Boston Cream Cake by KristenDuke.com. This decadent cake is assembled in under 10 minutes
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This is the Scharmans~Family Photography

Texas Family Photography

A little over a week ago, one of my bestest besties, Emily, drove up from Houston to Austin for me to take their family pictures. She has a delightful family with 4 gorgeous girls, and  one very handsome little guy at the tail end. Emily and I met when we were 15.

Austin FLASH petite session Sale and travel info

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If you live in Atlanta or Dallas, scroll below… If you live in the Austin area (or want to travel here) in the next two weeks, I’m holding a major FLASH sale for petite portrait sessions. Normally $250+tax, I’m charging my travel session price of $200 (including tax).  Basically $75 off. This includes all of the best images from your session to keep (40+).  I’m also letting YOU choose the best time for you instead… Continue Reading

Family Petite Portrait Sessions

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I have had 6 petite sessions in the past week–5 in Utah and one right here in Texas. I wanted to make sure that they get their sneak peek before too long, so I’ve lumped 5 of them all together here with 2 sample images each (the 6th group has to wait a bit). Petite sessions are generally about posed shots, and I try to include a few candids, as well. I had so much… Continue Reading

Quick Thoughts and local Petite Photography Sessions

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Soooo, hope you don’t mind, but I have a handful of “personal stories” this week to go along with my family stories last week. I didn’t plan to have it that way….I’m a “blog by the seat of my pants” kinda girl and have about 25 blog post ideas in my head/written on my calendar at the same time, but don’t always plan out what comes next til the night before! Next week, I’ve declared… Continue Reading

Family Pictures in the Snow

Family Pictures in the SNOW @Capturing-Joy.com

It’s been a dream of mine for a while to take family pictures in the snow (I did it once with my family, but no one can really tell it was snow, see here).  Just a few days before I flew to Utah last week, I contacted my friend Amy from The Idea Room and asked if she was game. I took their family pics a year and a half ago here and three years… Continue Reading

Extended Family Pictures~My fam!

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Over Thanksgiving holiday, my parents, 3 brothers, and our families all met up at a beach house near Port Aransas, Texas. It’s so fun to all be together, and the weather was so lovely! Probably 70-80 degrees, so our kids got to play in the water and enjoy it, too. I’m the designated family picture taker, so I suggested the color scheme of red, yellow, and blue, and it turned out great! I brought my… Continue Reading

Extended Family Portraits in Texas

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One of my most fantastic clients had their family in town for Thanksgiving, so I popped on over to take their Extended Family Portraits. If you remember the adorable 9 Little Indians I shared with you on Thanksgiving Day, some of the little faces will look familiar. I took all of the shots at the same time.   The original family (below).   The momma below is the one who crafted the amazing Indian feather… Continue Reading

Fall Family Portrait Session

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I was SO delighted to take these family portraits. Lets just say we go WAAAAY back. My mom and this momma’s momma are dear friends, and this momma’s brother married my best friend. Got it?  Good. They live in a neighboring town, and we’d talked about my taking their pics for a few years, so I’m happy the day arrived to actually do it!  These kids are quite exceptional, well behaved, and loving. I may… Continue Reading

Family Photography in Austin~Sneak Peek

Austin Texas Family Portraits by Kristen Duke Photography

This family was so easy to photograph–two gorgeous teen girls, who along with their parents, were happy to be there! I took some in their yard by the pool, and some at a nearby pier. I just loved their color coordination as well. Favorite picture?  I enjoyed this session a lot!

Family Portraits at Home

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This is my new favorite type of portrait session. I love photographing a family in their home, doing what they love to do. When I suggested it to my friend for their upcoming session, she was thrilled about the idea, and I heard later that her husband was just as excited!  They have a lovely home, and sweet children, and I simply adore the images that came out of this session. They are the orthodontic… Continue Reading

Family Petite Sessions~Part II

Family Portraits @ Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

Here are two more great families from my petite sessions last weekend….I loved the black, gray, and purple in the first family with wonderful 5 fun kids! And when this momma told me that her family had nothing but sports jerseys, I said it was perfect, and to wear that! I’m so glad they did, their personalities really shined through! The End!

Tips to relax at your family portrait session

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Hello everyone, I was so excited to be invited by Kristen to participate in this family photo series! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Rebecca Cooper. I’m a professional photographer, mom of four and avid blogger. I enjoy sharing photo tips, craft ideas and details about our family adventures on my blog Simple as That. There’s been some really great tips and suggestions shared so far on how to have… Continue Reading

Choosing a Location for your Family Portraits

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Today, I’m  happy to introduce to you Courtney from Click it Up a Notch talking about choosing a location for your Family Portraits. When I’m not chasing around my 3 little girls with my camera, I have my nose in a book to learn more about photography. Before the kiddos I was an elementary school teacher, so I combined my love of teaching and photography to create Click it Up a Notch. I really want to… Continue Reading

What to wear in Family Pictures

What to Wear in Family Pictures

Deciding what to wear in Family Pictures can be a daunting task. What colors to wear? How can we coordinate, but not be match-matchy? I’ve got some great tips to think about, and at the bottom of the post, links to other ideas to help you on your way to get fabulous family pictures!  I have our family pictures taken at least once a year, if we are going on a fun family trip, I… Continue Reading

How to select a photographer for Family Portraits

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I’m so excited to kick off this week of planning for family portraits with Laura from Laura Winslow Photography! She’s on my list of people I’d love to meet up with the next time I go to Arizona. I love her style, and excited for what she has to say about selecting a photographer just right for you. Hello lovelies! I’m so happy to have been asked by the sweet Kristen to guest post and… Continue Reading