Studio Newborn FAQs

Mamas, let’s talk about studio newborn sessions! Studio newborn sessions are my most popular sessions! For pricing information and details on what your session includes, head over to my newborn page!

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I’m due in October! How do I schedule a session if we don’t know when the baby will arrive?

This is the question most moms ask! Instead of scheduling a specific date, I will simply write your due date on my calendar. I reserve a set number of due dates each month. We won’t actually schedule your session until the baby arrives! Once baby is here, we will get you scheduled as soon as possible!

How old should my baby be for a studio newborn session?

I prefer to photograph my newborns in the studio around 6-12 days old. I have found that to be the best age for getting the perfect sleepy poses!

Can I bring siblings to the studio after the baby is finished instead of coming together?

Yes! I actually encourage moms to bring the baby to the studio first. Then, dads can come with the younger siblings! This way we get the baby done quickly and can get started on the family portion with no wait time for little ones!

What should I bring?

I supply everything we need for your newborn session! All bows, props, furs, and swaddles are included! The only thing you should bring is what you normally carry in your diaper bag like diapers, a spare blanket, and a pacifier if you’re using one!

For moms, if you are trying on my dresses, a nude fitted slip is a good idea! I do have a few gorgeous lace dresses that need them!

What should we wear?

Moms, I encourage you to choose something to wear from my studio wardrobe! I have a gorgeous collection of studio dresses that are the perfect colors, texture, and length for your session. Each dress was chosen because it is both flattering and will photograph beautifully! You’re welcome to set up an appointment before your session to try on the dresses!

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And Baby Makes Four- Newborn Studio in The Woodlands

I want you guys to meet this little guy with the cutest cheeks I’ve ever seen! This sweet mama met me at my newborn studio in The Woodlands early one morning for their newborn session. We started the morning with a little pampering from my friend Amy, who is a local hair and make-up artist! {I’m going to insert my own mama/photographer “wisdom” here. Y’all. I’m now a mom of three and I completely believe in doing whatever you can to make things easier! Definitely hire help! You deserve it and you’ll feel AMAZING for your session!} While Amy was working with Mama, baby J and I got started on the bean bag! (In case you’re wondering, most of my posing happens on a cozy bean bag made for newborn photographers!)

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By the time I was finished posing, and mama was finished getting ready, Daddy and big sister had arrived for the family session! For this session, mama brought her own gorgeous Free People dress that I’m still so in love with!

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Are you ready for a little secret? Most of the time when you see my sibling images, there was a bribe involved. If I had to throw out a percentage it would be something like, oh, I don’t know, 99.9%. So mamas, bring a snack, bring candy, bring a toy! Whatever it takes, we’ll make it happen! 🙂

Newborn sessions have my whole heart! They’re my speciality because this phase of my life is absolutely my favorite! I’d love to chat with you about booking your session at my newborn studio in The Woodlands! Head over to my contact page to send me a message! I’m booking in to the summer months for newborns!

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Waving Goodbye to 2018: Memories of a North Houston Photographer

Holy smokes y’all! 2018 was a year of SO many incredible things for this little business of mine. Have you ever been asked what your word of the year is? I’ve been challenged to come up with one, but I’m still letting that one simmer a bit. I want a powerful word that can take me through all of 2019! While I work a little more on that one, let’s take a look at the highlights of 2018!

Workshops and Mentorships

At first glance, it would seem that photography is super easy to pick up. However, when you really dive in, you start to learn about editing techniques, lighting choices, newborn posing, safety, camera settings, lenses, etc. That list really could go on forever! Then, add to that, all the things you need to run a successful photography business! Marketing, blogging, SEO, insurance, taxes, licenses, permits, shooting, editing, and emails are literally just the tip of the iceberg! If you know me personally, you probably know that I love learning! Maybe its the teacher in me, but I really just love diving in and studying something more in depth!

2018 started with an amazing opportunity to spend a weekend some amazing mentors at Click Away in Amelia Island, Florida hosted by ClickinMoms! (If you are looking to learn more about photography, I highly remommend joining ClickinMoms!) I chose classes focused on family photography (at the beach!), business, and of course, newborns! That workshop is truly what led me to LOVE beach photography! There is no place I’d rather go with your family than the beach! Y’all seriously– at least once– every family needs a beach session! You can read my WHY here!

In addition, I finished up 2018 with a 1:1 newborn posing mentorship! I really wanted to fine-tune my workflow and posing skills for those sweet babies and their solo portraits. I haven’t even shared photos from that day yet because life has just been so busy! They’ll be coming soon for sure!

