Maria & Abel: Maternity Session

Now that this gallery has been delivered I wanted to share my favorite images from it. This last minute maternity session turned out beautiful! From the beautiful park to Maria’s stunning dress, I was so happy with the memories I captured for her and Abel. (Keep scrolling to see what I mean by last minute.)

Maria and Abel are first time parents!

When Maria first contacted me she was racing against the clock. Not only the new baby clock but the all too familiar baby shower clock! She wanted both her digital portraits and prints back in time for her baby shower. With my turn around time about 10 -14 days we both did some tweaking to our schedules and agreed on a date and location just 3 days before the session. 

Ray Miller Park was beautiful!

Ray Miller Park is located on Eldridge Parkway north of Westheimer.  For my first time shooting at this location, the weather could not have been more cooperative. It was the perfect compliment to this type of session. As a natural light portrait photographer the sunlight through the trees is something I always hope for. And the ‘mini forest’ in the rear of the park was a total bonus! 

New Beginnings

I was honored to capture genuine love between these two. Abel was already the protective father and husband. And Maria the eager mom-to-be.

They were so relaxed throughout the session and up for anything which made this session even more beautiful. Several people have asked where Maria found her gorgeous dress which I now know was purchased at Forever 21.

Maria and Abel are expecting a baby boy later this month. I wish their little family all the best! 


Celebrate Valentine’s Day a Little Differently This Year

Being the hopeless romantic that I am, of course I had to do a Valentine’s Day blog! “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” SWOON! That was a line from one of my favorite rom-com’s Notting Hill.  But let’s continue before I really get sidetracked! So Cupid’s Day falls on Tuesday this year and most couples plan to still go out to celebrate even on a weeknight. I’ve come up with a few ideas that are just a little different from the dinner and a movie tradition. 

 

 

CATERED DINNER FOR TWO AT HOME

Have a catered dinner at home! Enjoy the deliciousness of a fancy dinner in the comfort of your home. This could mean ordering take out from your favorite romantic restaurant or hiring a chef to come to your home and cook for you and yours truly. It just so happens I came across Succulent Cuisine and they do offer private in home services!

 

MODERN DAY BACKYARD CAMPING

Still enjoying the idea of staying home? Take dinner outside! Fire up the pit and cook your own dinner OR still order from your favorite restaurant and enjoy it by the fire. Plus, it’s easy to add dessert to the menu. What’s a backyard campfire without s’mores?

 

AT HOME SPA NIGHT

 

We’re sticking with the stay at home theme with this one. Hire a masseuse for partner massages before your romantic dinner or plan to give each other a massage! Oh don’t forget to pick up dinner.

 

STAY AT A LOCAL HOTEL

If you have littles and can’t find a sitter on a weeknight this idea is perfect for the weekend. Book a one night stay at a local hotel. Find one that also has a restaurant in it for the perfect dinner (and breakfast). My husband and I have stayed at the Hilton Houston Westchase and the breakfast was fantastic! If you are in the Houston area we highly recommend it!

 

SURPRISE! IT’S A GIVEAWAY!

As I mentioned above, I am seriously a hopeless romantic. And one type of photo session that I haven’t done, and I would sooooo love to do, is a surprise engagement! If you or someone you know plans to propose soon please shoot me an email at hello@figleafphotos.com and you’ll be registered to win a FREE surprise engagement session! Just include the following details in your email:

  1. Introduce yourself and your ‘future fiance’. Include a picture please.
  2. Share your love story. Where’d you two meet? Why him/her? What’s the best part about forever with this person? Tell me everything!
  3. Ideas of where, how, and when you’d like to propose.

Easy right?! I’m so excited! Winners will be notified on February 1st via email first and then on social media.

 

I hope you enjoyed this blog! Feel free to share your most romantic Valentine’s Day in the comments! And don’t forget I am booking for March sessions. Family, Milestones (Birthdays), Seniors, Maternity, Couples (wink wink)!