When I work with my clients and we are planning a family photo session, they often ask, should we be indoors or out?

Studios certainly offer a lot of flexibility and options, and I’m one of few DFW family photographers with a dedicated and private studio for clients. But sometimes, you just gotta get outside. This is especially true when nature is offering something spectacular.

Today, I’m sharing some Dallas outdoor family photography. This trio hadn’t had any family photography done in ages. They wanted to get some done before their boy got any bigger. Children grow up so fast!

We headed to a local park, which was in bloom and totally beautiful. The trees were also changing colors, which added dimension and vibrant color to the shots. Some of the photos are in front of azalea bushes covered in flowers in shades of pink. Others are by the water’s edge. The water was quite popular with the couple’s toddler son. He wanted to play with a duck friend he made that day.

I use quite a lot of black and white photography when we’re in studio. But for an outdoor photography session like this, color is in order. Color catches the eye. Bright colors that surround a photo’s subject have a way of capturing interest and drawing a viewer into the image. Color photos can also convey mood. The greens of nature and bright pops of color from the flowers create a happy, relaxed feel in these photographs.

Are you interested in Dallas outdoor family photography? Contact me at 214.864.5787 (call or text) or use my website form. I work with families in Dallas, Highland Park, Fort Worth, Allen, Southlake, and many other areas of DFW and Austin. Please see my list of the areas served by Miette Photography.

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Most parents are excited to get professional photographs of their newborn, and I am, of course, a big advocate of that thinking. There’s nothing like having some precious photos of your infant when he or she was brand new. It’s something families treasure for years, especially as their kids get older. I think parents kind of miss that tiny baby stage. I know I do as my two children grow up.

But great pictures don’t just happen. The best Dallas baby photography starts with solid planning. When a client books with me, I have them fill out a questionnaire with info about their child. Then we have a phone or in-person meeting about their hopes for the session, as well as expectations. We talk about times of day that will work with their infant’s sleeping schedule, outfit changes, overall look and feel, and any props they might want. My style has been described as minimalist, so I keep props to a minimum, but a fuzzy blanket or knitted hat and diaper cover is adorable.

Most newborns are sleepy. We want them to snooze for the entire session, but they will wake often — when they are moved and for feedings or diaper changes. They probably haven’t regained the weight they lost right after birth, so they will hungry. Supplementing with a little formula can help, but is not a requirement. This is one of the things we discuss during the pre-shoot consultation. Sometimes I am able to capture images of baby with eyes open, but nine times out of 10, their eyes will be crossed or they will be making a face. So sleeping babies are always best at this stage! I have several tricks for getting them to sleep and will also offer ways to prepare — this is another thing we can talk about during our consultation.

Are you looking for the best Dallas baby photography for your newborn? Call or text me at 214.864.5787 or use my website contact form. I work with families in in Dallas, Preston Hollow, University Park, Plano, Westlake, Southlake, Fort Worth, and many more parts of North Texas and Austin — please see a comprehensive list of the areas served by Miette Photography.

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For a lot of people, a dog is part of the family, too. When that’s the case, what better way to celebrate that love than to include your dog in a family photography session?

That’s exactly what today’s family did with their sweet Weimaraner. He was such a good boy during our family photography shoot. They are elegant, beautiful creatures that make great pets for families with kids. I think they almost look regal with their silvery coat and athletic appearance.

Mom, dad, and their nine-month-old son arrived at my Dallas studio for a session with doggie in tow. We took plenty of all four of them together. We also took smaller groupings, like mom and baby, dad and baby, and doggie and baby. The photos of the little boy and his dog are especially adorable, I think. It captures that classic relationship between child and his best friend.

Not all pets make for good photo companions, though. Your dog should be well-behaved and calm enough for a long session. Not all animals are able to be that patient. I recommend a dog that has been through obedience training and is beyond the puppy wildness/goofiness that’s natural in a young dog. This Weimaraner fit that description perfectly and he happily hung out in my studio while we took smaller group shots of the humans at this event. Very good boy.

Are you considering family photography, perhaps with a beloved family pet, too? Contact me at 214.864.5787 or use my website form. I work with families in in Dallas, Highland Park, McKinney, Frisco, Plano, Coppell, Fort Worth, and many more parts of North Texas and Austin — please see a comprehensive list of the areas served by Miette Photography.

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A fun alternative to studio photography is getting the kids outside and into the city. Today, I’m sharing pictures of downtown Dallas photography with two super cute kids.

Part of my process for every new client is talking to them and getting an idea of what kind of photos they want to create. This DFW family, an urban made perfect sense. Their kids are older and the whole family loves the Dallas Arts District, where we ended up going for our downtown Dallas. Interesting fact, this is the largest contiguous urban arts district in the nation, with 69 walkable acres of visual arts, performing arts, and community groups with plenty of beautiful outdoor areas.

I find the architecture of the Dallas Arts District especially striking. All of the photos below were taken at or near the Winspear Opera House, a modern reinterpretation of the traditional horseshoe-shaped opera house. The entrance offers a 60-foot-tall glass façade, with the louvered Sky Canopy providing shade over three acres of Sammons Park next door. The reflecting pool is shallow and visitors can walk and splash around in it, which makes for striking photos. With the backdrop of downtown skyscrapers, there’s so much visual appeal here.

Another great setting for downtown Dallas photography is Deep Ellum — you can see a recent photo shoot I did in my post Urban Family Photos Shot in Deep Ellum. This is another spot to consider if you’re looking for a urban-style shoot for your kids and family.

Are you considering urban photos for your family, like downtown Dallas photography? Contact me at 214.864.5787 or use my website form. I work with families in in Dallas, Highland Park, McKinney, Frisco, Plano, Coppell, Fort Worth, and many more parts of North Texas and Austin — please see a comprehensive list of the areas served by Miette Photography.

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