Let’s talk a little bit about Instagram for a sec. More and more moms are using Instagram to search for all the things they need. Dresses? Bows? A romper for your daughter? A vintage suspender set for your son? It’s ALL on the gram. (The best part is that when you search, you can find all kinds of small businesses run by mamas!) That’s a topic for another day, but Instagram is also the perfect place to find your photographer! If you search for Houston Newborn Photographer, guess who you’ll find? Yep, this girl! It was tough work getting there, but it worked out SO well! Skye (maybe you remember her from this maternity session) was one of the first mamas who contacted me from Instagram! Let me tell you– the IG gods were totally in my favor that day, because she is such a gem and I have truly loved getting to know her and meeting her beautiful baby girl! The best part– she surprised me today with a beautiful blog about her experience with me!
Have you heard of the children’s book That’s Good! That’s Bad by Margery Cuyler? As a teacher I loved it! Everything good thing is spinned in a bad way, or vice versa. Anyway– here’s the thing. When you have a bigger than average newborn, everyone immediately thinks of the poor mama and in their head says “oh, that’s bad.” But– take your 9 pound 9 ounce newborn to a photographer and she will say “No, that’s GOOD!” Those newborns over about 8.5 pounds have already established their arm roll and cheek game, y’all! And do you know what I love… CHEEKS… and any kind of roll! So, I’ll stop chatting and introduce you all to the cutest cheeky girl there is!
Interested in booking your own newborn session? Let’s chat! I am a Houston newborn photographer with a studio for maternity, newborn and baby photography in The Woodlands area. I look forward to helping with all of your portrait needs! Check out this link for newborn photography details.
Pop quiz! What’s my favorite thing to shoot? YEP. It’s twins! I am a Houston Twin newborn photographer and I think it is just about the most adorable thing. I know everyone thinks twins are precious and of course I’m no different! Anytime a mama e-mails me about a twin newborn session I get so excited! I don’t even know what it is, they’re just undeniably the cutest little things on the planet! I’m sure their parents are 110% more exhausted than others but you’d never know it by looking at these sweet new parents!
Close to the time of your newborn session, I will send out a questionnaire that helps me know what to focus on during your session. The biggest question for me with twins is one that parents really need to think about! When you are hanging your portraits, do you want to hang mostly portraits of them together? Or do your prefer them to be separate? Or equal mix of both? If it were me, I think I’d want to hang a large portrait of the babies together, with an individual portrait of each baby on either side. Maybe something like this!
What if my twins come early? | Houston Twin Newborn Photographer
Typically, my newborn sessions are done between day 6 and 10 after birth. Sometimes, when twins come early, they spend some time in the NICU which pushes back our session a little bit. These babies are here to prove that is no big deal, especially when babies are early! These angels were about 6 weeks for their newborn session and they ROCKED it!
Aimee Hamilton is a Houston newborn photographer with a light and airy studio just north of The Woodlands, TX. AHP offers both studio & in-home lifestyle portraits. For more details about newborn and baby’s first year plans, click here!
I’ve been holding out on you guys and keeping a really big secret. You see, I wanted to have the keys in my hand and be officially moved in before I made any announcements. If you follow my social media pages, you may have seen me spill the beans! I, Aimee Hamilton Photography, just opened a brand new studio for newborn photography in The Woodlands, TX. You guys, it is just so perfect. The new studio features white walls, gorgeous natural light, and soft textures. I’ve still got a few finishing touches that I’d like to work on, but I can’t wait to get a tour of the studio on the new blog!
First session in the new studio
Can I get a drum roll please?! I hope you all are just as excited as I am to see the first newborn session in the new studio! I am really excited about how beautifully these turned out. I went with white walls for a classic, light and airy look.
I think it truly creates a timeless and classic gallery that you will treasure for generations! My hope for your portraits is that your investment is an heirloom that can be passed down to your children and their children. (Hint, make sure they are printed so that you can do that!)
Book your Newborn Session Early!
One question that I get asked a lot is when to book. The answer is to plan ahead! I’m a wife and a mama of 3 first. I fill my calendar up to the max, but sometimes I still have to say I’m full. The best time to book is during your second trimester! Looking for more details? Head over to my newborn page for the latest details!
Y’all, I am so excited to invite you to my new Houston photograph studio, just a few minutes north of The Woodlands. This is definitely going to be a fun event that you don’t want to miss! There will be shopping, door prizes, and of course, a fantastic giveaway.
New Location-Houston Photography Studio
ADDRESS: 8375 FM 1488 Magnolia, TX 77354
My new studio is about 10 minutes north of The Woodlands. I am off of FM1488, just past FM 2978. From I-45 or the Woodlands, drive west on FM 1488 just past Tamina Road. The studio will be on the left, next door to CrossFit Magnolia.
The Grand Opening
WHEN: April 6th 10am-12pm
The Grand Opening of the new studio will be on April 6, 2019 from 10-12. It is a casual come and go event with a couple door prizes, AWESOME giveaways, a discount or two, a little shopping, and of course some yummy snacks!
The GRAND Prize Giveaway: A complete baby plan! (Maternity, Mini-Newborn, & Cakesmash collection.) Trust me when I say, this is a once in a life time opportunity!
As a new mom (again!) myself, when I booked my own newborn session, the first thing I wondered, was how is this going to flow? What will this look like as far as scheduling, so I thought I’d share this with you to help ease your minds and plan for your session!
Sweet baby Kinsley came to me in February, just after my maternity leave. She had the honor of being my very first full newborn session after leave. She was so good to me! I don’t think we ever heard a peep from her at all! She arrived to my newborn studio with her mom while Dad and big brother stayed home until their turn. If you’re able to make that work, it is so much easier on siblings, to arrive about an hour after your session starts. Waiting just isn’t a toddler’s favorite activity!
Bean Bag Poses
Did you know that these sweet poses are done on top of a bean bag? The bag never shows, so sometimes that comes as a surprise! I start every session on my beanbag while your sweet baby is still full from a good meal. I layer soft, neutral toned fabric and my secret weapon on top of my bean bag. Then, I use bean shaped pillows to help me pose babies into the curly poses that I know you all love so much! If I had to choose, I’d say that the bean bag poses are my favorite portraits of newborns by themselves! There’s just something about the organic nature of the fabric poses is just so sweet!
Prop poses are almost every baby’s favorite thing! After we finish the fabric poses, I wrap up your sweet baby and they are typically just as happy as can be! I wrap them in layers so that I can just unwrap as needed and lay them into their next pose. Babies are wrapped for props, and the flokati.
Family & Sibling Portraits
After about an hour, Dad and big brother arrived for their time in the spotlight. I do my best to start with siblings if they’re into it, but sometimes they like mom or dad to go first! I love for this portion to be playful and fun! I’ve been known to have an M&m or two to help us as well!
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!
All white studio sessions are simply classic. The neutral tones are pure and perfect for celebrating and capturing your new baby!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Must Have Baby Items for All Moms!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!)
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.