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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. ;-)

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I’ve said it many times before.  Shooting in full sun is really hard.  I mean really hard!  In particular when you are shooting a family with kids.  I would say that shooting an adult or teenager would be a much easier task.  Why you ask?  Well, when shooting in full sun, it’s so much more vital that the subject is in just the right spot and preferably will stay in that certain spot while photographs are taken.  With kids, it’s (as you can imagine) difficult to get kids to stay in one spot.  Plus, I don’t really want them to.  I prefer to shoot children in a more fluid,  natural state.  Within reason.  I’ll sort of get them in a general location, but then allowing them to just sort of ‘do their thing’ whatever that is at the moment.  I find that the most beautiful photographs are the ones that truly capture the personality and nature of your child.  There is not as much wiggle room as we will call it like in the case of shade, where the lighting is basically the same no matter where the subject is.  The very reason that I personally would always prefer to shoot at sunset or just before sunrise.  I shoot in full manual mode 100% of the time.  No joke.  I say this not because that’s better necessarily or to try to make it seem like I am all that.  I’m not by a long shot.  However, I find that shooting in full manual mode ALL the time is the only way that I am able to 99.9% of the time get the right exposure for each image.  Full manual mode (at least for me) means toggling/changing focus point, changing ISO as needed, changing aperture as desired and almost constantly adjusting my shutter speed with almost every image.  Yep…that’s a lot of different things to think about, but with practice, like with anything else…you can do it in your sleep.  HA!  And that also applies when I am shooting personal pics, too.  I’m a little bit of a control freak…I admit.  So manual mode, all the time, in 100% of the cases works best for me.  And when it comes to shooting in full sun, I would say that it is completely vital that you shoot in manual mode (especially if you are not using a flash, which I do not) to achieve the best images.   Opinions will vary, but I also don’t mind sun flare in your images.  Not in every image, of course, but I do love sun flare when shooting in full sun.  You can avoid flare and haze by the way you position your lens to the sun or throw on a lens hood to help avoid all haze, but I like to quickly have the option to have sun flare/haze or not.  You can see in this series of images that I took recently of this beautiful family at the beach, there are some images that have sun haze/flare and some do not.  The ones that do not were shot while myself and the subject were in the shade.  Some of them with flare were shot with myself and my subjects in full sun.  I also prefer to always face my subject to be in front of the bright sun and I face the sun so that the subject is more backlit.  Everyone likes different photograph styles.  This is just mine.  Some pros would argue that you should never have flare or haze in photographs, but this is why there are so many photographers out there with different styles who are equally as successful.  I personally don’t think one is right or wrong, it’s just what you like.  <3

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Alison Rowe

What a beautiful family! I absolutely adore the b&w image of the mother and baby! Great job Amy!

Maria Snider

Love this family session. The light is gorgeous!

Jill Gregory

I love the beach location. Fun to do something different! Gives a very relaxed feel to each photo.

Crystal C

Oh dear, just LOVE these

Meredith Janisch

OMG…these are beautiful!

Eight is Enough..??? | Houston Tx Family Photographer

Eight is Enough???…maybe or maybe not. :-)

Of course when this mom first contact me months before our session and she told me that she had six children, of course, one of the first things that popped in my head was that television show from (what seems like) an eternity ago.  Some of you will know which one I am talking about.  hehe

The show Eight is Enough, of course. The show only ran for a few years and it was not until it was in reruns that I watched it.

Anyway…some photographers might be taken back or nervous about photographing a large family, but I can honestly say that it does not phase me one bit.  I enjoy photographing families of all sizes.  One child or six…or eight…or even nineteen…no problem!  I’m your girl.  Okay…so if you have six or eight toddlers, I will likely bring an assistant….or maybe two (he! he!), but I would love to photograph your family!

Photographing older kids is really fantastic.  They are very easy in some ways, but it’s not as easy as you might think because older children tend to be more reserved during photos.  Ah…we all recall our own awkward teen years, right?  This family surprised me.  I like a surprise now and then. :-)  Each of these children were so comfortable in front of the camera and were very accommodating when I wanted them to be a little silly.  They made the entire session just feel like pure fun…not work in the least.  And that was really cool!!  I really enjoyed the little glimpse into what it’s like with so many kiddos….never a dull moment, for sure, in this household.

