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.

 

 

Top 5 Reasons To Take Annual Family Photos

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1. Kids Grow Up Way Too Fast

We all know that we can’t freeze time unfortunately, and it seems as though every year our little ones continue to grow up and loose all their cute chubbiness by age 5 or so. That’s why it is pertinent to take annual family photos. Now, professional photos may not be in the budget every year, but who said a good ole iPhone pic won’t do the trick? And remember, once you take your family photos, print them out so your kids can go back and reminisce.

2. Memories are priceless

One of my favorite things to do at my parent’s house is to go through all of the old family albums and look back at all of our old family photos. Now, if my parents didn’t value family portraits then I wouldn’t have anything to remember my past by. Therefore, fill your albums with prints your little ones can go back and look at when they get older.

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3. Fashions Change

Another, and yet very true reason to update your family photos is that fashions do change, especially hair fashion! Oh how I remember all too well the matching perms my sister and I had when we were younger. They are so much fun to go back and look at and laugh at ourselves for our crazy hair and outfits. That being said, If you look at the last family photo and start to chuckle, then it’s time to update that bad boy.

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4. New Photo For Christmas Card

It’s almost that time of year again where we all start stressing about getting Christmas cards out in time. If you don’t have a god family pic that you want to share with the world then you know it’s time to get some done. Whether it’s hiring a professional or buying a selfie stick and take your own family portrait yourself. I am actually guilty of this as we took many family selfies on our family vacation this summer 🙂 So, go schedule your family session and update that photo for your new Christmas card this year.Modern-Newborn-Photography-Austin-Texas

5. You Have a New member of the family

What better reason to update your family photo, other than adding a new member to your family. Whether that’s a new baby, spouse, sister, brother, pet et. It doesn’t matter, it will still need to be documented and cherished forever. So, once you know you will be having a life event coming up go ahead and plan your next photo shoot in preparation and enjoy those photos!

If you have recently had a life event or change in your family please let me update your family photo to reflect your new family. Please click here and book your session today!

 

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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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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The Cashion Family at Trinity Park in Fort Worth, Texas

I absolutely love my family and especially these three, full-of energy boys that I can proudly call my nephews! There is NEVER a dull moment with any of them, and it was no different during our photo shoot at Trinity Park in Fort Worth. Between climbing the trees, attempting to avoid the mud (in which they were terrible at), and then walking off hoping that the session was over LOL they definitely kept us entertained. And, to top it all off I got some fabulous shots of these dashing young men as well as my brother and sister-in-law. They have quite a great looking family. Thanks for asking me to take your family photos this year! 7-Year-Old-Boy-Photo-Fort-Worth Handsom-Young-Boy-Photo-Trinity-Park Little-1-Year-Old-Boy-PhotoOutdorr-Family-Photo-Fort-Worth-Texas  The-Cashion-Family_12 Three-Boys-in-Trinity-Park-Photo Young-Family-Photo-Fort-Worth-Texas

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 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.

A recent physical change

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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!

Outdoor Family Photos at Lakeway City Park ~ The Loyd Family

I’m so excited to blog this session! This family is absolutely fabulous. Each of them have their own personality, and I really feel they each brought a different element to the photo to create some beautiful family portraits. In addition to getting some family photos, I also got to take individuals of each of their beautiful children, and I must say they are quite the models. It is their son’s senior year, so I had the chance to take a few extra photos of him since it’s his special year.

We had their session at Lakeway City Park on a beautiful sunny day. We mainly stayed in the shade to avoid the sun as best we could, and I couldn’t be happier with their family photos. They did wonderfully, and the blues and grays they wore were the perfect color for this scenic background. Below are my favorites from out session!

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Thanks again for letting me take your family photos! I love every single one of them and can’t wait for you to get all of your prints to hang in your home 🙂

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Best Pumpkin Patch Spots in Austin

Looking for fun things to do this October? How about visiting a local pumpkin patch with your family? I found all of the below links at Are We There Yet Mom blog. She has even more on her page for pumpkin patches outside of the Austin area, but if you want to stick around the area then check out the sites below.

