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

Conroe Photographer – Carter

Conroe Photographer – Baby Carter

It’s been about a week since I blogged and since I usually like to blog at least 2-3 times per week… I am severely behind!  I have a couple sessions coming up to blog and then the fall crazy will commence, so have no fear.. hopefully you will be seeing lots of my work here soon!!!  Plus, introducing child and newborn photography here in Conroe and The Woodlands, I hope to meet many more of your beautiful faces in the months to come!  I still cannot believe that I get to call myself a Conroe Photographer and that I do this for a job.  I am so incredibly lucky.

 

About this Conroe Photography Session

Angela is my dear friend Jamie’s cousin, and sweet Carter is Angela’s son.  After Jamie’s passing, Angela contacted me to do her son’s cake smash portraits for his 1st birthday.  It’s definitely not the same, as her go-to photographer was Jamie, but I am glad she has entrusted this job to me.  I feel honored and humbled.  Jamie and her precious family are constantly on my mind and I think about them often.  I am so grateful that I get to be in touch with them and get to see them grow.  It is incredibly amazing to see how resilient kids are and the fact that they are believers just makes this time a little easier.

Any who- CARTER!  He’s TWO!!!!!  And seriously alllll boy.  He ran, jumped, played, picked some flowers for mama and just had a blast.  Red faced, blue eyed and adorable to boot.  I always have so much fun with this family and can’t wait to see them (hopefully) next year.  Be sure to scroll below for the highlights!!! <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

Maternity Photography The Woodlands – The Starchers

Maternity Photography The Woodlands Photoshoot

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend full of joy and fun.  I had one session and I got to spend the day with my family.  Up next on the blog this morning and week, is this sweet Maternity Photography The Woodlands session.  I was so honored to be able to shoot this session for my cousin (more like a sister) and her husband.  They are expecting their first baby boy and our whole family could not be more thrilled.  I got the opportunity to style this session all on my own.  A couple of the girls who invested in my online workshop asked if they could spend their 2 hour skype session in person, if they traveled down to me.  UM… HECK YES YOU CAN! <3  So that’s what they did.  They traveled all the way from Dallas and spent the morning with me and my precious family.

The girls requested a maternity session with a beautiful girl, dreamy location, and a cute wardrobe.  This was exactly something I could do and I knew the perfect couple.  So, that’s what we did and I think it turned out beautifully.  I hope Alisa and her husband love the pictures as much as I do.  I know we as women do not always feel our most beautiful when we are carrying a baby and while taking maternity pictures, but the truth is- maternity is a beautiful thing.  It’s exactly what God intended for us as women to do, and it’s such a beautiful thing.

Flower Crown: Tamara Wylie Designs

Pink/White Dress: Ruche

Green Dress: Free People

Makeup: Nicole

Some major changes are happening with my family and I know I mentioned to some of you that the possibility of us moving was there.  Well, I am happy to report that we are staying in the Houston area. I wrote up a little update below the pictures if you want to hear about our life and possible changes coming to Andrea Surak Photography!

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A little update on me and my family!

Let me update you on me and my little family.  As many of you may have known, my husband has been in school and not working for the last few years.  We have fought our way to be able to let him go to school without the added stress of working.  We did not want too much family time to be taken away, so we made due with what we had.

It tested us, it had its own sets of struggles, but in the end.. he graduated and will be starting his very first day of work tomorrow.  The fruits of our labor have finally paid off!!!!   We are so excited to enter into this new chapter in our lives.  With that said, I’ll be home and working with both of my kiddos at home without his extra set of hands.  While this is so exciting, please bear with me as I navigate a new workflow and probably a new shooting schedule.

 

 

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

Maternity Photography The Woodlands

Outdoor Family Photographer Houston | Medina Family

Meet the sweet Medina family.  Jessica and Randy go to the same gym as I do (Crossfit Willis).  When I first started, as one can imagine, I was a bit intimidated by the Crossfit stereotypes.  However, after going consistently and getting to know the members of the gym, it was nice to be accepted and encouraged to constantly better myself.   It was no exception with these guys.  They were some of the first ones to support and encourage me.  Jessica stood out to me because of her fiery nature and awesome sense of humor.  Always smiling and making the best of what was thrown at her really made me drawn to her.  Randy was the same and when we were partners for a workout, even though I couldn’t keep up with him, he was ultra nice and super supportive.  So when I got the opportunity to film a segment for my Online Workshop,  I knew who I wanted to use for my Outdoor Family Photographer Houston session!  Yep, you guessed, the Medinas! 🙂

