Friday, May 3, 2019

Twins Harper and Sawyer Newborn Session by Baby Photographer Debby Ditta of Tomball, TX


Two twin little girls that look so completely different, Harper and Sawyer.  Before Christmas, their Daddy contacted me about surprising his wife with a Gift Certificate.  So, technically... I've been excited about this session for 4 months... just waiting on these twin girls to arrive.  They are each so unique and beautiful.  One looks just like Mommy and the other looks just like her Daddy.




This smoky pink color backdrop looks so beautiful with the girls.


This pose is called the "potato sack" pose.  You can't see it, but I have an assistant on each side of the girls with their hands holding them upright under the layer of fur.  They are getting hugged by my assistants.


These girls were most content when touching eachother.  They look so womb-like.  It's hard to imagine what they must have looked like a few weeks ago in their mommy's tummy.


Sawyer on the top image and Harper on the bottom.




Behind the scenes of my assistants soothing the girls before their bowl shot.  It took a few minutes of comfort before the girls were ready.  Behind every image is a safety assistant caring and watching over the baby during their pose.  Each of my assistants LOVE babies.  They each have four babies of their own and enjoy spending time with my littlest clients.  



Each baby received macro images in their gallery (close-ups) of their tiny newborn features.   Top collage is Sawyer and bottom is Harper. 






I typically photograph 2-3 sets of twins a year.  Even for a singleton baby, I plan ahead the flow of the session before parents even arrive.  I'll pick out the props that will fit the size of the baby, colors of backdrops and wraps that are based on the colors of clients' home and nursery, and have everything laid out ready for parents to see before the session.  With twins, I prepare a plan but realize that my ideas can be modified based on feedings, the mood of the baby etc.  These girls were very content and needed no modifications from the original plan.  We finished the session within 4 hours like a usual singleton newborn session.  Then my assistants and I enjoyed some Torchy's Tacos for lunch afterwards.











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Debby Ditta is a professional newborn baby, child, family, and maternity photographer in Tomball, Houston Texas area.  Serving the surrounding areas of Magnolia, Hockley, Pinehurst, Stagecoach, Conroe, Spring, The Woodlands, Montgomery, Sugarland, Katy, New Waverly, Cypress, The Heights, Champions, Gleannloch Farms, Memorial, Huntsville.  Professional and Artistic Photography of newborns in studio and Maternity, child, baby, family, sessions available on location.  Approved newborn photographer

Debby Ditta specializes in posed studio and outdoor newborn photography with a vintage, neutral, organic, and natural style. 




Katelyn's Newborn Session by Photographer Debby Ditta of Tomball, Texas


My clients are returning for a newborn session with their third little girl.  Katelyn was welcomed with loving arms by her family.  It seems like I was just photographing big sister Maggie for her newborn session, and I may add... they look so much alike, it was like photographing the same baby all over again.  

I have three babies of my own... now they are 16, 13, and 7 years old.  I remember each time a new baby was born, it was like my heart grew bigger with love for each new baby.  It was like I just had my first baby all over again. So, I can imagine how my clients feel bringing in their second...third...fourth...babies.  It's the same love they had for the first every time.  





Posing for the newborn with parents is maybe my favorite part of the session.  Sometimes I see new Mommies become overwhelmed with feelings and happy cry.  I'm right there happy crying with them... Pregnancy is long and a hard road sometimes.  I remember thinking it would last forever and then all of the sudden I was holding my new baby.  The newborn session is emotional at times because baby will never be that little ever again.  My own baby is learning how to drive these days... he was once a little 6 pound baby and now he's driving. 





Katelyn was the little piece of the puzzle that makes their family complete.



When planning the newborn session ahead of time, I really have no idea how older siblings are going to act for the big sibling and baby part of the session.  There are some exceptions like these sisters.  I knew for sure that they would be so cooperative and gentle with the new baby.  We achieved some family heirloom pictures for their family with these sibling images.  





Katelyn's Mommy just told me to do whatever I want, she trusts me with artistry of the session... that's like music to my ears.  I feel my most creative when I hear that... so I came up with this little set up of the garden bed and succulents.  There's a little behind the scenes image at the end of the blog post of what it looks like when capturing this image.






