jammies sessions {Houston lifestyle family photographer}

Do you still have a little dude at home during the day? The big kids are too big for this, but do you have a little dude that wears jammies all day, still plays with Matchbox cars, and has toys in a tent in the living room? Gosh, how I miss those days. Now, I know you take lots of pictures, but have you taken any pictures? When the gorgeous momma of this little dude–

BTW, I get to meet and know the most fabulous women that are so remarkable you just can’t even believe they don’t run the universe. I’m pretty sure the momma of this dude made a cameo in B’s “Run the World.”

–when she called me to book a session and shoot this guy’s birthday party, she told me that her most favorite pic she has of him is one that was candid and unplanned. He was in between being changed and rolling around, and I was making silly noises and making him laugh and captured the sweetest little smile. That’s the one she has printed and looks at every day.

A lot of times, moms will call to schedule pics and they instantly start planning the PERFECT location with the PERFECT coordinating outfits, so they can all pose and take the PERFECT family pics.

My point is that those are great for the “Christmas card shot,” but the ones the mommas usually love the most? The candid moments that show love and laughs and happy babies. Because that’s all we really want, right?

Also, when I reminisce about times when my babies were at home all day, I remember the UNO games and cooking together and riding bikes. The posed family pics are nice, but the memories of fun times are what I cherish.

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If your babies aren’t babies anymore, surely you remember favorite pairs of jammies they wore. If you do still have a jammie-wearing little one, make sure you get a great picture. In a blink, they will be so little they will look like baby clothes.houston meyer park andrea bacle photographyjammies session in-home andrea bacle houstonjammies session in-home andrea bacle phtographyhouston family in-home photographerin-home jammies sessions andrea bacle

Family, thank you for letting me capture these precious days for you.

Love, Andrea

If you want your own “jammies session” of your littlest kiddo, give me a shout.

508.768.5808 or andrea.bacle@gmail.com 


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to pose or not to pose–that is MY question {The Woodlands, TX, extended family photographer}

When you call me to book a session–

Hold up. Totally kidding. I know people don’t call. I teach pre-algebra at Lone Star College and my students know that they can call me anytime to ask any math questions. You know how hard it is to answer math questions back and forth on text?? Apparently, it’s only slightly less hard than dialing a number and calling and having a conversation. ;)

If you want to walk on the wild side and make that call, my number is 508.768.5808. I’m also happy to teach you the little jingle I made to teach it to my kids. Although, when they finally get phones (when they are teenagers and have jobs to pay for them), I’m sure they won’t call either.

Sooo, when you text or email or message me about scheduling a session, I’ll schedule a time to call back, because, girlfriend, we need to talk.

Of course, I would love to plan a consultation meeting with you in person. I am happy to come to your house, take measurements, talk about a color scheme, help you pick out outfits (this is all included in the price of your session free, b-t-dubs). However, if you’re not down with that, we–at a minimum–have to have a little convo about what you want. I need to know how to shoot. What’s your goal for these pics? Do you want a posed session? Do you want all candid shots of the kids playing? Do you want a big canvas to hang over your mantle? What size is the space? What’s the orientation? Do I shoot in portrait or landscape? So many questions!

Remember, if your littles or husband or dog are fighting you on taking pictures in the first place, if we’ve had the conversation about what you want, you can tell all those peeps that this will be a super-fast shoot. I pride myself on getting everyone out of there as soon as possible while still getting the shots you want–I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND how un-fun it can be to pose for pictures. (I seriously don’t understand how modeling is a job someone would want to have.)

Back to my point: for example, the main goal of this session was to get the extended family together to take pictures with the lovely matriarch of this group. In our consultation, we made a plan to have a green location with beautiful light, a chair for her to sit in, and everyone dressed and ready to pose, so we could keep her as comfortable as possible. And despite having 17 people + one dog, we were done with the session in less than 30 minutes! big family portraitWhen we plan for a posed session, I’ll suggest a location that gives us a variety of looks without having to travel or walk around too much (Town Green Park in The Woodlands is great for this!).posed session andrea bacleblog post andrea bacle the woodlands town greene parkcousins andrea bacle town greene parkfamily groupings examplesholiday christmas card big family picSpeaking of posing, a model is born….how to pose like a toddler the woodlands txthe woodlands town green park andrea bacletown greene park andrea bacle

Dear family, thank you for a fun and easy session. I hope you’ll cherish these pictures forever.

Love, Andrea

People, we are in the middle of the final quarter of the year, which means it’s my crazy time. I am more than happy to find a spot to take pictures of your own darling family.

