Around Here + Giveaway Winner!

Wow, this week flew by for me!  How about you? Okay, before I get to the photos below, I suppose I should announce a winner for the Giveaway!  First, let me say a HUGE thank you to so many of you who commented (here and over on FB) and shared my re-opening announcement.  I am super excited to get back into capturing sweet and silly moments between families, creating art for your home, and fully appreciated the support!

& the winner is: Lindsey Valencia!  Lindsey, check your inbox!  Can't wait to chat!

1. Wow, I'm still kind of in shock watching the relationship between Ephram and Alwyn develop.  How did I not realize just how much I'd love hearing brothers laugh together? 2. We had a zoo trip this week.  SO fun.  Ephram was in love with the maps, which is probably a good indicator he could use a few to play with at home. 3. Seriously, is there a better age than 6 months old? I mean, sure he's not sleeping through the night, but that smile, the giggles?  THE. BEST. 4. Goodness, the weather has been absolutely gorgeous.  We've been spending several evenings sitting in the backyard lately. 5. This kid cracks me up (when he's not driving me crazy). I'm not even sure what he's doing here - mid-hike at Brazos Bend last weekend while trying on his daddy's sunglasses. 6. We're growing peaches! 7. Thursday was Ephram's yearly heart check up.  His heart looks great, but the check up was a bit traumatic for him.  I'm glad that he was back to smiling and goofing off by Thursday evening. 8.  The family that weeds together, stays together.  Right?  ;) 9. So we only debated over buying a brand new stroller for Alwyn since before he was born.  And after six months of re-using Ephram's, we finally broke down and bought one.  Alwyn apparently loves it too since he took his first ever nap during a walk yesterday.

Happy Weekend!!

A Photo Session at Home

Quick Note: Just 3 more days before the Giveaway ends! Hop on over here to learn more!

Did you know you can have a photo session at your home?  Often we think of pretty outdoor settings when we think of family photos, but there are actually several advantages to staying at home!  And with the Texas summer heat approaching, I wanted to take some time to talk about why home sessions can be great.

First of all, when you're a mom, leaving the house always takes longer than expected.  Getting everyone dressed, with shoes on, and gathering everything else you need to get out the door can oftentimes bring on tears or even tantrums from little ones.  Why not have me come to you instead?  Kids are often much more comfortable in their own settings anyways.

Now I know you are thinking your home is not pretty enough to be used for a photo session.  But the most important factor in a location for me is actually light!  If you have windows in your home, you have good light.  However, the time of day may be a key factor in getting the best light.  You don't want harsh or bright sunlight shining directly into your home, but you don't want it all dark either.  The best way I can describe nice, indirect light is when your home is filled with light but you don't see harsh shadows on the floor.  So when planning a photo session at your home, pay attention to what the light looks like at different times of the day, so you know what time will be best for you session to take place.

Less is more. Yes, I'm sure you'll worry about how clean your house will have to be for a photo session.  When it comes to photos, typically I will move distracting objects so they won't be in the image.  But this doesn't mean your house needs to be spotless.  I may just ask you to move a bit of clutter to the side, so it doesn't take the focus off of the kids.  I know how many toys kids have, I am not going to judge! ;)

Lastly, it's much easier to grab a few shots outside when we can jump right back in to cool off!

// Here's just a few favorites from a lovely at-home session


Two Thousand Eleven: A Handful of Favorites


Wow, 2011 is done! And it was such a fantastic year. So many fun, amazing, beautiful clients. I can't wait to see what 2012 and a whole new state and location has to offer my little business. While I've enjoyed working both as a meteorologist and a photographer the last few years, in 2012 I'll be focusing purely on my photography - growing as an artist, developing my skill further, focusing even more on my clients. I have big plans for 2012 and cannot wait to share them once we settle into our new home this month. For those of you in Minnesota: Wow. Thank you! I've already had a number of requests to come back to my home state and take sessions. I have no doubt we'll be back at least a couple times this coming year to visit friends, family, and take on a few photo shoots. For those of you who have already expressed interest, I'll be in touch with dates as soon as we make plans to travel north. If you'd like to be added to the list, please email me or comment below.

In no particular order, here are a just a handful of my favorite 2012.

Happy 2012 to you and your family!

Location: Richmond, Texas What: Houston Family Portraits Richmond TX Family Photographer, Donya Luana