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ACTS Church Lakeway: October 3rd-31st

  • 1304 RR 620 N, Lakeway, TX
  • Mon-Fri  1:00 – 7:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Austin Oaks Austin: October 13th – 31st
  • 4220 Monterey Oaks Blvd., Austin, TX
  • Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.;  Sunday, October 25: 1:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • October 25 – Concert Under the Oaks at 4pm
Bethany Lutheran Church Austin: October 11th – 31st
  • Storytelling & Children’s activities
  • 3701 W. Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX
  • Mon-Sun (10 am – 7 pm)
  • October 25: Fall Festival from 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Bethany United Methodist Church (Austin): Open October 5th – 31st

  • Pumpkin Patch
  • 10010 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, TX
  • Mon – Fri 3:00 – 7:00 pm Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Buda United Methodist Church: Open September 26th – October 25th

  • Pumpkin Patch
  • 302 Elm St., Buda, TX
  • Hours (10 am – 8 pm)
First United Methodist Church of GeorgetownOpen October 7th –  31st
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Hours (9-dusk)
  • 410 East University Ave, Georgetown, TX

Pflugerville First United Methodist Church: Open October 4th – 31st

  • Pumpkin Patch
  • 500 East Pecan Street, Pflugerville, TX
  • Weekdays 4:30 pm – 7:00pm; Weekends 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
King of Kings Lutheran Church (Round Rock): Open October 11th – 31st
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Weekdays & Saturdays from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sundays from 12:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Fall Festival on October 31st (12-2 pm)
Kyle United Methodist Church (Kyle): Open October 11th – 31st
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Monday – Saturday, from 9:00 am – dusk, Sunday, from noon – dusk p.m.
  • 408 West Lockhart, Kyle, TX
  • Fall Festival on October 17 (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)

Leander United Methodist Church: Open October 19th – 31st

  • Pumpkin Patch
  • 107 S. West Drive Leander, TX
  • Daily 9:00 am – Dusk
  • October 24th: Fall Festival
Manchaca United Methodist Church (Manchaca): Open September 30th  – October 31st
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Mon-Fri from 2:30 – 7:30 pm, Saturday 10 am – 7:30 pm, Sunday 12 – 7:30 pm
  • MUMC Fall Festival (October 24, 2014) from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Hay ride, children’s games, a moon jump, food, a cakewalk, crafts, prizes, clowns, music and more (FREE).
  • 1011 FM 1626 at Manchaca Rd, Manchaca, TX
Red Barn Garden Center (Austin): Pumpkins available last week of Septemebr thru October
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Saturday, October 17th : Inflatables & Barnyard Animals from 10 am – 4 pm
  • 12881 Pond Springs Rd, Austin, TX
St. John’s United Methodist Church (Austin): Open October 13th – sellout
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Hours Vary (Check website)
  • 2140 Allendale Rd, Austin, TX
St. Mark United Methodist Church (Austin): Open October 17th – 31st
  • Pumpkin Patch (daily til 7 pm)
  • 601 W Braker, Austin
  • October 17th: St. Market Day Fall Festival from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
St. Richards Episcopal Church (Round Rock): Open October 2nd – October 31st
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Benefiting NetsforLife, The Round Rock Serving Center, and St. Richards Episcopal Church
  • Sun-Fri (12-8pm); Sat (9am-8pm)
  • 1420 E. Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX
Tarrytown United Methodist Church (Austin): Open October 11th – pumpkin sell out
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Monday to Friday (2-7 pm), Saturday (9 am – 7 pm), Sunday (12-7 pm)
  • 2601 Exposition Rd, Austin, TX
YMCA Camp Twin Lakes (Cedar Park): Open October 1st – 31st
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Weekdays: (9:30-12 & 4-7:15); Sat (9-4); Sun (12-4)
  • Fall Festival (Oct 17): Inflatables, Hay Rides, Petting Zoo, Vendor Fair and more
  • 204 E Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park, TX

Remember, if you want to go outside of Austin then check out Are We There Yet Mom blog for other great places to go!

Click here to view my family’s pumpkin patch experience from last year at ACTS Church.