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Record Time

On Monday I got the privilege with working with less than 2 week old Liam. From the time the new family arrived to the time they left was a dream for any newborn photographer. I don’t think Liam opened his eyes once and he let me put in him many position changes along with a few outfit with no more than a squeak. From start to finish this shoot only took me 37 mins – record time! Rough edits were sent out a few hours later and the excited parents picked their favorites soon after. Within 24 hours their completed album was sent to them setting another person record of a less than 24 hour turn around time! The holidays are approaching which means the studio will buzzing so I am soaking in this turn around record time. I know soon enough it won’t be as quick!


Dads Can Get Excited, Too.

Most of the time the mom’s are the ones who reach out to me wanting their newborns photographed. It can be hard for the dads to justify the investment, although they always find the value once they get back the pictures. It was refreshing to see Liam’s dad get so excited and giddy watching his newborn son in all the sweet poses and outfits. This session is a reminder that although moms are typically the ones wanting their newborns photographed the dads can also get excited and 99.99% of the time they end up happy and thankful they preserved this special moment in time with professional photography.


The Motherlode

Veena booked her first maternity shoot for when she was already 36 weeks along. Generally my moms-to-be schedule a session earlier on in their pregnancy.My maternity shoots usually take place when my client is at 30-34 weeks so that mobility isn’t is as much of concern. Despite being so far along in her pregnancy, Veena was able to stand up and walk on her own. In my personal experience, moms usually need a hand from their husband or myself in order to feel stable. I was incredibly impressed with how well Veena carried herself without assistance! One of my favorite things about maternity sessions is seeing how differently moms handle pregnancy. They always make it look easy, no matter how far along they are. These photos clearly reflected how confident and excited Veena was about her beautiful bump.

A Little Peek Goes A Long Way

Veena’s excitement was easily recognized in her eagerness to pose and prop effortlessly. She took direction very well. She loved sneaking a peek after each shot. We had the pleasure of discussing marriage, family and pregnancy during her maternity session which made me much more aware of her culture. I really valued the conversation we shared and thoroughly enjoyed Veena and her husband’s friendly demeanor. Though I was hoping to photograph the precious newborn that these two created, I had the pleasure of booking some of the couple’s friends. My interaction with Veena and her family was so sweet and translated into a wonderful relationship that helped me understand the culture of her friends that also booked sessions. I am incredibly grateful for clients like Veena who share their experience with their loved ones.


Sentimental about Seniors

One of the best things about being a mom is experiencing those special “firsts”. From first birthdays, first words, first steps and especially the first day of school- these moments are ones we cherish. It is my pleasure to photograph these moments and capture them for a lifetime. Nothing makes me happier than to know I am providing my clients with such a precious gift. I have met countless families, held numerous babies, photographed many firsts and I can honestly say photographing a high school senior gives me the same sentimental feeling.
Senior Photos capture this remarkable coming-of-age transition out of adolescence. It gives graduates the opportunity to truly express themselves in their introduction to the world, as an adult. It’s exciting to imagine the newborns I photograph today, growing up and transitioning into a high school senior with a whole new beginning of firsts!

Senior Chloe Wilcox

Meet Chloe!
These photos were actually taken in 2016, making Miss Chloe a Freshman in college now. Chloe’s session consisted of smiles and jumps while strutting through downtown Austin. We were able to capture some beautiful images of her on South Congress. She certainly had fun with her session, so much in fact, she was turning heads and stopping traffic!

Maternity World

With all of these beautiful newborns, it had been a while since I had a mommy-to-be in front of the lens. Maternity photoshoots have the ability to capture the instinctual love women develop for the life forming within their belly as they journey into motherhood. The bond that develops is simply indescribable. As a mom, I can tell you that it’s easy to become consumed with perfecting every detail, especially during pregnancy. We want our world as flawless as our new creation. As a photographer, I have found that sometimes it’s easy for client to get distracted from these enjoyable moments if mom can’t simply trust in the experience and let go. This session was a good reminder of how important it is to build trust with my clients. I can assure them that my photos will capture their maternal elegance while they bond with baby.

Chasing Waterfalls

Preethi had envisioned waterfalls in her maternity photos and in Austin there’s one place in particular that came to mind: The Zilker Botanical Gardens. The falls, rock structures and blooming succulents served as a perfect setting for these parents-to-be. While I usually offer a styling team for my maternity photo sessions, Preethi did an impeccable job with her own hair and makeup. With this being her first baby, her radiance was easily recognizable. As we walked through the garden, her and her husband flirted along the path, embracing the life they created. Their interactions were so organic, it was as if I wasn’t even there. It’s truly remarkable how a mother’s hands on her belly invoke such a strong connection between her and her child. I photographed the most incredible images of Preethi while she was simply loving her family, not caring about anything else. It brings me such joy to capture and share these maternal moments.

Wow, it has been a while. I can’t believe it has been 3 months since I have last blogged. It has been quiet in the blogging hemisphere at SGP but business has been busy. But amongst all this craziness I managed to sneak out and attend a newborn workshop. Many people always ask me if I have a degree in photography. My degree is in management with an emphasis in marketing but I have spent many hours educating myself with classes and mentoring with other more seasoned photographers as well as spend the last 4 years focusing my attention on mainly newborns. End of April I had the chance to mentor with Lindsey Williams in San Antonio. She is a very talented newborn photographer from Oregon that flew down to teach 4 of us ladies in a San Antonio studio.

2 Days in Newborn Photography Heaven

After 4 years their are still things I want to improve and work on. My focus at this workshop was to work on lighting, editing and to pick up anything that could improve my sessions and workflow. The first day we had 2 newborn models. The first baby was a dream. She just slept through it all. For this portion we observed Lindsey pose but were able to photograph and practice camera angles. It was an eye opener for me to see how she angles her light source to get that beautiful lighting that I love in all her images. The second baby was a little stinker and didn’t want to sleep one bit. After feeling defeated from the second baby model we went to have some tacos and tequila. We all loved being able to talk about the one thing we are so passionate about.

The next day we had one model that the 4 of us attendees were able to practice a pose that we might struggle with. But baby number 3 wasn’t the best sleeper so we all struggled a little bit. After lunch we worked on some editing. Overall it was a great experience and I can see a difference in my sessions. Below are a few images from the workshop and sessions I have done since here at SGP. Enjoy!