When life hands you a family session with a middle school cheerleader, you’re sure to end up with a batch of images chock full of smiles and silliness. Our spirit girl abandoned all restraint (both on and off cameras) which was infectious to a very charming and suave little brother. I love it when parents leave kids to be themselves! Their personalities truly shine here and I’m totally bookmarking the individual shot of Isa for recreation in 10 years.
Photo sessions without a child under the age of five are few and far in between so it was a welcome break from shooting while getting a full on cardio workout Together these two were so much fun and their energy matched my experience as a mom of two.
Loved meeting this great looking family (dog included) and I can’t wait to work with them again in the future!
I absolutely love everything about this family session, the warm colors, gorgeous Austin weather, fun day, and wonderful family.
You can’t wish for a better holiday portrait than one where fun-having is pretty evident. It wasn’t so difficult to achieve here; these two prima ballerinas who are used to being in from of my camera by now were delighted show off their dance moves! Not only was my queue to have them dance a great distraction from the real task at hand while I caught their true personalities – it also gave mom and dad (who happen to be over the top awesome with a slight aversion to being in front of the camera) all the more reason to smile and relax as I captured their individual nuances.
This is my third year to photograph this fun bunch, our California turned Texan friends who we’ve known since our older girls were infants. As always, it was such a joy and I look forward to the opportunity next year!
Hello friends! I hope you all are staying warm on this chilly Austin morning. I thought it might be fitting to share another holiday session this morning given the drop in weather temps.
When you think of photographing an infant – let’s be honest – relaxed, calm, and natural are not the first things that come to mind. But every once in a while, the perfect little baby comes along and she’ll blow you away with her full cooperation, leaving you and your assistant gushing about her for days after.
Three years ago, I met Natalie and Brian, then social worker and medical student, while shooting their engagement photos. In addition to being a great-looking pair, they were unmistakably kind and modest. I really enjoyed getting to know them in the little time we got to spend together. We did a holiday maternity session / gender announcement the following year and Liz was ever the stunning, glowing mama-t0-be. I knew she’d make an exceptionally lovely one. I had the pleasure of photographing them again recently and they came back with the same pair of red shoes used last year for the reveal except this time the shoes fit two dainty little feet!
Stay warm. Be sure to check back for more! xo
One of the many unique things (read: rad) things that Ziem brings to the Austin family photography scene is her “Belly to Birthday” plan or “B2B”*, a four-session photography package designed to capture each precious milestone in a new family’s beginning:
*”B2B” sounds like a boy band, but think less hair product & more excellent photography
“Belly to Birthday” includes:
* one maternity session
* one newborn session
* one half-birthday session (when kids are sitting up but usually not yet crawling)
* one first birthday “cake smash” session (before kids are old enough to run away from the camera!)
* 20% off print orders
* $100 off event add ons (for example, hospital, birthday or baptism session)
* priority scheduling for holiday mini-sessions
* complimentary registry service for friends & family to purchase Ziem Photography gift cards, including a boutique-wrapped gift card for a baby shower or baptism gift
* complimentary wardrobe & location consults with Ziem throughout
* all digital negatives on a custom USB flash drive
Ziem generously offers this package at a big – we’re talking BIG – discount to her usual rate, which leaves more money in your wallet for pesky real-life things like all of those baby diapers you might (you will) be needing. Just to show you an example of the B2B goodness, Ziem was thrilled to work with Miss Aria, a B2B “graduate”, and her family the Renterias, who were referred by a fellow graduate:
Our photographer-in-chief Ziem has loved watching Aria grow over the last twelve months & can’t wait to deliver her final assignment to the Robert and Carina, a photo book jam-packed with those precious first moments that make a mom’s heart go pitter-patter. By working with the family over the course of one year (and hopefully more), Ziem gets to know those sentimental details that help her make a photo project not just beautiful, but meaningful to the family too.
To get pricing on our Belly to Birthday plan, contact Ziem at email@example.com. She can’t wait to document the very first steps of your
future boy bander baby’s journey!
Sometimes all you need in life is an ice cream cone, right? In the case of the Compton family, the promise of an icy treat to come – unbeknownst to Ziem – kept the kids impressively focused on the shoot. Whatever the motivation, though, this family could write the book on “how to prepare for family portraits” or “5 tips for a successful family photography session” - and it shows, doesn’t it? From the moment they arrive until the camera is removed from their faces, there is a sense of calm and lightheartedness (from parents and children, alike) that is felt. The resulting images never disappoint.
Ziem has had the privilege of shooting this family over a number of years, starting when Braylon was only two – and a towhead! He is pretty much a professional at this point. Violet took a little bit of time to warm up, but as soon as she did it was easy to get a lot of genuine giggles out of her. This adorable brother-sister duo couldn’t have been better behaved. Ice cream promises aside, they were as sweet & giggly as could be #dreamclients:
Perhaps Ziem’s favorite moment of the shoot was when Mom & Dad requested a shot of just the two of them. Z has found that giving children a break from the camera mid-shoot and briefly focusing on the parents increases the little one’s willingness to cooperate thru the end. Besides, most couples like these high school sweethearts haven’t had professional photos taken since their wedding, so it brings her great joy to be able to capture images like this and add to their amazing photos from Greece:
So grateful to the Compton family for their continued business & friendship!!
Holiday mini-session season is upon us, and we can’t wait to share some of the early results with you. Ziem was thrilled to be working with the Dean family for the second year in a row:
Despite some typical child challenges, including one photo-shy toddler and one napping sister, Ziem captured some beauties of the Deans & their preternaturally perfect curls.
