Saturday, May 12, 2018

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Wild onions, yellow flowers, iPhone Macro Photography - in The Woodlands, Texas

Yesterday was my  birthday so I wandered out in the woods in the gentle morning breeze.  The morning was lovely and  near our home are these yet-to-be- identified yellow flowers and these tall wild onion flowers.  Some of the wild onion flowers have a pretty pink tint to them, they are only about 1/2 inch in size.

It was time to play and test out my Fuji XT2's video capabilities, in 4K. Fuji has been so great to constantly have firmware updates that enable wonderful new features.  I'm also waiting to try out the focus stacking feature and that was my main goal yesterday morning.   However, it was a bit bright by the time I got out there, so I decided to do some macro with my iPhone and clip on macro lens.

It's not as good as a real macro lens, but it's simple to use and so fun for the time being.  If you are interested, I'll find the amazon link.

This first image is my favorite one of the pinkish wild onion, the yellow flowers, my rain boots, and a wee bit of my hand.








Happy shooting!

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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 fauna, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.

Monday, April 30, 2018

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The Night Sky and my Fuji XT2 - the Woodlands family photographer

As a child, did you look at the night sky?  Did you learn astronomy in science?  It amazes me how many stars are up there, and I remember many summer evenings looking up at the sky.  My best childhood friend and I even picked out a constellation that was "ours".   I think I can still spot it out there, Amy!  

 One night while relaxing on a lakeside dock in Vermont, friends and I were amazed with the number of shooting stars and satellites.  It was so beautiful super dark!

We now live closer to a major city and light pollution is a problem.   Over spring break my family went skiing in Park City, Utah and miraculously it happened to be during a new moon.  Utah is known to have dark skies,  so I did all the research before our trip so that I might take some amazing images of the Milky Way.

THAT was not to happen.  The Milky Way would only be visible during the early morning hours and I have 3 family members wanting to be up bright and early to ski.   I needed to be able to shoot from our rental location, however that might be.

THIS is what I was left with - no milky way due to not dark enough/cloud cover, but beautiful beautiful images of my favorite constellations.

Can you spot them below?

This is 10:00 pm on the side of the townhouse, as I wanted to do a test to be sure I was had all my settings correct for when the milky way would appear.

(hint:  Orion is in the trees)

(I will keep working on getting a milky way images one day!)



10:00 pm in the evening in front of the townhouse:



4:30 am the next morning in the back of the townhouse:


So come to say, if you are still here, that all of this researching, learning, and purchasing a new wide angle 12mm lens,  led me to be able to document this image of my boys first night sleeping out in a tent in our backyard under the moonlight.

On Instagram I follow this site called ROAM, and they do these glowing tent images in the most beautiful of settings.   Well, we just have my backyard and pretty moonlight!



Happy shooting!

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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 fauna, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.

Friday, April 20, 2018

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The flowers, the light and the love with this sweet Louisiana gal - the Woodlands photographer

It was truly a session in the making to be able to photograph this beautiful gal for her maternity session. She came all the way from Louisiana to visit her momma and be photographed on her mama's land, in these beautiful wildflowers by me! This family has been so wonderful and are so appreciative of good photography that I'm truly honored to be working with them. We already have a date to photographer her soon-to-be baby in these flowers next year! I can't wait!

oh the flowers, the light, and the love . . .

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Happy shooting!

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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 fauna, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.

Monday, April 9, 2018

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A warm and windy night - The Woodlands photographer

It was quite windy blowing this sweet girls long hair and I asked if she'd help to make her hair fly by tossing it back - I think she thought I was crazy, so some of her smiles were her giggling at me!   I just loved the way her hair was blowing behind her.  She is so adorable and can now be my secret spy on my son in class.  Don't tell him!

It seems I've only had a couple of bluebonnet sessions this year, as the bluebonnets nearby just weren't that fabulous in my opinion.  I prefer large full field of amazing fresh bluebonnets that look like a bluebonnet sea and smell wonderful.   The one hour drive out to Chapel Hill and Brenham area is amazingly fabulous and definitely worth the drive.

