Houston Holiday Sessions

Houston Holiday Sessions 2018

Expect even bigger and better sessions for 2019!

And just like that, 2018 is behind us and it’s a new year full of exciting new possibilities! One of my highlights from 2018 was closing out the year with some whimsical and unique holiday sessions, and I’m excited to share those with you today! With three charming themes to choose from, families and I had a blast capturing festive snapshots that captured holiday cheer. I was excited to offer three unique themes this year for my holiday sessions. Whether the kids wanted to jump aboard the Polar Express or take a trip to Candy Land, we were ready!

The Polar Express was a favorite this year. I used a big, beautiful backdrop featuring the iconic train that blended seamlessly into photographs. In lieu of using photoshop, I really loved having a physical background for the pictures. The kids really loved seeing what the background would look like and it made them feel immersed in the experience.

I incorporated fun props into each picture and the kids came dressed in their favorite pajamas, looking so cozy as they sipped on fake mugs of hot chocolate and took turns holding a lantern. There were little gift bags labeled with everyone’s names to personalize the experience. This theme was a fanciful homage to the Polar Express and a fun tribute for anyone who saw the movie or loved the book.

Next up was a trip through Candyland, which I sum up in three words: cute, sweet, and girly! We used fake candy, which the girls just loved, and incorporated real lollipops into the shoot so that everyone could satisfy their sweet tooth. We had fake snow for the girls to play in as well as some fluffy cotton candy.

The girls were able to choose whichever dress they wanted from my client wardrobe. I have over 80 dresses that girls can look at and choose from, with a selection for every size and age, and it was a blast watching the kiddos twirl around in their favorite dresses.  

The final theme was Glitter. I am known for my glitter sessions and offer them all year round, but there was something so festive and celebratory about doing it this time of year. A glitter session is a fun opportunity for the kids to play and have fun without having to worry about making a mess. And what a mess we made! Everyone had fun throwing glitter up in the air and dancing all around in it, and once again the girls got to choose their favorite dresses from my client wardrobe.

At the end of the year, families start to think about new photos for their Christmas cards, and a holiday session gives families festive and whimsical pictures to use for their Christmas cards. Another reason for holiday photos is to provide the kids with a fun and memorable experience. Getting pictures should never be a chore, and I’m dedicated to ensuring that the kids enjoy themselves and make new memories.

Of course, another excellent reason to get pictures done is so that parents have updated pictures of their children. Childhood doesn’t last forever, and before we know it the 2019 holiday season will be upon us again! Next year, I’ll be offering SEVEN adorably whimsical themed sessions for the holidays. Two themes are repeating from 2018 and 5 will be completely new. Feel free to contact me if you would like to be notified when next year’s themed are announced. I look forward to giving you and your family the pictures of your dreams!

Houston First Birthday Session - Owen

Owen’s First Birthday Session

What do blue balloons, sour lemons, and a delicious cake have in common? They were all important aspects of an epic cake smash session I had the pleasure of shooting earlier this year! Owen currently had his very first birthday and his parents were excited to commemorate such a big milestone with some fun photos and new memories.


The session took place at Terry Hershey Park on the west side of Houston, Texas. It is a very popular park in West Houston and is a favorite spot of mine to shoot. I love how spacious and open it is—a beautiful and bright background that always sets the stage for each new session. My assistant and I met with Owen and his parents in the mid-morning, right when the light was perfect.  Owen was wide awake and happy, his smiling mood infectious as we got ready to capture some amazing photographs.

Before the photo shoot, Owen’s mom and I did some brainstorming to come up with ideas for a theme and props. I love helping clients come up with creative ways to give their photo shoot personality and a whimsical touch, and I really feel like we nailed it with Owen’s session. With summer and sunshine in the air, we decided to use bright yellow lemons and punchy blue balloons as props, as well as a charming little metal bucket for a tub. Owen’s mom picked out the most darling outfit—how could you resist those little suspenders?

Owen was enamored with the blue balloons from the instant he laid eyes on them, and he was all smiles as he played with them in front of the camera. And of course, what’s a cake smash without a cake? Owen loved his little cake and couldn’t wait to dig in. He had absolutely no problem destroying it, which made for some candid shots. Before long, Owen was elbow deep in frosting. We made a huge mess, which was part of the fun, but we left no cake crumb behind! I brought a sheet from home and had Owen sit on that for the cake smash, making for a stress free and easy cleanup session.

After the balloons and cake, it was time for the tub! I was a little nervous about how Owen would feel about the outdoor tub and the sour lemons. But I had nothing to worry about! Owen was so happy inside of the tub, splashing and smiling and playing with the lemons! I couldn’t believe how much he loved the lemons. He even chomped down on a few slices! For safety’s sake, we had lined the bottom of the tub with towels so that Owen wouldn’t slip while standing.


Owen was such a happy little guy—and such a joy to photograph! Sometimes it can take a lot of patience to get a one-year-old to smile, but not Owen. His parents joked that Owen would have never smiled so good for them, but for my assistant and I, he was quite the flirt! He couldn’t keep his eyes off me, and the feeling was mutual. Just look at his cheeky grins and lovable little personality!

Children grow up way too fast, and professional photographs are a wonderful way to commemorate the joys of childhood. Birthdays also come and go, but there is something so special about getting first birthday photos done. If you are looking for a Houston children photographer, I would love to hear from you. So, here’s to cake smashes and epic photos—what isn’t to love?

I’m currently offering a really awesome special on first birthday sessions, but this deal is only available until the end of the year! Click here to find out more information.

Houston First Birthday Session - Wyatt


Oh how I love first birthday sessions! The babies are so cute and are in this adorable age where they are so curious to try everything and are old enough to have a little bit of independence and can walk around and pick things up for themselves! Which is just great for these sessions, they're more than happy to dig into the cake and don't need any help sitting up or holding things, we just need to keep them on the backdrop. 

Wyatt was exactly that, she's so full of energy and would of ran around the whole studio 10 times if we would have let her. In the video at the end of this post you'll even see her run right up to the camera, SO CUTE. 


Before the cake smash, I always like to start the session with some classic portraits of the kids. This helps the kids get used to the studio and the flash, and gives the parents some more variety in the photos. ALSO these photos are really easy to replicate in future sessions, if you want a similar photo of your child every year to compare how much older they look. 


Since it's basically impossible to pose 1 year olds we get really sweet funny photos that perfectly show their personality! 

Then it was time for the main event! We decided on a 'Donut Grow up" Theme for Wyatt's cake smash photos. So not only did she have a cake to make a mess with, but donuts too! I even had a dress for her that matched the set up perfectly! 

Thank you Happy Cakes for the super cute donut themed cake! 


We were able to admire the cake for about half a second before Wyatt took the donuts off and we had to remove the sticks for safety reasons. 



I was worried the cake wouldn't keep her attention and her mom was worried how she would react later to eating so much sugar. It could not have worked out better for both of us. Wyatt was all about smashing into the cake but wasn't really a fan of the taste so she barely ate any! Awesomeee. 


Little ones sometime don't like the sticky feeling of icing on their fingers, so a spoon is super helpful! 


I'm obssesed with little detail shots like this! So cute! 


Check out the video below for all the behind the scenes cuteness! 


Happy Birthday sweet Wyatt! 


Contact me today to start planning your own customized first birthday/cake smash session! 

View more first birthday photos I've done here.