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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. ;-)

In Home Family Photographs Houston TX

A spunky four year old and two, 2yr old twins….well, as you can imagine…NEVER a dull moment in this home!

So this image is what I would call a lifestyle photograph.  What do I mean when I say lifestyle photograph?  Well, it likely has a variety of meaning to different photographers, but I feel that lifestyle photography is an amazing blend of both photojournalism style photos and some ‘semi’ posed, traditional portraiture.  This means that I will direct our session….throwing out ideas….putting your family (or child/children) in a sort of general spot and then give a bit of direction….but then the rest is pretty fluid and spontaneous.

What is the point of such photography?  Well, it is about capturing more of the unexpected.  It is more about NOT everyone looking at the camera.  It is about documenting more emotion….more authenticity.  It is about life.

Think about your family in a storybook.  It may be a funny thought to many, but seriously…just humor me. :-)

Think about each page of the book.  The images that would truly tell the story as it is happening.  It is unlikely that you would fill a book with images where everyone in the family is looking at the camera with the perfect smile.  That story would be terribly boring and quite frankly, the I would go so far as to say that the reader would view such a story as completely unbelievable.  Sure, you may have one or two of those….but the photos that would tell your story would be a variety of different images….and would include many different faces.  Serious faces….funny faces…happy faces….and maybe a sad face or two.   Hopefully, you can at least sort of see what I’m getting out here.

And furthermore….I want to photograph your family in a way that you can really display these images on your walls and enjoy them as not just a photograph…but possible as a piece of art.

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In your home, such an image could be displayed as such…..this is a 20X30 Organic Bloom ‘Fonzie” frame.

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maylene walker

This family is so cute! Love the kids smile!

Baby Photography Houston TX

So many amazingly beautiful images from this session!  I’ll have to break them up into different posts.  hehe

She is truly as divine as this first image shows.  You guys know I love photographing children and babies of all ages.  These days, maybe because our little guy is a little over five months old now, but I am loving the 8-10 month babies!  I think it’s because there are so many milestones around this time…sitting up….eating ‘real’ food….really responding to the world around them.  It is such a fantastic site to watch these little people grow….and so quickly.  But not only are they growing…but hopefully, we, as parents are growing….surely a little wiser…even amidst the baby fog.  ha!

Okay….back to this session.  I’ve said it before, but I do love so much photographing families in their homes.  It is (most often) where children feel most comfortable.  Even though this sweet gal was trying to recover from a cold, you really would not know it because she is still so happy.  But I think it is because she is in the place where she spends most of her life these days.  It is where her family shares the most intimate moments.  It is where the most wonderful memories are being made.

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Children’s Photographer Houston TX

I truly have been given so many gifts on this earth.  And I’m not speaking of ‘talents’….I can honestly say I don’t have many of those…not worth to be in the talent category, really.  The gifts I speak of involve relationships and experiences.  Being adopted is one of those gifts I’m talking about for me.  And my adoption, indirectly, has connected me with the most wonderful people on the planet. :-D

This couple is one of the most beautiful of them all.  I do not believe that anything is coincidence.  I believe in a sovereign God and that He has a divine plan for each of us.  I’m so happy to know this family and share and celebrate in adoption with them.

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“We’ve spoken about adopting since our dating days.  It’s always been something we’ve been open to doing.  We assumed we’d have biological children first, then maybe we’d add to our family by adopting a child.  But lately the Lord has been making it clear that His plans are different than what we’d anticipated.  We both strongly desire children.  And we firmly believe that God has delayed or prevented pregnancy because He has chosen children halfway across the world for us to raise and love and point to Jesus.”

This was written not too many years ago by this precious lady…who at the time had no idea, the magnitude of gifts in store for she and her husband.

The most amazing gift…the gift of parenthood.

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You can see other adoption photography sessions here via an organization that is very dear to my heart, Red Thread Sessions.

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Lynnsey Dohmen

What a sweet story and sweet pictures.

Sweet Beginnings | Houston Newborn Photographer

I loved you from the very start, You stole my breath, embraced my heart.
Our life together has just begun; You’re part of me my little one.
As mother with child, each day I grew,  My mind was filled with thoughts of you.
I’d daydream of the things we’d share,  Like late-night bottles and Teddy bears.
Like first steps and skinned knees,  Like bedtime stories and ABC’s.
I thought of things you’d want to know,  Like how birds fly and flowers grow.
I thought of lessons I’d need to share,  Like standing tall and playing fair.
When I first saw your precious face,  I prayed your life be touched with grace.
I thanked the God above,  And promised you unending love.
Each night I lay you down to sleep,  I gently kiss your head and cheek.
I count your little fingers and toes;  I memorize your eyes and nose.
I linger at your nursery door,  Awed each day I love you more.
Through misty eyes, I dim the light,  I whisper, “I love you” every night.
I loved you from the very start,  You stole my breath, embraced my heart.
As mother and child our journeys begin,  My heart’s yours forever little one.

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Shantel Anderson

This seriously makes my heart smile! What a beautiful baby!

Kid’s Photographer Houston, TX

Bath time is fun.  I mean, duh! HA!  And have you ever tried to get really nice bath photos of your kids before?  If so, unless you have some photography training, it might be a very frustrating experience.  Getting nicely exposed photographs in a small space without blasting the flash a thousand times in your child’s face….well, is more challenging for the common person than many might believe.  But these are great memories to be captured.  So why not have a kid’s bath session?  And of course, hire me….a professional photographer to get these photos for you.  hehe.  I’m so serious!  I wish more clients wanted these fun sessions!  I make sure to not get any inappropriate shots of your child.  I promise!  :-D  Just think it over.  If your child love the bath….contact me and lets make it a session!  Or, if you book a full family session, a few bath pics in the end can make for a wonderful wrap of our session.  Two birds with one stone as you might say.

