Conroe Elopement Photographer – Wise

Conroe Elopement Photographer – Wise

It’s Thursday and I have such a busy day ahead of me, so I am up and at ’em bright and early grinding some work out.  I never did share this sweet Elopement session, so I figured today was the day to do it!  Since I do not do many weddings anymore, it was a great change of pace for me to get in there again.

About this Elopement Session

This sweet family has been in my life for over half my life, so when Luke and his wife Savannah asked me to shoot this for them, I was ecstatic.  They eloped at the courthouse in Willis.  The judge that married them was so awesome and had such a positive and great message for them.  A bright and sunny day, filled with love and a positive message- what more could one ask on their wedding day?!

We then met up at Fernland Historical Park in Montgomery shortly after to take their Bride/Groom shots.  Savannah had lots of great ideas to supplement mine and Luke was just along for the ride.

For more information on how to book your session, please do email me: andrea@amsurak.com.  And if you’d like to see the highlights from this elopement, make sure you scroll below to see those!  Happy Thursday, everyone! <3

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Andrea Surak is a photographer specializing in child, newborn and family photography in Conroe and The Woodlands, 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, newborn, child and maternity work or visit the CONTACT form to get in touch! <3

The Woodlands Newborn Photographer – Chip

The Woodlands Newborn Photographer – Chip

Greetings everyone!  I hope your week is ending nicely and that it was one to be remembered.  Being a The Woodlands Newborn Photographer, it makes me really count my blessings, helps me understand the big picture (pun intended) and how important these memories are.  Pictures literally are snippets in time.  Memories that my clients and I create together.

After many years in this profession, I have grown as a person, as a business, and my art has also evolved.  My skills improved, but most importantly, my idea on WHY we partake in the art photography has been so incredibly apparent to me.  The most important part, as mentioned above, is the archival nature of these memories.  We want to be able to pass these memories down to our kids, and they theirs.

After studying photography for 5 years, I FINALLY came to the realization that digital files are NOT archival.  Do they seem to be?  Sure… you can access them on the cloud, you can access them online, share them online, etc.  But, they are so fragile.  One crashed hard drive and they are gone forever.  I cannot say that’s the case for printed, archival pictures.  Are digitals VALUABLE?  Absolutely, but they are much more fragile than printed pictures.

Which then leads my to why are digitals so valuable to, even me?  Well in 2011, our house burned down.  It was an electrical fire and the inside was a complete loss and had to be rebuilt from the ground up.  After the firemen had the fire under control, one of them came and asked me if there was anything in there that I really wanted.  My computer and my hard drive.  Yes, that’s what I wanted.  Luckily for me,  it was rescued and I had my son’s whole first year of images saved and documented.  You better believe I printed those suckers out right after that though!  So while digital files should not be discredited by any means, I do believe in the power or printed portraits <3

Happy Thursday everyone! <3

 

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Andrea Surak is a photographer specializing in child, newborn and family photography in Conroe and The Woodlands, 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, newborn, child and maternity work or visit the CONTACT form to get in touch! <3

The Woodlands Tx Child Photographer – Isla

The Woodlands Tx Child Photographer – Isla

Man, you guys… it’s been a minute!  I have not blogged in a while and I  feel so behind!  So up next on the blog is sweet Isla.  Her and her mom have been such loyal clients of mine for quite some time.  All the way from when Isla was in her mama’s belly.  To watch these families grow emotionally and numerically, it is truly a blessing.  So every single time she asks me to take part in documenting her beautiful family, and hiring me to be her The Woodlands Tx Child Photographer, I squeal just a little inside!

 

About this Child Photography Session in my Conroe Studio

Two.  Oh the age of the terrible twos, trying threes, and everything in between.  But you see, I don’t think it’s terrible at all.  Sure, I see how hard it can be, as these babies are growing into their own self, opinions, and that facade that they know so much better than us wise old women do… but terrible? Nah.

When my son was a two, I remember feeling flustered constantly.  Running two businesses on my own with a two at home… it was not “easy” to say the least.  I remember on the hardest and busiest of days, I would let him crawl around the top level of my condo (it was a split level, so virtually 3 floors).  We had a baby gate blocking the stairs, so the top floor was his kingdom.  It was my office combined with his play room.  I remember one day, as all of us mothers do at some point, losing my temper.  He decided that the toys weren’t entertainment enough, but rather spilling his milk all over my newly installed carpet.  I lost my temper.  I still cringe at the thought of how upset I was… over… spilled milk.

