Pearland, Texas, newborn goodness

First comes love, then comes marriage,

then comes a romantic picnic in the park,

and THEN comes the wee babe in the baby carriage.

And, OH. MY. GOODNESS. He is soooo squishy and snuggable. I love these newborn shoots, because I totally get my baby fix. I do sing and rock and do my shhh-shhh-shhhes, but then sometimes I leave the shoot thinking: Dang! I need a baby that I can just hold and cuddle for a while–all that was hard, sweaty work!

Attention friends, go ahead and get pregnant now, so I can cuddle your babies and then give them back when they cry. Thanks, dudes.

Doesn’t this make you want to reach out and stroke his little hair? newborn baby boy the woodlands photographer

Ah, my kids are all grown up. :) There is nothing in the world like expanding your team of two to a trio to make you feel like you’ve finally become an adult. The first time I felt like a real-life grown up was when I rented a car on a work trip before I was 25 (they gave me a pass because I was active duty). The second time I felt like a real-life grown up was not college/marriage/grad school/active duty/full-time teaching/business owner but when I was almost 31 and we brought our first baby home.
So, now I’m thinking I just became a grown up in my 30s, my middle-aged age is going to be closer to 60, right? That will explain the future convertible for my 60th birthday. new parents snuggle newbornnewborn on mom and daddy bednewborn straight into the cameranew mommy daddy snuggling bedspreadnew momma kissing baby boynew family of three snuggles

Ugh. You know the ones with Momma and Baby are my favorites. momma and baby big bed cuddles

Baby’s first antlers. newborn surrounded by antlers

If you take a look at their wedding pics, you might spy with your little eye something green….wedding tie newborn

Family, I think it goes without saying that I kind of love you guys. I am not exaggerating when I tell you I’m so very honored to experience all these moments with you. And, of course, I’m so proud of you, too. I hope you love these, and I hope you are over-the-moon in love with that dude. Congratulations!!

Love, Andrea

 

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before and after underwater editing

My poor, sweet children. They already have a camera in their faces 24/7 and now I’ve added picture taking into our pool routine. Oh, well. I let them live in my house. And I give them lots of snacks. :)

I wanted to share this before and after from my GoPro. If you’re into underwater photography and need some help with edits, give me a shout. With a little Photoshop magic, you can turn some good shots into I-need-to-print-these-out-and-hang-them-up images.

Don’t you love his little zen-meditation-look-momma-I-can-sit-on-the-bottom-of-the-pool pose? Such a cool kid. What are the pool tricks your kids have? Our current faves (other than sitting on the bottom) are throw-the-rings-and-watch-me-go-get-them, swim across the pool in one breath, and twisty-turny underwater spinning. DCIM100GOPROGOPR0487.JPG

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Do you love this cool overlay of sun rays? If so, hop over to www.thecoffeeshopblog.com and download it for free from my lovely friend Rita (she offers Photoshop and Photoshop Elements options). You might even spy two little kiddos you recognize. :)

Guys, I hope you’re in the middle of the most fabulous summer ever. Do you have any travelling planned? Up next, I’m doing shoots in Perdido Key, Atlanta, and Steamboat Springs. People ask me–usually once a day–how I manage to book so many of these paid-for-working vacations. Each situation is different, but I have some general tips and secrets I’ll share in another post. If you’re serious about wanting to become a paid travel photographer, get on my schedule and see if we are a good fit for coaching, and I’ll teach you all of my ways. :) https://secure.scheduleonce.com/andreabacle

Love, Andrea

PS, I’m already almost fully booked for the rest of the summer for photo shoots. Fall is still wide open, so give me a call now if you want to schedule a family sesh for those dreaded oh-so-lovely Christmas cards. xoxo

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Miss Camille’s “girly-girl” antique boutique sisters {Old Town Spring, TX}

Since I’m in the middle of my work/life balance series in my Facebook group, I have to make this a quick post to get it up and get off to bed. I’m determined not to spend another summer staying up until 2am working every night! :)

Now, YOU. Off to bed! But first, check out these cuties at Miss Camille’s. Surely you know about Miss Camille’s store by now. This family and I have done tons of shoots outside, so they took me up on my Mother’s Day sessions, so we could have a different background. The shabby-chicness off Miss Camille’s store provides a soft, pretty backdrop for these gals in front of a vintage vanity. I love all of the pastels. 
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This little cutie attitude cracks me up everytime I look at it. You should check out Camille’s Etsy page for hats available for purchase.blog post camilles mini girls dressed in hats

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What a fun morning in the shop! These girls loved running around and checking out all of the “girly-girl” items–that’s what Miss Camille calls them. :)

And then sometimes when you’re really lucky, your beautiful momma lets you have ice cream at the end of your session.

