Water Ballet | Underwater Child Photography Woodlands TX

I never really know what kind of pictures I’m going to get when doing underwater photography of children.  I think they’re all pretty fantastic, as they capture the fun of jumping into a pool, the carefree nature of youth and the unique beauty of underwater perspective, but there is no clear way to “direct” while underwater and usually the “poses” are just fun and unplanned.  In most cases, arms and legs are splayed in whatever fashion my young clients can manage at the time.  I love seeing what wacky contortions they come up with!

The beautiful little girl in the pictures below, however, was probably the most graceful child I’ve ever photographed underwater and appeared to be doing her own water ballet!  Her flexibility and pointed toes are just perfection!  We may have a future Olympic synchronized swimmer in our midst!  I think she is just fabulous and hope you enjoy these shots as much as I do!

(Thanks to Wikipedia, I now know that at the turn of the 20th century, synchronized swimming was known as “water ballet”.  The sport simultaneously developed in Canada and Germany, with the first competition held in Berlin in 1891.  Not only a sport, it was also often a popular addition to Music Hall evenings.  In some of London and Glasgow’s larger variety theaters there were on-stage water tanks for the purpose!)

Underwater Child Photography Woodlands TX

Underwater Child Photography Woodlands TX

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Happy | Kids Photographer Woodlands Texas

Okay, you’re probably going to hate me for this because I’m about to reference one of the most (possibly THE most) overplayed song of the last couple years, but I can’t help but hear the song “Happy” when I look at the pictures of this fun, sweet, adorable kid!  (If you’re not familiar with Pharrell Williams’s hit song and have no clue what I’m talking about – although I can’t imagine this to be true of anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock – click here to hear/see the official music video.  Do so at your own risk, however, as it WILL get stuck in your head!)

Seriously, though, is this not the happiest little boy you’ve ever seen?!?!  I had the best time photographing him as he ran and jumped and played!  He is so good natured and gives the best grins ever!  I’ve been photographing him and his family for quite some time now and I just adore them.  Awesome clients like this definitely make me happy!

Kids Photographer Woodlands Texas

Kids Photographer Woodlands Texas

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Personalities | Houston Family Infant Photographers

One of my favorite things about my job is getting to photograph children and witness their fabulous little personalities.  Sometimes you can’t really see it so much in young babies, but other times these personalities manifest themselves at a very early age.  The adorable baby girl below is only a few months old, but you can already see that she is just filled with character!  Her facial expressions are priceless!  Viewing these pictures of her is like looking at one of those charts with all the different moods pictured as smiley faces.  This cute little actress has such a way of conveying emotions that she could have her own line of emojis!  Just from the ones posted here, I’m seeing “grumpy”, “intrigued”, “surprised”, “skeptical”, “happy”, “content”, “hungry” and “sleepy”.

Of course, this session wasn’t just about the baby (although, let’s face it, once you have a baby pretty much everything is about the baby!).  These parents are so sweet and clearly in love with their little girl.  I love getting to photograph these beautiful moments!

Houston Family Infant Photographers

Houston Family Infant Photographers

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FavoRED | Child Underwater Photography Houston

You’ve probably figured out by now that I love doing underwater photography.  And if you know anything about me, you’re likely aware of my affinity for the color red, especially natural red hair.  More specifically, I have a special place in my heart for red-headed little boys (gee…I wonder why?!?! 😉 ).  So when you look at the pictures below, you might have some idea of how much I loved this session and the images that resulted from it!

Seriously, how gorgeous is this cute kiddo’s dark red hair against the multitude of white bubbles (SOOO many bubbles, I love it!) and shades of blue, gray and white throughout the rest of the shot!  (Maybe I should have used this for a Fourth of July “Red, White and Blue” post?  No, probably not.)  Not content to let his hair overshadow the rest of him, this little guy’s facial expressions are just the best too!  I certainly mean no disrespect to any of my other clients (they’re all AMAZING, for real) but, at the moment, these photos of this adorable fella are my favorite!  (In all fairness and for the sake of full-disclosure, pretty much whichever session I’m working on at the time is my favorite 😛 .)

Child Underwater Photography Houston

Child Underwater Photography Houston

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Pride & Joy | Extended Family Photography Houston

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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