Friday Favorites…One Image, 2 Pieces of Art {The Woodlands, TX | Baby Photographer}

I’ve taken so many images, and have so many different favorites for so many various reasons.  Social media, internet, and web-based portfolios are all great; but this online world we live in sometimes leads things to be a bit less personal.  I believe that every image has a story to tell, and that’s what I love doing for my clients so much!  I don’t always get a chance to tell the story behind every image though–what I love about it, what makes it special to me.  So, I thought I would start a weekly blog post that featured one of my favorite images…deconstructed.  The story behind it, the reasons I love it (whether they are technical reasons of lighting/composition/etc., or emotional ones about what and why the image makes me feel).  So check back every week–some of these shares will be personal ones, and others will come from clients’ sessions past and present…one of your images might be featured here!

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I love this image because I feel like I’m right there with them again, at that place, that time, that moment.  And then when it’s turned into black and white….

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I feel like everything BUT that moment is stripped away.  It doesn’t matter anymore when it was or where it was.  All that’s left is that moment between mother and child, and it becomes less of a visual art, and more of an emotional one.

Not that color images can’t be super emotional as well, or that black and white will instantly turn a photograph into something deeper, but sometimes on certain images it has that affect to me.  And it stops me in my tracks and makes my heart swell, so I thought I would share :).  Happy Friday everyone!

Friday Favorites…Brotherly Bond {The Woodlands, TX | Baby Photographer}

I’ve taken so many images, and have so many different favorites for so many various reasons.  Social media, internet, and web-based portfolios are all great; but this online world we live in sometimes leads things to be a bit less personal.  I believe that every image has a story to tell, and that’s what I love doing for my clients so much!  I don’t always get a chance to tell the story behind every image though–what I love about it, what makes it special to me.  So, I thought I would start a weekly blog post that featured one of my favorite images…deconstructed.  The story behind it, the reasons I love it (whether they are technical reasons of lighting/composition/etc., or emotional ones about what and why the image makes me feel).  So check back every week–some of these shares will be personal ones, and others will come from clients’ sessions past and present…one of your images might be featured here!

 

In case you missed this one from his full post earlier this week…I obviously love this shot :).  I love that Mom and Dad will be able to go back and see about how much this little guy weighed at this point, I love the reflection on the floor (I’m a sucker for a reflection :)), and I love that I made that flag bunting all by myself :)–and I am not a crafty person.  I had this image in my head for a while, and I was so glad that Baby B was so cooperative during his session that I got the chance to create it.  Sometimes when you have an image in your head for a while, the real thing just doesn’t meet the standards you’ve set for it.  This time it turned out exactly how I wanted it to, and it makes me smile :).

 

It’s been a while since I put up a Friday Favorites–busy season is definitely here!  But I thought this recent image was perfect for it :).  Brotherly love–a bond they might not even realize they have yet.  They will always be there for each other, need each other, and look out for each other.  I have a sibling, and I know first hand how special this bond can be :).  Happy Friday everyone!

Friday Favorites…Baby Smiles {The Woodlands, TX | Baby Photographer}

I’ve taken so many images, and have so many different favorites for so many various reasons.  Social media, internet, and web-based portfolios are all great; but this online world we live in sometimes leads things to be a bit less personal.  I believe that every image has a story to tell, and that’s what I love doing for my clients so much!  I don’t always get a chance to tell the story behind every image though–what I love about it, what makes it special to me.  So, I thought I would start a weekly blog post that featured one of my favorite images…deconstructed.  The story behind it, the reasons I love it (whether they are technical reasons of lighting/composition/etc., or emotional ones about what and why the image makes me feel).  So check back every week–some of these shares will be personal ones, and others will come from clients’ sessions past and present…one of your images might be featured here!

