Conroe Family Photographer | Giveaway

I hope everyone has been doing so well this week and this New Year!  I have already turned a year older and I swear I can feel it in my bones (ha!).  If you’ve been following me since I started you may remember that I do one annual session giveaway every January.  I was pretty disappointed when last year’s didn’t really get anyone excited, so I am hoping this year is a bit different and everyone will want to enter in my Conroe Family Photographer photo session giveaway!

The details: must be taken in a location of my choice (most likely will be in North Conroe).  This would be a one hour session with edited digitals (25-50) included in the giveaway.  This session will take place on February 25, 2016 at 5pm.  This session is for IMMEDIATE family members only and will be offered to families only (no newborns, engagements, weddings, etc).  I just love being a Conroe Family Photographer, so this is such a fun way to get new families in front of my camera!

To Enter: Comment on the Facebook section of this blog post and I will draw the winner on February 11, 2016.  For additional entries, tag a friend!  Thank you all so much for participating and for those of you who did not win the giveaway, check back for other opportunities!

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Andrea Surak is a photographer specializing in child and family photography in Conroe, Tx.

Child and Family Photography is done in her studio in Conroe, Tx, serving The Woodlands, Montgomery, Willis, Cypress and the Greater Houston Area or on-location in Montgomery County, Tx and the Greater Houston Area.

Andrea is known for her use of natural light and candid portraiture for child and family photography.  Click HERE to view a collection of my family and maternity work or visit the CONTACT form to get in touch! <3

Conroe Family Photographer

Woodlands Family Photographer

This session was a magical dream come true.  From perfect light, to easy going clients, they just made my job as the Woodlands Family photographer (visiting South to Cypress) such an enjoyable experience.  From styling their session perfectly (appropriate to their daughter’s age) beautiful colors, it just really was so amazing to see everything come together.  We rescheduled this session 3 or 4 times due to the crazy rain that El Nino brought us this fall, but we always agreed that the PERFECT day to shoot is when we were out there.  And sure enough, it turned out to be perfect!

I think my favorite thing about being a Woodlands Family Photographer in the Greater Houston area, is that I am constantly surrounded by love.  The most pure and unbounded love.  When you glance through these images, just take a peek at mom and dad and I swear, I even saw a few hearts floating from their heads that day we were shooting… and the girls… the way that they cling to their parents.. it’s just unbearably perfect.  Can you tell how much I loved this session?!?! 🙂

…ANNNNDD to keep up the trend from the last two family sessions here in the greater Houston area- if the Halberts receive at least 50 unique Facebook comments here on the blog (from 50 different people), I will gift them with a complimentary 8 x 10 Canvas of their choice from this family session!

**NOTE: Comments HAVE to be made below on this BLOG POST on the Facebook section so I can keep track of the comments!   All comments must be made within 10 days of the original post (this one).. so that makes February 5! <3

To see the highlights from this Woodlands Family Photographer session, keep scrolling!  I think I shared almost every picture from it!  #sorrynotsorry

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Andrea Surak is a photographer specializing in child and family photography in Conroe, Tx.

Child and Family Photography is done in her studio in Conroe, Tx, serving The Woodlands, Montgomery, Willis, Cypress and the Greater Houston Area or on-location in Montgomery County, Tx and the Greater Houston Area.

Andrea is known for her use of natural light and candid portraiture for child and family photography.  Click HERE to view a collection of my family and maternity work or visit the CONTACT form to get in touch! <3

The Woodlands Family Photographer

The Woodlands Maternity Photographer | Jess & Luke

My family and I took off to go to the mountains to visit with our family who live in Waynesville and Charlotte, NC for Christmas.  Being a Woodlands Maternity Photographer, I did love seeing this side of the country.  We were hoping for snow that week but we actually got some spring like weather.  I have been wanting to take pictures of Jess and Luke and their daughter, Lily and we were finally able to make that happen!!  They just love each other all so much that capturing those emotions were just too easy.  Being a family portrait photographer here in Conroe and the greater Houston area, it was also a nice change of scenery to get some shots of the east coast and especially the mountains.  It was a dream come true and everything that I’d hoped for it to be!  Here’s some highlights from their session.  Hope you enjoy!

