It is always interesting to go into a newborn shoot and not know what to expect or how it’s going to go.  (This is kinda true for all types of sessions, but newborns present their own challenges since they pretty much just do what they want and you have to figure out how to give it to them so that they’ll give you great pictures!)  If you’re the kind of person who thinks something along the lines of, “Oh, a baby’s a baby…he will probably just sleep and you’ll snap some pictures…no biggie…” well you couldn’t be more wrong!  (I’m pretty sure that people who feel that way are probably not reading a family photographer’s blog though, so I doubt any of you feel that way.  It just seems like there might be people out there who don’t realize how complex and particular these tiny newborns can be.  Just sayin’:).)

Anyway!  One of the many differences I find with the newborns I photograph is that some love to be sprawled out, free and unencumbered and others love to be swaddled.  I love them all, but I have a special place for those who love to be swaddled.  If you’re wondering why, just take a look at this gorgeous little fella below and see how precious he looks swaddled up all cozy and content!

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Newborn Photos Houston

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I’m pretty sure I might have mentioned this before, but extended family photographs are some of my favorites to capture.  (There’s a chance that I might have said that about every kind of photograph I take!  Taking pictures of all people truly is what I love!  Whatever I’m photographing at the time is likely my favorite!  hehe!)

Anyway…what I really love about extended family pictures are the generations that are represented in them.  It’s amazing to think how different the world is for the youngest person pictured versus the oldest (and all the people in between).  Each generation deals with their own unique challenges and expectations.  The world into which the oldest was born differs vastly from the one the youngest knows.  Things that are commonplace to the current generation were unheard of during the childhood of their grandparents (and, in many cases, even their parents).  Although there are so many differences between these generations, those things are all irrelevant when is comes to love.  Love is the same from generation to generation.  It is eternal, infinite and beautiful.

It is the love within a family that I want on display when I photograph them.  This gorgeous family below is full of love for one another, from the oldest to the youngest.  Hopefully, future generations will be able to look back at these photos of their “ancestors” and see the love that helped bring about their own existence.

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Extended Family Portraits Spring Texas

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There is undeniably a special bond between siblings that starts from the first moment the older child is aware of the younger child’s existence.  Certainly there are bittersweet and complex feelings associated with bringing another child into the family, but love is overwhelmingly the predominate emotion felt.  It is so touching and beautiful to get to photograph a new baby with his older sibling.  This is especially true when that older sibling is a sister who is already head-over-heels in love with this new little life!

I just cannot look at these pictures without falling in love all over again!  As if this adorable newborn little boy isn’t precious enough, his beautiful sweetheart of a big sister is just incredible!  Together they are pure sweetness and love!  What a fortunate little guy to have such an amazing older sister to help take care of and adore him!  The parents of these two know how blessed they are to have two healthy gorgeous children with the added benefit that their firstborn is in love with and helps care for the new baby!  What more could you ask for?!?!

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Newborn Portrait Photographer Houston

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One of the reasons I love doing extended family photo sessions is that grandparents tend to beam while holding their grandchildren.  They don’t seem to be able to help it.  I don’t know of any actual scientific studies that have been done to rate a person’s happiness before and after they became a grandparent. (There very well may be such studies that have been done…I’m just not personally aware of them.  Of course, writing this made me want to look it up and, in so doing, I found this article about it.  Apparently, there are these kind of studies.)  From my vast informal research, however, I’d say there is a direct correlation between having a grandchild and being a happier person.

If you’re looking for evidence on which I base my findings, you can check out any of the extended family photos I’ve taken.  They’ll all lead you to the same conclusion:

Grandchildren = Happiness.

Take the pictures below, for instance.  The pride and joy written all over these grandparents’ faces is just exquisite!  These smiles are so pure, beautiful and filled with love…a true sign of happiness.

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Family Photos Houston

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I have taken more maternity photos than I could possibly count and I know I’ve previously gushed about how much I love pregnant ladies and their beautiful bellies.  For some reason, however, with each maternity session I shoot, I’m always surprised at just how much I adore radiant mommies-to-be!

I probably shouldn’t be so affected by them.  I’ve done this enough times that that “new belly smell” should have worn off (errr…maybe that’s a weird way to put it…I swear I don’t smell anyone’s belly…it’s just the expression that seemed to fit…sort of 😛 ).

Anyway, what I really mean is that when I look at these women I see so much more than a belly.  I see a beautiful, excited, expectant mother with a new life growing inside her.  No two are the same.  Each one represents a unique life (or lives) that will make his or her (or their) mark on the world.  I wish that I could watch the whole life story play out for each mother and child!  If only that were possible!  The closest I can get is to capture some of the lovely moments when mother and baby are the closest they can possibly be.

It doesn’t get much lovelier than this!
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Pregnancy Photographs Houston

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