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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!

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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
Galveston Beach maternity session

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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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!

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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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Mama kisses baby on the beach in Galveston

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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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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Ho Ho ho! Santa is Coming to The Woodlands! |Houston Santa Mini Sessions

The Woodlands Santa Sessions

Can you believe that the holidays are almost here? Where did this year go? Aimee Hamilton Photography will be hosting The Woodlands Santa sessions 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!

 

The 2019 Santa Mini Session Details

Santa will be coming to my studio on Saturday November 16th.  Santa Mini Sessions will be held from 9am-1pm. Each family (kids only) will have 5 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!

When: November 16th 2019 9:30-1pm

Where: AHP studio in Magnolia, TX

Price: $150 for 5 High Resolution Digital Files & the opportunity to purchase additional files and premium products.

How to Book: Santa Schedule

Newborns, Special Needs, & Santa

Christmas 2018, I was blessed with a beautiful baby girl. In the middle of flu season, I lived on hand sanitizer and prayers. This season, I have reserved the first few sessions for newborns and children with special needs who may thrive with a bit fewer people around. If you fit in this category, please contact me separately as those time slots are temporarily locked.

Ready to book a Houston Santa Mini Session?

Here is a link to my 2019 Santa sessions! There are also THREE other Christmas options. Be sure to check them out as well!

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Deck the Halls with Christmas Mini Sessions in Houston

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Christmas Mini Sessions in Houston

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in my studio y’all! This year I am offering 4 days of Christmas Mini Sessions in Houston! There will be one day filled with outdoor family fun at the Christmas Tree Farm in Magnolia and another extra special family set-up in The Woodlands/Conroe area ! Santa will be also making his list and checking it twice! Ho Ho Ho! Bring your little one into the studio for a laid-back Santa mini-session! The fourth and final Christmas mini session will be these adorable Christmas PJ minis.

Christmas Mini-Session in Your PJs!

Christmas PJs are one of my favorites things about Christmas morning! I love that no one has to get dressed before the big celebrations begin! (Okay, at least that’s how we do it in my house!) This year I decided to bring some of that joy to you! Come dressed in your PJs and ready for FUN! We will sing along to Christmas music, eat a Christmas cookie, and just be silly! These sessions are perfect for young kiddos who still believe in the magic of Christmas!

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What is included in your Christmas Mini Session?

Each Christmas PJ mini session is a KIDS ONLY session and comes with a Christmas cookie, 10 minutes of shooting time, and 5 digital images.  PJ Minis are $150. The background set up will change this year, but the overall style, (lots of white with Christmas greenery) will be the same! Click here to book your session now! 

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Where to Buy PJs

I’ve heard lots of fantastic places to buy Christmas PJs lately! I always like to encourage you to buy from small business owners first! If you are in need of PJs this year, check out Zandy Zoos. I just adore this boutique and I guarantee they will have everything you need! The shop owner is so sweet and can help you find anything! If you like big, fluffy, southern bows, you can find Beyond Creation Bows there also! If you prefer smaller, more classic bows, Willow Crowns is your girl! I personally have far too many of both of their bows!

Christmas Products

After your session, I’m happy to help you create Christmas cards, mini-accordion albums for Christmas gifts, ornaments, or a canvas to hang on your walls! I think it would be so fun to hang your Christmas images year after year and watch your kids (and families) grow!

Book Now!

When you are ready to book your session, head over here! The studio is located just a few short minutes north of The Woodlands! Feel free to send me an email with any other questions that you may have!

For Santa Sessions on 11/16/19, click here!

Christmas PJ Minis  for 2019 will be on 11/30 and are for kids only!

For outdoor Christmas Sessions, click here!

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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!

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!

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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!

