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Campbell Family | Katy Family Photographer

It’s me again! And yes, it’s me again, just now posting a session that is 4 months old. I wish I was able to stay more on top of things!!! So thank you for bearing with me. I’ve had my hands full this summer with a 3 and 1 year old, but man…I really thought I’d manage to get on top of it, but nope! After this I’ve got at least two newborn sessions to blog…maybe putting it out there will give me motivation to get it done…lol, I hope, at least.

Anyway, onto this sweet family, who were referred to me by a friend. They are AMAZING. I feel like I say this all the time because I seem to be blessed with fantastic clients but it truly makes a world of difference when you find a photographer that you mesh well with - it always shows in the photos. They are previously from California and they move often so we aimed for a kind of wide-open-spaces vibe with the setting, to commemorate their time here in Texas country! I also really like a mom who knows exactly she what she wants. Together, we collaborated on wardrobe ideas and colors to put together a beautiful spring session for them! Each of her kiddos were SO much fun to be with, and we had a great time. I’m soooo excited to see them again soon for my Limited Edition Christmas Sessions! Also, if you' love this location, please let me know when booking - this is a private location in Richmond that I have exclusive access to! ;)

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Also, for those that don’t know, I DO offer print services! I’ll mention this here since they made a print order, and I get asked often what the differences are versus doing it yourself, and Kristina gave me a good example for how to best explain it. So like i said, I like a mom who knows what she likes (or DOESN’T like), and so Kristina knew she wanted to order standout prints (which offer the depth of canvas without the canvas material), and specified why she preferred them over canvas - she didn’t like the texture of the canvas, for one, nor the way the colors rendered on them. As the photographer, I was then able to optimize both the digital file and paper choice for her prints to offer her the best quality possible. With her feedback, I knew I needed to deepen the blacks and up the contrast a little bit, and when she mentioned the texture, I knew exactly which paper I would order the prints on (deep matte, for those wondering - it’s the smoothest paper). Can you order standout prints on your own from a consumer lab online? Yep. Will it look good? Of course! As long as you use a recommended lab, at least. The benefit to me doing it is that I take care of it for you, check it over myself to make sure there’s no problems, deliver it to you, and optimize the image for the type of printing we’re doing so that you get that absolute best print possible on your end, with no work on your part! After our session, just let me know what you’re interested in and I’m always happy to send a quote.

Baby {Sadie} | Katy Family Photographer

Another session I'm SUPER late to blogging, but that's new there? Summer has been a busy, busy time around here trying to keep my own kiddos entertained each day, while also maintaining the lawn, and the house...life is never ending! Nonetheless, this Katy family photographer keeps on chugging on through it all, because I love being able to capture these precious, nuanced moments that you can't get back once gone. I lament often that I can't capture my own moments for myself and my own children. Well, I CAN, it's just much harder to do it myself. I'm so glad though, for every chance that I get to do it for others!

This family was so so SWEET. I enjoyed every moment with them, and hopefully sweet little Sadie is letting her parents get a little more sleep these days. Her little brother Liam was full of personality, and even though it was Sadie's moment in the spotlight, I was very glad I got some photos of momma reading with her oldest child, since I know firsthand the struggle that comes for little ones with learning to share mommy! Seriously though, there were so many fantastic shots from this session, it was incredibly hard to narrow down. Check out more of the wonderful family below.

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I love using items unique to each of my families in their newborn sessions! It makes the photos so much more personal.

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Family Session | Katy Houston, TX Family Photographer

I had such a pleasure working with this sweet little family for their fall session/daughter's first birthday pictures. Their daughter was such a sweet, smiley, adorable little girl who loved hamming it up for the camera! I know this is the time of year especially where photographers run themed mini sessions (and I'm contemplating the idea of doing one next year perhaps), however, a large part of why I did NOT want to do mini sessions this fall was because I wanted to actually spend time with my families this year, and get to know them more personally. Since this is usually the one time of year most families wait to put the effort to coordinate clothing, do their hair and makeup and get out there in front of the camera (regardless of how much they love or hate it), I wanted to be able to take my time and craft beautiful, timeless portraits for them. Part of doing that involves getting to spend an hour with each family, chat, and having time to pay attention to all the little details. I hope each family I've worked with this season has felt special in that way! Additionally, we could not have asked for better weather, as the first cold front of the season rolled in that weekend as well! It was a fantastic session all around.