They are elusive, a bit rare.  You can’t ask a newborn to smile for you, and no amount of foolishness (which I’m quite prone to do to get that smile from an older baby) is going to bring one on.  That’s why I love it so much when I capture a quick smile from a tiny newborn.  Natural, pure, completely real, and it always makes me wonder what exactly they’re dreaming about.  Tricks to capturing a baby smile?  Mostly patience and quick fingers…but it helps to be ready when you see them start making other faces in their sleep and you can tell they are starting to slip into that really deep sleep–that’s usually when a quick smile might flash by.  If you see a sad looking frown/silent cry face in their sleep–don’t put the camera down waiting for it to pass, but instead be prepared and ready to go, a smile sometimes follows quickly :).  Happy Friday everyone, and have a great weekend!

The S Family…Surrounded by Boys :) {The Woodlands, TX | Family Photographer}

I can’t imagine being  Mrs. S, Mom of three boys full of energy all day long!  Being the only woman in the house, I’m sure she’s got to be pretty tough to survive all of that testosterone on a regular basis :).  You can tell that she loves being surrounded by her boys though…each and every one of them!  Thanks to the S Family for a fun-filled and energy packed session!

Friday Favorites…The Most Genuine Smile {The Woodlands, TX | Baby Photographer}

I’ve taken so many images, and have so many different favorites for so many various reasons.  Social media, internet, and web-based portfolios are all great; but this online world we live in sometimes leads things to be a bit less personal.  I believe that every image has a story to tell, and that’s what I love doing for my clients so much!  I don’t always get a chance to tell the story behind every image though–what I love about it, what makes it special to me.  So, I thought I would start a weekly blog post that featured one of my favorite images…deconstructed.  The story behind it, the reasons I love it (whether they are technical reasons of lighting/composition/etc., or emotional ones about what and why the image makes me feel).  So check back every week–some of these shares will be personal ones, and others will come from clients’ sessions past and present…one of your images might be featured here!

 

Undoubtedly, the most genuine smile you will ever see will come from a 6 month old baby. I’m quite certain they don’t know how to smile any other way.  And that is what I love about this image, and photographing this age in general.  They might not always smile for you, but whatever expression they give you is 100% real.  There are no “cheese” smiles yet, and there is not an ounce of fakeness to anything they do.  They simply are who they are, and show what they feel at all times.  I love it.  There is something so pure and innocent about the honest emotions of a 6 month old baby that lightens my heart and makes me smile.  Try smiling like a 6 month old today and see how good it makes you feel!  Happy Friday everyone!!

Friday Favorites…A Little Light {The Woodlands, TX | Baby Photographer}

I’ve taken so many images, and have so many different favorites for so many various reasons.  Social media, internet, and web-based portfolios are all great; but this online world we live in sometimes leads things to be a bit less personal.  I believe that every image has a story to tell, and that’s what I love doing for my clients so much!  I don’t always get a chance to tell the story behind every image though–what I love about it, what makes it special to me.  So, I thought I would start a weekly blog post that featured one of my favorite images…deconstructed.  The story behind it, the reasons I love it (whether they are technical reasons of lighting/composition/etc., or emotional ones about what and why the image makes me feel).  So check back every week–some of these shares will be personal ones, and others will come from clients’ sessions past and present…one of your images might be featured here!

Well, if you’ve been following me for a bit, then you probably already know this is a favorite image of mine…it’s currently on my profile picture for my business page, and it was part of a post just featured on Inspire Me Baby.  I love window light–it can be a bit tricky at times, but it’s so worth it for the softness and the connection to the outside.  I love the closeness between Mom, Dad, and Baby here, as well as Baby’s sweet little smile.  It’s like she can tell she’s surrounded by the people who love her most!  Whether your Baby is big or small, don’t forget a little hug today if you can to let them know they are loved!  Happy Friday everyone!

The S Family…. {The Woodlands, TX | Family Photographer}

I have photographed Miss K many times in the past, and each time is a special treat.  This little girl has so much personality, so much spunk–she’s just a joy to work with every time!  Some of my favorites from the session…

Friday Favorites…Merry Christmas Eve Eve! {The Woodlands, TX | Photographer}

A special edition of Friday Favorites…

The greatest gifts I’ve ever been given.

