Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Keller family photography - See how they've grown! {Keller Children Photography}

I have had the pleasure of photographing these two Keller kids since they were a baby and a toddler...so hard to believe they are now 5 and 9! The little boy is not so little anymore...he's got braces and has lost all his baby faced features...Mom and I both got a little sad ruminating over that, he's such a young gentleman too and always has been great to photograph. Little Sis has hair to die for...she has got that gorgeous curly hair that the rest of us wish we had and drool over...but I hear from Mom its not too much fun to brush out. Ah well, beauty always has a price!

We were trying out a new photography location in a gorgeous neighborhood in Southlake. It had some cool features like this huge fallen tree perfect for posing, a nature made "teepee" of fallen branches and for fun, a great wood swing. Fall is a great time for some fresh looks of your children, memories you can hold in your hand, family pictures by Cathy Zaragoza Photography.

Southlake Family Photographers Meet the oh so gorgeous D Family {Southlake Family Photography}

I had the pleasure of photographing this Southlake family a few years back when their son was an adorable six month old cutie. I was happy they called me again to come to their home last weekend and meet the newest addition...an adorable girl "K" who is now 9 months old. Mom and Dad make beautiful babies...I was kidding them they should try to outdo that family in Arkansas but they thought they'd pass on that one!

Their home had beautiful decor so every room was a dream to work in as far as beautiful backdrops and surroundsings and they had great lighting. We took some pictures inside and some photos outside around their beautiful pool and palm trees.

Mom saw her portrait gallery and had this to say (thanks Mom for the kind words!)

"Thank you! You got some great photos, I can't believe it! You're good. I need to take a closer look before I start ordering! Thanks again!"

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Southlake Family Portrait Session {Southlake Family Photography}

Southlake childrens pictures, photo of brother and sister

Southlake childrens photography photo of grandchildren on tractor
Most photographers will confess to each other that large group portraits can be a nervewracking experience. You have to pose a lot of people, make sure they are all looking your way, coordinate clothing choices beforehand etc. So when I got this call from the grandmother (who by the way sounded 20 on the phone!) I admittedly gulped a bit when I heard it was 20 people!

I thrive on a challenge however; I think it gives me a secret rush or something! I got to their gorgeous home in Southlake and they had a great barn to use, an open pasture with a pond...unfortunately the beautifully landscaped front yard was in full sun so that was not going to work. But they had a beautiful front porch in shade and we did use that with gorgeous results.

Other than it being hot (late July in Texas, of course it's hot)...all went very well and they looked awesome!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Who let the dogs out??? {Keller Family Photography}

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Okay, I LOVE that song and got to use it for this post so sing along now....

A gorgeous couple and their beautiful boxer...he was the most well behaved and well trained dog. He loved having his picture made, when he was not supposed to be in the shot he kept wandering back in. He thought he was the star of the show! And Mom and Dad are so gorgeous and loving, they just made this a really fun and easy session. I love animals and so I was thrilled when they asked if they could be photographed with their pet. Of course!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Beautiful Baby {Dallas Baby Photography}

Dallas baby photography showing lifestyle picture of mommy and baby
Dallas childrens photographyI love the emotion captured in this top photo of mommy and baby. You can just feel the love they share for each other as they locked eyes. I was blessed to have a beautiful Dallas home with gorgeous natural light that we did the entire session in. Baby is such a cutie...I love the twinkle in her eyes and her sweet smile in the bottom color image. She was such a little trooper, 10 months old babies usually get tired and cranky by the end of the photography session but not this one...she knew she was the star of the day!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

High School Senior {Keller High School Senior Photography}

Fort Worth and Keller senior pictures and poses of boys outdoors in natural light
senior pictures poses and examples of boys
I photographed senior pictures for this young man from Keller at a cool, rustic spot. I've known his mom for years now, and am proud to call her friend. He is the spitting image of his mom and has her personality too so we hit it off great during the session. We bonded, laughed, cut up...seniors are fun! And when you're as nice looking as this senior guy, well, it just makes my job so easy!

