Family Photo Session | Cedar Park, TX

Family photos are wonderfully timeless.

Doesn't matter is you were sporting rainbow bangs in your family pictures or if you were wearing matching jumpsuits. Those were the fashion of the times. We rocked them or they rocked us!

Looking beyond our fashion mistakes of our youth, we still see and remember the good times when looking at photos. Which is why, not matter how painful it might be, you should always make time for your family to have photos. Your kids will want to see the printed version up on your walls and picture frames. they’ll look back and think the same things you are thinking about your family photos. But your kids will remember the good times or laugh at how crazy mom was getting everyone dressed and ready for the photos. Either way, they will have a smile on their face!

Enjoy these family photos of this awesome family!

And remember, photos are timeless and priceless.

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Family Photo Session | Pease Park, Austin, TX

Family photo sessions are some of my favorite sessions to photograph.  The interaction between parents and children, the smiles and laughs, the inside jokes amongst the family, all of this makes a family and comes out through their family photos.

This particular family photo session was extra special to me!  I photographed this family while they were in the NICU.  I volunteer with an organization called The Tiny Footprints Project.  I photograph preemies in the NICU and their families to give them happy and special memories during what can be a stressful time.  This strong, little girl came into the world a bit early and has grown into a full blown toddler.  Her parents are the sweetest people!  And they brought their dog with them, which I got to love up on.  Enjoy this sweet family photo session I shot at Pease Park in Austin.

Photographing a genuine smile! | Round Rock Family Photographer

As a photographer, I dread hearing people say, "Say cheese!" while I'm trying to photograph families and children.  They are honestly trying to help, but in the end, I get one of these weird smiles like this (and this is my own kid!).

Definitely not a genuine smile! He was probably thinking if I just smile nice I'll get this over with. Alas, it didn't work and I ended up with a crazy smile.

Definitely not a genuine smile! He was probably thinking if I just smile nice I'll get this over with. Alas, it didn't work and I ended up with a crazy smile.

One of the best compliments I received from someone was when they told me, 'You just seem to capture the real person, someone's genuine being.  Not just a smile and nice picture.'  I about swooned when I heard it because that is exactly my goal!

I want to capture a person's character... their genuine happiness.  That's what I'm about.

I don't want to just hand someone pretty pictures with people smiling on them.  I want to hand them gorgeous, not just pretty, family photos with true emotion and personality.

Each one of use is unique.  Every child and person I photograph has their own personality.  Some kids are just serious.  Some kids are happy-go-lucky and have nothing but smiles.  It's finding out how to capture them uniquely that gives me great joy.

 

Here are a few quick tips I use to capture a genuine smile on children anyone can use!

 

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  1. Don't ever ask a person to say cheese.  Just don't.  They always look awkward.  (see photo above)
  2. Ask them to finish this sentence, "We all scream for _________!"  They'll scream ice cream and start giggling!
  3. Tell them not to smile in a very serious voice, then just keep repeating yourself.  9 times out of 10 they start smiling and giggling after about the 4th time I've told them not too.
  4. As them to jump, twirl, sing their favorite song!  Children love being active and showing off for people.

I won't sit here and tell you this works all the time, but most of the time it does!  Try it for yourself when you're out photographing your own family life!

A quick announcement!

Fall Mini-Sessions are open for booking in October and November 2018!  Fall Mini-Sessions include 15 minutes and 8 high resolution digital photos for $150.  Contact me to book yours today!  emilyingallsphotography@gmail.com or 512-853-0899

 

Emily Ingalls is a professional photographer residing in Round Rock, Texas.  She specializes in family and children's portraiture, lifestyle newborn sessions, and commercial lifestyle and publication.  Emily serves the Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Georgetown and surrounding Central Texas area.

My Favorite Season for Family Photographs

What is the best season for your family photo shoot?

It's a fairly common question I receive.  Today I'm going to give you my answer.

Any guesses?  Ok... here it goes.

Fall is my favorite season to schedule family photographs!

It may not come as a surprise to many of you, but I'm going to explain why I love to photography outside in the Fall.

