Families Matter: The Pike Family

Summer? It’s already summer? This year has been gorgeous and this end April session was perfect for this family and their 3 rambunctious boys. It is such a pleasure to watch these guys grow and when I listen to the oldest talk I realize how brilliant he is. He has an amazing memory and I think he’s never met a stranger. The middle guy has grown so much since the first time we met  over 3 years ago- boy how time flies! Of course last, but certainly not least, Mr. Ian is cuter than a bug sitting in my bucket with the sun shining on his gossamer angel hair. Perfection! I love this family- they are so great to spend time with.

Fresh From Heaven: Custom Print Products- Blakely’s Minis

Did you know that Glimpses offers custom designed print products that make perfect gifts for family and friends?
Each Session is planned and designed so that your images will make beautiful announcements and albums to show off and keepsake for years to come.

Commemorate your baby’s first moments with beautifully printed, custom designed announcements and mini album s to share the wonder of their arrival! 

Fresh From Heaven :: Blakely’s Birth Story

The most amazing part of being a photographer is that total strangers let you into their lives and share their most precious, vulnerable, priceless moments with me.

I was privileged to get to photograph the arrival of Miss Blakely and I will never forget it. Such Awe-some moments with such amazingparents. I am blessed beyond measure.

I will reserve the majority of the photos and the story for another time- but here is a gift that her incredible Mama gave me:

Baby Bumps :: Ashallan & Stephen

I love my job! I also love it when I have an idea for a session and a new client has the same idea!

I have been wanting to buy this maternity sash for a couple of months but didn’t have a client who needed it. This baby girl is due in April- which is close to Easter, so of course her theme is Peter Rabbit!  I am designing her maternity session and newborn session around pinks, greens, and creams. YUM!

Their session was quick in the golden light and Stunning!
Can’t WAIT to meet Miss Blakely!



Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Professional Photographer :: Austin Area Portrait Photographer

Even photographers hire photographers. “Why?” you ask. “If you own a good camera, you don’t need a professional photographer, right?” Wrong. And here are the top 10 reasons why you should hire a professional photographer.

10. You will be in the images.
In most families, there is a designated ‘photographer’ and often it is Mom. This means that there are rarely any photos of Mom in the albums. OR the photos of Mom aren’t so flattering because they have been taken by another member of the family that hasn’t practiced much.
9. Your session will be thought out and styled.
Unlike family snapshots, when you book in your portrait session your photographer will guide you on how to style the session. This will involve choosing the right location to suit your style and family and will also cover what to wear and how to prepare. This single point can make a huge difference in how professional your images will look.
8. Quality of the equipment.
Most of my clients own a DSLR. The fact that they hire me shows that they value photography, so many of them have their own camera as well. Although cameras are expensive, the cameras and lenses that your photographer owns cannot compare in quality to ordinary consumer cameras. Most clients love images where the subject is clear but the background is blurry. This is called bokeh. In order to achieve good bokeh, you need superior equipment. Your photographer will have all the equipment required to produce beautiful images, that most ordinary households won’t have.
7. Your Photographer will know how to use their equipment.
Most of my clients that talk about their cameras will also admit to me that they turn their camera to auto and let their camera do the work. Modern cameras can take great images on auto, but things can go very wrong too. This can result in dark images, blurry images or the on board flash popping up to light your subject. Your photographer will know how to use their equipment and will have manual control over their camera. They will be choosing their ISO, shutter speed and f-stop to ensure the image is well exposed. They will know their equipment in and out.
6. Photographers carefully re-touch your images.
We use products like Photoshop and Lightroom to ensure that your images are properly exposed, the colors are perfect, and the image is polished to a professional level.
5. Attention to detail.
Your photographer will pay attention to the detail. With newborn photography, babies are posed right down to the position of their hands. Blankets are smoothed out. Fabrics are ironed. Background clutter is removed. The time of day is carefully planned. Every part of the image and your session is carefully planned to ensure that you get the best images possible.
4. Fresh eyes.
Your photographer will bring fresh eyes to your family and will look at your family in a unique way. They will offer suggestions and solutions that you haven’t seen or though of and this will result in images that you may not have thought to capture.
3. Investing in your home.
One of the goals of most sessions is to produce images that will be enlarged and framed for the wall. This is an investment in your home and can enhance a room. You spend a lot of time and hard earned money furnishing your room, finishing it off with professional  images of your family only makes sense.
2. Professional photographers have a lot of training and experience.
It takes years and a lot of hard work to hone photography skills. Your photographer will have spent a lot of time and money educating themselves on how to use compose your images and light them well to create a lovely gallery of images for you to choose from.
1. Precious Memories.
I believe that the number one reason to hire a professional photographer is that once that day is over or that time-frame has passed, it is now a precious memory and you will want the best images possible of those memories. This is even more important for those moments that cannot be relived, like weddings, maternity images, newborn images and other important milestones. Please make sure you capture the best images possible, so you will always look at those images and smile warmly. These photos will take you back to that time or that day, to a place where you can almost smell the flowers and touch the perfect newborn skin. It is definitely worth hiring the best you can afford to capture those precious memories.

::Reposted from Melissa Youngs blog.

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