She has such pretty baby features and detailed close ups... those baby feet with chubby toes and little baby fingers...  Her button nose, baby curl, sweet profile are each a piece of art in itself. 






















You may recognize my clients from a recent blog post featuring their maternity session.  Here is the link to see what they looked like before Katelyn arrived:
  http://debbydittaphotography.blogspot.com/2019/01/what-you-can-expect-when-booking.html



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Debby Ditta is a professional newborn baby, child, family, and maternity photographer in Tomball, Houston Texas area.  Serving the surrounding areas of Magnolia, Hockley, Pinehurst, Stagecoach, Conroe, Spring, The Woodlands, Montgomery, Sugarland, Katy, New Waverly, Cypress, The Heights, Champions, Gleannloch Farms, Memorial, Huntsville.  Professional and Artistic Photography of newborns in studio and Maternity, child, baby, family, sessions available on location.  Approved newborn photographer

Debby Ditta specializes in posed studio and outdoor newborn photography with a vintage, neutral, organic, and natural style. 

Friday, February 8, 2019

Barrett's 4 Month Old Milestone Session by Debby Ditta Photography of Tomball - Houston Texas

It was only four months ago that baby Barrett was here for his newborn session.  Not much has changed for ME physically (maybe a few holiday pounds unfortunately), but so much has changed for Barrett.  Not only has he doubled in size, he's so alert and acting like a 4 month old.  He is a champion of tummy time, chews on his hands, and can be so smiley (when he's got a full tummy).  Below is a few memories from the newborn session and the comparison of how big boy he is now.






Did I call your 4 month old baby moody?  Yes, I did.... The four month old session is the fastest of all the sessions at usually 20-30 minutes.  I schedule an hour just in case baby needs a milk or Mommy break.  In the top image of Barrett on the white backdrop, he's DONE.  He wants nothing to do with me and my itsy bitsy spider song anymore.  He needs his Mommy and some milk.  We took about a 15 minute milk break and it was like he was a new man.  That's all he needed to be a happy baby again.  The four month baby can go through all the emotions during their session and usually do.  I have to act fast.  



 The many moods of the four month old baby.


I just happened to be at the right place and right time to catch baby digging for gold.  Mommy said she will show this one on display at his wedding one day.


The typical 4 month session begins with Mommy, Daddy, and baby once more with the studio backdrop.  After about 5 minutes of family in the session, we photograph baby one more time on the beanbag (baby on the white backdrop).  Since baby will be rolling and crawling soon, it's the last time to be on the beanbag.

I have several padded floordrops to choose from that replica hardwoods.  I photograph whatever stage baby is in developmentally.  Some babies at the 4 month session cannot hold up their head when on their tummy, some babies are rolling all over, it all depends on the baby.  Since most babies are not sitting independently at the 4 month session ( I've only seen one baby that could sit at this session in the last 15 years), I mostly photograph from an angle above and avoid props.  This session is all about simplicity (remember the moody baby phase I was telling you about). 












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Debby Ditta is a professional newborn baby, child, family, and maternity photographer in Tomball, Houston Texas area.  Serving the surrounding areas of Magnolia, Hockley, Pinehurst, Stagecoach, Conroe, Spring, The Woodlands, Montgomery, Sugarland, Katy, New Waverly, Cypress, The Heights, Champions, Huntsville.  Professional and Artistic Photography of newborns in studio and Maternity, child, baby, family, sessions available on location.  Approved newborn photographer

Debby Ditta specializes in posed studio and outdoor newborn photography with a vintage, neutral, organic, and natural style. 




















Tuesday, January 15, 2019

What you can expect when booking a Maternity Session with Debby Ditta Photography


When searching for a newborn and maternity photographer there are several things to consider like budget, talent and style of the photographer, locations, and what is included in the session (just to name a few).  Today, you'll see a peek into what a maternity session is like when working with me, Debby Ditta of Debby Ditta Photography.  When considering a photographer, after reviewing their websites and prices the best way to get to know their personality is to talk by phone.  If you are nervous about having your pictures taken, chances are that the right photographer for you will answer all your questions and make you excited about the upcoming session in just one phone call.  My personality as the photographer/artist is professional but easy going.  Many of my clients feel like family after a session and I have become close friends over the years with many of them.  I believe in giving information... as you will see with all of the information in this blog post :)   I'll talk on the phone to introduce myself and talk about sessions, pricing, and the process of what to expect.  After booking a session, I will send out an information packet email.  My goal is to prepare the client ahead of time so there are no unanswered questions or nervous jitters.  