And if you just happen to have a claw foot tub like ANY of these at your home, then

I am basically BEGGING you right now to contact me!  I might pay YOU for your kid’s pics in that tub. ;-)

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I love this bathtime shoot more than anything!

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Sometimes the weather is not really our friend when it comings to photographs.  And that’s okay.  I welcome the challenge.  On this particular day, not only was the wind completely crazy, the sun was coming and going.  Add into the mix the most endearing child who as with most children her age, are marching to the beat of their own drum.  This is one of the many reasons I love what I do!  Look, while there is absolutely nothing wrong with the cliche, looking at the camera with the perfect smile shots…certainly I try to get at least one or two of those, but it is the many other faces that showcase YOUR child’s unique personality that I most enjoy capturing for you!  In this case, this sweet girl was THE perfect subject.  It took a little time for her to warm up to me….and her mom was so very gracious to allow me that time alone with her daughter I needed in order to get these photographs.  This is also why I LOVE my clients.  They feel the same way I do when it comes to capturing their child in photographs.  We agree that REAL photos ARE the most perfect photos.  The perfect photos can come in many different varieties.  It might be the photo where your child is making the most silly face.  Maybe it’s the photo showing a sad face…or a serious face.  It is the photos that speak to you.  The photos that remind you who your child really was at this age.  What a beautiful message to your child as well…the message of celebrating being yourself. :-)

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Sometimes cute is fun.  This sort of thing I will do on occasion.  I’m not a ‘prop’ photographer, but this client is a regular and I’m not for sure if you can consider a pumpkin a prop.  Or maybe it really is.  By definition, a prop is a portable object other than furniture or costumes used on the set of a play or movie.  One can assume this applies to a photograph, too.  So okay…I guess this is indeed a prop.  Well, if you have been around the blog lately, you will know that I am very anti props in photos.  I think they are very distracting and frankly, I don’t like all the fuss.  I want to keep the photographs simple and focused on the subject or subjects.  However, for this momma, who already had pumpkins outside for decor and I knew I could still keep the image clean and classic…even with the pumpkin.  So, in this case, I agreed that it could be done very tastefully and I honored the client’s request.  I reserve the right to say yes or no to a prop on occasion…99% of the time I will not allow…but like I said, if I can do it well, then I will honor the request.  But please discuss with me prior to our session.  I don’t want you buying a bunch of stuff, it not getting used and you being disappointed.  That is the very last thing I would ever want, but I am also well past the days when I compromise my style of photography just for the sake of a photo.  That is the great thing about photography.  There is a photographer for you.  That may or may not be me.  You have to find a photographer whose portfolio reflects the types of images you really like AND would want for your family.  Then hire them!:-)

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Occasionally, I shoot birthday parties and other events.  This is not my bread and butter, of course, but I do enjoy them on occasion, depending on the circumstances.  Most of these pictures you will never see on my blog because I prefer to showcase the type of work I really specialize in which is family, baby and child photography, which includes birth as well.  Recently, I did shoot a birthday party and just happened to catch this sweet family shot.  And I love it very much and had to share.  It is the most simple photograph really, but so sweet and full of emotion.  The very images I love the most.  The ones that capture a bit (or alot sometimes) of emotion between parent/parents and child…or siblings.  Those are quite lovely too!  I actually photographed this sweet baby girl when she was a newborn.  You can see a few of those photos here.  She was such an easy baby to shoot and am told I will get to photograph her again for her 1 year milestone pictures in the next few months!  YAY!  Can’t wait!

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Something new I’m offering is a birth story session which is done within 48 hours of your baby’s birth at the hospital.  It includes not only digital images of you and your baby such as these shown here, but also video of the special occasion.  You can see the final product of such a session at the end of this post.  The video does have music, so you may want to adjust your sound accordingly before starting the video.  Certainly, photographs are my passion, but for these sessions, I think video just adds another dimension and memory of your baby’s first days.  I love doing these sessions and hopefully can do more as word gets out.  :-)  Please contact me if you’d like to know more about these sessions!

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The final product….

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Brittney

and you KNOW I LOVE LOVE this session ;)

oh my goodness! LOVE these! The video is so sweet. I could only hope I could be half the photographer you are one day! :)

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Parenthood….twenty years in the making.  That’s right.  I said twenty years.

I can not even begin to imagine the emotions that come with such a yearning that is void for that long.  This incredible couple overcame all odds.  And when I say, all odds…..this is an understatement.  Longing for a child of their own for so many years…..hitting many roadblocks along the way, but remaining steadfast in their faith that one day….eventually, they would be mom & dad.  I can’t even begin to tell you how special this family is to me and I just met them.  :-)  Because their story begins with adoption and ends with a child they now call their own.  Such a special gift to be a part of.

We originally were going to do photographs at the courthouse during and after the adoption finalization.  But I had this idea that photographs at home would be much more special.  It would be much more relaxed and emotional.  What’s more exciting than bringing your son home….to his forever home….for the very first time?  I can’t think of much that can top such an event.  :-D  Check out just a glimpse of their journey here.  Get out your tissues.  It’s a goodie!

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Andrea Harden

Love this!