On my 3 mile walk one day in my Woodlands neighborhood I  came across a few deer running in a field, , a Great Blue Heron flying down into a swamp area, ,A Rosette spoonbill hunting,  and about 30 turtles.  A bit later I ran into my neighbor,  then we discovered this teeny purple flower and cool sun looking mushroom.

This flower is a Gregg's Mist flower and Monarch butterflies love the nectar from on this flower on their journey south to Mexico.   My neighbor really looked at this flower more closely than I did.  A couple of days after our walk I went back with my Canon and a macro lens to capture a few close ups of mainly the interesting mushrooms, and since this purple flower was nearby I took images of it as well.

WOW! I'm so impressed with  how amazing this flower is with the macro lens!!  It's teeny but this lens gives it so much drama!



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More info you say?  Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) is a Woodlands Photographer specializing 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, October 8, 2018

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More info you say?  Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) is a Woodlands Photographer specializing 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.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

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My sweet Musicians - woodlands fine art photographer

Ya'll . . my babies.

Do yo remember when you started photography? Did you start learning photography with your own babies?

My oldest started violin lessons last year and my youngest started cello lessons this year.   It's been on my mind for the past year to take images of my oldest outside at sunset with his violin, but homework, relaxing and life happens.  This was the violin shoot that inspired me.

Oh and boys - did I mention boys?

I've seen this fine art series style before, mainly with girls.  So I just recently thought, "I think I can pull this together myself" for me and my boys.   And the cool things is that I didn't have to purchase a thing, we had everything right here. The  faux velvet burgundy jackets were from the holidays 2017, and the "ascot" is just a leftover piece of pretty fabric used in the past to make one of my ETSY handmade patchwork tents.

I'm so in love with these images, mainly cause it's so different from my normal art,  it's my babies and the reason I picked up a camera in the first place.  Our children still deserve beautiful images of them at every age!

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More info you say?  Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) is a Woodlands Photographer specializing 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, October 4, 2018

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A lovely engagement session on the waterway - woodlands photographer

Who would have thought that this man would become someone who knows my children well, and for so many years.

THIS is our karate instructor - Mr.  Cherian.  Anyone who knows my family well knows that we have been doing karate for years and we have been following this same instructor from gym to gym.  We are loyal, what can I say!

Once upon I time I photographed him doing karate kicks in the gym, now we are shooting his engagement session!  In a crazy turn of events, we moved to The Woodlands, and they had their family engagement party in the Houston area, so we met one hot day on the Woodlands Waterway.

Congrats you two!

 Side note:  If anyone is looking to give them a bid on a wedding in Dallas, please let me know. As I post this,  I think they are still looking for a wedding photographer!

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This so reminds me of a royal couple, aren't they just royal???

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Happy shooting!

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More info you say?  Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) is a Woodlands Photographer specializing 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 fauna, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.

Monday, October 1, 2018

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The Harvest Moon - Woodlands Photographer


I've always wanted a wonderful image of a full moon, and have photographed it many times with my longest lens the 70 - 200 . . . and they were just okay images.    THEN I am borrowing a friends 500 mm lens and OH WOW!   

On the good side of our move means less clients, and more time for me to try new things photographically.   I've been able to finally get my Milky Way and Moon images that I have dreamed about.  

Years ago I read quote saying if you had things you worried about, just change your perspective and think what earth would look like if you were standing on the moon. Your worried, concerns, issues would seem inconsequential in the scope of things.

It was amazing to see the gorgeous harvest moon over The Woodlands, Texas one morning last week, especially since we've had so much off and on rain these past few weeks.

Enjoy!


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Happy shooting!

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More info you say?  Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) is a Woodlands Photographer specializing 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 fauna, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.

Monday, September 17, 2018

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9/11 Thank You Family Photoshoot for Police, Fire, and Active Military in The Woodlands.


THANK YOU Police, Fire, and Active Military for your service and dedication to keeping us safe

2018 is our 1styear offering these 9/11 THANK You sessions in The Woodlands, Texas organized by little ole me.  It was a labor of love to reach out by phone, email and an online campaign to be sure to spread the word to offer these police, fire, and active military families the opportunity to have wonderful images of their men with their wives and their children.   Personally, it is important to me to do these sessions as I was in New York City on 9/11 so I saw firsthand all the sacrifices the police and firemen make to keep us safe.

We are happy to have had 11 Woodlands area photographers providing images for 53 families to honor them and the sacrifices they make.  The families we have met have been so appreciative and thankful. It’s been amazing to do this!

You can see all our participating photographers on the original announcement here:  9/11 THANK YOU ANNOUNCEMENT!   Hopefully it came across your feed!

Sadly it rained here in The Woodlands, Texas on 9/11 so all my THANK YOU sessions had to be postponed, and I was so happy to be able to photograph a few families this week!

Our hope is to continue and grow this tradition every year on 9/11. It’s our way of giving back to those who keep us safe.  So please keep in touch by following us on social media to get on our list for next year!

NEVER FORGET. 

Just look at these beautiful families, and more to come!

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Thank you for your service and dedication!

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The 9/11 THANK You sessions originated in Frisco, Texas by Courtney Blissett of Bliss Photography in 2014.  She is a gifted senior photographer and the wife of a retired 21 year fireman.   By 2016 she had recruited 3 more photographers, including now Woodlands resident Elizabeth Alexander of Eliz Alex Photography.  In 2018 the Dallas area had 19 participating photographers all across the metroplex.

