Baby Hadley’s Newborn Session

I was so excited when Kerbi and Glenn asked me to take their baby’s newborn photos! And, I was even more excited when I arrived at their home and met sweet Hadley and saw their gorgeous nursery that Kerbi had decorated. She was such a sweet baby and I loved every minute of photographing her for her newborn session. Thanks again for asking me to take your newborn photos. Here are a few of 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.

 

 

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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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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Want more information about my sessions? Then head on over to my Pricing Page to get more information about how I run my sessions. Or, feel free to email me anytime at deborah@debleaphoto.com.

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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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If you are in need of updating your family photo then head on over to my Contact Me page and give me a shout. Or, feel free to email me at deborah@debleaphoto.com

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6 Must Haves For Your Christmas Checklist

If you are anything like me, then Christmas literally sneaks up on you ever single year!  I mean I know it’s the same day every year, but somehow before I know it it’s Christmas again. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE Christmas and the holiday season, but for some reason I can’t seem to get with the program which leaves me running around scurrying for gifts or doing last minute budgeting to fit it all in.

That being said, I have created a condensed checklist for you/me! I have researched a few different  websites and have found two that are my absolute favorite. I will provide links for those who are interested in seeing the complete, original checklist.

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  1. Don’t forget the Stocking Stuffers! I’ve totally done this one year and had my husband go out on Christmas Eve to Wal-Mart, because it was the only place open, to go buy goodies to fill everyone’s stocking. Needless to say that will NOT happen again! I’m definitely adding this one to my Christmas Checklist.
  2. Start pulling out those hidden gifts NOW! I may not be guilty of this one, but my mom sure is. Every year she hides the gifts she buys and every year she forgets about at least one of them. One year she even forgot where she hid it lol But, we lover her anyway 🙂
  3. Kiss someone under the mistletoe! This one is so important, because a lot of the time we have tunnel vision until all the gifts are bought, wrapped, and under the tree that we forget that Christmas is about spending time with family and friends and celebrating Jesus’ birth.
  4. Wrap gifts as you buy them! Since it is already December and your tree is already up (unless you are like me and can’t find the time to go buy a tree) then there is no point in hiding the gifts and cluttering up your closet. Go ahead and put them under the tree. A Christmas tree is so much more fun to look at with presents under it anyway 🙂
  5. Buy batteries for children’s toys! Oh my this needs to be number one on my checklist every single year! I can’t tell you how many times we have bought something that requires batteries and we had to take the ones from the TV remote just so our kids could enjoy their gifts on Christmas day!
  6. Re-charge the batteries on your camera/video recorder! This is something that I forget to do every year, but luckily my hubby got tired of standing next to the outlet while recording Christmas morning so this job has officially been delegated to him.

I hope some of these will help you out in preparing for your upcoming Christmas season as much as they have helped me and will continue to help me.

Would you like to check out more Christmas Checklists on Pinterest? Then head on over to my All About Christmas board on Pinterest and pick your favorite! Oh, and have a Merry Christmas!

6 Reasons Why You Should Update Your Family Photo Today

Has it been years since you had photos taken of your entire family? And, no I don’t mean the cell phone pics you take when you are all together. I mean actually hiring someone to take your photos so you can print them to give as gifts for family, enlarge them to hang on your wall, or put them on your next Christmas card.

There are many reasons as to why we need to constantly update our family photos. They are literally priceless treasures. I know time can quickly slip by, so that’s why I’m here to remind you that your time is precious and we need to capture those moments now.

Top Reasons Why You Should Update Your Family Photo

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A great time to update a family photo is when your children are married and have children of their own. This means your family is growing and an updated family portrait is in order to hang over your mantel. Or maybe they are just in high school, and you want to grab them before they go off to college. Whatever the case may be the importance of a family photo stays the same.

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Are you about to or have a baby? Have you just had a baby? Or, have you recently adopted? Then this is the perfect time to update your family photo since your family has officially gotten bigger and will only continue to grow.

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If you have young children, then you should most definitely update your family photo since they are ever changing and grow so fast. You have to make sure to capture those sweet young faces while they last. I promise you will not regret it.

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Going through a physical change can be the perfect time update your family photo. Maybe you have recently changed your hair, started living a healthier lifestyle, or recovered from an illness etc. Whatever the change may be let’s celebrate by capturing you and your new look.

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Now that you are in your new home, the best thing to do is decorate it with new photos of your family. This is your chance to rearrange and start new so why not start new with your photos as well. Out with the old, and in with the new.

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Some of you may just be looking for a new photo to put on your Christmas card. Well now is the perfect time to update your family portrait and show your beautiful family off this Christmas. Make sure to book now so we have plenty of time to get those Christmas cards out in time.

To book a session with me please fill out the form on my Contact page and I will get back to you about setting up a photo session as soon as I can.

In the meantime feel free to browse my Family Photos to view more of my work. Talk with you soon!

