Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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Childhood memories - photographer The Woodlands, Texas

In rummaging through old photos, I came across this image.

Seems simple right a man and his ice cream truck?

This is Bill. Bill was a fabulous and almost famous ice cream man known to many children over the 60s, 70s, 80s in my small hometown of Oakland, New Jersey.   Every afternoon between 4:00 pm till 7:00 pm he'd be driving his truck around our town with his bell ringing to sell his ice cream.   When he wasn't driving the truck, he could be found during baseball games at the Oakland Rec Field.  The siblings of those baseball players could get some change from Mom and Dad and walk on over to the Ice Cream truck.    In the summers, many children went to Oakland Rec Camps at the elementary schools from 9:00 am till 12 noon.   I so remember walking down the big small hill at my elementary school camp after lunch to get an ice cream of a double lollipop. Those were my favorite.

I posted Bill's photos to a You Knew You Group Up In Facebook group less than 24 hours ago, and so far there are over 300 likes and 100 comments and several shares.   I do remember taking his photo and he was surprised that I wanted him in the photo.  I wish I could let hime know now how well he is thought of and how many great memories of youth this images has brought back to former Oakland's.

It got me thinking. It seems I always knew how important photographs are to keep and capture memories.   It bring me complete joy to see the image my father has captured over the years of my brothers and I.   I can't say how happy it was to see an image of me at six standing in my room with the dress my mother made me (that boys at school called "pajamas"), near my white bookshelf where I kept all my dolls, stuffed animals, toys and books.  I only had one shelf.

Hopefully you all remember to photograph these memories for your children!!

Happy Shooting!



THE double lollipop!


More info you say? Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) specializes in photographing children, and families in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, Spring and North Houston areas. Please Message me to schedule your family's photographic adventure.

 --------- Little people call her Camera Girl. Elizabeth's little people, two boys, call her Mommy. She calls on her Canon, enthusiasm for the outdoors, creativity as a former toy-maker, excited for discovery and addiction to Starbucks coffee to guide the littles and their families on photograph adventures. Elizabeth's love of nature and volunteer work at a local land conservancy keep her connected to the land and always seeking new settings where she can capture the natural light, the beauty of the local faint, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.

Friday, February 16, 2018

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8 Safety Tips for Taking Photos in Fields - The Woodlands, Tomball, Magnolia child and family photographer


If you're like me, and love to shoot outdoors in pretty nature spots in The Woodlands, Texas, there are a few tips to bear in mind to keep you and your clients (especially all the sweet children you'll be photographing) safe.

Find a good safe location:   



When looking for a good spot to shoot, I always try ton find a nearby community park, nature park, or public preserve.  Do a Google Earth search of your town and see what public parks pop up in green, then go check them out.

What to look for with Parking:



At each park, I look for a sweet little spot to shoot in, as well as ample parking spaces. It's also preferable if the park has restroom  playgrounds and lots of room for the little ones to run and play in a safe area.  

Often some pretty fields may be in a remote area just off the side of the road.  At these spots, I check to be sure the parking area is big enough for at least two vehicles with a safe distance between my parked car and other cars traveling on the road.  If you plan for a client, especially one with young children to meet you there, be sure it is possible for them to depart the vehicle and enter the field safely.  Also be sure it's public property or that you have the owner's permission to shoot on their property.



Get those boots out.


You never know what critters might live in a field, so I always wear tall boots. Here in Texas there are a lot of poisonous snakes, fire ant hills, chiggers, and other critters.  When entering the field, I lead the group and ask the little ones and their parents to follow my footprints.  As I walk I stomp the ground - to scare off critters, and keep my eyes down to watch out for ant hills - and direct clients to avoid them.


Keep those bugs away!




Remember those chiggers I mentioned - bug spray can help.  While any bug spray can be helpful, the most success comes from using a bug spray with DEET.  Spray before you leave your home, and make sure to shower well after the shoot.

Just in case, have a First Aid Kit Accessible:

In our family we have two little boys, so there is always a First Aid Kit in the back of my car. You never know when a client's chid may fall and it's great to be able to handle minor injuries in the field without having to cancel the photos shoot.  A minor first aid incident is a time when a park with a restroom and water could be helpful. 

