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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. ;-)

Houston Newborn Photography

Simply baby…it’s just how I like it.  Clean images that focus on your child…that celebrate the first weeks of life.  Newborn photography that is not about props and fluff….this is what I love and this is what I will focus on exclusively when photographing babies from now on.
I love sleepy baby photos for sure, but I have fallen completely and madly in love with awake baby photos too.  Maybe you missed the window for the posed, all sleepy baby photographs the first days of life.  That’s okay.  Not a problem.  I would love to photograph your new baby even if they are technically not a newborn anymore.  Even at several weeks old, there are some amazing photographs that can be achieved.  I never thought I would ever being saying such.  Up until about a year ago, I truly believe the best photos could only be had when your baby was under 10 days old.  And why that is still actually the absolute best time to photograph your baby if you want the sleepy baby poses and prop photos…it is not necessarily the only time you can have beautiful images of your baby.  I promise.

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lindsey morales

I love how you captured this sweet baby’s innocence

Cortney Ferguson

Oh my. What sweetness. These pictures just make me want to wrap him up and cuddle. Absolutely precious!

In Home Houston Family Photographer

This sweet mom contacted me last year to photograph her family.  She’s actually a VERY talented photographer….she does the most beautiful, styled newborn photos.  Anyways, believe it or not, she had contacted several photographers over the years for her own family photos….all of which turned her business down.  Crazy as it sounds…..there are many photographers out there who will not photograph other photographers.  I know…sounds kinda dumb, right?  Many are afraid of the quote, “competition”.  Like there are any real secrets out there.  Please.  Hello…Google and Youtube.   Well, that’s for another post.  HA!

I, on the other hand, feel incredibly honored and special if another photographer wants to hire me to photograph their family.  I’ve had the privilege of photographing a number of photographers in the last two years and can only hope I will continue to get chosen to do so.  And while I could easily make trades with other photographers for photographs, it’s not in my business model to do so.  If people hire me, it’s because they want ME to photograph them, period…and that does not exclude photographers.  I want to only be fair to each and every one of my clients.  I don’t want people to hire me because they are getting a ‘deal’ or just because I’m willing to trade with them.  I don’t knock anyone who does do this….if this is your business model, great, good for you….but it’s something I decided a while back that I would not do.  Okay…back to the story of this session….

So of course, I was thrilled to be hired for her family portraits last season.  And then this year, we became friends….dear friends.  When I was talking about in home sessions and how I loved them so much one day, she told me that when they moved into their new home, she wanted to have their photos done there this year.  I was so excited.  They just had to sell their home and buy a new one….uh…that took like a week….no joking….the market here in Houston is that good right now.

But then she wanted to have time to get settled and such before we did pictures.  Three months later….we had their session in their new home and let me just say that there were so many amazing photos from this session, that I had to post **almost** all of them here.  hehe

Thank you, sweet friend, for allowing me to capture your family this year again!!

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Mandy

We are absolutely in LOVE with all of the images! You are the best! :)

Teressa

I love how you capture the “truth” of each of them. LOVE the lighting.

These are amazing shots…This baby boy just lights up all the pictures. Don’t get me wrong everyone is beautiful but, his eyes and smile are too cute.

Andrea Harden

Those blue eyes! Love this session’s photos :-)

Lindsey Morales

What an amazing talent you have…absolutely beautiful

regina

I love all of these photos – there is something extra special about in home sessions!

Brittany

These precious girls smiles couldn’t have been caught any better!

Meredith Janisch

Absolutely beautiful!

Holiday Contest | Win A Free Photography Session

A big thanks to everyone who participated!!!

 (Oh, how I have enjoyed reading all the comments and plan to reply to them all this coming week!)

And the winner is:

Vennessa Garner

and the runners up who will receive a Starbucks gift card are:

Shelsea Kinsey & Meghan Masceri 

**winners, I will contact you tomorrow to receive your prizes. <3

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I’m giving away a FREE, that’s right….FREE Simple Session this holiday season. 

