The Woodlands Lifestyle Newborn Photography | Mims Family

The Woodlands Lifestyle Newborn Photography | Mims Family

Can you say adorable?! The Mims family is seriously one of the sweetest and most beautiful families ever! Living near The Woodlands, lifestyle newborn photography has always been a passion of mine. There is something so beautiful about capturing those first little moments that a newborn experiences. This sweet family recently had a little one, and I am so blessed to be able to document such a wonderful time in their lives.  You could easily say that I was so happy to be doing The Woodlands Lifestyle Newborn Photography for them.
The Mims have been using me as their photographer since they had their second baby, JP. Their family has grown a lot since then, as they have added two more sweet girls in the mix. This family of six has become such close friends of mine. They are so incredibly encouraging and supportive of me and my business. I am truly blessed to have them in my life, and know that God has placed them here for a reason.
For this shoot, we decided on an at-home session. Because I want my clients to feel relaxed and comfortable, at-home sessions are always an easy way to accomplish exactly that. The Mims have a beautiful house filled with love and laughter. Their oldest daughter was just precious, and sweet as can be. JP, their son, loved to be in front of the lens. He was the cutest little smile! The two little girls were just adorable in every sense of the word. The littlest and newest addition was loved on by her whole family, swarmed by cuddles and kisses. I loved seeing her sister give her sweet kisses on the cheek. There’s nothing sweeter than baby sibling love!
The lighting in the house was a little dark that day due to the rain, but since their home has large windows, it allowed a good amount of light to shine through. All in all, we captured some amazing memories for this sweet family. I had a wonderful time with the Mims’, and look forward to seeing them again soon. I am so happy for their growing family.
For more information on how to book a The Woodlands Lifestyle Newborn Photography session with me, be sure to contact me here!  I would be honored to hear from you.

North Houston Family Photographer | What I Wear While Capturing Baby and Family Sessions

North Houston Family Photographer | What I Wear While Capturing Baby and Family Sessions

As a Conroe family and baby photographer, I am constantly on the move. I travel to many different places, and often have to stay active during sessions in order to make candid photography possible. My goal is to get those perfect photos of my clients in the moment. Capturing pure joy, such as kids playing in a field, or a baby laughing one of those adorable belly laughs. In order to make this happen, I have to constantly twist, turn, and move my body. A wardrobe is definitely something that you have to plan ahead of time in order to be an on-the-move photographer.

Comfort is King

Comfort is a must for me. It’s hard to catch the perfect photos when I’m wearing something that is uncomfortable. I want to be able to move around freely, but look cute at the same time. My favorite brand is Lulu Lemon. Their clothing is functional as well as comfy. They have clothing that is not only meant for being active, but it promotes healthy living and mindfulness. Not to mention, it’s super cute!  Jeans are also a classic favorite of mine. They allow me to be casual, but I can also dress them up if I need to.
I always try to remember that wardrobes represent my brand. First impressions set the tone of a session, so I always keep in mind that what I wear represents how I want to be seen. Because my photography brand represents candid, fun, and relaxed, I always try to portray this into how I look. I also want to be relatable to my clients. If they dress casually, I want to match that so they don’t feel out of place.
Often, my wardrobe tends to change from time to time. It’s okay to have flexibly in terms of what you wear! For example, my wardrobe for family sessions are much different than my wardrobe for weddings. If I am attending a wedding as a photographer, I am going to dress more professionally. A good rule of thumb is to dress comfortable, professional, and relatable!
All in all, I love picking out the perfect outfit for a session! Being a North Houston Family Photographer is truly a blessing, and I love getting to work with such amazing clients!

The Woodlands Natural Light Candid Family Photography | The Cox Family

The Woodlands Natural Light Candid Family Photography

Ashley Cox is a good friend of my mom and step dad’s. She’s a nurse and such a good, devoted mama. I admire her ability to nurture others throughout each and every day. It takes a very special person to have those jobs! She is also a fellow cross fitter at a different gym than mine. We have a lot in common, and I love being able to chat with her during sessions. This sweet mama has been using me since her daughter, Kayleigh, was just one year old! The first time I worked with the Cox family was when Kayleigh celebrated her birthday in my studio at the salon. We did a cake smash, which she totally loved! She was my first ever client in that studio, and I am so glad that she has been there since the beginning. This little one seems to love me so much. After every session, she asks me to stay and play. It is hard to resist such a sweet little face!

