What’s your favorite photo with a parent?
This is mine. It’s my dad and me when I was five, and is probably one of my most treasured photos. In the lush mountains of West Virginia with my baby sister strapped on my mom’s back, we explored caves and hiking trails in the area where my dad was born. I don’t remember a lot from that trip, but I do love the few photos that remain from our time together.
If you’ve had a child longer than one day, you know how FAST they change. (That goes for toddlers and teenagers.) In our digital and smartphone age, most of us have no shortage of photos of our kids.
But how many do you have where YOU are in the photo too? And of those, how many do you have printed out, that your child can frame and enjoy 30 years from now?
(My guess, if you’re like most people, is “not that many”.)
Let’s fix that, shall we?
I know, I know…a family photo session screams “stress and chaos”, especially if you have LITTLE kids (or a reluctant teen or spouse).
That’s why I’ll help you all the way through the planning process, from suggesting ideas for clothing to making sure kids (and dads!) have FUN at the session to helping you select the PERFECT artwork to grace your home. I even team up with hair and makeup artists to make mom feel fabulous.
You’ll get the clothes together (with guidance from me), show up, and have fun with your family. I’ll handle the rest.
I only have a few weekend dates left for full family or senior photography sessions with delivery guaranteed before Christmas, so be sure to snag yours before they are gone.
Fridays: 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/9, 11/30 (all outdoors, your choice of Houston-area locations)
Saturdays: 10/27, 11/10 (late afternoons are all outside, mid-day can be either in the studio or a shaded outdoor location)
Sundays: 10/7, 10/14, 10/28 (mix of mid-afternoon northwest Houston studio sessions and sunset outdoor photo sessions at your choice of Houston-area locations)
Full sessions include:
- A 1.5-hour session at a location of your choice (I’ll provide options!)
- An in-person viewing and ordering appointment (at my studio or your home)
- A beautiful gallery of wall-worthy images to fill your home (all artwork purchases are made during your in-person viewing and ordering appointment, 1-2 weeks after your session – session fee does not include products or digital files) See the Studio Lookbook with full pricing details.
- ZERO guilt over spending money on digital images only to have them sit on your computer two years later despite your best intentions of making canvases, albums, etc.
AND when you book your full photo session by Oct. 1, you’ll receive a FREE box of 25 custom-designed holiday cards, printed on thick, luxurious card stock ($75 value) – my gift to you.
Yep, free holiday cards, DONE FOR YOU. Sign me up!
What about mini sessions?
If something shorter and smaller is what you need for your family photos this year, my annual Petite Sessions (sometimes called Mini Sessions) are now open for booking, with three date and location choices in and around the Houston and Bellaire areas. You’ll get 20 minutes with me and a proofing gallery of 10-15 images to choose from – perfect for holiday cards and quick grandparent gifts. (All purchases are separate from the $59-plus-tax session fee.)
Oct. 21: Spring Creek Growers (Christmas tree farm in Montgomery), 1-5 pm BOOK TREE FARM
Nov. 10: Private farm in Cypress, TX, 2:30-5:30pm BOOK CYPRESS FARM
Nov. 17 and 18: Private home in Bellaire, TX, 3:30-5:30pm BOOK BELLAIRE HOME
Hop to it! When they’re gone, they’re gone.
(If you’re someone who likes to see all the info before making a decision, check out the Petite Sessions price guide, including the 24 Hour Sale I offer immediately after the mini session gallery is opened for viewing.)
Ahh…wearing jeans outside without melting into a puddle…enjoying a hand-mixed beverage while watching the kiddos have some good, old-fashioned fun outside…anticipating the parade of fall holidays…the gradual change of seasons always serves as a time of refreshment and renewal for me. I love the slow transition into more pleasant weather in the Houston area, beckoning me outdoors to revel in the breeze and the slanting rays as the earth makes is slow rotation away from the sun. It reminds me that as we say goodbye to one season and enter another, we do the same thing in our lives. Our kids are in 5th and 2nd grade this year, and it just doesn’t seem possible that my baby now wants clothes, shoes, and PIERCED EARS for her birthday instead of toys (?!?!?!).
