When to take your sunset pictures on the beach {Galveston beach photog}

Hey, y’all! I wanted to give an update for anyone looking for pictures and do a little educational post (#nerdforeva) about sunset pics at the same time. I am still in business while I finish up this degree, but I am only taking a few photo gigs this summer.

Although, it has been so long since I’ve posted that wordpress has changed the format for blog posts. I appreciate that they think my brain has enough cells left available to learn a new system. Cute.

Another important announcement: I am only taking beach pics for the foreseeable future. If you’re already planning to call me for Christmas card pictures, I have bad news for you. Unless, of course, you invite me to a beautiful tropical location for those family card images. I hear the overwater bungalows in Maldives are quite lovely in December. Wait. Is it THE Maldives? I’m not sure, but I know there’s one way to find out….

So, when you call me about beach pics–these were all taken in Galveston, btw–I’m probably going to ask you what time of day you’d like to do them. I’m always going to suggest to do them when the crankiest person in the family will be happiest. Sometimes that is 7am for toddlers. I get it. One of my kids woke up at 6am on the dot for YEARS. The other kid slept like a proper baby. I’ll let you sort out which one is my favorite. ;)

Anyway, if you would like some sunset pics, there is a big difference between the hour before and the hour after sunset. These first pics were taken as the sun was nearly all the way down, from 8:20-8:50ishpm.

I included this one because I wanted to show that the sunset colors really were that spectacular and not photoshopped. But, now that I am writing it, I guess I could have also photoshopped her phone screen. But, y’all! They were really real. I promise. It was kind of ridiculous.

This last one was taken around 9pm, well after the sun was down. I personally love the colors and think it’s a cool option to change up from the usual beach pictures you probably have. Also, as good as the cell phone cameras are these days, they still aren’t great when there is little light, so that’s when the professional cameras pay off.

If you prefer a lighter look, definitely go for the earlier side of sunset. These next few were taken about 30-45 minutes before sunset, so we could still get some good color in the sky. If you back it up to an hour or more before sunset, the sky will still be pretty bright, like these, which are still beautiful. If you like the more pastel-y beach pics, try for a little closer to sunset time. Also, when you finally decide on that perfect time and sky color, remember that it will go down FAST. Be ready, and don’t be late for your appointment, or you may end up with a gallery of post-sunset colors. This has happened plenty of times with clients with me, but–hair toss–you know I pulled out some magic.

It’s hard to go wrong on a beautiful beach with happy people, but I hope this helps you narrow down a time you’d like.

Call me for a beach shoot or wish me luck on finishing this lovely dissertation…if only that photoshop magic would translate to word documents.

xo, Andrea

508.768.5808 or andrea.bacle@gmail.com

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#pictureswithTiffany {T&Co event photographer}

Hey, hey! I am in the middle of going to school, teaching school, and helping my kids with online school, but I see that I have had lots of web traffic lately, so I thought I’d write a new post. Maybe more people are at home and have already watched YouTube twice, or they are wondering when they can take pictures again.

(If you need updated pictures now, I have a mask and a long lens!)

I have also been wondering if and when we will have events again–what will they look like? I wanted to share the lovely pictures I did for a fancy-pants event at The Woodlands T&Co way back when we didn’t wear masks and could gather together. I was able to bring along my second shooter + model + photog assistant. Now, once I get my son skilled on the drone, we’ll be a one-stop-shop family business for all your photography needs.


We fancy.

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The event was celebrating their T&Co line of Color Block Coffee & Tea sets. They also had a ribbon-tying class and contest.

If you are ready to start planning, I am taking bookings for events and weddings for the fall. Thank you, photo friends, for checking in! xo


508.768.5808 or andrea.bacle@gmail.com

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business branding & travel headshots {Andrea Bacle travel junkie/photographer}

Have you heard the good news? I’m one year down with two to go in my doctoral program at Baylor! The best part of a Zoom meeting degree? It lets me keep up my crazy travel pace. Now, if I could just avoid the studying, reading, writing, and all-nighters, it would be really fantastic.

So, it’s January of a new year and that means I am planning out all of my travel trips for the year. Most of my shoots will be on location this year, so I thought I’d post about this one that’s been sitting in my “drafts” tab since last year.