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Newborns

Newborn sessions (Twins and triplets only counted once): 43 (including Bree!)

I could not be any more thankful for all of my mamas who trust me to photograph their sweet angels. Little Miss Aubree Kate has really reminded me what it is like to be a new mom again and what that looks like on the other side! With that in mind, I have some truly great things in mind to make 2019 even better! Also, in 2018, you may have noticed a bit of a style shift, especially in my newborn portraits. I have shifted gears a bit and focused on simplifying color palettes, while also really trying to honor motherhood and what that looks like at every stage! Simple, timeless portraits that look amazing on your walls have become my focus now!

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Families

Families (NOT including Christmas minis of any kind): 29

Does that number surprise you at all?! At first glance, it seemed a little low in comparison to my newborns, but I actually love that number! My speciality is newborns, so it makes sense that my newborn number is so much higher! If I really broke this down even further, you would find that a good percentage of those sessions were beach sessions down in Galveston! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed all of my time on the beach this year!

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Bellies!

Maternity Sessions: 17 (18 including my own!)

2018 brought one of my favorite additions to AHP and that is the client wardrobe! It has been SO helpful for ALL of my clients. I’m super excited to see that continue grow that collection as we move into 2019. With that, let me share the very last dress that was added to my collection! I feel like it is *just* right for a New Year celebration! (Even more fitting– this mama and her precious family will be one of the first newborns I have in 2019 after my maternity leave!)

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Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019!

Those numbers above don’t include cake smashes, sitters, births, Santa, or my Christmas minis! Can you believe that? 2018 was so good to me y’all! It’s hard to beat years when you welcome a new baby and tremendous growth in your business. 2019 is going to have a whole lot to live up to, but I’m ready! Even better, I’m ready to meet new clients, hug old ones, and help you capture those growing babies! Y’all Aubree is already two weeks old and I’m feeling like she’s changed so much! Why does that happen!? Okay, I’m off for some more baby snuggles, but be on the look out for some of my favorites of 2018 on social media this week!

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Fall Family Session in North Houston

Fall Family Photography in North Houston This fall and winter has been such a blessing! I feel like we’ve actually had cooler temperatures earlier than most years. There are even a few trees throughout The Woodlands with beautiful autumn leaves! I remember the last time I was 9 months pregnant in the “winter” time, I was sweating all the time and praying for cooler weather! I totally expected the same this year, but I have truly been pleasantly surprised!

The Location: WG Jones State Forest

I met this beautiful family in the reforested area of WG Jones State Forest for their fall family session in North Houston. This particular location is just north of The Woodlands, but still south of Conroe. I love this location for its dreamy light on bright sunny days! The day of their session just happened to be one of those beautiful bright days with plenty of sunshine! If you like sunshine and trees, this location is definitely for you! It tends to be quite the popular location with photographers in the fall, so it is best to use for weekday sessions.

The Family!

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Y’all! Just look at this gorgeous family of five! I had the honor of photographing their newborn earlier this year, and now their family session in the fall! I love getting to watch my families grow! That Daddy is a lucky guy to be surrounded by so many pretty girls!

This sweet mama styled herself and her family so beautifully! I love the textures in their clothing, coordinating colors, and soft feminine feel! They all looked absolutely gorgeous in their dresses, pretty skirts, and floral accents!

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Aimee Hamilton is a local photographer serving Magnolia, Montgomery, The Woodlands, and North Houston areas! Travel to other locations is also always available, including Galveston! To book a session, give me a shout or visit my family information page here!

 

 

 

 

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A Winter White Newborn

It’s been a while since I shared a studio newborn session, so I’m way overdue! This winter white newborn session was so much fun to shoot. Early on we talked about which session type was best for her family, what to wear, and what her vision was for her session. Christmas was not too far away, so we planned to incorporate a few Christmas elements into her portraits!

Mama brought her family to the studio in November for her newborn session. The beautiful white dress that mom is wearing was borrowed from the studio wardrobe that is available to all moms!

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Winter White Newborn: The Family

My signature newborn session always includes family and newborn portraits. I love giving families that first “family of four” image that is always so cherished! I remember being excited for that one shot with both of my boys! There’s just something so special about that first photo! Big brother was so sweet to his sister during his photoshoot! There may have been an M&M or two to help, but hey, I’m not above a good bribe!

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It’s beginning to look like Christmas!

Fall and winter newborn sessions typically aren’t that different from my normal workflow, but I truly love when a mom asks to incorporate a little bit of Christmas into her studio newborn session. I added some beautiful ivory Christmas trees to my studio collection earlier this year. I was so excited to finally have the opportunity to use them, as well as a few Christmas headbands!