Mr. Handsome {Southlake Baby Photographers}

Southlake baby and toddler pictures photography examples and poses outdoors in natural light
I last photographed little Mr. Handsome when he was about six weeks old...he's a doll and a true tow head. It can be a bit tricky photographing such white blonde hair in bright light but I live for a challenge! He wasn't sure about being photographed, naturaly he would rather be playing on the rocks at this cool Keller park where our photography session took place. I found the trick though...he would start shrieking and I shrieked back and that cracked him up! I was sure my vocal chords were going to be sore the next day! He was just being a typical two year old and I could have just kissed that cute little face but sadly he is at the age where he doesn't want to snuggle anymore. They get independent so fast, these little guys, and smart moms know that the only way to hold their babies in their hands forever, is with beautiful pictures.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Beautiful Boy {DFW Baby Photographers}

Little B is the embodiment of a beautiful boy! He looks so much like his big sister who has been featured on my blog in the past. Mommy has strong genes! He is a sweetie, once he warmed up to the camera and studio setting he gave me the best smiles! Mom waited until he was 8 months for his pictures and that worked out great, he was sitting up much easier and that's such a good age for babies. Babies are generally very happy little campers around 6 to 8 months. I think the beautiful pictures made it worth the wait, don't you? I do love to photograph babies!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Fort Worth Photographers First Holy Communion {DFW Photographers}

picture of First Communion in Fort Worth poses examples ideas for first communion portraits

First Communion photography in Keller poses and examples or ideas
Throughout the months of March and April I will be doing First Holy Communion portrait sessions for a special $45 session fee (normally $75). Each session will be 30 minutes and held at the Cathy Zaragoza Photography studio.

Call Cathy Zaragoza Photography at 817-975-5387 to book your session today. Your child's First Holy Communion is a once in a lifetime event, let us help you capture those special memories in priceless portraits.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tips for Great Family Photos {Fort Worth Family Photographers}

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Picture this, you walk into a friend’s living room and your eye is drawn to the happy family picture hanging over the mantel. And you’re thinking, That’s a great family portrait, I wish I had a picture just like that of my family! The portrait is light-filled; the family is smiling and their individual personalities are shining through. Are you ready to take the plunge and get a family portrait of your own? When is the last time your family was photographed together? Don't put it off, before you know it, the kids will be grown and out of the house. Schedule your family photography session today!

Here are a couple of tips for getting the most out of your family portrait session.

Eating and Nap Times

If you're planning a family session with kids, make sure that they not only have a full tummy before the shoot, but that you bring along some "un-messy" snacks such as Cheerios, apple juice, etc. I find small children tend to do better in the mornings but afternoons will work as long as they have had something to eat and a nap. Planning around naptimes is highly recommended, if not necessary with little ones!


I am not a traditional style photographer. My style of photography is fun, I like to engage the your family in activities that let their true personalities show through. I’m not there just to capture a see how they’ve grown image. I love goofy smiles, giggles, and silly faces. You may see me crawling on the ground, kidding around, and being silly and you'll end up with genuine expressions that capture your family's true personalities. Having said all that, I will of course, take a few more "posed" family pictures for the grandparents, (they love ‘em!) and usually some individual pictures as well. I mix it up a lot during a session and you typically have around 50 pictures in your gallery.

Clothing Suggestions

I think the most common question I'm asked is "what should we wear"? The answer depends on your family and the style of photo that you want. Do you want something candid and fun? Then you may want to consider something more casual and outdoorsy such as jeans and white or neutral shirts and bare feet. Not a fan of the "matchy-matchy" outfits? Then consider clothing for each family member that has the same tone, not necessarily the same color. As always, stripes, bold patterns, and large logos on your family's clothing will be a distraction from your family's beautiful faces. If you are unsure about your choices or how they will photograph, just give me a call. Many families choose to bring a change of clothes to mix things up a little, especially if they're planning for individual portraits of their children as well.

As always, if you have questions, post them in a comment here, or call the portrait studio.

Bluebonnet Portraits {Fort Worth Photography}

Bluebonnets are expected to be especially prolific this year because of our record rainfalls and this spring's show of Texas' state flower will most likely be the best since 2007.

Wildflower Center officials have spotted clusters of bluebonnet rosettes ready to flower near Brenham and also noticed the wildflowers almost ready to bloom near roadways between Marble Falls and Llano.

