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.
1. Start with golden hour. An hour after sunrise or before sunset is the perfect time to get those shots with the sun as your backdrop, especially at Galveston Island. Chances are the temperature will be a lot cooler than what it’d be mid-day, even if it’s only a 5 degree difference.
2. Do yourself a favor and keep out —the sun that is. You most likely won’t want to be out in direct sun in Texas heat anyway (lol) but it’s worth noting that photos or selfies taken with the sun directly on you is a sure way to create dark and unflattering shadows on your face and body. However, if you do happen to be out during the middle of the day, find an area with open shade to get nice even light.
3. Enjoy the moment! Every photo doesn’t have to be a posed image of you or your family looking directly at the camera. I’m a believer of living in the moment and taking advantage of the unplanned moments. Candid images are some of the most memorable photos I have of my clients. Enjoy this time of your life and capture both the perfect and imperfect memories — be able to find joy and happiness in every moment.
4. Tell a joke or two. Instead of saying the cliché, “cheese!” tell a joke or two. Photos are so much better when the smiles are authentic.
5. Print your photos! No one likes sorting through tens of thousands of photos on an old laptop. What’s even worse is if the hard drive happens to crash, and you don’t have a backup of Kate’s first trip to Disney. Besides, there’ll be a beautiful and special kind of nostalgia you get when sorting through an old box of prints or album twenty years from now. With the rate smartphones are released, I doubt you’ll have this summer’s memories stored in your new phone. Read more about Why Prints Matter here.
About the Author and Photographer
Niesha Fuentes is a photographer in The Woodlands, Conroe, Jasper and surrounding areas, specializing in senior, family, and wedding photography.
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.
Hiya guys! It’s heating up here in Texas and I am LOVING it. The great thing about the beautiful weather and flowers here in The Woodlands and Conroe, TX area are the events! There are so many things to do and places to choose from this spring and I can’t wait to enjoy them with my family. Well I’ve done the heavy work for you, and compiled a list of the top things to do in The Woodlands and Conroe, TX to celebrate spring.
“Easter Egg Hunt” April 15, 2017
7 Acre Wood’s will be hosting it’s 12th Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Conroe, TX.
Time: 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Cost: Free, but there will be additional services offered so bring extra cash for other activities.
Location: 4401 N Frazier Conroe, Texas 77303
***Correction, in our newsletter it stated April 12 as the date which is incorrect.
“Hop to It” April 14-15, 2017
The Children’s Museum of The Woodlands, TX will host a “Hop to it and Celebrate Easter” event. Children will learn how to make bunny masks and decorate eggs. The Easter Bunny will be also be making appearances at the event, so don’t forget your camera. This is the perfect event if your son or daughter is into arts and crafts.
Time: 10:00AM – 2:00PM
Cost: $6 for ages 1 year and older.
Location: 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280 The Woodlands, Texas 77381.
“Spring Festival” April 22, 2017
Grace Lutheran Church and Christian School will be hosting it’s annual Spring Festival. There will be fun activities for your family, and a live/silent auction, where you will have the opportunity to bid on a portrait session and print with Melo and Me Photography. Stop by and visit our booth to get a first-look at some of our products.
Cost: Free for everyone!
Location: 13123 TX-105, Conroe, TX 77304
*Melo and Me Photography is not associated with any of the events mentioned above.
“Mother’s Day Mini Sessions” April 29, 2017
Melo and Me Photography is offering a mini session event to celebrate Motherhood to honor how amazing it really is. After all, what would the world be without Moms? Total chaos. Yeah, I don’t even want to think about it. This is the perfect gift for the Mom who’s been feeling unappreciated and doubtful lately. Ask any mom in the world what she values most, and I’m willing to bet it’s the time and memories she shares with her family.
Time slots: 7:30am, 8:00am, 5:30pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm
I was ecstatic when Erica contacted me about booking 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. My baby sister and her daughter, Amiah are great friends and her son, Amaud is a character (he seriously needs to go into acting). Amiah’s into sports, fashion, and dancing while Amaud is a country cowboy at heart.
I appreciated Erica’s trust in allowing me to capture her children’s personalities. Erica has her own business of chocolate-covered strawberries, and her professional practices reflect as a customer and entrepreneur. It’s always a breath of fresh air to book clients who value your work, and know what it takes to run a business as a mom and wife.
The first part of the children’s session took place in a popular area in Downtown Jasper, Texas. We started the session off with a few ‘safe’ poses, to help build trust and comfortability (because we all know how awkward it can be to have professional photos taken).
After Amiah’s photos, the sun was beginning to set more so we hurried off to finish their session on a private farm a few minutes away. The timing was perfect because the cows and horses were out grazing! Amaud was definitely in his comfort zone now! By the end of the session, I could tell they were definitely have a good time. It was a pleasure photographing the Hawthorne family [sibling].
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