( There will also be two additional drawings for $25.00 Starbucks gift cards.  YAY)

I never run contests, but this year has been a very special one since we welcomed our first baby into this world!  I’m feeling terribly sentimental and very generous.  <3

To enter, all you have to do is comment on FIVE specific posts here on my site.  To comment, you will simply click on the small comment tab on the bottom right corner at the end of each post.  This may be challenging from a phone, so I suggest a desktop, laptop or iPad when commenting.;-)  Categories may be found under the portfolio tab at the top of my site.

You MUST comment on:

1) ONE post in the {family} category.

2) ONE post in the {children} category.

3) ONE post in the {pets} category.

4) ONE post in the {in home session} category.

5) ONE post in the {newborn} category.

These five comments will get your name into a hat and there will be a drawing on Oct. 31st to choose a winner!

Please note, to count, comments MUST be at least 5 words in length and must relay either a question or a positive message about the content of the post.

Good luck and happy commenting.  <3

Rules:

One total entry per household.  Winner will be selected at random on Oct. 31st, 2013.  Free Simple session scheduling will ONLY be available for the remainder of 2013.  Session must take place within 30 miles of 77380 or travel fees will apply.  Session includes up to five immediate family members.  Additional immediate family members may be added for $15.00/person.  Five comments equal one entry.  Valid email must be entered to comment.  Winner will be announced here on the blog on Oct. 31, 2013 and will be notified by email on the same day.  If winner does not respond within 7 business days, their winning will be forfeited and a 2nd winner will be drawn and given the prize.  Absolutely no exceptions.  If you are a current client who has already paid for their session this year, I will credit your account in the amount of the Simple session value of $450.00.  For questions, please email me at info@photosbyamyleigh.com.

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Alison Rowe

Wow Amy! Quite generous indeed! Thanks for the opportunity!

Maria Snider

DONE!!! Love your work and I hope I win.

Maricruz Marin

Thank you for this great chance of winning a free session!!

Mary Mitchell

New mommy and you’re doing this??!! WOW! Love the website!

Love your work and perspective! Hard to choose only five.

Laci patten

Done Amy! Thank you for the fabulous opportunity! I enjoyed looking through your posts!

Jackie Adams

Done and love your work! Very generous of you and thank you for the opportunity!

Christine Poteet

Oh what a dream come true it would be to win such a generous gift from such a beautiful talented photographer like yourself! Enjoy that little baby!!!!!!!!

Cortney Ferguson

I think I did it correctly! Thank you so much for this chance to win!

10 for 10 | Houston, Texas Children’s Photographer

It’s the 10th of October, so it’s time to share my 10 on 10 post.  Every month, I participate in a blog circle with several other photographer friends and we all post 10 photos.  Be sure to check out the next photographer’s link at the end of this post.

I’ve photographed a wedding on the beach.  It was in Florida not in Texas.  Most certainly the beaches in Florida prove to be a wee bit more desirable that what we have here in the Houston area.  However, beggars can’t be choosers so even in good ole Galveston, Texas….there are some lovely photographs to be had.  And while it is about location…isn’t photography most about the subject you are photographing?

In this case, we had two sisters.  They were really fun and oh so very easy to photography.  Their super awesome mom had an injured foot and yet braved the sad in her therapeutic boot in order for us to get some fun pics of her girls.  This session was part of a beach shootout that myself and a few other photographer friends attended.  We had a lot of fun and what I learned was that I need to photograph more families on the beach…hint, hint. ;-)

My husband saw these pics and said…wow…those are nice but they don’t look like your traditional editing style.  Well, so cool of him to notice and he is correct.  Why is this?  Well, I rarely shoot in full sun.  And if I do, I try to keep my subjects in the shade.  But at the beach, as you can imagine…that’s a little hard to do, unless I guess you have an umbrella….ha!

So as in these photographs, there was lots of sun rays and I just worked it in.  What do you think?

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Vera

Great beach photos! Full sun or shade, you always take great shots!

Love the images Amy! As always there is lots of emotion in the pictures;)

Maricruz Marin

Awesome job Amy!! You always make it work :)

Seeley

Amy I love these pictures. You captured them beautifully.

Tara Flannery

Gorgeous! And they look like they’re having tons of fun!

