Mason | Houston Newborn Photography

Houston Newborn Photography

This week has been hard. Really hard. For everyone. But if there is one thing I have learned through it, it is that we are strong. We will rebuild. And life will go on.
And aren’t babies the perfect example of that.

 

baby sleeping on white blanket

newborn macro photographs

newborn with eyes open on white blanket

Newborn baby boy swaddled in houston

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sleeping baby swaddled in grey

baby wrapped up like he's in the womb

close up of baby toes

new big brother looking surprised at baby

family looking at newborn baby in houston

proud big brothers with their new baby brother

brothers kissing newborn baby's head

backlit family looking at their new baby

family all looking at their new baby

mother cradling newborn baby

new mom holding her baby boy

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new parents gazing at their new son

dad holding his new son

new dad holding swaddled newborn in houston

If you are expecting a new baby in the Houston area, we would love to talk to you about creating a collection of natural and organic maternity and newborn portraits. The perfect way to document your child from maternity through their entire first year is through my Collective Membership. We would love to talk with you more to give you all the details. Please contact us to begin planning your session.

We are currently booking sessions for the remainder of 2017 and into the new year and it would be our joy to work alongside you as you welcome your new baby. All maternity and newborn sessions include the use of our extensive wardrobe for moms and babies at my studio, a styling consultation to discuss the look and feel you desire for your session, as well as our exclusive new client welcome gift and planning guide. On site hair and make-up services are also available with our stylist so that you feel confident and beautiful at your session. We make the process of preparing for you session simple and seamless, so that you can focus on your first priority, your baby, and we can take care of all the rest. After your session, we work hand in hand with you to find beautiful and timeless ways to print and display your new portraits, using only the highest quality archival methods so that your artwork can be cherished for years to come.

Fresh Light Photography specializes in newborn, maternity, baby, family, and child photography in Houston, including the Heights, West University Place, River Oaks, and The Woodlands.

5 Tips to Save Your Breastmilk Stash During a Power Outage

Hurricane Harvey is making landfall just south of Houston in the next day or so, which is leaving people scrambling to prep their homes for potential flooding and prolonged power outages. Mamas of babies face a particular set of challenges when it comes to dealing with the aftermath of a big storm and one scenario that would bring any pumping mom to tears: losing her stash of frozen breastmilk. Here are 5 tips to help you save all that liquid golden when the power goes out.

5 tips to keep your breastmilk stash safe during a power outage

  1. Pack that freezer full! The more that is in your freezer, the longer it will take to thaw. We keep gallons of water in our deep freeze to help it stay cold when the power is out.
  2. Move your milk to the center of the freezer. Just like defrosting a big roast, the middle is the last part to thaw out.
  3. Don’t open the freezer! No matter how tempting it is to just peek in to see how your milk is doing, keep that door shut and the cold air in.
  4. If you have a generator, use it. If you don’t have a generator, and didn’t have time to prep your freezer by filling it up and moving your milk, see if a neighbor with a generator will loan you some freezer space.
  5. A fully loaded, unopened deep freezer will keep your milk frozen for 4-7 days without power. Once the power is back on, so long as they’re are any ice crystals left in your milk, you are safe to refreeze.

Also remember to be sure you have enough diapers on hand for a week and plenty of clean clothes. Those are the things only a mama thinks of.
Also, buy some wine. Always have wine.

Laurel | 3 Month Old Houston Baby Photographer

3 Month Old Houston Baby Photographer

With little argument, most baby photographers will agree that 1 to 5 month old babies are at the most challenging stage to photograph. Because they aren’t yet sitting, there is a much shorter list of possible poses and set-ups that are developmentally appropriate, and while they are smiling and making eye contact, it is more challenging to coax out. Since my own baby was born 5 months ago, I’ve been photographing her each month in my Houston photography studio and I’ve gained even more experience working with this stage. Here are some of my tips and poses that I’ve found work well for these pre-sitters.

One Month Old

One month old babies (especially when they are late arrivals like my little girl!) have moved out of the super sleepy newborn stage and are much more alert. They are not yet smiling socially and they don’t have the muscle tone yet to do much than just lay there. I have had success with a traditional newborn session at this age, but it might take more work for baby to fall asleep and stay that way. I didn’t trying to get Laurel to sleep for her session since I wanted to document her new alertness.

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Two Months Old

Oh my! What a change a month makes! Social smiles are much easier to get and babies at this age are beginning to push around on their legs as they start learning to roll. Most babies aren’t able to hold their head and shoulders up high enough to be photographed on their tummy yet, but because of their improved neck control, they can turn their heads in different directions to look at the camera, making angles more interesting.

