Jun 18, 2012
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It made my heart happy when his mama booked his newborn session – I had such a great time with his two older sisters about a year ago, I couldn’t wait to help them welcome their new addition.  Mom wasn’t sure exactly what kinds of shots she wanted, so I did a bit of both posed shots (dad is a big baseball fan and former player) as well as some lifestyle candids.  It’s hard for me to decide which style I prefer – I love both kinds of photography (although I’ll admit it is easier to focus on either one or the other), and I adore every one of these images.  So they now are three for three – three gorgeous little ones that are sure to bring them lots of joy!

 

And my personal fave from the session:

Can’t wait to watch this little guy grow up!

Jun 14, 2012
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I can only imagine how interesting life must be with a college student, middle schooler, and elementary school child.  Their session gave me a hint, though.  Big sister survived little brother kicking dirt into her sandals.  Little brother started the tree-posing craze (that ended up with some great images, I must say).  And little sister perhaps captured the “shot of the day” when she clamped her hand down over Dad’s mouth!  (I believe at that time he was reminding me how hungry he was, hahaha!)  Despite (or perhaps because of) their fiesty-ness, they had a fantastic proofing gallery to choose from.

 

And now for my favorite…(this also happens to be the portrait they chose to hang over the fireplace).

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Jun 12, 2012
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I am so terribly delinquent in blogging my clients’ sessions.  (In fact, her newborn session fell right in the middle of the holiday rush last year, so I KNOW it didn’t get blogged.)  So if you are a client reading this, please know that I have a plan for getting all of my lagging sessions up on the blog!  🙂  I think part of my procrastination delay in blogging these is my desire to include something personal about each client.  Sorry, but “The X family was so fun to work with!  I can’t believe how much the kids have grown!” blog post doesn’t cut it for me.

 

I introduced a baby’s first year plan earlier this year (no, there is no blog post about it, see I’m terrible), and this is my first little baby planner!  I am giddy at the thought of watching these tiny babies grow up before my eyes (I know the first year can crawl by for many parents, but I absolutely adore every stage of the first year – yes, even the I’m-so-sleep-deprived-I-could-die stage).    These moments – pushing up, grabbing the feet (my personal fave), sitting up, first steps, first birthday – these are important.  Important.    And I am so grateful when a family entrusts me to capture them.

 

And my personal fave from the session:

Baby blues in the bluebonnets.  Doesn’t get much better.  🙂

Jun 11, 2012
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Do you have the greatest dad in the world?  Or do your kids have the greatest dad in the world?  Leave a comment below (scroll ALL the way down to the “Leave a Reply” section at the very bottom of this post, NOT the Facebook comments section) telling me why your dad (or their dad) is the best. The Greatest Dad may be 29 or 99, it doesn’t matter!  One lucky commenter will receive a complimentary mini photography session (30 minutes) for dad and the kiddos (whether they are little kids or adult kids – or grandkiddos), sharing a special activity of your choice – the perfect way to capture whatever it is you love doing together right now.  Three gift prints (8×10 or smaller) are included too!  The winner will be chosen at random, and there are ways to earn extra entries – the more entries you have, the better your chances of winning!

 

To earn extra entries:

1.  Post a photo of your dad (with or without others in the photos) on my Facebook wall.  Come back and leave another comment on this post telling me you did.

2.  Share this blog link (or share the promo photo on Facebook) on your Facebook wall.  Come back and leave another comment on this post telling me you did.

3.  Tweet about The Greatest Dad Giveaway with a link to this blog post.  Come back and – you guessed it – leave another comment telling me you did.

4.  Post in any online forums or groups (playgroups, Mom’s groups, neighborhood groups, etc.) about The Greatest Dad Giveaway with a link to this blog post.  You know the drill – leave a comment below telling me you did.

5.  Last – sign up for Quick Clicks, my periodic email notes that give you the first opportunity to snag AFP limited edition sessions (including upcoming Sand & Sea beach sessions) and other goodies.  Leave a comment telling me you did.  Or if you are already an email subscriber, leave a comment letting me know that too.

 

The contest will be open until 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2012.  Please be sure to leave your comment(s) before then.  And PLEASE remember to leave all comments in the BLOG COMMENT section at the bottom of this post (where it says “Leave a Reply”, NOT the Facebook comment section! (This is simply to allow me to accurately count the entries when it’s time to draw the winner.)

 

And now for the rules…

One comment will be selected at random; the author of that comment will receive a gift certificate for a complimentary photo session for a father and up to four children and three gift prints (8×10 and smaller) from the session. Photo session will take place at a location in the northwest Houston area at the discretion of Amanda Faucett Photography, taking the winner’s requests into consideration.  Not valid for multiple family groups.  Subject to availability.  During the months of September – December, gift certificate is only valid on weekdays.  No cash value.  Not valid with any other offer.  Odds of winning depend on the number of comments left on this blog post.

 

GOOD LUCK!  I can’t wait to hear all about the greatest dads out there!

 

AND THE WINNER IS….  Cole Scott!   Congratulations Cole, and I’ll look forward to photographing you with your little ones!  (and thanks to big sis Rozella White for nominating Cole!)

Jun 08, 2012
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I Heart Faces is so much fun – and it’s great inspiration for anyone who loves taking photos!  This month’s theme, “All Boy”, excites me since I have a little six year old that is 100% male on my hands and I swear the testosterone levels creep up every day…but for this submission, I picked a photo that is one of my absolute favorites from the sessions I’ve shot for others.  I love everything about this photo, from the colors to the reflection to his contemplative expression.  Hope you love it too!

 

 

Photo Challenge Submission

This photo was submitted to the I Heart Faces photo challenge – www.iheartfaces.com

 

Jun 05, 2012
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This spring, I had the wonderful experience of attending a workshop hosted by the lovely Michele Anderson of Pinkle Toes Photography.  In addition to learning some valuable business tips and watching her conduct not one but TWO in-home sessions (and a model session), I’ve also gained a community of others who have attended her workshops and become part of her online community for photographers.  A few of us thought it would be a fun creative exercise to take six months and shoot a different themed session each month.  We’re all working on the same theme, so it will be interesting to see how we all interpret that theme!

 

This month’s theme – Perfectly Imperfect.  I’ll confess, I had trouble imagining what I would do for this one from the beginning – but two weeks ago, my sweet little girl walked into a door as it was being opened.  As the bruises continued to bloom and turn ever-more-interesting colors each day, I knew I had my subject.  (Confession:  I probably should have taken these photos 2 days earlier, but you’ll still get the idea).  The sight of your child’s face will never be anything other than perfect, but in addition to the bruising, you’ll also notice messy hair and even some uncooperation (unbelievable from a 3-year-old, I know!) – all adding up to a Perfectly Imperfect evening of photo taking.  🙂

Getting distracted by the “itchies” and not terribly interested in playing along:

 

Getting a little happier with the promise of an Icee when we’re done…

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A few little perfectly imperfect details…

 

And that face that melts my heart every time…

And my favorite from the day…

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Don’t forget to leave some blog love below and then head on over to Tamara’s (of Bump Meets Baby Photography) take on Perfectly Imperfect!