We took to Montgomery, in the big open fields, to shoot their Outdoor Family Photographer Houston session.  I just love this location because I have really gotten the chance to connect with the light, so it gives me the opportunity to be somewhere where I feel most at home and comfortable.  To view highlights from this sweet session, just keep scrolling.  And if you’d like to book a session with me, please do get in touch!  I would love to meet you! <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

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Natural Light Family Photographer Houston | Nichols Family

I hope everyone stayed (a little) dry this weekend.  I lost power last week, so I got behind on everything from editing to blogging and all that in between.  I appreciate everyone’s patience with me as I edit these sessions and me keeping up on the blogging, as to not fall behind!!!  WHEW!   Up first is this sweet Natural Light Family Photographer Houston session taken in Montgomery in the wide open fields (my favorite)!

So up next on the blog is the sweet and magical Nichols’ family.  My dear heaven friend, Jamie Anderson referred Nicole to me and I couldn’t be more grateful.  Nicole was such a joy to work with, so grateful for my talents, and just so trusting for me to do whatever it is that do best!  I love documenting connections between family and this one sure was not shy about showing those special connections.  I just seriously loved every second of this Natural Light Family Photographer Houston session.  I was so honored to be a part of this sweet family’s life, even if it was just for one beautiful evening.  To see highlights from this sweet and perfect session, be sure to scroll below to catch the highlights from this Natural Light Family Photographer Houston 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

Natural Light Family Photographer Houston

Baby and Family Photography The Woodlands | Sidaros Family

The Sidaros family came to see me for my mini sessions at the beginning of the Spring season.  Since I specialize in Baby and Family Photography The Woodlands, it was a perfect fit!  Mini sessions are a great option for families with small children, because occasionally, small children just can’t handle being told what to do for an hour and half.  The good news is- on my sessions, we do play a lot.  Especially with my full Baby and Family Photography The Woodlands sessions, they really do get to run around and jump and play.

Sally also signed up for my Baby and Family Photography The Woodlands workshop that I am offering this year for the first time ever.  There’s a lot of great information if you are just starting out, need help figuring out photoshop, it touches on the business side of things, helps you explore your camera and get it in manual mode (and so much more).  If you’d like more information on that, it’s not too late to sign up.  Just be sure to read over what is included to make sure that you are a perfect match!

Here’s the highlights from Sally’s Baby and Family Photography The Woodlands photo shoot!  Be sure to get in touch if you’d like to book a session of your own!

 

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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

Baby and Family Photography The Woodlands

Child Photographer Houston | Tips on how to get great pictures of small children

I have been trying to be more active on my Instagram account (@andreasurak) to keep up to date with other professionals in the industry.  I’ve also been thinking a lot lately about mentoring for other Child Photographer Houston and family photography in Conroe and the Greater Houston area, so Instagram just feels right to do all of these things.

When you are more active on Instagram, your account gets more visibility and I had someone ask me how I get pictures of children the way I do.  He asked if I had a blog post or some tips I could email him.  Well, I am ALL about not giving away the farm completely, but I am also all about helping other photographers as much as I can, while protecting my own business.  There were so many that helped (and still do help) me along the way, so sharing a few tips also feels really right! <3  So read below if you want tips from a Child Photographer Houston!

Tip 1: Don’t force children into poses.  Especially toddlers or extremely strong willed children.  It can get ugly really fast.  And once children have a meltdown, there’s rarely any turning back from that.  Rather, pick a time during your session to get one good shot of everyone looking at the camera and smiling.  And if smiling AND looking at the camera doesn’t work out, so be it.  Pick one.

Tip 2: Set the expectations for parents.  If you tell parents that you will be able to coerce children into a fully posed photo shoot, you have just set their expectations for that.  And those are really hard expectations to meet.  If you tell them that toddlers tend to be a bit free spirited and you can’t guarantee any (Pinterest) poses (but you sure will try), that’s what your clients will expect from you.

Tip 3: Details Matter.  When I set out to do a photo shoot here in Conroe, Tx, I always always always think to myself: “What is it that I would want out of a session that I was paying for, taking the time out to do, etc?”  The answer tends to be: “US.”  When my family and I do portraits, I want our spirit captured, who we are, us having fun, us looking beautiful, and also the details.  Details…. I LOVE details.  Mainly because time is so fleeting and you can only trust your memory so much, so to have tangible proof of my daughter’s mullet (yep, she has one and it’s adorable), my son’s bottom two missing teeth, them holding hands.. their hands… ah, I can’t even.  You know, those are important to me.  Also, details are NECESSARY if you want to story tell with your photography.

