A Dreamy Boho Maternity Session

If you are keeping a list of what to do before your baby arrives, a maternity session in The Woodlands needs to be at the top! Maternity photography is the perfect way to celebrate such a short time in your life. That belly and those sweet kicks will be gone before you know it. Just this week one of my good friends told me that she only has one picture of herself pregnant and it was just a bathroom (iphone) snapshot. She is just one of the many people I hear about who regret not doing something to celebrate the beautiful thing our bodies are capable of!

Meet the Mama Behind this Maternity Session in The Woodlands

Boho Maternity session in the Woodlands

Skye-Lynn, aka La Spicy Gringa, contacted me last fall for her maternity and newborn session! I love clients who find me on Instagram because I can really see their personalities and almost get to know who they are before their session. She just cracks me up so I knew her maternity session was going to be SO SO good.

About a week before the session, Skye-Lynn came to the studio to try on and choose her dress for her maternity shoot. She chose my Fillyboo Wonder Years dress, which is stunning on! The next week, we made a little magic at my favorite field for maternity sessions in The Woodlands! I’m in love with that golden grass in the field right now!

Maternity Session in The Woodlands
Fillyboo Maternity Photoshoot in The Woodlands
Maternity Photoshoot in FIllyboo dress
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Maternity Session with happy smiley mama
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Happy expectant couple in The Woodlands
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Maternity Photoshoot in FIllyboo Dress
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Didn’t their session turn out absolutely stunning? I am so excited to meet their beautiful baby girl next month! I know she’s going to be gorgeous like her mama! I just noticed her Daddy’s dimple as I was uploading these! Maybe she’ll get one of those, too!

I am a newborn, maternity, and family photographer in the Woodlands, TX or North Houston area. My studio is just a few short minutes north of The Woodlands near FM 2978 and FM 1488. I would love to meet your precious family and chat about your photography needs! Contact me here or have a look at the links above more detailed information!

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3 Reasons White Studio Sessions are IN | White Studio for Newborns

You guys, I have been totally into the neutrals for a while, but I’m really loving white lately! The purity of an all white studio for newborns is just so gorgeous! I have been working quietly behind the scenes on a little project that I’m hoping to share soon! Until then… I hope you enjoy a few beautiful newborn portraits in all white set ups!

One: Timeless

All white studio sessions are simply classic. The neutral tones are pure and perfect for celebrating and capturing your new baby!

Two: Focus

I choose to use whites, grays, and neutral tones in my studio because it keeps the focus of your newborn portraits on you and your baby! When you view your portraits for the first time, your eyes will be immediately drawn to a sibling kiss on the nose, a snuggle from mom, or a family giggle fest!

New Family holds newborn in all white setting

Three: The Finished Artwork

The best part about shooting an all white newborn session in my studio is that the finished artwork will be easy to hang in your home. You won’t need to worry about matching the pink, purple, or blue in your session to the colors in your home! My whites and neutrals will fit right in! While you’re at it, be sure to book your studio cake smash for the perfect artwork pair!

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Aimee Hamilton is a newborn and family photographer just north of The Woodlands, TX. For details and pricing on newborn sessions head over to this page. When you’re ready to chat more about your session, feel free to get in touch with me! I’d love to have you come check out my all white studio for newborns!

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7 Things I Wish I Had For My First Baby!

Are you ready to set up your registry for your sweet baby? I think I scanned everything in Buy Buy Baby! No, really. We thought we needed every little thing in that store! Thankfully, our friends knew better and didn’t buy us twenty adorable pairs of newborn shoes that he would never wear! By the time number three came around, we had our minimal list ready to go! I put together this quick list for you of all the must have baby items for new (and experienced) moms!

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Must Have Baby Items for All Moms!

  1. DockATot– This was actually not something that we had with our first, but was a staple with number 2 and now 3! I’ll admit that our children are worn most of the time and love being held. The DockATot makes them feel as if they are still being snuggled. Instead of getting lost in a crib or even bassinet, the Dockatot is the perfect size for the little guys! Pro Tip: The Dockatot makes transitioning to the crib a breeze! When you’re ready, just move the baby and the Dockatot! They won’t even know they’ve upgraded from the bassinet or mom’s bed!
  2. Halo Bassinet- I think we have had a “luxury” purchase with each of our babies. For Aubree, it was the Halo bassinet, but I wish we had it with all three of our babes! The Halo keeps her close by, but also provides a safe space (away from her silly big brothers) during the day! The DockATot fits perfectly inside the Halo! We bought the “Premiere” version with the sounds and vibration but honestly, we haven’t used them like we thought! The simple, bassinet only option would have been perfect for us!
  3. Stretchy Wrap- For a squishy newborn, I absolutely love a stretchy wrap! My top choices are the Solly & Happy wraps because they are thin and breathable for the warmer temps in Houston! Our three newborns have been worn from birth in a stretchy wrap! We recently added a blush colored Solly since we have a girl this time! You know I have to have ALL the girly things!
  4. Velcro Swaddles- Our first two babies wouldn’t sleep for one second if they weren’t in a tight swaddle! As first time parents, we couldn’t swaddle tight enough. Arms and legs were constantly breaking free, but the final straw was honestly how nervous it made me to have them in a blanket at night. We switched over to the Swaddle Me Swaddles for safety purposes and instantly fell in love! They are so much easier to use and they are safer for night time! Aubree has been a little different than her brothers because she prefers her arms to be free. This time, we are using the Halo Swaddle. She still feels swaddled, but is able to keep her arms out!
  5. Zipadee-Zip– When it was time to transition out of the swaddle, I panicked a little. I really thought my kids would never sleep again and I would have to live on coffee! About that time, I discovered the magic of a Zipadee-Zip. These things are incredibly simple, yet so perfect! You have to read for yourself all about how it works! Bonus points– your baby will look like a little starfish! Ha!
  6. Sakura Bloom Ring Sling-If you’re looking for the one thing that I never leave the house without– this is it! Ring slings do have a bit of a learning curve, but once you get it down, you’ll love it! One of my favorite things about the sling is that its quick. When I’m in the parking lot at preschool to pick up my oldest, I’m not fiddling with a wrap that takes time. I pop baby in and I’m on my way! Ring slings are also cooler than many wraps because they are made of a breathable linen or silk! My two slings are silk because it will carry baby from the newborn to toddler days and I love the wrinkle free texture! Plus, that shine is unmatched!

Drop me a Line!

I’m a big sucker for trying out the latest “it” baby item! I’d love to hear what you’re using and loving! Drop me a comment below so can we all learn about the fun things out there for moms and their babes!

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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!

Posed newborn boy with head on chin

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!)

Newborn boy posed and curly
Newborn boy posed on his belly

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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Big Sister plays near newborn brother
Big Sister kisses baby brother
New mom snuggles baby boy

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!

beach silhouette with awesome clouds

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!

simple newborn girl pose

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!

Galveston, TX Family Photographer

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!)

Maternity Session in glowing field

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!

fall family session in north Houston

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!

mom kisses her newborn in pure white studio

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!

new family of five in a candid family shot

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!

Black Friday Giveaway

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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