Feature Friday: Heirloom Albums

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Feature Friday: Heirloom Albums

Today’s Feature Friday is: Albums, Albums, Albums!

Heirloom Albums to be specific.

Our heirloom quality album is definitely a product you and your family will rave about and proudly display. In fact, it’s such a big hit with me and my family, that it’s always at the top of my recommendations!

You and your loved ones are so special and unique, and the heirloom album is seriously one of the best ways to show that.

An album is definitely one of those products you have to see, touch, and feel. We call them heirloom albums because they have the potential to literally last a lifetime. Don’t believe me? Read on.

Heirloom Quality

The heirloom album has a standard archival value of 100 years on home display. However, if you store your album in a cool, dry place in dark room storage, it has an archival value of at least 200 years. 

Personalized options

You have the option to cover your album in beautiful, genuine Italian full grain leather or linen made of classic textile blend. The leather covers on the heirloom album are moisture resistant leathers that age beautifully with a rich patina, and come in various, classic colors. Some of your color options are: black, navy blue, walnut brown, and ash gray. Either way, we’ll make sure the cover and images both have a cohesive look.

In addition, you can choose between three paper textures. Boast a vibrant and glossy texture with fujifilm or our signature paper. On the other hand, you can opt for a soft, classic felt texture with rich color. All of your pages will feature pure white and sharp quality. Your album will be the perfect way to not only tell and share your story but also display it.

Storybook Pages

Your pages will be acid free, elemental chlorine free, and made of 30% recycled content depending on the texture you choose. We hate those flimsy, thin pages. Finally, your album will feature thick pages to give you extra assurance and stability.

 

How to care for your album? 

You should store all albums in a temperature-controlled and humidity-controlled environment to keep them looking their best.

To remove fingerprints, use a soft cloth making sure to avoid solvents or water which could cause damage.

Carefully apply a simple leather conditioner to your genuine leather album cover, to remove any scratches or scuffs that occur.In closing, the weight, leather, beautiful prints, custom design, and debasing of this album make it the perfect luxury item to display your family’s most precious memories. 

Alrighty guys, this concludes our Feature Friday: Heirloom Albums post! 

What do you think of this timeless album? Feel free to leave me a comment below. 

Are you ready to take the first step in booking a portrait session or wedding? Get in touch now! 

5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer in Closing

Okay Lovebirds, that completes our post on the “5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer”. In brief, you should ask your photographer

  1. to describe their style,
  2. if your images will be edited,
  3. collection or package information and what’s included
  4. about their shot list to check their preparation and/or experience
  5. for their turnaround time on image delivery.

Furthermore, CONGRATS on your engagement! Naturally, as a traveling Houston-based and destination wedding photographer, I pride myself on providing you with valuable information. I’d love to help you out and capture your wedding or elopement. You can get in touch with me by completing the contact form here. 

Did you like this advice on 5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer? If so, leave us a comment below. Would you add any additional questions? I hope these questions help you in your search for finding and confirming the perfect wedding photographer for you. We’d love to hear your feedback. 

Finally, if you have any questions, send us an email or leave a comment here. Most importantly, please remember that I’m here to help!

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What To Wear: Family Style Guide

I truly believe that photographs should capture the essence of you and your family’s personality at the very least. I want to help you and your family receive authentic, timeless, and classic wall art and family heirlooms and styling is one way we can work together to achieve that!

I’ve listed 8 great styling tips to get great family photos in the “What to Wear: Family Style Guide“ below:

1. Coordination is key. Coordination and not matching is key. I know, I know. You haven’t had professional family portraits taken in over a decade (or maybe you have). Either way, matching is out and coordinating is in! You no longer have to dress your children in identical outfits or colors and hang that cheesy family portrait in your living room.

2. Choose a color palette. So if we’re coordinating, where do we start? I recommend you choose a color palette. Colors in your home are great places to start, though I’m not certain I’d recommend Pepto Bismol Pink (LOL). Fluorescent colors such as whites, tend to color cast and can sometimes reflect rather harshly. I recommend incorporating one of the primary colors like: yellow (mustard), red (maroon, brick), and blue (navy, royal) and two secondary colors into your palette. If you’re stuck and don’t know where to begin, reach out to your photographer for assistance.

3. Dress comfortably and for the weather. Sounds like a no-brainer right? Right. But we sometimes make the mistake in dressing ourselves or our children in uncomfortable clothes for certain events. Just think about that beautiful evening or wedding gown you wore to your Prom or wedding. Dressing members of your family in shorts during winter or a sweater in the heat of the summer isn’t ideal. It is our goal to help you feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. If you are upset or uncomfortable during your session, it will show in your photographs.

4. Start with the female. Often times, the woman of the family will already have her outfit selected. In some circumstances, it may be easier to begin with her wardrobe, and build other members of the family’s outfits around hers.

5. Think solid or plaid colored shirts, but you can get funky if you’re family’s into that too. Clothing with graphics or fairly large logos can take away from the person in the photo. For this reason, I recommend wearing solid or plaid colored shirts.

6. Remember the location. If your session location is in a grassy area or field, I recommend wearing the color green sparingly. Wearing green as a primary color when you’re surrounded by a field of grass, is one way to for you to blend in like camouflage (which is the exact opposite of what we want you to do)! We want you and your family to be the center of attention in your photographs. However, if you’re truly set on wearing the color green, it does make a great accent color.

7. Layers, layers, layers…layers everywhere! I feel like I’m singing the intro to a popular 2000s tune or something. Seriously though, layers add texture and dimension. They’re a great way to help give your photographs that extra oomph!  If you’re not able to add layers, I recommend clothing with texture such as: buttons, ruffles, embroider, flannel, or items with ‘grit’ per se.

