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.


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.



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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Classic Newborn Photography Session ~ Sweet Baby Nolan ~ Austin Texas

I loved getting to know this sweet family and finally getting to meet sweet baby Nolan. Elizabeth and I met for our consultation what seems like forever ago, and before we knew it Nolan had made his debut mid August. He is such a doll and although he wasn’t a hug fan of me taking his picture, I still got some classic shots of him anyway 🙂 The photos turned out great and everybody was happy! I think my favorite has to be the family photo with brother Parker kissing baby brother on his head. It was the perfect photo, and I couldn’t have been happier with it. Thank you so much to this sweet family for letting me come into your home and take such sweet photos of your precious family.

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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!

If you are interested in learning more about my newborn sessions then please fill out a form on my Contact page and I would love to send you more information. Also, you can follow my All About Newborn Photography board on Pinterest.

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9 Tips To Help You During Your Newborn Photo Shoot

Taking newborn photos is something that definitely takes a special skill and person to do them. It has taken me years to perfect my newborn photos. However, I find that my favorite sessions are when the parents and baby are relaxed and happy which allows me to take over and use my creative skills to provide you with beautiful newborn photos.

keep the peace

We are all familiar with the term “sleeping like a baby”. And, even though this is so true most of the time, we really want it to be true on the day of your newborn session. That being said, we need to create a nice serene environment for the baby so they will be able to sleep soundly without any loud disruptions (as much as possible). This will help ensure the baby to rest peacefully and soundly which will ultimately result in beautiful newborn photos.

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Turn up the heat

Another way to help ensure your baby is comfortable is to turn up the heat during the winter, or turning off the air during the warmer months. Why, you ask? Well, your baby is going to be nakey, as my kids like to put it, during their photo shoot, and let’s face it. Who really likes being cold? This is why I ask my clients to make it a little warmer in their house than it usually is to ensure your baby is all nice and cozy. In addition, I bring my own space heater to help out as well, and by the end of it, yes I’m usually sweating ha! But, the baby is comfortable and that’s all that matters.


Fill that belly

Before your photographer arrives make sure you feed your baby a full feeding. Now, that doesn’t mean you can’t feed them once your photographer arrives, but it is always helpful to try and get one last feeding in right before we get there to ensure your baby is happy and full. This just helps make your baby happy and starts everyone off on the right foot. If your baby still doesn’t seem settled after your photographer gets there then don’t sweat it, feed them again if you want. I’ve had sessions where the mom would go and feed their baby 4 to 5 times to get them to settle down, and guess what it worked! I’ve also seen some where they didn’t have to feed the baby at all during our session and the baby did beautifully. Not one newborn session is alike and neither is one baby. You as the parent ultimately know what is best for you baby so follow your own instincts.


Get in the picture

While taking sweet photos of your newborn is wonderful, I always encourage my clients to jump in that photo with their baby. It is always my goal to capture your first official family photo, and that means you have to be in the photo for that to happen. Will I make you? Of course not! I will encourage you, however, because I don’t want you to look back and say I wish I would have gotten in a few pics. I know asking a new mom to hop in a photo a week after she had a baby isn’t exactly what she is up for, but that is where I can use my creative skills to help mask those insecurities you may still have.


The adored siblings pic

If this isn’t your first baby then of course you are going to want a picture of all of your children together. There is nothing sweeter than seeing your little ones ooh and ahh over their newborn baby sister or brother. This is a must have pic that I suggest for all families of multiples. It is literally priceless.


Take a deep breath

The best thing you can do for your baby during their newborn photo shoot is to relax. I’m no expert, but I do have three kiddos and I will say that I was way more relaxed with each one, and when I reflected back I noticed a huge difference in those first few weeks of each one of their lives. With my third I really made an effort to calm down and take my time as I swear she could sense when I would start getting worked up which ultimately made her feel restless. So, my suggestion to you is to take a deep breath and relax and everything will be OK.

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Expect Multiple Feedings

Let’s face it newborns are always hungry. Or at least that’s how it seems in the beginning. With that being said, you can expect to feed your baby a few times during your session to ensure they are settled and sleepy. Like I mentioned before, it really does depend on the baby. I’ve had sessions that the mom fed the baby before I got there and didn’t have to feed her again, and I’ve had sessions where the mom fed the baby 4 times to finally get him to settle down and get into that deep sleep. As a photographer I expect multiple feedings and honestly do not mind waiting for a good solid feeding as that means I will have more success in taking photos and getting that fabulous picture.


Have Fun

This is supposed to be a wonderful experience for everyone involved. So don’t worry if your baby takes a while to get settled. It will all turn out OK. Have faith in your photographer and trust that they will be able to produce beautiful photos. I mean you did hire them for a reason, so take advantage of this time where someone is there helping you out with your little one for a few hours and make it a great experience for everybody.


Print out your photos

In order to get the best out of your experience then you must get prints of your photos. Having them sit on a CD in a drawer means you aren’t enjoying them to their fullest. You must print them out and hang those little beauties on your wall for everyone to see and enjoy for years to come. Or, if you aren’t the type to hang photos then definitely get an album so you can go back anytime and look through it and reflect back on that wonderful day.

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I hope these tips have helped you out for your upcoming newborn session. If you are in need of a newborn photographer then I would love to be of assistance. Please contact me by filling out the form on my Contact Page or emailing me at




When Is The Best Time To Take Maternity Photos?

The Best Time To Take Maternity Photos Photo

Taking maternity photos is such a sweet experience for the mommy and daddy-to-be. The anticipation of meeting your baby is like nothing you will ever experience. It is such an exciting time and maternity photos are a wonderful way to capture those emotions that the mother and father and some times siblings have while waiting for the arrival of their newest family member.

when really is the best time during your pregnancy to take maternity photos?

Now that you have decided to take maternity photos your next question is probably, “When is the best time to take them?” And, no I don’t mean what season or time of day. I mean when in your pregnancy is the best time to take maternity photos? My suggestion is always when you are between 32-36 weeks along. By this time you are showing just enough and you have a nice round belly. It is also before you hit 36 weeks and start to retain that extra water/weight; or at least most of us do 😉 Also, this is a good time because you still fee great and should be really enjoying your pregnancy at this time, not to mention your clothes tend to fit their best during this time frame as well. So, depending on when your baby is due will depend on the month and season you will be taking your maternity photos, but always remember the 32-36 week mark is ideal not only for you, but for your photographer as well as they may ask you to get into some positions that just will NOT happen after 36 weeks and beyond lol But, don’t worry, all of the poses are made to be safe and comfortable for you and baby.

If you are in the Austin or DFW area and are interested in getting your maternity photos done then I would love to hear from  you! Just head on over to my Contact Me Page and fill out the form and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Or, you can email me directly at

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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

Preview of my work

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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