Doing a little something different for all of my FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSIONS-  if Jess and Luke receive at least 50 unique Facebook comments here on the blog (from 50 different people), I will gift them with a complimentary 8 x 10 Canvas of their choice from this family session!

**NOTE: Comments HAVE to be made below on this BLOG POST on the Facebook section so I can keep track of the comments!   All comments must be made within 10 days of the original post (this one).. so that makes February 4! <3

 

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Andrea Surak is a photographer specializing in child and family photography in Conroe, Tx.

Child and Family Photography is done in her studio in Conroe, Tx, serving The Woodlands, Montgomery, Willis, Cypress and the Greater Houston Area or on-location in Montgomery County, Tx and the Greater Houston Area.

Andrea is known for her use of natural light and candid portraiture for child and family photography.  Click HERE to view a collection of my family and maternity work or visit the CONTACT form to get in touch! <3

The Woodlands Maternity Photographer

Conroe Photography Studio | Valetine’s Day Mini Session Preview

Valentine’s Day mini sessions are here!  I wanted to keep these sessions super simple and gender neutral so that way I could offer them to just about any age or gender.  I love having a Conroe Photography Studio, it really expands the times I can book sessions, which is fantastic for mini sessions such as these.  I also love kiddos- of any age- and they typically love me, too, so these child photography sessions here in Conroe, I hope will turn out great! <3

My good friend, Meghan, made some adorable cake pops (that I will be ordering for these Valentine’s Day Mini Sessions) and she brought her son to be a model for me.  My daughter and I also tagged along.  We just had so much fun today shooting these child portrait sessions in my Conroe Photography Studio.

The date of the mini sessions are February 6th, 2016.  These will be held here in my studio in Conroe, Tx.  These mini sessions will be $95.00 and include 10 digital (up to 20 to choose from) with an online viewing gallery and an immediate download option.  These sessions will last 15-20 minutes.  Slots are limited.  To purchase a mini session, follow this link: http://andreasurak.bigcartel.com/product/valentine-s-mini-session

Here are the images and what you can expect from this session if you choose to book! <3

Cake Pops ARE included, so be sure to tell me how many kids you have so I can get the appropriate amount.  Email me: andrea@amsurak.com for more information.

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Andrea Surak is a photographer specializing in child and family photography in Conroe, Tx.

Child and Family Photography is done in her studio in Conroe, Tx, serving The Woodlands, Montgomery, Willis, Cypress and the Greater Houston Area or on-location in Montgomery County, Tx and the Greater Houston Area.

Andrea is known for her use of natural light and candid portraiture for child and family photography.  Click HERE to view a collection of my family and maternity work or visit the CONTACT form to get in touch! <3

Conroe Photography Studio

The Woodlands Baby and Family Photographer | Picking the Perfect Photographer

So I know that there are a bunch of photographers floating around and I personally think that it’s amazing.  People dream of starting their own successful businesses and I think photography is a great business to have.  And I absolutely LOOOVE being a Conroe and The Woodlands Baby and Family Photographer.  I also think there’s so many people that want their portraits taken that even though there are SO many of us, we all can’t take on ALL of the population who wants professional, high end portraits.  And further, we all have our own niche or we are all trying to figure out what that niche is.  So this brings me to my first suggestion.

  • Depending on what types of photography you want from your session, look for someone who specializes in that niche.
    • Newborn
    • Studio Portraiture
    • High School Seniors
    • Sports
    • Family (ME!!!) 
    • Child
    • Photojournalism
    • Weddings
    • Product photography

I once heard that you can be good at many things but great at few.  Which is why it is SO important to pick a photographer that specializes in the niche (type) of photography that you are after.  I am a photographer here in The Woodlands who specializes in baby and family photography, who also specializes in candid portraiture (more on what all that means below)… and not to toot my own horn, but I think I am great at it!  I cannot say that I am a great sports or product photographer, though I may be really good at that, it’s just not where my work “shines.”  So my next decision towards my process of elimination would be this.. what STYLE of photography do I love and how do I want my family documented in a life that never seems to slow down?

