MJ’s Photography is a Katy TX family photographer that specializes in newborn, maternity, and family portraits.
I had the honor of photographing the Forrestier family this past week. Tabitha is the owner of Annie Banannie Clothing. She made the girls dresses and the boys vests in this portrait. Go check her out!
This momma rocks being a mom of 6, homeschooling, and OWNING her own business! How incredible is that. Dad owns his own business as well!
Daddy and his babies.
Momma and her babies.
Fun fact: Annie Banannie is named after their oldest daughter…Annie! This dress is releasing this week…better run!!
Mom wanted a special portrait of just her and her girls. They are absolutely stunning during this Texas sunset.
Here are some more family favorites. I just love all of the candid portraits of them together. I am a huge black and white fan, these really speak to me in black and white!
All 6 of their gorgeous babies. They are so well mannered and extra sweet.
Of course we had to get some of them as a couple. Aren’t they perfect? I love getting images of just mom and dad. How often does this happen?
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Kannon just turned three years old! Isn’t he just the cutest little boy you have ever seen?
Yes his little bow tie has sharks on it. I can’t even handle it
We had a bad storm here a couple weeks ago and this giant pine tree got completely uprooted from the ground. We went over there and he was so amazed by this tree. So I figured, hey let’s capture him being little!
Here he is throwing pine cones at me! We had a blast.
Kannon is 3 and so full of energy! He would have stayed playing on this tree all day if I would have let him.
This may be my favorite picture of him! Just crawling on the tree, enjoying being little.
These little suspenders! Little bitty man.
Wysteria is blooming in Texas! Isn’t it gorgeous?
Look at all of the gorgeous wild flowers blooming in the fields. I love them.
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I had the honor of traveling to Sulphur Springs to photograph the Gulbas family at their property there. It is a gorgeous place and about 2 hours from East Texas. It was a first time for me and I really enjoyed the drive.
Look how perfect they are in their family portrait. I love their gallery.
Mom wanted a great picture of her three babies together and I think we did just that. Look at those smiles.
We all know with family pictures, you can never forecast how the little ones are going to act, but all three were amazing! Look how much fun they had and the beautiful memories that were captured.
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I love getting pictures of just mom and dad together. We all know that moments with just mom and dad are rare. The moment I took these, I knew they were going to be amazing. It helps when momma is this gorgeous of course.
Here are some of momma with her babies.
Here are some more favorites from the Gulbas family session.
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Family portraits…the most stressful day of the year. Am I right? You just want everything to go perfectly, like they do on Pinterest. Well….lets be honest, it never works that way. We worry about outfits, hair, makeup, weather, and of course naps. Why do we do this? Well, the result is why. The memories. They last forever.
Your kids will look back on these and smile. They won’t remember the stress, the struggle, or the anxiety. They will remember their happy family. They will one day show their children these portraits. It is all worth it.
I try to take a much simpler approach to family portraits. There isn’t a shot list. Sure we try to get everyone looking in the same direction and looking happy, but mostly we want the candid moments. The connection that you all have as a family, that is what I aim to capture. You can see from their gallery, I like to capture a lot! They are a gorgeous family!
Look at this sweet moment between a mother and her daughter. This isn’t posed. This is real life. Camyrn and her mommy.
And daddy with his precious daughter. Her laughter. His love. It radiates through.
I also love capturing the little ones by themselves. They grow so fast. The next year their looks and personality will have changed drastically. It is so important to capture them in the stage that they are in. 6 months is a huge milestone. Their personalities are showing, they can connect with you, and their rolls are so adorable to capture! Camryn is such a beautiful baby girl!
Look at her eyes. Ahhhh they are stunning!
Camryn – 6 months old.
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Doing photography of children is such an amazing experience for me. I adore getting to know all of my clients children and truly love capturing their big personalities. Any one who has a child, knows this is no easy task. When children are put into new and stressful environments, they shut down. This is exactly what we do not want.
I take a different approach when photographing children. I say this a lot and I mean it, let them be little. We will let them run, play, and explore. This is when we capture them in the most precious moments.
When taking special portraits of children, I love finding the perfect outfits. I am always searching for beautiful and unique pieces to photograph. While displaying my portraits on the walls of Early View Ultrasound in Houston , I happened to see some gorgeous dresses being featured in their boutique section. This is how I found Annie Banannie Clothing! (Click the link to visit her website)
I personally love dressing my two girls in outfits that are unique, high quality, and of course beautiful! That is exactly what Annie Banannie dresses are.
**A little about Annie Banannie. **
She only creates a handful of outfits for each design. If you find one you love, grab it while you can. Once it is gone, it is gone forever. This helps keep each outfit unique.
Her clothing lines are made to be sturdy, fashionable, and able to be washed in the washing machine. A must for any mom. Yet, each outfit is intricately detailed with it’s own unique array of lace, ruffles, and appliqués.
Have you heard of a Cake Smash session? There are a lot of trends that come and go, but a Cake Smash session is here to stay. I am a Cypress baby photographers and I love doing Cake Smash Sessions. I typically schedule them when the baby is around 11 months old. That way they are done by the time the Birthday party is thrown!
