My approach to Newborn Photography

Newborns are small bundles of joy! They are tiny, snuggly, and oh so cute!

But newborns can also be stressful for parents (especially first time parents). They require a lot of work with feedings, changings, and tend to have a crazy sleep schedule for awhile.

This is why I take a relaxed approach to shooting lifestyle newborn photography.

When newborns are laid on a bed or in their crib, they tend to do their own thing. They may stretch out with their toes pointed straight up or they might curl up on themselves, falling fast asleep.

Whichever way they decide to pose themselves, I shoot it.

Whether they are sleeping they whole session or wide awake, I capture the moment.

No two newborns are alike. They each have their own personality making each unique.I believe my job is to capture the uniqueness of each newborn I photograph. They are all unique and special in their own way.

I will swaddle them. I’ll let them have their pacifers. I soothe them if they start getting upset, but I capture it all.

All their interactions with Mom and Dad.
The sweet kisses and snuggly moments.
The awestruck older brother and sister.
The tiny smiles.
The frowny faces.

I capture the moments Mom and Dad can look back on and say, “You were so little and special!”

I capture them in that special, short newborn time period that will be over before you know it.

Because that is what newborn photography is all about for me.

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5 Reasons to Hire a Professional Photographer for your Dog/Pet

Two weeks ago, I lost my dog, Thibie, to congenital heart failure. She passed away in her sleep while she was sleeping right next to me in our bed. Needless to say, my husband and I were both devastated.

My husband and I got her when she was 6 weeks old two months after getting married. She was a cocker spaniel and the cutest little fur ball! Thibie was truly our first child, and my husband’s first dog ever. We both have been taking her loss hard.

After she passed, I was looking through old photos of her when she was a puppy and throughout her 12 years of life. The photos are hard to look at, but they also remind me of the sweet memories we had of her while she was with it. And I do not regret taking 20 photos of my dog when she was wearing a cone on her head or she was romping around in her first snow storm with my old point and shoot camera.

Those photos are precious memories which will be cherished by my family.

I get asked quite frequently by clients if they can bring their family dog with them for family portraits. And my answer to them is always a resounding YES!

I’ve compiled a list of why you should hire a professional photographer to capture your pet.

The puppy stage only lasts for a short time.

Puppies are the cutest, but they grow up fast! Let a photographer capture the quirky, funny, and often times clumsy puppy stage with beautiful photos you’ll always love.

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Pets are only around for a short period of time.

Unfortunately, pets life spans aren’t forever, and they’re not as long as ours. You will enjoy them for years, but those years go by a lot quicker than you realize. Let a photographer capture your pet/dog in all it’s stages from puppy to adult to mature.

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Your pet is a part of your family!

Dog, cat, whatever kind of pet owner you are, you treat your pet as another member of your family. They get spoiled with their own beds, special foods, and their own toys. If you’re a dog person like me, you let them sleep on your bed, take them for walks, and play with them outside. They’re a member of your family, so your dog and pet should be capture in photos with your family.

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Photography takes skill.

Photography done correctly takes quite a bit of skill. A professional will have the skill to capture your pet beautifully in a photo without it having a snapshot feeling. Professional photographers can removed leashes, capture beautiful light and expressions.

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Memories are priceless.

One thing I’ve never heard a client say is they regret having their photos taken. Whether it’s family photography or pet photography, you will not regret having your photos taken or photos taken of your pet or dog. Memories tell the story of your life; they are proof things happened. Don’t have any regrets on missed moment and memories. Let your photographs tell the story.

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Although I know this was more dog specific, it relates to all pets. Capture the moment and memories while you can. Because in the end when it’s time for your dog to cross the rainbow bridge, you’ll have beautiful photographs and memories to remember them.

Memories I capture of my dog, Thibie.  When she was a puppy versus two weeks before she passed away.  We loved her very much, and she will be greatly missed.

Memories I capture of my dog, Thibie. When she was a puppy versus two weeks before she passed away. We loved her very much, and she will be greatly missed.

Because They're Only Little Once | Austin and Round Rock Family Photographer

Like all professions, family photography has its busy season. Family photographers are usually busy September through about mid-December.

I understand. Fall is a busy time of year for all of us. A lot of families want to have an updated photograph for themselves and to put on holiday cards for friends and family. But your family photos are more than a holiday card.

I get it… but here’s the truth.

They are only little once.

Maybe you have a newborn. Maybe you have a 2 year old and are enjoying the excitement going into the toddler years. You might have a 5 year old heading to kindergarten in the fall. Maybe you have a 12 year old tween who is on the cusp of becoming a mini-adult. Or you might have a 16 year old who is driving, independent, and you only have a few more years left until they leave the house.

