So how’s this for craziness: I actually shot this photo session back in May, if you can believe it! A few weeks later, my kids were out of school. I delivered the photos right away, but the blog post has been on my to-do list for quite some time!
What a sweet evening with this family of three! Little princess Charlotte was just bursting with sweet toddler energy. Steven and Katie also brought along their fur babies, Heisman and Hazel, and we had a fabulous time making happy memories during their family session in The Woodlands, TX.
I love when families bring their fur babies along for a family session! I think it helps relieve a some of the nervousness people feel before being photographed. Most of us aren’t especially comfortable in front of the camera at first – and that’s totally normal! Dogs don’t know the difference, though, and their happiness usually helps everyone relax a little quicker.
I met Steven and Katie at a park in The Woodlands that is just beautiful year round for family sessions. There are several options for lovely backdrops without having to walk too far, which is perfect when the session includes young kids. When we shot their photos in May, all of the trees were big and green and the heat hadn’t really set in yet, so it was really quite comfortable outside.
After families book a session, I send my best tips for what to wear since that is the first question on everyone’s mind. Katie and Steven opted for relaxed and casual in shorts and button down shirts, and little Charlotte in her own cute outfit! She was especially excited to show off her jewelry – and those precious details add a little visual interest to these photos. Her sandals are adorable, too!
One part of every session that I love is pulling mom and dad away for a few photos of just them. Oftentimes, clients tell me that the last time they had couples portraits taken was at their wedding. You can see how Katie lights up as she and Steven share a quiet moment while Charlotte hangs out by my side.
We wrapped up their photo session with some photos of Charlotte playing with Heisman and Hazel. All I have to say about this is, thank goodness for fast shutter speeds because these three were not still for even a second! What sweet memories Katie and Steven will always have of Charlotte at 2.5.
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