Keep your camera equipment close: 

Recently I switched to a backpack style camera bag.  I find with the movement of the children I am photographing, and the sun, I am constantly moving about the field. With my equipment on my back, i am hands free and always know another lens, battery or card is easily within reach. As well, I know where my equipment is and that there's no change of it being damaged or stolen from the field.

Keep Hydrated:

All the running about makes me especially thirsty.  Be sure to bring a water for yourself for after the shoot. Recommend it to your clients too especially for a long shoot and/or in a remote location.

Last things, before you go:




Be sure to tell your husband, family, and/or close friend the address of where you will be shooting and the time frame you expect to be there. Go the old route and write the directions down on paper as you may not get cell reception in some field locations.

And be sure to put your car keys in a zippered pocket before you  head out to the field.



Happy shooting.

More info you say? Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) specializes in photographing children, and families in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, Spring and North Houston areas. Please Message me to schedule your family's photographic adventure.

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Little people call her Camera Girl. Elizabeth's little people, two boys, call her Mommy. She calls on her Canon, enthusiasm for the outdoors, creativity as a former toy-maker, excited for discovery and addiction to Starbucks coffee to guide the littles and their families on photograph adventures. Elizabeth's love of nature and volunteer work at a local land conservancy keep her connected to the land and always seeking new settings where she can capture the natural light, the beauty of the local faint, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

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The Traveling Red Chair - family photographer The Woodlands, Texas

n 2010, an obsession began with vintage furniture, mainly to be used as a photography prop.   Craig's List in Houston became my daily friend to search, and search, and search to find that elusive reasonably priced piece of furniture that I would love.   Weeks passed, and I found this lovely red velvet replica French dining chairs. The woman was selling her dining chairs and everything inside as  was moving out of the country,  I believe she said to evade taxes by moving overseas.  So she was selling everything.

She made me buy 2 of them, she would not sell me just one.  She had a four more left and I sent two more established local photographer her way to purchase a red velvet chair from her.  They got together and were able to buy 1 each.   I loved them so much I agree to buy two.  I wonder if they still have them?

Later that year, we moved from The Woodlands, Texas to Allen, Texas and I brought them along. Here and there I did use them for sessions, mainly a senior girl here and there, but mostly they sat in the corner of my office looking pretty.    I had not realized I would tire of them a bit.   Eventually I sold both of them to my favorite DFW photography group.  I had hoped to collect many image of those Dallas ladies who have photographed this chair as so far only have 1 to share along with my old  images.

Here is my son on it in late 2010 at age 4 in Allen Texas at my absolute favorite little meadow, he is now almost 12.  This is one of my favorite of him from this era. I could capture the best sun flares with my Canon Rebel and little nifty fifty.
 


This was from 2010 The Woodlands, in what now is Creekside Park. I remember being so incredibly happy with these images at that time.  Now I see the blown highlights created with my Canon Rebal and little nifty fifty.


Ava Hill and her daughter in 2010 also in what is now Creekside Park, in The Woodlands, Texas.  See the TWO chairs!




A 2013 gorgeous client session in my favorite little meadow in Allen, Texas





This is a 2017 gorgeous image by one of the eventual al owners of the chair .Abby Mathieson Photography of DFW, soon to be in Georgia.




More info you say? Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) specializes in photographing children, and families in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, Spring and North Houston areas. Please Message me to schedule your family's photographic adventure.

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Little people call her Camera Girl. Elizabeth's little people, two boys, call her Mommy. She calls on her Canon, enthusiasm for the outdoors, creativity as a former toy-maker, excited for discovery and addiction to Starbucks coffee to guide the littles and their families on photograph adventures. Elizabeth's love of nature and volunteer work at a local land conservancy keep her connected to the land and always seeking new settings where she can capture the natural light, the beauty of the local faint, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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Super Blue Blood moon, Blue Moon in The Woodlands Texas

UPDATE This am with the Super Blue Blood Moon




Tonights Supermoon taken moments ago just steps outside my back door in The Woodlands Texas. I just love stepping right outside and shooting, there is nothing more convenient.   Since I am handholding my camera using my 70 - 200 lens, I felt I needed to make the moon a bit more interesting by taking the branches from this butterfly bush.   I wish I had a longer lens to just shoot a closeup on this beautiful Supermoon!





