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Remember the days of family home videos? When your dad would walk around with a video camera recording just about anything and everything you and your siblings did, and occasionally he'd pop the tape into the VCR for all of you to watch together. Don't you just miss that? Sitting in the living room around the TV set with your family reliving those beautiful moments again. I've sat with my own children, watching those grainy homemade videos captured by my father, and felt all the sweet memories from my childhood flooding in.
Photographs have their own special place in our hearts--allowing us to freeze a delightful moment forever, but video allows us to capture life in motion, as it's happening. Film lets us tell our family's story without any of the details getting lost in memory as the years go by.
A few years ago, I began experimenting with video, using my Canon DSLR camera and felt in love with family movie making. Since then, I have been working on improving my video techniques, learning how to film, cut, edit, add the right music, and applying my already existing knowledge of photography to create short motion pictures that document life as it is. Real, authentic, and full of emotion.
I've dipped into my personal video archives to show you my very first family film, taken two years and one less child ago. As you can see here, we aren't at an amazing location wearing color coordinated outfits. It's just my kids at the playground. But this short little reel evokes so much emotion for me because it takes me back to that rainy spring day at the neighborhood park. Unlike a styled portrait session, a family video isn't posed. While some direction can be given, the best lifestyle motion pictures are produced when the film maker allows the moment to play out naturally.
While a DSLR is a useful tool for capturing both photo and video, it is not absolutely necessary. A smartphone works just as well for documenting the every day. Now, more than ever, phone cameras are extremely capable and can produce good quality images. The important thing is to preserve those moments and create a legacy of memories to pass down. One great way to start this without a fancy camera, is using the 1 Second Everyday App. 1SE allows you to create a daily journal entry in video format and then stitches each clip into a recap movie of your life.
Below are some quick tips to help you shoot great video of your kids on your smart phone
As a Houston and Cypress family photographer, the number one question that I receive after someone books a session is always, “what should we wear?” I thought I would share the Hu’s family session with you to give you a visual. Kristine and I found each other through Instagram. Like anyone else who books a professional portrait session, Kristine wanted her family looking their best on camera. She mentioned that she had viewed my portfolio and noticed lots of neutral tones in my photographs. She had already done her homework by previewing my work and making sure it lined up with her personal taste. Kristine did an excellent job following my recommendations on what to wear and had her family looking absolutely perfect! Below you'll find some of my best tips on what to wear for your family session.
Remember that the ultimate goal when having professional portraits done, is to display your photographs in your home. Your taste in decor may change in a few years, that is why a classic look that can withstand the test of time is best. You want portraits that you can always show off, no matter what the newest trend may be. Choosing a simple wardrobe over the latest fashion craze, will keep the attention on you and your sweet bunch.
Stick to neutral or muted tones for a fresh, natural look. Coordinating outfits shows that you are a family and creates cohesiveness within your group. This does not mean that everyone should match from head to toe in white t-shirts and khakis. (`Please don't put me through that!) Instead, choose outfits that play well off one another. The images from this session are the perfect example. A great rule of thumb is to choose 3 complimenting colors and spread them throughout everyone's outfits. When it comes to patterns, keep it simple and no more than two. In this case, the kids are both wearing simple patterns, but parents clothes are solid throughout.
In my years of experience, I have found that ladies look most photogenic in flowy dresses or layered outfits. While gentlemen look most masculine in fitted pants and solid shirts or even plain cotton tees. Children are already beautiful in their own purity and don't need much, keep their outfits simple. My collection of neutral colored dresses is always available for Moms. Feel free to borrow a dress from my client wardrobe or bring your own. And as always, a styling consultation is included when you book a portrait session with me. Visit the 'Work with Me' tab to schedule your own family session this spring.
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Located in Cypress, Texas and serving the greater Houston area; Tender Nest Portraits is a family, newborn, and maternity photographer specializing in simple lifestyle portraits, with a minimalist approach. We focus on capturing the natural state of motherhood from pregnancy thru every stage. Our all inclusive portrait service provides digital images with the option to add printed art and photo keepsakes. See the investment tab for pricing details.
As a Houston photographer and mother of four, I desired to use my talents to showcased a different side to motherhood that is on the rise. You may have noticed these new phrases coined and trending in our current society: mom boss, mompreneur, boss babe, queen, etc, all used to describe women who slay. More and more women today are choosing to continue to work professionally - whether from home or outside of it - after starting a family. Mothers are realizing that having children is not equivalent to letting go of their personal aspirations. Not that motherhood in itself isn’t fulfilling, but it doesn’t have to be the only thing we do. As a work from home mom myself, I wanted to tell the stories of the strong mothers who fuel our city everyday. Mothers Arise is a monthly photo series that celebrates incredible mamas who rise to the occasion by juggling relationships, work life, house chores, and child rearing, all while reaching for their goals. Each month a new local mom will be featured. All the women participating in this project come from different walks of life and stand at different stages in their journey. They are entrepreneurs, artists, creators, and success stories in the making, but most of all they are dreamers like you and me. My wish is that through this project, those moms who may have taken a different direction along their journey to raise babies, can know that it is never too late to build a new road and get back to it. This is a project about persistence, struggle, empowerment, inspiration, and the pursuit of dreams.
Hey there! I'm Anel. Houston photographer, wife to my high school sweetheart, and mama to four wild kids who I homeschool. I love nature, motherhood, taking photos, and living a slow simple life.