First of all in Texas, fall is defined as that short (almost non-existent season) which comes right after summer when we're all sweating outside after 5 minutes and before winter in which we are all bundled up because we can't stand the cold weather.  And by cold, I mean a high in the 40s or 50s.  It can be anywhere in the late October to late November early December time frame.

One of the reasons I love photographing outside in the fall is all the fun colors!  The leaves are changing colors to beautiful oranges, reds, and yellows.  And sometimes you get the gorgeous deep purple color.  It's a perfect backdrop!  When families where complimentary fall colors with the fall background, everyone looks cohesive and the photos stand out.

Another reason is the cooler climate.  Granted the weather changes on a dime at times, but having a cooler climate outside where the highs are in the 60s or 70s instead of 90s makes a big difference.  Parents and children are more comfortable being outside for longer periods of time.  no one is sweating profusely.  And the cooler climate energizes kids!  Kids are just happier which makes Mom and Dad stress less.  But it's not quite cold enough where everyone is in jackets, cold.

The last reason is the light!  I'm a lightseeker.  In non-photography terms, it means I love to seek out beautiful light for photographs.  I love backlight (when the light is behind the people I'm photographing).  It gives a beautiful warmth to family pictures and makes everyone glow a little.  In my opinion, October, November and December have gorgeous light before the sun sets.  It's one of my favorite times to have family photo sessions.  Golden hour is the hour right before the sun sets, and it is magical!!

Although a lot of families have their family photos taken during the fall for the holiday season, it's not the only reason photographers love the fall.  Everything about the season just makes up happy!  The colors, climate and light all come together, and we create beautiful family photos for you with it!

I'm already booking fall sessions.  If you want to book yours, please contact me at emilyingallsphotography@gmail.com or 512-853-0899.  Or send me a message through my website!

My Crazy Summer... home construction, playing chauffer and more!

Hello!  It's now July, and I feel this summer is both flying by and crawling at a snail's pace.  

I've spent the entire month of June under construction.  Now me, personally.  But my house.  My husband and I have been in our home since 2013.  We went bought it my biggest issue was 'the pantry'.  I mean it was small, like tiny.  It was less than 2x3ft.  And seeing as my family has 4 children, three of those being boys, it was definitely not big enough.

I had food and other sundries in the laundry room, taking up cabinet space in the kitchen, and the coat closet, no joke.  Yes, I had stuff that should be in the pantry in the coat closet.  It was quite frustrating for 4 years going into various rooms to make lunches for school.

Finally, we found an awesome contractor to work with, and the construction began.  Not only did we expand our pantry to triple the size, but we also closed in the formal living room made it into an office and separated the new office and formal dining room.  Check out Amthor Construction and talk to Dane Amthor.  He's awesome!!

I can't even tell how excited I am to have this finished!  It was a little bit of a living hell (for me) to live in a construction zone when I like everything clean, put away, and organized.  But now it's done, and I have an awesome pantry!

Now the pantry, office and dining room is done!  I have an actual office with a separate desk and computer from my husband (yeah!).  I love my husband, but having to share a computer and desk with him drives to a little nuts.  Especially when I have to work and he has to work (cause he's in the tech industry), it didn't work out well.  Now, we have separate desk and computers, and I'm a very happy wife.  Anyway, I'm still here and alive!

Between the construction, the kids being home for summer, being a chauffer between camps, activities and general summer stuff, I'm not just getting time to sit down and write.  And I can't begin to tell you how much I've missed writing and blogging.

I'll be back soon with more writing and more wit!

I can't be the only one with a crazy summer going on.  Tell me how your summer has been!
Have you gone on vacation?
Are you at home with your kids?
Are you like me and have been playing chauffer?

 

One of the many lunches we ate upstairs while the construction was going on.

One of the many lunches we ate upstairs while the construction was going on.

It's moments like these I wish I could bottle up and review when I hear them fighting.

It's moments like these I wish I could bottle up and review when I hear them fighting.

Proof we did make it to the pool a few times!

Proof we did make it to the pool a few times!