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 🙂

If you are looking to update your family photo then head on over to my Contact Me page and fill out a form so we can get to know each other a little better and so we can discuss your photography needs. I look forward to hearing from you!


Top 5 Tips In Taking Your Senior Portraits in Austin, Texas

Taking your senior pictures should be an exciting time and you should be having the time of your life! I love photographing high school seniors simply because they are so full of life and are so much fun to pose. They seem to have this attitude and confidence about them that portrays beautifully in their photos.  For those who may need a little help in figuring out which poses look the best then these tips for taking senior portraits are for you.

Have Fun

When taking your senior pics remember to have fun with it. Try that crazy, fun pose you saw on Pinterest. Because even if it doesn’t turn out to look like you wanted, know one will ever know but you and your photographer.

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Don’t overthink your poses. Of course you can bring your ideas to the shoot, but let your photographer pose you to where you will look your best. Your job is to just relax and look beautiful/handsome.


Strike a Pose

Let your inner model come out and strike all of the poses you used to do in front of your bathroom mirror. You never know which ones may actually look fabulous in your senior portraits. So don’t be afraid to just go for it.


Show some college spirit

Some of my seniors love to show off their new college. This senior decided to accessorize with her new school, and looked fabulous doing it.

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Represent your high school

While some like to show off their new college, other like to continue representing their high school spirit. While, some do both!


Remember, your senior portraits are all about you! So, make sure to have fun, relax, and bring something that represents your future, your past, or both. To view more photos from senior sessions then visit my Senior Portrait page and take a look around. Or, if you have a question about anything then feel free to email me at deborah@debleaphoto.com or fill out the form on my Contact Page.



What do I wear to my family photo shoot?

 This seems to be the question most of my clients ask before their session with me. If you think about it, picking out clothes not only for yourself, but also for the rest of your family can be a really big deal. And it’s not like those photos are going to remain on your computer for no one to see. Or at least I hope not! No, these photos will be shared via social networking, with family members, and most importantly they will be displayed in your home. Therefore, my answers to this important question are: (1) wear colors you love, (2) have each person wear a different color and, (3) my favorite, wear colors that are part of your home’s decor. 

This family followed the rules and are still loving their photos because of it.

First, wear a color that you love. You probably frequently wear your favorite color anyway, so why dress differently for photos that you will look at every day? Your photos are going to be around for a while and you want to look your best, even if you choose that red top you wear to every event. Also, there is no rule that you have to buy a new wardrobe just for family photos. You are already spending enough on the actually photo shoot itself. No need to break the bank even more. Which leads me back to wearing that favorite red top of yours and coordinating your family’s photos around it. Or coordinating around the pair of leopard print shoes you bought last fall and haven’t yet had a chance to wear. You will be pleasantly surprised at how much you will love your photos when you feel comfortable in the clothes and colors you are wearing. 

This family chose to stick with a beautiful, classic blue palette.

Next and very important, wear a different colored shirt from those worn by the rest of your family. Wearing the same color will make you all blend in with each other—too matchy­matchy—and will keep your photo from being very interesting. Wear a color that will make the photo pop, which means it will be one that flatters you, and then put your family in different coordinating colors from your color palette.

This mom is laying down while holding up her baby and giving her a big kiss at the  Botanic Gardens.
This mother/daughter duo did a great job of wearing colors that made the photo pop and look absolutely stunning.

Again, look at how a great color choice can make the photo pop. Finally, wear colors that are part of your home’s décor. This rule goes hand in hand with my rule on wearing colors you love. Your home should already be filled with colors you love, so why not wear those colors in your upcoming photo shoot? For example, this next family’s home is decorated with fall colors and has a Texas country theme, so they decided to wear cowboy boots and those beautiful rich colors we see mostly in the fall. 

Family of 4 sitting on a bridge wearing cowboy boots.
This family chose a more western/traditional theme for their photos to match the decor in their home.
Would it make sense for them to wear brightly colored clothes with yellows, purples, pinks, etc.? No, not at all. These colors would make the photo look out of place in a frame on a table or hanging on a wall in their rustic­styled living room. So the next time you ask yourself, “What do I wear to my photo shoot?” follow these rules and you will be more than satisfied with the final outcome. 

Written by: Deborah Lea Photography