When going into a newborn photo shoot, a photographer never really knows what to expect.  Of course, with a newborn, no one (not even the baby’s parents) can REALLY know what to expect!  Will he or she be sleepy, wriggly, fussy?  Will there be a sweet smile, followed by a red face, grunting and a poop-splosion that manages to get all over EVERYTHING?  Or perhaps a puke-nami after a needed nursing break?  There’s just no way to know!  If there were a “What to Expect…” book on photographing newborns, it would pretty much be a long list of things that could go wrong or right, but can never really be anticipated and certainly can’t be controlled.  It is amazing how someone so small, new and helpless can keep so many adults on their toes and anxious for what will happen next!

This adorable little fella below was not in the mood for sleepy pictures (so no sleep smiles), but he sure gave us some great material while he was wide awake!  I love the cheeky little half-smile, tongue action and intense stares!  Bottom line:  no matter what you expect, whatever your newborn does for his or her newborn portraits will be perfect (especially to you) because he or she is the most perfect little being you will ever know!

Newborn Photos Woodlands Texas

 Newborn Photos Woodlands Texas

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“Let your light shine. Be a source of strength and courage. Share your wisdom. Radiate love.” ~Wilferd Peterson

I promised that there would be more of this adorable little girl and I didn’t lie!  (Check out the previous post with her here!)  This time I’m including way more session pics and her awesome parents too!  Seeing her parents, it is obvious where she gets her infectious grin and fabulous personality.  These three are so much fun that I could have easily and happily spent the entire day with them.  Yes, they are that great!  Aside from the fantastic natural lighting in these pictures, this family has a natural glow about them that I just love.  (I am now hearing R.E.M. singing, “Shiny happy people holding hands…” in my head!)  Seriously though, this family radiates love!  I’ve so enjoyed photographing them over the past few years and look forward to many more!

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Before you start thinking this post is something it isn’t, the title refers to B&W not S&M!  More specifically, it is referring to “grayscale”, which is a method of representing black and white images on a computer (256 shades of gray are used rather than the full color pallet).  I needed a catchy title, okay?!?! 😛  All black and white photography is part of what is known as monochrome photography, where only a single hue is recorded instead of the original colors.  These photos often appear more emotional or artistic.  Some people REALLY love black and white images…some people prefer color…some people are indifferent.  There is no right or wrong, just varying personal preference.  You may make the decision based solely on your current decor and there is certainly no shame in that!  Whatever the reason, if black and white photos are your thing, let me know!  I am happy to offer you more monochromatic images in your gallery.  🙂

To see some of the gorgeous color photos from this session, click here and here!

Houston Family Monochrome Photography

Houston Family Monochrome Photography

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“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” ~George Bernard Shaw

It truly is a great blessing to be part of a loving, happy family!  I adore close-knit families and this bunch certainly fits that description.  All the relationships between these four siblings as well as their parents are so sweet and fun.  This is such a good-natured, easy-going, fun-loving family…you just can’t help but love them!  (They are also all really, really ridiculously good-looking and photogenic, so that certainly doesn’t hurt for taking lovely pictures! 😛 )  I love everything about these photos:  the setting, the outfits, the smiles…but what I love most is just how real and fun this family is!  Of course there are lots of elements (one of which is a decent photographer 😉 ) that help to make family photos great, but the most important thing, the thing you REALLY need for your family photos to be awesome…is YOU!  You have to make the choice to get your family together and take some pictures when you get the chance!  It is a decision that I promise you won’t regret!

Family Photographer Conroe Texas

Family Photographer Conroe Texas

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Although the images below were taken at the location where I originally intended to photograph this family, this was not the location at which we first arrived and took pictures.  (See the photos we took at our first, unintended destination here.)  Luckily for me, this family was incredibly good-natured, obliging and fun to be around!  I feel like we could have gone to several different locations and they still would have been congenial (though I would never have put them through that!).  Anyway…I am so glad we were able to find our desired location because I think these photos turned out pretty fantastic!  I love the bit of sandy beach along the creek bank, flanked by grass and trees…such a nice mixture of terrain helped make for some lovely shots!  Of course, this family being so cute and awesome certainly doesn’t hurt either!

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P.S.  If you would like to see some more photos of the sweet, adorable little girl in these photos, click here.

Family Photos Houston Texas

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