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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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

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.

Because They're Only Little Once | Austin and Round Rock Family Photographer

Like all professions, family photography has its busy season. Family photographers are usually busy September through about mid-December.

I understand. Fall is a busy time of year for all of us. A lot of families want to have an updated photograph for themselves and to put on holiday cards for friends and family. But your family photos are more than a holiday card.

I get it… but here’s the truth.

They are only little once.

Maybe you have a newborn. Maybe you have a 2 year old and are enjoying the excitement going into the toddler years. You might have a 5 year old heading to kindergarten in the fall. Maybe you have a 12 year old tween who is on the cusp of becoming a mini-adult. Or you might have a 16 year old who is driving, independent, and you only have a few more years left until they leave the house.

It doesn’t matter the age, this is the only time they’ll ever be it. So celebrate it!

Now is the perfect time for photos!

Capture the uniqueness that is your child, no matter what age and time of year. You don’t need a reason to have photos taken.

Believe me… you will not ever regret having your child and family’s photo taken.

And trust me, you’ll be glad you did!

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