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For more information about newborn sessions with Aimee Hamilton Photography, get in touch with me here! I’d love to chat with you and help you answer any questions!

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A Special Black Friday Giveaway! Limited Time Only!

Houston Photographer Giveaway

It’s time! This holiday season, I thought we could have a little fun with a special Black Friday giveaway AND a few deals!! Who doesn’t love a good Black Friday deal, right?  For one very lucky winner, I am giving away this gorgeous Rylapack diaper bag. These bags are gorgeous, yet simple, and perfect for your brand new baby! Each bag comes with tons of pockets to keep you organized, a convenient mommy pocket, and a changing pad. I personally love a back pack diaper bag because they are so much easier to carry! You can read more about them on their website. I just know you’re going to love them!

Black Friday Giveaway: How to Enter

Entering the giveaway is easy! Simply like and comment (with your favorite Christmas song) on the Instagram or Facebook post. For an extra entry, tag a local expectant mama! (Tags are unlimited!) Comments will be collected and the winner announced on Sunday, November 25th.

Black Friday Weekend: The DEALS!

Now, for the part you’ve all been waiting for! This year, I am offering $75 off the Elite Newborn Collection, $50 off Galveston Beach Photography, $25 off Fresh 48 newborn photography and 20% off prints and canvas! These offers are good on new sessions in 2019 only and must be booked by Monday at 5pm. I am currently booking sessions in the spring and summer of 2019!

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When you are ready to book your 2019 session, click here to get in touch with me! I am always happy to answer any questions that you may have!

 

 

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Lifestyle Newborn Photography in The Heights

Lifestyle Newborn Photography in The Heights

Newborn Photography in Your Home

Lifestyle Newborn Photography in The Heights

If you asked me what I did last month, the answer would totally be lifestyle newborn photography in The Heights area! In-home newborn sessions are growing in popularity and I’m so excited about it! The cozy nature of being in your home brings such a unique vibe to your newborn portraits! If an in-home session is something you are considering, head over to this post about what to consider! One of my favorite things about in-home sessions is that they are so full of your own personalities! Take this guy for example. It’s not so common that a newborn sleeps so soundly with their little arms out like this! But yet, here is, adorable as ever! He slept like this where ever they laid him and I’m still in shock!

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From Belly to Baby

This sweet family first contacted me for a maternity session. We went out to my favorite location for maternity portraits in Montgomery and had a little fun taking their last portraits as a couple. They were actually induced just a few days after their maternity session! One of my favorite things about their newborn session is the way this new dad looks at his wife. Aren’t they just precious?

Lifestyle Newborn Portraits

Baby J made his grand entrance and we scheduled them for an in-home (or lifestyle) newborn session. Their home was filled with beautiful natural light and soft neutral tones that looked gorgeous in their portraits! Plentiful natural light is the key to lifestyle newborn portraits in my opinion! In this session, we used their master bedroom, living room, and nursery. Since this little man is the only kiddo right now, their session is extra cozy with a whole lot of love from mom and dad!

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Interested in booking your own newborn session? You can view all of the details on my newborn page. When you’re ready, let’s chat! I’m always happy to answer any questions that you may have!

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Ho Ho ho! Santa is Coming to The Woodlands area!

Ho Ho ho! Santa is Coming to The Woodlands area! (

Santa Mini Sessions in The Woodlands

*Update as of 11/3* These are sold out!

Can you believe that the holidays are almost here? Where did this year go? AHP is hosting Santa mini-sessions in The Woodlands area this fall! If you’re looking for an easy going, line-free Santa portrait, these Santa mini-sessions are for you! I’m all about making things easy for my families! I know how hard it can be to get out to the mall and wait and line. Let’s take that stress out of your Santa portraits this year and have them done with as much fun as possible!

 

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The Details

Santa will be coming to my studio on Sunday November 18th.  Santa Mini Sessions will be held from 9am-1pm. Each family (kids only) will have 10 minutes with Santa. He will have a book to read, a list to check with older kiddos, and can sneak up behind kids who aren’t so sure! One of my favorite things is the moment they first notice Santa! It can be excitement or tears, you just never know!  I will do my best to try to capture smiles and the tears that are so typical of Santa pictures and toddlers!

Your Santa session will come with 5 high resolution digital images and the option to purchase additional files when you receive your gallery. All families will also receive a complimentary style guide to help you plan your wardrobe and look your best!

