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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. ;-)

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!


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!


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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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!


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!