The Cox’s Family Portrait Session

Working with the Cox family is always a treasure, as I love them so! For this session, I took them to my favorite spot. I work in The Woodlands as a natural light candid family photographer, and have always been blessed with gorgeous locations to take my clients. I am so excited that I have found a lovely little location in Willis, Texas. It’s so simple, which allows me to really focus on the family, while adding small details that compliment the folks that I’m working with.
Ashley, her husband Brandon, and their two kiddos were precious! I always want my clients to feel comfy, so I encourage them to play around and have fun. Kayleigh is now a big sister with a younger brother named Nolan. These two are precious as can be. Kayleigh had a blast with me, as always. Nolan was super cute, calm, and smiley! Ashley and Brandon played with their little ones, and I loved to see them laughing and smiling so much. There’s nothing sweeter than a family like this one! The Cox family has a special place in my heart, and I am looking forward to working with them again in the future!
Capturing this The Woodlands Natural Light Candid Family Photography for the Cox family was such an honor. Aren’t they adorable?!

Houston Indoor Lifestyle Family Photography | The Anderson Family

Houston Indoor Lifestyle Family Photography | The Anderson Family

Words cannot describe what this family means to me. They are long term friends of mine, and I am so unbelievably blessed to have them in my life. John’s wife passed away in June 2015, and she was a very well-known and very talented newborn photographer. Jamie was such a close friend to me, and such an inspiration. Being a Houston indoor lifestyle family photography artist has been heavily influenced by sweet Jamie. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her influence and guidance.

Welcoming Natalie into the Fold

John has recently found the next love of his life and I could not be any happier for this wonderful man. This session was his new and amazing wife’s bridal shoot, along with their “engagement” pictures. I couldn’t help but to be in awe of this gorgeous and talented woman, Natalie. Not just because she is breath-takingly beautiful, but because the aura she gives off is so sweet and kind natured. I’m seriously ecstatic for John and this new chapter in his life.

A Stunning Family

John and Natalie’s session was joined by their precious children. Aubree, the youngest, was full of energy and such a personality! This little one was so silly and had a lot of fun throughout the session. One thing that I loved about this session was the amazing decorations throughout the home. Natalie has the BEST taste in home décor and works at Ethan Allen in The Woodlands (18390 Interstate 45S, The Woodlands, Tx).
Their home was a dream come true, and made it such a beautiful place to have a session! Natalie and John have such a great connection, and you can see their loving chemistry in nearly every photo. I adored the images we captured of them sitting in side-by-side smiling and laughing at one another. It was also so fun to see the kids playing and giggling with each other!
This sweet family has been through some tough times, but I am so thrilled to see that they have found their happiness. I know Jamie is so happy to see that such a wonderful woman, such as Natalie, has entered their lives. Congratulations to John and Natalie! If you are interested in booking a session with a Houston Indoor Lifestyle Family Photographer, please email me, or simply click here!
This family is so incredibly near and dear to my heart. Capturing their Houston Indoor Lifestyle Family Photography was such an honor!

Stress Free Conroe Family Session with Older Children | The DeGeorgio Family

Stress Free Conroe Family Session with Older Children | The DeGeorgio Family

Stress Free Conroe Family Session with Older Children | The DeGeorgio Family

Meet the DeGeorgio family, some of the most fun and caring folks that I have ever met! Adina, a sweet mom of two, won athlete of the month over at the gym I attend and I was honored to be their Conroe family photographer that evening!  This family is part of my fit fam over at CrossFit Willis, and I love being able to capture sweet moments for these people who are so dear to me. It’s families like these that remind me how blessed I am to provide stress free Conroe family sessions with older children.

The DeGeorgio’s

Adina and her husband are seriously some of the most fun parents I have ever met! They have two teenage daughters, and I just loved the chemistry between the four of them. It is obvious that they are very close, and are always laughing and playing jokes on each other! We all know that teenagers can sometimes drift away from their parents, but the DeGeorgio’s have really stuck together as a team through thick and thin. I love that about them!

