Auntie A’s

                                         Top Tips for families before their photo session
Sometimes…family photo sessions can be challenging…for not only the family, but sometimes the photographer as well. We are always planning ahead in the studio as most all of my clients see me annually and have well in advance of their sessions plenty of time to find the right outfits and prepare for am amazing day of creating beautiful art!

1. I always ask you to choose their clothing thoughtfully, and by that I mean picking something that reflects who you are as a family and will go nicely as a piece of art in your home. What do your dream family photos look like? If they are soft and elegant? Chose neutral colors with soft, flowing fabrics…. think creams, very soft pastels, oatmeals, light browns, tans, grays, and slate blues. Want to showcase the fun and spunky side of your family? Choose coordinating colors (but not matchy, matchy) with bold accent colors, such as hues of gray with yellow or bright red accents. Adding fun accessories like scarves, headbands, hats, etc. can add a modern twist and sassy flair to your images.

2.Please feed the children and furry babies and make sure Grandma has had a nap! I always ask and we must pay attention to not schedule your photo session around your child’s naptime. Also if the children have had a cold or a fussy night it is ALWAYS best to reschedule. I would rather have perfect shots than a total meltdown and have to be rescheduled anyway.

3. Timing is EVERYTHING….The session starts when you book it and doing hair and makeup and having lunch is not supposed to be a part of that time. Sure… we stop and nurse and have snacks but the session goes way better if everyone has hair done and is ready to start so we have plenty of time to stop and play and get great images. Houston is HOT too so when we plan stuff for outside we do that in the morning or late afternoon and of course the studio is perfect at anytime!

4. An Ode to my sweet Doodlebugs! My Dads all might not love taking pictures…but they love Auntie A! I try real hard only to call you in on the most important of shots because I get it…I know what you really think about having to take pictures and it’s not anywhere near as much fun as watching football or playing golf but… it is vastly important. When she’s all grown up and gone and there’s that Wall of life staring back at you everyday with your mother’s hands in a generation shot, and her sweet toothless smile you’ll thank me. When we are all gone and your next generations are here to inherit the beauty of where they came from and can see their resemblances in the sparkle of your eyes that I as your artist captured….You’ll find me in heaven and thank me again… there really isn’t much more important to leave behind than the legacy of heirloom portraiture.

5. Plan to have a lot of fun! I am with my families for years and  every session is as unique as the sweet families that I care for. Sometimes we are tickling each other and other times we are in a more posed posture. All of the sessions are a part of the memories of childhood for “our” children and each time they visit their Auntie A it has to be filled with laughter and fun!

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Houston Newborn Photographer Alisa Murray’s Signature Newborn sessions start with a call from the hospital that the baby has arrived! Three days post delivery I usually see the weeone’s for the first time and then again as soon as their umbilical cords drop! The sessions last about an hour and then mommy and daddy go home to rest. The wraps and props that I use for my weeone sessions are mostly mine with occasionally a blanket that someone special has made sprinkled in. The weeone session is part of my First year of Life collection that is ongoing with all of my clients for their Legacy familial walls of heirloom portraiture. Because of the schedule being “on call” for my littles to arrive it is very important to call me so I know when you are due. I have certain spots weekly set aside just for newborns who have dropped their cords and are ready to complete their newborn session with me as well as for freshly arriving weeones to be captured all squished up! 713-598-2207 that’s my main line and the best to reach me…P.S. I love texting as well! 🙂 Happy Tuesday to you all!

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Possibly the most important investment a parent will make is in the Fine Art Photography of their family. It is the photography of a lifetime and finding the right professional is all important. Each family has different goals for what they want to eventually end up with in their homes and to pass down for generations. That’s what we are talking about here folks… these little sessions all add up to build a lifetime  of memories; whether it be of maternity photography, newborn photography or family photography. These pieces of art are then enjoyed obviously by the parents and then passed to the children…but it is really when all of us that are here are all gone and generations have passed…that the magnitude of their significance can be realized.


Fortunately, as Houston’s premiere baby photographer, I have had the opportunity to guide some of Houston’s most discerning families through the maze of creating collections for their homes that reflect their artistic style and familial investment goals. Some want amazing maternity and a few images of the children selective over ten years. Others want each stage captured and on display for everyone to enjoy, others want large canvases that I have converted to actual paintings and others still want little coffee table books and nothing on the walls. It does’nt matter what we do as long as we do something. The time that we have to capture the children is fleeting and in order to have what you need for your legacy we must plan and create accordingly so that you have fine art photography for generations to enjoy!

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Houston Families for 18 years have come to my studio to be captured through each and every stage of their lives. Sometimes they bring me expecting bellies…other times giggling babies and children wanting to go outside and play. All of my families know that what we do here is more fun than any other “required” family activity! He he he… When Daddy’s come they really don’t know what to expect and very quickly they realize that we are going to have fun, picture taking is painless and even they can commit to seeing this artist once a year to have moments captured when the children are grown and gone. When they see the images in my galleries of grandparents and think of their own ….it’s at those moments that they “get it.” What I do for my clients is not really photography…. it’s art, it’s capturing their sparkles, giggles, relationships and growing babies. I have the best job in the whole wide world! 🙂

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Alisa Murray is Houston’s Childhood Photographer. Capturing families as they grow has been my passion for all of these 18 years that I have been the portrait artist for my special families that ultimately are my friends. Watching their children change and grow, building relationships with them as part of their family is not really doing the work of photography at all…it is really about caring deeply that each of my littles will have memories captured, and that they are real not fake…perfect art of them..on perfect papers and will last throughout many generations for their families to enjoy.

The concept of being a portrait artist for my families came from the way I saw my Daddy’s patients follow him. As he  was an OBGYN he saw many patients and friends throughout their pregnancies and then as they grew older he delivered their grandchildren too! I saw these same people go to church with us and dinners and even vacations making the concept of being a part of the family an easy and effortless assumption.

Many of my families come to see me from all over the world. The majority of them though come from Houston Texas and the surrounding sub sections within the city. This sweet family is one of our dearest friends. Logan started calling me his “Tia Li Li” when he started speaking and recently my sweet Ava gave me the gardenia she had put in her hair for her parents annual Cinco De Mayo party. Mom was impressed that she insisted I take it home. Now that they are older we always do a “Big Shoot” for their birthdays and then a quick one for the holiday cards. This is their Big Shoot with Auntie A for 2016! #alisamurray #alisamurrayphotography #artist