Usually, bluebonnets begin to peak in Central Texas in late March and they'll peak in North Texas in mid-April.

We've got years of experience making beautiful portraits of families and children amid the bluebonnets. Our photographers at this Fort Worth based photography studio, can guide you on clothing choices and are happy to help you plan ahead to ensure you have a gorgeous wall portrait of your children to treasure. Bluebonnet pictures are a Texas tradition, timeless in their beauty and sure to be appreciated by all.

Call our studio to book your appointment as there will be limited availability for our clients in Keller, Southlake, Colleyville and surrounding areas.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What to Wear at your Photo Session - Newborns {Keller Baby Photographers}

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baby photography of Keller Texas newborn in studio on black background
For newborn sessions, two key wardrobe questions significantly affect your resulting images. First, what will the baby wear? And second, what will we wear? That’s right, mom and dad . . . you’ll be in some of the photos as well, even if just as a “backdrop” to the star of the show.

Newborns are absolute perfection when they wear nothing at all! For variety and some fun pops of color, I also like to use the swaddling blankets you have at home--that also gives the baby pictures a personal touch.

There are few things as stunning as skin-on-skin shots of a newborn and the proud parents. Dad can be shirtless for some shots, as can Mom, or she could wear a strapless bra or tank top. Images for this type of shot are generally closely cropped. Also, long-sleeved black shirts for Mom and Dad provide a sophisticated, dramatic “backdrop.”

Monday, February 8, 2010

Babies - The Documentary {Keller Baby Photographer}

Southlake Texas baby pictures in home examples with natural light

Babies' Documentary

One of my blog readers passed this along and I viewed it...adorable! I think its coming out this spring so this "grandma" will have to check it out for sure. I love how the directors were quoted as saying "You can't direct babies!"...too true and why I love photographing them so much. You never know what they'll do but it will always bring a smile to your face!

The photo above is one of my baby portraits from the family lifestyle session talked about in the previous post, used as an illustration for this post.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Lifestyle Photography {Southlake childrens photographers}

Southlake family portrait in a lifestyle photography on location in home setting
Southlake photographers portrait of a relaxed loving family in their home

A wonderful way for Fort Worth area families to preserve childhood memories is to schedule a lifestyle portrait photography session. I travel to your home for this particular photo session and we'll use indoor, natural light photography, photographing your family in both casual and lightly posed picture styles. Kids jumping on the bed, your daughter playing with her dolls, mom and dad reading them a story... beautiful, elegant, naturally creative pictures are some of the best ways to keep those memories forever!

Cathy Zaragoza Photography also offers a "day in the life" photo sessions. This type of photography offering consists of several hours spent with your family capturing in portraits in a variety of your family's indoor and outdoor activities.
Our Dallas and Fort Worth photography studio includes a beautiful hardbound coffee table photo book to remember the day when you opt for this particular photography session. Our photographers typically serve Southlake, Keller, Colleyville, Grapevine, Trophy Club etc areas, although it should be noted that we do travel and or meet with clients at locations throughout Dallas and Fort Worth for fun and friendly photography sessions. Email or call us for more detailed information about all our portrait sessions.

The Keller family whose images are posted here, scheduled their lifestyle photography session during the latter part of winter which was great, the weather didn't even matter because it was an in home photo shoot...we captured some beautiful moments and memories.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Bella Ballerinas {Dallas / Fort Worth Photography}

Southlake Childrens Photographers baby or toddler ballerinas photo
I'm showing this recent portrait of my beautiful little Miss G and her cousin K. We were seriously overdue for some photos and as they both just finished their ballet classes I wanted to take their pictures in their tutus. I just know these photos will be special to them throughout their lives. Aren't they beautiful?

Miss G is not doing ballet next year to devote more time to tumbling so this was her last performance. I just think little girls are so adorable with their little toddler bellies and ballerina slippers lol. Grandma, being the sentimental, gushy person I am, has kept the ballet slippers. I guess that's why I became a photographer, I love to keep those memories! Either that or Clean House is going to come calling in a few years and make me get rid of some of these "memories!"

