4 inch mat and 1.5 inch moulding and three 5×7 images in 8×10 frames with 2inch moulding

What do you think?

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Childhood innocence.  Truly one of life’s greatest gifts.

Don’t let these moments get away from you.  Let me help you capture if only just a few.

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My sweet Cocoa.  You were such a great little doggie.  Always bringing a smile to my face on sad days.  You’ve been a wonderful sidekick for the last 16 years.  I recall the many days back from my college days when  you and I would make multiple trips each week to the pet store to get you a treat.  You were once so full of energy and life, but still a fairly calm dog overall.  I picked you out of the litter because you were the only puppy who would lay on your back and let me rub your tummy.  I recall that you were several years old before you actually barked.  I figure you just didn’t feel the need to.  You learned how to ring a little bell that I dangled on the doorknob from a string to tell me you needed to go outside.  You eventually became a little lazy and would just go up to the bell and make a movement with your head, as if you had rung the bell, but you wouldn’t actually touch it.  ha!  Oh how I wish I had video of that.  You loved riding around town with me….with your head out the window and the wind in your hair.  We could drive for hours and you would be so happy.

You’ve outlived all your siblings and were having us wonder if you were going to be the Guinness World record holder for the longest living dog.  hehe  You lived a very good life.  You did have to have three teeth pulled a few years ago and had become quite finicky with your food, but pretty much, you were very healthy for such a long time.  I think you and I both new for a while now that your life was wrapping up.  You have not quite been yourself for sometime now.  I would see glimmers of the old you occasionally, and would cling to them..thinking you might spring back one day.  However, that’s not real life.  I thought you would simply go in your sleep one day…real peacefully.  It never occurred to me that I would have to make the decision one day to put you down.  It was by far the most difficult decision I’ve ever made.  Much harder than I every imagined.  But you could not walk anymore on your own more than a couple of steps at a time and you could not even stand up on your own anymore.  As heartbreaking as it was, I simply knew that your quality of life was just not as it should be and it was time.  We will miss you so much, but know that you are no longer suffering and in that, I hope to continue to find peace with my decision.

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I had just taken a few photos of my son with Cocoa about a week before she really got bad.  I am so thankful for these images.  Bittersweet for sure, but still so grateful for the wonderful memories she has given me.

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I am so sorry for your loss. It so great that you were able to capture such a sweet memory to hold on to.