Peyton’s Portraits ~ Lakeway City Park

I am so happy I got to meet this wonderful family who just moved here from Beaumont, Texas. I’m excited for their new adventure down here in Austin and can’t wait to get to know them better. When Lori asked me to take photos of their beautiful daughter I jumped at the opportunity and I’m so glad I did.  Below are my favorites from her session.

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Top 6 Things To Consider When Hiring A Professional Photographer

1. Your Photographer Should have Excellent People Skills

Having people skills is one of  the most important things you can ask for in a photographer. There is nothing worse than going to a shoot and not having a very friendly photographer taking your happy family photos. This job is most photographer’s passion in life, so therefore, that should shine through during the session. So, make sure you and your future photographer connect in some way before booking them and get to know them a little better as a person. I find this especially important when you have little ones.

Also, if it takes forever and a day for your photographer to respond back to you (I’m talking longer than 48 hours typically) before you have even booked them! Then that is a huge red flag. Of course, there are exceptions, but those are far and few between. For the most part, your photographer should stay in constant contact with you before, during and after your session with them, and if they don’t then do not move forward with booking them.

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2. They need to have a Good reputation

Another very important detail is they must have a good reputation. Go through their website, Facebook, Yelp, Google, etc. and see what people are saying about them. If it’s all good things then great, book them! If you can’t find many good reviews, then don’t let that deter you because they could be new to the area, just starting out, doing this part-time etc. But, for the most part, there should be positive ratings and comments about their work and their experience somewhere on one of their sites.

3. Find one that offers prints and products

A professional photographer will have an established pricing guide where they offer a variety of prints and products. I, for example, offer prints, canvases, mounted prints, digital files, custom framing, digital albums, and albums. Your ultimate goal should be to print the photos you hire the photographer to take, therefore, they should provide you with a wide variety of options to choose from that will work for you and your family.

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4. Make sure they are insured

Insurance is often one that is frequently overlooked. Every business should have some sort of liability insurance for your protection and theirs. Just in case anything were to happen, just know that you are protected with a photographer that is properly insured.

5. Check out their Portfolio

Make sure you like their work. If you like what you see then book them, if not, then don’t. Every photographer has a different style and so do you. So, go find the one that fits your style best. The best way to check out their artwork is go to their website, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. The photographer you hire will have a great portfolio, and if they don’t then, that may mean they are just starting out, or it may mean you want to go with someone else. Or, if you don’t like it, then don’t book them. Trust your instincts.

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6. Know their Turnaround time

Last, but not least, make sure you know their turnaround time before you book your session. I cannot stress this enough. There are some photographers who over-book and then end up not getting your photos to you in a timely manner, and then there are some who just naturally take a long time to edit the photos and get them back to you to review. My turnaround time is 1 week for you to review, then 1 week for the prints and products to come back in. So, all in all I have a 2 week turnaround of product delivery, and during those 2 weeks I like to stay in constant contact with my client to make sure my they don’t think I have forgotten about them 🙂

I hope this helps some of you who are looking to book a professional photographer this fall and holiday season. If you are interested in learning more about my sessions then please head on over to my Pricing Page so you can learn a little more about my services.

 

 

5 Do’s And Don’ts For Fall Family Photos

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, that’s right FALL. I absolutely love fall. It is definitely my favorite season. The leaves start to change (only sometimes in Texas), I get to wear boots, sweaters, and sometime scarves, and not to mention the colors that fall brings. Have I mentioned I love fall? LOL Well, with fall also comes Fall Family Photos. It is definitely the most popular time to take those coveted family photos right before Christmas, however, the question still remains. What do I wear?! I have laid out the Do’s and Don’ts of Fall Family Photos for you below.

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Do: Mix patterns and colors

Don’t: Put everyone in a pattern

Don’t be afraid to mix patterns. The family above nailed it! They started out with a color scheme of navy and red and chose pieces that fit within those parameters and ultimately gave their family photo some interest by not being afraid to mix their patterns.