My oh-so-gorgeous friend needed new headshots and branding images, so I packed my camera bag for Los Angeles (and Santa Monica and Marina del Rey and Venice Beach) and shot my new favorite postcards. VENICE BEACH postcard

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My most favorite travel spot on the planet is Venice, Italy, so I made sure we went to Venice Beach in Cali, so I could see our American version of the canals (if you don’t count The Venetian in Vegas, which is also pretty fantastic). It didn’t disappoint. It’s just as darling as I hoped it would be. venice canals andrea bacle travel photographer

Not that I would ever fib (because I am old and don’t care about looking cool), but I change my hair color far too often to ever pretend this just happened. I would tell you how long ago it was, if I could remember. I’m pretty sure it was sometime in 2019. That’s the best I can give you. andrea bacle in the venice cali canals

This is my favorite pic I took of this lovely lady, and then scroll down to see what was on the cover of my in-flight magazine on the next trip I took. See? I told you I was cool.

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We made sure we had some fun in between the hard jobs of modeling and photographing. Found the best star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

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Selfie museum. Who knew this was a thing? We’re so Hollywood. work hard play hard la

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Because you know I am the Queen of Obvious:

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Yes, I do have the best job ever. dream job.jpg

Need a gal to drive you around a cool city and take your fabulous pics? Call me. I’ll be your uberazzi any day! 508.768.5808

xo, Andrea




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20% off code: holiday cards @minted.com

Hey, y’all! The lovely people at minted.com have sent me a code to share for 20% off discount: HOLPHOTOBACLE20 percent off

If you were unable to get your act together to take pics and order cards before the end of the year–oh, wait, that’s me–I have some time over the last two weeks in the year to take pics for some lovely 2020 cards.

xo, Andrea

andrea.bacle@gmail.com or 508.768.5808

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best friends fall session {Andrea Bacle Photography}

Dang. One of the hardest parts of being a kid? When you have to move or your friends move away. We had to get this little crew of besties together before they had to say goodbye for a while.

Pro tip: When you want to schedule a photo sesh with a group of kids, the trick is to give them something to do. They don’t want to sit and smile at the camera for long, so make sure you have a plan. Bubbles, a new toy to throw around, a playground…all of these work. The trick is to not let them play with whatever your plan is before the shoot. If you’re going to have something fun to try out or play with, like a kite or frisbee or new football, don’t let them see it until the camera is ready to shoot, so you can capture the surprise and genuine smiles.

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For this group, we played in the fall leaves. In Texas, we don’t have too many “play in the fall leaves” opportunities. My lovely Momma client had a few trees in her front yard that had just the right leaves, and then we timed the play date for right before sunset. They had a blast!

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These two have a history of climbing trees together, so we had to get a good shot of them together.

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Can you tell Little Bro wasn’t interested in getting in the shot? That was as close as he was willing to get. best friends session with andrea bacle photography

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I hope these kiddos are together again some day. If not, they’ll always have these memories and pics. On another note, when you do take pics of your littles with their besties, don’t forget to print a few copies to put in their rooms and some to send to their new pen pals.

Happy fall!

xo, Andrea



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#thatonetime in L.A. business branding session {travel portrait photographer}

Remember that time I went to L.A.? No? That means you must not follow me on Instagram. How did we document our lives before The Gram? Seriously, I even told Grandma the other day to follow my stories if she wants to see what we’re up to. The problem I have is the “instant” part. When you take pictures on a “big camera,” the results are not instantaneous, hence lots of posts that start with “remember that time” and #thatonetime….

Anyway, I jumped at the opportunity to head to Hermosa Beach, Cali, to photograph this lovely gal and take branding pics for her small business. It’s the coolest!

Fit Armadillo: “online personal training & private fitness sessions over 2-way video chat.”

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The cutest, right?andrea bacle travel photographer branding sessionsbusiness headshots andrea baclebusiness branding with andrea bacle las angeles

She has hosted fun runs and fitness events: branding shoot andrea bacle travel phtographer

If you follow her on Instagram, @fitarmadillo, you’ll see her little business mascot travelling all over the world for training and marathons. branding mascot fit armadillo andrea bacle photographer

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Here’s her virtual gym where she will train you from your gym (your house!):bike sessions fit armadillo branding pics andrea bacle

If you want a positive, happy, adorably giggly trainer, this girl is your match. I don’t think she stopped smiling the whole time!travel photographer headshots andrea bacle

If all of that wasn’t impressive enough, this business savvy gal has even published her own book! Here’s an Amazon link: Superwomen Secrets Revealedauthor catherine basu superwoman secrets revealedbusiness branding with andrea bacle

I hope you get the feel of what Catherine offers through these pictures. It’s like having a personal trainer from the comfort of your home.