That’s why I’m so grateful to have a vault of photographs to help me remember our family’s heritage and history. From the annual first-day-of-school snapshots to capturing new experiences like gymnastics meets and rock concerts, it’s all documented and, this fall, will be safely printed for our enjoyment and safekeeping (I’ll post an update to keep me accountable!).
How about you? Is it time for your family to enjoy one another, laughing and playing and connecting, while creating beautiful photographic memories at the same time? Is it time to let go of whatever may have kept you from having family pictures done? Or maybe time just seems to slip by every year and it just doesn’t get done.
Let’s make this YOUR year. I’ll help you each step of the way. Whether you want a full session, a fall Petite session, or a Christmas tree farm session (!), let’s put together something fabulous that’s a perfect fit for your family. See more details about each option below…
With up to 1.5 hours of shooting time, and your choice of date and location, full sessions are customized JUST for you. We have plenty of time to take breaks, have snacks, and enjoy some special Mom/Dad/kid time (whether those kids are 2 or 20). Great for families who haven’t had a session in a long time. Session fee is $195 plus tax and you choose and purchase your wall art, images boxes or albums during an in-person ordering session with 35-40 printed proofs to choose from. BOOK YOUR FULL SESSION NOW.
FALL PETITE SESSIONS
Petite sessions are perfect for an annual update when you need a shorter time frame and fewer images. Petite sessions include 20 minutes of shooting time, an online gallery of up to 15 images, and an adorable wood ornament frame with an Artist’s Choice image inside. Session fee is $75 plus tax, and products and purchases are chosen and purchased after the session through your online gallery. *Smaller packages are available for Petite Sessions, making them a great choice for families who want to make a smaller investment. A la carte prints start at $65 and packages start at $197. All sessions are held from 4:30-6:30 pm; only five spots are available each day. BOOK YOUR PETITE SESSION NOW
Friday’s location (10/14): downtown Tomball
Saturday’s location (10/15): private farm in Cypress with open fields, woods, a pond and dock
Sunday’s location (10/15): near downtown Houston
CHRISTMAS TREE FARM PETITE SESSIONS, NOV. 13 ONLY
Perfect for holiday cards, a session at a family-owned Christmas tree farm will give you seasonal artwork for your home that will be treasured for years. Imagine a canvas that perfectly captures your kids and your family, right where you are, that can grace your home for holiday seasons to come. Format and cost is the same as the Petite Sessions. Nov. 13 only, from 1-5 pm. Only eight appointments are available.
Ready to book NOW? Reserve your spot here.
Week of July 25:
8 6 openings
Week of July 31: 6 openings
Week of August 7: Fully booked
Week of August 14: 2 openings
Click here for full availability
“Kids these days…”
“All they want to do is watch TV and play video games…”
Sound familiar? Today’s generation of youth gets a bad rap. Often described in the media as “entitled”, “lazy”, “selfish”, it’s easy to get the impression that today’s tweens and teens will handily send our world to the brink of destruction. While that may be true for some, I see something else when I look at today’s youth.
I see teens who spend their “flood days” off school not vegging in front of the TV, but ripping out wet drywall and carpets from flooded neighbors’ homes. Who have birthday parties at an animal shelter and ask guests to bring pet food and blankets instead of gifts. Who take music and voice lessons and go on to become worship leaders in their churches during middle and high school. Why don’t we hear THOSE stories?
Enter the “Who I Am” tween/teen photography project
I am starting the “Who I Am” project to tell these stories that deserve to be told, while also giving an all-important shot of self-confidence that kids will receive by having an AMAZING photograph.
Who I’m looking for
I’m looking for models for this photography project, ages 10-15. We will ask the model and parents a few questions, then combine the text and photographs to create one impactful piece of art. Many of the stories will also be collected in a hardback coffee table book that will be produced in the fall of 2016 and ready for holiday gift giving.
Why “Who I Am”?
Let’s face it…these years are rough. Body changes, acne, mean girls (need I say more?), and increasing academic and athletic pressure are a lot for kids to handle. Do I even need to mention the devastating effects of social media that are experienced by way too many kids? The “Who I Am” project will celebrate those special characteristics that make your child one-of-a-kind, and will tell the story of who she is – not just what she does. Imagine the impact that a single beautiful image can make for your tween or teen’s self-image.
