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Now Booking: Mommy & Me Sessions

Too much of a mother’s life goes undocumented. The highs, the lows and all the in-between. Sweet mamas, this is the time to Be In The Picture!

If you’re looking for an incredibly special Mother’s Day gift for the moms in your life, this is a fantastic place to start. Contact me today to schedule your session (or tag your hubby to share the idea!) LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE

 

 

Tips for Preparing for Your Child’s Session

Boys in Sachse Photo session

Your session is right around the corner! Are you ready? I’ve prepared a checklist of things for you to remember in order to make sure your child is prepared for their big day!

  1. Don’t forget to feed your child before the session. Also, pack snacks just in case hunger strikes again while we’re shooting.
  2. Bring more than one outfit. Make sure you always have backup clothes just in case. And we suggest that you don’t change your child into their session clothing until after you have fed her. Also, be very careful with drinks, as well – only clear liquids in a safe cup.
  3. Let your child help when picking out their clothes for the session. By letting your child wear his favorite shirt or shoes, etc. this will help him feel more comfortable. If his choice of clothing isn’t ideal or doesn’t match, see if you can use that shirt as an undershirt or tell him he can put it on for a couple of shots at the end of the session.
  4. If you have a young child, try to schedule the session around her naptime so she will be well rested and happy for photos.
  5. Have a treat in place. Bring fruit snacks, candy, a toy, etc. to help encourage cooperation and fun. You know your child best, we can use what best works for your child to make it a fun, easier experience.
  6. Bring along her favorite toy or blanket. This will help your child be comfortable in a new, unfamiliar surrounding. Just be aware that this will probably become a prop in some of the photos, so bring something that is pleasing to the eyes or has sentimental value and you’d be okay with photos of it.
  7. Talk to your child about the session and explain what’s going to happen. If your child is informed about the situation, it will be less scary for her when she comes to the session. Tell her that she is going to meet a new friend who is going to take some pictures of her. Let her know that you’ll be there with her and that we are going to have lots of fun. We might change her clothes once or twice and ask her to sit a certain way. During the session, we can show her a couple of the photos so she can put two and two together.
  8. Bring Grandma (or someone else your child loves). Bringing along reinforcements is always a good plan. If grandma lives close by, or if your child’s favorite uncle has the day off of work, bring him or her with you. You can use this family member to help get your child to relax and laugh.
  9. Wear sturdy shoes. It is a good idea to wear good, sturdy shoes to a session like this, as it’s challenging to chase a little one around in flip-flops or heels. During the session, I may ask you to grab your child if he keeps running out of the frame. Or I may have us walking around exploring, so we need to be prepared to keep our feet safe and comfortable.

As a closing note,

if your child doesn’t like sitting still or posing for the camera, have no worries. We can still get some great photos!  It is my goal to create situations where you child (and you!) can relax and candidly bring out their personalities.   And to be quite honest, I prefer  the candid shots to the more posed ones anyhow!

 

 

 

How to Prepare for Your Spring Session

We’ve gone ahead and compiled several tips to ensure that the day of your session is stress free and fun for the whole family. Here we go!

 

  1. Wear layers. Spring can be finicky in the sense that you can go from frigid to over heated in a matter of minutes. We suggest wearing layers — tank top, tee shirt, cardigan, scarf, etc. That way each family member can peel off, or add, a layer as they see fit and remain comfortable throughout the session.  For more ideas of what to wear, I’ve also saved some suggestions on my Pinterest board which can be viewed here:  https://www.pinterest.com/lauraliuphoto/what-to-wear-spring/

 

  1. Location is a big deal. You better believe we’re going to take advantage of the fresh, warm air and all those bud popping up from the ground and in the trees. If you have any favorite locations, let be sure to let me know.  All spring long, I’m also out scouting the best spots for bluebonnet fields, blooming trees and other pretty spots.  We will plan the perfect spot for you!

Toddler in Bluebonnets in Sachse, Texas.

 

  1. Play into the colors of the season when choosing your family’s outfits. Fresh pops of green, blue, pink and yellow are always a hit in the springtime. We recommend choosing a color theme for the whole gang, then slightly deviating from that with accessories to keep things interesting.