Fit Armadillo, I’m so glad to support your business, and I’m so proud of you for being such a #bossbabe and taking over the training world!

Love, Andrea

Do you have a small business that needs some updated branding pictures? Call me. We can plan out your Instagram and Facebook posts, website pics, and headshots…or whatever you’d like to do to show off your beautiful business! xoxo

andrea.bacle@gmail.com or 508.768.5808


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newborn + big bro + big sis hospital session {The Woodlands newborn “Fresh 48” photographer}

Hello, little one! I had to include this precious little cross eyed look, because it makes me smile. He was still so little that his age could still be counted in hours, yet he was acting like he knew exactly what was up. He was awake and looking around and–not kidding–starting to hold his head up already. In a past life, I think he must have been a wise old man. He came out seeming to know everything. hello andrea bacle photography newborn hospitalhello little one andrea bacle hospital newborn session

So, you’re a natural model who loves to look straight into my camera? Please tell your friends this is how you do it. hospital newborn session andrea bacle

There is something so special about introducing siblings to each other for the first time. What’s cool is how they’ll grow up together and get to know each other and then will always be able to see the first few moments of meeting. little sister big sister newborn hospital sessionnew baby bro andrea bacle photography

This is my most favorite picture. Momma couldn’t look more beautiful mere hours after doing the most impressive work of all. Middle is still a baby herself, sweetly clinging to her momma’s body, still soft from carrying and growing a baby. Big brother is already fulfilling his role of watching over and taking care of his little bro, while Momma happily holds all three of her little ones at once.

Can you tell I love what I do? The beauty of motherhood and bringing new life into the world will never cease to amaze me. I think I must have been a midwife in a past life.newborn hospital session andrea baclenewborn hospital session fresh 48 andrea bacleproud parents newborn hospital shoot andrea bacle photographysibling session newborn hospital houston photographerthe bigs andrea bacle newborn sibling sessionbig brother kisses hospital newborn session andrea baclebig brother newborn hospital session

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Oh, precious family, I really am so honored to capture these moments for you. Getting to watch your babies grow is the best part of my job!

Love, Andrea

Hey, families! If you’re wanting a similar hospital session (these are often referred to as “Fresh 48” sessions in the photography world), give me a call so we can pencil in your due date. I always leave certain days open in my calendar just for my sweet newborns and their unpredictability. xoxo

andrea.bacle@gmail.com or 508.768.5808

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Florida beaches family sessions {travel portrait photographer}

This darling family and I go all the way back to when our boys were 3. Their biggest and our son went to pre-k together. Mine went for one semester, because he wanted to be with his sister; when she was done, he was done. I’m hoping her future husband and kids are going to be ok with the tiny house he’ll–probably permanently–set up in their backyard. I’ve been telling him he has to move out at 18 since he was a baby (I knew he would need that much time to mentally prepare), but she hasn’t told him he can’t be figuratively attached to her hip, so I fully expect that to happen.

So the best thing to come out of pre-k? Meeting this family. Since we’ve met and I started shooting them, they have moved away and had another baby, yet we are (thankfully!) able to keep seeing each other (I don’t think I ever blogged our Austin session; here’s one from a holiday session with “snow”). This year, the gorgeous momma of (now three!) boys asked if I would come to Florida to get the family pictures on the beach she has always dreamed of. She didn’t have to ask twice. andrea bacle photography beach sessionsandrea bacle travel photographerbeach boys brothers beach session andrea bacle photographybiggest brother beach sessions andrea bacle floridaboy mom beach sessions andrea bacle photographyboys on the beach andrea bacledad and boys on the beach andrea bacleflorida beach family photographer andrea bacle photographerflorida family beach photographer andrea baclemiddle brother beach with momma andrea bacle floridamom dad new baby on the florida beachsunset beach sessions andrea bacle photography

This is technically part #1 of 2, because we did two full sessions. It was really windy and pretty chilly on the beach, so we set aside time to document the newest and littlest bro’s 3-month-ness.

