I thought it would be fun to start making this little slideshows with my underwater sessions.  I’ve even got myself a YouTube Channel now just for the underwater photography videos I make.  The underwater photos are just so action filled that I really felt videos would help do each child’s session more justice.

I loved this session because mom wanted to get in on some of the photos, too.  Her boys were such a blast.  I had photographed their family a few times in the past when the boys were younger.  What a treat to see them so grown up now and doing an underwater session with me.

If you would like to book an underwater photography session with me, please email me at info@capturedsimplicity.com or click the little contact tab at the top of my site.

This will be my 2nd summer to offer these and I’m so excited to try some new things in the pool to create more unique images for my clients.

For now, how much fun is this video.  There is sound, so be sure to adjust your volume prior to beginning.  😉

Underwater Photography

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Some of my favorite types of photography sessions are the simplest.  Like this one:  just a couple in their home with their very new baby.  When you’ve recently (and I do mean VERY recently) had a baby, the last thing you want to do is leave your home with that baby.  That’s why I love these in-home newborn sessions.  A couple and their child (or children) can just relax in (nicely lit areas of) their home and I photograph it.  It’s natural, real, casual and comfortable (for everyone).

Seeing new parents with their precious little baby is so beautiful.  I want to capture the feeling of how mesmerizing it is for them to just hold and stare at this new, perfect little life they created.  I remember how incredible it was to hold my little boy for the first time and how for the next several days (maybe weeks!) I had a hard time prying my eyes away from him.  (Truth be told, I still sometimes catch myself just staring in awe at the gorgeous, rambunctious toddler I first laid eyes on as a tiny, goo-covered creature!)  The older they get, though, the more comfortable we get with the fact that they WILL continue breathing if we look away from them! 🙂

In Home Newborn Photography Houston

 In Home Newborn Photography Houston

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Although it’s tempting to post a fake pregnancy announcement or some kind of unbelievable promotion on this day that’s dedicated to pranks, I’m not going to do it.  I’m always hesitant to believe anything I read that’s dated or appears on April 1st.

I was curious about the origins of this day, so I looked into it.  According to Joseph Boskin, a professor of history at Boston University, the practice began during the reign of Constantine.  A group of court jesters and fools told the Roman emperor that they could run the empire better than he could.  Amused by this, Constantine allowed a jester named Kugel to be king for one day.  During his day-long reign, Kugel decreed that the day should be filled with absurdity.  People enjoyed it, so the custom became an annual event.

The Associated Press was responsible for bringing this explanation to the public’s attention in an article printed by many newspapers in 1983.  The only problem?  The professor made the whole thing up. It wasn’t until a couple weeks later that the AP realized they (along with everyone else who read and believed the faux history) had been victims of an April Fools’ joke themselves.  (Click here if you’re interested in reading what is believed to be the real story, which resulted from the adoption of the “Gregorian calendar”.)

Nope, you’re not going to find any April Fools’ jokes on here today…just this precious, perfect, adorable newborn girl, whose origins go back even further than this silly holiday. 🙂

Spring Texas Newborn Photographers

Spring Texas Newborn Photographer

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I love one-year-olds!  They are so inquisitive and full of energy, crawling and toddling around everywhere with no apparent aim or direction.  It’s a complete guessing game to watch a little one this age and wonder what they’ll do next.  Will they climb up on a chair to get on top of the table?  Scale the bookshelf?  Open the drawer of plastic containers or cups and pull every single item out of it?  Open the trashcan and start pulling things out like a mini dumpster diver?  Take their toys swimming in the toilet?  All of these things?  There’s just no telling what crazy things these awesome tiny people will get into next!  They definitely keep you on your toes!

The handsome little fella below is such a fun character with so much personality!  (And how cool is his name: Rohan.  I looked it up and it means “ascending”.  I love it!)  His cake was absolutely adorable, as were all the decorations, and his parents are just the loveliest people.  I was thrilled to get to take his first birthday photographs!

First Birthday Photographs

First Birthday Photographs Houston

First Birthday Photographs

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This is the second appearance of this good-looking family.  I previously blogged about them being in a transitional period, as their little boy is in that phase where infancy gives way to toddlerhood (is that a word?  If not, it should be).  There were too many fantastic photos from this session, however, so here they are again!

I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is that I loved so much about this session and the photos that resulted from it.  I guess it’s just a combination of several things that I really like which turn these pictures into ones that I love.  The style and natural photogenic quality of the subjects is, of course, a large factor.  Seriously, are these people capable of taking a bad photo?!?!  Then there’s the sunlight teasing its ways through the leaves in the way that I have adored since childhood.  Ultimately, though, I think what really sets these pictures apart for me is this huge, amazing tree, with its grand, gnarled branches (it has SO much character!).  Maybe it’s because I’m more used to seeing pine trees (which are lovely, but, let’s face it, they pretty much just go straight up and down…not a whole lot else going on).  Trees like this look like they have so much history and I would love to know it!  (Is it weird to want to have a conversation with a tree?  I’m sure it is, but if trees could talk, this is one with which I’d like to converse!  I promise I don’t do drugs.)  ANYWAY…if you know of any places with interesting features that would photograph beautifully, let me know!  I always love to check out new locations!

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P.S. To see more of this trio in a previous post of this session, click here.

Family Portraits Houston Texas

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