It doesn’t matter the age, this is the only time they’ll ever be it. So celebrate it!

Now is the perfect time for photos!

Capture the uniqueness that is your child, no matter what age and time of year. You don’t need a reason to have photos taken.

Believe me… you will not ever regret having your child and family’s photo taken.

And trust me, you’ll be glad you did!

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What is the best age to photograph babies?

My best friend texted me yesterday asking me a simple question of what is the best age to photograph her daughter. First of all, her daughter is adorable, like every baby, so any age is a good age.

But…

There are certain ages that work best for babies to be photographed, and those are milestones months.

Milestone months for babies are

  • Newborn

  • 3 months old

  • 6 months old

  • 9 months old

  • 1 year old

Each of these represents a different stage in their first year of life. Newborns are wonderfully cuddly and beautiful. It’s a special stage of new life and new beginnings. Best time to photograph newborns is within the first 10 days of birth.

3 month old babies are more alert with their eyes open, looking around, and starting to understand what is going on all around them. The baby’s personality are starting to show.

6 month old babies are usually sitting up and playing with toys actively. Babies will hold items (and probably throw them). And their personalities are definitely alive and well. This is a fun age to photograph!

9 month old babies are usually crawling and moving around. Babies are definitely interacting with Mom/Dad and other family members. They love to play!

1 year old babies are finally one! It’s their milestone birthday which definitely deserves a celebratory photo session! Some one year old babies are walking. Each has their own personality which really shines through. Smash cake sessions are fun to photograph because it really captures if the one year old is shy or adventurous.

So there you have it!

Now there is some give and take for each milestone month. If you wait a month, it’s no biggie! Photographing babies is a fun adventure for me, as your photographer, you, and your baby! We’ll have fun, play around, capture smiles, and their little personality!

If you’re interested in capturing your baby’s milestone photos or would like to schedule a 1 year old birthday session, please contact me or email me at emilyingallsphotography@gmail.com! I’d love to talk to you about what you’re looking for and how I can capture beautiful photos and memories for you and your family!

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Lifestyle vs Portrait vs Documentary Photography... what's the difference?

There are a lot of different types of photography out there. People hear different photography industry phrases and buzz words thrown around all the time. I get asked a lot what lifestyle photography vs portrait photography is. And what the heck is documentary photography?

So today I’m here to break it down for you.

Portrait photography
Portrait photography is exactly what it sounds life. People are posed and put into positions for a portrait. Most of the time, the photographer will tell you where to stand, who to stand next to, where to look, hand positioning, leg positioning, etc. You, as the person being photographed, will probably feel awkward because you don’t normally sit/stand that way. It’s totally normal, and you will end up looking great! Most portrait photography is formally posed whether it’s in studio or outside.

Think of it this way… if everyone is looking and smiling at the camera, it’s portrait photography.

Lifestyle Photography
Lifestyle photography is that middle ground between portrait photography and documentary photography (which I’ll get to next). Lifestyle photography isn’t formally posed, but more guided posing. Your photographer should be telling you where to stand and what to do. The photographer will give you prompts such as ‘everyone laugh’ or ‘walk towards me but look at mom’ or ‘throw your child into the air’ or ‘whisper a secret into someone’s ear.’ The entire family might not be looking directly at the camera but at each other instead. There’s more action and movement in lifestyle photography. Good lifestyle photographers will bring out emotion within your family and capture small, special moments rather than posed, smiling at the camera photos.

Lifestyle photography… informally posed with prompts from photographer, not everyone always looking at the camera.

Documentary Photography
Documentary photography is exactly how it sounds. A photographer is hired to document you and your family over a period of time. There is no direction given by the photographer. They are more there as a ‘fly on the wall’ scenario to capture your everyday life or a special event as it is lived. There is zero formal posing going on. Documentary photography typically last hours or a whole day (such as a Day in the Life).

Documentary photography… no posing, documenting life over a long period of time.


So now the big question… which type of photography is right for you?

Whatever you want!

Honestly, it depends solely on your personal tastes and preferences.

Some people only want posed, formal photos which means portrait photography is right up there alley! Others want to see emotion come through their photos, so lifestyle or documentary would be a better approach for them. I’ve noticed the Baby Boomers prefer portrait photography while the Generation X and Millennials often prefer Lifestyle and Documentary, but that’s not hard and true.

You, as the client, has to decide what type of photographs you like and want to capture. Then find a photographer who captures it in a style you like!

I photograph a combination of Portrait photography and Lifestyle Photography. I’ve found that combination works best for me personally as a photographer and artist. And I’ll usually do it within one sessions. I’ll formally pose a family, then start giving them prompts to get a little more interactive with the family and kids.

Check out this family session I photographed with Portraits and Lifestyle photography.

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