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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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5 ways to capture better memories this summer! | The Woodlands, TX Family and Child Photographer

5 ways to capture better memories this summer! | The Woodlands, TX Family and Child Photographer

School’s out and if you’re anything like my family your gearing up for your family's summer vacation. Depending on how familiar you are with photography and taking photos, I thought I’d share a few tips on how you can capture better memories with your phone or point-and-shoot this summer. 

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How to Slay Your Senior Session with Confidence! | Houston, The Woodlands, and Jasper, TX Senior Photographer

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Get to know your photographer. Seniors who take the time to get to know their photographer feel more relaxed and comfortable, than those who meet their photographer for the first time. The Pre-Session Consultation, is just a fancy way of saying we get to know a little bit about each other via a chat, phone call, or in-person meeting.

Bring yourself, as in BE YOURSELF).  If you don't remember anything else from this post, please remember this --be yourself. This includes being true to yourself and who you are. Trust me, if you're not being yourself at the session, it shows. It's okay to step outside of your comfort zone, but you definitely don't want to display serious facial expressions when you're normally smiling or goofing off. In order to get great photographs, it's important that you're relaxed and comfortable at the session. 

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Plan ahead of time. It's important that you plan for the session ahead of time. Waiting until the last minute to book a photographer, could leave you in the position of not having photographs to document this important time in your life. And, in the event that you are able to book a photographer at the last minute, there's still so much planning that goes into a session and you certainly don't want to scramble through boutiques or stores trying to find outfits for your session. 

Dress to impress. Clothes should be fitted prior to the day of your session, so that you know exactly how they fit. Make sure to get rid of the wrinkles prior to the session. Blouses and bottoms should hang neatly on hangers. Avoiding clothing with large logos or graphics because they take away from the person in the photo.

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Don’t worry…be happy. Last minute pimple show up the night before or day of your session, that's okay! I’ll take care of your acne and blemishes so there's no need to worry. All you have to do is show up to the session and have a great time -I'll take care of the rest! 

Professional hair and makeup artist. A professional hair and makeup artist can completely transform your senior session. They are trained professionals and know how to cater to your needs. You'll have less time to stress and worry about your hair or makeup, and more time to focus on being pampered like a queen! *Bonus: schedule a makeup and/or hair trial a few weeks before scheduled session. *Ask us about including hair and/or makeup into your custom senior session. 

Don’t forget your props! Sports equipment, jersey or uniforms, musical instruments, and books are just a few props that can really tie your personality into the session. They can also add meaning and originality to your session. No props? Not a problem, you'll rock your session either way. 

Get a good night’s rest. Often overlooked, many seniors tend to forget to get a good night's rest; however, it's more important than you think. The more rest you've had, the more time you'll have to enjoy and have a great time at your session. You're also more likely to feel comfortable and have more time to focus on the details. 

Take care of the necessities. This may go without saying for some, but it's worth it to include anyway: 

  • Clean shave. Unless of course, hairy legs and lots of stub are your thing.

  • Guys, it's best to get a haircut at least 6-8 days prior to the session.

  • Bring a hairbrush or comb. It works great for fly-aways and touch-ups.

  • Nails should be manicured, while skin should be moisturized.

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