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10 Stress-Free Family & Child Session Tips | Houston, Kingwood, The Woodlands, Spring, Humble TX Traveling Family & Child Photographer

Whew chile, where do we even begin? I actually had to take a deep breath before writing this, because I KNOW just how stressful planning for picture day can be. *Cues all of the times I had to get ready for my own family’s picture day (or any picture day for that matter).

As with all families, it always seems like something’s bound to go wrong no matter how much you plan. Don’t get derailed and discouraged —HOPE is on the way!

Pedro and I have compiled ten of what we feel are the most important tips to help you and your family take the stress out of family picture day, and better prepare for your photo session.

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  1. Plan to arrive to your family session at least 10-15 minutes early.

  2. Don’t forget to feed your child/children before the session (bonus if they’ve had a nap)

  3. Make sure you have a backup outfit for each child just in case, 

  4. Don’t change your child/children into their session clothing until after they eat (seeing as though we have two littles of our own, we know how hard this can be)

  5. Only give them clear liquids once they are in their session clothing, 

  6. Bring along their favorite toy or blanket, this will help them to feel comfortable during the session (it’s always smart to have a bribe in place such as fruit snacks, candy or a toy) 

  7. Have a heart to heart with your child/children about the session and explain what’s going to happen, 

  8. Talk to your significant other about the session, how the session will go and discuss what your expectations are, 

  9. Outfits: remember to coordinate instead of matching & ensure all outfits are wrinkle-free. We’re not saying you have to starch them, but you can at least throw them in the dryer for a spin,

  10. A few days prior to your session, pack a bag filled with items you will possibly need on picture day: (snacks, props, wipes, hairbrush, emergency items, etc.)

3-for-1 combo BONUS TIP: Relax, have fun, and love on your family <3.

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Why Prints Matter | Kingwood, Houston, The Woodlands TX Senior, Family, and Wedding Photographer

This day in age, many families are debating whether or not they should take professional portraits, let alone purchase prints and wall art. But before you decide to just take the digital images, you may want to read this.

"We are the most photographed era, with the least number of prints, albums, and artwork."
Far left: Great-Great-Grandmother Arvie/R.V. (1882-1960)* &amp; Far right: Great-Great-Great-Grandmother Winnie (1860-1953)*

Far left: Great-Great-Grandmother Arvie/R.V. (1882-1960)* & Far right: Great-Great-Great-Grandmother Winnie (1860-1953)*

In September 2016, my husband and I took a trip to Jasper, Texas (our hometown) to visit Melo’s Happy Place and celebrate his second birthday. If you don't know by now, Carmelo "Melo" is my stillborn baby boy and the name and spirit behind Melo and Me Photography. Surprisingly, I did quite well and held the tears in like only a strong Mom can. Even though I know quite well that the ability to hold in tears does not symbolize strength alone.

As painful as it was --it was also refreshing, and while there I stopped by my grandmother’s house. On the way out, I noticed a basket of what looked like albums, and so of course, I opened it. I’ve always been eager to look at pictures and would compare the feeling of rummaging through several photo albums to a kid waking up on Christmas day.

There, in the basket lied memories of my late grandfather, great-grandparents, great-great grandparents, and great-great-great grandparents.

The feeling I felt of touching photographs that’d been passed down from generation to generation was breath-taking. I stared at them the way kids stare at gifts, reminiscing on my childhood and the black and white memories that escaped from the pages of the albums.

Great-Great Grandfather Joe “Papa Joe” Fent (1887–1967)

Great-Great Grandfather Joe “Papa Joe” Fent (1887–1967)

I am so grateful that my family valued photographs so much that they decided to leave a piece of our family history behind for us. These are the only photographs my family has to remember our ancestors. Even in a time, where many African-Americans were slaves with no record of their ancestry, and could hardly afford to purchase their own homes or land, my family still managed to preserve their history through photographs..and for that I am forever grateful. 

Studies show that this is the most photographed generation, with more than an estimated 1 trillion photographs taken in 2016 alone. You’re probably thinking that’s a good thing right? Well, yes..and no. As we all know, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Sure we’re taking photographs, but are we really preserving those memories by keeping them on CDs, DVDs, and USB drives that could potentially become obsolete in the next 10 years?

“According to a nationwide survey conducted by Professional Photographers of America (PPA), 42% of people (ages 30-44) will likely look back and wonder where photos of their childhood, holiday get-togethers, relatives and friends have gone decades from now.”

The survey also revealed that “nearly 70% of people no longer have photo albums” and 53% of people said they haven’t printed a photo in more than 12 months or longer.

Second from left (first man): Great Grandfather Mace and his siblings &nbsp;(1907-1953)

Second from left (first man): Great Grandfather Mace and his siblings  (1907-1953)

So what does this mean?

In 1910, flash drives, CD/DVD-roms, floppy disks and other technological mediums that could possibly hold digital files in today’s age, did not exist. But can you guess what my great-great-great-grandparents did have to preserve their memories? Prints. 

Because even with technological advancements and changes, prints have always served as family heirlooms. These photographs serve as time-capsules encompassing a piece of each of my family’s memories. Looking at them on the computer or phone is great, but touching them is even better. 

That’s why I’m proud to announce that Melo and Me Photography now offers our clients family heirlooms to pass down to generations!  Signature albums, heirloom boxes, and canvases make great art pieces to display in your home.

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Ask me how you can invest in family portraits and photographs that are guaranteed to last more than a lifetime. I take the time to shoot each session and vision with your family’s style in mind. You deserve prints to pass on to your descendants. Let me help guide you in selecting the perfect artwork for your home, by completing the form below. 

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Hawthorne Family Session in Jasper, Tx | The Woodlands, Spring and Conroe, TX Family Photographer

I was ecstatic when Erica contacted saying she'd like to book a sibling session of her children. Erica and I first met a few years back, when I was in high school. She and a few other amazing women ran the JHS Basketball Booster Club.

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Heirloom Albums | Houston and The Woodlands, TX - Senior, Family, & Wedding Photographer

Heirloom Albums | Houston and The Woodlands, TX - Senior, Family, & Wedding Photographer

Albums, Albums, Albums! This is definitely a product you and your family should collect and enjoy. When considering what products are recommended for your family, an heirloom album should be at the top of your list! You and your loved ones are special and unique, and you deserve high quality prints and portraits that reflect that. 

An album is definitely one of those products you have to seetouch, and feel. Why are they referred to as heirloom albums? Because they have the potential to literally last a lifetime. 

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Premium Box of Matted Prints | Houston, TX Senior, Family, & Wedding Photographer

Premium Box of Matted Prints | Houston, TX Senior, Family, & Wedding Photographer

Today, I'm featuring one of the many products Melo and Me Photography has to offer clients. It is a cream colored premium box of matted prints, and comes in various sizes and colors. Heirloom boxes are great for families, seniors, and even couples who'd like to be able to change out the way their artwork and prints are displayed. 

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