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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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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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.

Pumpkin Patches

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.