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Three Months Old

Its tummy time, time! Not all babies will be quite ready for tummy portraits yet at 3 months exactly, so if you are planning a 3 month session, I recommend waiting until they have reach that milestone. Ideally, babies should be able to raise up on to their elbows and hold their head and chest high for 3-4 minutes at a time. Both your pediatrician and I will thank you for practicing tummy time several times a day will help them build those muscles. Babies at this age are also starting to grab at their toes, which I love photographing.

3 month old baby laying on a bed3 month old baby in houston trying to roll over3 month old baby grabbing her toes on the bedblue eyed baby close-up picture

Four Months Old

If your baby isn’t ready for tummy time portraits at 3 months, they definitely will be now. Babies at this age are showing more and more personality in their portraits and will definitely show off their individual quirks, like Laurel sticking out her tongue, which she does all the time these days. They stick everything in their mouths (hello teething!), which can be cute sometimes and sometimes makes is challenging to see their sweet faces.

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Babies change so much in their first few months, and milestone sessions are the perfect way to document each new accomplishment. You can see more examples of our baby sessions in our portfolio.

We offer your choice of a Signature Session or a Little Ones Session to capture each stage of your child’s life. Signature sessions are our standard offering that includes about an hour of session time and your choice of a fine art collection. Little Ones Sessions are shorter, all-inclusive sessions that offer a more economically option for parents. All baby photography sessions include the use of our studio wardrobe and styling so you don’t need to worry about finding the perfect outfits for you and your baby for your portrait session.

Our studio currently booking sessions for the remainder of 2017 and into 2018. We would love to work alongside of you to document your baby at each stage of their development, from newborns to their 1st birthday and beyond. We work with families across the Houston area of create timeless and simple portraits of their child, as well as beautiful artwork to adorn their home.

Fresh Light Photography specializes in newborn, maternity, baby, family, and child photography in Houston, including the Heights, West University Place, River Oaks, and The Woodlands.

John | Newborn Photography Session in Houston

Newborn Photography Session in Houston

Things I believe are true:

White is a color.
Flakes on a baby’s skin aren’t flaws that need to be fixed.
Babies look best in their mama’s arms.
You need a photographs of them this little, because they never will be again.

Newborn boy on white blanket in houstonnewborn curled up on white blanketbaby picture in photography studiomother holding newborn baby in houstonmom smiling at her newborn baby

If you are expecting a new baby in the Houston area, we would love to talk to you about creating a collection of natural and organic maternity and newborn portraits. The perfect way to document your child from maternity through their entire first year is through my Collective Membership. We would love to talk with you more to give you all the details. Please contact us to begin planning your session.

We are currently booking sessions for the remainder of 2017 and into 2018. It would be our joy to work alongside you as you welcome your new baby. All maternity and newborn sessions include the use of our extensive wardrobe for moms and babies at my studio, a styling consultation to discuss the look and feel you desire for your session, as well as our exclusive new client welcome gift and planning guide. On site hair and make-up services are also available with our stylist so that you feel confident and beautiful at your session. We make the process of preparing for you session simple and seamless, so that you can focus on your first priority, your baby, and we can take care of all the rest. After your session, we work hand in hand with you to find beautiful and timeless ways to print and display your new portraits, using only the highest quality archival methods so that your artwork can be cherished for years to come.

Fresh Light Photography specializes in newborn, maternity, baby, family, and child photography in Houston, including the Heights, West University Place, River Oaks, and The Woodlands.

Claire’s Glimpse | Houston Newborn Photographer

So I’ve fallen behind (so very far behind) on blogging.
I’ve been busy snuggling sweet babies instead.
I’m sure you can forgive me.

Newborn baby photographed by Fresh Light Photography in Houston

If you are expecting a new baby in the Houston area, we would love to talk to you about creating a collection of natural and organic maternity and newborn portraits. The perfect way to document your child from maternity through their entire first year is through my Collective Membership. We would love to talk with you more to give you all the details. Please contact us to begin planning your session.

We are currently booking sessions for fall and winter due dates and it would be our joy to work alongside you as you welcome your new baby. All maternity and newborn sessions include the use of our extensive wardrobe for moms and babies at my studio, a styling consultation to discuss the look and feel you desire for your session, as well as our exclusive new client welcome gift and planning guide. On site hair and make-up services are also available with our stylist so that you feel confident and beautiful at your session. We make the process of preparing for you session simple and seamless, so that you can focus on your first priority, your baby, and we can take care of all the rest. After your session, we work hand in hand with you to find beautiful and timeless ways to print and display your new portraits, using only the highest quality archival methods so that your artwork can be cherished for years to come.

Fresh Light Photography specializes in newborn, maternity, baby, family, and child photography in Houston, including the Heights, West University Place, River Oaks, and The Woodlands.

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