To reserve a session, we talk about location suggestions, clothing styling for the session, best date and time for the estimated due date, and a possible back up date in case of inclement weather.  Once the session has booked (1. I take a non-refundable retainer by invoice sent to client's email 2. A Legal photography contract is signed by the client 3. A new client questionnaire is filled out online by client).   These steps officially reserve the session.  

The session investment pricing is listed in detail on the main website ( www.debbyditta.com ) .  I offer the session as a separate investment from the Photographic Prints, Canvas and Wood Block Products and Digital Packages.  

If you choose to wear a gown from my Photographer's Maternity Gown collection, we would set up a date and time to stop by the studio for a fitting.  Fittings usually take about 20 minutes.  It is best to have a fitting about a month before your session date to plan the clothing for anyone else included in the session.  You may ask....???  Who else can be included in the session?  The answer is, anyone in the immediate family is included in my sessions.  Spouse or significant other, and older siblings are welcome to be included (up to 5 members of immediate family at no extra person fee, if you have a bigger family, please inquire about pricing). 

On session day, we meet at the location chosen by the client.  I like to arrive before my clients, so nobody has to wait for me.   Clients should arrive dressed and ready to be photographed, unless client is using one of the photographer's gowns.  I may have a portable dressing room - pop up tent for client to dress if needed.  I know being in front of a camera can be awkward, but I understand.   At the session I will be in the field with my clients, guiding them into each pose to complement their body.  I'll photograph at the best angles to make you look like your "best you".   I'll help fix hair, straighten clothes, tell them when to smile, when to look down, etc.  You do not need to know a thing about posing, I'll help with that.  

During the session I photograph a mix of posed (where everyone is happy looking at the camera) and photo-journalistic images (these are actually semi-posed directed by me but have the feeling of emotion behind the images) .   If small children are attending the session, I tell the corniest jokes and we have lots of laughs.  There is nothing serious about photographing children, and it is a serious free zone.  








For this session, my client selected to use the Wine ruffled boho gown and the Gray Winter Gowns from my Photographer's Maternity Closet.



Even though my client has two children already, she had never had a maternity session for herself.  I'm so happy she chose to document what her family looked like at this moment in time.  She will always have the memory of how she looked while pregnant.






Maternity sessions are not all about the Mamma only.  Maternity sessions are really about the couple and about the family.  It's almost like an engagement session, but there's a baby belly going on.  










While their mother was changing into the gray maternity gown, I photographed the big sisters.  



We scheduled this session in the Fall season about an hour before sunset.  I schedule sessions around the best light of the day.  Sometimes that is right after sunrise at 7:30am, and other times it is in the evening right before sunset.  From start to finish the session only took about 45 minutes to photograph (even with a clothing change). 



To all the men out there that your lady is making you take pictures:  I get it!  I will be as fast (and painless) as possible when you are being photographed and promise to make you look cool.  She will thank you later for your cooperation with ice cream or BBQ  ;) 





I am truly excited for every expectant client and every single newborn baby I meet.  I absolutely love the way pregnancy looks on a glowing mother.  I know the 10 months time of pregnancy happens so quickly and it is important to document this season of life.  


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Debby Ditta is a professional newborn baby, child, family, and maternity photographer in Tomball, Houston Texas area.  Serving the surrounding areas of Magnolia, Hockley, Pinehurst, Stagecoach, Conroe, Spring, The Woodlands, Montgomery, Sugarland, Katy, New Waverly, Cypress, The Heights, Champions, Huntsville.  Professional and Artistic Photography of newborns in studio and Maternity, child, baby, family, sessions available on location.  Approved newborn photographer

Debby Ditta specializes in posed studio and outdoor newborn photography with a vintage, neutral, organic, and natural style.