Oh, and pick up the phone and call your mother. xoxo

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Why you NEED to hire an event photographer {Houston fancy party photographer}

Have you ever thrown a party? It was super easy and stress-free right?

Um, no. Not ever.

You made or bought food and cake, sent out invitations, answered all of the questions in texts and emails with answers that were CLEARLY written on the invitations, put up decorations, furiously cleaned up by shoving things in drawers around the house…you get the idea.

Please, please tell me you were a good planner and put at the top of your to-do list:

  1. HIRE A PHOTOGRAPHER. If you don’t have the budget, I’ll give you two suggestions:

a. Give Uncle Joe the assignment (he’s probably reminded you already that he has a new, fancy camera) and have him work the party as your photog. It’s very important to have a plan for HOW you will get access to those pics, though.

b. Save money from something else. Skip the party favors or serve a vegetarian meal or have the party at 2pm and just serve cake. One way or another, rearrange the budget to pay someone to take pics.

Because, you know how people say that if you didn’t get a picture, it didn’t happen? I have to admit that I find that to be true for me, because if I didn’t get pics of it, there is no way I’ll ever remember it happened. You want that kiddo to remember his over-the-top super fantastic 10-year-old spiderman-themed (ok, I have no idea what 10yo dudes are into, clearly) party when he’s a teenager and claiming that you’ve never done anything for him?! Guess what? You’ll have all the evidence on photo paper. That reminds me, #printyourpics.

These pics are from the most recent event I shot: a sweet brunch honoring the newest member of one of my favorite families. When I shoot an event, I always make sure I get there a few minutes before the guests arrive, so I can get shots of all the sweet touches.

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christening details

Lots of “pass the baby” pics:pass that baby

baby and grandpaWhether it’s a bride and groom or graduating senior or senior citizen, I always make sure I take a few pics of the guest of honor. Obviously, we’re in love. 6 month newborn christening gown curious boy6 month newborn christening gown laughing boy6 month newborn christening gown

And just when you thought they’d made the cutest boy ever, they went and did it again.brothers7074

I also love special events like this, because it’s hard to get family together, and it’s so nice to see everyone celebrating together. There’s something so sweet about cousins getting to hang out:cousins brunchcousins laughingfamily together new brother christeningfamily together

Thank you, lovely family, for allowing me to capture these special events for you. I feel so honored to do it!

Love, Andrea

People, when you’re ready to host your own special occasion, call me. xoxo

508.768.5808 or andrea.bacle@gmail.com

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fun and FULL sun in H-town {family travel photographer}

I recently found my old high school scrapbook (NOT my lame calendar–to be clear), and it had a question that asked, “Where will you live in 20 years?” I wrote “Dallas, Texas!” and my husband first interviewed in Dallas when we moved from Boston, but I thought that it was sweet that my heart has always belonged in Texas.

I’m SO glad we ended up in Houston, because I LOVE IT. I really find it super-duper annoying when people (especially the ones who live here) complain about it. What’s not to love??

The weather,

Yes, I do love the weather. Don’t even try and tell me that it is as hot as hell here, because there is no heat that is as bad as having to dig your car out of ice and snow.

THAT is hell.

the people, the food, the culture, the HEBs, the sports, all the parks. Seriously, David Bacle, get on board. Not to worry, people, he doesn’t read this.

Anyway, when one of my very favorite families called for their annual pics, we came up with the idea to shoot in our favorite town: HOUSTON! They typically spend their year traveling the world, and they ended up spending their summer traveling around Texas, so we thought Houston would be a perfect spot for pics this year.abp blog post houston murals full sunI usually don’t prefer to shoot in full sun, but I thought it would be nice to change it up. We’ve often done lovely sunset/”golden hour” pics together, so I thought that super bright sun would match the fun colors of the artwork. shooting in full sun text houston muralsSo when you decide to go for a midday shoot, you’re going to have to get creative when you need some portrait-style/closeups. You’ll want to find what we call “open shade,” so you don’t have the harsh, contrasted shadows on your lovely clients’ faces. If there are “blown out” (super bright white) spots in the background, your brain will be okay with it as long as the faces look good. create or find shade for portraitsfind or create shade for portraitsfun photo shoot family of four laughinghouston mural park andrea bacle photographyhouston mural park family sessionHowever, when the landscape is part of the shot, go for the full sun! It will look great.houston mural park full bright sun andrea bacle photographyhouston murals andrea bacle photographyshooting in full sun houston murals txshooting in full sun houston muralsshooting in houston mural park full sunsuper bright sun family photo shootI had the littlest here pose for me in true full sun, because I like the background colors, but it’s also a good way to get away with changing it up from the usual look-and-smile pose. I like to use sunglasses or hats or good ol’ make-a-silly-face-for-me pose. The shadows on his face end up adding some interest, instead of being distracting. If he had a normal smile looking at the camera, the shadows would seem too harsh. tricks to shooting in full sun andrea bacle photography

