Sara Stanley Photography: Blog http://sarastanleyphotos.com/blog en-us (C) Sara Stanley Photography (Sara Stanley Photography) Wed, 23 May 2018 20:52:00 GMT Wed, 23 May 2018 20:52:00 GMT http://sarastanleyphotos.com/img/s/v-5/u408448869-o110994336-50.jpg Sara Stanley Photography: Blog http://sarastanleyphotos.com/blog 120 51 Meet our new INTERN http://sarastanleyphotos.com/blog/2018/5/meet-our-new-intern Hello everyone!

Meet our new summer intern, Madison Van Antwerp. She is going to be helping around the studio and managing all of the social media sites for Sara Stanley Photography this summer. Madison is a Junior at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor studying public relations and marketing. This aspiring journalist is 20 years old and loves to write, be outside, and make others laugh. 

Madison was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and lives in Cypress with her little sister Ashley and parents when not at school in Belton, Tx. Madison was one of Sara Stanley's students at Grace Presbyterian Church and had her senior photos taken by Sara in 2016. 

Summer camp has been a huge part of her life for the past 12 years. Each summer she has been in Livingston, Tx at Camp Cho-Yeh teaching kids about the love of God. Camp has allowed Madison to serve others by showing them the love of Christ and helping kids reach new heights by trying new things. 

Be sure to say hello if you see her in the studio, and be ready to click "like" for any SSP post you see on Facebook and Instagram. 

Be sure to follow us @sarastanleyphotography 

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The Difference Between a Lifestyle and Studio Session - Sara Stanley Photography http://sarastanleyphotos.com/blog/2018/2/the-difference-between-a-lifestyle-and-studio-session---sara-stanley-photography Hi friends, 

There are many questions that I get asked over and over again - and to better answer those questions I am going to start weekly videos and blogs to help the SSP family (new and old members) get the answers. 

On tap this week, session styles...

THE QUESTION:  What is the difference between an in-home Lifestyle Session and a Full Studio Session? 

The SIMPLE Answer: Posing

For the Lifestyle Session, SSP takes a very photojournalistic approach (that can be as structured or candid as you like). Meaning, we are going to focus on you as a family in a more natural environment, your home. Photos will take place in the BEST LIT part of your house (more on this in a moment)... which might mean the master bedroom, the nursery, the living room, or even a guest room or den. The majority of the session will focus on you as a FAMILY - this may even include your first baby, the doggie or cat. Don't fret, we will get photos of your new baby alone, and photos with siblings, and parents together and individual as well. 

THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE in these images is that I won't have a studio of stuff at my side. I will bring my camera, myself, a few wraps, and headbands/hats with me and that is pretty much it! Sometimes I will bring one prop, like a bowl or basket, for a simple prop shot, but beyond that we will focus on taking your newest little one's photos in the crib, maybe on a cute chair or poof, on the master bed, etc.; just them in their home environment. 

This is confusing sometimes because there are lots of amazing photographers (maybe you've even used one in the past) who have come to your home and brought a whole set-up - and guess what, I used to do that too! BUT since I got my new, beautiful studio, I keep the two types of sessions separate. 


STUDIO SESSIONS are where you get the squishy and naked poses, usually on a fabric backdrop, as well as different props... little beds, cradles, wreathes, unique boxes etc. I do not do any studio posing during lifestyle sessions. Now this is not to say I won't bring a wrap, which I do, and wrap them all snugly for you to cradle and hold or so we can set them somewhere cute, but they are just TWO different types of posing. 

*Below you will get to see a sampling from each type of session. 

LIGHT - Lighting is SO VERY IMPORTANT when considering whether or not to have a session in your home. NATURAL, not overhead, but lots of beautiful window light, is what makes those gorgeous lifestyle session images you see and love the most. I have worked with both situations and natural light is such a huge bonus and overhead lights really do not give off the right feel to the session - which is why I try to use them as rarely as possible. So, if your home faces the wrong direction, or is like my first home, a dark den, I suggest coming into the studio regardless. 

BUT WHAT IF I REALLY WANT THAT LIFESTYLE FEEL???? ... but have terrible in-home light? Well I have a couch, bed, crib and more in the studio to create that lifestyle feel IN studio (and LOTS of natural light and big windows). 

