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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. ;-)

Family Photos Houston, TX

It was a very clear day and would have been the most perfect day, if it was not raining on and off.  I know many of my photographer friends had canceled sessions this very day, but this mom and I decided we would chance it.  Most of the time, I am game and very optimistic about the weather.  Most of the time, I know it has just been my very good luck, but most of the time, if my gut says to press on, we end up with a lovely window to shoot.  And this day was just such a day.  I kid you not….torrential down pouring most of the day….and as I was driving to this session, I could sense just a bit of clarity on the horizon.  And again, we got lucky with the most lovely light….and I got lucky with the most lovely family to photograph!  So easy and their sweet boys…oh, those sweet little boys!  Sure, the oldest made me work a little…or let’s say…run and chase him a bit, but just know that my patience is great and he warmed up to me within about 10 minutes or so and then the magic happened.

Just see for yourself!

Magic. <3

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Meredith Janisch

Love the colors!

Baby Photographer Houston, TX

Is she the most precious baby or what??!!  We were documenting her 4 month milestone.  Her parents have this most fantastic chair in their bedroom and I could no resist putting little miss in it for some photos.  As is with babies her age, she loves to chew on her hand which is so adorable if you ask me.  You’ll be seeing more of this sweet girl soon!  Stay tuned!

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Becky

She is precious!!

Massiel

Beautiful baby girl and that chair is deff fab!!

In Home Family Photography Houston Texas

I try to go outside my comfort zone at least for a few photos at each session.  Most often, I leave my comfort zone just on a whim….it is rarely planned.  I just see it and think…hmmmm….that will be cool and a little different.  And I get that often times being ‘different’ is really just being different for me because as with this photo…there are many dark shadow…faces are not really lit too much…it’s a bit more of a dramatic look…a little more edgy, I would say.  I just happened to be standing in the right place at the moment.  The original plan was to switch to my 50mm lens to get a more close up of the dad tossing up his daughter, but instead, I just peaked through my 28mm lens and decided to keep it a more wide shot and to not blow out the background to expose faces, (which is what I prefer to do and do a lot) instead, I would underexpose just a bit in order to get this look.  I really loved the look more than I expected and I will most certainly do more of (when the right opportunity presents itself) in the future.  What do you think?

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Maricruz Marin

Ohhh AMY…. love this black and white!!

Amy Leigh

thanks girly!!!

Amy Leigh

Thank you so much!!

Vennessa

Sweet Family, love the moment!

Brittney

BEAUTIFUL!

Paige Meyer

Sometimes the unplanned shots are the most unexpected favorites. This is a beautiful shot!

Meredith Janisch

I love this!

Newborn In Home Photography Houston, TX

If you are on the fence about traditional newborn photography, then please consider an in home, lifestyle (or documentary style) photo session instead.  Forget about any props or elaborate set ups…and forget about the session that lasts 2-4 hours, which is common for those types of photographs.

Instead, think…one hour of your time, maybe an hour and a half, max….just you, your family and that precious new arrival in simple, more casual photographs.  Your baby can be brand new or several weeks old.  They can be awake the entire session or if they need a nap, we will get them sleeping.  Please note, that if you would possibly like some sleepy photos of your baby during our session, the best time to schedule your session is within 5 days of birth and even then, I can’t guarantee sleepy baby pics because it is not the goal of this style of photography.  However, in the first days after birth, babies are the most sleepy and will likely sleep more during our session and so the sooner we can book, the greater chance your baby will fall asleep on their own during our session.

There are a few options with these sessions:  1) we can get mostly family photographs and just a few of your baby by themselves.  2) more of the baby by themselves and just a couple of the whole family.  3) mostly the baby and a series of shots with just baby and sibling/siblings (parents don’t have to be in any of the photos)  The point is that the session can be tailored to you and what you want, all for the same price.  Or certainly if you don’t care about choosing, I’m happy to go with the flow once I’m at your home and I’ll surprise you with what I think is best. ;-)

And generally speaking, a one of these newborn sessions will look something like this one that I did recently. Here are a few of my favorites…I know…I have a lot of favorites. hehe

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Love this lifestyle shoot! So sweet and natural :)

I have such admiration for newborn photographers, it’s such a hard skill to master and you did a great job!!

That one of the two kids together… Melt my heart!

As you probably know I am one of your biggest fans! When I get nervous before a session (every time) I come look at how effortless everything is in your sessions. You must be a joy to be around because people respond so well to you! I wish I could afford to travel to you for our family photos!

Gorgeous session–love all the details! The bw of the two sisters is perfect!

Amy Leigh

Thank you so much, Julie!! And thank you for stopping by!!!

