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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. ;-)

Children’s Photographer Houston TX

There are some images that I keep going back to over and over and looking…wondering what it is about the photo that I love so much.  I mean, sure, I’m a sucker for photographs in general…and there are soooooo many photographs that I love.  It is ridiculous really.  HA!  I love photographs, especially those of families or children.  This baby’s photograph was just one of those pictures.  Of course, there were a number of photographs from this session that I really love, those for another blog post, but today I just want to post one image…and in black and white.  This sweet boy (and his brother) always have the most wonderful outfits.  Their momma has great style, not only in clothing but you should see the most wonderfully, understated decor in their home….OH MY!! ;-) Anyways, this little guy’s outfit was so adorable!  I most certainly want one for our sweet baby boy when he is a little older.  The photo is a bit unconventional….focused on just a sweet, cuddly baby hand…..and adorable, pinchable cheeks…and just a teaser of those beautiful eyelashes.  He’s doing what most babies do….putting something in his mouth.  HA!  Luckily in this case it is a little cookie we were using as bribery.  I can’t wait to share with you more images from this session soon!

There are so many session that are in the blog que.  Because of the holiday season, I’m basically focused on getting galleries done as quickly as I can and this means that not only the blog gets neglected, but also my Facebook page. Believe it or not, both of those actually take up a lot of extra time, but rest assured, by the middle of Dec., there will be LOTS of new content coming to the blog…so be sure to stay tuned for an abundance of lovely images.

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maylene walker

This is one of my favorite!!!!

Houston Family Photographer seeks assistant

I need an assistant.

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Yep…that’s right.  I’m looking to hire a photography assistant beginning early 2014.  This is a paid position and I’m not exactly sure of number of bookings a week because it varies, but I can guarantee a minimum number with the opportunity to go over.  I’m estimating between 10-18 hours per week, give or take.  I will be interviewing and not just hiring someone for the sake of hiring.  I need just the right person.  This is a contract, part-time position, of course….paid by the hour.

Requirements (for now) are:

1) Must have at least two years working with children.

2) Must live in The Woodlands, TX or within a 5 mile radius, no exceptions.

3) Must have reliable transportation and be timely, to either meet me on location or at my home to travel with me on shoots.

4) Must be easy going, fun, take direction well but have some self directed initiative.

5) Must be physically able to keep up with me during sessions.  And trust me, I am all over the place.  The perfect candidate must be in reasonable physical condition…and tennis shoes are required (no joking here)

I would prefer someone who is not interested in photography.  This will not, and never be, a photography mentoring type position at all.  This is a great position for maybe a student or retiree who just wants a little extra spending money each week.  Someone who enjoys kids and the spontaneity that comes with little ones.  You will be going on actual photo shoots with me. You will be in charge of helping carry gear and such.  You must also be able to act like silly and do funny things during the sessions….including singing and dancing, if needed be.

To apply, please email me at info@photosbyamyleigh.com

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Chrissy Sutherland

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I love albums….in particular, really nice albums.  I offer my clients just that and they are more affordable than you might think.  Albums are a fantastic way to showcase many images from your session in print…all in one place.  These come in a variety of colors….leather or fabric options.  You can also choose imprinting and there is an option for a photo on the front as well.  The photos really do not do service to these books.  This one is size 10×10, but there are many sizes to choose from.  The pages are lay flat and are very thick.  Of course the image color is top notch, too!  You will not be disappointed in these albums!

This particular album was one I made recently for a client that displays photographs over the course of their son’s first year.  I photographed their son when he was a newborn, at 4 months, 8 months and then a year.  Babies grow and change so much during the first year of life and this family will have their favorite milestone images in this album which is sure to be enjoyed for years to come.

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Lynnsey Dohmen

There is our little guy. Simply love this album. The most beautiful one we have.

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This is a moment that just happened.  The photo was not planned.  We were in the middle of trying to get a different photograph and then this moment just happened.  It literally lasted only about 10 seconds….it is moments like this that it is so important to be ready as a photographer.  To not be so caught up in something else….to miss a memory like this.  I mean, I can’t get every single moment.  I’m one person.  Sure, there are many that I miss.  But I really have been striving more than ever to get many captures like this from each session.  To always be ready for the unexpected.  And these are some of the most wonderful images to display in your home as large as you can. ;-)

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In this case, I chose an office setting.  And this is what a 30×40 canvas would look like on an office wall.  It really warms up the space, right? Makes me very happy! ;-)

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Sara Luedecke

The photos that are not planned are the BEST!! So cute!

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This family is loads of fun!  I love when families are comfortable with themselves and truly enjoy life.  You know the saying, ‘a barrel of laughs’?  Well, that about sums this crew up!

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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!

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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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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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Vennessa

I love this bathtime shoot more than anything!