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courtney moore

What a fun session! This family looks like lots of fun. I love the silly faces and the one where they’re kissing mom :)

Cortney Ferguson

As a mommy of 4 young ones, I absolutely adore this shoot! I feel like the sweetness, chaos and craziness of a larger family was captured amidst the greatest thing which is love. More people, more love to go around :)

Colorful Baby Boy Photographs | Houston TX Baby Pictures

I am officially one of those photographer moms with like a thousand photographs already of my baby boy and he is only less than two months old now.  These photographs were actually taken a few weeks ago when he was officially four weeks old.  I’ve caught little smiles here and there, but this week was the first week where he was really beginning to respond to mine and his daddy’s voice.  This particular day I just caught him after a diaper change in a very good mood.  I mean, he is a relatively happy baby overall…but just like you and I, babies have highs and lows…of sorts.  And at this age each day is filled with new advances as I will call them.  Just like most babies, our little ‘bug-lit’ as I call him, is becoming his own little person and discovering himself and the world around him.  It’s so fun to watch and photograph, even though I am trying really hard to be a mom first and photographer second…meaning that I want to not miss the experience because I was taking photos, you know?  I want to find a happy balance between BEING in the moment and capturing the moment.  And furthermore, capturing the moment and not staging the moment.  The old me would have wanted to change his outfit before taking his pics, but most certainly I would have very likely missed the entire moment if I had done that.  And I admit that this particular, brightly colored striped onesie was not something I would have ever thought to dress him in for official pictures; I’m not giong to lie, there was a split second when I thought maybe I should change him real fast…but then I was like, that’s nuts!   As you mommy’s know oh too well, especially you photographer moms….when there is a photo moment, you better just grab your camera as fast as you can and just start snapping and hope that the moment has not fully passed.   blah. blag. blah.  This was one of those moments when our sweet boy was just kicking his legs, moving his arms and making all sorts of faces.  I was so happy to catch at least some of this milestone…and in the end I kinda liked the stripes on him.  As my mom said, ‘he looks so good in bright colors’. :-)  I guess she was right.  Imagine that…mom being right.  HA!

And in case you are wondering….I purposely did not Photoshop my little guy’s face.  I prefer not to do to much Photoshopping at all on babies and kids.  I want to remember the little, what most would call, imperfections….like to keep it real like that.  Isn’t that what we love about our children…that they are perfectly imperfect…a lot like their parents.  <3

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Vera

Hey Amy! I’m so glad you’re enjoying these first months with that adorable baby boy. He really is precious!!

He is so cute. I love his red hair. Beautiful pictures.

What a beautiful baby!! LOVE these images!

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Tara

Love him! Such a precious baby & I love his red hair!!

Oh I just LOVE seeing your baby boy in all these fabulous pictures. You are just going to love having all of these :) Beautiful!

He is such a cutie!! Welcome to being that mom with a camera 24/7 haha

Boys Will Be Boys | Houston Child Photographer

We didn’t have really any little boys in the family when I was young.  I have one sister and my cousins that I mentioned in the last post were all girls.  Come to think of it, I don’t recall any boy cousins that I was around at all.  The first little cousin that was a boy was my cousin Jared…who had two sisters.  ha.  I would babysit them when I was in college.  Sure, there were other boys born in the family, but not ones that I was around and there were many little boys at church and school, but that was different.  So…what’s the point?  hehe.  Well, it’s ironic now…after all these girls… that now my sister has a little boy….my cousin has a little boy and now we have our own little boy.  I guess it’s time for some more boys in our family.

No…this cutie below is not related to me, but as I not photograph boys, I’m trying to be much more in tune with the boy vibe because although the boys in our family are all under 3 right now…they are growing up very fast and I want be ready for what’s in store when it comes to boy ‘stuff’. :-)

I got to photograph this handsome fella here just a few weeks before our sweet baby boy was born.  Yes, I had many sessions even at the end of my pregnancy…what can I say…?  I love what I do.  Anyway, this young’n was a little shy at first.  I would say, from my experience, most boys being photographed are…even the teens.  But very quickly after some very silly talk from me, he slowly came out of his shell…and we had a really good time.  He even had a change of outfits, which I thought was really cute that he got to pick which he wanted to wear.  Kuddos to his momma for giving him the choice!!