But what if I really, REALLY like the squishy, naked studio photos, but want photos in my nursery...with my doggie... at our home?

Well then I have the perfect combo session, The Sweet and Simple + Lifestyle Mini - you get a newborn mini and lifestyle mini. During the STUDIO portion - JUST THE BABY will be photographed, in the cute squishy poses we all adore, and then at home we will focus on the family/siblings/doggies etc.! The best of both worlds!

We have lots of different options here at SSP and we want you to have exactly the perfect kind of session for your growing family! Let us know if you have questions or want to book one of these awesome newborn collections. 

Collection information can be found HERE

 

Joyfully, 
Sara

 

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(Sara Stanley Photography) http://sarastanleyphotos.com/blog/2018/2/the-difference-between-a-lifestyle-and-studio-session---sara-stanley-photography Tue, 27 Feb 2018 05:09:56 GMT
Sara Stanley Photography is GROWING! http://sarastanleyphotos.com/blog/2018/2/sara-stanley-photography-is-growing

Hello SSP Family!

The last few years have been a whirlwind. SSP has been beyond blessed to get to photograph countless families, tiny babies, special milestones and more. This last year was undoubtably the most crazy, hard, joyful, blessed year. Sitting on my couch the Saturday of Harvey, I said to my husband that SSP was at a crossroads; we have grown so much in the past few years that I felt like something was about to happen. I did not know the path God would take us on through the fall, but what I do know is that it brought many new blessings and ideas...

SSP got a brand new, bigger and more amazing studio. We hired Kelly to do all our back office interactions (and my gracious I could NOT live without her) and now no-one is getting left behind. It cultivated and grew even more my relationships with my SSP family - the grace y'all gave during that insanity only further proved that I was meant for this amazing purpose. And finally, it gave me a view of a long future for SSP. The storm may have blown my branches, but only left SSP conditioned to weather whatever would come in the future. 

So what does all this mean? Well it means exciting news for SSP. Over the last several months I have been wrestling and making joyful discoveries about the world of possibilities for SSP. I love the family that is Sara Stanley Photography - and nothing brings me more joy than getting to be part of your lives.

With that being said, SSP has been so richly blessed by returning  AND new clients that I think it is time that we add a couple more members to the SSP Team. Kelly and I have been working hard to make sure everyone’s needs are met WHILE taking on more clients and I am blessed to say we are very close to our max. 

I am SO excited to share with you that in the coming months SSP is going to be bringing on an Associate Photographer and some SSP interns. This growth is amazing and is only going to make the SSP experience even better. I know you probably are already have a million questions (me too, ha) and over the next few months it is my goal to have you walk right alongside me in this process. I am just so grateful to each of you for allowing SSP to capture your most precious memories and nothing is more important to me than you feeling known, seen, loved and captured. 

If you have questions, let us know! We love you guys!

Sara

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HEY JULIETTE | HOUSTON NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY http://sarastanleyphotos.com/blog/2016/6/hey-juliette-houston-newborn-photography My oh my, Juliette Rose is just as cute as they come. We had a blast shooting pics of her in all of the different colors her mama picked out. And how fun are these summertime headbands she is wearing? One of my favorites is the picture of Juliette Rose with her big brother! 

If you are interested in booking a session with Sara Stanley Photography for 2016, now is the time to book even if you are just newly expecting. My newborn sessions start at $325 and include a minimum of 20 photos. Please email me today at sarastanleyphotos@gmail.com while session dates are still available. 

And please be sure to check out my website sarastanleyphotos.com for more information on sessions and packages, and follow me on Facebook at Facebook.com/sarastanleyphotos.

 

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BABY BOY WESLEY | HOUSTON NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY http://sarastanleyphotos.com/blog/2016/6/baby-boy-wesley-houston-newborn-photography I'm so excited to share these pictures of a baby BOY newborn session! Just look at that full head of hair on baby Wesley, it's unbelievable! And that nightcap is cuteness overload! This family was so fun to work with and we got some great shots of Wesley with his momma, daddy, and big brother Wyatt. Check out the photos below of this fantastic newborn session. Thank you Martin family for letting me capture these sweet sweet moments!

