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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Life with little boys is so much fun!  It’s also exhausting, exciting and a really great workout if you attempt to keep up with them!  I only have one and he’s a wild little handful on his own.  I can only imagine if he had another boy as his partner in crime.  I’ve witnessed through my family, friends and clients that having two or more boys can really get crazy!  (I know this isn’t limited to boys as there are plenty of wild little girls too!  But for the purpose of this session’s post, I’m focusing on those with XY chromosomes.)

Just check out this gorgeous family with their two adorable, rambunctious boys.  These cuties were all over the place and so much fun!  I’m pretty sure we all burned some calories with this session!  SO MUCH ENERGY!  I love it!

(P.S.  If you’re hesitant to get family pictures because you think your kids (particularly boys) won’t “behave” for them, don’t even worry about that!  I want your family “as is” and will capture amazing photos whatever the situation!  Don’t worry, I can keep up with the boys! 😀 )

Outdoor Family Photography Houston

Outdoor Family Photography 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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There truly is nothing that compares to bringing your newborn baby home and settling in to your new family arrangement.  All the activity of the birth itself gives way to a peace of being home with a child you’ve been anxiously waiting to meet for the past nine to ten months.  Now, it’s not all peaceful, of course.  Although the majority of this newborn’s time (and hopefully a healthy amount of yours) will be spent sleeping, there’s also some crying, feeding, gassiness and pooping mixed in…but that’s just the normal stuff you’re probably expecting.

If you have other children, especially if they’re still quite young themselves, the newborn experience becomes an entirely different situation.  You’ll have all of the typical newborn things compounded with siblings who either want everything or nothing to do with the new baby and still have all their own complex needs.  This new dynamic will probably make your life feel like a reality TV social experiment.  Your day-to-day life will most likely vary between some of the sweetest moments you’ve ever known to some of the most frustrating and chaotic.  But it’s beyond compare and you’ll love your beautiful mess!

These pictures certainly show the beauty rather than any mess!  Such a gorgeous family of five!

Newborn Home Photography Houston

Newborn Home Photography 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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