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Ellie {Stylized} Shoot | Katy, TX Children's Photographer

I will never forget the day when an email arrived in my inbox from a mom seeking to book a styled shoot for her sweet little daughter who was soon to turn two! My eyes lit up, and my heart began racing with excitement, because what's the only thing I love shooting more than than 1-3 year old age range? Well...getting to fully style a shoot for ONE special little girl!!! I deeply cherish any opportunity I have to custom tailor a themed shoot for an individual child because not only will they experience feeling like a princess for one afternoon, but they will receive beautiful keepsake art that said child will look back on and cherish in their older years.

After a wonderful phone consultation with Ellie's mom, she let me know that she loved the floral elements in my portfolio, so when I was thinking of what setups I would do for the shoot, building a floral hoop was, of course, the first thing that came to mind, and so I did it! It is so fun to brainstorm, shop for, and construct my own handmade props - having full total creative control over something like that awakens my soul. Any time you book a custom stylized session with me, you have access to a personally curated wardrobe and my current array of unique props, as well as the creation or acquisition of one-of-a-kind items specific to our decided-upon theme and vision. For stylized sessions, I aim to provide at least two different looks or setups at each session to make the most of our hair and makeup, wardrobe, and time together.

For Ellie's session, we used the floral hoop that I built (luckily with the help of a FANTASTIC friend!! Don't know how I would've done it without her), as well as a children's vintage fainting couch I had recently purchased for the studio sessions I will hopefully be adding come next year! Since such young toddlers are limited on the types of poses they can do, I also brought a gorgeous antique gold-trimmed mirror for a third setup. We did two outfit changes as well. The first was a gorgeous neutral Tutu du Monde dress and cape, and the second was a lavender Tutu du Monde dress available in my own client wardrobe (since mom mentioned her room is a lavender color scheme). Little Ellie was (understandably) a little shy at first, but with the help of her fun-loving mom, we were able to pull some dimpled smiles out of her towards the end! I think it all came together so beautifully, and we all had a wonderful time together.

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Melissa {Maternity} | Katy, TX Maternity Photographer

I don't know if I've said this enough before, but I. LOVE. DOING. STYLIZED. SESSIONS.

Styled sessions are perfect for those who truly value photography as an art. When you book a styled session with me, it includes hair and makeup, and personally curated wardrobe with accessories, as well as other details (such as studio rentals if need be, or my time and talent for creating individual props, etc). We meet and discuss either in person or on the phone every little detail possible in order to bring our vision to perfection! I absolutely love getting the chance to be creative and express myself through this artistry, and I love being able to work personally, one-on-one, with a subject. It allows me to keep a great eye for the little details!

After entering this year's Shoot and Share contest (and having 21 photos place in the top 30% of their categories or better), I learned quickly from voting on others' photos that I seemed to be drawn to photos with movement. Even though I can't dance (I mean, I think I would've been a great dancer if I'd trained it, but sadly I never did), I LOVE watching people dance. I've been an avid fan of So You Think You Can Dance since it's conception, and one of the top reasons I love Korean pop music SO much is for all the amazing choreography (yes, you should watch all of those - you will NOT regret it ;D). I would like, seriously give just about anything to be able to dance...lol, but anyway, all of this to say, I've been DYING for a while, and especially more so recently, to complete a dance session, so when I found Melissa, it was as if all the stars had aligned. I mean, not only a dancer, but maternity to boot?! Perfection. My mind immediately started swirling with ideas, and I knew that this studio downtown would be the perfect backdrop for it. However, it was Melissa who was able to use her own beautiful talents to give these photos real life. My own vision was only half of it, really - this session could not have turned out as fantastic as it did without her own skill! And that's another reason I love stylized shoots - it's such a beautiful, collaborative process that results in uniquely personal images that will always be treasured!

I know for myself, I sometimes lose myself in my momhood. Being "mommy" is my #1 job and I am responsible for the care of my kids every day and some days it can be difficult to separate myself from that, or to remember who I am at the end of long, whirlwind, emotional day. However, now Melissa will have these beautiful photos to look back on for years to come, and to share with her children her passions, and to show them who mom was long before she was "MOM!" to them.