And for any clients that might be reading this, share to your photographer what is really important to you and your family.  What’s important to me may not be what’s important to you.  And that’s ok.  Communication really will get the most bang for your buck! <3

Tip 4: Get down on their level.  Kids love attention.  Kids love to feel cool.  Kids love praise.  Kids love for you to make believe with them.  Kids love to feel ‘grown up.’  So if you are taking pictures of girls having a tea party, a great way to get those genuine smiles is to simply ask for a cup of tea yourself.  Heck, take a sip, too.  Ask what they are eating/drinking at their tea party.  You have to have your settings perfect and you have to be ready to shoot, because those smiles won’t stick there for long.

**Note, in the above example, if you shoot with a long focal length lens, that tip would be really hard to obtain in that case.  A 50mm or a 35 would be perfect in getting a shot like I described above! 🙂

I think those are great tips for starting out on how to get great portraits of young children and if you want advice from a Child Photographer Houston.  I want to start writing this more, so if you have any questions you’d like to ask me, or ideas for additional blog post topics, comment below! <3  Happy New Year, everyone!

Child Photographer Houston

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

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

Child Photographer Houston

The Woodlands Outdoor Family Photography | Texter Family

Brandy is the owner of Purple Pear Photography.  To say the pressure was on is a tad understatement.  LOL.. I loved everything about this session, but I ESPECIALLY loved the love between Brandy and her sweet (and witty) son!  I was honored to do their The Woodlands Outdoor Family Photography session right before the holidays got in full swing. <3

We took to the fields of Montgomery to do this session and decided to not use many props.  I love to document the connections between family members, so that is what I wanted to focus on with this amazing family.  They came full swinging with photographer jokes, but it didn’t phase me.  They also brought their ‘fur baby’ who was a nice little addition to this session.

I am almost tempted to have a newborn so that she can do pictures of my sweet newborn.  I love doing The Woodlands Outdoor Family Photography because it really makes me expand my creativity and allows for my clients to let loos and get in their element.  If you’d like to book an The Woodlands Outdoor Family Photography session, please don’t hesitate to ask.  And if you would love to see the highlights from this adorable session, just keep on scrolling!  I’d love to meet you, so drop me a line if you’re in the area! <3

 

Here are the highlights from their session! 🙂

The Woodlands Outdoor Family Photography

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

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

houston family photography | Rylie

Houston family photography session

When I got a call from Nsikak (Rylie’s mama) to do her houston family photography session for her 2 year old pictures, I was beyond happy to see this beautiful family again.  Rylie was such a ham this whole session and didn’t even want to leave at all.  We had so much fun playing and just letting her be the carefree spirit that she is.

Her favorite thing to do on this session was to play hide-n-seek and since I love candid houston family photography, it was super easy to catch those candid moments that really shows the spirit of the people I photograph.  We took to Mercer Arboretum (a Houstonian favorite) to do these images for Rylie’s second birthday.  Her mom dressed her in boutique styled clothing, and her mama loooves owls, so of course she wanted to incorporate that.  She also brought along her daughter’s birthday party outfit in hopes that we could squeeze some in at the end.  Overall, I do believe this houston family photography session was a great success!

To see highlights from this adorable session, please keep scrolling!  And if you’d love to book a session with me, please see my contact information below for those details!

Houston family photography, by Andrea Surak

Email: andrea@amsurak.com

Phone: 936-499-3415

Website: www.amsurak.com

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

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houston tx family photographer | Family Vacation

We sure do miss Nick this summer.  He is in Wyoming for school for 6 weeks.  So what better way for this houston tx family photographer to take her family to NC for a summer vacation with our loved ones?  The scenery here was amazing and we had so much fun with our loved ones anxiously awaiting Nick to come home.  He will be home before we know it! <3
The kids also loved spending time with their cousin, Lily and aunt Jessica.  We had so much fun exploring the mountains in North Carolina.  My grandmother even came along for the ride and we enjoyed her company as well.  I love spending time with her and I think she thoroughly enjoyed the scenery and beautiful drive up there!
Mema, Nick’s mom, always spoils the kids (and us) with so much food and hospitality.  We are always so sad to leave.  I hope you enjoy looking at the highlights from our trip below.  If you are in the North Carolina area and would love to book a family session, be sure to get in touch!  I’ve considered traveling there to shoot as it is just so incredibly beautiful!  Keep scrolling to view those highlights!

Contact houston tx family photographer, Andrea Surak

Email: andrea@amsurak.com

phone: 936-499-3415

Website: www.amsurak.com

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

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