Newborn photo sessions are always precious (because all newborns are precious, of course!), but there is just something so wonderful about being there at the very first moments.  By “very first moments” I mean within the first 48 hours after birth, when parents and siblings are just becoming acquainted with this perfect new little being.  It’s a sacred time of initial bonding and oh-so-beautiful connections, with nursing, cuddling and all the fabulous feelings that come with a new baby.  (It’s not quite as raw and intrusive as some may consider full-on “birth photography”, so it’s a nice compromise if you want very early pictures of your newborn in the hospital or birth center, but also want a little more privacy and time to “pretty yourself” up a bit 🙂 .)

This family is so sweet and you can see how taken these two gorgeous big sisters are with their new little sister, Emmeline.  (Such a lovely name!)  These three girls will experience so much together over the years and share a bond like they’ll have with no one else.  It’s so incredible to be able to document the moments when this bond first began!

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At eight months old, babies really start having and being FUN!  I mean, they’re wonderful from the get-go and always have cute things they do, but it seems like eight months is where they really start getting interested in and into EVERYTHING. (And keeping you on your toes at all times, of course!)  Scooting, crawling, pulling up, standing, “furniture walking”…these are things that many babies this age start doing and can’t get enough of.  They just wanna move!

Notice I said, “many babies” not “all babies”.  It’s kind of funny to read the milestones that tell you the typical things that babies of a certain age are doing, then there’s always the disclaimer that “all babies are unique and do things at their own pace”.  That part was usually a bit reassuring for me, as I have a son who has definitely done things at his own pace!  He’s absolutely brilliant, but he has had his own developmental timeline from the beginning!

With her wide-eyed, inquisitive expressions, this beautiful eight month old certainly looks like she’s ready to get into something!

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Child Photographer Woodlands Texas

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 I just did a quick look back through my posts and I can’t believe that it has been so long since I posted any maternity session photos!  (Not sure why, since I do so LOVE the gorgeous baby bumps!!!  I’ve just had so many different sessions that I also love!  Have I ever mentioned that I LOVE my job?  Lots of “love” today!)  So what better way to bring back pregnancy posts than with this gorgeous family in their amazingly vivid colors!?!?  I can’t tell you how much I adore their color choices for this shoot!  Talk about making a perfect pregnant belly “pop” even more, how fabulous is mom’s dress?!?!  And sweet big sister in her adorably coordinated outfit could not be cuter!  The new little blessing who’s one the way is not just being born into an incredibly loving family, but a fashionable one as well!

I know I gush all the time about how wonderful my clients are, but seriously, I have THE BEST clients!

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Houston TX Area Pregnancy Photographer

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE newborn photo shoots with a young sibling!  It is just the sweetest thing to witness and capture this tender new relationship that is developing. (Although sometimes it is less “tender” and more “heavy handed”, e.g. “please, please, PLEASE be careful with your baby sister!”, especially if the older sibling is a rambunctious little boy!)  Thankfully, in this lovely family’s photo shoot it was all sweetness with this adorable little guy and his tiny newborn sister.  Seriously, just check out the pictures to see how precious they are together and how absolutely darling this mom and dad are with their two little loves!

In-home newborn sessions are some of my favorite as they always take me back to that sacred time spent with your newborn in the first special days of his or her life.  I can remember just basking in all the post-baby bliss after my son was born.  There are certainly tons of memorable moments throughout your child’s life, but nothing quite compares to those first days enjoying your “babymoon”!  I’m not saying it’s all easy (there’s A LOT of icky, painful and downright bizarre after-baby stuff you likely weren’t prepared for) but the time spent with your newborn is so brief and beautiful that you have to savor it!

Houston Newborn Sibling Photographer

Houston Newborn Sibling Photographer

Houston Newborn Sibling Photographer

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I never really know what kind of pictures I’m going to get when doing underwater photography of children.  I think they’re all pretty fantastic, as they capture the fun of jumping into a pool, the carefree nature of youth and the unique beauty of underwater perspective, but there is no clear way to “direct” while underwater and usually the “poses” are just fun and unplanned.  In most cases, arms and legs are splayed in whatever fashion my young clients can manage at the time.  I love seeing what wacky contortions they come up with!

The beautiful little girl in the pictures below, however, was probably the most graceful child I’ve ever photographed underwater and appeared to be doing her own water ballet!  Her flexibility and pointed toes are just perfection!  We may have a future Olympic synchronized swimmer in our midst!  I think she is just fabulous and hope you enjoy these shots as much as I do!

(Thanks to Wikipedia, I now know that at the turn of the 20th century, synchronized swimming was known as “water ballet”.  The sport simultaneously developed in Canada and Germany, with the first competition held in Berlin in 1891.  Not only a sport, it was also often a popular addition to Music Hall evenings.  In some of London and Glasgow’s larger variety theaters there were on-stage water tanks for the purpose!)

Underwater Child Photography Woodlands TX

Underwater Child Photography Woodlands TX

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