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.)
If you could remember ONE thing about your family this year, what would it be?
(To get right to the fall info, scroll down to Full Session. But if you’ll indulge me for just a minute, read on.)
My husband and I are in what I consider the “golden” stage of parenting – well out of the baby and toddler years but not quite to the angst and worries of the teen years. We can, for the most part, go where we want, do fun stuff (including a surprise day trip to Magnolia in Waco – Chip and Joanna’s cupcakes are awesome, y’all!), and basically live life without worrying about meltdowns, naps, or being glued to the lure of “likes”, comments, and Snaps. Sure, we have our issues just like everyone, but I know bigger ones are coming, so I am doing my best to savor this stage of parenting.
Family life definitely isn’t easy. But each year gives us something to celebrate.
This year, I want to remember that our son got braces, ran track at school, and crossed over into Boy Scouts. I want to remember our daughter’s excitement about her competitive gymnastics season that she’s worked so hard to prepare for. I want ot remember tha twe have turned the corner form the crushing loss of my husband’s brother 13 months ago. I want to remember that through everything life throws our way, we are doing the best we can to keep the long view in mind as we raise our family. (Sorry, that was more than one thing!)
How about you? What do YOU want to remember about your family this year? Maybe Harvey destroyed your home and you’re in survival mode. (No, you won’t want to remember that, but maybe you’ve experienced the love and care of others, and you want to remember THAT.) Maybe you or someone you love has gone through a major medical event and came through it with a fresh perspective on life. Maybe you’ve added a baby to the family or gained a son-in-law or daughter-in-law.
Whatever you want to remember, I’d love to help.
My job is to create an archive of your family’s life – in THIS moment – while giving you a FUN and enjoyable experience together.
Your job is to show up and enjoy your family. It’s that simple.
I offer a couple of different photo session types in the fall to meet a variety of needs. Which one is right for your family?
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). It’s perfect for families who haven’t had a session in a long time. The session fee is $195 plus tax and you choose and purchase your wall art, image boxes or albums during an in-person viewing and ordering session with 35-40 printed proofs to choose from – or choose my all-inclusive Storybook Session, focusing on your family’s unique bond and relationship. Book by October 15 and receive a complimentary Artist’s Choice custom collage print (8×10) with your order – plus a complimentary box of 25 cards and envelopes when you book by Oct. 5.
Petite sessions are perfect for an annual update when you need a shorter time frame and fewer images. With 20 minutes of shooting time, you’ll get a gallery with group shots and individual images of the kiddos. Smaller packages are available for Petite sessions, making them a great choice for families who want a smaller investment.
Two locations are available: a beautiful wooded property in Cypress, TX with walking trails, lakes, bridges and sweeping Spanish moss, and a Christmas tree farm in Montgomery, TX. You choose – a serene, natural setting or the energy of the holidays amidst fresh and fragrant pine and Cypress trees. Seasonal props will be on hand for those who would like to use them.
Petite sessions include 20 minutes of shooting time, an online gallery of 15-20 images, full retouching on all purchased images, access to smaller packages than a full session, and access to a 24 Hour Sale after your gallery goes live. Book by October 15 and receive a complimentary Artist’s Choice custom collage print (8×10) with your order. Session fee is $75 plus tax to book; products and packages are purchased separately through your online gallery. A la carte prints start at $65 and packages start at $197. Digital and print packages (as well as a digital/print blend) are available.
BOOK YOUR WOODS PETITE SESSION NOW (Nov. 12 and 19, 2:15-5:15pm; six spots available each day)
BOOK YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE FARM SESSION NOW (Nov. 18, 2-5:30 pm; six spots left)
I can’t wait to see you this fall!
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.
Of course, new parents are thrilled when they finally get to meet their tiny baby they’ve been anxiously waiting nine months for…but there is another couple who also anxiously awaits that new one’s arrival…Grandma and Grandpa. Then multiply that excitement by three sons, and there is a whole lot of anticipation and joy going on in this family!
With children flung in various parts of the U.S. and the world, it’s not easy to get everyone together at the same time – but I caught up with this sweet family at their gorgeous property in San Antonio, TX, and we made some magic happen! Since they booked my multi-family Storybook Session option, they got to keep every single image – the looking-at-the-camera shot that will be prominently displayed above the mantle, along with all of the other little details that make each grandchild unique – the smirk from the baby girl, the coy grin of the preschooler, and of course the laughing smiles of the newest grandson. Their image box and album will provide years of enjoyment, along with their custom wall gallery that will soon be making an appearance in their living room. (And didn’t they do a great job of styling their outfits?)
Check out their fabulous session, and don’t forget to use the Contact page to check with me about making some magic for YOUR family!
Fall in Houston – 90 degree days with pumpkins and Christmas decorations already and ghosts and apple crisp. (Which I made a couple of days ago, and the whole house smelled like sweet-tart and saucy apples and cinnamon and memories and fall.)