2016 9/11 THANK YOU DALLAS, TX

Happy shooting!

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More info you say?  Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) is a Woodlands Photographer specializing 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, September 3, 2018

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Shooting the Milky Way

You might be interested in trying a few new things photographically, maybe you want to try to shoot the Milky Way?    That was me 1 year ago, wanting to try new things - so astrophotography was one of my goals.  I tried,  tested, learned, and still have more to learn.  A lot of my learning was found in the good 'ole school of GOOGLE.

I've been shooting families and children in the Allen, Texas area for almost ten years and am absolutely enamored with  it. Personally, I wanted to be challenged photographically.

Here are a few of my failures and successes, and random tips along the way:  

Tip 1:  Focus

Figure out your camera settings to be sure the stars are in focus.  My Fuji XT2 is set it to infinity focus and please make use of focus check.  Below is my 1st attempt last summer July 2017, from my backyard.

I was so excited I had something . . . . I had star bokeh!  But uh, clearly stars are not IN FOCUS, which could be important.   See I thought I knew what I was doing, but really I didn't know exactly what I was doing right or doing wrong.

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Tip 2:  Star Tracker

So I keep trying, my next attempt is also in my backyard in the Woodlands, Texas.    The stars are in focus and I *think* I was pointing my Fuji with 23mm lens at the Milky Way.    It seems I might have been catching the northern portion of the Milky Way, rather than the bright core of the Milky Way.  It is this bright core that is captured by photographers in the most beautiful places in our world.

So my camera was pointing in the wrong direction as well my lens choice needed to be different.  So I purchased the Photopills app for my iPhone, and it's an amazing tool.   I use it to track the new moon, and to spot where EXACTLY the Milky Way will be in the sky.   This app is incredible and does tons of other useful stuff that I need to learn.

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My Woodlands backyard


Tip 3:  Visibility

The Milky Way is only visible for 6 months of the year from March to October from our planet.  It's visibility is best during a New Moon phase, as there is no light from the moon and you'll have a dark night sky.   It also moves across the sky and is visible at different nighttime and early morning hours from March to October.   It's also best to be sure you are in a dark sky area and the light pollution for cities can hide your view of the Milky Way.   From my research, it seems if you are 1 hour south of a city you would have a better view than being 1 hour north of a city.  This is because the MW Core appears in the southern sky so you'd be viewing through the light pollution of a city.   (Don't quote me here - I'm no astrophysicist!)

Tip 4:  Safety

In March 2018, our family heads to the Park City, Utah area for a family ski trip.  It coincides with a new moon - woohooo -  and I am determined to get this universe object in the sky in an image.

Sadly, it is another fail as even though I've now purchased a wider 12mm lens, and I know I am pointing it to the proper section of the sky, I'm not seeing the MW.   I can't see it with my eye or my camera.  Locals have suggested I should drive 45 minutes to a dark sky location for the best images.   As much as I so want to, I would be a female going alone (while her family slept),  45 minutes away at night to shoot in a remote location IN THE DARK.  Then get up at 7:00 am to go skiing all day.

So please think safety in numbers, especially when shooting in the dark.  For this trip, I just had to be happy with the vision of millions upon millions of stars and getting the Big Dipper and the North Star.

Side note:  I wish I could find a female astrophotography group that meets up locally!!

Utah has some wonderful dark skies and one day I hope to get there to shoot them.

Utah night sky


Tip 5:  Setttings

2.8, 1600 ISO, 25 second exposure

I always use my 12mm on my Fuji XT2 on a tripod, and use the Fuji app on my phone to trigger the shutter.  Starting out I use infinity focus, 2.8, 1600 iso, 25 seconds and adjust from there as needed.   The Fuji phone app is amazing as I can easily change up my ISO and exposure and I always do change it to 3200 iso at 30 seconds.  Just mix it up a bit!

Tip 6:  Success Finally! Change it Up a Bit

So finally I had success in shooting the Milky Way.  You'll see below how I tried to change up my compositions quite a bit, by changing my location, adding in elements,  and rotating the camera.

Our summer family vacation in Mustang Island, Texas was planned by my hubby accidentally during a new moon phase.   I'm unable to describe the joy I felt in the breezy night air just gazing upon the incredible night sky.  I spent 3 nights out shooting the Milky Way from the boardwalk and the beach in front of our condo rental.  My family joined me one evening while night crabbing, and I was so happy to be able to share it with them!

My youngest on the beach next to a sandcastle, he had to sit still for 25 seconds while I counted out loud. He did great!

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This one was taken from the boardwalk, and the sand dunes, boardwalk and lamp post is visible, as well as the glowing red Mars.  You can see the Milky Way is rising fairly horizontal at this time of the year.
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In August, we flew to Virginia to visit my parents, and it wasn't quite yet the new moon phase but fairly close so I decided to give it a go and see what I might get.

I'm so happy to have tried, as we had a wonderful clear evening and I changed it up by being sure to get the lake in the images so I could see the star's reflection in the lake.

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The sky was truly gorgeous and I just wanted to get more of the Milky Way in the frame,  so I rotated my camera to a vertical position.
You can see the Milky Way is now rising in a more vertical position as well.

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If you have any questions, please ask I'd love to help if I can!

Happy shooting!

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More info you say?  Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) is a Woodlands Photographer specializing 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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