Posing is an art form all in itself.  It takes someone trained and comfortable in posing each session differently, and uniquely to get that perfect image for the more traditional art of photography, and conversely, it takes someone quick on their feet and patient enough to do a more lifestyle session.  Waiting or running to those perfect shots during a lifestyle session is what makes my heart beat, and what makes my work what it is (even though I do offer light posing that is natural and comfortable for every session).  So when you arrive at a photographer’s website, and you love what you are seeing, notice if they are more candid or more posed.  And see which one you want your family to look like when you get your portraits back!  Neither is the wrong answer, it’s just your preference.

The next thing I should point out, is that you should really look at the quality of the product that you are looking at.  Things like portraits being in focus, white balances are all correct and cohesive, etc are very important when choosing a photographer.  If a portrait is out of focus on your computer screen, when you blow it up to a 24 x 30 canvas, it’ll really stick out and not make a great wall piece if that’s the case.  Photography is an investment, so if the portraits are unusable, what’s the point in that investment?  I have noticed that being a The Woodlands Baby and Family Photographer, having clients in the Conroe and The Woodlands area, they typically choose canvas, wall art, or high end albums to display on their walls and around their homes.

Another thing that is super duper important to me when choosing the photographer of my dreams is to make sure I love their work and that it’s consistent and cohesive.  If you do not love your photographer’s work on their website, or if you are not sure if you do, do not use them.  Because when they deliver your final product, there is a possibility that you might not love it!  And because you chose them, looked at their work, and paid for it, it would not be fair to you or the photographer if you did not love what you saw before you even inquired.  Cohesion is also very important because you will know exactly what you are going to get when you book that specific photographer!  Editing styles, if they shoot wide or close framed portraits, a little combination of both, again, posed or candid, it all defines what makes each photographer unique in their craft.

Another point that must be considered is what type of products are you after?  If it is canvases, albums, metal prints, normal prints or digitals, the photographer you select most likely has the products they offer for a reason.  The prices that they set are based off of their business investments, expenses, and so much more, so budgets and costs are both equally important to the photographer just as much as it is important to you.  And if they love what they do, they will not take that responsibility lightly.

And lastly, I thought I would put together a list of questions that might be helpful when you inquire to book a photographer:

  • The most important question I would ask: How do you backup my images before you have completed the editing process and final selections?
  • I’m lost on wardrobe and need help.  Do you offer styling services?
  • What products do you offer?
  • My child is 2 and will not pay attention to me, let alone a crazy lady/guy pointing a camera in his face for an hour.  How do you handle that?
  • How long do you backup my images in case I lose them?
  • What is included in the price you have listed on your website? (this helps to prevent that switch and bait method of doing business which should be illegal, in my (usually right) opinion)! 😉

And as much as this point is argumentative, it is a necessary point to mention.  Gear.  What kind of gear is your photographer using?  Being a The Woodlands Baby and Family Photographer, my gear varies based on the type of session I do, but it should also be said, that yes, you can be a great photographer and take amazing pictures with your iPhone, but those most likely will not be something that you can pass down to your kids, their kids, and then their kids.  A photographer’s gear is an essential tool set to create the images that they display.  They are tools, but it’s the photographer who makes the final product upon delivery, but again, the tools they are using can make a big difference.

I would love to hear anyone’s thoughts on this post, answer anymore questions if you have them, or ideas on blog posts that pertain to photography or life in general!  Feel free to comment below!  And if you are in search of a The Woodlands Baby and Family Photographer

Happy Thursday guys!  Here’s some Thursday eye candy!

**Pictures taken in Waynesville, NC… and since 1/2 of my heart lives there, I am always up for a travel session there if anyone would be interested in that.  Just GET IN TOUCH here for more information! <3

 

The Woodlands Baby and Family Photographer

Andrea Surak is a The Woodlands Baby and Family Photographer also serving North Houston, Conroe, Willis, Montgomery, and surrounding areas.