It’s also time to treat yourself to an evening of memories with your family – playing, laughing, hugging, lots of tickles…or if you have older kids, just letting them know how special they are (or possibly breaking out into a spontaneous belly laugh competition – who knows?!?!). And I’m there to capture every minute.
I’m offering a few days of “Golden” Petite Sessions – often known as Mini Sessions – in early November. Petite Sessions are quick and easy – 20-25 minutes of shooting time at a beautiful outdoor location. In that time we’ll get images of your whole family, an individual shot of each child, and if we can, shots of just the grown-ups too. You’ll get:
- 10 digital images (printable up to 8×12) that you can use on your holiday cards and make prints for gift giving
- Five gorgeous 5×7 loose prints of your selected images for gifting OR keeping. (Because PRINTS MATTER.)
- Web-size versions of your 10 images for social media sharing
- A $35 credit toward holiday card purchases AND a $100 credit toward wall art purchases
- PLUS a super-secret surprise
It’s a flat rate of $395 plus shipping and tax. Dates are Nov. 6, 7 and 8 (Cypress/Tomball area). Sign up for your date and time and pay your session fee here. Session fees must be paid within 24 hours of reserving a time slot to keep your date and time.
Want a full session instead? You pick your date, time, and a location that perfectly fits your family. (I’ll help!) You’ll get more shooting time (up to an hour & a half), premium weekend time options, and absolutely stunning product options, from heirloom albums to swoon-worthy wall galleries. (Just ask my clients who get to look at their gorgeous wall galleries every day – worth every penny!) Check out the available weekend dates here, and just contact me if you prefer a weekday. (Pssst…if you book your full session before Nov. 1, you’ll get a FREE box of custom-designed holiday cards. That’s a $75 savings right there!)
Can’t wait to see you this fall!
PS – Want that apple crisp recipe? It’s in Molly Wizenberg’s memoir, Delancey. And it was SO. GOOD.
April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” -William Shakespeare
Every year, the magical transformation that unfolds in my backyard during the last two weeks of March is indeed a balm for the soul. The grass, which has languished, brown and dormant, is suddenly awakening with the deep, emerald green of new growth. Our azaleas, those ubiquitous Southern blooms, have burst forth from their buds, releasing their secreted potential into brilliant displays of white and pink. And who can forget the trumpet lily bulbs? They are still hidden away beneath the crumbly earth, but will soon be pushing their way skyward, reaching for the sun’s sparkle, scarlet and proud.
Each season brings its own gifts, and the beauty of renewal is always my favorite of spring’s calling cards. The metamorphosis of my backyard view inspires me to open my eyes and see, really see what’s around me. Like the fact that my daughter’s 6-year molar is now fully ascended in the back of her mouth (I’ll spare you the photo!). My son, lean and bemoaning his shorter stature, has almost grown out of his fall jeans. It’s time to capture them again, right now, in the midst of their own transformations, wiggly and giggly and pure, showcasing the exuberance of a childhood that is fully “in bloom” and all too quickly lost.
If you want to celebrate the awakening of spring with some gorgeous portraits of your most precious people, I’d love for you to join me for my “In Bloom” Limited Edition sessions, May 7-9. I’ll have a perfectly darling, natural light studio set (northwest Houston, TX) for morning and afternoon sessions – perfect for babies through elementary-age kiddos.
The late afternoon/evening sessions will be held at a lush arboretum in north Houston. Moms, it’s a perfect opportunity to be photographed with your kids, or surprise Grandma with a Mother’s Day gift she will always treasure – a photo shoot with her grandbabies!
The “In Bloom” Limited Edition session packages start at just $149 plus tax – and they ALL come with a credit to use toward additional purchases! Jump over here to check out the four exclusive packages. Then head here to make your reservation and pay your package fee. Payment plans are available for the top two packages – just ask!
Pssst…the Image Box is a client favorite. Usually only available in a 5×7 size with my all-inclusive Storybook Session, it’s my best package deal for In Bloom at a GREAT price!
Spaces are limited, and everyone who reserves by Wednesday, April 15 (to give you a little boost to your Tax Day!) will receive a FREE surprise gift with your session package. You’re gonna want it, I promise! Here are those links again:
See you soon!
“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.
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!
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. 🙂
I was wracking my brain trying to think of a fun location for the cover shoot for Cy Fair Parent’s February issue (which of course was a Valentine’s Day theme session). Just before Christmas, I drove by The Bake Shoppe in Cypress, TX to pick up a cake for my sister’s birthday, and there it was – this gorgeous old pink sofa, sitting right outside. The next day I called the bakery and talked with the owner (who’s fantastic, by the way) about doing these portraits at the bakery, and she graciously allowed us to shoot there and even provided two ginormous cookies for the shoot! (They were delicious as well as gorgeous!) Then to top it all off, this little gal had all kinds of expressions for me – it was a “sweet” session indeed.
These themed editorial sessions are so much fun. I’m booking now for April and May covers, so if you’d like to see your little sweetie’s face on the cover, let’s talk!