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Allie Farris Trio {Fort Worth Headshot Photography}

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I am so behind on getting my sessions edited and blog postings done so I apologize to Allie and the guys! This is a wonderful trio from Denton that I had the pleasure of meeting and hearing perform last September when they were the opening act for Del Castillo in Grapevine. I was very excited to get to photograph them and we finally got to do that in January. Allie is just a gorgeous girl and the guys were so sweet (and talented!). I took my second shooter Robert along with me and it was so much fun...I love when I get the opportunity to photograph musicians, a nice change of pace for me. I am almost finished with your session guys so here's a little sneak peek in the meantime.

Look Out World! {Southlake Child Photography}

We lucked out last week and got this Southlake photography session in right before the cold weather came back. It was a lovely day in Southlake and the child I had the pleasure of photographing this day was a busy little 2 year old who was the cutest little guy I've seen in a while! I could have eaten him up with a spoon. He was a very busy little man, I should have brought my faster lens...I have quite a few pictures that were a blur from his running lol. It was a good workout for me I know! Grandma, your gallery just went up but here's a few I just had to make into a storyboard because they were so precious as he discovered the dandelions.

I consider myself blessed to have families like this one, who trust me to capture timeless and precious moments such as these in pictures. Grandparents have often commented that they'd give a lot to go back in time and save these memories in pictures of their own children and that's why they're determined not to let these memories of their grandchildren go by without documenting them in sweet pictures.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Biker Chicks Rule! {DFW Photographers}

Had a little fun this weekend doing some "biker" shots with my granddaughter and her cousin. My late husband was a Harley rider and I always wanted to do something with a biker theme in his honor...so I grabbed my two favorite little girls and asked them to make "biker" faces...Gigi couldn't keep the grin on her face but K gave me a hard look!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Hungry-Girl, Yay! {diets}

Well, I am one happy woman, let me just say! I discovered the BEST cookbook last weekend called Hungry Girls' 200 (recipes) under 200 (calories)! I was already doing a lifestyle change for my diabetes and had recently rejoined Weight Watchers online to help me. And it was working. But I was hungry....I am definitely a Hungry Girl! I love food and always will...no supermodel anorexia for me! And I know how hard we women are on ourselves..."I'll do pictures of me when I lose 10 lbs" or "I don't like how I look in photos"...you know all the reasons we don't want to be in the portraits. And family portraits are so important. So ladies, here's a great way to jumpstart losing those pounds we all probably found over the holidays!

So I got this book and devoured it over the weekend...and went shopping on Monday. I sent my "bad" foods home with a friend on Tuesday...see how good I am being? lol Anyway, this book and author takes the stuff we really like to eat (junk food/fast food) and converts the recipes to low fat / low carb / healthy recipes.

Now I am no cook but these are easy! I made one of the breakfasts this morning (see attached image)...OMG...it was the best breakfast sandwich I have ever had! Sorry Whataburger! She has a website hungry-girl.com and if you go to youtube and goggle hungry girl you can find tv appearances etc. It's that time of year so I thought I'd pass along a great website! Enjoy!

Playa Del Carmen Mexico {DFW Wedding Photographers}

This Keller photography studio had the pleasure of photographing a wedding this past fall in Playa del Carmen. Wow, gorgeous, gorgeous (but very hot) wedding location. The resort where the wedding was held, was 4 stars and out of this world. The happy couple live in Houston but the bride is the best friend of one of my long time Southlake customers and I'd met the bride several times. It was an honor take wedding pictures of their special day. Although, it was very hard to leave my beautiful suite with hot tub, 4 poster bed, room service...you get the picture.

And speaking of pictures..here's a few from their big day!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Where's Waldo...I mean Cathy? MIA that's where! {Keller Family Photographers Keller Texas}

What the heck happened to me in 2009? Life got very fast tracked there for a bit and my blog got sadly neglected. Like the rest of the world I have made some New Year's Resolutions...eat better, exercise, keep my blogging up to date.

I did get a new grandson in the fall so he has taken some of my attention...he's adorable so its hard to resist him...he has big blue eyes and the sweetest smile. His older sister Gigi has not been jealous at all, what a surprise! So, my apologies on being behind on EVERYTHING...please check back - I promise to make it worthwhile for you. Meantime, meet my gorgeous new grandson.