Their Outdoor Session

We chose to do a candid session in a beautiful field right off of FM 1097 in Willis (just about a short 15 minute drive from The Woodlands, and about 40 minutes from North Houston). The scenery was absolutely gorgeous, especially trees in the background. They curved inwards, which made for the perfect natural frame around the family. Not to mention, there were dandelions, and there is nothing more fun than making wishes and blowing on them in the wind!
I always try to create a stress-free environment for my clients. In order to do this, I encourage them to be themselves, have fun, and play as much as possible. After all, this is the best way to get those natural smiles. The DeGeorgio’s had no problem being themselves, and had a blast throughout the session, especially Dad! He is hilarious, and constantly making his girls laugh. I loved the images I was able to get of them in the moment laughing at each other, and at the gym, he has everyone in stitches, too.  What great memories they will be able to cherish forever!
This is such an amazing family! I love capturing Stress Free Conroe Family Session with Older Children. Especially when they’re as hilarious as these four!

Clothing Store Recommendations for The Woodlands Family and Newborn Photography

Clothing Store Recommendations for The Woodlands Family and Newborn Photography

When it comes to preparing for a session with your photographer, wardrobe is such a huge component, as it can totally affect the outcome of your photos. Are you stuck on what you and your family should wear for your newborn or family session?

Here are 4 ideas on great places that will provide the perfect wardrobe you are looking for!

1. My client wardrobe – I have invested in a wardrobe for my clients to use, if needed or wanted! This wardrobe is free for all clients to use. It includes tops, bottoms, and mostly maxi dresses that compliment any body type.  I have sizes for women that range from 2-12 and if you are interested in wearing pieces from my wardrobe, be sure to contact me if you want to schedule a wardrobe consult.
2. Free People – Free People has a vintage, classic look that tends to flatter nearly all body types. They can be a bit on the pricy side, but sometimes have great sales online and in stores. If you like floral, lace, and flowy clothing, this is the store for you.  You can visit this store locally, in The Woodlands Mall (located at 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr, The Woodlands, Tx 77380) right off the freeway, or visit their website to view their beautiful, high end pieces! <3
3. ASOS – This clothing brand was originally meant to portray clothing that was “as seen on screen,” or styles that were worn for celebrities. ASOS offers the most recent styles, geared for adults in their 20’s. Shop here if you want the current trends to be portrayed in your sessions.  This website is online and I believe based out of the UK.  You can visit their website here.  And be sure to always check their sale items.  Beautiful pieces for affordable prices!!
4. Old Navy (for kids) – Old Navy is a well known store that offers affordable clothing that is not only adorable, but comfortable for your kiddos. Their goal is to appeal to it’s customers with fun, fashion, and value.  They have a store located in The Woodlands in the Portofino Center (19075 Interstate 45 S, Shenandoah, Tx 77385) and one in Conroe at the Conroe Marketplace (2908 I45 N, Conroe, Tx 77303).  You can also shop styles conveniently online!
5. Gap (for kids) – Gap is similar to Old Navy, but slightly more pricey. There’s more bang for your buck, though, because the clothes will last longer than most. They are known to have classic styles that tend to stick around for several generations, as well as trendy options that go with the current times.  Gap Kids is located at the Premium Outlets in Cypress (29300 Hempstead Rd, Cypress, Tx 77433) if you need to get something quick, but their online selection is so convenient and a wealth of really amazing styles.
  The Woodlands Family and Newborn Photography
If you have any questions about my client wardrobe, or any other recommendations you may need on selecting the perfect outfits for you and your family, feel free to reach out here!

The Woodlands Family Fun | Zoës Kitchen

The Woodlands Family Fun | Zoës Kitchen

The Woodlands Family Fun | Zoës Kitchen

Zoës Kitchen was founded in 1995, and it is a fast-casual restaurant that creates homemade Mediterranean inspired food! Let me tell ya, this stuff is delish! I’m constantly looking for something yummy and healthy to feed my little ones, and this is one of my favorite go-to’s when searching for some The Woodlands Family Fun.

They accommodate average families that are looking for an easy, convenient, and healthy meal! It can be a struggle finding the balance between having the desire to fuel your body with healthy ingredients, and actually having the time to do so yourself. At Zoës Kitchen, they provide healthy takeout meals to families. So they can spend the less time in the kitchen, and more time together. While still having the ability to eat better for the best version of yourself!

About this Family Friendly Spot

All of their recipes are packed full of flavor and are made using good, honest ingredients that are chemical-free and sourced locally when possible, as well as fresh, never frozen poultry that is without antibiotics and hormones. The best part is that they also accommodate their customers that are vegan, vegetarian, and live a gluten-free lifestyle. There is something on their menu for everyone, and is the perfect place to celebrate life with family and friends.

