Photography Through the Lens of a Mother | Photography Workshop for Moms

Hello Friends! I have wanted to teach a photography workshop for moms for SO long now! I’m so excited to finally pull everything together, gather a group of moms and teach you how to use that camera that’s stuck in auto. If you are a mom with a DSLR or mirrorless camera, and you want to get out of auto permanently, this is the class for you!

My goal is to teach you the basics of photography so that you can document your family’s memories for years to come. Some of my favorite pictures I have of my kiddos are what I think are really just moments best captured by their mom. For example, one of my favorite pictures of my boys was just them being silly in the bath. Another favorite was my husband reading to our toddler the night before he became a big brother!  As a mom of three, I know just how quickly those tiny moments go by. I think it’s important for you to be able to capture them as well!

Photography Workshop for Moms

 

A Photography Workshop for Moms

If you have followed me for a while, then you know that I was actually a teacher and curriculum specialist before my oldest was born! I am really looking forward to teaching again, while also taking the things you DO know and building on them. This class is really about the basics of photography and learning what you need at your level. I will cover the exposure triangle, white balance, focusing, lighting and composition. I will close the class with a brief look at how I edit my images. Each mother who leaves my studio will have the confidence they need to capture consistent, properly exposed, well lit images of their family and children.

The Details

January 26, 2019

2-5pm

$200 per attendee

 

Q & A | A Photography Workshop for Moms

Is this class for photographers?

I believe that this class is too basic for a photographer.

What do I need to attend class?

You will need a mirrorless or DSLR camera. I will be MOST helpful with any Nikon camera, but can still help you with Canon or Sony as well. If you are looking to buy a new camera, this article gives great tips about purchasing a DSLR vs Mirrorless. I have both a Nikon DSLR and a Nikon mirrorless camera.

What lenses do you suggest?

*These are not a requirement of the class, however, if you are purchasing a new camera, SKIP the kit lens and buy just the body!* I think the best learning lenses are just a simple 35mm 1.8 or 50mm 1.8. The choice you make there will depend on your camera body. If you have a crop sensor camera, the 35mm 1.8 is the best because you will have more room in camera! If you have a full frame camera, I love a good nifty fifty!

What should I bring to class?

How many people will be in the class?

This photography workshop for moms will be capped at 8 so that I am able to give personalized assistance to everyone who attends. I am also requiring a minimum of 4 to hold the class, so please share with your friends!

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If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to me, here! I am always happy to chat!

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New Year, New “Headshots” | The Woodlands Business Portrait Minis

The end of a decade! That sounds so crazy, doesn’t it? Let’s do something special this January and refresh your branding images!  Clients love to see the person behind the brand or blog, don’t they? I think that’s what I love most about all of the “Top 9” grids that are coming out! I’ve got several business owner friends whose top 9 includes a whole lot of them! Why? Because your clients love seeing you, learning about you, and supporting you. What are you waiting for!  Join me in these very limited business portrait mini- sessions. Let’s get YOU out in front of your client and give you a few solid portraits to use on your website and social media!

The Woodlands Business Portraits

The Details:

Individual Portraits Only, Businesses with multiple employees, inquire here!

Afternoon of January 19th

15 minutes | 5 HR Digital Files | Starting at $125

Booking Link: Book Now!

Lifestyle Headshots in The Woodlands, TX

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Aimee Hamilton is a lifestyle photographer with a light and airy studio in Magnolia, TX.

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A First Birthday Celebration Mini-Film | Floral Cake Smash in Houston

ONE Year! Y’all my last baby is turning one day and I’m a little in denial. How in the world has a full year gone by so quickly? Leading up to her birthday, I keep thinking of ideas to give her the most beautiful floral cake smash in Houston. I’ve also really been drawn to balloons lately, so I’m really excited to share with you what we came up with!

Photographs and Video

One of the things that was SO important to me for Bree’s birthday was to be able to capture both video and still photographs from her cake smash session. Photographs, both printed and digital are classic ways to document a family, and of course, I love them. However, our world is so very digital now. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel that films are making a strong come back here! I’m not talking about your home videos of Christmas morning from 1989, folks. I’m now looking for simple, timeless mini-films that really showcase personality in a way that a still photograph can not. For example, I created this simple film from my kiddos Christmas PJs this year! My husband and I adore it because it’s so true to our real life! I really believe that these mini films are the best way to truly capture emotion and personality!