I don’t care that they weren’t dressed for photos (neither was I), or that my son appears to be screaming at the camera (he in fact screams quite a bit really), or that my daughter (poor thing) has both pink eye and a nice scratch on her forehead (no I did not  bother to edit it out…it doesn’t matter to me), or that it was already late in the day and I had to bump my ISO to 1600 to get the shot.  They are the loves of my life and they agreed to take a picture with ME :).  That is something I have far too few of and plan to remedy in the New Year.  Happy Friday and Happy Holidays to all of my family, friends, and wonderful clients…try to remember the gifts that really matter this Holiday Season :)!

Friday Favorites…Tiny Lips {The Woodlands, TX | Baby Photographer}

I’ve taken so many images, and have so many different favorites for so many various reasons.  Social media, internet, and web-based portfolios are all great; but this online world we live in sometimes leads things to be a bit less personal.  I believe that every image has a story to tell, and that’s what I love doing for my clients so much!  I don’t always get a chance to tell the story behind every image though–what I love about it, what makes it special to me.  So, I thought I would start a weekly blog post that featured one of my favorite images…deconstructed.  The story behind it, the reasons I love it (whether they are technical reasons of lighting/composition/etc., or emotional ones about what and why the image makes me feel).  So check back every week–some of these shares will be personal ones, and others will come from clients’ sessions past and present…one of your images might be featured here!

I just love this image of this baby boy’s precious little lips, and that tiny little sucking blister that means so much more than one might realize at first glance.  I photographed this little guys recently at almost 4 weeks old.  He had problems with his digestive system when he was born, so he had to stay in the hospital for quite some time and even underwent surgery when he was only about 2 weeks old.  He wasn’t able to eat properly for quite some time, so this little sucking blister tells a beautiful story of how he is now flourishing–eating away to his heart’s content :).  All kinds of things make an image beautiful, but it’s the story behind them that makes them priceless.  Happy Friday everyone!!

Friday Favorites…So Worth the Weight ;) {The Woodlands, TX | Baby Photographer}

I’ve taken so many images, and have so many different favorites for so many various reasons.  Social media, internet, and web-based portfolios are all great; but this online world we live in sometimes leads things to be a bit less personal.  I believe that every image has a story to tell, and that’s what I love doing for my clients so much!  I don’t always get a chance to tell the story behind every image though–what I love about it, what makes it special to me.  So, I thought I would start a weekly blog post that featured one of my favorite images…deconstructed.  The story behind it, the reasons I love it (whether they are technical reasons of lighting/composition/etc., or emotional ones about what and why the image makes me feel).  So check back every week–some of these shares will be personal ones, and others will come from clients’ sessions past and present…one of your images might be featured here!

In case you missed this one from his full post earlier this week…I obviously love this shot :).  I love that Mom and Dad will be able to go back and see about how much this little guy weighed at this point, I love the reflection on the floor (I’m a sucker for a reflection :)), and I love that I made that flag bunting all by myself :)–and I am not a crafty person.  I had this image in my head for a while, and I was so glad that Baby B was so cooperative during his session that I got the chance to create it.  Sometimes when you have an image in your head for a while, the real thing just doesn’t meet the standards you’ve set for it.  This time it turned out exactly how I wanted it to, and it makes me smile :).

An important side note I want to mention here.  Newborn sessions require a great deal of patience, and a great deal of caution to make sure the baby is always safe.  For this shot, Dad was just off camera to the right (I actually had to clone a little bit of him out from the original image) watching baby like a hawk for any sign of movement and ready to pounce if he needed to be stabilized at all.  Even if you don’t work with an assistant, it is VERY important to make sure someone is there to help “spot” the baby for any shots where there is even the slightest risk of rolling or falling.  Safety should always come first!  Happy Friday everyone!

An important side note I want to mention here.  Newborn sessions require a great deal of patience, and a great deal of caution to make sure the baby is always safe.  For this shot, Dad was just off camera to the right (I actually had to clone a little bit of him out from the original image) watching baby like a hawk for any sign of movement and ready to pounce if he needed to be stabilized at all.  Even if you don’t work with an assistant, it is VERY important to make sure someone is there to help “spot” the baby for any shots where there is even the slightest risk of rolling or falling.  Safety should always come first!  Happy Friday everyone!