It’s clear that Zoe’s Kitchen takes pride in the fact that they provide a unique experience at each and every one of their 70 locations in 12 states across the U.S. You can find one right here in The Woodlands at 9595 Six Pines Drive, Concierge. This location is surrounded by luxury, entertainment, and shopping. Me and my family are so excited about this new addition! Yum!

The Woodlands Family Fun

The Woodlands Family Natural Light Photographer | The Wood Family

The Woodlands Family Natural Light Photographer | The Wood Family

The Woodlands Family Natural Light Photographer | The Wood Family

So many laughs, smiles, and memories made during this family session! It was so much fun to capture this amazing family because I go to the gym with Rachel and Hali! I think that made them super comfortable in front of the camera. It gave me the opportunity to capture their true personalities! This was the perfect time for them to update their family portraits since the kids are growing up so quickly. They are some of the sweetest and most beautiful people I have ever met as a The Woodlands Family Natural Light Photographer – inside and out!

About the Wood Family

It was very important to showcase the bond that they have with one another. So I let them be silly and just interact with one another while I took tons of pictures! You can really tell how much they all mean to one another! The best part of it all was that they had every single-family member participate – including their little dog! Their little fury friend is a big part of their life, so we couldn’t dare leave him out! It was so sweet to watch them play together, and I know it will mean a lot to them for many years to come. I can already see these being framed all around their house and bringing them many smiles!

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This family is one of the most beautiful groups of people inside and out that I have met as a The Woodlands Family Natural Light Photographer! Love them!

The Woodlands Family Fun | The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

The Woodlands Family Fun | The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

I have had so many fun times at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion over the years. From girl’s nights out, to Christmas concerts with my kiddos, there’s always some The Woodlands family fun going on in The Woodlands! So many beautiful memories have been made under that big white tent!

My husband is a HUGE James Bond fan, and they actually have an event coming up next week with the Houston Symphony playing all the theme songs from all the Bond movies over the years. How fun! One of my favorite Halloween traditions is taking my little ones to see the Houston Symphony play all the scary Halloween tunes. There’s always plenty of giggles and tons of candy. What more could a kid want, right?! Last year, I took my mom to the Christmas concert put on by Michael W Smith and Amy Grant. What an absolutely wonderful time we had! Funny story, one of my first dates in high school was to the The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion to see John Mayer. Oh memories… where in the world would we be without sweet images to take us back in time to wonderful evenings and happy days.

One of the best things about the The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is the affordability of their lawn seats. Bring a blanket, some snacks and lots of sunscreen! You’re sure to have an amazing time at any of the countless concerts from their 2017 lineup!

The Woodlands Family Fun

I absolutely love capturing the love and happiness that flows through so many families in The Woodlands, TX.

To book your own The Woodlands family session at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, get in touch!

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

2005 LAKE ROBBINS DRIVE

THE WOODLANDS, TX 77380

Woodlands and Conroe Family Photography – Campbell Family

Woodlands and Conroe Family Photography – Campbell Family

Hope you’ve had an absolutely beautiful week! The weather in The Woodlands and Conroe has been super crazy and warm all week and I am posting this session in hopes to bring back the cooler weather just for a few days!!!!! Hey there sweater weather, you there?!!  But I am also very excited for the spring and all the beauty that there is for Woodlands and Conroe Family Photography!!

Speaking of sweater weather, take a peek at this beautifully styled fall family photography session I had the honor to shoot this past month. I just love this family. Tawni is such an incredible friend to me and always makes me look so fab over at her salon.  And it was such a fun experience getting to see how all three of these generation interact with each other. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, posed pictures are great and definitely have their purpose and place….BUT! My absolute favorite shots are the ones where I get to capture the true personalities of each family.

It seriously brought tears to my eyes to see Grandma steal a kiss from Grandpa. Can you imagine how much love must be bursting from these two’s hearts!? Just picture, all of these happy and healthy souls have you to thank for their everything.

If you’re lucky enough to still have your grandparents in your life take the time to give them a quick jingle, I promise you, it’ll make their day. Seriously… Go call them!… I’ll wait…

“No man has ever lived that had enough of children’s gratitude or woman’s love.” – William Butler Yeats

Have a beautiful day guys. Much love <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