The moments between a mother and her child are so very special and they seem even more so when a second child is on the way.  It is the last bit of time for that child to be the “only child” with all the focus, love and attention, so it is precious indeed.  Not that a mother will love her first child any less with the second’s arrival, but it is obvious that things will change with the new addition.  Many women choose not to do maternity pictures after their first pregnancy.  I’m not criticizing anyone for their decision, however, I think it’s so beautiful to capture the moments with a first child, his parents and his unborn little sibling.  That brings us to this shoot and some things you should know…

I love red.  Red hair, red dresses, red pops of color…I love it all.  If you know me, you know I love COLOR in general, but red is just…POW!  Red is said to represent many things, passion and energy amongst them, but I don’t have a clear reason for liking it so much, other than I just think it’s fabulous :-).  I also love pregnant women, children and families.  So…this shoot…yeah…I LOVE it!

You’ll see more of this family in another post soon.:)

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Houston Maternity Family Photographer

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“Our grandchildren accept us for ourselves, without rebuke or effort to change us, as no one in our entire lives has ever done, not our parents, siblings, spouses, friends — and hardly ever our own grown children.” ~Ruth Goode

As a parent, one of the greatest things for me to witness is how much my son loves his grandparents and how much his grandparents adore him.  There is truly a special bond between the oldest and youngest generations in a family.  The above quote really made me think about that relationship and the fact that grandkids do just accept their grandparents for who they are without any desire to change them.  They may see “quirks”, but, to them, they just add to the fun character of the grandparents they know and love.

One of the best gifts (in my opinion, anyway:-)) that you can give your children’s grandparents is photos of their grandchildren.  Even better, take it a step further and have pictures taken of them together!  I LOVE photographing grandparents with their grandchildren!  So much pure happiness, love and pride in these pictures…

Houston Grandparent Family Photos

Houston Grandparent Family Photos

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I love watching parents (especially first-time parents) with their newborn baby.  There is always such a sense of fascination with this new, tiny creature they have created.  “Can you believe we MADE this?!?!”  “Seriously.  We created him (or her).”  “Isn’t it crazy that just a few days ago, he (or she) was living inside me?!?!”  Those are just a few things new parents often feel and say when pondering the precious little life at which they can’t stop staring.  Even though you knew you were pregnant (well, most people do…there are always the cases of “I didn’t know I was pregnant” and everyone is like, “How the heck do you NOT KNOW?!?!”…but I digress) and you had approximately nine months to prepare for this child’s arrival, it is still astonishing once your baby has been born and exists outside of you as this amazing miniature person.  Looking at the pictures below, I see the love and fascination these parents are feeling for their adorable little one.  At this very young age, there are no expectations for a baby…all he or she has to do is exist…and it is the most mesmerizing and captivating thing a parent can witness!  There is simply no way to truly describe it, which is one reason why pictures of parents with their newborn are priceless!  If you have a baby on the way, I would be thrilled to capture your family’s special moments within the first several days after birth!  Photographing these beautiful moments is one of my very favorite things!

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Newborn Photography Near Me Houston

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This girl!  I’m sure you can tell from these photos that she is just bursting with fabulousness!  (Yes, it is a real word and seems the most appropriate one to encompass all the cuteness, spunk and energy of this child!)  The first time I photographed this cutie pie, she was a tiny little newborn, just days old.  As lovely as newborns are, they don’t do a whole lot (not that there’s anything wrong with that; they just don’t) and it is so fun to see them growing and developing their own fun personalities.  I have had the joy of watching Miss A here grow into such an adorable, spirited little lady.  Documenting the life and growth of children such as her; building relationships with families I photograph; these are things that are so special to me.  I couldn’t ask for a better profession than one where I can cultivate relationships with people and capture beautiful moments in their lives!  I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

These pictures are just a little series from a full session that’s coming soon.  :-)

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Woodlands Texas Child Photographers

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As you most likely know about me, I just love adoption stories and being able to photograph families who have chosen this wonderful path.  Following these stories and continuing to photograph the families as the years go by and the children grow is one of the most rewarding parts of my job.  To witness all the lives that are affected by the awesome decision someone made to love a child is so inspiring and beautiful!  As an adopted child myself, I cannot help but think about how differently life would have turned out if any of the parties involved had made alternate decisions that wouldn’t have been in my best interest.  I am so thankful for the life I was given and believe that God knew exactly what He was doing when He placed me with my amazing parents!

Some number of years ago, I was contacted to do Adoption Photos for a lovely lady who was adopting a little boy to love, expand her family and give her adorable young son a sibling.  Throughout the years, I have had the privilege of continuing to photograph this gorgeous crew!  (Seriously, these two fellas are so handsome and their mamma is a knockout!)  I think you’ll be able to tell from these pictures how incredible that decision to adopt was and how much love is in this family!

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 Houston Area Family Photos

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