First Communion Photos | Round Rock, TX

A child's First Communion is a very special time for them.  It's the third sacrament they receive in the Catholic Church (usually).  They prepare for it during their entire second grade year, and it culminates at the end of the year with the children receiving their First Communion in their church.

I was lucky enough to photograph this little girl in her First Communion dress last weekend.  It was a tad breezy and overcast, but the sun decided to shine through about midway through this session.  This little lady was absolutely adorable!  I was lucky enough to photograph her at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Round Rock, TX.

Family Photos in the Bluebonnets | Round Rock, TX

The famous Texas bluebonnets have come and gone.  They only show up for a few weeks then re-seed themselves.  And we'll have to wait another year to see them again.

It's truly a pleasure to be able to capture beautiful family photos in the bluebonnets.  Family photos are so important, but it's also important to document the places you live. This family is from California, and I had the honor to take their family's first photos in the bluebonnets.  They are the nicest people with two boys that crack me up.

If you aren't from Texas or have lived in Texas your whole life, don't forget to document the places you live and are from.  The places where we create family memories are just as important as the people.  Another reason I love being a photographer in Round Rock and Texas in general!

Enjoy a peak into this family's bluebonnet photos!

It's time for Mom & Me Mini-sessions! | Round Rock, TX

It's spring which means it's time for Mom & Me Mini-sessions!

These mini-sessions are so much fun for Moms and their kids!  I always have a blast with them!  And what's especially nice is they are great for any age.

Mom should always have photos of herself with her children. So no excuses this year!  Make it a priority for yourself to get into the picture with your kids.  Your children want to be able to look back and see you with them at all the stages in their lives!

This year I want these sessions to be about you and your children, so I'm offering $99 custom Mom and Me mini-sessions!  Happy Mother's Day!

Do you and your kids have a special bond over something?  Favorite place filled with special memories?
Do you Comic Con together?  Love Star Wars?  Love Marvel or DC Comics?
Bond over afternoon teas and coloring?
Play sports with each other?  Fish together?
Both love dancing?  Do you both have a love for music?
Can't get enough pink tutus?
Are you a true Texan and love the country and your cowboy boots?
Are you a Round Rock resident and love our round rock and historic downtown Round Rock?

Do you love being a boy mom?  Love being a girl mom?  Or both?

Are you a cool mom that wants fun photos in grunge, hats and torn jeans?
Always wanted an excuse to get those matching outfits for your kids?

Do you and your children have a love for a particular college or professional sports team?  (We're LSU Tiger fans in my house!)

The sky is the limit with these shoots!!  And the more customized I can make it about you and your kids, the better!

Mom and Me sessions are here!  Moms and daughters, Moms and sons, and Moms and both can rock these mini-sessions.

Have an idea for a theme for your Mom and Me photo shoot?  Great!

Want a Mom and Me photo session but not sure of a theme?  No problem!  I can help you and get your creativity going to make this all about you!

Give yourself an early Mother's Day gift!  Sign up for a Mom & Me mini-session!

Mother's Day is only a month away!  These make great Mother's Day gifts for that special Mom and Grandma!  Give your wife, mom, grandma, girlfriend or significant other a gift they will truly cherish for a long time!

Because I'm customizing these for each individual, all photo session will be scheduled by appointment only.  Please contact me at emilyingallsphotography@gmail.com to schedule your Mom & Me Mini-session.  Mom & Me Mini-sessions are $99 plus tax and include 8 high resolution digital images.  This special ends on May 21, 2017.

Another fun Family Session!

I love photographing families on a normal day.  When I get to photograph a friend's family, it makes it extra special for me.

And this family was another great photography session!  We had fun exploring the creek, finding out how cold the water was, and taking beautiful family photographs throughout the whole experience.  And big brother loved making his baby sister laugh and smile!

And of course, nothing screams 'Holiday Photos' like 70 degree weather in Austin, Texas!  On a serious note, I'm glad I wasn't freezing my butt off as were Mom, Dad and kids!

Check out some serious cuteness and family photos!

Tips for choosing clothes to flatter your Body Type

The holiday season is right around the corner!  You know what that means?

Photo time!

In order to make the annual family photograph better for everyone, I've compiled a short list to tip to help every flatter every body type.

First of all, it's important you know what body type you are.  Here's a breakdown of the 5 most common body types.

Most of us don't fit in a perfect box or shape.  That's what makes us so unique!  Try to find the one that fits you the best and go from there.  (And there is no wrong or bad type either)

Inverted Triangle
(larger chest or broader shoulders)

These body types generally have a larger chest or broader shoulders with a small waist/hip in comparison.  For this body type, you want to emphasize the lower half while drawing the viewer's eye away from the top half.

  1. Avoid sleeveless and spaghetti straps.  All this does is emphasize the top which won't flatter you in the photograph.
  2. Avoid ruffles or brightly colored tops.  Ruffles and bright colors draw the eye in, so the first thing someone will look at is the top.
  3. Pants/bottoms with more shape will draw the eye away from the top.
  4. Flaired skirts and skirts with movement help draw the eye away from the broadness of the top, therefore flattering your figure more.

The Pear
(fuller or larger on the bottom)

Pears generally have larger hips/thighs in comparison to their shoulders.  For this body type, you want to emphasize the top while drawing the eye away from the hips and below.

  1. Avoid bottoms with side pockets and pants with details at the hips or the thighs.  Our eyes naturally will gravitate to look for details.  When trying to de-emphasize it, plainer is better.
  2. Plain or dark pants are best.
  3. Wear a bright top and a top with fun details.  This draws the eye up instead of down.
  4. Bare arms and strapless are fine.  Baring your arms will bring the attention to the top half instead of the bottom.

The Column & The Rectangle
(both are fairly even from the top of the shoulders to the hip)

Both of these are quite similar as there is no sizable difference between the size of the shoulders to the width of the hips.  There can be a little difference but not a significant one.  For this body type, you want to create a waist.

  1. Wear a wider belt with a shirt or dress.
  2. Wear a shirt with a defining waist element.
  3. Wearing pleats or fabrics with shape built into them.
  4. Wearing patterns that create or draw the eye inward towards the waist.

The Apple
(larger top and larger bottom)

Apples are a bit more round in shape.  For this body type, we want to create a waist.

  1. Do not wear oversized clothing.  Big clothes can make you look even bigger.
  2. Wear tighter fitting clothing.
  3. Clothing that creates a waist works best.  Think Empire waist, single button jackets, and belts at the waist.
  4. Avoid high necklines.  This will make your torso look short.

The Hourglass
(curves)

Think Beyoncé when it comes to the Hourglass figure.  You've already got beautiful curves!

  1. Wear tight clothing, not loose.  Show off those curves!
  2. Honestly, you have the figure everyone envies (including me) so don't be afraid to show it off!

Thislist is not comprehensive by any means, but more of a guide to help you choose a flattering outfit for photos.

Don't be afraid to ask for guidance from your photographer (me or otherwise).  Any good photographer should be able to guide you in the right direction on clothing choices and suggestions.  Just ask!  We'll help!

The Holiday season is here!  Enjoy!