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This is one of those photoshoots that I want to recreate with my own kids. The lovely momma of these two girls came up with the idea, and I think it turned out super cute!ice cream sessions old town spring

Thank you, sweet family, for a fun morning. And thank you, my sweet Miss Camille, for opening the shop early for us. Photographers, if you’re interested in booking her shop for a shoot, you can contact me, or drop in on her shop and chat her up. I’ve been telling her that I might be sending more photogs her way soon!

Love, Andrea

P.S. If you want your own #icecreamsession this summer, call soon! My bags are already packed for all of my summer trips (okay, not really–I’m a last-minute-packer kinda gal), but I don’t have much availability. Happy summer!!

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join our group of fabulous lady bosses {small business coaching}

Hey, friends! Have you joined my Facebook group for women with businesses yet? I talk a lot about how to help photographers, but we end up talking about topics that relate to business life in general. Join us here!andrea bacle coaching

I wanted to do a special post on here about doing free work for “exposure.” Here’s the link to a quick 5-minute video to help remind you that YOU ARE WORTH what you charge. Don’t undervalue and disrespect yourself. Remember, you show people all the time how to treat you. Teach them that you deserve RESPECT, my ladies!

If you are needing to hear this message, I hope you are really listening. If you need additional private coaching, I’d love to set up a time to have a discovery call to see how I can help you grow in your success.

You can use this link to book a spot on my calendar right away.

Love,

Andrea

 

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my super secret tricks to getting your new favorite picture of your kids {The Woodlands, TX, family photographer}

Hey, friends! I’m not a big Mother’s Day celebrator (probably because I get extra special treatment every day), but I’ll take any excuse I can get to con my kids into taking pics for me. So, it was the end of the day on MD, and I asked them if they would do one teeny-tiny Mother’s Day gift for me and take one picture. I’m pretty sure there were loads of eyerolls behind my back. Once I told them we’d do it on the trampoline, they immediately agreed.

These little rascally rabbits think it is HI-LAR-I-OUS when I get on the trampoline and have to get right back off after two jumps, because I’ve just peed my pants. Of course their big dumb heads are the reason for said peeing, but I let it slide.

I’ll really let it slide, because this is the end result, and I AM IN LOVE. This is on my phone as my wallpaper, and I fall in love all over again every time I pick up my phone.

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So, here’s how I did it.

1. Trampoline. If you don’t have one, chances are good there’s one in your neighborhood, and your kids know where it is. Or come use ours. I cannot guarantee more than two jumps from me, though.

2. Let your daughter wear a strapless shirt of yours–or one of your skirts she’s decided to make into a strapless dress. Have your son wear shorts with no shirt, and then let them play with the sprinkler on the trampoline when you’re done. Some people refer to this as bribery; I just call it being the coolest mom on the block until someone gets hurt.
3. Now that you’ve got your killer shot, take some silly ones. Remember, the more fun you make it, the more likely they’ll be willing to participate in the future.

Maybe. DO NOT QUOTE ME ON THAT.

Tell the boy to give you his best Blue Steele.

 

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And here’s why it works:

1. It gives you a cool black backdrop.

2. The catchlights are from the sky overhead, so they look super bright and cool.

kids on tramp blog post outside3. You can start swaying and bouncing and make them giggle and get those coveted real laughs and smiles.

(Prior removal of your daughter’s front tooth is not a requirement but highly encouraged for extra cuteness.)

I hope this helps you or gives you an idea for your next shoot with your littles. And if that’s something you’d rather outsource, you can always call me. :)

Love, Andrea

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how to build your portfolio for free {photography business coach}

Hey, you! Have you seen my little video about not working for free or “for exposure” or for “free advertising” or for whatever people try to sell you on in order to NOT have to pay you? If not, check out the video in my Facebook group (and join us while you’re there): Shoot with Passion™ Coaching for Photographers.