These are wonderful! I love the emotion!

Angela

Beautiful photos Amy!

This are gorgeous Amy! Love, Love how you captured the girls having fun on the beach together :)

This is a lovely, sunlight fun session – really wonderful! (you’d never know it was Galveston!)

Alison Rowe

Amy these pictures are gorgeous! The sunlight also made the b&W images pop with beautiful contrast! I guess it didn’t hurt that the subjects are beautiful too!

Shelsea Kinsey

Love these photos! You really capture the fun.

Teressa

I really like the way you capture the moments of fun and happy!!

Jackie Adams

Wow, just amazing work in the sun! Love how you captured a sunflare and the black and whites really are perfection.

Lindsey Morales

its great to see the love captured between siblings…you are truly talented!

Meredith Janisch

Love these pictures! You find a great job!

Puppies, Puppies, Puppies {Houston Pet & Family Photographer}

When I was contacted to do this session I was overjoyed because I don’t get that many pet session inquiries.  Most certainly I would love to photograph more pets….in particular, dogs.  I do have clients who enjoy having their pets join in on their family session, which I absolutely love, but it takes a very special pet owner to invest in professional photographs of just their four legged family members.  I personally have framed professional prints of our pets displayed in our own home and I feel they can be such an additional to your in home photography showcase.

I’m not going to lie…pet’s are not ‘easy’…..I would say they are equally as lively as a toddler.  So, for these sessions, I most certainly have on my tennis shoes and am prepared to get a good workout. :-)

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Alison Rowe

How fun! These look great! That middle b&w image needs to be framed and displayed. Just gorgeous!

Laci Patten

I think my favorite of pets is black and white. I think it tells their silent story. Great pics Amy!

Teressa

WOW! Love the B&W….so much detail!!

Andrea Harden

Gahhh.. I love these. Our four year old pit died expectantly on Saturday evening (literally we went grocery shopping and came home and found him gone). These photos bring back memories of such a happier time when he was here making my family’s life that much more fuller. Miss him, dearly, but love these photos.

I love the way you captured the animals facial expressions. The bright outdoors and natural light is a bonus.

Lindsey Morales

absolutely fabulous pictures of these pups!! I love to see pups getting their pics taken

Dream Session Maternity | Houston Pregnancy Photographer

One thing about me is that I like to keep things simple.  There are many different colors of simple.  What I mean is that I don’t like too much fuss over things in general.  As my dad always said to me growing up, “don’t sweat the small stuff”.  This radiates with me so much lately and in particular in my business.   I’m not one for a bunch of props or (in my opinion) silly, over the top setups that have no real meaning for your family.  We’ve all seen a few of these over the years, surely.  However, there is nothing wrong with having a vision of our session.  Having ideas of what you’d like your photos to look like…think more clothing and location…not props or sets.  I love input.  If you have it, great.  If not, rest assured, I have more than enough locations in my back pocket and plenty of ideas when it comes to clothing selection.  Your own vision or not, I have an amazing session waiting for you. ;-)  Most certainly I love shooting at fabulous locations.  So, if you know of one…by all means, let’s go there and shoot your session!  For this session, my client wanted to have the session at her family farm where she grew up.  Very cool, right? :-)  And furthermore, if you want to have special made clothing for our shoot…YES!  Please go for it!  As with this session, my client had a custom dress made.  Certainly this is a very special occasion of a baby on the way.  Maternity photos (sometimes) only come once in a lifetime for some, so it’s okay to make them EXTRA special.  I would certainly not expect any client to have custom clothing made for a session, but hey, if you want to…I say do it.  If you want to spend a little extra on a special hair piece….YES!  Do it!  There are so many fun options on Etsy.  As did my client for this session.  Very cool.  She’s a cool girl, what can I say.  hehe.  xoxo  But be sure that these are things that represent YOU or whomever will be wearing them.

So even though I like to keep things simple, I very much enjoy when my clients take a little extra care in selecting what they will wear for our session.  If you are investing in custom photography, why not go the extra mile and do something a little special?  Anyway…here is a sneak peak of this glorious, magical maternity session I recently shot.  Dreamy, eh?  Stay tuned.  More to come from this session soon….including horses!!