Amy Leigh

Oh Stephanie! You just made my day!!! You are too sweet to say these things!! THANK YOU!!!! I get nervous too on occasion….I think it is totally normal! ;-) If you are ever in the area, by all means….let me know!! I’ll do everything I can do fit you in!! XOXO

Amy Leigh

It was no doubt my favorite too!! Thank you!!

Amy Leigh

Thank you so much for the compliment/comment and for stopping by, Jillian!! XOXO

Gorgeous photos – love the candid moments you captured!

Amy Leigh

Sharee, thank you so much for the kind words! And don’t be a stranger! Hope to see you again soon!! ;-)

Amy Leigh

Oh Stephanie!!! you are so very sweet with your words!! I am so grateful for your feedback and it thrills me beyond measure that you enjoy my images. YAY!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I hope to see you around again soon!!! mmuuuaaahhhhhh!!!!!!

Amy Leigh

Jessica, it was most certainly my fave too!!! It was a moment that happened so fast and I was really lucky that I was really paying attention to capture it! You would not know it, but it was shot at like 6400 ISO because the room was so dark….hence the b&w processing was best suited. Thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting on my photography!! Your work is so lovely too! I enjoy following you!

Brittney

Love love love the sweet image of the siblings together! SO special!

Extended Family Portrait Session Houston, TX

It can be hard to get an extended family session organized.  It’s hard enough getting your family session scheduled sometimes, but then to throw in additional family members, well, it can be tough.  But trust me when I tell you that it is worth every bit of effort that is put forth.  I personally feel that the result of the many hours of getting everyone in one place for an hour….will be repaid ten fold once you see the images of everyone.  I feel so lucky to get to be a part of extended family sessions, especially when they include grandparents and grandchildren.  This day, I’m not going to lie, was bitter cold.  I think it was 38 degrees when we did this session.  Lucky for me, we had a lovely indoor space to do many of the pics, but this amazing crew braved the cold (in small increments-ha) in order for us to get some lovely outdoor pics too!  I think they will go down in history as the bravest family….everyone outside with smiles on their faces!  Most certainly it’s the coldest it has ever been for me….shooting outdoors, that is.  But hey, if you are game…I’m game.  I’ll even shoot a family in snow if I had the chance.  Actually, that would be fantastic and super fun!

Anyway….if you are lucky enough to have your parents still here with you, I would encourage you to consider having family portraits made with them!  You will not regret it!

I had so much fun with you guys!  Thank you for letting me spend some time with you and photograph ya’lls amazing family!!!

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Massiel

Your photos always blow me away Amy! You captured this family’s fun /loving personality so well! Love these photos! :)

Amy Leigh

You rock! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving some photo love!!! You made my heart sing!!! ;-)

[…] If you would like to see the first part of this session, you can find it posted here. […]

Lynnsey Dohmen

What a great idea including the whole extended family.

Couples Photographer Houston, TX

Thought I’d throw a curve ball and do an entire collage in b&w.  I thought it looked cool. hehe  But don’t worry…there is a color collage too. Full, bright color. ;-)

This couple was so easy to shoot.  They are getting married next month and I am so very excited.  I don’t take on many weddings a year because quite frankly being away from my family an entire day is not something I want to do on a regular basis.  But my goal is to photograph 3-5 weddings a year.  I think that is reasonable.  I prefer small events of 100 guests or less.  My own wedding was about 75 people….so I have a heart for intimate affairs. ;-)  I know my portfolio of weddings is small, but if you’d like to consider me for your wedding, please contact me and we can chat to see if we are a good fit.

Or maybe you are having a destination wedding and just want engagement photos…??  I’m totally your girl!  I have photographed two couples for their engagement photos who were having destination weddings not photographed by me.  I love doing engagement photos even when I am not photographing the wedding.

Or maybe you are already married you want some anniversary photos or maybe it has been a few years since you and your hubby have had photos made professionally…??  Call me!

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I love the B&W series here!

Amy Leigh

I love black and white photography too when appropriate. ;-)

Child Photographer West University Houston

4 Months old and growing! I’ve had a number of older babies fall asleep during our session recently. It is really the funnest thing really because some newborn photographers (I used to be in this boat) spend an incredible amount of time getting baby to sleep for their photo session. Although I don’t do sleeping baby focused sessions anymore, if your 4 month old decides they need a little nap during our session and mom & dad want a few pics of sleeping baby, by all means, I’m game.  This sweet girl fell asleep twice during our session…once totally on her own while I was shooting her…and then again in her daddy’s arms (after a feed) then we transferred her to the rug in her little mermaid outfit her momma had gotten her.  I think they all turned out so lovely. But, I mean, look at this beautiful child…I don’t thing she could ever take a bad photo.  hehe.