If you are interested in booking a session with Sara Stanley Photography for 2016, now is the time to book even if you are just newly expecting. My newborn sessions start at $325 and include a minimum of 20 photos. Please email me today at sarastanleyphotos@gmail.com while session dates are still available. 

And please be sure to check out my website sarastanleyphotos.com for more information on sessions and packages, and follow me on Facebook at Facebook.com/sarastanleyphotos.

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PRETTY IN PINK | SWEET ELLIE | HOUSTON NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY http://sarastanleyphotos.com/blog/2016/6/pretty-in-pink-sweet-ellie-houston-newborn-photography Okay, I cannot get over how cute sweet Ellie is. She was one of the easiest babies to take pictures of... and did I mention that she smiles?? The first part of the session was all about Ellie, and later on her adorable big brother Chet came. You can see just by looking at these pictures that he LOVES his little sister. He was so gentle with her, and loved giving her kisses. The last part of the session was the whole family and the pictures that follow are some of my faves. 

 

Not only did I get to capture Ellie's momma before she was born for a maternity shoot, I also get to take pictures of her at her 6 month milestone and first birthday (with the option of a cake smash)! This specific package is called "The First Year" and for $650 you get all of the sessions above! I love getting to experience such important moments with my families. These are photos that will be cherished forever. If you are interested in booking a session with Sara Stanley Photography for 2016, now is the time to book even if you are just newly expecting. My newborn sessions start at $325 and include a minimum of 20 photos. Please email me today at sarastanleyphotos@gmail.com while session dates are still available. 

 

And please be sure to check out my website sarastanleyphotos.com for more information on sessions and packages, and follow me on Facebook at Facebook.com/sarastanleyphotos.

I love getting to experience such important moments with my families. These are photos that will be cherished forever. If you are interested in booking a session with Sara Stanley Photography for 2016, now is the time to book even if you are just newly expecting. My newborn sessions start at $325 and include a minimum of 20 photos. Please email me today at sarastanleyphotos@gmail.com while session dates are still available. 

 

Be sure to check out my website sarastanleyphotos.com for more information on sessions and packages, and follow me on Facebook at Sara Stanley Photography.

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NEW BABY GIRL {AOIFE} | HOUSTON NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY http://sarastanleyphotos.com/blog/2016/5/new-baby-girl-aoifa-houston-newborn-photography 5.31.2016

What a joy it was to shoot baby Aoife and her precious family. For those of you who don't know, Aoife is an Irish name pronounced (EE-fa), as I learned this week. Just look at that cute little face on my latest little newborn in my studio. She is so gorgeous and was such an easy baby for our session. Thank you for the wonderful session McMeekin family! 

If you are interested in booking a session with Sara Stanley Photography for 2016, now is the time to book even if you are just newly expecting. My newborn sessions start at $325 and include a minimum of 20 photos. Please email me today at sarastanleyphotos@gmail.com while session dates are still available. 

Be sure to check out my website sarastanleyphotos.com for more information on sessions and packages, and follow me on Facebook at Sara Stanley Photography.

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Brook Brezina | Senior Photos | 2016 http://sarastanleyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/brook-brezina-senior-photos-2016 When I first moved to Houston (to be a Youth Pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church) I met the sweetest bunch of 6th grade girls. Since that day oh so long ago, I have watched these girls transform into such awesome, caring, loving young women. It is now their senior year and before long they will each be heading off to college (tear, sniff, more tears). SO this week I had the absolute privilege of photographing one of those young ladies, Brooke. She has also agreed to be one of Sara Stanley Photography's Senior Reps - YAY! I couldn't be more proud of who she is, where her future is headed and how God is going to use her in the next stage of her life! 

Ladies and Gentlemen, Brooke Brezina!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The McSpadden Family & Ministry | Newborn Lifestyle | Houston, Texas http://sarastanleyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/the-mcspadden-family-ministry-newborn-lifestyle-houston-texas Everyday, seriously every single day, I become more and more grateful for the job that I get to do. I never, ever in a million years would have thought that this is where I would be. I did youth ministry for what seemed like forever - ok just like 8 or 9 years - and for the longest time I just knew I was going to work in church ministry or something close to it. Shoot (no pun intended) I even went to The Bible Seminary and earned an M.Div..