DO: Match

Don’t: Wear all the same color

I love a good photo where the clothes aren’t a distraction and you look at the people vs what they are wearing. That being said, your outfits should all go together, but not be too matchy matchy. The family below did an excellent job in wearing a variety of colors, but still making it look good. Grown-Family-Photo-Austin-Family-Photographer

Do: Wear Layers

Don’t: All wear The same “Layer”

Give your photos some dimension and interest by wearing layers. This family below has the perfect layered look for this brisk fall day. They have added a scarf, boots, jacket, eternity scarf, sweaters, etc. They look amazing, and all I want to do is look at them!

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Do: Create a color palette

Don’t: All wear the same color

This family’s color palette is definitely grey and maroon, and I LOVE it! They did awesome in choosing what to wear and if you notice the colors they chose pop right off the photo creating a interesting family photo they get to cherish forever.

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Do: Add pops of color

Don’t: wear Too Many Distracting colors

When choosing your outfits don’t forget that extra pop of color to make your photos really stand out. I love a good neutral, but when it comes to photos, bring out that color so your family shines! However, I would not put everyone in a “pop” color as it could be a bit distracting. The family below nailed it by putting the wife in the pop of color, and pulling it all together through the little girl’s dress. LOVE!

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The Williams Family ~ Downtown Austin Family Photos

Oh, how I loved this session! First of all it was the perfect cloudy day, and second of all I had never shot in Downtown Austin before and got my first chance to do so and had a blast! I loved shooting this gorgeous family and their personalities were so contagious. Not to mention, their kids were excellent which always helps 🙂

First we met at The Long Center downtown which is such a gorgeous building and with the cloud cover made for the perfect backdrop to their family photos. And to top it off the Austin skyline was directly in front of it so we had the best of both worlds in one spot! Then we headed down the street to Lenoir Wine Garden for the reminder of the shoot. Again, this family had so much fun which really showed in their family photos.

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Precious Baby Boy Newborn Session ~ Baby Maxwell ~ Austin, Texas

I was so glad to  meet the Shepherd family and their sweet baby boy Maxwell. They are genuinely such nice people and so easy going. And, I can’t say enough good things about sweet Maxwell. He was such a good baby and slept beautifully and was very calm when he was awake. Except for that one time he got hungry lol. He is such a cutie pie and below are some of my favorites from his session.

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6 Tips To Help You Prepare For Your Family Photo Session

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1. Eat a good meal before your session.

Make sure your family, and yourself is well fed on the day of your photo shoot. I know I can get a little cranky when I’m hungry so I can only imagine how our little ones feel when they are hungry. If you know your little ones can’t make it through the entire session the please bring a snack for in between shots.

2. Get plenty of rest.

It’s best if you and your family are well rested in preparation for your photo shoot. This not only allows you to look your best, but it also helps the kiddos be on their best behavior and in a good mood. Speaking from my own personal experience with my own children, Sleepy Kids = Moody Kids 🙂 Depending on the time of day your session is will also depend on if your child, or you, needs to take a nap. Sleep is good and makes for great photos!

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3. Real Smiles are the best.

I love love love a genuine smile. Nothing can compare to it. Therefore, let’s leave the “cheese” at home. I know there’s a strong tendency to say it, but please don’t. All it ends up doing is giving a forced smile look in your photos, and we do NOT want that. Candid is the way to go. You can thank me later 😉

4. leave yourself plenty of time to prepare for your session.

I suggest laying out your clothes the day before your session, including shoes and accessories. Start getting ready with plenty of time before you have to leave, and inform everyone of what you are about to do so they aren’t surprised when they get there. The more prepared you are, the less stressed you will be for your photos.

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5. Coordinate your clothes without being matchy matchy.

Choose your clothes for you and your family, by first picking out colors that you like. Then move onto colors that you look best in. Because come on, you are going to have to look at these babies forever. Next, don’t put everyone in the same color. Having multiple colors gives the photo interest and gives it that extra pop it needs. Keep in mind that everything needs to go together, not necessarily match perfectly.

6. Choose the best time of day for your family

Typically the best time of the day for photographers is the first 2 hours after sunrise and the 2 hours right before sunset. Or, if it’s cloudy then any time of day is good because we don’t have to worry about shadows. Now, for you it’s totally different because you have to worry about bed times, nap times, cranky times, hungry times, etc. I totally get it. So, please if your children aren’t morning people then don’t schedule your session for first thing in the morning. You better believe you will never see my family schedule an early morning session. The photographer may get some death stares lol But, in all seriousness, you know your family best so schedule the best time for you and your little ones.