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maylene walker

Awww. This photos are breath taking… just adorable!!!!

Liz Hamm

Love love love!!

Paige Meyer

How cute is she! That mermaid out fit is too much!

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I love these peeps to the moon and back!

It was the most amazing evening….cool and just a hint of breeze.  The light was a photographer’s dream!  We made our way down to an area called The Waterway in a suburb of Houston, called The Woodlands…you may have heard of it.  It’s where the big Exxon campus is being built.  My family moved to this area about two years ago.  We were ‘inner loopers’….vowing at one time that we could never live in the burbs….ha!   Well, as happens with many couples…priorities change and we decided to move out and join the millions of other families that live in the burbs.  I can honestly say without a doubt that I love it here.  I miss our home in Montrose…it was built in 1920 and we have put a lot of heart and soul into and being right smack in the middle of the most incredible restaurants in the city is surely something we miss….but out here it just feels more like home.  Living this side of town has offered me a chance to be closer to some of my favorite people…and these are some of those people.  At least from where I stand, these guys make having three young kiddos look easy.  I said recently that when I was going through their pics it ***nearly*** made me want three kiddos of our own. ha.  I said….nearly.  But really, this crew is one I’d take in a heartbeat if I could.

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Angela

You’re pretty awesome yourself Ms. Amy! <3

Ann

Wonderful Amy!

This family did a GREAT JOB styling clothing and colors. LOVE LOVE LOVE

Amy Leigh

Thank you! It is so nice when clients dress so well!! ;-)

Amy Leigh

Thank you Steph for your beautiful compliment! It does make my job very easy when my photography clients dress so well. hehe ;)

Brittney

These are so fun and I love all the color!

Newborn Photography Houston Texas

I’ve said it before that I am no longer doing fancy prop newborn shoots….not that I did too much of that ever to begin with…and although those types of images are nice and there is most certainly a HUGE market for those, I’ve chosen to only use blankets and wraps in my sessions….and my newborn photography sessions will not focus on spending time getting a baby to sleep…HOWEVER, if your baby is brand spanking new and they want to sleep during our session, fantastic….we will get all photos of your baby sleeping.  ;-)  And if your baby is awake, we will get awake photos.  Either way, I assure you that we will get the most wonderful photographs of your little one!!!

Back to this beautiful baby girl~

I’ve known her mom since high school.  We were even roommates our first year of college in the dorm.  We both ended up having our babies later in life which I love because it is so nice to share in these milestones with such a long term friend. Now if I could just get her and her husband to move to the Northside, I’d be so happy!  hehe

Newborn Photography Houston Texas

Just a little note:  if you want more sleepy baby photos, it will be vital that you schedule your baby’s sessions within 5-6 days of birth, when they are the sleepiest.

Many babies (younger than 2 weeks) will fall asleep on their own at least once during our session, but it is never guaranteed. ;-)

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maylene walker

Simple is better. I love this photo Amy! You don’t need too many props. You ad a photographer can capture everything perfect!!!!

Liz Hamm

I wanna pinch those cheeks! Fantastic captures!

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Ever wonder what a full family session looks like?  It’s about 35-40 photos of your family in a variety of settings.  The session lasts about 45 minutes to an hour.  I don’t like to rush things, but am making a big effort these days to be respectful of your family’s time.  I do like to ‘direct’ the session somewhat.  You’ll never need to worry about what to do.  I had a client recently tell me how much she enjoyed being photographed by me because she can just relax with her family (relatively speaking, as there is always at least a hint of anticipation and anxiety when getting your pic done) during the session.  Part of this is because I’m just a little bit of a control freak.  ha!  Plus, I want you and your family to look your very best in our photographs.  You look good…your family looks good…and of course, I look good…a win win for everyone, right?;-)

I strive to give my clients a mix of some more traditional style photographs where everyone is looking at the camera, but mostly I like to focus (and get the most images) of interaction…funny faces, serious faces and capturing emotion between family members.

Anyway, I have known this mom for many years.  When I worked my ‘corporate’ job, she and I worked together. She likely knows more about me than she would like (worked together over 6 years) and yet still trusted me to take her families photographs this season.  Brave….or maybe crazy.  hehe

I had such a great time with this crew.  I recall when her kids were much younger and would come to our office.  Now they are like little adults now.  (sniff, sniff)  Time flies when you are having fun, eh?

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Meghan

What a sassy looking family! I love the feel of this session. It looks like you all must have had loads of fun! And this location looks great.