And, If you're reading right now, and you think, "Hey, I have talents! I have passions that I want to commemorate!" Then perhaps a custom stylized maternity session might be just what you need, too. Let's get in touch and plan something personal and beautiful together!!

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Anyone else love a moody black and white?!? This is definitely my best black and white photo yet...

Anyone else love a moody black and white?!? This is definitely my best black and white photo yet...

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Stunning, isn't she?! Such talent and beauty. It was an honor getting to work with her, and I can't wait to see what the future holds for her sweet growing family!

Minerva | Katy Houston TX Stylized Children's Photographer

I feel like everyone knows by now, but our life has been absolutely crazy the last few months, and thus, I have a HUGE backlog of sessions to blog! We started building a new house this past April, and that house was supposed to be completed by the end of September. The move was mostly in preparation for the future, as the current house was going to only keep becoming much too small for our growing needs. However, I NEVER in a million years would've imagined that we absolutely would've NEEDED that house at that exact time. Our old house, shockingly, flooded during #HurricaneHarvey. Like SO many in and around the city, we didn't have flood insurance. Our area of Katy wasn't supposed to flood. We didn't flood in the Tax Day flood of 2016! We were supposed to be good. And then we weren't. And our street's drainage just couldn't keep up with the torrential rainfall. And then the water started coming in. And then it was EVERYWHERE. Unless you experience it, there is just no adequate way to describe the feeling that overcomes you as you watch your house fill with water, and the dread of not knowing when, or even IF, it will stop. I mean, we had a four month old, and an almost 3 year old, and my mind continued to go to the worst of places, envisioning the rain never stopping, our house filling with water, swimming to our roof with my BABY.

Luckily, none of that happened. The water stopped at 3 inches, and as soon as the rain let up, it began receding and was completely gone by morning, but the damage was already done. Almost infuriatingly, we now had the same amount of work to do on our house as the people who had gotten FEET of water in theirs, because once it's in, that's IT. And so we lived without floors and walls for three weeks as they finished up our new house. And, by the grace of God, our builder was actually able to help us close a week EARLIER than previously expected.

We're in our new house now, and mostly settled. But now as busy season hits for photography, it will be a long while before the house gets fully unpacked. But that's ok. At least we finally have floors again. We have WALLS. WE HAVE A FRIDGE AGAIN. Small things I never even realized I was taking for granted daily until we did not have them anymore...

And THAT is why I am sitting here, only just now blogging this session from back in JUNE.

This is Minerva. She turned 3, and we did a beautiful, girly take on the Where The Wild Things Are aesthetic. Minerva's mom is a huge photo taker herself, and so she was no stranger to the camera! She was a true natural at posing. We have a special shoot planned in a few weeks as well for Dia De Los Muertos, which is still a bit hush-hush at the moment, but just know - I ALREADY CAN'T WAIT TO POST THOSE PICTURES (and I haven't even taken them yet)!!!

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Easter {Couture} Styled Shoot | Katy Houston, TX Child and Lifestyle Portrait Photographer

I had the wonderful pleasure of putting together my very own styled shoot for my favorite set of twins in the world. Wait - isn't it too early for Easter pictures still, you might be wondering? Well, since baby Robson #2 is due right at Easter time next month, we decided to go ahead and knock these out early (way early, since my March was pretty much booked solid)! If I must say, I think it turned out beautifully. I've never seen a more adorable and precious set of little Easter bunnies! Sweet Finley wanted nothing to do with having pictures done, but we managed to get a few good ones eventually (special shoutout to Marshmallows and their magical powers)! And if you're seeing these and thinking man, I would love to get my little one in on some photos like these, don't fret! I'm planning on offering this setup for Easter 2018 as well. While I would have LOVED to advertise and offer it this year, there's only so much that I can squeeze in a month out from having a new baby! But next year...next year...be ready for these!

All girls are 2.5-ALMOST 3 years old, wearing two outfits from the client closet that fit up to 4-5 years of age, both of which are from Dollcake. That "Dollop of Vintage" romper might be favorite outfit ever - I'm completely obsessed...