 

  1. Speaking of accessories: wear them! Choose jewelry, scarves, or prints that play into the spring theme. Butterflies, flowers, insects, etc, can make for some super adorable family pictures.

 

  1. Time it right. Book a session too early and you may miss out on those spring buds. Book too late and you’ve already wandered into summer territory. Keep an eye on the weather and give your photographer a call when the time is right.

 

  1. Incorporate props. Spring offers some beautiful backdrops where props blend in perfectly. For example, old wooden chairs look stunning in a sea of blooming rose bushes, and a quilted blanket is lovely on the fresh, green grass.

 

  1. Really think about your footwear. Spring can often mean a soggy ground, so flip-flops or heels are not the best choice. Instead, wear something that’s comfortable and spring appropriate, like loafers, flats or boots.

Ready to get your session on the calendar & planned?  Click here to contact me today!

Pumpkin Patch Sessions | Sachse & Rockwall

It’s Pumpkin Patch Time!

We’re teaming up with Blase Family Farms Pumpkin Patch in Rockwall to offer limited edition Pumpkin Patch Sessions. It’s going to be a great time getting some classic fall pictures of your little ones. Book your session soon as these will fill up fast!

View in HD for best video quality. 🙂

Follow this link to book today:http://lauraliuphotography.bigcartel.com/p…/gift-certificate

 

Here are a few details about Blase Family Farms:

 

What They Offer:

Petting zoo-  with longhorn, goat, and sheep
Hayride- around our wooded 13 acre property
Pumpkins for sale- Jack-o’-Lantern, Pie, and Specialty
Farm train- weekends only, $2.00
Picturesque background for family pictures

Admission of $7 includes hayride, feed for petting zoo, and complementary hot dog on the weekends and a hayride, feed for the petting zoo, and a small pumpkin during the week.

One question comes up frequently when discussing with my clients is “Do you have any suggestions for a location?”  I love this question! The Dallas area is so diverse, that the options for locations are endless.

Over the past few years, these have become some of my favorite locations to photograph, especially for child & family sessions.  This is a list of my top 5 favorite  location near the Sachse / Wylie area. If you find this useful, leave a comment below and let me know!

Breckenridge Park | Richardson

If you’ve had a photo session with me in the past year or two, chances are we’ve met up at this amazing park!  From wooden bridges, to wildflowers, to stunning fields of grass, this is an amazing track of land that is perfect for families with young children.

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Walking Trails | Sachse

This one I just had to throw in as a shout-out to my little city.  There are tons of lovely places all around Sachse to have your session and if you’re in the mood for a home-town shoot, I’d love to help you find the perfect place!

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Dallas Arboretum | Dallas

You can’t go wrong with this gorgeous location.  With amazing gardens, turn-of-the-century architecture, lakes, and more this is a lovely place for all seasons.  My two favorite times of year to photograph here are during the spring, when there are over 100,000 bulbs blooming and also the fall, with their incredible pumpkin houses/displays.  But this is a spot you can’t miss any time of year.

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The Lakes

They don’t call Wylie, Rockwall & Rowlett the Lake Cities without good reason.  In this spot of North Texas we are surrounded on two to three sides by huge lakes and amazing developments.  If you are in the mood for a lake-themed shoot, I’d be happy to help plan a beautiful location!

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The Harbor at Rockwall | Rockwall

Looking for a more urban feel for your session?  The Harbor at Rockwall is a unique spot with some amazing buildings and a bit more concrete then the other locations I’ve mentioned so far. There storefront lights twinkling in the evening along with beautiful views of Lake Ray Hubbard, this little gem isn’t ever too busy either which makes it a fun destination for photos or weekend evenings out!

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From boat-filled marinas to nature paths, Texas definitely offers a ton of different location options for photo shoots! These are my five favorites today, but as my adventures continue, I’m sure this list will change and become even better! What are some of your favorite locations around the North DFW area?

Contact me to book a photo session at one of these amazing locations today!