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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2019 Bluebonnet Season Outlook | Austin and Round Rock Family Photographer

According to the Texas Wildflower Haven, early bluebonnets have been spotted in Austin, Round Rock, and the Hill Country.

It’s looking like the 2018 Bluebonnet and Wildflower season will be a split season. Bluebonnets are starting to bloom on the sides of roads but not yet in fields.

But it could end up being an above average blooming season.

Locals often refer to the 2010 bluebonnet season as the best ever. 2019 could be just as beautiful as the 2010 blooming season! With the amount of rainfall and warming temperature, Central Texas has a good possibility of having a strikingly beautiful bluebonnet season!

While we still have to wait if the bluebonnets and wildflowers will live up to the forecasts expectations, Central Texas will still have lovely fields of bluebonnets to view!

Keep a look out for those blooming fields in the comings weeks!

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Emily is a lifestyle photographer who serves the great Austin area, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Georgetown, and Cedar Park, Texas. Please contact me to reserve your photo session at emilyingallsphotography@gmail.com

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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New Year... New Headshot!

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2019 has arrived!

With the new year, treat yourself to a new headshot!

As professionals, we represent our business’s visual brand. Since we want our brand to represent us, the best way to convey your professionalism is an updated professional headshot.

Whether you want a relaxed, fun headshot or you need a traditional headshot taken, make sure your headshot represents you as a person. No awkward smiles. No weird, diagonal tilts and angles. Just a dynamic, professional headshot which conveys who you and your business are.

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Why should you pay for a professional headshot and not just snap a quick photo on your phone? It conveys professionalism to your website, potential clients, investors, and marketing materials.

  1. A good headshot gives your clients and investors an idea of your personality before they meet you. A serious look portrays determination. Whereas, a smile portrays approachability. A good photographer will help bring out your personality in your headshot.

  2. It reminds business contacts who you are if they have met you in the past. Having a face to go with a name gives potential clients and business associates a level of comfort than just seeing a name.

  3. A current headshot gives people a sense to see what you look like now. For example, a lot of my new clients don't have a chance to meet me in person before their first photography session. My headshot allows them to know what I look like when I meet them at a location.

  4. It supports and enhances your social media profiles, such as LinkedIn, Google Business, Facebook, and Instagram. This allows you to stand out from others who do not have a good professional headshot in their profiles.

  5. It feels good to look good in your photo! Confidence comes in many forms. Having a good, quality Headshot where you know you look good, builds confidence which can be seen by potential clients and investors.

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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