This spring,  mainly I was shooting in these tall yellow flowers, here they are mixed with bluebonnets.  These tall yellow flowers - really weeds - are everywhere and they make such a pretty backdrop.  A few were dug up and transplanted in the woods behind me as I hope one day to have my own yellow field.


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Happy shooting!

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 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 fauna, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

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Red Barn, yellow flowers and bluebonnets - family photographer The Woodlands Texas

It seems I keep happening upon red barns set amongst a field of beautiful flowers.  THIS is my thing - my joy, my shooting time that I so LOVE about Texas - THE WILDFLOWERS - and now all these barns!!

First there was this fantastic barn:   My boys and the bluebonnet red barn, and now to discover THIS  quaint red barn in a serene countryside setting.   Aren't you just in love with all the colors of nature  -   the color from the bluebonnets, to the yellow flowers all set against this red barn?  

I am so thankful this sweet family was able to meet me out here for our last minute change-of-location.

As I drove home, I was excited with anticipation thinking how I couldn't wait to start downloading and editing these images!!  It's one of the best feelings to have as a photographer.

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Happy shooting!

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 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 fauna, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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Big Red Barn and bluebonnets - The Woodlands family photographer

Our family decided one year ago the we would go ahead and move from Allen, Texas back to The Woodlands, Texas.   We found a school we loved, finally found a home that would work between my husband's office on the waterway and the boys' school.  It is a home that is very much like our Allen home but  a bit of an upgrade.

Around that time I started preparing myself to think  about moving my photography business, and I knew it would be a challenge to build up a clientele again.  BUT first I need to find cool spots to shoot at!!  So I've spent quite a bit of time last fall and this spring driving around to see if I can find known and unknown locations that will work for me as a location.  This past week I even knocked on several doors to ask for use of a private property!!

All that research led me to images of this old red barn and these bluebonnets, I just had to have my babies images there.  My oldest was born in Houston and my youngest here in The Woodlands, so they are Texas ya'll!     Last night all things came together - for a no homework night, beautiful weather, dad out of town - so off we drive 1 hour out to Chappell Hill to find this barn.

It was beautiful.  I feel especially lucky to have this image as my boys were really on their craziest behavior in the bluebonnets.  One would poke his tongue out, while the other had a nice smile. Then that one would lay back, while the other one had a sweet smile.   I was about to give up as the light was dropping below the horizon.   Last year I didn't do a portrait type bluebonnet image, but just one of them playing in a field.  I love that one too, but this year I wanted to see their happy, smiling faces.

2017 Bluebonnet images My Boys

One lovely thing is they were very careful not to crush any bluebonnets.

This spot is quite lovely in that there are big bluebonnet patches with plenty of non bluebonnets areas that allow you to walk around without crushing any.  The bare patches do not show when you have the "photographer's crouch" as my younger calls it.  This is how he identifies if someone is a true photographer - the photographers crouch.  You know it, right?



Happy shooting!

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 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 fauna, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

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A gorgeous red clover flower field - The Woodlands Texas family photographer

In my years as the "wildflower hunter" in Allen, Texas I had never shot in a red clover field.  We never saw a red cover field or a red clover!   In our move to The Woodlands, Texas, I am so missing all my known fields and favorite wildflower locations.   So imagine my joy to happen across this red clover field.  The flowers have so much depth in color  with shades of red giving way to deep pinks.

These adorable little gals joined me and I love the image of them laughing with each other - they were practicing on the way over.  I couldn't help but smile at them as I looked at the images!!

web The woodlands Texas red clover

Now that I think of it, I did shoot in another red field just 1 year.  It was the only year this field full of red poppies grew nearby.  The red poppies are a bit more of an orange red that a deep red.

The Red Poppy 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 fauna, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.


 
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