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Chrissy

This little boy is very photogenic. Adorable as well.

Meredith Janisch

Absolutely love the shot of the clouds in the background! So awesome!!!

Fun | Houston TX Maternity Photographer

Since having my own baby just weeks ago, I’ve been so sentimental about family.  These are a few shots I took of my cousin almost a year ago now while she was pregnant with my second cousin, a baby girl we call Rae.  I came across these photos in a recent computer file purge, that was very overdue and remembered how much I loved them and had not posted them to the blog.  I recall that day like it was yesterday.  We had planned on a nice, relaxed little maternity session with lovely weather.  But about 30 minutes into it….it came a terrible rain storm.  We didn’t get as many photos as I would have liked that day, but we still managed to get some really good ones, in particular of my cousin and her fabulous baby bump by the pool.  You can see some of those here:-)

Anyway….

My sweet baby boy and Rae (baby in the belly shown here:-)) will actually end up being in the same grade which will be fun.  They will grow up together and hopefully be friends.  Sure, if they were both boys or both girls, they would likely have much more in common, but we can hopefully at least enjoy them playing together for a few years before they each realize they are boy and girl.  hehe.

It’s nice having family close by.  I recall many wonderful holidays and summers shared with our extended family.  Over the years, as us kids grew up, we didn’t really get together as much as we should have.  However, recently, with new little people arriving, it is bringing us back together again and I’m so enjoying more family time these days.  It’s funny how babies so often bring people together.  Such lovely things….babies, that is.

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I love this family photo session. Its hits close to home. I currently have an almost 14 month old daughter and a 23 month old daughter. I found out I was pregnant with Abby when Ally was only 14 months old! I can totally relate to the bonding experience a mom endures with a young toddler while very pregnant :-)

Vennessa Garner

I love the growing family…I am sure he cant wait to be a big brother.

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In a million years you would have never convinced me that when I was ‘grown’ I would be a professional baby photographer.  I mean, I knew people had their babies photographed professionally, but it seemed so rare that one could actually make a living doing such.  Certainly, I would guess in the last 10 years or so, baby photography, in particular, newborn baby photography has really boomed.  I would guess it’s because of the boom of digital photography, but surely it’s a combination of many variables.  Who knows exactly.

Never the less, here I am photographing babies, children and families.  It’s almost like a dream.  I’m not sure what I enjoy more…taking the photographs or seeing the results in the photos themselves.  When I’m at a session, it’s so much fun, but I guess part of that is knowing what the final result will be.  It is so rewarding, this job.  I mean, it is what it is…a job.  I’m not running a charity here. HA!  The term ‘job’ often times has a negative connotation.  Not sure why.  You should see it’s full definition here.  But rest assured that in these moments I don’t see it as negative at all.  It’s more like a gift of opportunity that has been given to me for a time.  I can only hope that for many, many years to come I will still be able to offer families lasting memories in pictures professionally.

For now, I just enjoy each session to the fullest….soaking in getting to know each family and watch their children grow.  It’s such a wonderful thing.

This family and little guy were no exception.  <3  I so loved his swirly hair, his very big feet, long toes and beautiful skin.

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Simply adorable! As a parent, we can never get these moments back–we can’t literally rewind time. Great work in capturing the newness for the parents to always be able to look back remember this time :-) Adorable.

Jamie Ennett

That is the most precious set of photos! I wish we would have done more photos when my kids were newborns!

Hannah Waters

So perfect! I love the simplicity!

Oh Boy | Houston Baby Photographer

I never thought too much about black and white photographs before I became a photographer.  If you have lots of time on your hand and want to read all about this subject, you should check out the New York Institute of Photography page here or certainly good ole Wikipedia has some really nice info too which can be found here.

But I digress…hehe!:-)Back to what I was saying.  I always loved black and white images before I became a professional photographer, but I never considered whether an image would be better as a b&w image or a color image…which seems to be a more common occurrence now that I am a full time photographer.   Certainly, it’s a matter of opinion, but there are many images that I feel are more dramatic without color.  There are times I feel that color is actually a distraction.  Please do not get me wrong…I LOVE color…and I mean really love color and prefer most of the photographs I take to be in color, but there is something really cool about a good black and white image.  I’ve mentioned before that I have a couple of different ways I will post process to achieve a b&w photo.  It depends on the photo if I want it to be more light, dark, shadowy, etc.  At some point maybe I will share a few of my tips on achieving certain looks of black and white….hmmmm…something else to add to the to do list. HA!