Thanks for a fun shoot in Houston, family. It was great fun, as usual!

xoxo, Andrea

Call me for your own H-town shoot, full sun or not. 508.768.5808 or andrea.bacle@gmail.com

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How can I have more images in my gallery? {Texas travel photographer}

I’m not sure what there is to say about this darling family that I haven’t already said in the many posts I’ve written about them and shoots we’ve done together. But, I will say that this little dude has thrown down a serious challenge to my children for “cutest baby in Texas.” He reminds me so much of my oldest. So, since I can’t go on and on and on about how much I adore this kid, let’s talk about a double (or more) session.

In a typical full session, you’ll see 25 images in your gallery view (that session fee is $150+tax OR $125+tax for a returning client). A mini-session with me is 5 planned poses/shots–remember, those are for returning clients only. Those are $75 for the session fee. The exception to that rule is for headshots. Or, if you are able to really convince me that you’re looking for that ONE GREAT SHOT only, a new client could probably sweet talk me into scheduling a mini.

So, what’s a double session? Well, what if you want more than 25 images to choose your lovely products from? Schedule a double session. It’s your session fee + $50 for every additional set of 25 images you’d like in your gallery. For example, in this family session, here’s what pictures this lovely momma wanted, so we planned for multiple sets of 25:

  1. family shots in this very special locationdouble family sessionfamily session nacodoches txwhat is a double session
  2. heirloom chairheirloom chair first birthday picsfamily heirloom chairblack and white heirloom family chair first birthday pics
  3. cake smashcake smash nacogdochescake smash nacogdoches txcake smash nacogdoches tx dirt road
  4. bubble bathfirst year bubble bath nacogdoches txbubble bath in a field texasbubble bath first year nacogdoches txbubbles everywhere first year birthday boy
  5. some close up shots of his faceface close up first birthday boy picsface close up first birthday boy nacogdochesclose up face first birthday boy

It’s technically possible that we could have gotten that done in a full session, but it would leave only a few options per set up. So, we opted to do 75 images, so she could have lots and lots of options. I think it worked out. :)

Love, Andrea

If you’re looking for a travel photographer who will drive to Middle of Nowhere, Texas, or fly to Where Are We, Kansas, to take pics of your darling one in a bucket, call me. 508.768.5808 or andrea.bacle@gmail.com

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tiny chefs at Kitchen Chick {Galveston family photographer}

You know I’ve already named myself Self-Declared Galveston Ambassador, right? I’m still deciding on if I should go with a sash or a crown….

Well, as part of my responsibilities, I get calls, emails, and texts–no kidding–from my non-Galveston friends (or their friends that they send my way) at least once a week asking me about what there is to do in Galveston: where to stay, where to eat, where to shop. You get the idea.

As I was responding to a friend of a friend who was wondering about taking her twin 3-year-olds to Pleasure Pier, I told this to the world travel expert MommyPoints (the most prolific blog post writer and winner of blogging) and she said, “Well, do you have a blog post you can send them to?” Ummm, no. I have it written down on my blog post to-do list for the past 5 years. Does that count?

So, I’m going to start to post things one at a time or as I can get to it, so I’ll have a place to point people.

First things first. You know it is critically important to me that I support small businesses,

01shop smallso the first place I want to mention is the Kitchen Chick. You can’t miss it on the corner of Market Street downtown. (2402 Market St; closed on Tuesdays)

02chick storefrontIt’s the most darling little boutique kitchen shop you’ve ever seen


with the cutest displays.cute displaysShe’s recently moved from her adorable but tiny space we first started going to when we finally ventured away from the beach and started exploring Galveston downtown to this big, beautiful space on Market Street.

It’s a great place for cool kitchen gifts:

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How cute are these TX ice cubes? I use them for my afternoon iced coffee.

tx iceI went in on my last visit to pick up a gift certificate, and I asked about her kids’ cooking classes and camps. It turned out that we magically had this week available and I had a client waiting on me to come back for a shoot, so I booked it for my daughter. Although my little dude likes cooking, he’s not interested in moving beyond scrambled eggs at this point.

Here are a few fun shots from camp.