How to participate or nominate a friend
Book your spot now here. You can also send us a message via our contact form if you would like to nominate a friend or family member you think would be perfect for this. Please nominate people you think would enjoy the boutique experience we provide. The in-studio session itself is just $49 plus tax and includes a complimentary artist’s choice gift AND a $49 product credit (total value: $235). Our portrait collections begin at $199. Sessions will be held in Amanda’s northwest Houston studio in June, July and August. This project is limited to 60 participants and we’re only over halfway full, so reserve your spot today!
Heartwarming photos of you with your kids aren’t frivolous – they’re a necessity.
Because to them?
You’re too indispensable to be omitted from their past.
Introducing Celebrate Mothers…the Mother’s Day project to make sure YOU aren’t an invisible part of their childhood.
What is it?
Celebrate Mothers creates beautiful artwork of a busy mom and her children, so she can look back when her children have grown and not regret that she was always behind the camera. (Or that the only shots she has with her kids are cell phone selfies.)
The imagery is mixed with her hand-written words answering, “What do you want to remember most about your children at the age they are right now?” And the words or drawings of her children answering, “What do you love most about your mom?”
Mark your calendar for April 11, 14 and 16. We only have three dates open for sessions and a limited number of sessions each day. Book yours before the Celebrate Mothers portrait sessions are gone.
The Celebrate Mothers project is closed. Look for another celebration of Moms in 2017! Join my email list to make sure you’re notified.
“It’s been tough.”
Coming from a mother to a busy almost-three-year-old and a newborn that was an unexpectedly early arrival, these words have a nuance to them that only other NICU veterans will probably fully understand.
You see, when you go from being (uncomfortably) pregnant to having a premature emergency delivery, your mind suddenly spins all sorts of directions you never allowed it to go before.
Days in the NICU seem unending. Every milestone met is one step closer to coming home. Thankfully, her stay was a relatively short one, no doubt helped along by the outpouring of prayer and support from family and friends.
It is a powerful thing to be a part of a strong community of faith, who will uplift you with thoughts, prayers, words and meals. Her doctors called her progress “miraculous”. Her parents know that’s true, because they and everyone they knew were praying for that miracle!
Welcome to the world, sweet girl.
There are times when every photographer needs a project just for herself. At just the time I was thinking that I needed a new project, the opportunity to join a great group of ladies in a blog circle presented itself and I jumped in with much excitement! We agreed on the theme “Keepin’ It Real”, and here goes Month 1! Be sure to click through to the next entry; link is at the bottom.
Growing up, going to camp was the highlight of my summer. A week with friends, sleeping on the top bunk, whispering after the lights went out, sneaking out to play pranks on the boys, swimming in the sparkling pool, hitting the bullseye at the archery range, twisting countless friendship bracelets at arts & crafts, struggling to keep the canoe upright on the lake, roasting marshmallows under the endless Texas sky to create the perfectly gooey s’more…it was the stuff of life that every child should have the opportunity to experience. But the best part about camp was that I felt completely comfortable just being myself – being real. With no blow dryers, makeup, or fashionable clothing to hide behind, we were all able to concentrate on the really important things, like trying to impress the cute boy in Cabin 5.
I still love to go to camp. Although now I pack a blow dryer, once I get there I find myself never using it, and the makeup usually stays in the suitcase. Most recently, I had a chance to visit camp this past weekend to teach a photography retreat for people who wanted to create better photographs and also learn how to get off the auto camera settings. I love teaching photography, and I also love the chance to get out and photograph subjects that I don’t normally take the time to study. So while my husband got to take care of “real life” back at home – juggling t-ball and flag football games, fixing a broken sprinkler head, feeding the kids (that alone is a full-time job, ha!), I got a little refresher of what it was like to “be real” at camp. Enjoy a few of the images, featuring the jewels of a Texas spring, the prized bluebonnets.
Now head on over to Caroline Martin Photography for the next blog in the circle!