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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!)

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!

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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 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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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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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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Deck the Halls with Christmas Mini Sessions in Houston

Deck the Halls with

Christmas Mini Sessions in Houston

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! The first two days will be filled with outdoor family fun at the Christmas Tree Farm in Magnolia! These sold out quickly, but I can’t wait to share them with you! On day three, Santa will be 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 on November 10th! (Update on 10/20: PJ Minis are sold out!) 

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 have some fun! 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?

This year, I am offering two packages for your Christmas minis. The kids only session will be morning sessions that include a personalized Christmas cookie, all the props you see here, 15 minutes, and 8 digital images. Family mini sessions will be offered in the afternoon on a white couch instead of the white bed. Family sessions will include a personalized Christmas cookie for each person, the wreaths seen here, 15 minutes and 10 digital images.

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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, my friend LeighAnn is selling these adorable PJs and many other styles! The sizes range from gowns for newborns to adults! Join her Facebook group here to order yours! I will also include a list of places to shop when you book your session!

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 11/18, click here! 

For PJ Minis on 11/10, click here! (SOLD OUT!)

 

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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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Birthday on the Beach– Galveston Photographer

Birthday on the Beach

Woodlands Cake Smash Photographer

I’ve believed all my life that a dog is man’s best friend, but there truly is nothing like the relationship between a dog and their “kid.” I’ve seen it as a dog mama and now as a photographer. Primarily, I am a Woodlands cake smash photographer, but this little session is part two of my most recent family session on the beach! This little man was able to celebrate his birthday on the beach with his very best friend! His mama called me early in the summer and said that their pup was part of the baby’s gender reveal (a cake) and so it would be just perfect if he could also be part of the cake smash. Ladies and gentleman, let me present to you, the most adorable milestone session there ever was!

Check out his little birthday outfit? I’m a sucker for a baby in suspenders, but his mama did an excellent job choosing an outfit that photographs well and coordinates perfectly. The hat on the pup just doesn’t get any better does it? For more cake smash outfit ideas, check out this adorable set! I love supporting other small business owners and getting a custom look!

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Woodlands Area Cake Smash Photographer

Okay, this is the part that is just going to make your heart melt! Mama bought a gorgeous white cake for the boys to share. We laid out a sweet little blanket to avoid the sand and make clean up a breeze. Then, we let them dig in! I wasn’t sure he was going to like it after his first reaction, but I think he may have changed his mind!

Woodlands Cake Smash Photographer
Woodlands Cake Smash Photographer

Woodlands Cake Smash PhotographerWoodlands Cake Smash PhotographerI think both baby and pup were big fans of the icing! It looked like the super soft icing that just melts in your mouth! Sometimes, we have to “hide” fruit or favorite snacks I the icing to help the baby try it, but not this guy! He dug in!

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Part two of this family session in Galveston, TX is also on the blog!

 

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Galveston is BLUE! Galveston TX Family Photographer

Galveston is BLUE!

Galveston TX Family Photographer

I grew up in Houston and I’ve been to Galveston more times than I can count. Our water is unfortunately very brown, but that’s just way it is. I don’t remember a time that it wasn’t! As a kid, I didn’t know there was anything different! I didn’t see white sand beaches and clear water until I was in college! On Friday, before my Saturday session, I read that the water down in Galveston was clear and blue again! I seriously couldn’t wait to see it for myself. Y’all. The water really was amazing! I’ve never seen anything like it! I was so thankful to be blessed with a session on such a great day to be a Galveston TX Family Photographer!

Family Fun on the Beach

Galveston TX Family Photographer

There is something truly magical about the beach. Everyone in the family is always happy at the beach! Babies and kids are truly excited to play in the water! Smiles are genuine and joy just takes over! If you get the opportunity, take the beach location every time!

Galveston TX Family Photographer

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Next time you are considering a trip down to Galveston, make sure you take your favorite photographer with you! I encourage you to do it at least once! It’s a game changer for your family portraits!

Aimee Hamilton Photography is a Galveston, TX family photographer based in Montgomery, Texas.  AHP serves The Woodlands, Magnolia, Montgomery, and Tomball, Texas.

 

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Stock the Studio Sale-Magnolia Maternity Photographer

Magnolia Maternity Photographer

Hi guys! I thought we would have a little fun this summer and have a Stock the Studio Sale! This sweet girl will definitely be our last little one to join our family. I’m really looking forward to doing maternity pictures for the first time! I know there are more of you out there that would love some maternity portraits that are definitely budget friendly! If you will be 28-35 weeks pregnant in August or September, this opportunity is perfect for you!

What is a Stock the Studio Sale?

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This is a very simple event! You will have the opportunity to purchase your favorite maternity dress from a list I have created. Then, you will receive a completely free maternity session, including digitals! After the session, your dress will be donated to the studio wardrobe in exchange for your maternity portraits.

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Where is the list?

Magnolia Maternity Photographer

The list of dresses can be found in my private Facebook group. If you’re not on Facebook, I’m happy to email the list to you as well! The list has a wide range of prices from about $60 to $350. Each participant will be given three images for dresses under $200. (You may also purchase multiple to put you over the limit.) Participants who purchase dresses over $200 will be given 15 digitals and the ability to choose the studio or my field location. For a little sneak peek, check out Fillyboo Maternity dresses! These dresses are simply beautiful! I’m actually going to wear one for my own portraits! You can’t go wrong with one of these!

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When and Where will the session be?

Magnolia Maternity Photographer

All maternity sessions will be scheduled for August or September, but sign-up will end on Friday, July 20th. I want to make sure that you have plenty of time to order your dress. Some will take longer to arrive than others, so we will need to plan accordingly. I will begin scheduling sessions when your receipt is received.

My studio is located in Magnolia, Texas near the intersection of 1488 and Tamina Road. Clients will have the ability to choose between my studio (with a light and airy look) or my outdoor field location. The field is less than 10 minutes from my studio!

Interested?

If you are interested in participating, please complete this link. Be sure to include your dress choices from the list I have provided! I will be in touch with chosen participants asap!

 

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