Child and Family Photography is done in her studio in Conroe, Tx, serving The Woodlands, Montgomery, Willis, Cypress and the Greater Houston Area or on-location in Montgomery County, Tx and the Greater Houston Area.

Andrea is known for her use of natural light and candid portraiture for child and family photography.  Click HERE to view a collection of my family and maternity work or visit the CONTACT form to get in touch! <3

The Woodlands Baby and Family Photographer

Montgomery Tx Child and Family Photography | Cox Family

Ahhh, this family.  First off, it should go with saying that Ashley and her parents know mine, so it’s always nice to have that “ice breaker” to talk about and have something in common with your clients.  It just kind helps to make everyone comfortable, and being comfortable and relaxing on your family photoshoot is imperative to get those amazing shots that are natural and organic.  Once again, I recommended my favorite Montgomery Tx Child and Family Photography spot to this precious family to do our photography session, and I have to say, I love how they turned out.  Kayleigh was definitely feeling her oats as well, on this session, as her little feet were so fast.  But as most of my clients know, I am always up for the challenge.  It just makes those candid family portraits more REAL and more YOU.

Doing a little something different for all of my Montgomery Tx Child and Family Photography sessions…  if Ashley and Brandon receive at least 50 unique Facebook comments here on the blog (from 50 different people), I will gift them with a complimentary 8 x 10 Canvas of their choice from this family session!

**NOTE: Comments HAVE to be made below on this BLOG POST on the Facebook section so I can keep track of the comments!  **EDITED** all comments must be made within 10 days of the original post (this one).. so that makes January 29! <3

But first, here’s the highlights and video from our time together!

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Andrea Surak is a photographer specializing in child and family photography in Conroe, Tx.

Child and Family Photography is done in her studio in Conroe, Tx, serving The Woodlands, Montgomery, Willis, Cypress and the Greater Houston Area or on-location in Montgomery County, Tx and the Greater Houston Area.

Andrea is known for her use of natural light and candid portraiture for child and family photography.  Click HERE to view a collection of my family and maternity work or visit the CONTACT form to get in touch! <3

Montgomery Tx Child and Family Photography

Conroe Family and Engagement Photographer | Autumn and Justin

I used to want to be a wedding photographer here in Conroe, and actually have a good amount of weddings under my belt, but I quickly realized that my heart is really tied to family photography (although my wedding clients were amazing and being a wedding photographer taught me so much).  I just also love the time that family photography allows me to spend with my own family, and they will always always always have the biggest chunk of my heart <3.  But since I love this couple dearly, I enjoyed being a Conroe Family and Engagement Photographer for a day!

However, with all that being said… I do love the change of pace now and again.  Here is Autumn and Justin’s highlights from their Conroe Family and Engagement Photographer photoshoot.  These are super special to me, too, because I just love these two to pieces and they are more like family than my friends!  We shot these at my favorite location in Montgomery, Tx! <3

Their wedding is coming up in April and I am so excited to see how beautiful it would be.  Keep scrolling for highlights on this session.  Make sure to email me if you want to discuss possible wedding accommodations and check back for more updates to the website!

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Andrea Surak is a photographer specializing in child and family photography in Conroe, Tx.

Child and Family Photography is done in her studio in Conroe, Tx, serving The Woodlands, Montgomery, Willis, Cypress and the Greater Houston Area or on-location in Montgomery County, Tx and the Greater Houston Area.

Andrea is known for her use of natural light and candid portraiture for child and family photography.  Click HERE to view a collection of my family and maternity work or visit the CONTACT form to get in touch! <3

Conroe Family and Engagement Photographer

Conroe Family Newborn Lifestyle Session, Sanchez Family

I love working with creatives.  I have many friends here in Conroe that are photographers, many friends in the industry by way of cosmetics, and I just love connecting and collaborating with all these other artsy spirits.. and that’s precisely how Marlen and I re-connected after going to school and losing touch many moons ago.  Since we have rekindled our friendship, we have worked together on many photography sessions here in Conroe!  I just love that Marlen trusted me to do her Conroe Newborn Lifestyle Session.