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 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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Light and Airy Maternity Session in Montgomery, TX

Maternity Session at Light & Airy Studio in Montgomery

New Light and Airy Maternity Session

I recently updated my studio, and I’m so excited about the new light and airy design! I chose to use light, neutral colors in my studio, and I love how simple and beautiful it is with soft, light spilling through the room. Using simple, neutral finishes makes the studio the perfect place for a variety of sessions, from maternity, to newborn, to family photos. It also allows me to get creative with seasonal or other décor, like with my upcoming Christmas mini-sessions.

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This is the first session I did in my newly updated studio! I just LOVE how it turned out! A fresh coat paint color can really transform a room!  This cute family was so much fun to photograph, with three handsome little boys and one more sweet baby on the way. Would you believe that this is going to be baby number four? I can’t wait to find out if they’re welcoming a new baby boy or girl to their family. Sage green was the perfect colored dress for a family that is “team green!”

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Studio Wardrobe for Maternity, Newborn and Family Photography

I love the simple neutral color scheme they chose for their wardrobe. The dress worn here by mama is a new addition to the studio collection. It will look great in a maternity or newborn session. Wardrobe is so important and has such a huge impact on the look and feel of your family’s photos. I’m happy to offer a client wardrobe full of pieces that photograph beautifully and are figure flattering.  Also, my amazing make-up artist came out to pamper this sweet mama. Sometimes, a little pampering is just what a mama needs! I told dad that he needs to hire a sitter  so that he can take her on a date since she looked so fantastic!

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If you’re ready to book your session in the new studio, head over here to get in touch with me today! Or visit my website if you need more details or pricing information for maternity or newborn photos. I look forward to getting to know you and your family!

Aimee Hamilton is a newborn and family photographer in the North Houston area (and surrounding areas including The Woodlands, Montgomery, Magnolia, Conroe, and Tomball) and offers studio sessions at her newly updated studio in Montgomery, TX.

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Water, and Bridges, and Trees, OH MY! North Houston Family Photography Locations

Water, and Bridges, and Trees, OH MY!

North Houston Family Photography Locations

One of the most common questions that I am asked is, “Where are your sessions?” North Houston family photography locations are usually a secret, but I also think it is important for clients (and potential clients) to get a sneak peek at your options!  I have a few favorite locations around North Houston that I go to often, but I also enjoy visiting some new places! This summer, I brought my boys with me to check out some new territory!

A Rustic, Natural Location

Rustic, natural locations are so popular, especially in this area! This particular North Houston location is great for clients who like a lot of variety in their family portraits. When we first arrive on the property there are three old houses, gorgeous trees, and a rustic fence line that provide plenty of photo opportunities. The very first antique home is all white and my absolute favorite. There is a second white house with a brown door, and a third that is more like an old log cabin! I love these homes for families and even seniors! Your family portraits would look great sitting on these front steps or underneath the tree on the wooden bench below!

North Houston Family Photography Locations

 

North Houston Family Photography Locations

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Golden Light and Beautiful Water

My boys had a blast touring this area! I almost didn’t realize it was there until my husband found it by accident! The water at this location is an absolutely stunning background! As the sun was setting over the water it creates a golden glow that all photographers dream of! We would need a sunny day for that, but gosh it was perfect! There was also a willow tree (I think!) that filtered the golden light so beautifully! This particular spot at this location is a gorgeous backdrop for maternity sessions! The area reminds me of a secret garden!

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Portraits at this Location– What you need to know

This location is a local favorite for family photographers. The city requires photographers to purchase a permit to shoot here, but it still can be busy during peak season. If you are booking a fall family or maternity session, I encourage you to choose a weekday for the best opportunities within this location. If you are booking a session in the spring, or late winter, this location would be great on the weekends as well! This location is so full of opportunities that you will need a Signature Collection. The permit IS included in your session.

Ready to Book?

If you love this location as much as I do, let’s go! You can check out investment/collection information or head straight over to my contact page to send me an email. I look forward to chatting with you about your next family or maternity session!

Aimee Hamilton is a North Houston family photographer with many locations in the surrounding areas!

 

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