Sweet family, I feel so honored to get the chance to watch your babies (and your family) grow over the years. Can’t wait for the next one! xoxo

Love, Andrea

Dear Mommas taking your families on vacay, consider calling me to shoot your vacation for you. I find that when on vacation, everyone is less stressed and the sessions are always more fun. For summer/fall 2019, I have San Antonio, Austin, Boston, and New York on the books. If I’m coming to your city, give me a shout!

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new family sessions {The Woodlands, TX, family photographer}

Do you remember when you first found out you were gonna have a little one? Remember how fun it was to dream about what he or she would look like? I always loved to dream weave about my babies and what their personalities would be and which one of us they would act like. I’m fascinated by all those traits and genetics and personalities and nature vs. nurture–all of that.

We waited to find out the gender of both kids, so we had those conversations about “Do you think the baby will have a cleft? Do you think the baby will have blue eyes or hazel eyes?” lasted the length of my pregnancies. Once we decided we would stop at two kids, (after the feeling of carrying the baby), that whole mystery and surprise was what I would miss most.

What’s cool is that now that they are here, it still never gets old to me. I am constantly surprised how much our son is like me and our daughter is just like my husband. They aren’t mixed. I swear their DNA is not 50/50–it is 99/1.

The point of all this is that once that baby is out and your little one starts to show you his or her personality, make sure you take some pics to mark your new next step in your life: your sweet little family.
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Who is this little guy? Is he a perfect mix of both parents? Is he a mini-me? If you’re trying to think of when you should schedule family pics, I suggest waiting until after 4 months. When the little person is younger than 4-ish months, we often don’t get to see as much personality as you’d want to show. That sweet little face often gets lost in mom or dad’s arms. So, if he (or she) is 4 months or older, he is often awake enough and strong enough to hold his head up high and tell us who he is! :)family sessions spring creek txnew family sessionspring creek family session andrea baclespring creek tx family sessionspring creek tx family sessions andrea bacleandrea bacle spring creek txfamily session spring creek tx

Are you a new family? Do you have a little one on the way? Call me for your own session. I am mostly taking travel sessions, but I have pockets of availability for The Woodlands/Spring families.

Thank you for a fun and easy session with your sweet man. He is a doll!

xoxo, Andrea

508.768.5808 or andrea.bacle@gmail.com

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six months old sitting-up-sessions {The Woodlands milestone photographer}

I’m sure I’ve talked about it several times before, but the 6-month-sitting-up milestone really is my favorite. Before that, I always felt like they were little defenseless bugs on their backs just reaching up to the sky. Once my kids could sit up on their own, they started to feel like kids and not just little helpless babies. 6 months sitting up

Do you recognize this sweet pose? You might spy big brother’s six-month session heresitting up mini session

Is your baby on the cusp of sitting up? Call me so we can schedule at least a little mini-session to capture that moment. She will be celebrating that milestone for about, oh, 12 minutes, and then she’ll be on to the next one: total mobility. Then comes independence. Then she’s packing her bags to move out. It’s about that fast. six months and sitting upsix months sitting up sessions

Ugh. This is my favorite. I wish I had this same pic of my two babies at six months old. Such baby perfection! six months sitting up session andrea bacle

I need to make a little note for my photographers reading. How is your business going? Are you struggling with feeling overwhelmed and balancing the business parts? Are you fully booked but charging very little? Is your calendar empty and your pricing changes by the day? Girl, call me. I can help. I coach women with photography businesses. I challenged one of my recent coaching clients to earn DOUBLE what she expected to make in a quarter, and–through our phone calls, strategic marketing plan, in-person-sales lessons, and her hard work–she TRIPLED it!

Do you find yourself wanting to scream: UGH! I just want to take pictures!!

I’d love to see how I can help you stop being stressed and fall in love with your business all over again. Call me, and we’ll set up a time to have a consultation to see if we are a good fit. If you don’t call me, call someone for help. Life is too short to be stressed, lady.

xoxo, Andrea

508.768.5808 or andrea.bacle@gmail.com


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