Here’s how Cake Smash sessions go down at MJ’s Photography |cypress first birthday portrait
We plan a theme. Since most of my Cake Smash sessions are of clients who are part of my “grow with me” plan, meaning I have done their newborn portraits and 6 & 9 month milestones, we usually already have a consistent theme going with their little one. I do get new clients that come in just for their Cake Smash session, in that case we put together some ideas. I am more of a simple background kind of photographer, so I stick to the basics. What colors do they want? What theme is their birthday party going to be done in? I provide most of the props, such as the large number 1, the things for them to sit on, the background banner that displays O-N-E, and some other accessories. Of course lots of parents choose to bring more and that is completely ok!
cypress first birthday portrait – MJ
We plan outfits for their Cake Smash session. I allow a couple outfit changes. We usually do one outfit before the cake, that way we can get an “official” first birthday portrait. Then we change them into their “cake smash outfit.” For girls, some opt for the tutu and necklace look, a romper, or a cute onsie with a number 1 displayed. For boys, my favorite option is the shorts with suspenders and a little hat! Some other cute options are bloomers and a matching bow tie, or just a diaper cover. Again, less is more.
Parents bring the cake for the Cake Smash session. The main reason for this is because of allergies. Each baby is different and it is safer if the parent brings the cake. I am big on baby safety whether it is a newborn portrait or a cake smash session. Most opt for the smaller cake. There is not need for a huge cake to make it a success. You want to bring the cake at room temperature, that way it is easier to dig into. Of course, living in Texas, this is never a problem! Colors to avoid? Red. Why? It is so hard to clean off of them and leaves them with a skin dye for a little while. For icing, avoid fondant-it is really hard to break into and can create a choking hazard.
Can I just assume that my baby will dig in? No. Not all babies will. My daughter wanting nothing to do with the cake and avoided it at all costs. Some do that. She also had never had cake before. Babies are hesitant with new textures, so give them a little practice run before with a small cupcake, this will help.
Lastly, make sure to bring wet wipes, extra clothes, and plan on giving your little one a good bath when they get home! There will be cake everywhere, but that’s the whole point of a Cake Smash session!
Cake smash sessions are a blast. It is such an amazing way to capture their personalities for their first birthday. I love photographing first birthdays. So much personalities in such little babies! The only problem with cake smash sessions is, WHY DIDN’T THEY COME AROUND SOONER! I wish I had one of myself ha ha!
I was given the honor of taking Adalyn’s Valentine portraits when she was 5 months old. Her mommy had told me that she was extra special, that she also had down syndrome. She also had told me about the hole in her heart, so I had to get a special outfit for her.
Her mommy, Carrie, has written their story to share with all of you. Here is one of my favorite images of her! <3
“As many first time parents, much thought, planning and intention go into having a child. Through Chad and I’s 10 years of building our relationship we often pondered the idea of one day having a child. We both put a lot of thought and consideration into what this would mean for our lives and how things would change. Having a child is the absolute biggest, most life-changing experience one could have. After much deliberation we decided it was time.
A month later it happened! Even though we “planned”, we were still beyond shocked. We were both in disbelief for the first couple days, maybe even weeks. The day after discovering the news Chad headed out to a training mission in California for a month and I headed off to Hawaii with a good friend, Erika, for a Salsa Convention. I had the time of my life! We danced, hiked, zumba’d through the week and before we knew it, we were on our way back. It was a wonderful distraction since I decided I wanted to wait until Chad’s return to see the doctor.
He returned and doctor confirmed we were in fact pregnant. During this first appointment the doctor asked if we were interested in completing an optional triple screening to potentially detect chromosomal and other various deficiencies with the baby. We opted in because we wanted to be prepared and educated if something was to arise.
A few weeks later we received the results, the day after Easter to be precise. I was 12 weeks along and it was a day we could never forget and never in a million years would we have imagined that we would be the 1 in 700 individuals to test with a 99.9% possibility of trisomy 21. Trisomy 21 is triplication of the 21st chromosome resulting in down’s syndrome.
It took a couple of days of just Chad and I internalizing the diagnosis and then we jumped right into embracing it and started really educating ourselves and trying to prepare. We started sharing the news with each individual family member in which case everyone was extremely supportive. For extended family and friends we wrote a letter and explained that we were expecting our baby girl and that we were fairly sure she would have down’s syndrome and we hoped everyone would be as willing and excited to welcome our baby Adalyn into the world as we were.
The pregnancy from that point on was scary! Everything was scary! Absolutely traumatizing. I had lots, and LOTS of ultrasounds. In fact one every other day for two weeks. They nearly took her at 22 weeks due to lack of fluid. Yes, traumatic! Long story short we had Adalyn 4 days shy of full term! That same day we discovered she had a massive hole in the center of her heart therefore, where normally there are four chambers, she has a mixing of oxygenated and deoxygenated blood. She spent 2 weeks in the NICU but from day one she was surpassing any and all expectations doctors had thought. The main objective during this time was weight gain and getting her to complete feeds in case heart surgery was imminent and the fact that she was born at 4lbs. 6 oz. They wanted to beef her up before going home and ensure she would thrive.
She is now 6 months old and heart doctors are boggled with how much progress she’s had in closing her holes in her heart all by herself, no medication! With her particular heart defect the majority need immediate surgery. Her heart doctor is now projecting surgery won’t be necessary until she’s around 1 years old. This is amazing because the larger they are the easier the surgery is for them. There’s also a chance she may not even need the surgery however our doctor said she would be his first if this is true.
With this being said, we can plan all that we want, but if you are the chosen one for an exceptional circumstance you simply re-write your plan. We couldn’t be any more happy, proud, or love our daughter anymore than we do. Adalyn having down’s syndrome has increased our awareness as well as our families. It has educated us and lastly it has opened our hearts to an entire new population of individuals that bring such a joy to life. We could never be more thankful for those three reasons alone.
So Happy World Downs Syndrome Day!! We know ours will be!!”
Here are some of the images from Adalyn’s sessions. Isn’t she beautiful?