I recently took some snapshots of my sweet baby boy.  In these photos he is 3 weeks old.  He had such personality already and these are just a tiny taste of his MANY faces.  I felt like these images were really beautiful without color.

There is so much love in our hearts for this little guy.  I’m sure all you parents out there can totally relate.:-)

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Cutest babe I’ve seen in 44 years; agree with his Mother, born with personality…

Shelsea Kinsey

So sweet!

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So sweet!

Freshly Hatched | Houston TX Newborn Photographer

This precious baby girl decided to comes weeks early.  Surprise. :-)  On the very night of this family’s maternity session with me.  I know, crazy, right?  We had our session at 6:00pm and then (if I remember correctly) this mom’s water broke at 8:00pm that evening after they arrived home.  ‘Gotta love baby surprises, right!!?? :-)

But no worries!  This strong little one arrived safe, healthy with with no major complications.  Mommy was all good, too.  YAY!

I had planned to get a few more outdoor shots this day, but the rain decided to come and stifle us on that idea.  I plan to incorporate at least a few family portraits outside during newborn sessions and maybe even a few of baby by themselves outside, too, weather permitting, of course.  I’m even game for an entire lifestyle newborn session outdoors if a mom would like that. I think it would be so lovely….but for this session even thought we did not get any shots of the entire family outside,  I did get some really beautiful photographs still, of mom, dad and baby girl.

Are they a gorgeous family or what!!!??

For all your photographers out there:  It can be very challenging, if not impossible to get photographs of a toddler with their newborn sibling.  The most important thing for any photographer to know going into such a session is that patience is key.  And I’m not talking normal patience…sometimes you may have to have Job levels of patience.  hehe.  Not only patience will be required, but also great deal of flexibility.  Just go with the flow and in this case, break out the box of cheese fish….and get the best shots you can.  It’s about keeping it real, right?  At least that’s my philosophy.  It’s about the memories that are real and authentic.  Those are the ones that will be enjoyed for decades to come.

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Maria Snider

Love newborn sessions at home. This is too cute.

I’m a Big Kid Now | Houston Texas Children’s Photographer

I recall the very day that I met with this mom for the first time.  She had contacted me about a newborn session and we decided to meet at a little place in Montrose called Cafe Brasil,  which is this very quaint little place that you should totally try if you are in the area…they make the most fantastic quiche.  YUM!  Okay…I digress.  hehe.  Okay, back to my story.  This mom to be was very pregnant with her first baby.  She looked so adorable although as I recall, she was terribly uncomfortable.  As many of you moms know, those last few weeks of pregnancy can be pretty rough.  But as I know first hand now, you push through because you know that very soon you will be meeting your precious baby for the very first time and that is the most exciting thing!  We had a lovely visit (of course) and then, here I am a whole year later….where does the time go??!! :-)  I’ve had so much fun the last year documenting this little guy’s life every four months.  This is part of a ‘grow with me plan’ that I offer.  If you would like to know more about this plan, I only offer a few every year, so be sure to contact me for details before your little one arrives.

How happy do these photos make me?  Oh so very happy.  I get such a high from photographing children and babies, but when moms and dads get in on the action, it truly melts my heart.

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Sure,  you may (and I hope you do) have a million iPhone photos of your baby as he or she grows…trust me, I have started my own collection of those photos on my phone of my little guy…but trust me when I say that nothing can replace high quality images of your children and family. :-)

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Maria Snider

They will cherish them for ever. Great family photos!

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Sometimes when my subjects are so accommodating it throws me for a loop.  It sounds crazy, I know.  Many might feel like older children would be ‘easier’, but for me, that is not necessarily the case.  Don’t get me wrong I LOVE photographing kids of ALL ages….no question, but be

cause I don’t have as many older children clients, it’s something that challenges me more than the little ones.  But I am up for a challenge.  They say when you are not growing, you are stagnant…and I certainly don’t want to be standing still when it comes to growing my skills as a photographer.

Are these gals gorgeous or what!!!??? ;-)

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maylene walker

this is so stinkin’ cute!! love this amY!