Family in style | Professional Lifestyle Photography, Rockwall, TX

This amazing family contacted me for a summer session.  Mom wanted more traditional photos in a park or urban setting but also some photos of her precious boys enjoying their backyard pool, one of their favorite things to do.  We settled on a session starting in downtown Rockwall and then we moved just down the street to Harry Myers Park to finish the evening session.  We finished up in a true lifestyle photography session in their home and backyard a few weeks later.

We shot this part of the session during the summer when ‘golden hour’ sunlight is very late in the evening, a bit past the bedtimes of these two little ones.  We got beautiful images from the session, but mom and I both knew there would not be time to head back to their house to capture such a big part of their daily life in their pool.

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So we decided to reconvene on another night a few weeks later for a short session at their home and finishing up in the pool.  The light inside their home was magical. Also, you can’t recreate the comfort that children feel inside their own house or the pride they convey when they show you their own toys and bedrooms.  And the way the whole family is able to come together for shots that will mean the world to them in five, ten, or even more years when they can look back and remember their home, and their life exactly how it was happening.

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What is lifestyle photography?

There are lots of definitions.  In fact, I find there are different definitions between each of the photographers that I know that define their own style as ‘lifestyle’.  I define it as documenting a moment in your life that may be staged and somewhat directed but captures the way you live life together.

Ready to book your own session?  Start here to learn more about my style and how I work through a session.

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Meeting Sweet L | Rockwall Newborn Photographer

I had the honor of meeting sweet baby L recently.  Isn’t she a doll?  I love this family!  This new big brother is the same age as my youngest little one.  And this new addition and my youngest now share a birthday.  So we have lots of connections!  I get asked a lot if I’m a newborn photographer.  I LOVE  to meet newborns, but I love to photograph them in their natural state–doing things most newborn might actually do!  I want to use their own special blankets and loveys.  I want to photograph them at the hospital or in their own crib.  I call this approach ‘lifestyle’.  One of my favorite lifestyle sessions is a hospital session or Fresh 48.  This session commemorates the addition of a new baby in their first 48 hours or so.

We had planned to get together for this hospital shoot the day of the birth–I love to do ‘meet the sibling’ hospital sessions.  They had a planned induction at a hospital in Flower Mound, so I had a good idea of when the birth would take place.  However, since it was later in the day before L made her appearance, we knew that big brother would have a very short attention span and it would be pretty late before I could get to the hospital.  So we opted for a day two session.  L was exactly 24 hours old when I arrived at the hospital.  Big brother introduced me.  And I got to spend a few minutes with him while L got her 24 hour check-up.  When I got to meet her she was pretty sleepy from the exam and heel prick.  She was as sweet as can be.  She wore an adorable gown and we got lucky with beautiful natural light in the hospital room.

I love to capture the emotion of these first days of life and great adjustment of a family.  Telling the story of a family is why I do what I do!  Congratulations H family!

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Newborn Photography

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Newborn Photography

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Newborn Photography

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Newborn Photography

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Newborn Photography

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Newborn Photography

Professional Lifestyle Photographer | Family at the Park

Every year I strive to grow and learn.  Sometimes that just means practice and other times I seek out more traditional and formal learning opportunities.  This month I took an online class through Clickin’ Moms called Going Beyond the Pose.  Sometimes you want a smiling photo with everyone looking at the camera, I want to give at least one of those to each of my clients at their session.   After all, it’s what Grandma really wants.  But I’m drawn to less posed photography.  Capturing emotion and connection through my lens is always my intent.   This type of session that combines some traditional portraiture but emphasizes relationships, actions, and emotion is how I define my work as a family lifestyle photographer. In this class, I learned from one of my favorite photographers, Elena Blair.  She does amazing family photography work in Seattle.

I met this family for a session specifically for two assignments in the class. Since it was January, I was worried about cold weather, but it ended up being relatively mild.  These two kiddos were a joy to work with.  Little man was a bit grumpy due to the time of day, but a few Skittles cheered him right up.  Precious images to document this family’s life and style: mission accomplished.

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Sweet Baby S | One Year Photos, Garland, TX

This amazingly sweet baby girl was a joy to photograph.  Her one year photos, taken just before her birthday, were also near Valentine’s day and a pink theme worked well for her session.  For her big milestone I got to document her in her own room and around her yard.  I had photographed her just a few months before for her first Christmas with Santa Claus and I’m honored that her momma and grandmomma called me back to see her again!

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The Santa Sessions Success | Santa Photos, Rockwall, TX

Our first Santa Sessions were a huge success!  We took Santa photos, ate cookies with Santa, sang Christmas carols and had a great time!  So you’re ready for Thanksgiving?  You’ve made plans to get out the tree this weekend and begin decorating.  When will you get to see Santa Claus?

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Next, you’ll trim the tree and put up your Christmas lights.  When will you take your Santa photos?

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Have you decided when you’ll meet Santa Claus?  Did you want to go stand in line at the mall?  Did you think you’d have only a minute to tell him what you’d like this year and how good you’ve been?

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At the Santa Sessions, there is no long drive into the metroplex.  There’s no waiting in long lines all day long.  There are no poorly focused or barely lit photos to document your child’s innocent wonder of the magic of Santa.

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Make your appointment with Santa today.  Arrive at Harry Myers Park 5 minutes prior to your scheduled session.  Have some hot chocolate, listen to Christmas music, sit down, relax.  We’ll let you know when Santa is ready.  You’ll sit with Santa for up to 15 minutes.  Give him your list, tell him about your favorite toy, sing a song, whatever you’d like!  We’ll capture it all in photos.

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Join us November 30 and December 1 for our final Santa Sessions of this season.  And have one more look at our Christmas Magic slideshow–provided for free when you attend your own Santa Session!  Cheers!

Meredith

Fall Family Photography | Rockwall Family Photographer

Being a Rockwall family photographer has amazing perks.  I get to document the lives of friends, family and meet many wonderful new friends in the process.  I get to do what I’m absolutely passionate about…documenting your life as art with my camera.  I’m honored to be a part of so many precious lives.  Here are highlights from several sessions over the fall 2015 season.

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