Doing Conroe Newborn Lifestyle Sessions are just so much fun for me.  The organic way a mother and father look at their new bundle, the way a big sister cradles her baby sibling’s head… it just gives me all the feels.  I seriously cannot get enough.  It is especially enjoyable when the family are friends that you care about tremendously.  Keep scrolling below to see highlights from this Conroe Newborn Lifestyle Session!!!  Email me of you’d like to book a session: andrea@amsurak.com.  Here are some highlights from their newborn family lifestyle session!

PS-  I started doing videos of some of my sessions as a new way to show off my work!  You can find that video way at the bottom of this post if you’d like to see it! <3

 

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Andrea Surak is a photographer specializing in child and family photography in Conroe, Tx.

Child and Family Photography is done in her studio in Conroe, Tx, serving The Woodlands, Montgomery, Willis, Cypress and the Greater Houston Area or on-location in Montgomery County, Tx and the Greater Houston Area.

Andrea is known for her use of natural light and candid portraiture for child and family photography.  Click HERE to view a collection of my family and maternity work or visit the CONTACT form to get in touch! <3

Conroe Newborn Lifestyle Session

Family Portraits the Greater Houston Area- Hamilton Family

Who would’ve thought that being doing The Woodlands Family Photography that life would get so busy… and boy did it this past fall for Christmas Family portraits.  This family photography session was so much fun and these portraits just help to document that special time/memory in your life.  Kids age, what mom looked like and how stylish she was, how fun and playful dad was, and just the love that you can tangibly see in these pictures!  It was just so much fun to spend with these guys.

I also love when mom and dad give me free reign to take the kids aside and just take pictures of them.  Doing The Woodlands Family Photography portrait sessions just feeds my soul with happiness!  I am so honored to be able to document these special memories for my clients. <3  And especially when the family is so incredibly amazing.

I love these natural candid moments so these types of sessions really make me happy.  If you’d like to book a session, for The Woodlands Family Photography, I would love it if you reached out.  Feel free to email me, message me, and be sure to click the “Back to Website” link at the top of this blog post.

Here are highlights from the Hamilton family! <3

Andrea Surak is a photographer specializing in child and family photography in Conroe, Tx.

Child and Family Photography is done in her studio in Conroe, Tx, serving The Woodlands, Montgomery, Willis, Cypress and the Greater Houston Area or on-location in Montgomery County, Tx and the Greater Houston Area.

Andrea is known for her use of natural light and candid portraiture for child and family photography.  Click HERE to view a collection of my family and maternity work or visit the CONTACT form to get in touch! <3

The Woodlands Family Photography

 

Montgomery Tx Family Photographer | Rothstein Family

Another family that my dear friend, Jamie brought me close to.  Amanda and I have grown pretty close over the last year, and well, I just love them.  Being a Montgomery Tx Family Photographer it allows me to get to know the kids of each family I shoot (that would sound so horrible in any other profession).

A bit about the session: It all started with Tammy, over at House of Glam Makeup Studio pampering Amanda by doing her hair and makeup.  Along the way of my photography journey, my all time favorite place for family photography in the Conroe area to shoot are the big ‘ol plains of Montgomery, Tx.  I also love that being a Montgomery Tx Family Photographer allows to get in tune with my roots and brings me to appreciate all that Texas has to offer.

I also love how much Amanda’s son has in common with mine, so I am able to predict what Caleb will be like in about a year, because they are sooo much alike.  Amanda also has two really adorable girls that are just perfection.  I just love how these images turned out and would love it if you kept scrolling to see the highlights from their adorable session!  Get in touch if you’d like to schedule a Montgomery Tx Family Photographer session!
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Andrea Surak is a photographer specializing in child and family photography in Conroe, Tx.

Child and Family Photography is done in her studio in Conroe, Tx, serving The Woodlands, Montgomery, Willis, Cypress and the Greater Houston Area or on-location in Montgomery County, Tx and the Greater Houston Area.

Andrea is known for her use of natural light and candid portraiture for child and family photography.  Click HERE to view a collection of my family and maternity work or visit the CONTACT form to get in touch! <3

Montgomery Tx Family Photographer