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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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Bluebonnet Mini Session with Landon & Preston | Spring, TX Photographer

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Bluebonnet Mini Session with Landon & Preston | Spring, TX Photographer

I don't think this post even needs words...or perhaps that the right words aren't even in existence, but I'm surely going to try. I knew Landon as a tiny baby when I used to work for the preschool he attended, and let me tell you...the teachers fought over holding this baby. Everyone LOVED this baby. He was (is!) absolutely perfect in every way, and was literally one of the absolute cutest babies I'd ever seen. Sadly, I left the preschool before his little brother, Preston, was born, but was able to keep up with their family on Facebook (thank you, social media!).

Their sweet mama inquired about bluebonnet mini sessions at this gorgeous location in Chappell Hill, TX, and I was thrilled to get to see them again! It had been over five years since I left the preschool, and any chance to see any of the little ones from those days is such a blessing. Not to mention, those boys are so, SO cute! Landon's baby blues and Preston's hair are TO DIE FOR!

Mini sessions are generally pretty fast paced in order to get in plenty of shots in the short time you spend together, and the boys both got the memo, haha! They were faster paced than the minis, and kept me on my toes (literally!). The tall grass ended up being some of my favorite photos though, so I'm thankful that their high energy provided us with an array of different photos. :)

Thank you Landon, Preston, and sweet Mama for allowing me to capture these for you! It was SO wonderful seeing you guys! 

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Addelynn | Christmas Mini Session | Houston, Texas Photography

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Addelynn | Christmas Mini Session | Houston, Texas Photography

How stinking cute is SHE? Addy did so good at her Christmas mini session! These sessions will be taking place in Old Town Spring in Spring, Texas November 18th and 19th, 2017. Mini sessions are a great way to capture a quick family photo for Christmas cards, or even to make ornaments out of for your own tree or to send to friends and family. They last for fifteen minutes and include five digital images (though there is the option to purchase more if you so choose), which is generally more than enough to get that perfect Christmas card photo. 

As a full service photographer, I do not offer print releases because consumer labs (like the ones at your local pharmacy, grocery store, and even the popular ones online) do not calibrate their printers, resulting in inconsistent (and often unflattering) coloring. Instead, I use a professional lab accessible only to photographers that is calibrated to match my monitor, resulting in printed images that exactly match what I see on my screen. This way, you don't have neon green foliage and skin tones that look like a spray-tan gone wrong. 

If you're wondering how that works when you want to have Christmas cards made, I have answers! I offer many styles of Christmas, Holiday, and New Years cards that I customize with your family's names and photos (like the sample below), and then order them for you in quantities of 25. Makes it super easy and convenient! 

If you have further questions, please contact me here. Availability for the upcoming mini sessions can be found here. I'm so excited and look forward to working with all the families this year! :) 

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Brooks Maternity | Houston & Spring Maternity Photography

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Brooks Maternity | Houston & Spring Maternity Photography

If you frequent my website, the beautiful family below probably looks familiar. They're regulars around here! :) The Brooks family recently welcomed baby Lydia into the world, and she's absolutely perfect! Her newborn session will appear here soon! 

This particular warm night, we had plans to shoot their outdoor maternity sessions at the nearby Telge Park in Cypress, Texas. I arrived early and passed this gorgeous field on the way. Since I had plenty of time to spare, I thought I'd go scope it out and see if I could figure out who owned it or if I could use it when I stumbled upon a "No Trespassing" sign, which made me sad. It just so happens to be behind a church, and there just so happened to be people working outside at that church. Now, I'm not a shy person, but I don't often (willingly) throw myself into awkward situations either, haha. 

I approached a very kind gentleman, who happened to be the Pastor of the church. Thankfully, the field belonged to the church, and he gave me permission to use it that evening! I was elated and grateful! I'd passed by this particular field many times in the past and would drool over the sunlight there each time. I think Brittney and JD thought I was a bit crazy when I called to ask if we could change locations, but thankfully they trusted me and were on board.

The rest is history. The field photographed beautifully, and the sunlight there was incredible! There was even a tiny hill that allowed for a gorgeous set of silhouette photos, which I try to incorporate into all outdoor, evening sessions. Thank you, Brooks family, for another gorgeous session! :)

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