Cake Smash with Balloons and Flowers

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Vendor Credits

Bree’s beautiful floral cake smash in Houston was a complete work of good friends and a village around me. The balloon garland was created by my friend, Us Plus Love Photography. As usual, the flowers were from my amazing florist, Taylor, with Piney Rose Flowers & Decor. My new friend, Julie, with Little Girl’s Pearls sent us Bree’s beautiful necklace as well! It is absolutely stunning in person!

I am a newborn and baby photographer located in The Woodlands area. The studio is just north of The Woodlands in Magnolia, Tx and is the perfect spot for newborns, babies, and cake smashes. I have 3 vintage high chairs to choose from for your indoor or outdoor cake smash. Investment information can be found here, or if you’re ready to chat, contact me here!

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Top 4 Reasons to Choose “Lifestyle” Newborn Portraits | Houston Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

If this is your first family or newborn session, you might be wondering what “lifestyle” newborn portraits are, or why I would call myself a Houston lifestyle newborn photographer. You see, there are very different style of photography out there. For example, you’ll find photographers out there whose style is what we call dark and moody. You’ll also find photographers whose style is posed and formal. Even further, you’ll find newborn photographers who only photograph in their studio or outdoors for family work. I ran into ALL of that when I was doing exactly what you are right now and it was so hard to choose!! Because of those struggles, I offer both studio AND in-home sessions! So then HOW do you choose? Well friends, let’s talk about that!

First, let’s briefly talk about what a Houston lifestyle newborn photographer is! The short version is that Lifestyle newborn portraits are “unposed.”  That just means that I don’t bring my props, posing beanbag and anything that you see in my studio work. My in-home sessions focus more on your sweet baby in their real environment like your room, the living room, and their nursery!

Houston Lifestyle Newborn PhotographerTop 4 Reasons to Choose a Lifestyle Newborn Session

  1. Comfort
  2. Your Style
  3. You don’t have to leave the house!
  4. Yes, you still get to use my wardrobe!

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Comfort

Your home is by far the most comfortable place! An in-home session is a fabulous way to be low key and cozy. If this is not your first baby, your kiddos (i.e. toddlers) will be in their element! They won’t be nervous in a new place and will be likely to interact with you and the baby in fairly natural ways. There is truly less prompting from me with older siblings when we are in their home! They just kind of do their thing!

Houston Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

Your Style

My favorite thing about sessions in your home is that inner Chip & Jo is going to shine! That brand new nursery is going to be beautiful and I just know you want to show it off! Super cool living room? Yep, let’s go there! Decked out master bedroom? I’m all in! The unique style of your home will make your session truly one of a kind! It can’t be recreated and that makes your session so bittersweet! These are the walls that welcome your new baby. That memory is so beautiful, isn’t it? Gosh, those are the things I want to share with my own babies, too! {Note to self: go take more pictures at home!}

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You Don’t Have to Leave the House!

Ok, let me be real! It is HARD to leave the house with a brand new baby. If I’m being honest, I’m pretty sure we were late everywhere we went for the first 3 months. My hair and make-up friends will even come to your home if you’re interested in that! An in-home session is definitely easier in terms of rushing out the door.  {Should I mention the con here? The *one* con to an in-home session is that you will likely need to de-clutter. If you’re like me– that just means throwing things in a closet, but hey– it works!}

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Yes, You still get to use my wardrobe!

One of the things that I hear most often from moms as feedback is that they LOVE the my client wardrobe. I know that shopping is so tough. I take the guesswork out of what to wear by providing you with beautiful options in sizes XS-XXL. When you look through my IG and website, almost all of the dresses you see belong to my wardrobe. I have plenty to bring with me to your session! Newborn headbands, hats, and wraps are all part of my wardrobe that I would love to bring with me.  I also have clothing for boys and girls 4T and under! I’m happy to help you coordinate your family so that you look gorgeously cohesive with your family and the decor in your home! For a little “what to wear” inspiration, click here! However, if you’re looking for an awesome monogrammed baby hat that I know fits well, check out Knots, LLC. I just love her hats and their creativity.