This is November 2016 Supermoon taken near Allen Texas. I just love this one, as I visited this old metal barn often in the spring as wild yellow flowers grew all around it.



More info you say? Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) specializes in photographing children, and families in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, Spring and North Houston areas. Please Message me to schedule your family's photographic adventure.

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Little people call her Camera Girl. Elizabeth's little people, two boys, call her Mommy. She calls on her Canon, enthusiasm for the outdoors, creativity as a former toy-maker, excited for discovery and addiction to Starbucks coffee to guide the littles and their families on photograph adventures. Elizabeth's love of nature and volunteer work at a local land conservancy keep her connected to the land and always seeking new settings where she can capture the natural light, the beauty of the local faint, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.

Monday, January 29, 2018

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Guide to a Kids session with Eliz Alex Photography - The Woodlands, Texas child photographer

We need to have FUN at your session with your sweet children - here is my guide to having smooth and FUN, happy session!



  More info you say? Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) specializes in photographing children, and families in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, Spring and North Houston areas. Please Message me to schedule your family's photographic adventure. --------- Little people call her Camera Girl. Elizabeth's little people, two boys, call her Mommy. She calls on her Canon, enthusiasm for the outdoors, creativity as a former toy-maker, excited for discovery and addiction to Starbucks coffee to guide the littles and their families on photograph adventures. Elizabeth's love of nature and volunteer work at a local land conservancy keep her connected to the land and always seeking new settings where she can capture the natural light, the beauty of the local faint, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

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Best Nine of Mine! Best Nine 2017 from Instagram - in Magnolia, Texas

2017 is just about over and a cold front is coming on down to Texas. Let's pause just a second! Time to look over my nine most loved images on instagram from 2017 and I'm tickled and treasured that it is made up mostly of personal images on my instagram feed. I can look along to remember and treasure every moment, from our ski trip to swimming daily, to new kittens, and a new home.

More info you say? Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) specializes in photographing children, and families in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, Spring and North Houston areas. Please Message me to schedule your family's photographic adventure. --------- Little people call her Camera Girl. Elizabeth's little people, two boys, call her Mommy. She calls on her Canon, enthusiasm for the outdoors, creativity as a former toy-maker, excited for discovery and addiction to Starbucks coffee to guide the littles and their families on photograph adventures. Elizabeth's love of nature and volunteer work at a local land conservancy keep her connected to the land and always seeking new settings where she can capture the natural light, the beauty of the local faint, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.

Merry Christmas!! A sweet Tree light Sessions in The Woodlands, Texas

These two sweet sisters had their very own Christmas Tree.  This is not that tree as, theirs was off to the left side.  Remember those days when the littles only wanted to touch the Christmas tree ornaments?     For a special treat, they were allowed to touch the "no touch" family Christmas tree just for our Treelight Session. The littlest one was so cute to keep looking over to me and saying "cheeeessseee". We had to remind her to keep looking at the tree.

 I am so in love with the tree light bokeh, and childhood memories and moments go so fast, these truly are my favorite sessions. Now off to shoot a few images of my own children and let's hope they cooperate for me!

 Merry Christmas ya'll!




More info you say? Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) specializes in photographing children, and families in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, Spring and North Houston areas. Please Message me to schedule your family's photographic adventure.

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Little people call her Camera Girl. Elizabeth's little people, two boys, call her Mommy. She calls on her Canon, enthusiasm for the outdoors, creativity as a former toy-maker, excited for discovery and addiction to Starbucks coffee to guide the littles and their families on photograph adventures. Elizabeth's love of nature and volunteer work at a local land conservancy keep her connected to the land and always seeking new settings where she can capture the natural light, the beauty of the local faint, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.
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