Mom and Son Mini-Session | Round Rock, TX

I had the pleasure of photographing to cutest little boy and his mom a couple of weeks ago.  He was so curious and adventurous!

And even though high noon with harsh sun light on a completely cloudless day is not 'ideal' photography light, I completely embraced it and had an amazing mid-day photo session in Round Rock!  With a gorgeous Mom and cute little boy, who wouldn't want to rock their photo shoot?!

Enjoy this cute Fall Mini-session!

How to get Kids to Cooperate for Family Photos

It's that time of year!  Family photo time!

Time to get the annual family photo session taken for your Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, or whichever Holiday you and your family celebrate, so you can put it on your Holiday card and mail it off to family and friends in December.

Most parents love and dread having their family photo taken.  They love it because those photos create memories of how their kids (and themselves) look and acted that particular year.

But let's be real, it can be a tad stressful on Mom.  Since 99% of the time, Mom is the one finding the photographer, booking the photo session, and gathering outfits for the family.  Not to mention bribing, threatening, and begging the kids to behave, smile, and act nice during their photo session.

Sound familiar?

It's pretty common.  I can't tell you how many times I've had Moms (and Dads) stressing about how to get their kids to cooperate for their family photo.  And with four kids of my own, I completely understand and can relate.

So with the busy season of photography starting, I compiled a quick list to try and make everything go a bit more smoothly at your next family photo shoot.

  1. Make sure all your kids are well fed.  Yes, it sounds like their pets, but it works!  Kids who are hungry are generally not willing to cooperate.  Does the term hangry sounds familiar?  So make sure they eat a good meal or heavy snack before the photo session.
  2. Kids should be comfortable in the clothes they are wearing.  If that gorgeous shirt/dress/skirt itches and irritates your child's skin, it's going to show in the photos.  If your little girl doesn't normally wear a hair barrette or headband, but you want it on her for the photos, chances are she's going to constantly be playing with it or taking it off.  If you're kids are comfortable in their clothing, they'll be more relaxed and willing to cooperate.
  3. Bring snacks!  If you have young children, snacks are always a good motivator for them.  As a parent, I know I can feed my child a full meal and 30 minutes later they'll be hungry again.  It's normal.  So having non-messy snacks handy during a photo shoot works wonders!
  4. Talk to your kids before hand about your photo session.  Surprising your kids with a family photo session never goes over well.  Tell them what's going on and what to expect at the photo session.  If they know your expectations from the beginning, they're more likely to cooperate.
  5. Bribes and Rewards.  As a parent, I'm not above bribing my kids sometimes.  Is it ideal?  No.  Does it work? Heck yes!  Promising them ice cream or a special treat afterwards usually gets kids to cooperate better during a photo shoot.  My kids love Dum Dums (even the older ones), so I'll grab a handful and promise them one when we're done.
  6. Allow your children to smile naturally.  I can't tell you how many times I've had parents behind me tell their kids to say cheese.  Although their children smile, it's not natural.  It's my job as a photographer to photograph your kids natural expressions.  I promise I can do it even on a bad day.  Plus, they're natural smile is a lot more photogenic than a 'cheesy' smile.
  7. Just relax!  If you as a parent are tense, your children are going to feel it and be tense too.  Family photo sessions can be a lot of fun and interactive.  A good photographer will guide you naturally through your session and have fun as the same time.  Don't sweat it, I've got ya!

Although these suggestions are more of a guideline than hard rules, they'll help you and your family get through your Family Photo Session with ease.  Just enjoy the moment and allow us photographers to capture your families memories!

Baby Zachary | Newborn Photo Session | Georgetown, TX

Last Friday, I had the privilege to photograph baby Zachary in Georgetown, Texas.  When I arrived at his home, I heard his amazing story.  Zachary had been adopted into the most beautiful, loving home to parents who adore him.  His mom was the sweetest person, and I could see her unconditional love for him.  Zachary had just turned 2 weeks old, but did not want to sleep during his newborn photo session.  I captured his baby blue eyes a lot.  I hope you enjoy this amazing newborn photo session taken in Georgetown, TX as much as I did photographing it.

Professional Headshots | Round Rock, TX

Do you know how important headshots are for professionals?

Think of headshots as your visual brand.

For small business owners (like myself), a photo of you represents your business.  You are the face of your business.  Your headshots should represent you at your best!

Here are a few tips for getting professional headshots done.

  1. Less is best.  Don't wear distracting clothing, but something that flatters you.  Solid colors work best no matter what kind of headshot you need for you profession.
  2. Your clothing doesn't have to match your profession.  You don't have to wear business attire in for your business headshots.  You can wear something more you and still make it look good and professional.
  3. Keep the background simple.  There's always the standard black and grey background that work great for everyone because they are neutrals.  However, you can get artistic with your background by using a solid building wall, brick building, and natural scenery.  Just make sure you stand out from your background.
  4. As your appearance changes, you need to get a new headshot.  The average life of a headshot is 2 years.  People can change a lot in two years, so keep an updated headshot that looks like you up on your profile.
  5. Hire a professional photographer.  Headshots seem simple enough, but there is a lot more to them.  Hire a professional who knows what they are doing and not your friend with a cool camera.

Emily Ingalls Photography offers professional headshots.  If you need to update your LinkedIn profile photo, updated your business cards, or keep your image fresh and clean for your customers, I'd be happy to shoot your business and artistic headshots.  Contact me at emilyingallsphotography@gmail.com or fill out my contact form.

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Newborn Photo Session | Round Rock, TX

I had the pleasure of photographing a beautiful newborn girl a couple of weeks ago.  She decided to surprise her parents by coming a few weeks early, but Mom and Dad were excited to see her sweet face!  Nothing quite like looking into the eyes of your sweet baby girl for the first time!

Not only did I have the pleasure of photographing this sweet newborn, but I was able to capture the love between Mom and Dad with their new baby girl.  As an added bonus, their cute dog wanted to join in on the action of being in the photo session.  Congratulations to this sweet family and their new baby girl!