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Alison Rowe

These images are gorgeous! That location is amazing! Nice job!

Teressa

Although I’m especially partial to the expectant mommy, I absolutely love the way you used the light to make this feel so dreamy. Some of the best maternity photos!! Ever!!

For the Love of a Sister | Houston Children’s Photographer

Twins….Hearts entwined.…So we grew together
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
But yet an union in partition,
Two lovely berries moulded on one stem…
~William Shakespeare


It is hard to believe that I have been photographing these two sweet peas since their birth two years ago.  Time flies when you are having fun, eh?  I actually photographed their big brother for the first time while they were in their mommy’s tummy.  What a joy to watch them all grow into little people with each such unique, distinctive personalities.  It’s such a beautiful phenomenon.  And as if that is not sweet enough, seeing the love and bond between siblings is always such a marvelous site….always giving a glimpse of brightness in this often times dark world that we live in.  Hope this brightens your day!

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Carla

These images are super sweet and tell an even sweeter story :)

Shelsea Kinsey

How cute is that? beautiful sibling love!

Vennessa Garner

I love the sunlight in the hair…What time of day is best for this?

precious brother and sister!!! love these!

Andrea Harden

Simply adorable! I know ALL about daughters :-)

Had to stop at these twins! They are absolutely adorable – great light and bright photos!

regina

Beautiful lighting! Love that you captured this special bond!

Hospital Newborn Photographs with Video

I never owned a video camera.  I mean, I’m a photographer, not a videographer.  HA!  I’ve always had a thing for pictures not video.  Well, until I got pregnant….blah…blah…blah.  Then….two things happened in those first few months of being pregnant.  First, a friend of mine who is a wedding videographer and photographer showed me this sweet video he took of his friend’s baby years ago.  I don’t even recall why he showed me the video….but I am so glad he did!  I found myself watching the video over and over.  It was just so lovely…and he had just been playing around.  I began to think….hmmm…I think I want a video camera for when the baby comes.  Sure, photographs will still be our primary source of memory keeping, but I know that I will want some video…and not just phone video.  Then the 2nd important thing happened.  While photographing a birth, I was handed the family’s video camera to also use as I desired, which I did.  Long story, short…I videoed part of the actual birth and also shot some video after the birth.  And I will admit, that juggling both a video camera AND a regular camera during a ‘you don’t get any 2nd chances for a shot’  birth is much more challenging than I want to deal with on a regular basis.  I will (at least for now) keep birth photography…just that: Birth Photography.  Then…this REALLY got me thinking…

I’ve been shooting births for over three years now.  I know not everyone is interested in full out birth pictures…I get it.  Furthermore, there are lots of people who are not really interested in the traditional, professional newborn photos.  I’ve been offering Fresh 48 Sessions for a while which are photographs taken after the baby is born (within 48 hours of birth) at the hospital, but have not had many takers on these sessions to my surprise.  So I thought I would try to ‘jazz up’ these sessions a bit.  Why not use my new video camera to incorporate video with photographs with these sessions.  It’s nothing new or innovative really.  There are a couple of photographers out there who have been offering similar for a while….but in the Houston area, I don’t know of anyone offering these sorts of combo sessions in a hospital setting.  So, I decided to give it a try.  I’m calling these sessions “Birth Story Sessions: photograph & video narrative of your baby’s arrival” for now until I can come up with some really creative, crafty name for them.  I am still offering traditional “Fresh 48 Sessions” for those who simply want photographs only.:-)

This entire idea really came at the worst possible time….I was nearing the end of my pregnancy when I decided to go for it and offer this new type of session.  I know…I am crazy like that.  I knew it was now or never.  If I didn’t just go for it, I might never actually do it.  So I had to work fast.  hehe.  I had to get the ball rolling so that as soon as I was off maternity leave, I could start offering these sessions.

I shot this first birth story when I was basically almost 9 months pregnant.  And the 2nd one I shot only two weeks before our little buglet made his entrance into this world.  I know, I told you I was crazy. HA!  It’s only now that my world is settling down a bit, that I am so excited to announce these session offerings.

