At 18 months in the making, this shoot has to be a record for me. Originally scheduled as an engagement shoot, we rescheduled for after the wedding for various reasons. Then I got the fabulous request to postpone it again…for a NEWBORN session! To make things even more special, we held the shoot while two of the grandparents were visiting from Great Britain, and the local grandmother got to be in on the party, too.
Happy BIRTHday, sweet Libby!
A family begins as two…then becomes three…and is now four. With the first baby, it’s not knowing what in the heck you’re doing, worrying over every tremble and regurgitated meal (is it reflux? The flu? There’s just SO. MUCH. SPIT UP!) With the second one, it’s more about “Honey, please don’t step on the baby’s head” as your toddler tears through the room, and you learn to scatter burp cloths around the ENTIRE house from day 1.
I think there’s no greater honor than to be invited back to photograph a family for the second, third or fourth time. This was our third session together and the second newborn shoot, and I can’t wait to continue documenting the growth of these two bundles of sweetness. (Check out the first newborn shoot here.)
Oh, and I have to take a second to brag on this doll’s grandma…she sewed ALL of the linens for the nursery…even the sheets!!! I think I need to hire her for my house!
There is something incredibly monumental about being a part of a couple’s journey to parenthood. While they have only spent a few hours with me during our sessions, I’ve spent many more hours “with them” at the computer retouching images – staring at the sweet baby ears, fingers and folds, enjoying the expressions of pure joy on mom and dad’s faces as they delight in their new little one. When we got together for the ordering session I felt like we were old friends. 🙂 Being able to document a family’s transition from couple to parenthood with photographs is truly one of life’s blessings.
You two are going to do great at this parenting thing.
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I love Thanksgiving. I love the spirit of gratitude, the moment to pause and reflect on all the blessings of this life. Relatively free from the commercial trappings and gift-giving requirements of most “holidays”, Thanksgiving remains a day of sharing a meal with those you love most, perhaps serving someone else, and taking time to practice gratitude.
In that spirit, I am so incredibly grateful for YOU – clients, future clients, and Facebook fans, from Houston, Cypress, Tomball and beyond, who have supported me with your business, your calls and emails, and your comments. Your support has resulted in healthy growth for my little business this year, which in turn is leading to some VERY exciting things for 2013 (more on that later!). So to say “thank you”, I’m offering a Grateful Gift Certificate Event, starting now! Here are the details:
- On Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 and 23, your entire gift certificate purchase is DOUBLED (so you buy a certificate for $500, you receive a card in the amount of $1,000), up to a $500 transaction amount.
- On Saturday, Nov. 24, you receive 50% of your transaction amount as a bonus credit (up to $500 transaction amount).
- On Sunday, Nov. 25, you receive 25% of your transaction amount as a bonus credit (up to $500 transaction amount).
Think of what may be coming up soon for your family, or special portrait sessions you may want to book…
- Milestone birthdays – 1 year, 13, 16, 18, 21
- Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day
- High school or college graduation
- A child’s wedding – get that last family portrait in first!
- Spring wildflowers
- Grandparent/grandchild sessions
- Multi-generation portraits
If given as a gift, the certificate itself will delight the recipient – printed on thick, luxurious linen card stock, the certificate comes packaged in a beautiful gift box, ready to be given away!
Here are a few things to know about this lovely event (aka The Fine Print):
- Bonus credits are only applicable to Classic and Storybook sessions that take place in 2013 (no mini sessions, Watch Me Grow, or limited edition sessions). You may use up to your transaction amount for mini sessions, but bonus credits must be used on full sessions, and may not be combined with any other promotions or offers.
- No cash value.
- Sessions will be scheduled based on availability.
- Transaction amount must be at least $150 to qualify for bonus credits.
To purchase, just click the links below. Thank you once again for trusting me with your family’s memories!
Count his fingers, count his toes
Breathe him in
Watch her with him
Delight in the moment
Watch him sleep
And drink in this time, this day, this minute, your now.
Congratulations on your sweet baby boy!!! I hope you love your portraits as much as I loved creating them.
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!