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Ready to book your own?

I would love to chat with you more about scheduling your own newborn session. I’d be happy to talk you through making the decision between studio and in-home newborn photography.  If you’d like to view my investment information, you can find that here. I specialize in newborn photography for all of the Greater Houston area including The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress, Spring, Montgomery, Magnolia, The Heights, Garden Oaks, and more!

 

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Baby Robert | Fresh 48 Photographer in Houston

You guys. There is just nothing I love more than greeting you at the hospital with your new baby! Seriously, I became a fresh 48 photographer in Houston because I was THAT in love with my own babies’ hospital portraits! That first family portrait is gold to a new mama! I only know that because I’ve been there– three times now!  Let’s be real– the hospital days are a complete blur. Everything goes so fast and no one really knows what the heck is going on! Then one day, you look back and your baby is turning one and you have no idea where the time went! That’s why I love fresh 48 portraits so much! They are the best to bring out and reminisce on how truly tiny your baby was!

Fresh 48 Photography in Houston

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Fresh 48 Session at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women

There is only one thing that is better than the first family portrait– the sibling interactions! (Now, let’s be clear, those are usually coerced with cookies, fruit snacks, and smarties, but the results are MAGICAL!) Like most of my clients, when my second was born, there was nothing on this earth that I looked forward to more than those first sibling moments.  It always makes my heart happy when I get to deliver the things that I know mama wanted most! This sweet family has some of the sweetest *and* funniest moments! Their gallery is so diverse, that I had to share!

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Fresh 48 Photography in Houston

Fresh 48 Photographer in Houston

How to display your portraits

After each session, all of my clients have the ability to order their favorite images in product form as well as digital artwork. I offer albums, framed prints, and canvas so you may enjoy your portraits in your homes! The great thing about albums is that when you order one, you can have the “grandparent” album ordered for 1/4 the price of the original! Isn’t that just the perfect Christmas gift?

Portrait sessions with Aimee Hamilton Photography

I specialize in newborn photography in the Houston and surrounding areas. I am a fresh 48 photographer in Houston, but I also provide in-home and studio newborn sessions. My studio is located just north of The Woodlands on FM 1488. It is the perfect spot for newborn photography, milestone portraits, and cake smashes! If you’d like to see more of my Fresh 48 work, click here to see a session from Houston Methodist The Woodlands. I would love to chat with you more about your portrait needs! You can look into investment details here or get in touch with me here! Talk to you soon!

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When should I book a maternity session? | A Galveston Beach Maternity Session

“When should I book my maternity portraits & other maternity FAQ”

Hi there friends! I thought I’d check in the blog this week answers to some of the questions that I get asked most frequently when it comes to my maternity sessions! I’m also using this recent Galveston maternity session to supply the beautiful pictures for this post! This sweet couple was so amazing and I know they just adore their pictures!

Galveston beach maternity session at sunset

When should I schedule a maternity session?

This is definitely the number one question that I hear! My recommendation is to schedule your session for sometime between 30 & 34 weeks. If you feel like you are swelling a bit, then I would shoot earlier! Some lucky mamas can push it later in their pregnancy and feel as radiant as ever! (I shot my own maternity session at 28 weeks with my third baby. I know that I swell early on, so I wanted to get it in before that!) That said, I have photographed a beautiful belly as far as 39 weeks!

Galveston Maternity Photographer

Do you have maternity dresses in your client closet?

Absolutely! Originally, the client wardrobe started as just maternity clothing! Now that it has expanded, I have a few fitted maternity dresses from Sew Trendy and plenty of more flowy maxi dresses that you are welcome to try at your consultant appointment. If you would like to order your own dress, I’m happy to help with you that as well!

Beach maternity portraits

Is my husband/family included in the session?

YES, of course! Even if this is your first baby, husbands are always welcome!

Dreamy backlit Galveston maternity session
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Can I book a Galveston Beach Maternity Session?

Yes, please! You can find detailed information about a Galveston beach maternity session, including pricing, here!

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Galveston Maternity Photographer

Is there a discount for booking maternity and newborn together?

There sure is. With the exception of beach sessions, due to the travel involved, my maternity sessions are offered as an add-on to your newborn session. Contact me for details about that!

