If you’re a regular reader (or viewer) of my blog, you might recognize the room, couch, kids and painting in the photos below.  Last month, I did a post (“Family Tree“) showcasing other pictures from this session, which was actually an extended family shoot and included the grandparents.  There is just something I love about this family and these pictures!  I don’t know if it’s the cute kids…the whole family’s great, casual style…or maybe it’s dad’s curly hair!  (I love it!)  I know each of those things contribute to my fondness for these photos, so I’m sure it’s a combination of them all.

Every family has those things which make them unique and lovely.  I hope that my photographs showcase that pure, natural beauty of my clients.  I never want that to be overshadowed by any sort of effects.  (Just to be clear, that’s just my personal style and I’m certainly not being critical of any other photographer’s style or preference.)

If you’d like gorgeous pictures of your family in your home or in a great, natural setting, contact me and let’s talk about it!  I would love to capture some of what it is that makes your family beautiful!

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Family Portraits Houston Area

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Whenever I’m about to photograph a newborn session, I love going into my clients’ homes and finding that they have a gorgeous nursery with fabulous natural light.  I know that we’ll get awesome pictures of their newborn even if they don’t have these things, but it’s the icing on the cake when those elements are present.  (I’m sure that sounds obvious to want those things, but the simple fact is that not every house has them.  So, as a photographer, I really appreciate it when a home has elements that make my job a bit easier 🙂 .)

Imagine how overjoyed I was when I stepped into the lovely nursery below!  So clean and bright and beautiful!  I love the stark contrast of the darker clothing and hair against the light grey and white…it really makes this trio pop.  With the way the light floods into the room, I couldn’t ask for a more ideal “studio” for the day.

This precious newborn baby girl and her sweet parents jut melt my heart!  Her little smile is perfection and it’s evident that mom and dad are crazy in love with their tiny blessing, Bryn.  Such a pretty name for a beautiful little girl!

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Newborn Baby Photographs Houston

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It’s always incredible to me how many fabulous underwater images can result from a very short underwater session!  Maybe it’s because we’re not trying to get a smile, specific expression or pose; we just go with whatever comes naturally to a child jumping into a pool and having fun underwater.  (Not that I ever really do “posed” pictures with any session, but it’s even less so with underwater sessions.)

Each picture captures some of the pure joy of a child jumping into a refreshing pool during the hot Texas summer.  If you’ve ever watched children at the pool, you know that their excitement is palpable.  Their energy level is off the charts and simply cannot be contained.  Jumping in then getting out of the pool just to be able to jump back in again is the greatest thing ever for a child!  Repeat that about a zillion times (slight exaggeration) with the same amount of enthusiasm each time until exhaustion and hunger finally set in; that’s the essence of childhood and a summer spent in the pool.  (Unless your child doesn’t like the water, of course, in which case none of that was applicable and I probably will not be seeing you for an underwater session any time soon 😛 .)

This adorable little water baby had such a blast jumping in and was so cute doing it!

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Underwater Photography Kids Houston

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It is always interesting to go into a newborn shoot and not know what to expect or how it’s going to go.  (This is kinda true for all types of sessions, but newborns present their own challenges since they pretty much just do what they want and you have to figure out how to give it to them so that they’ll give you great pictures!)  If you’re the kind of person who thinks something along the lines of, “Oh, a baby’s a baby…he will probably just sleep and you’ll snap some pictures…no biggie…” well you couldn’t be more wrong!  (I’m pretty sure that people who feel that way are probably not reading a family photographer’s blog though, so I doubt any of you feel that way.  It just seems like there might be people out there who don’t realize how complex and particular these tiny newborns can be.  Just sayin’ 🙂 .)

Anyway!  One of the many differences I find with the newborns I photograph is that some love to be sprawled out, free and unencumbered and others love to be swaddled.  I love them all, but I have a special place for those who love to be swaddled.  If you’re wondering why, just take a look at this gorgeous little fella below and see how precious he looks swaddled up all cozy and content!

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Newborn Photos Houston

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I’m pretty sure I might have mentioned this before, but extended family photographs are some of my favorites to capture.  (There’s a chance that I might have said that about every kind of photograph I take!  Taking pictures of all people truly is what I love!  Whatever I’m photographing at the time is likely my favorite!  hehe!)

Anyway…what I really love about extended family pictures are the generations that are represented in them.  It’s amazing to think how different the world is for the youngest person pictured versus the oldest (and all the people in between).  Each generation deals with their own unique challenges and expectations.  The world into which the oldest was born differs vastly from the one the youngest knows.  Things that are commonplace to the current generation were unheard of during the childhood of their grandparents (and, in many cases, even their parents).  Although there are so many differences between these generations, those things are all irrelevant when is comes to love.  Love is the same from generation to generation.  It is eternal, infinite and beautiful.

It is the love within a family that I want on display when I photograph them.  This gorgeous family below is full of love for one another, from the oldest to the youngest.  Hopefully, future generations will be able to look back at these photos of their “ancestors” and see the love that helped bring about their own existence.

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Extended Family Portraits Spring Texas

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