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Carter Grey | Houston Newborn Photography

Oh sweet Carter! If I'm being perfectly honest, when Carter's Mom requested black, I was a bit...terrified. I'd never photographed a baby on black before, and had no idea what to expect. We decided on this black backdrop with tiny white spots that almost looked like a starry night sky, and I am IN LOVE. I wasn't expecting to love it, but I truly love the way his images turned out!

Carter's middle name is Grey, so it was only fitting that we added some grey into his session as well. This little guy loved to be wrapped, so layering him in wraps provided a nice, warm, cozy, and comfortable atmosphere for his in-home newborn photo session. I pack up my mobile studio and set up in your home so baby never has to even leave the comforts of home, which makes for a more relaxing session. You don't even have to change out of your pajamas! :) 

If you're interested in a newborn session, contact me here! I'd love to hear from you, and would be honored to photograph your little one's first few days in this world. 

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Wynne Maternity | The Woodlands, TX Photographer

When this gorgeous Mama contacted me about scheduling a maternity session in The Woodlands, Texas, she had her location totally picked out! Since her first maternity session took place at Rob Fleming Park in The Woodlands, she knew she wanted her session here. I'd only ever photographed here on a very overcast day and wasn't sure what the lighting would be like, and she needed a session a bit earlier than I generally shoot since her little guy's bedtime was earlier than my usual sunset sessions. Holy moly - to say I was pleasantly surprised is definitely an understatement! I had no idea how gorgeous the sunlight would be here, and it being a little earlier was absolutely perfect! I knew during the session I was in love and showed Brittany some images from the back of the camera so she could see, too. She converted me - I absolutely love this location now for photos! 

If you're interested in booking a maternity session, go ahead and contact me! Ideally, maternity sessions take place when Mom is 32-34 weeks, so there's time to get your images back before baby arrives but you still have a sizable bump to show off! I'd love to have you!

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Sima | Houston, TX Maternity Photography

Back in April, Sima posted in a local BST group looking for a maternity photographer with experience in honoring a deceased loved on, in which one of my friends and past clients tagged me.

However, I had zero experience with honoring a deceased loved one and had never had the opportunity to before. Confident enough in my Photoshopping abilities to be able to do this for her, I PMed Sima, as I'm sure plenty of other photographers did, and for some reason she chose me. I have no idea why she did, but I am so, so grateful.

March 25, 2018 at 2am, Sima (who was four months pregnant at the time), her fiancé Shane, and Sima's cousin Kilroy were rear ended SO HARD by a drunk driver on 1960 that their vehicle split in two. Tragically, Shane passed away at the scene, and Kilroy passed away a week later due to injuries sustained from the accident. It is absolutely a miracle that Sima and their baby girl survived; although Sima was hospitalized and in ICU following the accident, by the hands of God, only sustained major bruising.

It was absolutely an honor to be able to do this maternity session for Sima and to incorporate Shane. Earlier this week, Anaya Shayne was born, and looks so much like her Daddy!

Sima, thank you SO much for allowing me to be a small part of your beautiful, amazing, heartbreaking journey. You are so beautiful inside and out and I'm so grateful for this experience and to have met you!

If you'd like to assist in supporting Sima and baby Anaya, please consider doing so at one of the following links.

PayPal: paypal.me/nasimauddin

Venmo: @Nasima-Uddin-1

Go Fund Me: gf.me/u/knqgns

 

 

 

Below are the images in which we incorporated Anaya's Daddy into the session.

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Aaron & Leah Maternity Session | Galveston, TX Photographer

This stunningly beautiful maternity session took place right on the beach in Galveston, Texas. Leah is also a photographer, so the pressure was really on! Several photographers gathered together for a "shoot-out", and these were the images I captured from that day. 

The beach is and always has been my happy place. Maternity sessions are also something that I really, truly enjoy. They are one of my absolute favorite genres of photography: capturing the love between the Mom and Dad to be, showing off her glow, and helping to preserve this time in their lives is so very rewarding. So to combine the beach and maternity is Heaven for me!

This session will be hard to top! Leah is such a gorgeous, glowing Mother to be, and I can't express how gorgeous she is! Aaron and Leah, congrats on your little one!!

If you're ready to book your session or have questions, contact me here! I'd love to hear from you! 

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Why I Don't Offer a Print Release | The More You Know

I have been "doing" photography for many years now. I took classes in high school, and then again in college, and bought my first DSLR a decade or so ago, I'm not exactly sure. I began snapping photos of anything and everything, though mostly still-life subjects: scenery, landscape, flowers, and the like. I'm not sure who it was that first decided to pay me for taking photos, but Lord knows they shouldn't have! Haha, those days I was using entry level gear, shooting on auto-mode, and even utilized the in-camera flash (insert face-palm emoji here). I do remember the first prints I ordered for a client, however. They were from a drugstore camera lab, and looked absolutely terrible. So terrible, in fact, that I was so embarrassed for my client to hand these out to other people. Unfortunately, this was a time-sensitive situation and we did't have time to order prints online from the place I'd used in the past (before I knew what I know now).

After I learned about professional labs that are made available only to professional photographers, my world changed completely. The difference between the pro labs and the consumer labs (i.e.: the ones found at drugstores, grocery stores, etc.) was astronomically different. I was absolutely blown away at the colors and quality and knew instantly I'd never use a consumer lab ever again! Any professional photographer you ask will you tell that their computer screens are calibrated using a device that color-corrects them to display true, accurate coloring. Professional labs use a similar process to calibrate their printers, so what I see when I edit will perfectly match the print that is shipped to me. 

An important thing to remember is that when you pay your session fee, you're not just paying your photographer the "one hour" of their time to shoot your session. Sure, time away from family is absolutely valuable, but we've also invested THOUSANDS of dollars on equipment, such as our camera(s), lenses, SD cards (that have to be replaced rather frequently to reduce the risk of corruption), calibration software, batteries, flashes, training videos or workshops, and the list goes on and on, and that doesn't even begin to include the monthly costs of website hosting, software that backs up our files, numerous other subscriptions, insurances, taxes, etc. Oh, and let's not forget that the end of your session is NOT the end at all for us; the entire gallery still needs to be uploaded to their computer, sorted through, edited, and uploaded to whatever program your photographer uses to share images with you, which is a several hour long process. 

All of that to say this: if you've hired a professional photographer to capture treasured memories, and then take those image files and print them at the same place you pick up your prescriptions, you might as well have just used your cell phone to begin with. All the money you've invested in that photographer's skill, time, and talent will only get your beautiful digital files to view on your computer and cell phone screens, but your printed images will not be an accurate representation of your photographers work due to coloring and quality discrepancies. 

The professional lab I use offers prints on professional grade photo paper in a variety of finishes, acrylic prints, wood and metal prints, canvas, albums, cards, as well as a multitude of other products, all of which are designed to be durable, long-lasting, and beautiful. I don't offer a print release for all of these reasons. It's not meant to inconvenience anyone, ever. It's simply so that I am afforded the opportunity to provide my clients a FULL service experience, start to finish, and provide each and everyone of them with gorgeous imagery and artwork that can be displayed in their homes for many years to come. 

Print what matters, and do it professionally. <3

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