As usual, patience was the shutterbug’s secret weapon in dealing with some wiggly wee ones. The Deans took it all in stride – is that thanks to their relaxed, fun family vibe or Mom’s training as a Pure Barre instructor?
I hear our photographer-in-chief Ziem and Mom Carrie have been strategizing for nearly a year to meet for dinner sans children. Despite the high demands of one “mompreneur” balancing work/mom life and another governing a beautiful new home with three children and a traveling husband, these two ladies are relentless in their efforts to make this happen before next year’s mini session.
Be sure to check back for more of last weekend’s mini session goodness!
Holiday card photography here in Austin involves a certain suspension of disbelief. We bravely don our sweaters and heavy boots for eighty degree plus temperature photo shoots, as if the holiday garb itself will somehow push the thermostat down into holiday adjacent territory; “If we wear it, winter will come” seems to be our civic mantra.
On that festive if fictitious note, today our Austin photographer-in-chief Ziem interprets the trendy equestrian look for your holiday card consideration. After all, if we dress as if there might be a pony under our Christmas tree, perhaps winter and a horse will come:
As one prone to dressing as if I’ve wandered off a nearby polo field, I embrace this look, but what say you, Austin – are you ready to do your civic duty and saddle up to the horsey trend?
To help ensure you all capture THE most spook-tacular photos this year, here are Ziem’s five top tips on how to catch your ghosts in goblins in their glory:
1. Dress up before the 31st for a special photo shoot. It would be a great opportunity to do a trial run and have some relaxed fun before the big night. Most kids are far too distracted and lack the patience required on Halloween!
Nothing like sharing a family portrait session from last fall than to, well, will it to come! This Austin weather is so arbitrary; I ran out the door this morning with a sweater on and now I’m down to a tank top as I get ready to head out the door for preschool pick up. Given that summers are ridiculously hot and long, I’ll take what reprieve the unpredictable weather yields.
But I digress. . .
This session was taken last Fall when everyone in Austin (or maybe just me) can be found with a perma-smile, taking up every opportunity to be outdoors. The Parrotts are the most vibrant, sweet, fun and good-looking crew and I was so honored to be their family photographer. We had a great time running around the park per this handsome guy’s instructions and quietly smiling along the way. As evidenced by the photo, he knew exactly what he doing.
Sophie is a super talented and savvy business woman. Shortly after this session she was all over the celeb news sites and national morning news shows. She has this distinctly unique business in Austin that hosts adult events. If you’re ever looking to host a vintage tea party in Austin a la Kelly Clarkson, look no further. I’m sure Sophie would like for you to know that the tea pots need not be filled with tea.
Cheers and Happy Friday Eve!
There are many reasons to have children, too numerous to list here, but surely the many occasions to enchant friends & family with kid photo opportunities is amongst the best ones? Happily, the rise of social media and smart phones has given us even more opportunities to delight (derange) our loved ones with photo opportunities aplenty; once limited to the annual holiday card snap, we now have a host of fall events to (over)share.
Speaking of opportunities to (over)share photos of your kids, please feel free to effusively praise the models here, Ziem’s youngest Zara & my pumpkin Paige:
If, however, we’re going to treat (terrorize) one & all with photos of our progeny, all the better if those photos are top quality. After all, if we don’t get the right lighting or framing for our shots, how will our Facebook friends know that our wee geniuses are destined for greatness? To that end, photographer-in-chief Ziem is teaching us today how to take the best fall photos on our own, since we don’t always have our favorite photographer on hand. These tips are really applicable to all outdoor shoots but are tailored in timely fashion for pumpkin patch season.
First, dress your little “pumpkin” appropriately. Whether it be a Halloween costume, traditional frock, or fall chic, comfort is also key. Don’t overdress them in anything scratchy, and be prepared to deal with mosquitoes, ants, mud and in our situation a PIG (yes, really). In Austin, mosquito repellent and comfortable shoes are requisite. When your child feels comfortable it will show in photos.
Also, try to bring another adult to help keep the kids engaged & safe, as well to allow you to hop in a few photos. Just check out that unusually good looking mom in the following photo *coughs* #mememememe:
The best times to shoot at an outdoor locale like a pumpkin patch are at one hour before sunset or at sunrise. Given that this doesn’t align well with sleep and dinner time, a cloudy day would be the perfect time to run out to visit your local pumpkin patch. Pumpkins look particularly great when shot in well-shaded area without distracting hot spots.
As far as staging your shots, stack pumpkins to create dimension and height, but try to put them either below or above your toddler’s height to avoid pulling focus.
Bring a wagon if you have a newly walking toddler (talking about you, Paige!) as that will keep the little one off his or her feet (and running away from your camera) for a few frames. It doubles as your second set of hands when paying for and transporting the pumpkins to your car:
Though it’s clear these photos are staged, that doesn’t mean you can’t snap some candid shots of your kids picking out a pumpkin, sitting on a pumpkin, or walking around patch:
If you’re not able to visit a pumpkin patch, you can also purchase a handful locally and stage an at-home patch. Shoot wide and fill the frame with pumpkins to make them appear more plentiful. Don’t be afraid to try different angles – for example, shooting from above or profile shots.
With these seven pro tips, your above average children will be the cream of the pumpkin patch Instagram crop – which is, of course, the point of the whole exercise. We kid, of course – clearly it’s only some of the point. Either way, happy shooting!