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It’s beginning to look A LOT like Christmas!  Last week, I went out to a Christmas tree farm in The Woodlands, Texas (Old Time Christmas Tree Farm) with one GORGEOUS family!  Holy cow, wowzers, and any other description of utter jaw-dropping beautiful-ness!  Am I right or what?!?  They came dressed to thrill in sequins, tulle, pleats and tuxedos!  My heart was floored and I was over the moon excited.  As we entered the Christmas tree farm, all heads were turning.  The tree farm representative even deadpanned, “I take it they do not plan to cut down a tree tonight.”  Ha, not so much!

The Woodlands Christmas Formal Tree Farm Family Photography

Now, now, before you wonder too long and ask….mom’s dress is from Hazel and Olive AND it is SMOKIN’ HOT! <3  The others in rich, vibrant tones and luxe textures, off-set with the classic tuxedo styling, pushed the glam up a notch while the golden sun outlined them each in stunning light.

Christmas tree farm in the woodlands, texasWe walked the Christmas tree farm in The Woodlands, Texas, to find unique settings and let the light guide us.  The rustic charm was an incredible juxtaposition for the high class wardrobe styling.

The Woodlands Old Time Christmas Tree Farm Photography

Oh my goodness, the poshly dressed kids just melt my heart.  <3

Christmas Tree Farm Family Portraits

 

The Woodlands Old Time Christmas Tree Farm Photography

Formal Wear?

So, this begs the question….should you go formal for family portraits?  Here is where my brain goes on the topic.  How often do you have family portrait sessions with a professional photographer?  Is your family naturally prone to be a bit formal, theatrical or have social occasions in which formal wear is worn?

If your family is tried and true most comfortable in jeans or sweatpants, it might come across almost like a costume if you all of a sudden jump to high glam styling.  It can translate to being unauthentic and frankly, the husband and kids might revolt and look awkward through the session. That is far from ideal for sure.  However, if dressing up for church, parties or other occasions isn’t too far fetched GO FOR IT!  You can have the more relaxed, cozy, casual session another time….let yourself shine and let he jaws drop!

Spring Texas Holiday Portrait Photographer

 

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Holly Davis Photography specializes in child, family and high school senior portraiture in The Woodlands, Conroe, Spring, Magnolia, Montgomery and the North Houston, Texas area.  For pricing information click here or to contact me about scheduling your custom session today!

Some dear friends and clients of mine sent me a text asking if they could be a Texas Aggie Family on Kyle Field at their fall session?  Of course there wasn’t even a pause on my end before replying YES!  I think I even used the crazy new “slam” option of texting on my iPhone.  As a Texas Aggie photographer, this is a bucket list thing y’all!

Bryan College Station Aggie photographer

 

I long focal length lenses and most often shoot families with my Canon 70-200, 2.8.  However, I KNEW this was a unique session in such an incredible venue that a fisheye lens was a necessity.  I rented one from Lens Rentals and it was on my doorstep in just a day.  Ultra wide angle lenses take some finessing to avoid ultra crazy body distortion.  Some distortion is fun, but who wants to look like a they are in a fun house mirror?  NO ONE!  Image above: Canon 8-15mm @ 15mm.  Image below: Canon 70-200 2.8 @ 180mm.

Bryan College Station Aggie photography

SO what can a fish eye do?  It can fit Kyle field in a single frame at just 30 feet away.  Yes, it distorts the fire out of it for a fun perspective.  Definitely not representative of the the architecture, but its FUN!

 

Bryan College Station Aggie photography Kyle Field

We ran and played, we posed for the classic portraits and overall just lived it up as die-hard Aggies and Former Students.  WHOOP!  These three boys were in heaven and the sweet mom and dad were absolutely BEAMING with pride watching them.

Bryan College Station Aggie photographer

Bryan College Station Aggie photography

What special day that none of us will ever forget.  We were treated to a day of Aggie royalty with VIP access like this.  Pinch me!  I know one family is going to be the envy of the entire Aggie world with their holiday cards this year!  AND, my family MIGHT have had another photographer meet us there, too.  No way I could let this one get by me, right?  Of course not!?!

Bryan College Station Aggie photography

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Holly Davis Photography specializes in child, family and high school senior portraiture in The Woodlands, Conroe, Spring, Magnolia, Montgomery and the North Houston, Texas area.  For pricing information click here or to contact me about scheduling your custom session today!

Houston City Skyline Family Portraits – Holly Davis Photography

Want to showcase the amazing city in which we live?  It sets a spectacular stage for your family portraits….so impressive!  Houston, Texas, sometimes get a bad wrap for not being the most beautiful of cities, but the lush greens, Buffalo Bayou and the skyline makes me proud to call it home.  You can’t beat the cost of living either, am I right?

Houston urban teen family portraits

Now there is something else that I really want to showcase about this session.  This beautiful family has three ranging from 12 – 17 years old.  Capture this family stage, it has unique magic that deserves it.  SO often families think that once the cute toddler and kid stage passes that family portraits aren’t as important.  Wrong!  Before you know it, the next family image on the walls might be from a wedding while you skipped completely over the loving dynamics of the teen years.  The kids are coming into their own, you have new stresses and schedules to manage, but also a matured calmness and grace that is just captivating.

The awkward years just seemed to have disappeared with today’s teens or they happen earlier in 3-4th grade when the kids aren’t caught up in it yet.  I find many tween/teens are a bit nervous and unsure of what to do, but with careful direction, posing help and a relaxed vibe, they loosen up and utterly shine.  Just look at this bunch!

Houston teen family photography

 

Houston teen family Eleanor Tinsley photography

We had a wonderful time with some laughs, some cringes, but then back to smiles.  Don’t skip this family stage, capture it.  You WILL want to remember it in every detail.  Whether it be at the Houston city skyline or elsewhere, preserve your family’s legacy.

Houston teen family photography

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Holly Davis Photography specializes in child, family and high school senior portraiture in The Woodlands, Conroe, Spring, Magnolia, Montgomery and the North Houston, Texas area.  For pricing information click here or to contact me about scheduling your custom session today!