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Newborn Registries: Give or Get the Gift of Newborn Photography

AUSTIN AND CENTRAL TEXAS LIFESTYLE NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER MONICA BROWN

There are two reasons I don’t get hired for newborn sessions. One is that I don’t do posed photography. I’m always happy to make photographer suggestions if this is a thing you’re looking for, but the truth is it’s not my art and I don’t feel inspired to create posed photos. The second reason is because I’m expensive. And yes, I understand it feels this way (maybe a conversation for another day? because nobody wants those details in this post).

So because I can’t really do anything or don’t want to do anything about reason number one, my solution to reason number two is registries for your newborn photo session.

So what does it look like to do a registry with me? Baisically we’re going to start like any other session. I’m going to send you the questionnaire and welcome guide and you’re going to make sure what I do is what you are looking for. Once you’ve decided that my style is what you want, we’ll find you a date on the calendar according to your due date and I’ll create your registry based on the things you expressed interest in as part of the questionnaire. You’ll have a unique web link with a place for friends and family to contribute to your session and any products you’d like to have gifted. Before you know it, your session is completely taken care of (or if there is a remaining balance, you’ll just take care of it on session day). It’s the simplest thing and such an amazing gift (especially for these second and on babies when you alread have all the other things).

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A GIFT FROM ME FOR CREATING YOUR REGISTRY

The first 5 expecting mommas to sign up for a registry will receive a 5x5 Print Pack (24 prints) as a gift from me. These are perfect for casually displaying around your home (or gifting to grandmas and aunts and things) and are printed on 110 lb recycled matte paper with a 0.2" white border.

The Weaver Family

So it’s that time of year where we spend a little time looking back and being thankful for what this year has done for us and start looking forward in anticipation of what this next year will bring. My word for 2018 (instead of a new years resolution) was Rise. I wanted it to be a constant reminder for me to take each tough situation and make the best of it; to come out of it a better person than I went in. Now that we’re approaching the end of the year I think my biggest “tough situation” was just honing in on who I really am as a photographer and letting go of the parts of photography that I’m not and just owning it.

It’s been an interesting lesson and one that had me really thinking about whether or not photographing people is really the right thing for me. If you look back through my year in photographs you can actually see that struggle happening photographically. But I do want to photograph people. I just want to do it with my vision, which is the whole point of art, right?

This means I’ve lost some clients in 2018. That’s okay. I still love those awesome families and am grateful for every second I got to spend photographing them. It also means I’ve started working with some amazing new families that share my vision for their session.

The Weavers are one of those amazing new to me families.

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Focus on What Matters: Featuring The McKenzie Family

Austin and Central Texas Lifestyle Family Photographer

The McKenzie Family was the first family who was totally on board with using the online styling tool provided with their session and their session just so happens to be one of my favorite sessions of the year.

So why do I offer this service if my focus in a session is not clothing and what people look like, but rather what it feels like? There’s a couple reasons actually.

  1. You feel good when you know you look good which translates into confidence in your photos or whatever it is you’re doing in life right then.

  2. Clothing can sometimes be distracting and take away from a moment or feeling in an image. What I mean is you might have this beautiful moment, but little Johnny is wearing a neon shirt and when you look at the photo you see the neon shirt before you see the moment.

So basically using the online styling tool allows us the confidence to focus on what matters in a lifestyle photo session, the moments, and obvioulsy adds that extra touch of beauty in an image. While moments are my primary focus, I’m always thinking about the aesthetic of your images as well and my goal is to take your moments and enhance them the best way I know how. The easiest way to do this is with beautiful light, camera ready clothing, and super gentle posing that allows for your moments to happen naturally.

Any my goodness did it come naturally to this sweet family. I feel so much each time I see the McKenzie Family’s photos. I can’t wait to see them again this Spring for their in home session to celebrate their sweet girl’s first birthday.

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{Almost} Wordless Wednesday | Monica Brown Lifestyle Photographer

Monica Brown | Buda Texas Lifestyle Photographer

We'll let the pictures speak for themselves, but let me just say Wednesday is rough so far.  I should have known immediately that day 3 of school was going to be a hard start because the reminders to eat breakfast were aplenty.  Day three came with tears at drop off and my sweet girl saying she just wanted to be where I was today.  Break my heart.  You better believe I wanted to say okay and take her back home.  Enough of all that.  Check out these photos I've posted to Instagram over the last week.

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Family Films: A Lifestyle Newborn Session For Baby Harrison

Family Films are something that I've thought about for awhile now, but at first I didn't quite have the motivation to really sit down and figure it out.  It's been a busy year to say the least.  

A little while back I was basically trapped in my house for a week and half while year end house warranty work was done and I decided to make this videography thing a priority.  I spent that time educating myself on all the details that go into family films and figuring out how to get the settings down in my camera and switch back and forth between video and photos.  I bought a few new pieces of equipment and decided there was no going back.  I'm obsessed with the way the idea of family films inspires me.  

I think what draws me to it most is that my clients really have to be authentic for this to work.  It's actually more interesting if we allow the real to shine through.  We  pick real things to do instead of just finding a spot where everyone can be together.  It's less directed than my typical photo session and I like that.  This is me capturing a piece of your everyday as it really happens.  Yeah sure with this newborn session I was directing a few things, but I allowed the moments to unfold naturally.  

Here is the video paired with some of the images from the photo gallery.  I'm obsessed.  I want everyone to have one of these family films.

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Ready to book a family film session?