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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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.

How to Slay Your Senior Session with Confidence! | Houston, The Woodlands, Kingwood, Humble, Conroe, Spring Jasper, TX Senior Photographer

Get to know your photographer.

Take the time to get to know your photographer and I promise you will feel more relaxed and comfortable, than those who meet their photographer for the first time on session day. You can do this by scheduling a consultation, which is just a fancy way of saying we get to know a little bit about each other.

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. 

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. Trust me you don’t want to scramble through boutiques or stores trying to find outfits for your session with no guidance at all.

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.

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. We recommend professionals like:

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.

Have any questions or tips to include yourself? Contact us now to learn more about how we help take the stress out of your session day.

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