10 Stress-Free Family & Child Session Tips

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.

“That’s my mama!” | Mother’s Day Sessions

Have you ever felt like you weren’t good enough? Well I sure as heck have. In all honesty, I wasn’t even supposed to be the mom featured on our Mother’s Day promotion. 

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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“Memories After Harvey” | Houston, The Woodlands, Conroe, Spring, Jasper & Southeast TX Family Photographer

Whew! This week has been physically, emotionally, and mentally draining to say the least. From the rain and flooding as a result of Hurricane Harvey, to the loss of lives, homes, and other possessions. Thankfully, through it all an ounce of sanity still remains and I’m grateful —for everything.

And although the unprecedented amounts of rainfall and damage that flooded the Greater Texas area has finally passed, I can’t help but to be thankful for the smaller things, like life and my restoration in humanity. Texans and people all over the United States and globe all came together to help in the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in our great state. The overflow of love and support has been astounding, and I think I speak on behalf of the many victims and those affected by the storm, that we greatly appreciate everything you guys have done.

With natural disasters, come the loss of memories and family heirlooms that have been with our families since we could remember. Many of our fellow neighbors have lost it all and I can’t help but think of ways in how I could possibly help out as a local business owner.

I must have racked my brain time and time again, just trying to find a way to give back to our Texas communities. No amount of sessions can replace the physical proof of memories that once filled your home’s walls. But this can be the first step in the road to recovery. 

From now until the end of October, Melo and Me Photography will provide complimentary family mini sessions to Harvey flood victims in the Greater Houston and Southeast Texas regions. Victims will also receive a keepsake social media digital file or one 5×7 print to share with family and friends.

 Posted Sunday night on the Facebook Page, with the hopes of giving myself high spirits after Harvey's force reckoned havoc in the southern Texas region.

Posted Sunday night on the Facebook Page, with the hopes of giving myself high spirits after Harvey’s force reckoned havoc in the southern Texas region.

If you know someone or a family that has been displaced, please have them reach out and send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “Memories after Harvey”, and we’ll go from there.

We know there is still a lot work to be done as we make way for recovery. Stay safe, dry, and strong friends and remember -we are stronger together!

#USAstrong #TexasStrong #memoriesafterHarvey

Hawthorne Family Session in Jasper, Tx | Houston, Kingwood, Sugarland, Pearland, The Woodlands, Spring, Conroe, Jasper, Beaumont, Cleveland, New Caney, Humble, TX Senior, Family, and Wedding Photographer

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]. 

Are you ready to book a session for your family, children, or senior? You can click here to get connected to us.

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