Family Portraits – The Fish Family

I am so so so thankful for this family, y’all. And I was so glad that I was able to swing through Nacogdoches on my way back to Kingwood to spend some time with them & get some updated family portraits. We’d taken family photos for them in this same general area before, so we ended up making a little bit of a walk to a new area & I loved it!

Their session that ended up having some blackberry-picking last year was one of my favorites, but this one is right up there too!! Seeing the interaction between family members is my favorite!!! Yes, getting photos with kids in the 2-4 year old range isn’t always the prettiest/smoothest in the behind the scenes, but they are so full of life & when I’m able to play & laugh & joke with them (& when mom & dad trust me to get good photos in the midst of the silliness), then we end up with gold. You see their personalities shine & that’s what it’s all about!!!!

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When I go back to edit/blog/look at photos like this… I can always hear that laughter in my head!! LOVE it.

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Cutest family ever? I think yes. Fish family, y’all look good together!!!

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O my gosh, as a mama myself, these kind of images always pull at my heart strings so much. There’s a lot of work that goes into being a mama & it’s not always the fun kind, but getting these quieter moments on camera to look back on for years & years to come is such a powerful thing. You get to look back on not only how your children have grown, but how you’ve grown as a wife & mother.

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Connor is allll boy and was silliness & giggles & energy during our session (which I know can sometimes make mamas nervous, but I love it! The photos always turn out better than mom might think they will based on their kiddos haha!). But in the midst of the laughter, this sweet little boy grabbed the teeny-tiniest little flower & held on to it for SO LONG. That sweetness made me understand how mamas get completed wrapped up around their little boys!

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The “money shot” with smiles & the reality of life in this stage…. nothing makes me happier than capturing both sides of a family!!

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Love. Love. Love this one!

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Aaaaaaaaand there goes the mama-heart melt again!! Brittany, I adore this shot of you & Connor!

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Connor & Peanut were in daycare together since they were itty bitty little babies, and seeing him look this grown up is just CRAZY to me!

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FAV.OR.ITE.

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That scrunched-up little nose is just perfection, Connor Man.

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Brittany, Gavin & Connor – THANK YOU a million times over for coming back to me for photos year after year! We love & miss y’all, but I’m thankful to be able to see y’all when come back up there for photos. Come down to Houston & stay with us soon!!!!

Addie – 6 months

Y’all. This little girl. This session. These outfits.

I can’t wait to share these with you!!!! Addie is one of my Little Ones clients and I’m not sure how it’s even possible but I think she just keeps getting cuter & cuter! And if you remember her newborn portraits, you know that’s tough to top on the cuteness scale!!!

Seriously though…. It doesn’t get much cuter than this!!!!

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Best. Facial. Expression. Ever.

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This sweater was knitted just for Addie (ummmmmm… skills.) & these little ruffly socks? So sweet!

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Love this one!! Her little toes pointed together just slays me!

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Since it’s almost Easter, Amanda & Steve brought some little props, and those bunny ears, y’all!! I was so impressed that Addie kept them on! I know my girls wouldn’t have lasted 30 seconds in those!!

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Love this one too!

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That tongue!! Hahaha.

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Aaaaaaand yet another favorite!

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The sweetest little serious Easter bunny ever.

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Such a happy little girl! We’ll leave out the details on what her parents & I were doing behind the camera to get those grins, but it was worth it!

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This just about sums up how I feel about the fact that three of Addie’s shoots are already done! Going by way too fast!

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Amanda & Steve, thanks so much for making the drive to shoot at our house & for letting me photograph all of these sweet stages in Addie’s first year! I love getting to see y’all periodically & absolutely love getting to photograph your beautiful baby girl!!

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To see the other shoots from Addie’s Little Ones Package, just click the links below!

It Really IS About You

As a small business owner (now twice over), I have realized it is so important to make the most of your online presence to create connection with your current & future clients. The same goes for anyone though really…. when you want to connect, build trust & engage your tribe, you have to put yourself in it.

People need to see the face behind the business, behind the message. They want to be able to picture who is speaking to them in those tweets, Instagram captions & blog posts. They want to be able to have a familiarity with you!

As business owners, this is HUGE. When a potential client can scroll through your feed, know what you look like, be able to picture what it would be like to work with you, & see glimpses into your personal life that resonate with them, they will be so much more likely to invest with you, because on some level they are choosing to invest IN you.

A lot of times we think that no one wants to see us (especially for us photographers), they just want to see the gorgeous work we can produce for them. I used to kinda be in that camp. I didn’t think it was a big deal to put my face out there… And then I did some research & realized that there really is a payoff for putting myself into my business in a public way.

So I tried it.

 

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And I’ve realized that some of my best performing Instagram posts (not that it’s all about numbers) have been ones that I am IN. Ones that open up to my audience & tell them more about the lip-product-selling, family-oriented, California-hearted photographer mama behind b.marie.photography.

And as I am building my photography business in Kingwood now – and in some ways having to start all over – having my potential clients get to know me before they ever hit ‘submit’ on that contact form is powerful.

And the more I put myself front & center, the better it feels…. There are a lot of photographers in Houston, but there is only one me, and the people who feel a connection with me will most likely be the most enjoyable for me to work with! It is resonating with people & that is encouraging in a business-stratgey sense, but it is also wonderfully reassuring on a personal level too!

So if you are a small business owner, a creative, I would LOVE to help you get intentional, beautiful images of you & your work that can start to connect immediately with your ideal clients! Just shoot me a message here & I can’t wait to start planning with you to help your business grow!! And if you aren’t following along on Instagram, I’d love to have you join me