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How to Book

Santa Mini Sessions in The Woodlands

Ready to book your Santa mini session in The Woodlands area? Head over to this link to book your session online! If you have any trouble with the process, please reach out to me! I’m always here to help or answer any questions that you may have! Hurry, there are only a few spots remaining!

*The AHP studio is located just a few minutes north of The Woodlands around FM2978 and FM1488.

 

 

 

 

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Timeless Wall Art for Your Newborn Portraits

Timeless Wall Art for Your Newborn Portraits

You just received your beautiful newborn gallery. You’ve been swooning over them for a week. Grandparents, sisters, uncles, and all of your closest friends have seen how beautiful your new family is. Now what? You’re not going to let your investment live on a hard drive are you? Of course not! It’s time to hang your newborn portraits on the walls of your home! One of the most popular products that I offer is timeless wall art for your newborn portraits!  I have a variety of frames for you to choose from as well as gallery collections that are already created for you to fit together perfectly!

This set of three framed newborn portraits is one of my favorite collections because of its simple elegance. It is the perfect touch of timeless and modern with clean lines. The middle portrait is a 20X20 in a 24X24 frame, while the outer two are 16×20 matted prints in 20×24 frames. Each light weight frame comes with sawtooth hangers that make hanging these a breeze! I even have this very collection hanging in my studio as samples!

Timeless Wall Art

Deckled Prints: Timeless Wall Art

One day, these stunning prints will get their own blog post. Deckled prints are simply fine art prints with a hand torn edge. Newborn sessions looking stunning on deckled prints and floated on top of a white matte. I highly recommend it for all of my clients! It’s a look that can’t be matched! (Hint: I’ll be printing my own newborn session this way!)

How to Order

I have good news for you! Ordering prints and other wall art is a breeze! When you receive your newborn portraits, your gallery will have a link to “shop.” It’s that simple. Everything you need will be right at your fingertips! I’m also happy to help you custom design a gallery for your walls with sizes that work best for your home or wall. Just give me a call at anytime.

 

 

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Houston Lifestyle Newborn Photography: What to Consider!

Houston Lifestyle Newborn Photography: What to Consider!

Achieving the “Look” Behind the Portraits

Lifestyle newborn photography is growing in popularity! Many new moms are choosing an in-home session to show off their beautiful new baby and that nursery you worked so hard on! But, how do you decide if an in-home session is right for you? Are you stuck between a studio and in-home session? There are a few things I tell my clients to think about before they make that decision.

 

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Lighting

The lighting in your home is definitely one of the most important factors in creating portraits that are most like what you see in my portfolio. Natural light creates the most beautiful portraits! Take a walk through your living room, master bedroom, and nursery. If you open your curtains and blinds, but turn the lights off, what is the lighting like? Is it still bright and airy in the morning light? You could even try taking a picture of a light colored object in the room and see how it looks!

If you are lucky enough to have multiple large windows in your bedrooms, an in-home session might be a great choice for you!

Colors

Along with lighting, the color palette in your home is going to be a major factor in your decision. I’ll use my own home as an example! I have dark colors in almost every room except for the nurseries upstairs! Our master bedroom is full of dark furniture as well as our living room. I like my portraits to be light and airy so I am choosing a studio session for my own newborn portraits. The dark colors in my home will give me portraits that seem a bit darker than my normal style. In addition, if I had a home with dark furniture and less natural light, my home would not be an ideal candidate for an in-home newborn session. The end result would be fairly dim.

On the other hand, if you have a home with mostly lighter, neutral colors, your home might be a great candidate for lifestyle newborn photography!

Space

First and foremost, if you worked hard on a nursery, you’ll want to show it off! My husband always jokes that I set up a nursery just for the pictures, but it’s secretly true! I LOVE portraits in nurseries and cribs!

Most in-home lifestyle sessions are primarily done in your master bedroom and the nursery, but sometimes we also sneak into your living room! Before you choose a lifestyle session, you’ll want to consider what is actually in those rooms because it will make its way into your portraits! In my case, I have two boys aged three and under that are messy with a capital M. It will be easier for us to pack up and go to a studio than to try to clear the clutter of boys and their toy trains from every corner in my home! I mean, how is it possible that I find more toy cars under the couch cushions than in the car case?

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Whatever it is that is easiest for you, is going to be the best decision for your family! I’m here to support that choice and make the magic happen behind the scenes! If you have any questions about lifestyle newborn sessions, let’s chat! Get in touch with me here!

*The dress shown here was borrowed from the studio wardrobe.

 

 

 

 

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