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.

Family Christmas Photos | Round Rock, TX

Even though it's nearly a month past Christmas, I'd love to share this family photo session I did in Downtown Round Rock.  I love this family!  I photographed their daughter's one year old photos over the summer, and I love seeing how much she's grown in 6 months time!  They really are the sweetest family!  Even though it was pretty chilly, we toughed it out by the large Christmas tree and giant Ornament ball in Downtown Round Rock to capture some great family photos.

Great places to find Bluebonnets in Round Rock

It's that time of year again!!

Texas Bluebonnet and wildflower season arrive early in Round Rock and Central Texas!  And they are gorgeous again this year!

What does bluebonnet season mean?  It means Texans and non-Texans alike are in search of a great patch of bluebonnets to see, take photos of,  and get photographed in.

I've been out and about with my own kids the past two weeks, and I've come across a few nice patches of bluebonnets in Round Rock that I wanted to share with you.

Before getting into where some where the bluebonnets in Round Rock are, I want to make a small disclaimer.  Not all of these are parks and public property.  Even if there are not any buildings in a field, the field is still owned by someone and considered private property, so please be aware of where you go and what you're allowed to do.  And please, don't park your car in the road with your hazards on just so you can take some photos the bluebonnets.  I nearly hit a car last year parked in the right hand lane of a Forest Creek Drive because they set up photos in a field nearby.  It's not safe.  It's not only a hazard to you, but a hazard to other drivers and people trying to get by.  Be safe everyone and enjoy the bluebonnets and wildflowers!

Great places to find Bluebonnets in Round Rock:

  1. Off of Sam Bass Rd.  There are some great patches of bluebonnets and other wildflowers around.
  2. Teravista Community.  There have been reports of nice wildflowers, including bluebonnets, patches within the community.  There has also been rumors of a great bluebonnet field off of Westinghouse Rd.  I personally haven't seen it, but it might be worth checking out if you're on the North side of Round Rock.
  3. At Dell on 1 Dell Way.  Warning!  This is private property owned and operated by Dell.  You may be asked to leave if security sees you, but it's worth driving by to see the bluebonnets. 
  4. Old Settler's Park in Round Rock.  There's an empty field off the back entrance of Old Settler's by the baseball fields.  Enter the park via Red Bud Lane, and you won't miss it!  There's not only bluebonnets but also Indian paint brush.
  5. Clay Madsen Recreation Center.  To the right (of left if you're facing CMRC), there's a couple of thick patches of bluebonnets by the small creek.
  6. Empty field on Kenney Fort Dr. and Forest Creek Dr.  There are a few patches of bluebonnets.  This is private property and there's no readily available parking.  However, you can walk by or use the Brushy Creek Trail to reach it if you don't mind a walk or a bike ride.
  7. There's an empty field off of Gattis School Rd and Joyce Lane at the entrance of the Enclave at Town Centre neighborhood entrance.  The field has a lot of bluebonnets and other wildflowers.
  8. Field in front of Cedar Ridge High School has some beautiful patches of bluebonnets as well! (Thanks for the reminder Kelly Colson!)

Do you know of any other great places for bluebonnets this year?
List them in the comments so I can add it on to the list!

Go enjoy the beautiful, early Texas Bluebonnet season! 

Mom and Me photo session in Austin

I love photographing Mom and Me sessions!

Why do I love it so much?

Simple.

Because children want to see photos of themselves with their moms (and dads!) when they grow up!

Think about it.  When you look at your childhood photos, do you look remember when and where the photo was taken?  Do you remember the argument before hand or the goofy joke someone told to get everyone to laugh and smile?  Do you remember why you picked that outfit and how 'in fashion' it was at the time?  You were stylin' weren't you?!

Grown adults don't look at their childhood photographs and criticize they way their parents looked.  They look at that photo and remember all the good memories that go with it.

Parents today (especially moms) will find every excuse in the world to not be in a photograph with their kids.  Here are some of the excuses I've heard:

  • My hair's not done.
  • I don't have any makeup on.
  • I'm not wearing the right clothes.
  • I just want it to be about the kids.

And the most common I hear...

  • I don't look good enough (aka I'm too fat and I need to lose weight)

Well, I'm here to tell you if you keep putting off taking family photographs with your kids, one day your kids will end up with a zillion childhood memories of themselves and nothing to look back on to remember you, their parent.

That is why I love Mom and Me sessions!

A mom or dad who is willing to step outside of their comfort zone in order to capture beautiful memories of them with their kids is a parent to applaud!

I recently photographed a Mom and Me session over by Mansfield Damn and Steiner Ranch in Austin.  I loved photographing this Mom and Daughter!!  We laughed and just a really good time which turned out some amazing photos!

Enjoy this Mom and Me photos taken in Austin!

I'm Published!!

I've been sitting on this news for awhile going back and forth on whether to say anything or not.  After a bit of convincing from family and friends, I decided to share.

I was contact last November to take photos for Box Pro Magazine's January/February 2017 issue.  I ended up shooting the cover and a 9 page spread.  I'm so humbled and excited they chose me to photograph it for them.

Box Pro Magazine is a national industry magazine for CrossFit owners.  Carey Kepler and Jeremy Thiel are siblings who own CrossFit Central in Austin.  I had a lot of fun working with them and photographing their Burnet Rd location and classes.

Box Pro Magazine was nice enough to send me a hard copy of the final publication.  It was a great experience!