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Ready to chat?

If you are ready to chat about booking your maternity session, I’m here for you! I would love to meet you at my studio, let you browse dresses, and get to know me while we discuss your vision for your portraits! You can view detailed maternity information here, or visit newborn information, here!

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Lifestyle Newborn Photography in Houston | Baby Dalton

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Almost three years ago now, I was looking for a newborn photographer for my second kiddo. I was SO torn between an in-home session and a studio session because there really are major perks to both! I love that lifestyle newborn photography in Houston really shows off a nursery that you have worked so hard on! Then again, when you come to the studio, you don’t have to worry about those dishes in the sink or the laundry that didn’t get folded. (Because let’s be real– life with a newborn is intense!) There are pros and cons to every genre of newborn photography, but there’s only one that fits your family best!

Anyway, when I set out on this photography journey, I really wanted to offer BOTH for my clients. That vision of being ALL things newborn is exactly what I offer now! I specialize in newborn photography of all genres because that is exactly what I wanted for my own babes! I love the birth and fresh hospital photos, as well as the nursery and posed studio portraits! In my opinion, it’s ALL worth capturing and I adore getting to mix up what I shoot! It’s literally the best thing!

In-Home, Lifestyle Newborn Photography

This family was absolutely the cutest! Like many of my families, they have a brand new babe and an adorable toddler. Now, I actually want to tell you like it is because when my second was born I expected him sit in my lap, say cheese, and kiss his new baby brother. Can you guess what DID NOT happen?! Y’all, let’s be real. These toddlers whole little worlds have been rocked! It’s hard to be a big brother or sister and the pressure associated with a photoshoot can be tough.

Abby and her family were CHAMPS at keeping their shoot low key, using treats as needed, and going with the toddler’s flow. That’s all it takes y’all! If we follow their lead, (and use a bribe or two– okay, maybe 10) you will get absolutely beautiful portraits with your new family!

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How to book your own lifestyle newborn session

I would be absolutely honored to photograph your family or sweet new baby! There are newborn details here and investment information, here! When you’re ready, get in touch with me here and let’s get to planning your shoot! I would love to invite anyone considering a newborn or family session out to the studio for an informal consultation! This is a great way to get to know you and your family!

I am a motherhood photographer and I specialize in photographing the early years of motherhood. I cater to Houston, River Oaks, The Woodlands, Spring, Garden Oaks, Bellaire, The Heights, Katy, Tomball, Montgomery, Magnolia, Cypress, Rice Village, Montrose, Shady Acres, Timber Grove, and Memorial.

*Mama’s dress is borrowed from the studio wardrobe. I absolutely adore baby Dalton’s swaddle and that is from The Beaufort Bonnet Company.

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A Walk on the Beach | Galveston Photography

A breezy evening on the beach with just the sound of your children’s laughter and the crashing waves in the background, are the only two things we need to make a little magic on the beach in Galveston. Galveston photography is the easiest and best way to get your family to relax in front of the camera and just have fun!

Galveston Photography with My Studio Wardrobe

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I had so much fun on the beach with this beautiful family! Aren’t they adorable?

Ashley and I met at my studio before their session so that she could browse the studio wardrobe and select favorites for her family. Ashley’s Fillyboo dress and the baby’s romper were the perfect pieces to borrow for her vision. Baby rompers are perfect for family sessions because you don’t have to worry about holding a dress down when sitting or holding the baby. My favorite thing about rompers is that they show off precious little baby legs! This romper happens to be from one of my favorite vendors, She Loves Her Mama.

A Family Session

On the day of their shoot, we started with my usual “formal” family portraits in front of the dunes. Once we got those, we started making our way toward the water for a little more candid fun! I think it’s safe to say that the whole family enjoyed their time AND love their family portraits on the beach! I can’t wait to hear what Ashley does with her images!

Aimee is absolutely amazing! She made the entire process super easy. We did a family beach shoot, and I could not believe how wonderful they turned out! She has a great client wardrobe selection as well and knows the shots she is going for. so there is no time wasted. 100% recommend her!- Copied from Ashley’s Google Review

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Ready to book your own Galveston family portraits?