I’ve shot only two of these in hospital sessions so please don’t judge too harshly my video skills…I still need lots of practice.  However, I think you will get the idea from these two Birth Story Sessions.  For now, I am ONLY offering these combo video/photography sessions at the hospital (or at home ONLY if your baby was born at home) after your baby has been born.

I am not offering any video sessions at home or for older babies/children or families just yet.  I will likely offer those at the beginning of 2014, but only for families with babies age three months to a year old, but not yet walking.  I will be doing a model call for a few of these sessions so stay tuned and maybe your family could be chosen for a freebie.  <3

Birth Story Sessions will include:

-Both include at least a 5 minute (downloadable) video with both video clips, narrative (audio) clips and photographs taken from our session

(however, I expect the average video will be closer to 8-10 minutes in length)

-at least 12 full resolution images (hand edited) with print release from the session

-up to 1 hour allotted for session

You will notice that the first video does not have narrative clips added.  It simply has music added.  However, you will see that the second video does have some narrative from the parents added into the video.   You can choose to add narrative or not.  I actually love some narrative.  I think it adds a much more personal touch, but it’s whatever you prefer.  We discuss what you feel would be most meaningful to you to verbalize on your video.  I have lots of ideas on that…from recollections of the actual birth to how you chose your baby’s name….and so on.

Because I am still building my portfolio for these types of sessions, I am offering a big discount to the first 5 families who would like their own Birth Story Video.

Birth Story Video portfolio building price is $325.00

This is a rock bottom price for such a package, so please do not delay in contacting me well before your due date if you’d like to book one of these sessions. :-)

Birth Story #1 (without narrative)

Birth Story #2 (with narrative)

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Hospital Newborn Photographs with Video
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Hannah Waters

What a special moment captured!Videos are so differnt and special. Such a unique idea for the birth of a child.

10 on 10 | Houston Family & Newborn Photographer

Becoming a big brother or sister is a very exciting thing….maybe if you are like 10.  But when you are two and a half, it takes you a while to warm up to this new little person who is consuming much of what used to be ‘your’ time with mom and dad.  Now all that attention that used to be only for you must now be shared and that is not so fun and exciting…at least not at first.  I’m not sure any amount of preparation can really prepare a child for such a change.  It’s not until the new arrival comes home that the reality hits and it can be very challenging for a while until the older sibling adjust.  And this is totally normal.  But more often than not…eventually with a little (or a lot) of patience…the older sibling will eventually come around and begin to actually find common ground with their new brother or sister.  So was just the case when I went to photograph this wonderful family who I’ve had the privilege of getting to know this last year.  Big sis was not having much…well, anything (ha!) to do with little brother.  We just wanted to get a few shots of them together.  Rest assured all sorts of patience along with some bribery proved unsuccessful.  And then, in a moment when most would have not even been paying much mind….one moment when we had pretty much concluded that we would not get any pics of the two children together….one moment….which was about a mere 60 seconds, there was a small glimmer of sisterly love that occurred.  The lighting may not have been perfect and maybe there were not any big smiles or anyone looking at the camera…but I captured the most beautiful moment and for that I am so grateful.  Sweet big sister touching her new sibling so tenderly.  Something so simple, yet so endearing.  These are the photographs I so enjoy taking and I know will be cherished for years and years to come. <3

I am part of a little photographer group called 10 on 10 where we share 10 images (I always tend to have a few more than that-ha!) that are memorable to us.  Please follow the circle to the next blog, leave a comment and show us all some LOVE!!
Next up is…Jenne Vazquez

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lovely family moments, did you use a remote shutter?

This is simply beautiful, but evenmoreso, the post is on point. Although they are obsessed with each other now, it took my two year old a little while to warm up to our newborn daughter, Abby.

Hannah Waters

What a sweet sibling moment!

I love the natural shots…the family is sharing a beautiful moment with one another and you captured each sweet detail. <3

Scrolled through your newborns – I think this one is my favorite :) The little girl with those eyes! Reminds me of my Addy, love them!