Birth Photography | Houston Portrait Photographer for Babies, Kids, & Families

This post is a bit “personal”, which makes me feel kind of awkward, but I think it’ll be worth it…

Okay, I keep reading about “Birth Photography” and I have to say the idea of it shocked me a bit. Have you heard about this trend? Birth Photographers coordinate with the parents ahead of time and are notified as soon as the Mom is going into labor. The Birth Photographer arrives on the scene & is able to capture the tender behind-the-scenes moments in the delivery room (surely avoiding the unflattering parts)…The baby getting her wellness checks and being held by each parent for the first time…Perhaps the look between two first-time parents as they marvel at the reality of actually holding their little one in their arms for the first time. It’s powerful stuff!

Well, as a first time Mom myself, hiring a photographer for the event was the absolute LAST thing on my mind. I was a bit nervous and anxious and bursting with excitement. I did, however, have the good sense to show my husband the ins and outs of my fancy camera before hand. We even practiced a bit. The photos he took are absolutely priceless to us! Some of them are more personal than others, but I’m sharing these, as some of my very favorites…

And, I might have nightmares tonight after posting this next one (too personal?!), but I’m a severely camera-shy person, and yet this photo, taken by my husband, is one of my all-time favorites. It kind of captures everything. Even the awkwardness of squirmy (and beet-red) little Baby O. 

The next morning, this is from my hospital bed, looking up. Quality of the photo isn’t awesome, but I love how sweet he was with her, right from the start…

Probably not supposed to let O’s Grandparents see this photo…it doesn’t look safe (but I promise it was)!… 

Perhaps I will go through her newborn photos soon and post some here. Last week I spent a lovely morning with two new parents, photographing their brand new baby girl. We had such a great time visiting & trying to get their little cutie to curl up to sleep. She really reminded me of Baby O (alert and interested in everything right from the get-go). Perhaps that’s why I thought to post these photos now. Anyway, I hope you had a fun weekend! Would love to hear your thoughts!…. XOXO

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DebbieMarch 19, 2012 - 7:18 am

So sweet, Jane! Great photos from you and A!

adminMarch 20, 2012 - 2:50 pm

Aw, thank you Debbie! :-)

KatieMarch 22, 2012 - 7:47 am

I am in love with your day 1 pictures. The one of you and baby O is absolutly stunning.

adminMarch 22, 2012 - 9:38 am

Oh, thank you for the comment, Katie…that makes my day!

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My Green Martian | Houston Portrait Photographer for Babies, Kids, & Families

Better early than late, right?…Wishing you a very Happy St. Patty’s Day, filled with fun (and maybe even some green beer, or yummy Irish fare). I’ve had the idea for these photos for several weeks now, but Baby O hasn’t been in a posing mood (mainly because it is much more fun to run around and play when you’re outside, which I fully understand & encourage!). Then today it dawned on me…now or never! So, I grabbed some felt and whipped up the truly funny-looking clovers for her headband and we were off to the park!…

I kind of had to chase her around for some of these, but I love her expressions! She really makes me laugh…

Such the little explorer…Some of my favorite photos of her are ones where she is deep in thought, trying to figure something out…

And then we have her recent phone conversations with an Imaginary Friend. She uses our phones (when she gets her hands on them), cardboard, really anything roughly that size, and she’ll walk around at length, babbling and then pausing and laughing hysterically for a moment, as if her friend just said something hilarious. She always throws her head back when she does this…kind of silly! The next photo is as if she’s a teenager saying, “Mom, quit watching me, I’m just catching up with my friends!”…

My husband says she looks like a little martian in these photos and I have to agree! A cute little martian, texting her martian buddies…

Scooped up and in Daddy’s arms…Lucky Girl!…

Keep your eyes peeled for 4 leaf clovers and have a Great Weekend! XOXO

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A Ball Theme First Birthday Party | Houston Portrait Photographer

Hi there! Alright, please excuse the less than stellar lighting here…I was sort of winging it in an effort to be quick & efficient about it (had to get back to to “Momming”). But, I wanted to be sure to share the details, in the event that any one out there is planning a “Ball Theme” Birthday Party and is eager to see some of the things my Sister did for her Son’s! (In case you didn’t see the earlier post, here is a look at the Invitations we did for this party.)

Below: Circular sugar cookies with colored icing; Cute & Sweet Vanilla Cake. I like how my Sister put a few dots on the sides of the cake as well.; Colored Cupcakes…perfect.

Below: My Sister put the plastic toy balls in various containers around the house, such as this one. There were also bags of them in the living room for the kids to play with.; The napkins and plates couldn’t match more. She got them at HEB of all places.; In lieu of a goody-bag, each guest could take a ball from the bucket. I think they liked them so much they started playing with them well before the party ended.

I like how she kept things clean and simple. She had in-laws in town, the boys got sick the week before, etc. Rather than thinking of all of the crazy elaborate things she could do and stressing herself out about it, she really made it simple, classy, and fun. I don’t think I’d ever seen so many energetic, wild and happy kids at a party before. She did a really great job.

Check out the Birthday Boy, with a little encouragement from his adoring Cousin, Baby O…

Oh, I love his sweet expressions…I want to scoop him up and take him home with me! That’s normal, right? 😉

And, time to eat cake!…I love how Baby T just went for it. He grabbed fist-fulls of cake and crumbled it up. He dumped the plate over to see if he was missing anything underneath. I don’t know if he ate much of it, but I think he really enjoyed the experience. My husband and I were chuckling at what a sophisticated little lady Baby O was feigning to be. Look at her with her using a fork…where did this grown toddler come from? (She isn’t so well-mannered at home.)