OK, that title may be a little misleading. 🙂 I don’t have any actual behind-the-scenes photos to show you, but I did want to give a little glimpse into what all goes on from the time you book a session with me until you receive your finished art pieces. Someone mentioned to me the other day, “I had no idea how much post-production was involved after a session…” and it’s true, most people don’t have an understanding of exactly what all goes on to make a professional custom photography session – and the resulting portraits, albums, and other heirloom pieces – happen. So without further ado, here’s a peek into one of my custom sessions:
Pre-booking conversations and answering questions (either by email or phone), preparing Photography Agreement, preparing PayPal invoice for session fee: 1 hour
Session planning (figuring out location and pose ideas): 1 hour MINIMUM
Preparing equipment for session (clearing and formatting cards, charging batteries, cleaning lenses): 1/2 hour
Travel time to and from session: 1 hour
(Did y’all notice that this is THREE HOURS before I’ve even picked up a camera to shoot your session???)
Shooting time: 1.5 hours
Post processing: copying and backing up images (twice), importing into editing software, deciding which ones are keepers, color correcting and light retouching on the keepers: time varies widely depending on how much retouching is needed, but on average, 3-4 hours
Preparing for presentation session: preparing slide show and samples to show you, gathering all materials: 1 hour
Travel to and from presentation session: 1 hour (average)
Presentation session: 1.5 hours (average)
Preparing ordered images for printing (final retouching and cropping on all ordered images), and ordering from lab: varies depending on amount of images ordered, can be anywhere from 1-4 hours
Checking and packaging orders received from lab: 1/2 hour
Travel time to and from post office and waiting in line (for shipped orders): 1 hour
Whew! So there you have it! When you book a session with me, you receive around 15 hours of my time, from start to finish, which is one reason why custom photography is more expensive than running down to the mall. But, when all is said and done and you have beautiful imagery gracing the walls (or tables) of your home, you will be glad you made the investment to preserve this moment in time for your baby, child, high school senior, or family.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together inside my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
Every newborn session I photograph brings a sense of wonder and amazement at the miracle that is new life. How in just 9 short months (unless you’re the one who’s pregnant, then it’s nine LOOOOONG months!), this tiny, incredible human develops from a microscopic mass of cells to become the center of mom and dad’s universe. How in an instant, a family’s life is forever changed, and two people discover a new love that they may have known about but never really knew.
Congratulations you two, on the birth of your beautiful baby girl!!!
It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all. — Laura Ingalls Wilder
“Simple” is probably the farthest thing from a new mommy’s mind. There’s lots to figure out (not the least of which is putting together all that baby gear!) – feeding, sleeping (that goes for everyone in the house!), am I going back to work or not, how am I going to do the grocery shopping, how am I going to MAKE DINNER, and lots of unknowns that you figure out pretty quickly – like the first time you attempt to leave the house with the baby and you learn that you need to plan an HOUR to get ready to go (no, I don’t know that from experience or anything). And the laundry – don’t even get me started on the LAUNDRY!
But as an outsider looking in (and as one who has ALWAYS had a love for infants), I want to encourage you, mom and dad – treasure these moments. They are truly fleeting. It will never be the same. You will never have as much time to kiss, cuddle, and just breathe in your new babe as you do now. So take your naps, feed the baby, change the baby, and give her as much love as you can – everything else can wait. At least for a little while. 🙂
I just love the first year. Yes, if you’re a new parent for the first time, then you are walking around like a zombie for awhile, not sure what day it is and just trying not to leave the baby somewhere because you are not yet used to having a little person with you all – the – time. Then Baby #2 comes along, and well, you’re just not so…picky. Pacifiers will get a quick rinse (maybe) after falling on the floor, not sanitized in boiling water. The baby might cry for more than a millisecond because you’re busy cleaning up the paint that big brother or sister just spilled on the carpet while you were nursing. The pizza delivery guy becomes your best friend and confidant because you just cannot face the prospect of cooking dinner while keeping the two-year-old out of your jewelry box and feeding the baby for the gazillionth time that day. Oh, and the “Sleep when the baby sleeps” thing? Fugheddaboudit. But at the end of the day, you have not just one, but two little pieces of immortality that remind you (on a daily basis) that it’s not all about you, that it gets better, and that those little sleeping sighs, tiny smiles, and dimpled hands are worth every minute of lost sleep, every penny of takeout, every difficulty of learning to parent two children.
Mom and dad, good luck and congratulations on your gorgeous second daughter!