Adorable First Communion Photos | Austin and Round Rock Photographer

First Communion portrait sessions are one of the most adorable things I photograph!

These kids meet me up at their church, dressed in their beautiful white dresses for girls and suits for boys. They are so excited to have their upcoming First Communion at church! I get big smiles and reverent portraits all in one portrait session! It always brings a smile to my face!

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I had the opportunity to photograph second graders at St. John Neuman Catholic Church in Austin and St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Round Rock this year. Both Catholic churches are gorgeous inside and out.

Parents know to document these milestones for your children, but some times with the hustle and bustle of life, we tend to forget or put it off to the last minute.

Don’t let that happen!

The beauty of these photos is they were all taken before the day of First Communion, so the families and children didn’t feel rushed or pressured to get everything done on the same day. I could capture the excitement on their faces when they were telling me what they were looking forward to the most on their First Communion day. And most of the children brought their rosaries to their portrait sessions to include in their portraits!

Check out these beautiful First Communion portrait sessions!

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7 Mother's Day gifts for Mom

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Do you know what you’re going to get her?

This year has flown by for me, and I can’t believe Mother’s Day is so close.

I know shopping for Mother’s Day gifts can be stressful, so I’ve put together a short list of some ideas for what you can get your Mom/Grandma/Stepmom (or anyone special in your life) for Mother’s Day.

Photo printed on glass by Fracture

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I love these and one in my house. Fracture takes your photo and prints them on glass as a wall hanging. These are great for someone that doesn’t want to mess with framing, likes clean lines, and has a modern flare. Tthey are priced really well from $17-$135 for their largest.

Digital photo frame

We are all guilty of taking lots of pictures but never printing and framing them to put up in our house. This is a great way to see the photos you’ve taken either by a professional photographer or on your phone. Digital photo frames range in price from $100-$300 just depending on what you are looking for.

Customized Mother’s Day Photo card

Instead of sending her a normal card, send your Mom a customized Mother’s Day Card! Artifact Uprising is offering a free Mother’s Day card if you order by May 1, 2018. I love their prints and cards. They use heavy card stock and quality printing. While you’re there, take a look at their beautiful prints, frames, photo books, and prints with wood stands.

Custom set of photo coasters

Perfect for everyday use! There are a lot of places that have custom photo coasters. These are perfect for Grandma with lots of grandkids!

Subscription to Click Magazine

Does your Mom enjoy photography? Wants to learn more about photography? This magazine is perfect for everyone at any level! I read my cover to cover when it comes it. It has amazing tips! Plus, this gift gives all year round.

A camera charm

My husband gave me this one to put on my charm bracelet, and I love it! Especially since I’ve started shooting with film. This charm is super cute and really affordable! Check it out at here.

A gift certificate for family photos

Haven’t had family photos taken in awhile? Does Mom want updated photos to put up on the wall? Give it to her! Myself and many other photographers offer gift certificates for Moms because we know how much they want it! Contact me for your photo gift certificate.

These are just a few fun ideas to get you started! Take care of your Mom on Mother’s Day!

A special shout out to this Mom who had a special photo shoot with her son before she went out for Basic Training in the US Air Force. Thank you very much for your service and sacrifice!

Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day!
Emily

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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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