Aimee Hamilton specializes in capturing families, babies, and motherhood in Houston, Galveston, The Heights, Galleria, Magnolia, Montgomery, and The Woodlands. Click Here for details & pricing information about Galveston family photography.

 

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Baby Laurel | Studio Newborn Photography in Houston

Hello, hello! I think it’s been a while since I blogged a newborn, hasn’t it? The story of how I met this sweet family is actually FAR from photography and more into the college-bar-scene era of our lives. Kirby and I stayed friends over the years and reconnected at Christmas time last year when I took their families photos at the tree farm. You might remember her because she makes THE best cookies I’ve ever tasted. I went on and on about that on my FB page last year. If you’ve booked a Christmas mini this year, you’re in for a treat! Anyway, Kirby booked her studio newborn photography in Houston and I was so excited to have the honor of photographing this beautiful baby girl!

Baby Laurel’s Newborn Session

Laurel’s session is such a good one for families to see, because they have a “bigger” family. Laurel is the new baby sister to two big brothers and a younger sister as well. Their session was just beautiful, but I’ll you guys have a look, too!

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Backlit newborn girl, all wrapped up
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Family of 6 looks at new baby in all white newborn photography studio

Copied from Kirby’s Google Review– Aimee did an amazing job with my newborn AND three other kids (ages 6, 5 and 3). She was so calm and new exactly how to respond in every situation. She never made us feel rushed and even included my parents for grandparent photos. She accommodated every request I had without hesitation. She helped me with outfits for everyone and had so many options for myself and my newborn daughter. I’ve done newborn photos four times now and she has by far provided the BEST final product and overall experience. If you are on the fence about who you will hire – I encourage you to contact Aimee and talk with her. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

I am a motherhood photographer specializing in studio newborn photography in Houston, TX. I love helping my clients achieve their portrait visions with heirloom products that will stand the test of time! Get in touch with me here to inquire about your booking own newborn portraits of membership plan.

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Family Photography Wardrobe Inspiration| Houston Family Photography

Hello, hello! There are only a handful of questions that every family asks, but “what should we wear” is always one of them! One of my favorite things about Houston family photography is that we have the ability to wear almost anything! When you’re ready to start thinking about your clothing for your portrait session, I’ll be ready to help you! Each session booked (newborn, family, etc) comes with one in-person studio consultation to chat about your vision and your wardrobe! I also still really love this blog post with some excellent styling tips!

The Client Closet | Houston Family Photography Wardrobe

It’s been about 18 months since I started my studio wardrobe for Houston family photography. It has been such a game changer for my clients! Each time I add something new to the wardrobe, I fall more in love with the collection. I love providing clothing for my clients that is flattering, versatile, and photographs beautifully! Currently, I have clothing for women in sizes small to extra large, and children (both boys and girls) wearing a 4T and under. You’ll just need to bring basic undergarments and neutral shoes! I even have ivory knee high socks for girls and a few bows!

Where to Shop

Women

Mamas, I LOVE to see you in lace or florals!

Men

Pro Tip: Dad’s outfits are usually the easiest ones to find! Shop for them last!

Girls

Girl Mom Tip: Knee high socks are seriously making a come back and I love seeing your girls in them! Don’t forget shoes, bonnets, or bows, too!

Boys

Boy Mom Tip: Boy accessories are hard to nail down, but SO worth it when you do! Think hats, suspenders, boy ties, etc!

A Little Inspiration for Houston Family Photography

Okay, so we’ve got the client closet, and a list of places to look for high quality clothing. Let’s see some inspiration, too! My number one tip is to have fun and play with accessories! They can really make your outfit. Finally, watch you’re patterns. I suggest having no more than one pattern in a family. For example, if mom is wearing a floral gown, I would keep everyone else in solid colors. We can add texture (like tulle in your daughter’s dress or linen in your son’s pants) to add some pop!

How to book your family session

If you have not booked your session with me, yet, I’d love to chat with you more! You can view all of my family photography details here! I am only accepting a small number of families this fall, so be sure to book your session early! I would love to meet you at my studio to discuss your family and your vision for your family portraits! Pre-session consults are a great way to get to know me, my style, and make sure your portrait vision comes to life! I hope to meet you soon!

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