Family session at McKinney Falls State Park in Austin, TX | Austin family photographer

This fall I found my FAVORITE family session shooting location. Just east of town is McKinney Falls State Park, and I am in love with the big, flat textured rock and the big sky with trees silouetted behind us. I met this family out there for some fun in the perfect fall sun. They could not be more adorable- can you even handle those redheads?? I did some headshots at the end for mom- it’s so important to take a good photo of mom when she gets all dressed up!

Baby Brooks Fresh48 Hospital Session in Austin, TX | Austin Newborn Photographer

Y’all, this is one of my favorite sessions I have ever done. It was a dark and gloomy day, which made for this amazing moody light. Big sister was so fun, energetic but cooperative, and mom and dad were laid back and over the moon with their tiny little new boy. I loved getting these natural light newborn shots in the comfort of their hospital room. (Well, maybe hospital rooms aren’t THAT comfortable, but better than having to take baby into a studio!). I love the unposed, natural vibe of these sessions. And babies are just so pristine and perfect in their first hours. I literally have about 55 favorites from this session, but I’ve tried to narrow it down for you. Enjoy!

Emily is owner and photographer for Captured Austin Photography in Austin, Texas. Captured Austin provides natural light newborn, fresh 48 and maternity photography as well as lifestyle family photography. Emily also shoots in her natural light newborn studio in her home using natural, baby-led posing and fresh, neutral backgrounds.

Family Session in Sonoma, CA | Austin Family Photographer

I've posted about my Blair and Thurston retreat in Sonoma before. One of the things we got to do there was shoot a family session with an adorable family of three, in a beautiful field of flowers at Sonoma Broadway Farms, during golden hour. Photographer heaven!!! I've been hunting to find a similar location in Austin. Why doesn't Austin in winter look just like the wine country in spring?? I might have to settle for something a little different. Anyway, the best part was that we got to see Elena and Bre in action posing and directing the family. These are my favorite shots I got of the family: 

An UnbreakABLE mom

First off, let me say that I LOVE each and every one of my families that I photograph. They are all beautiful in their own ways, and none of them are perfect (though some sure do look like it!!). But as a single mom, I’ve been feeling a need to produce something showing a different type of family- since so many families don’t have a mom and dad under one roof.

I was SO thrilled to have the pleasure of photographing Juli and her PRECIOUS daughter. Juli is not only a doctor, but a champion of single moms, and the author of the blog Unbreakable Moms. Through her difficult journey as a single mother she has made it her mission to empower single moms to find health and happiness for themselves and their kids.

The thing about being a single mom, as you’ve heard, is that it’s HARD. And some days it’s difficult to experience joy with your kids. But the flip side is, when you do find it, it’s magnified. It’s singing and jumping on the bed and being SO dang appreciative of the happiness you’re feeling for just this moment, that it seems more intense than the joy you used to feel.

That’s what Juli and her daughter reminded me of. The pure exhilaration of mom and daughter who are MAKING it.

Not all the single parents I photograph will look like this. And that’s ok. I want to show the raw reality of it, too. But on this day, Juli and her girl showed up playful and authentically joyful and we made some magic!

Newborn Lifestyle Collection | In-home natural light sessions in Austin, TX

I wanted a place to compile a few of my favorite in-home newborn session images for easy sharing and for expectant moms to see examples of what they can expect from their newborn lifestyle session. These sessions are comfy, easy, connected and cozy. I absolutely love taking photos of baby in the nursery or snuggling with mom and dad on their bed. Scroll down for an idea of what these sessions look like!