For all this I too am truly grateful... 

Last spring however, I kept asking God, "What is my next adventure?" And He BOLDY kept me walking through and opening this photography door. Now, I have had guilt over this whole becoming a tog thing, because I have spent so much time and effort (and money - not even my own) pursing what I thought was a life of church/program ministry, and now, to be doing mostly photography, just seems kind of surreal. 

But.. and it is a BIG BUT... hehe. I sure do make myself laugh. (I am really lame folks, really lame). 

But I think ministry can be part of what I do each time I meet a family, hold a baby, pinch the cheeks of a toddler, and visit the hospital to photograph children in the NICU. 

When I spend time with my Sara Stanley Photography families, and I mean spend time with them (newborn shoots have lasted as long as 6 hours before) I get to know them. I meet them in this personal, intimate space, of new and existing life... and it is absolutely glorious. We talk about hopes, and dreams, and life before babies. We talk about Jesus and love, and everything in between. It is simply precious, and I am SO grateful for it. Yes, sometimes there is lots of poo, crying and tears but then there is also taking breaks, cuddling on the couch with a sweet sibling to watch Frozen while mama feeds. 

Ministry is spending life with people. It is. It doesn't always have to be about the program of excellence or sitting in a pew on Sunday - it can be just this, loving people, getting to know them, and sharing life together. That is what Jesus did. 

Anyway, I ramble - but my point is and I got to thinking about all of as I uploaded these photos of sweet 4 pound Sarah and her wonderful family. I got to spend four-ish hours in the McSpadden home last Friday and it was perfect. We chatted, I got to know them, and them me and we shared life together for a little while. I want to be in their lives, not just because they call me to photograph their family, but because they are awesome and I got to not just photograph them, but GET TO KNOW THEM. 

I don't know what your job is, but mine is amazing. 

Thank you families for allowing me to be part of your life! 

Without any further rambling - here are a few of my faves from our session! 

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Barton Bump! http://sarastanleyphotos.com/blog/2015/4/barton-bump Awwwwwww it is baby boy season! I had the opportunity to photograph the Barton's baby bump... we missed the rain and got some great shots of the Houston skyline! Such a lovely couple and I can't wait to meet baby Charles! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It's all about that baby, bout that baby, bout that baby - and the bump! http://sarastanleyphotos.com/blog/2015/3/its-all-about-that-baby-bout-that-baby-bout-that-baby---and-the-bump My goodness the last month has been wonderful! I have been given the absolute privilege to capture some of the most precious moments yet in my photography career. About 8 weeks ago I set out to start a new adventure, Newborn Photography - and my oh my let me tell you it HAS been a crazy and amazing ride! 

I have gotten to snuggle the most adorbs new babies, I have been allowed to share in the special new time that happens when you bring your first child home, I have been peed on - hehe, I have sweated it out like a prize fighter (as babies like it warm in their house), I've learned the art of the "shhhhhhshhhhhshhhhhh" and been to Hobby Lobby for new props and cute fabrics about 20 times! 

Even though I have learned a lot, I know there is still much to learn. But for now what I know is this...I AM GRATEFUL.  Grateful to have the hours it takes to capture the perfect moments, grateful for the graciousness and patience of new parents, and grateful for the opportunity to capture a memory for this most priceless time in a child's life. 

Here is a snapshot of the last month! Enjoy! 

Baby Kaleigh Grace is almost here!

Oh my goodness, TWINS!

 

This precious family! Melt oh melt your heart - 10 Days Old! The only PRINCESS yet - and she is already a model! Baby Duke - My first NB Shoot!

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Recent Family Favorites! http://sarastanleyphotos.com/blog/2014/12/recent-family-favorites Sweet Maroon with the Owens Family! Russo Fam and their backyard shoot! Rex...What a little ham! The B Ranch Fam! Such beautiful lighting! The B Ranch Fam! Such beautiful lighting! The B Ranch Fam! Such beautiful lighting! The Twins at MDUMC Bird Sanctuary!

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Fall Family Time http://sarastanleyphotos.com/blog/2014/10/fall-family-time That's right, it is that time - fall! Which means photos, photos, photos! Below is a bit from my latest shoot... so cute. I love the blue!

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