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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5 Reasons to Hire a Professional Photographer for your Dog/Pet

Two weeks ago, I lost my dog, Thibie, to congenital heart failure. She passed away in her sleep while she was sleeping right next to me in our bed. Needless to say, my husband and I were both devastated.

My husband and I got her when she was 6 weeks old two months after getting married. She was a cocker spaniel and the cutest little fur ball! Thibie was truly our first child, and my husband’s first dog ever. We both have been taking her loss hard.

After she passed, I was looking through old photos of her when she was a puppy and throughout her 12 years of life. The photos are hard to look at, but they also remind me of the sweet memories we had of her while she was with it. And I do not regret taking 20 photos of my dog when she was wearing a cone on her head or she was romping around in her first snow storm with my old point and shoot camera.

Those photos are precious memories which will be cherished by my family.

I get asked quite frequently by clients if they can bring their family dog with them for family portraits. And my answer to them is always a resounding YES!

I’ve compiled a list of why you should hire a professional photographer to capture your pet.

The puppy stage only lasts for a short time.

Puppies are the cutest, but they grow up fast! Let a photographer capture the quirky, funny, and often times clumsy puppy stage with beautiful photos you’ll always love.

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Pets are only around for a short period of time.

Unfortunately, pets life spans aren’t forever, and they’re not as long as ours. You will enjoy them for years, but those years go by a lot quicker than you realize. Let a photographer capture your pet/dog in all it’s stages from puppy to adult to mature.

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Your pet is a part of your family!

Dog, cat, whatever kind of pet owner you are, you treat your pet as another member of your family. They get spoiled with their own beds, special foods, and their own toys. If you’re a dog person like me, you let them sleep on your bed, take them for walks, and play with them outside. They’re a member of your family, so your dog and pet should be capture in photos with your family.

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Photography takes skill.

Photography done correctly takes quite a bit of skill. A professional will have the skill to capture your pet beautifully in a photo without it having a snapshot feeling. Professional photographers can removed leashes, capture beautiful light and expressions.

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Memories are priceless.

One thing I’ve never heard a client say is they regret having their photos taken. Whether it’s family photography or pet photography, you will not regret having your photos taken or photos taken of your pet or dog. Memories tell the story of your life; they are proof things happened. Don’t have any regrets on missed moment and memories. Let your photographs tell the story.

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Although I know this was more dog specific, it relates to all pets. Capture the moment and memories while you can. Because in the end when it’s time for your dog to cross the rainbow bridge, you’ll have beautiful photographs and memories to remember them.

Memories I capture of my dog, Thibie.  When she was a puppy versus two weeks before she passed away.  We loved her very much, and she will be greatly missed.

Memories I capture of my dog, Thibie. When she was a puppy versus two weeks before she passed away. We loved her very much, and she will be greatly missed.

What is the best age to photograph babies?

My best friend texted me yesterday asking me a simple question of what is the best age to photograph her daughter. First of all, her daughter is adorable, like every baby, so any age is a good age.

But…

There are certain ages that work best for babies to be photographed, and those are milestones months.

Milestone months for babies are

  • Newborn

  • 3 months old

  • 6 months old

  • 9 months old

  • 1 year old

Each of these represents a different stage in their first year of life. Newborns are wonderfully cuddly and beautiful. It’s a special stage of new life and new beginnings. Best time to photograph newborns is within the first 10 days of birth.

3 month old babies are more alert with their eyes open, looking around, and starting to understand what is going on all around them. The baby’s personality are starting to show.

6 month old babies are usually sitting up and playing with toys actively. Babies will hold items (and probably throw them). And their personalities are definitely alive and well. This is a fun age to photograph!

9 month old babies are usually crawling and moving around. Babies are definitely interacting with Mom/Dad and other family members. They love to play!

1 year old babies are finally one! It’s their milestone birthday which definitely deserves a celebratory photo session! Some one year old babies are walking. Each has their own personality which really shines through. Smash cake sessions are fun to photograph because it really captures if the one year old is shy or adventurous.

So there you have it!

Now there is some give and take for each milestone month. If you wait a month, it’s no biggie! Photographing babies is a fun adventure for me, as your photographer, you, and your baby! We’ll have fun, play around, capture smiles, and their little personality!

If you’re interested in capturing your baby’s milestone photos or would like to schedule a 1 year old birthday session, please contact me or email me at emilyingallsphotography@gmail.com! I’d love to talk to you about what you’re looking for and how I can capture beautiful photos and memories for you and your family!

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Lifestyle vs Portrait vs Documentary Photography... what's the difference?

There are a lot of different types of photography out there. People hear different photography industry phrases and buzz words thrown around all the time. I get asked a lot what lifestyle photography vs portrait photography is. And what the heck is documentary photography?

So today I’m here to break it down for you.

Portrait photography
Portrait photography is exactly what it sounds life. People are posed and put into positions for a portrait. Most of the time, the photographer will tell you where to stand, who to stand next to, where to look, hand positioning, leg positioning, etc. You, as the person being photographed, will probably feel awkward because you don’t normally sit/stand that way. It’s totally normal, and you will end up looking great! Most portrait photography is formally posed whether it’s in studio or outside.

Think of it this way… if everyone is looking and smiling at the camera, it’s portrait photography.

Lifestyle Photography
Lifestyle photography is that middle ground between portrait photography and documentary photography (which I’ll get to next). Lifestyle photography isn’t formally posed, but more guided posing. Your photographer should be telling you where to stand and what to do. The photographer will give you prompts such as ‘everyone laugh’ or ‘walk towards me but look at mom’ or ‘throw your child into the air’ or ‘whisper a secret into someone’s ear.’ The entire family might not be looking directly at the camera but at each other instead. There’s more action and movement in lifestyle photography. Good lifestyle photographers will bring out emotion within your family and capture small, special moments rather than posed, smiling at the camera photos.

Lifestyle photography… informally posed with prompts from photographer, not everyone always looking at the camera.

Documentary Photography
Documentary photography is exactly how it sounds. A photographer is hired to document you and your family over a period of time. There is no direction given by the photographer. They are more there as a ‘fly on the wall’ scenario to capture your everyday life or a special event as it is lived. There is zero formal posing going on. Documentary photography typically last hours or a whole day (such as a Day in the Life).

Documentary photography… no posing, documenting life over a long period of time.


So now the big question… which type of photography is right for you?

Whatever you want!

Honestly, it depends solely on your personal tastes and preferences.

Some people only want posed, formal photos which means portrait photography is right up there alley! Others want to see emotion come through their photos, so lifestyle or documentary would be a better approach for them. I’ve noticed the Baby Boomers prefer portrait photography while the Generation X and Millennials often prefer Lifestyle and Documentary, but that’s not hard and true.

You, as the client, has to decide what type of photographs you like and want to capture. Then find a photographer who captures it in a style you like!

I photograph a combination of Portrait photography and Lifestyle Photography. I’ve found that combination works best for me personally as a photographer and artist. And I’ll usually do it within one sessions. I’ll formally pose a family, then start giving them prompts to get a little more interactive with the family and kids.

Check out this family session I photographed with Portraits and Lifestyle photography.

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