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Baby {Mia} | Katy Houston TX Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

I got to spend a lovely morning with this wonderful family, capturing the newness of their most recent addition: sweet baby Mia. She was so precious, and both her older brother and parents were some of the nicest people I've had the pleasure of meeting. I was so excited for this shoot, as it was my first newborn session back from maternity leave (and I could not have asked for a better family to work with for it)! Is it possible to have baby fever again already?! I mean, Sabrina is only 3.5 months old, but this little cherub had my heart melting already!

Mia did fabulous for our session. She slept long and hard which allowed me to try out some new single baby poses I brushed up on while on my leave! I think they turned out beautifully. This was my most difficult session to cull to date - it was seriously hard to narrow it down, there were SO many good ones! Here are some of my personal favorites.

I love lifestyle newborn sessions because they happen in the clients home, making each session so individual and unique. I love starting off capturing images of the nurseries, which as you can see, each parent works so hard to make it an inviting space special for their little ones. I'm always so impressed by the finds some moms make, such as the little goat rocking chair in the top right image. Adorable!

While I love posing and enjoy a good posed image, I also love capturing those special, candid in-between moments. They always end up being some of my favorite photos, and I love the extra emotion a good black-and-white brings to them. Older brother Leo was such a cooperative sweetheart, which always helps as well. He made the shoot tons of fun!

After getting the family images, the little ones are usually asleep, so it's on to singular poses. I'm always so grateful to get be a part of these special milestones for my families. While I was on leave, I decided I wanted to add light individual newborn posing to my in-home sessions. You can see the fruits of that labor in the set below. I especially love the little squishy faces!

Even with the additional posing, this session still ran my average 1.5-2 hours for in-home newborn sessions.

Newborn sessions should be scheduled during your third trimester to ensure availability. I pride myself on my professionalism and flexibility for my clients. Due to the ever-changing nature of pregnancy, I try to remain very flexible and will mark off multiple weekends for your shoot to accommodate any potential outcomes. Posing is easiest within the first 14 days of delivery, so keep that in mind when scheduling. I'm so blessed to be doing this, and I can't for my next session!

Baby {Kyle} Newborn Session | Katy Houston, TX Lifestyle Portrait Photographer

It's amazing how quickly and easily the haze of the "fourth trimester" with a newborn can be forgotten. With Robson baby #2 so close to being here, I found myself particularly awestruck at this sweet family's newborn session! They were my very last clients before starting maternity leave, and their precious baby boy could not have been a more calm and easygoing addition! And yet, it was still amazing to see him and be flooded with reminders of how tiny, wrinkly, sleepy, and especially hungry these tiny treasures are, and how I'm about to have one of my own again! It was an exciting session to shoot, knowing I was so close to being on the other side again!

Really though, this family was the best. Again, I'm so lucky to have been blessed with them as clients - momma was so laid back and go-with-the-flow of it all, and big sister Elena was super energetic and entertaining the whole time! Dad was also a trooper, jumping right in after what I'm sure was a long first day back at work. They were truly such a beautiful family you can't help but fall in love with!

And check this out - I STILL can't get enough of their gorgeous home! Mom is an interior designer and it definitely shows - each room was curated full of beautiful and unique art pieces and furniture! Many pieces come from Pottery Barn Kids and Etsy. Don't you just want to redecorate your entire house now? I know I do...

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And yes, that beautiful nature reserve is RIGHT outside their backyard! I definitely found myself considering moving out of Katy for a second just so I, too, could have such a beautiful space in my neighborhood! Sadly though, we love Katy far too much to leave. I'll have to settle for all my other treasured locations! ;)