8. Accessorize!Accessories can make all the difference in your photographs, especially if you’re feeling like your wardrobe is a bit too bland or basic. If that’s the look you’re going for have at it. Most of the time that’s the look I’m going for. However, if you’re wanting to add a little something different from your normal look, consider accessorizing. Necklaces, boots, bracelets, tights, and scarves oh my! I recommend wearing at least one accessory for females, they can really add interest and spark to your photos. If you’re unsure as to which ones you should, bring them all!

BONUS: The most important tip of them all is to have fun! Need more assistance? Contact us to take the first step in the Melo and Me Photography Experience.

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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.

  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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The truth is I had a mom already booked who I felt would be a much better “fit” than me. We were set to take photographs of she and her two beautiful daughters later this week, but I wanted to do some test photos for the set before she came. 

So how did I end up in the photos? The answer is  simple —my husband and partner, Pedro. He said, “Don’t you want to get in some shots too?”. Each time he asked I told him no, slightly considering the thought more and more each time until I finally cracked. He suggested I wear one of our studio gowns. Then I pulled my hair up into the same hairstyle I’ve had a thousand times, and threw on some chapstick.

Seriously. That’s all that happened. So why was it so hard? I’m assuming the same reason moms all around the world have camera rolls of more than 1000 photos of their children, and only 20 of the photos include themselves. The number of snapshots of both them and their children pictured together is probably less than 10% of their camera roll. It’s hard because we’re not thinking of ourselves. It’s hard because we don’t think we’re perfect. Our hair isn’t right. We don’t have makeup on. What if we don’t look good? 

Girlfriend guess what? These are really just figments of our fears of what beauty means to us when all along strong women and mothers like you have been creating our own standard of beauty. When my children look back on photos of me, I’m almost certain they won’t be thinking of those small details we nitpick and use as excuses everyday. They’ll simply reply, “This is Mama. Oh, and that’s me!” 

What are you waiting for? Seeing yourself for what your littles see in you BEGINS NOW at our LImited Edition Mother’s Day Spring Portrait Sessions.

  • When: April 13-14, 2019

  • Where: In-home Studio in Valley Ranch (Porter, TX)

  • What you’ll receive: Up to 20 minutes of session time + 3 digital images and a print release + option to purchase the full gallery and products (our products are amazing by the way)

  • How much: $200 ($100 retainer due at booking)

Book your Limited Edition Mother’s Day Spring Portrait Session today here: http://bit.ly/mothers-spring

These bite-sized sessions are first-come, first-serve with limited availability so don’t wait to book!

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Why Memories Make the Best Father’s Day Gift | Houston, The Woodlands, and Spring TX Family Photographer

Why Memories Make the Best Father’s Day Gift | Houston, The Woodlands, and Spring TX Family Photographer

All too often than not we focus only on Moms and I can’t help but think how the amazing Dads around the world may feel. I mean sure, there are some kick-butt Moms but Dads are an integral part of the family as well. My husband Pedro and son Jaxon, share such a beautiful relationship with one another and I can’t imagine what our life would be like without him. I’ve been grateful to have a husband who believes in taking part in some of the unconventional duties when it comes to parenting and housework. We share an equal amount of time changing diapers, shooting basketball hoops, and any other activity that Jaxon happens to be interested in at the moment lol. 

This Father’s Day you can skip the goofy ties Dad hardly wears, and maybe even tool kit he hardly uses, and give Dad a gift of the thing he loves most —memories with his family. Maybe Dad works a lot and you’ve been meaning to get some new canvases for your walls? Or maybe he’s a stay at home Dad who hardly has photos of himself? Maybe you’re like some families and Dad doesn’t have professional photos of himself and the kids at all. I think it’s important that you not only document your family’s life, but have printed artwork and professional quality prints to reflect just how special your family truly is.  Make this Father’s Day one to remember and book the special Dad in your life a Father’s Day portrait session in Houston, TX. 

Yes, I know what you’re probably thinking, “But he hates getting his photo taken”. And that’s most likely true, but let Dad know the photo session doesn’t have to last up to an hour, and the beautiful artwork he’ll receive will be completely worth it in the end! What’s even better is I try my best to make all sessions fun and relaxing. I believe in photographing the candid and authentic moments of you and your family, not just posed photos with in-genuine smiles. 

Wanting to surprise Dad with finished artwork instead? Not a problem at all! You can book a photo session in The Woodlands or Houston, TX of just the littles and have them deliver Dad’s gift with love. You’ll even have the opportunity to purchase limited edition products like mini accordion albums and wooden blocks.

By the way, Father’s Day is June 18, 2017 this year! Make sure to call and schedule your pre-session consultation today to have Dad’s gift in time. Whatever you do decide to do, just know I’ll be there every step of the way. Read more about the Melo and Me Experience here.  

Are you excited and ready to book a portrait or lifestyle session of your family or children this Father’s Day? Give me a call at (832) 856-0923 or complete the form below to get in touch and schedule your pre-session consultation. 

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Niesha Fuentes is a senior, wedding and family photographer in The Woodlands, Houston, and Conroe, TX. 

Melo and Me Photography services Conroe, The Woodlands, Montgomery County, New Caney, Humble, Atascocita and Greater North Houston areas. On-location senior sessions are also booked in the southeast Texas and Golden Triangle areas, including but not limited to: Jasper, Newton, Woodville, Brookeland, Pineland, Silsbee and Beaumont, Texas. 

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