The reason why I tell this story, is to remind myself that our kids the best and most challenging little beings ever.  We have a choice.  We embrace the crazy and roll with it.  Accept that we lose our cool sometimes (and that’s totally ok), and just enjoy as much of each stage in their lives and ours that we possibly can.  Time is the only thing in this life is completely uncertain, so make everyday count.  I feel like I am preaching, but know that it’s not to you, sweet friends… it’s to myself. <3  Happy Tuesday!

And PS- Amber, you are so patient, so loving and so kind.  To see the love you have for sweet Isla is so palpable and so obvious.  I love being able to document your family’s story and I love that it’s so important to you.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

 

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Andrea Surak is a photographer specializing in child, newborn and family photography in Conroe and The Woodlands, 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, newborn, child and maternity work or visit the CONTACT form to get in touch! <3

 

Thoughts on a Sunday…

Why?

I don’t really know where to begin as I write this.  I honestly wasn’t even sure if I should.  News came to me that deeply saddened me for a second time over the course of a year (a little over, perhaps).

The first time it came to me was last summer.  August?  I am not sure.  It’s really quite a blur.  Well, let me remind myself for a bit- last year was a hard year.  I was happy to say goodbye to 2015, while I did appreciate a lot of moments from it.  But heavens.  So much loss and so much pain from 2015.  Joy arises from extreme sadness.. I think we all grip on to those little slices of heaven when going through heartache.  And that was something I was very grateful for.

Cancer.  Cancer really sucks.  It’s taken many loved ones of mine and each time it happens, I pray just a little harder that a cure can be found… desperation may be a better description of how I sound in my prayers.  After talking to one of the smartest men I know, I believe a cure for cancer isn’t too far off.  Praise God.

But fear.  Because let us all be honest- most of us know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer.  And it’s a really awful disease and even more awful is watching someone fight for their life.  And it doesn’t discriminate.  It chooses who it wants and it takes and takes and takes.

And goodness, have I seen some fight so hard.  Some winning their battle and some setting themselves free.  Free of the pain and free of the worry.  And I am happy for them that they set themselves free.  Even if it wasn’t their choice.. they deserve to be free.  They deserve to be with our Creator and to be peaceful.  Free.  I wonder what exactly that feels like?

A dearly loved woman, who I love so incredibly much… is fighting so hard.  She beat the odds when she was diagnosed.  Grim prognosis’ and grim findings, however she refused to give up.  She refused to say ok to this ugly disease and fought for over a year.  Then another grim diagnosis a week and a half ago for her.  I wish I could scream on the top of my lungs.  But what GOOD will that do?  How will it help?  It won’t.  So I pray. I pray. I pray.  And I decided to make a few promises to myself.

I vow never to be anyone but ME.  I may be weird.  I may be odd.  But I am ok with that.  Actually, I think I’m pretty awesome.

I vow to never judge someone for being who they are.  I may not understand it, but please, be unapologetically you.  I will support you and I will love you.

I vow to be the best mom I know how to be to my kids.  I may not know it all, I will never claim to.  But God gave them to ME and I will care for them with His divine guidance and to the best of my abilities.

I vow to fight for love and whatever else is worth fighting for.

I vow to trust God’s path even though I am not sure if it is the right one for me.

I vow to prioritize my health.  After all, we only get one life and one body.  I will take care of mine.

I vow to document my life.  My kids.  My family.  The kids NEED these memories.

I vow to work on my anxiety in a healthy way.  To not let it steal joy from my life.

I vow to not teach my anxious ways to my kids.  It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever dealt with and I hate the thought that they may have to as well.

I vow to put my everything in each and every single thing I partake in.

I vow to express my feelings to everyone I need to express them to.  Even though it may be hard. It’s important to tell the ones you care about how much they truly mean to you.  If you can’t tell them- show them.  Just make sure they know how much they mean to you.

I vow to love ME for ME.  Awkward, insecure, beautiful and crazy ME.  I’m worth loving and I vow to love me.

#cancerreallysucks

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