04classtiny chefs05classes06class info07kids classesmousseShe even has a cute table for “making” sandwiches and cookies for your littles…little brother spot…and a spot for Little Brother to sit when he’s waiting on pickup after class (and Momma to finish taking pictures). liitle bro

The best part is after class is over, your tiny chef comes out with recipes and a little taste testing. I’ll take that, thank you….

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The Chick is already kind of Galveston famous (really, everyone I’ve told why we’re here this week knows you!), but if you’re from out of town and haven’t heard of this lovely shop, stop in and say hi–and support a small business, of course.


Or you might spy it from the Galveston Duck Tour (post to come on my review of that adventure):

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Thanks, Galveston and Kitchen Chick, for another wonderful week of family memories!

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If you’re a Galveston business owner or know a Galveston shop who would be perfect for a review on here, give me a shout.

Love, Andrea

508.768.5808 or andrea.bacle@gmail.com



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a little magic in the trees {Houston’s painted trees; family photographer}

When clients turn into friends and lifelong clients, I recommend one of two ways to take pics: 1. Set an annual date and stick to it. I usually recommend near Mother’s Day or Mom’s Birthday, because we all know that it’s Momma who wants the pictures taken. OR 2. Take me up on my mini-session offers throughout the year.

That’s what this VIP family does. They often take me up on the unique mini-shoots I offer. They pick one or two of their favorites to create gorgeous, big artwork, and they have beautiful galleries of art in their home with a wide variety of images. If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll probably recognize these littles from their mini-session at the beach.

The momma of these girls loves trees, so she just whipped up some dresses to match the scene.

Here’s her Instagram info, if you want to follow all of the fun things she makes; she also has an Etsy shop. R, do you want to advertise it? Feel free to link it in the comments.


Remember 5 years ago when they were royal blue? This year, two patches are painted: lime green and baby blue.

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This was like stepping into a real-life Alice in Wonderland moment. The girls were laughing and twirling, the petals were falling, the sun couldn’t have been more beautiful, and we had such a blast. green trees houston memorial waugh drive 2018houston green trees waugh memorial drive 2018green trees houston memorial waugh 2018waugh memorial drive houston painted trees 2018green trees houston cloverleaf memorial waugh 2018

Here’s a post-shoot pic of my little one that I recreated from five years ago: http://thebacles.blogspot.com/bluetreesb jumping green trees

Sweet family, it was so great to see you again. We just upgraded B’s bike and she asked if she could give her old one to your girls. :)

I hope you love these. Until the next session….

Love, Andrea

For anyone wanting your own session in the trees, the paint won’t last forever, so don’t wait. andrea.bacle@gmail.com or 508.768.5808

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balancing act at the disco {Discovery Green, Houston, TX, photographer}

Hey, hey, party people! How’s life these days? I’ve shared it on Facebook, but I never posted here: I was lucky enough to be featured on Voyage Houston recently as…I’m not totally sure. Photographer? Coach for business women? Overall groovy chick? I’m not sure, but it was fun and cute, and I love all things Houston. :) Here’s the link–the first pic with me and my dancing little was taken by the oh-so-lovely Stefanie of www.frazellephotography.com.

So, when one of my favorite former brides called and asked for her own fun pics for her own fun feature, I jumped at the opportunity! I’m so excited to share these pics of my cutie pie friend Kelly of https://www.kellyqscakes.com/. She wanted a colorful, Houston-y background, so I offered up several options, and she picked Discovery Green for her background.

**For you lovely photographers scouting locations, there is a $10 fee for shooting there. It takes less than a minute to submit and pay online. It’s worth it, because it’s such a great park for taking pics–tons of options.

Kelly is a super fabulous chef/cake baker extraordinaire; I’m sharing her info here, but I’m sure she gets booked up fast and just recently switched to weddings only. If you’re wanting a cake, don’t wait to book!

So, if you’re wondering why she is decorated in disco lights, you’ll have to keep scrolling….kelly disco lights

…and yes, she made that cake. voyage houston kelly q

kelly q andrea bacle houston voyageI spy with my little eye–a disco cake stand! I mean–the coolest, right?!discovery green kelly q cake balancingdiscovery green andrea bacle photography cake with disco standblack and white kelly q holding cake discovery green

A BOSS BABE with a whisk. Can’t beat it. <– ;)voyage houston andrea bacle kelly q

My lovely, you are as gorgeous and as sweet as ever. I’m going to pretend it hasn’t been 5 years since your wedding, because that would mean we are getting middle-aged–just kidding, that’s just me. Thanks for a fun shoot!