It’s not my intention to sound so cynical, by the way. Most people who have asked me to work for free really have had good intentions. They really do think it will be good advertising for me. And, as my Southern sisters would say, “Oh, bless their hearts.”

So, now I can hear you saying, Okay, smarty pants, I REALLY DO need to get advertising and exposure and build my portfolio. You just told me that’s wrong, so what do I do now??

Shoot what you’ve got, babe. You started this business to have the freedom to spend your days how you’d like, right? When you’re out and about living this fabulous life you’ve designed for yourself, shoot what you’re doing and build your portfolio.

On Saturdays, we go to our local farmers market. This time I brought my camera along. Sidenote: macarons aren’t my favorite cookie. However, they are definitely the prettiest to photograph. And I have to say that these are the tastiest I’ve ever had. macarons

Of course your kids are sick of looking and smiling for the camera! Mine are too.

We had a friend over the other day who said, “You’re taking pictures of the birds on your porch?!” My daughter says: Welcome to my life.

Give them a day off. Want to be able to advertise that you’re a “lifestyle” photographer? You still take photos of the little darlings, but make it lifestyle and just catch them in action. It might even spark the idea for a future photoshoot for a client. I’m thinking lemonade stand….fb famers market

And remember when I told you in the video that people cannot translate the idea of one shoot you’re doing to the shoot they want? Their kids, their homes, their weddings, their _______.

That still applies here. People will not see this image of blueberries (although they look so cool, right?) and think, “Ooh, I’ll get her to shoot me and my husband on the beach this summer.” HOWEVER, you’re still building your portfolio and giving yourself credit as an artist. You’re practicing. You’re honing your skills. And, you’re NOT getting burned out on shooting the same thing day in and day out. bluberries blog post

These are our favorite jams from Jackie’s Gourmet. Yes, the blueberry vanilla is already gone–two days later. blog post jamsblog post eggs

Also, when you shoot something different, you’re not giving away the images and your time for free. You’re reminded why you love photography so much.

Finally, when you’re out shooting while you’re living your life, you’re expanding your chance for opportunities. Two vendors asked me for a business card after they saw my big camera and we chatted a bit about being small business owners. You’re building relationships, which will ultimately get you booked.

Go out there, friends, and enjoy your cameras again. Your portfolio will thank you. Are you a part of our Shoot with Passion™ Facebook group? It’s a lovely community of ladies–we talk all about business and getting your businesses focused. And for the gentlemen reading this, I offer private coaching, but you’ll have to start your own Facebook man group. :)

Love, Andrea

Have questions? Get in touch: andrea.bacle@gmail.com or 508.768.5808

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Galveston marshes sunset maternity sesh {TX travel photographer}

Hello, friends. Did you celebrate Mother’s Day? My kids are very sweet and are always excited to do fun things for me, but it’s a little bit of a strange holiday to me. My thought is…just treat me like a princess every day. Why just one day a year??

Fortunately for me, my husband is on board with that plan.

So, hold onto your hats, people. For this Mother’s Day weekend, my kids spent it with the grandmas while I worked. On Saturday night, I went down to Galveston for a gorgeous sunset shoot. HERE. #lucky

andrea bacle photography galveston marshesDo you remember these two from their anniversary session? Guess what?? They’ve got a teeny tiny little dude on the way! This glowing momma really wanted to do her shoot on her family’s acreage up north, but when that fell through, I offered up the next prettiest spot I know: the marshes in Galveston. I’ve been wanting to shoot here for a long time, and I’m so excited that it worked out; we were able to wait out the wedding that decorated the tree followed by the proposal with lots of props to get some gorgeous sunset colors. Totally worth it! And oh my, this baby bump. I loooooove it.   

Do you remember their wedding from three years ago? It’s gone by so fast, but I’m guessing I’m going to be posting their little dude’s 5th birthday party pics in a blink of an eye. 

This one is my favorite, and I’m so glad we waited around for some rich sunset-y colors. I was lucky enough to do a shoot with Heidi Hope with my first baby, but I sure wish I had done some like this with baby #2. 

Oh, this makes me miss being pregnant so much. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to talk with a first-time mom-to-be about all things baby.  

Best. Job. Ever.

And now, for the grand finale. This was the last shot of the session–and one of the best!

Beautiful momma, I hope you love these, because I do! Thank you for letting me be a part of such a special time in your lives. Life is about to get crazy and fun and better than you ever thought it could be.

Love, Andrea

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