14,000 is the number of photos I currently have on my phone. I also have google photos where everything is backed up and even a hard drive for a back up to my back up, but I can’t seem to delete them from my phone. They are mostly of my son or my son with my husband, and the occasional selfie where I make an appearance but it’s rare that you see Mom. I love capturing all those in-between moments but it makes our time spent with a professional photographer special for so many reasons. The obvious reason? I’m actually in some of them (!) but more importantly, it’s typically for a milestone that is far too special for an iphone or a selfie.

When I met Heather Gallagher, one of my favorite documentary photographers in Austin, she came over to photograph our family in our home. We were a literal mess having just started solids with Bowie, our house was a mess (think bottles, drying rack on the counters), our dog was scared and I still had about 15 pounds of baby weight I wanted to lose. Not how I pictured my life as a new mom (or at least how I wanted it to appear in photos) but this was real life with a baby. Heather walked in and we were all immediately at ease. The images were more than I could have expected. Not because we look picture perfect because we don’t, but because they tell the real story of us, in that moment. Since that shoot, Bowie is no longer crawling, we’ve since lost our sweet dog, and we’ve remodeled our kitchen, but when I see an image from this particular session, I could cry because it brings back the feelings of that time on that chilly spring morning.

When Heather told me that she was now offering a year long subscription package, think pregnancy through your child’s first birthday, I knew we were in.

The subscription includes:

  • in person consultation to discuss goals & expectations
  • one mini maternity session
  • one in home newborn session (birth and Fresh 48 is available at an exclusive rate)
  • one mini close up portrait session every 2 months
  • one 6 month family session
  • two floating family documentary sessions
  • 1st birthday party coverage
  • one surprise gift

With priority scheduling, I no longer had to think about booking photos months in advance, and now have the option to customize the package how I want. It’s a dream and for busy moms, knowing that something as precious as family photos is taken care of for a year, and removes the pressure of capturing every little moment on our phones.

As we begin our year subscription with Heather, here’s a sneak peek from our mini maternity session which happened to fall on our son’s 2nd birthday.

We’ve also opted for a Fresh 48 session at the hospital when baby is born and the first moments when Bowie meets his brother. Almost too much for these pregnancy hormones to handle!

For more information and for package rates, email Heather at heather@heathergallagherphotography.com. View more of Heather’s work on her website here