3 Tips for a Happy Halloween With Your Family

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Hey there! It’s almost that time again where the entire neighborhood gets out of their homes and roams the streets with their families. Our pastor mentioned that it was a little ironic that Halloween is the one holiday that promotes being a good neighbor. I mean what other holiday do all of your neighbors get out of their house, give you candy, and answer their doors after dark? So, let’s take this holiday and turn it into a “Get to know your neighbor holiday”. That being said, I’ve come up with some tips in order to make this your best Halloween yet.

3 Tips for a Happy Halloween

1. Do A Family Activity Together

The holidays always bring families together, and this year I challenge you to come up with some sort of activity to do outside of Trick or Treating. For example: pumpkin carving, pumpkin decorating, baking cookies, decorating cookies, cooking some delicious pumpkin soup, etc. Pinterest has wonderful ideas for how to do these things. My family always has a little competition with our pumpkin carving given our competitive nature.

2. Hang out in your front yard

I can’t tell you how many people you will meet if you just sit in your front yard or at the end of your driveway and pass out candy. This is a wonderful time to actually get out of your house and meet your neighbors that you have lived near for years but have never found the time to actually introduce yourself. If you are shy, then no worries. Make sure your kids are close…they usually make for great conversation.

3. Dress up as a family with a theme

There is nothing better than giving your family a theme and dressing the part. I love it when families go all out and do this. My brother and his sons did this a couple of years ago where he dressed up as Thelma HA! and his two sons were Shaggy and Scooby. It was pretty awesome. My neighbors this year are going with a football theme. Their oldest son is going to be the player, the hubby and wife are going to be the referees and their newborn is going to wear a football onsie. Please don’t forget to take pics when you do this. It creates great memories later on.

Notice that all of these tips involve being with your family. There is something to be said for a family that hangs out together. Have a very Happy Halloween and don’t forget to take lots of pics of your little ones! They won’t be little forever…tear :’)

 

If you are in need of updating your family photo then head on over to my Contact Me page and fill out a form and I will get back to you as soon as I can! Talk with you soon!

 

Newborn Model Call ~ Lakeway, TX

*This Special is no longer being offered*

Let me tell you a little about why I am doing a model call. First of all, I have had my own photography business for the past 6 years, and have somewhat recently moved to Lakeway which is just outside of Austin, Texas, and I am looking to grow my business down here. I do not know many people just yet so I am looking for ways to get my name out there. That’s when it came to me. I thought, what better way than a “Newborn Model Call“? I get to meet new people as well as photograph precious, little newborns. It’s literally the best of both worlds! So, if you are willing to allow me to photograph your new little one within the first couple weeks of their precious lives then I would be beyond elated!

Newborn Model Call Details

*$69 session fee

*Pre-session consultation

*2-4 hour in-home session

*Post session photo reveal

*$99 print credit

*Limited number of sessions

Before youre session

This model call is for newborns only within the city of Lakeway and the surrounding areas. Some locations may have an addiontal $25 travel fee. Before your session I like to have what is called a pre-session consultation. This is where we will meet either in person over coffee or on the phone to discuss your expectations of me for your photo session as in what images you are wanting, poses, outfits, etc.

During your session

Your session will usually last between 2-4 hours depending on the baby. Some last longer, some don’t last as long, but I will not leave until I have successfully captured your new addtion. All sessions will be done in the comfort of your own home, so you won’t have to worry about taking your little bundle anywhere their first few days. I will also bring some props in order to create your “in-home studio“. However, if you have any props then you are more than welcome to use them! I will provide a mix of styled and lifestlye photos of you and your newborn and family.

After your session

In order to create the best customer experience I possibly can I like to provide each of my clients with what is called a photo reveal. This is where I come back to your home and bring you the edited photos from your session so you can view them in person. During this time you will get to pick out the prints and products you want to use your photo credit with. You will also have the option to purchase additional prints and products beyond your photo credit if you wish, but there is absolutely no obligation to purchase additional products if you do not wish to do so.

If you are interested in participating in this Newborn Model Call then please fill out the form on my Contact Me page or email me at deborah@debleaphoto.com.

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Scroll down to view some photos from my most recent newborn sessions. Or, click here to view even more of my newborn session photos.

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My Sweet Henley Baby in Austin, TX

My sweet baby, Henley Rose turned 10 months old on the 13th of this month. I can’t believe how fast time flies! We are so blessed to have this precious, little bundle of joy.

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For these photos, Nick convinced me to go to the land where he hunts out in Dripping Springs, and I couldn’t resist the fabulous opportunity that was sitting right in front of me. Beautiful, vast land that provided a remarkable setting for me to take photos of my sweet baby girl.

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She did so well while we were out there. Our kids love being outside, and apparently they start at an early age 🙂 Taking pictures of children is one of my most favorite things to do. There is nothing more precious than getting to look through photos of happy, smiling children. I love it!

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I would also love the opportunity to take sweet photos of your little ones.

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