It's been three months since baby No.5 joined our family. This is us in the photos below, taken by my sweet husband who will oblige to jumping behind the camera whenever I ask. In the beginning of my third trimester with this last pregnancy, I decided not to take on anymore newborn sessions, due to my health. I felt it was best to take it easy for the remainder of the remainder of my pregnancy and of course, thru the recovery phase.
Six weeks postpartum rolled around and I began working from home again, working on collabs. A couple weeks ago, I went back to shooting families and maternity sessions again, but have not photographed a single newborn. I thought that as the weeks went by, I would slowly go back to the workload I was used to before. I now find myself in the same position I did when I had my first baby—with a desire to scale back from work and dedicate more of myself to motherhood.
If motherhood has taught me something, it's to adapt with the changes children bring. So here I am, announcing an early retirement from newborn photography. While I will surely continue to photograph babies and children during family sessions, newborns, baby milestones, and cake smashes will no longer be offered as stand alone sessions.
With this new change, maternity clients can return for a family portrait session any time once baby is one month or older. Parents wishing to have photos of baby's first birthday done by me must book a family session and can bring a cake for smashing toward the end. And as always, I will continue to include a few individual photos of every child during family shoots.
Current clients who have secured an upcoming newborn or cakesmash session with a deposit will remain on my calendar as scheduled, so no need to worry. I am ever so thankful for each and every family who has trusted me to capture their little babies these last few years. Childhood is so fleeting and I want to spend these days enjoying my own little ones to the fullest.
My fall calendar is now open for family sessions, with limited availability remaining for September and October. Reach out for more information on a session with Tender Nest Portraits. Session pricing can be found under the information tab. I would love to begin planning your customized session for you and your family.
We've had a fantastic summer break filled with road trips, pool time, all the ice cream flavors, and visits to the neighborhood splash pad. As we start to get back to our regular routine, I find myself with more time to sit at the computer and finally blog all the lovely sessions I photographed this summer. Most of the shoots I did were mini sessions, photographed at this very location. We kept things short and sweet because this Texas heat is too brutal (often in the low 100's) to allow for a full session outdoors.
Sadly, this beautiful spot in Cypress will no longer be available as an option for portrait sessions, unless you are a resident of Towne Lake. I am totally bummed out by that, but I did find a new location - also in Cypress - to replace this one that I am hoping to test out very soon. In the meantime, take a look at this motherhood mini session I photographed of Lindsey and her sweet babies. I've known Lindsey for quite sometime. We go to church together, have attended each other's baby showers, and I even photographed her little girl's newborn session. I just love when friends allow me the opportunity to capture moments like these for them. Also, can we all take a moment to appreciate the beautifully coordinated outfits that Lindsey chose for herself and her little ones? She totally nailed it! I literally squealed with delight when I saw them step out of their car for their shoot. Talk about picture perfect!
Did you know it doesn't have to be Mother's Day for you to book a motherhood mini session with me? Shortened sessions, called 'pop-up sessions' are now offered on select dates throughout the year, at my favorite Houston locations. See the investment page for pricing details or contact me to ask about availability. You may also reach out directly at email@example.com
Mothers Arise is a photo series celebrating incredible mamas who rise to the occasion by juggling relationships, work, their homes, and child rearing in an exceptional way. All the outstanding women participating in this project are at different stages in their journey. But they all have one thing in common; they give their all in the most sacred role they hold as mothers.
Q: When you aren't working, you can often be found...
A: Spending time with my family, blogging, and staying active! I am not a homebody and never have been. So you will always find me doing something fun and spontaneous!
Q: Tell me about yourself...
A: I am a big kid at heart that loves to laugh, have a good time, spend time with my family. If you grow up hispanic, you learn merengue and salsa before you can walk! I have always loved to dance, from family parties to my drill team team days in high school. Staying in shape amongst this season of life we call motherhood, can be a challenge. But I have learned that balance is KEY! Just because you're a mother, it doesn't mean, you need to stop being human! I usually take Zumba, You-Jam Fitness, Yoga, and HITT classes at the gym. When I can not squeeze those in, I like to take my kids to the park and chase my toddler around. That counts as a work out right?
Q: Tell me about your family...
A: You will hear me refer to my family as my B's: Bryce, Brynn, and Babe! My sister and mom are my triplets! We all look alike, and share just about everything with each other, from secrets to our closet! So spending time with each other is something we have always done and loved!
Q: Let's talk about your blogging gig...
A: I've always had a love for writing, sharing, and connecting with others. I'm a social butterfly by nature, so sharing my passion of motherhood through social media is something I have fallen in love with doing! I can't wait to see where this leads me!
Q: What story do you hope to tell the world?
A: I hope to tell a story of young moms like myself, that are juggling relationships, careers, child rearing, all while reaching for their goals and overcoming all odds. I became a mom at the age of 21. Drew and I had mutually talked about starting a family and decided it was a good idea to do it in a couple of years. Little did we know Bryce was already in my belly at the time. I had just graduated from college and had no job lined up. I was in despair and at the time, I felt I had all odds against me. I was not married, had to tell my Hispanic parents the news, and certainly not prepared to be a mom. But I will never forget the moment we knew that sweet baby boy was going to make us a complete family, and that this was as REAL as it GETS! I was about to be a mom, something I had always dreamed about! I soon learned that there is no perfect timing to be a mother. You learn as they go, and they teach you a thing or two along the way! I was soon able to start my teaching career and buy our first home at the age of 24! Hard work and persistence is key. Through my blog, I aim to erase the negative stigma that young moms tend to have.
Q: What message would you share with the women who read this blog?
A: As young moms, we too, can mommy full-time, carry a career full-time, be a wife, have fun, have friends, and laugh and support one another along the way because this thing we call “Motherhood” is not easy! Just because we are moms, doesn't mean the world has to come to an end. Enjoy life, dance a little, or a lot, and laugh mama, because life's too short to not!
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, capturing motherhood, and living a slow simple life. I also blog over at Tender Nest Blog