Houston Family and Newborn Photographer – New Years Resolutions

Houston Family and Newborn Photographer – New Year’s Resoultions

Christmas is over (tear tear), our extended family came and went, and life as we know it has returned back to normal.  Normal is good and routine, though we will miss our family that came and visited.  The kids have a bundle of new toys that are keeping their attention and I am trying to hold onto the extra time I have with them before school starts with never ending homework and the hustle and bustle of the new semester.  I do not want to complain, because the joy of seeing my oldest little achieve things like reading and being so super proud of himself is indescribable.

I have been reading a lot about how perspective is everything and I wholeheartedly agree.  I am not one to make cliche New Year’s Resolutions, but as I reflect on my 2016, there are some areas I would like to see change.  So I wanted to make a list of them to hold myself accountable and to maybe inspire others to reflect a little and see where they could improve upon in their new year! <3  So without further ‘ado… here goes:

  1. No Texting and Driving.  I feel like a lot of us are guilty of this.  And with a few close calls since the texting phenomenon started, it’s time to get serious.  I carry my babies around in my car and their life is too precious to risk with such a senseless (and quite dangerous) act.  No, I am not better at texting and driving than the person who was killed yesterday.  No I am not invincible.  Yes, it can happen to me.  Yes, it can also happen to you!  Can someone hold me accountable to this??  Maybe we can hold one another accountable?!
  2. Be a Healthier Version of Myself.  I feel like this starts from within and will work itself outward.  Notice I did NOT say, “I want to be skinnier” or “I want to be prettier.”  No, what I mean is: I want to be healthy.  I want to rid myself of the plague of anxiety (2016 got better, though I did have some bouts of panic), so that’s a work in progress.  I want to embrace the me that my kids and husband see as beautiful (another work in progress).   The more I tell myself: “YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL” the more I am believing it!!  I am here to shout to the rooftops and say- each one of us are beautiful.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  If you have curves, rock them.  If you are thin, rock it!  You are beautiful and we were each made differently for good reason.  So eat with healthy intentions (be sure to indulge, too), exercise to get your heart and lungs working and pumping, but LIVE.  Because… #YOLO  A huge thanks to the folks over at Crossfit Willis for showing me the powerhouse that I never knew I could be.  Life changing, for sure.
  3. Time.  I want to get more efficient with my time and dole it out where it is needed: with family.  Again, #YOLO, and it’s important for me to spend more time with my kids.  So if that means investing in help with my business part time, cutting down on working, or making my job a little more streamlined…I need to get this under control.  I do not want to work all the time, and my kids do not want me to either.  So lots of changes coming in 2017 for Andrea Surak Photography!!!!
  4. Kindness.  I want to spread that ish everywhere.  In a world full of cruelty and pain, kindness is such a beautiful thing.  It doesn’t cost a thing and it’s the best feeling in the whole world.  If I teach my kids anything, I hope I teach them kindness.  So my goal: do a random act of kindness at least once a month. I have this GRAND idea, but it seems so hard to implement.  Stay tuned, I may get the courage to implement it!
  5. Keep my Car Clean.  Yep, I am that person that no one wants to ride with because I can’t maintain a clean car.  My sister got out of my car and had a piece of gum stuck to her arm.  Because… busy season and kids.  Haha, but geeze louise… that’s just ridiculous.  So, I want to clean it at least once a month.  To new beginnings, eh?
  6. …To Be Continued….

I get it.  We are all a work in progress.  I also understand that tomorrow is never guaranteed and people come and go from my life year after year.  It’s part of life so I want to live mine in the most positive and beautiful way I can.  So Au Revoir to 2016 and HELLO 2017- I feel like it’s going to be an amazing year.

 

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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 Outdoor Family Photographer – Alvarez Family

The Woodlands Outdoor Family Photographer – Alvarez Family

This sweet family truly was up for anything! I was able to have so much fun getting these natural shots. While positioning families has it perks and place, I genuinely adore getting to capture the true personality of the family, in its own element. Every family has its own dynamics, identity, and style. And let me be the first to say– I am LOVING this family’s style.  Sp being a The Woodlands Outdoor Family Photographer, it was a true honor to document this special time for them!

I can’t help to think this session would be perfectly suited for Amelia Earhart, if Amelia Earhart had a big-beauti(full) family. Filled with beautiful gals, and a couple genuine dapper dans. Mom expertly decided to style the whole group in fresh white linen tops, paired perfectly with khaki bottoms. And that sunset behind them in the street?.. Oh geeze, be still my heart! This is the stuff dreams are made of guys!!

We took to Fernland Historical Park (well, really, the Montgomery, Tx fields surrounding it) for this adorable family session.  I am also super pumped to shoot their wedding at Big Sky Barn in Montgomery in 2017.  Montgomery is about a 20-30 minute drive from the Woodlands and is a classic “Texas” look.  With its big rolling plains, the founding spot of the Texas flag, and conveniently located in the middle of Conroe, The Woodlands, and Montgomery, it’s always a beautiful spot to choose from!

Of course it was amazing to see how much fun the family so obviously has together. What was truly touching though, was to see how, even after four kiddos and what I can imagine is a pretty busy life, these two have still remained lovebirds. I have no question that life is going to be chalked full of fun, love and laughter for this beautiful family and am nothing short of honored to be able to know the Alvarez family.

 

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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

Conroe and The Woodlands Newborn Photography – Conlan

Conroe and The Woodlands Newborn Photography – Conlan

Welcome to the world Mr. Conlan! Of course no baby is perfect, but this little bundle of joy was pretty. darn. close! I’ll be the first to say this sweet child is what newborn photographer’s dreams are made of!! It doesn’t hurt that he just happens to be my freshest nephew!  Conlan was an absolute bliss to position. We were able to get so many amazing shots of both little man and his love-struck parents.  Being a Conroe and The Woodlands Newborn Photography professional, it was a true honor to document sweet Conlan’s first days of his life.  He is so loved already and it’s so fun sitting back and watching it.

We decided on a neutral color palette that would let Conlan truly shine and be the focal point of this newborn session.  I truly don’t think I could possibly pick a favorite shot from this session, but one of my favorites had to be combination of Conlans fire red hair paired with the blue of the background. It melted my heart to see the way Conlan’s daddy cradled him in his lap and watch his mom nestled him close to her heart, right where he belongs.

It’s a used up cliche, I know, but it seems like yesterday we were just kids ourselves. Now look at us. All grown up with families of our own. Sometimes it’s hard to believe my cousin-turned-sister has her own kiddos now, and I have my very own rugrats!  Getting to spend these moments with my cousin and her new precious family truly meant so much to me. Laughs were had, memories were made and hearts were filled. Enjoy.

With a 3 minute drive to Target from my studio, Luby’s eatery right next door, and Kasmiersky park about 10 minutes away, it’s a perfect location for any person needing to escape while we get shots of the sweet baby.  Siblings have so much to do in the local area.

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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