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Have Fun With Your Family This Easter!

Easter Crafts

I always try to do something special with my kids on Easter, and that usually involves dying eggs. It’s a tradition in our house and thank the Lord for Pinterest or else we would have the same colored eggs every year. I know most of you go 100 miles per hour like I do, however, I encourage you to take the 30 minutes to an hour and do something fun with your family this Easter holiday. Here are some ideas I have found that may spark your creativity. I’ve pinned all of these ideas on my All About Easter Pinterest Board so go check them out.

Easter Egg Ornament

This would make the coolest centerpiece for your dining room table or island in your kitchen.

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Yarn Egg Garland

How cute would this be hanging on your fence or in a small tree in your yard?

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Decorating Easter Eggs

Holy moly aren’t these adorable! Any ninja turtle fans in your family?

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Galaxy Easter Eggs

If any of you have older kids, this may be a fun one to try as she made it seem like it took a little more patience and work than some of the others. Or if you are really ambitious then go right ahead! I think I may try them out myself 🙂

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Easter Themed Baking Ideas

Marshmallow Bark

I think the photo says it all. YUMMMMM!

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Peep Fruit Kabobs

This is for those of you who want to attempt to stay away from all of the sugar that goes along with Easter. Aren’t those just the cutest?

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Coordinating Outfits For Easter Photos

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When picking out clothes for a family photo, I want you to stay open minded. I find it especially fun to pick out clothes for my family during the holidays, because there is usually already a color scheme picked out which makes the decision of having to pick out colors way easier. When it comes to Easter family photos the colors are super duper easy, and all you have to do is think of spring. When I think of spring, the colors, yellow, pink, blue, green, purple, white, cream, etc. come to mind. Now, no one ever said in the law book of Easter photos do you have to wear pastels. I personally am more bold in my color choices and therefore choose richer colors (as shown above). It’s totally your style and taste, so stick to your gut.

Now, when it comes to coordinating, make sure you aren’t all wearing the same color (shades of the same color is acceptable). But, rather mix it up by throwing in various patterns, colors, textures, etc. It will really make your photos pop, and you will be super happy for it!

That’s all for now! If you are wanting to get some spring photos taken, then please fill out the form on my Contact Page or email me at deborah@debleaphoto.com and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. If you are wanting to view more of my work then hop on over to my Family Photos Gallery. I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Miss Georgia’s Fun 1 Year Photo Shoot in Austin, TX

Oh how I love sweet Georgia and her sweet parents George and Ashley. We have been friends with them since college (which feels like forever ago). So, when they asked me to do Georgia’s 1 year photo shoot I was elated! She has a January b-day so we had to plan her session accordingly, and of course we picked the windiest and coldest day yet. But, at least it was all clouds and we didn’t have to fight the sun as well as the weather. And, I must say Georgia was extremely well behaved and the cold didn’t seem to bother her one single bit! She rocked it! Below are some of my favorites from her big day.

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Sweet Baby Peyton’s Newborn Session in Dripping Springs, TX

Last month I had the pleasure of photographing a friend’s sweet newborn. Her and my hubs went to high school together and I was ecstatic when she asked me to do her newborn session for her. He is such a good little baby and Fran and Lance are wonderful parents to their sweet baby boy. The session went really well and after a few feedings for the little guy he settled right down and I got some great shots of him and their new family. Thanks again for asking me to take them for you and I hope to get the chance to take many more of that growing baby boy. Here are my favorites from their session.

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Thanks again Fran and Lance and baby Peyton!

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The Wong Family – MOPS Austin, Texas

The past two years I’ve had the opportunity to take family photos for the MOPS fundraiser here in Austin. MOPS is Mothers of Pre-Schoolers, and they really seem to be a tight knit family of moms who support each other and build each other up through their own experiences, because Lord knows we have all beed there before when it comes to parenting and it’s nice to have a support system to remind you that you aren’t crazy!

So, the sessions are sort of like speed dating because you meet a completely new family every 10-15 minutes, so I refer to it as speed shooting 🙂 I always have so much fun doing it and really enjoy getting to meet new people. This family was new to me this year, and I must say they have a gorgeous family, and I just love the color palette that was chosen for their session. Here are my favorites from their shoot.

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