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

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.

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!

Family Photo Session | Pflugerville, TX

Large family reunions are one of my favorite types of sessions to photograph!

I come from large family.  My mom was one of six, and my dad is one of three.  I have somewhere around 20 cousins and more than a dozen aunts and uncles.  Add in the fact most of my cousins have children, and let's just say a family get together for us becomes large, loud, and fun very quickly!

When a family asks me if I'm ok photographing close to 20 people for a family reunion, I always laugh a little to myself.  Mainly because large families don't scare me off at all.  I love shooting them!

A couple of weeks ago, I photographed this family's reunion during a hot, humid July day.  They had family coming in from out of state for a vacation during the summer, and Mom/Grandma wanted photos of her children and grandchildren. And to make it even better, they had Great Grandma there!  Four generations in one photo!

If you ever get the chance to have a generational picture taken by a professional photographer, please have the photo taken.  You'll never regret having a professional photographs taken!  You will treasure them for a lifetime!

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Emily Ingalls is a professional photographer. She specializes in family and child portraiture, newborn lifestyle photography, and commercial photography.