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.

My approach to Newborn Photography | Austin and Round Rock Newborn Photographer

Newborns are small bundles of joy! They are tiny, snuggly, and oh so cute!

But newborns can also be stressful for parents (especially first time parents). They require a lot of work with feedings, changings, and tend to have a crazy sleep schedule for awhile.

This is why I take a relaxed approach to shooting lifestyle newborn photography.

When newborns are laid on a bed or in their crib, they tend to do their own thing. They may stretch out with their toes pointed straight up or they might curl up on themselves, falling fast asleep.

Whichever way they decide to pose themselves, I shoot it.

Whether they are sleeping they whole session or wide awake, I capture the moment.

No two newborns are alike. They each have their own personality making each unique.I believe my job is to capture the uniqueness of each newborn I photograph. They are all unique and special in their own way.

I will swaddle them. I’ll let them have their pacifers. I soothe them if they start getting upset, but I capture it all.

All their interactions with Mom and Dad.
The sweet kisses and snuggly moments.
The awestruck older brother and sister.
The tiny smiles.
The frowny faces.

I capture the moments Mom and Dad can look back on and say, “You were so little and special!”

I capture them in that special, short newborn time period that will be over before you know it.

Because that is what newborn photography is all about for me.

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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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When to book your newborn photo session

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Newborns are the most adorably, cute little people to photograph!  With their squishiness, rolls, and sweet cheeks, newborn babies are captivating in their own right.

But I often get asked when is the best time to book my newborn photo session?  Today I'm going to give you answer!

I encourage my clients to book their session in their last trimester of pregnancy.  This way I can put your due date on my calendar and have an idea of when to expect to have your newborn photos.

As with many things in life, I understand due dates are more of an estimate than an exact science.  I never made it to a single due date during all 4 of my pregnancies.  I was any where from 2 weeks to 10 days early.  And I've had many friends whose babies decided to arrive late, and other friends who had to be induced.  The whole pregnancy and due date is a best guess scenario.  I always take into account my clients due date is flexible, so I can work with you and your family once your newborn arrives.

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I also encourage my clients to book while their pregnant because once your newborn gets here, life gets crazy.  Especially for first time parents.  There's all new things to learn, life changes and adjustments that throw everyone's schedule out of whack.  Even adding another little one to your family, I understand that it can take time to adjust everyone to a newborn baby. If you already have a photographer booked for your newborn photos, it's one less thing to worry about for you!  All you need to do is email or call me after the baby is born, and together, we'll figure out a good date and time to schedule your newborn photo session.

Newborn photo sessions are best scheduled within the first 7-10 days of birth.  Already having your photographer booked allows you to sit back and relax during that first week of no sleep and adjustment to your new little one.

And if you are true go-getter and organized person, you can always book your newborn photo session earlier than second trimester.  I will be seriously impressed because I was a slacker and no that organized (even by my 4th baby)!

If you're wanting to book your newborn photo session or would like more information on what I offer for newborn sessions, please email me at emilyingallsphotography@gmail.com and I'd be happy to answer any questions.

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Ringing in 2018!

It's not too hard to believe it's 2018.  At least for me.

I am happy to leave 2017 behind.  It was a year full of accomplishments, goals, expectations, along with sickness, disappointment and failures.  Last year brought me to my humble knees along with lifting me up and giving me great highs.

One of my favorite highlights from last year was a trip to Rome, Italy I took with my husband, brother and brother-in-law.  I had great expectations of writing and sharing my entire trip on my blog, but life got in the way and I didn't get the opportunity to share.  But let me just say, it's was a trip I will never forget in the best way possible.

And somethings I could have lived without would be coming down with Shingles.  Ugh!  It was not pleasant, and it was brought on my stress.  I do not want a repeat of that.  And I could have lived without my 5 year old son breaking his arm two weeks before Christmas and sitting in an ER for 7 hours.  Then having to have surgery to fix it three days after Christmas.  He's still in a cast and will be until mid-January.  I'm just thankful it's finally fixed properly.

As for 2018, I have goals swirling around in my head I need to write down on paper.  Photography goals, business goals, and personal goals.  I find I keep myself a lot more accountable if I write them down in a place where I'll see them throughout the year.  They will go into my 2018 Planner that also has my monthly calendar.

I'm looking forward to the New Year.  I want to make positive changes not only in my life but my family's life.  I'm determined to be more positive and optimistic.  I tend to be a pessimistic, glass half-empty type of person.

Here's to a new year.  More blogging, writing, and sharing myself with you instead of just my client's photos.