Oh, the pre-teen years!  Such an exciting, confusing, fun, difficult time in life!  (You couldn’t pay me enough to go back and relive it!)  My generation pretty much just had parents, friends, Childcraft encyclopedias and Judy Bloom to help us through it, but pre-teens today have the internet.  While it can help answer a lot of questions, I think it probably creates just as many and can cause more pressure and confusion.  (While I am so thankful to have social media as great tool today, I am very grateful I didn’t have it while growing up!)  That being said, I think that all the added difficulties for today’s pre-teens make it that much more important that we celebrate this time in life with them.  What better way than to do a fun, sweet photo shoot to let them know how great we think they are?!?!  (And, seriously, they NEED to know that there are photos that aren’t selfies!)

I loved helping to celebrate this awesome eleven year old!  In addition to being super cute, she is smart and so much fun!

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Preteen Photographer Houston TX

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Although I love all maternity sessions (celebrating the miracle of a new life is always awesome!), I especially love maternity sessions that include siblings and other family members!  A mom with her baby belly is absolutely gorgeous and I definitely want to get those shots, but including other family members in the session shows just how much love is surrounding this new baby.  Having the support of your spouse and your baby’s sibling(s) is so very crucial for creating the most joyful, peaceful and comfortable environment when you bring your newborn home.  There is nothing better than knowing that all those around you are giving you all the love and assistance that you and your tiny baby need.

I absolutely love these photos of this sweet family who will be welcoming their newest addition very soon.  You can just see all the love that will greet this precious child!  Lovely big sister is excited for sure!  Even the dog looks happy about welcoming the new baby!  (Maybe it’s just a naturally smiley face, but he does look super happy…I love it!)

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Family Photos Houston Area

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned while doing photography (and in life in general) it’s that each client is different and has his or her own ideas about how their photos should be.  While you can use similar techniques and ideas and have a specific style, you certainly can’t take a cookie cutter approach to any photo session.  For instance, some clients want their whole family to be part of a newborn session while others only want pictures of their precious new arrival.  Some have strong feelings about certain poses and color versus black and white, while others give me carte blanche for the entire session.  As long as I’m not being asked to do something that I feel compromises my artistic integrity (you know, like putting your baby in a lizard suit or something with insane props), I say, “Bring it on!”  I love new ideas and, most importantly, understanding what is going to make my clients 100% satisfied with the pictures I take of their family.

The mother of this precious little one wanted these pictures to be purely and simply all about her gorgeous newborn girl.  I absolutely love that and am more than happy to oblige!

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Houston Newborn Photos

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BASK: 1. lie exposed to warmth and light, typically from the sun, for relaxation and pleasure.
2. revel in and make the most of (something pleasing).

When I look at these pictures, the first word that comes to mind is “basking”.  I love to see women just glowing and reveling in their pregnancy!  This beautiful mamma is absolutely basking in the glow of the sunshine as well as her lovely maternity.  Just like in the second definition, she’s truly making the most of this glorious time in her life.

She’s not the only one basking in the sunshine, however.  Check out this family’s adorable dogs soaking it up and absolutely loving it!  I love the way that dogs find the sunny spot and get that squinty-eyed smiley expression that looks like they’re just in heaven.

This whole family is just awesome!  I can’t wait to capture their new arrival!  I’m sure that they will all be basking in the joy of their sweet newborn soon!

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Maternity Photographs Houston Texas

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I absolutely love seeing older brothers and sisters with their newborn little siblings!  It is so incredibly precious to witness them establishing their relationship and bonding in those first days and weeks after birth.  Getting to photograph them and their parents always makes for an awesome photo session.  Probably because love is what makes the best photos.  Of course, there is always love in a family, but after the birth of a new baby, all the amazing love feelings are off the charts.  No wonder the pictures never fail to turn out so great!

Just check out these guys!  Oh, my goodness, could they be any cuter?!?!  This sweet, adorable big brother is filled with energy as well as loads of love for his new best friend.  It’s clear that these two handsome fellas are instant best buddies and will be so for the rest of their lives!  They will undoubtedly have their moments where they won’t be each other’s favorite person, but nothing will change their brotherly love.

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Newborn Brother Photography Houston

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