Isn’t it amazing to think that we were all once at an age when discovering our feet was one of the most exciting and incredible things?!?!  I love how young babies learn and play by exploring whatever is closest to them (or attached to them) and each new thing, no matter how small or mundane it seems to us, is so very entertaining to that child.  This is why I think it’s so important to take photos at every stage and why I love taking “milestone” photos during that first year.  (I don’t even mean for you to have pictures taken by me, although I’d love to take them 🙂 , but just to photograph these moments on your own.)  There are so many changes in such a short span of time and it’s wonderful to be able to look back and remember the beautiful new discoveries your child was making.  (You probably can’t document EVERY single one, but you’ll only regret the photos you didn’t take!)

This adorable baby has the best expressions!  She was so fun to photograph as she just seemed to have a blast with each and every little thing around her, especially her perfect squishy feet!

Woodlands Baby Photos

Woodlands Baby Photos

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

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When a woman becomes a mother, it can often feel as though her identity has been somewhat hijacked by the sweet little being(s) she brought into the world.  She allows her own needs and desires to be secondary to those of the life she carried inside her for 9-ish months.  Now, a mother should certainly put her children’s needs above any selfish desires of her own, but like the instructions for oxygen masks on a plane, you have to take care of yourself in order to be able to take care of anyone else.

It’s difficult water to navigate, trying to figure out who you are as a woman after having a baby.  Finding the balance of self and others is difficult even if you aren’t a mother, but giving life to a child forever alters your sense of “self”.  If you ever take a “selfie” it probably now includes your child as well, but it’s more likely that the photos you take are predominately of just your children.

With that said, I’m trying to make it a point during every family session in 2016 to take at least a few photos of each beautiful momma by herself.  I hope this makes these women feel gorgeous, celebrated and loved for the amazing women they are! <3

Spring Family Photos

Spring Family Photos

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

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If you’ve looked through any of my posts and photos, you’ve probably gathered that I LOVE color.  LOVE IT!  Bright, vivid, beautiful colors really make photos pop and glow. (“Pop and glow” sounds like some sort of crazy product name. I guess I’m thinking of “Mop & Glo” floor cleaner…does that still exist? I just Googled it and, yes, it does. ANNYWAY.)  What you may not see as often from me is that I also have a dark side.  (No, I don’t have a Darth Vader or Kylo Ren alter ego.  I won’t be using The Force to control your family to do what I want you to do in your photos.  Although that would be a handy tool to have at my disposal!)

My “dark side” is that, in addition to loving color, I also love black and white photos.  (I know, huge letdown.  You were hoping for something really scandalous I’m sure.  But you try coming up with something different to write about for each of these posts! 😛 )

Just check out this gorgeous family in some of my favorite black and white photos of them!

Family Portraits Woodlands

Family Portraits Woodlands

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

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I just love happy babies!  (I know, I know.  Who DOESN’T love happy babies, right?  But, seriously, it’s such an awesome experience to do a photo shoot with a cheerful, good-natured baby!)  There are so many factors (hunger, poop, sleepiness, etc.) that affect the mood of any child at any given time, but some children do seem more inclined to have a happier disposition in general.  (Of course, ALL of my clients’ children are 100% awesome though!)  I certainly don’t think a smile should be plastered to the face of every person in every photo (and some of my favorites don’t include any smiles), but when smiles are genuine they are so lovely.  Happiness isn’t about “saying CHEESE!”, it’s an overall sense of contentment that’s visible whether someone is smiling or not.  (For some reason I’m reminded of the quote: “Happiness is like peeing in your pants. Everyone can see it but only you can feel its warmth.” 😛 )

This sweet little girl seems so happy and content!  She is such a doll and a perfect subject to photograph!

Child Photos HoustonChild Photos HoustonChild Photos Houston

Child Photos Houston

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

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I’m sure I’ve mentioned plenty of times how much I love my job.  I realize how blessed I am to be able to make a living doing something that I’m passionate about.  So, on any given day, I would tell you that I love my job.  On days like the one I photographed below, though, “love” is just not a strong enough word for how I feel about what I’ve worked hard to be able to do.  Sessions like this elevate my “love” of my job to something that transcends my vocabulary at the moment.  These parents and their sweet little girl are just a joy to be around and have such a terrific ease about them.  Photographing this awesome family was such a blast and all the elements came together to make for a wonderful shoot!

(P.S. This session was so much fun and there were too many great shots for just one post, so I’ll be posting more tomorrow in “Part 2”.  Be sure to come back to view more fun!)

Woodlands Outdoor Family Photos

Woodlands Outdoor Family Photos

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

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