One of the reasons I love doing extended family photo sessions is that grandparents tend to beam while holding their grandchildren.  They don’t seem to be able to help it.  I don’t know of any actual scientific studies that have been done to rate a person’s happiness before and after they became a grandparent. (There very well may be such studies that have been done…I’m just not personally aware of them.  Of course, writing this made me want to look it up and, in so doing, I found this article about it.  Apparently, there are these kind of studies.)  From my vast informal research, however, I’d say there is a direct correlation between having a grandchild and being a happier person.

If you’re looking for evidence on which I base my findings, you can check out any of the extended family photos I’ve taken.  They’ll all lead you to the same conclusion:

Grandchildren = Happiness.

Take the pictures below, for instance.  The pride and joy written all over these grandparents’ faces is just exquisite!  These smiles are so pure, beautiful and filled with love…a true sign of happiness.

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I have taken more maternity photos than I could possibly count and I know I’ve previously gushed about how much I love pregnant ladies and their beautiful bellies.  For some reason, however, with each maternity session I shoot, I’m always surprised at just how much I adore radiant mommies-to-be!

I probably shouldn’t be so affected by them.  I’ve done this enough times that that “new belly smell” should have worn off (errr…maybe that’s a weird way to put it…I swear I don’t smell anyone’s belly…it’s just the expression that seemed to fit…sort of 😛 ).

Anyway, what I really mean is that when I look at these women I see so much more than a belly.  I see a beautiful, excited, expectant mother with a new life growing inside her.  No two are the same.  Each one represents a unique life (or lives) that will make his or her (or their) mark on the world.  I wish that I could watch the whole life story play out for each mother and child!  If only that were possible!  The closest I can get is to capture some of the lovely moments when mother and baby are the closest they can possibly be.

It doesn’t get much lovelier than this!
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“My fingers may be small, but I’ve got my Daddy wrapped around them.”  ~Unknown (or Every little baby girl who’s loved by her daddy 🙂 )

New parents are always super sweet to photograph with their recent arrival, but one of the absolute sweetest things to witness is a big, strong daddy holding his teeny tiny little baby.  This seems especially true when that baby is an itty bitty girl…the contrast is just so stark and captivating!  I’m certainly not downplaying the bond between a father and son (or a mother and her child), but there’s something so special about the relationship between a daddy and his daughter.  You can sense the protectiveness when he holds his precious little girl.

There’s a Collin Raye song from 1995 called “I Think About You”.  One of the main lines of the chorus is, “I think about you and I can’t help but see that every woman used to be somebody’s little girl.”  When a man becomes a dad to a little girl, it seems inevitable that he’s going to contemplate the way he has viewed girls and women throughout his life.  No matter how well he has treated them, it’s almost certain that he’s going to want his daughter to be treated even better.  This little girl is now the center of his universe and he will do everything is his power to make sure that she is protected.  I definitely get that feeling when I see these pictures.

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Newborn Photographs Houston Texas

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I’m sure I’ve mentioned it once or twice, but one of my favorite things about summer is taking underwater portraits.  They are just so much fun and the results are breathtaking!  (If I do say so myself, of course 😛 .)  Whether it’s children or maternity shots (which I think are especially fabulous!), there is just something so captivating about these underwater shots.  The facial expressions and carefree movements of the subjects, the bubbles, the reflections, the beautiful hues of blue, the ripples of the water and the way the light comes through the water…all these things and more are why I adore underwater photography.

The lovely little mermaid in these shots was such a joy to work with!  If you can’t tell from the pictures, she LOVES the water!  I know this aquatically-inclined young lady will be spending as much time as she can in the pool this summer.  It’s one of the few things that makes a Texas summer bearable!

(Side note:  In addition to being a spectacular swimmer, she is also a wonderful big sister!)

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I love going into a family’s home that is flooded with gorgeous natural light!  It’s just so bright, beautiful and makes everything and everyone reflect that.  Even though there are light bulbs that claim to produce “natural light”, “warm glow” or “indoor sunlight”, there is just no comparison to the real thing streaming perfectly through the windows of a room.  Walking into a naturally well-lit room never fails to bring a smile to my face and brighten my entire countenance.

When I walked into this family’s home, I was instantly in love with not only the fabulous natural lighting and the super cute little girl, but this adorable room as well!  Seriously, how cute is the clothesline with paintings and crafts hanging on it?!?!  And the bookshelf filled with great books…and all the fantastically tactile “treasure baskets” on the shelves…and the “Frozen” shoes on this cutie patootie.  Okay…EVERYTHING!  I love everything about this room!  Aside from their spectacular setting, this family was so much fun to be around and made for an awesome photo session.

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Family Photos Near Houston Texas

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