I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, multi-generational (extended family) photo shoots are some of my absolute favorite!  Although it takes some planning to get everyone together and it’s not exactly the easiest thing to get everyone’s best expression in the same shot (sometimes it’s downright impossible), it is totally worth it to have gorgeous photos of the people you (probably) love most in the world.

It is usually the grandparents who look the proudest and happiest in these pictures…and for good reason!  They (along with God and their ancestors, of course!) are the ones who are responsible for the lives of most of the individuals being photographed.  Without them, the children and grandchildren simply wouldn’t be here.  (I don’t know about you, but I always feel humbled and grateful when I think about how the tiniest change could have compromised my entire existence!)

As for the lovely family below, I just love the pride and joy you can see radiating from this (grand)father!  All the grins on the faces here are beautiful and awesome, but I have to say that he is my favorite!  You’ll be seeing more of this happy crew in a future post!

Extended Family Photography Houston

Extended Family Photography Houston

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Whenever I go into a newborn photo session in which there will be a toddler sibling involved, I’m always just a tiny bit apprehensive.  (I mean, I know it will be fine and we’ll get great shots, but it can be somewhat of a challenge!)  As if a newborn isn’t unpredictable enough on her own, adding an energy-filled toddler to the mix usually gets interesting, to say the least!  This seems to be especially true when that toddler is a little boy.  (Not trying to stereotype or anything, just making an observation that toddler boys tend to be a bit more rambunctious and less maternal than their female counterparts.)

You can see in the pictures below that this adorable big brother is somewhat of a force of nature, often needing to be wrangled to keep him in the shot, yet not too close to his delicate new baby sister.  He is such a fun, energetic little character!  (Speaking of character, how great is this dad’s beard?!?!)

If you want to see more of this beautiful little girl and her super-cute nursery, check out this post (Colors) from the beginning of the month!

Newborn Family Photography Houston

Newborn Family Photographer Houston

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We all know the nursery rhyme “Rain, rain, go away, come again another day…” and you may think that, as a photographer who could be subject to “rain-outs”, I am not a fan of rainy days…but that’s just not the case!  Rain can actually add some great character to your photos (if the client is game, of course)!  Now, certainly it wouldn’t work so well if my clients were in a downpour on a day with crazy dark clouds (although that could look kinda cool for a certain type of shoot!), but light rain on an overcast day can make for some fabulous lighting, textures and reflections.

Just check out the pictures of this adorable little girl getting to enjoy a little bit of rain and even some light puddle splashing!  (No, we didn’t go all “Peppa Pig” muddy puddle jumping.  That might have been a tad much!  Although, if a client REALLY wanted to, I’m sure I’d be up for it since I wouldn’t have to clean up the mess!)

Child Portraits Woodlands

Child Portraits Woodlands

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I’ve recently had some questions about my “process” for taking underwater photographs, so I figured this is a great place to give some answers in case any of you are interested!

Q:  Are you actually under the water taking the pictures?
A:  Yep.  I’m under the water the entire time my clients are…desperately trying to take pictures in focus with all the movement (their’s, mine and the water’s!) happening!

Q:  How do you keep your pool so clean?
A:  I have an AMAZING husband!

Q:  Do you have a special underwater camera?
A:  Nope.  I have a special underwater casing for my camera.  It’s awesome.

(My favorite question)
Q:  Are you able to breathe in your goggles/mask?
A:  Yes, my $8.99 mask from Walgreens has the tiniest little oxygen tank which supplies me with air to breathe while I’m underwater!  LOL…no.  (How awesome would that be though!?!?)  I have to hold my breath just like my subjects do.  I don’t have any sort of super-human lung capacity, I just challenge myself to hold my breath until I get the shots and try again if it doesn’t work the first dozen or so times.  The old adage “If at first you don’t succeed…” is certainly true here!

Now that you know a little bit more about how these pictures are taken, enjoy these underwater shots of this adorable little girl!

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Houston Kids Underwater Photography

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In a previous post, I showcased this lovely family on the porch of their Craftsman style home and around their fabulous neighborhood (which was specifically designed to encourage neighbors to get to know each other – how great is that!).  (Read that post and see those pictures here!)  Those photos were mostly outdoor and in vivid color.  These photos are all inside their beautiful home and I think they look amazing in black and white.  I love how the use of black and white really seems to accentuate some of the textures and patterns in their clothing and home furnishings.

It’s so great how a single session of the same family in and around their home can have so much variety!  Between the differences in coloring and being indoor versus outdoor, these photos are so different from the ones previously posted.  What’s not different, however, is how adorable this family is, especially this little girl with her fantastic facial expressions!  Seriously, how cute is she?!?!  I cannot get enough of that fun, sweet face!

Houston Family Portrait Photographer

Houston Family Portrait Photographer

birth, newborn, maternity, baby, child & family photography in Houston, The Heights, Montrose, Bellaire, West University, River Oaks, Rice Village, The Woodlands & Cypress

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