Love, Andrea

Friends, I hope you are having the most fabulous summer ever. Call me with all of the fun photo ideas. xoxo

andrea.bacle@gmail.com or 508.768.5808

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Mother’s Day mommy and me beach session {Galveston, TX, photographer}

When one of your fave clients requests a nursing session and leaves the location up to you? You go to the beach, of course.

The lovely momma of this little dude and I go all the way back to her engagement session. Just a wedding, pregnancy, baby, five years, and here we are–on the beach, holding one of the cutest and sweetest boys ever. I know I’m partial, but GOODNIGHT, I am a fan of this kid.  mommy and me galveston beach sessionsgalveston beach mini sessions mommy and memomma and me sessions mother's day 2018

I’m not posting any images on here, but the point of this shoot was to get some nursing shots. Despite one truck with a crew of beach maintenance dudes who gave us a wave and several thumbs up, we had practically the entire beach to ourselves for some sweet mommy-and-me bonding pics. I, of course, have no problem with some amazing mom-boobs–I could go on and on about how flippin’ amazing and miraculous and downright cool it is that moms can feed their babies FROM THEIR OWN BODIES. But, I’ll refrain. I mean, I am friends with her husband and her parents and they may not be cool with his wife’s/their daughter’s boobs on the internet, and then it’ll turn into a whole big boob thing…. galvy beach mommy and me nursing session

Ok, on the real, I don’t think anyone would care at all, but you know the drill with the 300-word-minimum for these posts, right? I mean, I can only talk about how cute this kid is for so many words.

Ugh. The way he’s holding his momma and gripping her shirt and looking at the camera and the wind in her dress and hair…I dig all of it. beach sessions one year old mommy and me galveston

Remember that weekend when everyone was going nuts about the blue water in Galveston? This was the week prior to that, and the water was rather clear and extra pretty. I think we timed it just right. mommy and baby boy pink reflections beach

Beautiful lady, I’m so glad to know you and your family and your amazing little dude. Thanks for tolerating the crazy wind for my love of beach pics. :)

Love, Andrea

Hey, people. I’m shooting in Galveston again in July. Give me a shout. 508.768.5808 or andrea.bacle@gmail.com

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hurricane baby, part one {travel portrait photographer}

So many people have been posting their #2017bestnine pics this week and especially yesterday. I would say that it’s got me thinking a lot about my photos throughout the year, but there’s really only one that I can’t get off my mind. This baby boy:

andrea bacle newborn session after the hurricane

I haven’t posted about this session, because it’s so…much. It’s everything. It’s sad, it’s uplifting, it’s heartbreaking, it’s inspiring. For me, it was life changing.

I’ve delayed this because

  1. I needed to make sure I had permission from Courtney, the mom of this precious boy.
  2. I haven’t had the time to give it a proper write up. I couldn’t hurry this.
  3. Every time I started to think about what to write, the blogging narcissist in me would relate it back to my life, and it’s so not about me. But, it is my blog and my life as a photographer and mom and woman, so I’d ask myself if it’s ok to connect it to myself.
  4. It’s sad. I’m a happy girl. Isn’t it easier to turn away from the hard stuff? But isn’t that what’s real? Aren’t we all a little sick of the fakeness of social media? The faux happiness? When is it ok to talk about what makes us sad?

So then I finally realized that I HAVE to write about it. Before this shoot, the emotionally hardest thing I’ve done in my life was to say these words

“On behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Air Force, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s honorable and faithful service.”

as I presented the flag to the crying mother of one of my favorite Airmen who died with his wife en route to their new base and new life while I was his commander.

Life goes on and nothing ever stops, and I was so busy with work that I never made the time to even think about it. I never talked about it with anyone and never properly grieved or processed it. So when did it all come out? At my final farewell speech in front of all the high-ranking dudes when I was separating from the Air Force and my Airman’s uncle came and delivered a beautiful necklace to me from his mother. Yep, I lost it. No military bearing for me.

After, my husband said, “What was that all about? You never cry.”

Fast forward to when I went to see my reflexologist the other day (you know I’m hippie-dippie-baloney with my health stuff), she said, there’s something weighing on your heart on your male side, and I knew exactly what it was. I haven’t really talked about this baby boy, and it’s been rolling around my head (and my heart) since the hurricane.

So, are you in? Want to hear the whole story? Step 1. Listen to this podcast. It’s Courtney’s story about her journey with her son.

(Yeah, yeah, it’s an hour long. But, so what? I know you’re in the car for that long at some point in the day anyway. Listen to the first half in the morning, and then you’ll be excited about your drive home in the evening or the next day in car rider line or wherever.)

Step 2. I’ll post my side next.

Love, Andrea


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