 A Few Other Fun Ball-Theme Party Ideas:

Martha Stewart’s Bouncy Party Cake & Decor

A Bouncing Baby Boy’s 1st Birthday Party

Circle Garland – Tutorial

Circular Photos – My Sister also had the idea to print photos of him at various stages throughout the past year and use a circle template to cut them out in the shape of circles. They could be displayed in different areas of the party and/or in the form of a Garland (using the idea of the “Circle Garland Tutorial” above, only using larger circles, and probably hanging them on the wall, rather than draping them like a garland.

For Food, she served circular items, when possible. She had on the menu; Bagel Bites, Corn Dog Poppers, Cantaloupe & Honeydew Melons scooped out into tiny balls, round crackers with cheese, etc. Also, a bowl full of brightly colored fruit juice boxes for the kids.

It was a big hit, all around! I hope you enjoy the ideas. In case you haven’t noticed, I do looove me a good kids’ theme party. I would love to see links to any theme parties you’ve thrown. I’m always looking for ideas for Baby O’s next Birthday.

Have a great day & thank you for reading!

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So Happy Together | Houston Portrait Photographer

Katherine and I have known each other since we were six years old! We met on the neighborhood swim team, which led to many a hot summer day spent running around bare foot at either of our parents’ houses. We both moved around with our families before resettling in Houston. At 14, we were finally going to the same school, high school none-the-less. We were inseparable, along with a couple other wonderful friends. And, excepting our busy grown-up lives, we all still are. So, we were thrilled to learn that she was marrying the Man of her dreams and, get this!, moving to Lebanon! Okay, we weren’t thrilled about the moving part. But, then again, we know they will love it and so it’s hard not to be happy for that reason. Plus, I hear Skype is a pretty cool invention. I’ll have to become savvy with it.

I think you can see they both have infectious smiles. You wouldn’t even know it from the photos, but it rained on us part way through our photo session. We kept going through a few of the sprinkles (the two photos above were during that time frame) and then Katherine’s Hubby said, “Saved by Mother Nature!”. I thought that was so cute and funny. I think it’s common not to love posing for the camera…I know I don’t!

Here is a glimpse at the actual ceremony, held earlier the same day, at the Justice of the Peace…The officiant was awesome, by the way! He was so personable and made it so special and joyful for us all.

The 9 of us then went to Brennan’s Restaurant for a truly lovely brunch in celebration of the Newly-Weds. This was my first time to go to Brennan’s (the original one, I’m told, is in New Orleans) and it won’t be the last! It is one of my new favorite restaurants. They even make their own pralines. Who doesn’t love handmade pralines?…I don’t have any formal statistics on the matter, but I’m pretty sure everyone loves ’em. At least everyone at our party did!

Alright, look out…the food here was amazing! I’m getting hungry just posting the photos…And, oh yes, that is my giant chocolate cake (below). Why am I always attracted to the least healthy thing on the dessert menu? Well, I just love chocolate. Again, who doesn’t?

Above: Our last name is Foster and so my husband thought he should show Baby O up close how Banana Fosters are made. Wow, they are delicious. I’d never had them before. See those three smiley girls above? That’s me (in purple), Katherine, and our other longtime best bud! Fun times.

Congratulations again, to my dear friend and her wonderful husband!

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KaraMarch 13, 2012 - 8:21 pm

Oh how exciting!!! Katherine looks gorgeous and you really captured their happiness in those pictures. Sooo happy for them!!

adminMarch 13, 2012 - 8:24 pm

Oh, thank you for the comment! Yes, they were both so giddy-happy…it was really neat to see. :-)

Catching Up | Houston Portrait Photographer for Babies, Kids, & Families

Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! The weather was indeed gorgeous here in Houston. We went to a Farmer’s Market, had a picnic in our backyard, and spent much time in the park (Baby O is becoming quite insistent on it these days. If you even crack the front door open she practically “runs” {i.e. wide-stance “tottles” as quickly as possible} in the direction of the nearby playground. What a handful she’s becoming! But in the best of ways of course…at least most of the time!)…

I’m so, so glad we spent so much “Family Time” together this weekend! But, alas, I need to play a little catch up this week. I’ve had so many wonderful shoots lately and, as much as I LOVE posting about them here, the priority of course is to keep everything on a great schedule for the clients. So, I’m going to be focusing on that this week, as well as some back-end website maintenance work. I even have my parents lined up to graciously help out with Baby O (so happy she gets to spend time with them!). I hope you won’t miss my posts this week…Okay, actually, I hope that you enjoy them enough that you’ll be on the edge of your seat, looking forward to their return!..hehe.

(Above: Baby O, hard at “work”, with her Fisher Price Farm House.)

I will try to post later this week, but know that I am catching up on work and home life this week and that next week I will be back to my normal schedule! I typically post early morning on Mondays, Wednsdays, & Fridays. As always, you can “Subscribe by Email” so you don’t miss a beat.

Next week I’ll have some St. Patty’s Day fun! Here’s to a great, & productive, week to us all!

Thank you oh-so-much for reading!

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