6 must have Photos every Mom needs

Becoming a new Mom and parent is an incredible time. From pregnancy to birth to brining your newborn home, it can all be a whirlwind. Time gets away from you, then next thing you know, your babies are babies anymore. The toddler stage has hit then… whoosh! They’re of too kindergarten!

Time is fleeting.

Photographing all those special moments might not mean something now. However ten years down the road, all you will have are photographs of those times and moments in your life. You’ll look back on your photos, remember how small your children were, and wonder when they grew up.

As a Mom of four, I understand how fast time can slip away from you. It seems my youngest was just a baby. Yet, she turned 5 last week, and I just registered her for kindergarten! Now when I look back on photos of my kids when they were young, it seems like yesterday.

Below I want to share with you_____ photos and moments you should be capturing in photographed to remember. These photos will become memories and heirlooms for your children and grandchildren, and hopefully generations to come.

The Belly Shot

An expecting mother’s body is beautiful! She’s growing a little human in her belly which is worth celebrating and capturing the moment.

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Mom and Partner Photo

Mom and her partner are going to raise this little human. They are the original puzzle pieces of this new family and deserve to be recognized as the couple they are and will be.

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The Newborn Photo

No matter what type of newborn photography you want, get it done! Long story, but I never got photos of my first born son when he was born. To this day I regret, and I can never go back and recapture that moment unless someone invents time travel. Don’t have regrets. Have professional newborn photography done.

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One year old Photos

Whether you choose to have a smash cake session or a normal photo shoot with your newly turned one year old, capture the moment. Smash cakes are fun! Messy cake plus kids who love sweets = big smiles all around. But just having your 1 year old run around a field, playing with dirt and sticks creates fun moments too!

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Sibling Photos

Have more than one child, get all of them in one frame! Having a photo of all your children is priceless.

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Family Photos

I know how stressful getting a family photo can be! You should see my kids kicking and screaming when I ask them to wear a shirt they always wear, but the one time I ask them to put it on, you’d think I’ve asked them to swim the English Channel! All of it is worth it in the end! Getting a yearly family photo allows you keep the memory of how big they were and how much the changed recorded.

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So Moms with all the hard work you put in raising your children, don’t forget to capture the small moments because in 20 years, you’ll be very happy you did! Having these moments in photographs is an investment that will last a lifetime!

Emily Ingalls is a professional newborn and family photographer in the Round Rock, Texas who serves the Austin, Pflugerville, Georgetown, and Cedar Park area.

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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Chris and Brooke's Wedding | Round Rock, TX

A special moment shared between two people who love each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together. That’s what I was able to witness and photograph at Chris and Brooke’s wedding. They were so adorable together and definitely in love! They were married in a simple ceremony surrounded by family and friends in Round Rock, Texas. The emotions shared and captured on their wedding day were beautiful to witness. Congratulations Chris and Brooke! Here’s to many happy years together!

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The power of the printed photograph

When I was growing up, there was no such thing as digital photos.  Everyone had a film camera with 24 or 36 exposure shots on it.  I took the photos on with my camera, dropped off the roll to get developed, then waited 2 weeks to get the roll back to see how my photos turned out.  There was no instant display or multiple shots to get the perfect image.  You had one, maybe two chances, to get your picture, then crossed your fingers and prayed all was well.

And the excitement of going through all the prints when the roll was finally ready to be picked up was amazing!  Sifting through the photos, laughing at all the cuteness or ridiculous faces you captured on film was priceless.

Nowadays, we take pictures with our phones, see them instantly, then retake if we decide the photo was off or someone wasn't smiling or we just don't like the way we look.  And I'll admit, I am 100% guilty of doing this as well.

But today we tend to forget the most important part of the whole reason for taking photos, and that is the printing of them.

What's the point of capturing your family's memories if you're not going to display them for everyone to see?  The answer is, sadly, not much.

Printing photos is one of the most important things you can do for yourself, your kids, and the next generation.  Seeing a photo on a wall, book shelf, or even a fireplace mantel gives a whole new meaning to keep your memories alive.

At my parent's house, my mom has a couple of dozen photo albums full of 4x6 or the old school instant Polaroid prints where you can write on the bottom of the photo (you know you remember those old instant Polaroid photos that you had to shake to dry off the ink and hope you accidentally touch and mess it up).  Anyway, I love those old photo albums.  I love looking at my childhood on print, take the photos out, and have a trip down memory lane.

I want that for my own children and (fingers crossed) their children one day.  To show them the prints of photos of their childhood, awkward years, and fun everyday memories to share and reminisce.  My own children love going through the photos I've had printed and figuring out how old they were and what were they doing. I just have to get those photos into an album, and I'll be set!

I love the fact as a photographer I can offer my clients the digital prints of their families and newborns so they can print as many photos as they want.  I want they to print their family photos and share them.  Not just keep them on a hard drive for years to come.  It's awesome to see my clients send me photos of their home wall galleries and see their photos on display.

It saddens my heart to think the next generation is losing out of the power of the printed photograph.  Nothing makes a house a home like seeing your families history on the walls with photos.

Whether it's a snapshot you took on your phone or your family photos you had taken by a professional photographer, print them out!  Display them!  Put them in albums for everyone to look back upon and remember the fun times!

And if anyone ever needs a recommendation on where to have your photos printed, email me at emilyingallsphotography@gmail.com  I'll be happy to recommend a some consumer labs to you!

My family Christmas photo from last year! 

My family Christmas photo from last year! 

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Emily Ingalls is a professional photographer in Round Rock, Texas.  Emily specializes in family and children portraiture, family lifestyle photography, and newborn lifestyle photography.  She loves traveling, coffee, and martial arts.

Family Photo Sessions | Round Rock, TX

I love photographing large families.  Whether it's large extended families or just immediate family members, the craziness of a family session is really energizing for me.  I know from experience trying to get all your kids to look at the camera, relax, have fun and smile seems completely impossible.  How do I know this?  Because trying to photograph my four children in one nice photo for their grandparents seems near impossible to me.

But getting a large group of kids who aren't my own to do it?  Piece of cake!

These kids were great!  Even the youngest who kept wondering off was fun to be around and photograph.  Family sessions don't have to be stressful.  Just walk in knowing I, the professional photographer you hired, has it under control.  Just sit back, relax, and allow me to capture your family is some fun, great photos.