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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Moms get in the picture! | Austin and Round Rock Texas Family Photographer

I’ll admit it. I’m guilty of this.

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As a Mom, I take photos of my children for them to have when they are older. I want them to remember the fun times, the silly times, and the dirty times of their childhood. I want them to have photos of their birthdays, special events, the sports they played, and the vacations we go on. I want them to have photos of their brothers and sister, and our whole family.

But… sadly, I’m hardly in any photos with my kids.

Usually, it’s because I’m the one behind the camera as the family photographer. And I’m a bit of a control freak and won’t hand my camera off to just anyone. It took me about a year before I felt comfortable giving it to my husband.

If I’m not behind the camera, I always have an excuse. Not a good one per se, but an excuse nonetheless.

However… here comes the dilemma only I can solve.

If I don’t get in any photos with my kids, how will they remember me?

So this Mother’s Day, I’m making it a point to get in a photo with my kids!

And I’m encouraging all Moms to get in a photograph with your kids too! Give your kids a great memory to remember when they’re older. Give them the gift of you!

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3 Steps to a Relaxed Family Photo Shoot | Austin and Round Rock Family Photographer

Family photo shoots should be relaxed and fun.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t always happen that way. The kids may be running around. One may be not quite awake from his nap while another is hungry. Mom and Dad might be worried about their kids behavior. Which can end up evolving into a stressful photo shoot.

Not to worry! I got you Mom and Dad!

Kids don’t always behave perfectly, and everyone is not always in the best moods for photo shoots. It’s ok. Trust me, as your photographer, to guide you through this photo shoot.

Here are 3 steps to help create a relaxed family photo shoot!

  1. Act like you’re relaxing at home or going to play in the park with your kids. Ask them questions: Who do you think would win in an arm wrestling competition, Superman or Batman? What happened on your favorite TV show? Talk about sports. Just talk to your family and kids; this way they’re more focused on you and less on smiling for a camera.

  2. If you’re uncomfortable, move. Feeling stiff or unnatural? Walk around. Swing your kids by their legs. Chase them around the field. Pick one up and pretend to drop them. Movement relaxes everyone and makes us feel more natural. The smiles with come out on their own.

  3. Show the love you have for your family! Tell that inside family joke no one gets but you! Stay connected with your family by holding hands, giving kisses and hugs, picking your kids ups, noogies (if you have boys like me!), headlocks or just giggling and laughing. As a photographer, I’m there to capture your family’s love for each other.

Family photo sessions are for your memories! I don’t want you leaving your session feeling relieved it’s over with or having successfully forced a smile. I want you relaxed and looking back seeing how much fun you had!

Let me tell your family’s story and capture your family’s memories just as you are.

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2019 Bluebonnet Season Outlook | Austin and Round Rock Family Photographer

According to the Texas Wildflower Haven, early bluebonnets have been spotted in Austin, Round Rock, and the Hill Country.

It’s looking like the 2018 Bluebonnet and Wildflower season will be a split season. Bluebonnets are starting to bloom on the sides of roads but not yet in fields.

But it could end up being an above average blooming season.

Locals often refer to the 2010 bluebonnet season as the best ever. 2019 could be just as beautiful as the 2010 blooming season! With the amount of rainfall and warming temperature, Central Texas has a good possibility of having a strikingly beautiful bluebonnet season!

While we still have to wait if the bluebonnets and wildflowers will live up to the forecasts expectations, Central Texas will still have lovely fields of bluebonnets to view!

Keep a look out for those blooming fields in the comings weeks!

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Emily is a lifestyle photographer who serves the great Austin area, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Georgetown, and Cedar Park, Texas. Please contact me to reserve your photo session at emilyingallsphotography@gmail.com

To all my clients... Thank you!

As my busy season is slowly winding down, I can’t be more grateful to my amazing clients who return to me year after year!

From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

When I set off on this journey of creating my own photography business, I didn’t have an understanding of how hard it can be to run your own business. I knew there would be difficulties. However, nothing really prepared me for the constant ups and downs of it. There’s the fantasy version of running a business where it just takes off without any hiccups or perils along the way.

Then there’s the reality of starting up your business from scratch and keeping it going even when you want to hang up your hat and say ‘I’m done.’

Don’t get me wrong, there are still a lot of tough days. I’ll make no illusion of it being all rainbows and sunshine all the time. Because it isn’t. It is hard work, grit, and the drive to keep doing better that keeps me going. And my wonderfully, supportive husband who stands behind me.

For all of my clients who have stayed with me through the years,
All of my new clients who have trusted me with their family photos,
And all my future clients who are dying to hire me ;),
Thank you!

Without all of you entrusting me to do my job, I wouldn’t have a business.

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday season!

Merry Christmas!
Happy Hanukah!
Happy Kwanza!
Happy Holidays!
And Happy New Year!

Emily