The Freeman Family’s Newest Member

Having photographed some of these family members over the summer, I knew I was in for a treat!  When Mom contacted me via her mother, to photograph her newborn baby boy and the family, I think she said something along the lines of “NO STUPID HATS!”  To which I giggled and thought…awe man when will I get to use the SOMBRERO as a prop!

Some of you who have previously had a customized session by me, probably can recall the look of abject horror I had on my face when you showed me a photograph you found on Pinterest with chalkboards, or scrabble letters.   I promise I really don’t make those faces on purpose. They just pop up on my face.  However, inside when someone shows me their inspiration, I’m screaming “OH MY GOD THE CHEESY PROPS!!!!! NOOOOOOO!!!!” So thank you for not calling me out on that, if you noticed. Then I calm down and start planning the “look” for your session and try to find the “look” you are going for by showing me these inspirational photographs. So to start off planning a session with a client who absolutely doesn’t want cheesy props makes me think I have found the absolutely perfect client!  I love you…….(too much?)

I had a reveal session planned for another client an hour away directly after this newborn & family session. Also, remember hurricane Patricia a couple of weeks ago that hit Mexico?  Yea the remnants from that went over the top of us the day of this portrait session.  Mom’s husband was so chivalrous when he braved the howling storm to help me get my gear out of my poor little cram packed Mustang.  And then again when he helped me cram it back.  My car still smells bad from all the wet gear that hung out in it for the rest of the night!

#BTS (behind the scenes) Photograph courtesy of Mrs. Freeman

Poor big brother did not seem to be impressed by my mad photography skills or his new baby brother but come to find out the poor little guy was fighting an ear infection!  He never even cried.  I want to lay down in the floor and scream if I get an ear infection and no way you would get a camera near me!  Such a little trooper.

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Baby Cooper had the alertness of a two month old.  Which made for some great lifestyle photographs but he really, really did not want to miss anything!  So he didn’t slip off into baby never never land for very long. But that was okay because I’m quick with the camera.

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Baby Cooper looks like he is up to something!!

For someone who had just had a cesarean five days earlier and no sleep with a toddler and a newborn to care for, Mom was absolutely beautiful and Dad looked so proud of his little family.

Whatever kind of day I have had though, quietly sitting and taking photographs of newborns makes my day.  Especially with clients like these.   Thank you both for working with me to preserve these precious memories!

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How to lose the wattle (How to take photos without having a double chin)

Quick, does anyone remember Ally Mcbeal….. I used to love that show when I was younger and they have re-runs now!

Does anyone remember that guy Fish that had a wattle fetish? You know, the loose skin that’s on a woman’s neck. Guess what, if you have that fetish, no woman is going to appreciate you pointing it out.  In fact, my third most requested thing (after will you make my ass bigger or my waist smaller) is can you remove my double chin?

Actually, that would be a HUGE pain in the petunia to do in Photoshop and I would charge you extra and really I tend to notice it when I’m posing clients before I press the shutter and adjust them.  So let me give you my tricks to banishing the DOUBLE CHIN (there was an echo after that) for when you take selfies or someone else breaks out their cell phone and points it at you! DO AT LEAST ONE OF THESE THREE EASY THINGS.


STOP FACING THE CAMERA HEAD ON AND BEND SOMETHING! I repeat stop turning your body and head towards the camera at the same angle with your hands at your side. If you have a joint (no not that kind) then bend and move it.  I suggest shifting your body because your body facing the camera also causes you to appear wider and lord help you if you’re wearing stripes.

Just to note this is a straight on photo with me doing everything we are going to talk about wrong.
Just to note this is a straight on photo with me doing everything we are going to talk about wrong.

Now in this one I am still slightly canted. In case you’re wondering, I was looking in the mirror at my “wattle” while preparing for a client consultation when inspiration hit for this post.  This time I wasn’t driving when inspiration hit so I didn’t put anyone else in danger!

#2 Head Out, Chin Down

You will hear me tell you this when we begin your session, then you’ll promptly forget and hear me repeating it over and over again.  Why?  BECAUSE this is the #1 thing that banishes the DOUBLE CHIN (echo again).

Head back & relaxed Good bye chin & Jaw!
Head back & relaxed
Head out & chin down PERFECT shadow contouring the chin
Head out & chin down PERFECT shadow contouring the chin
Easy now, don't get too crazy with it....
Easy now, don’t get too crazy with it….

Sticking your head out and putting your chin down feels a little awkward but it’s only until the photo is snapped.


Do you know why women take selfies of themselves with the camera above their head?  (Sometimes not paying attention to what’s behind them)

Because it’s a flattering angle and one of the oldest… me look skinnier in photos…tricks in the book

Let’s talk perspective…..

Corny? Oh hell yes but FUN

I remember this being like the first assignment in photography school.  Perspective…everyone promptly went out and basically created an image like this.  My instructors were not impressed with our lack of creativity. (and this was before GOOGLE!)

Whatever is closest to the camera is going to look bigger and the further away the smaller it appears. Also, being above eye level gives your chin and jaw definition. Thus banishing the double chin. (Perspective is also what caused my tatas to appear ginormous in those last images…. they were the closest thing to the camera)

Also…. ladies….you don’t have to be this high above eye level, slightly above will do

So, when someone whips out a camera and you’re paying attention you turn slightly to the side, tilt your head down and stick your chin out (slightly) and if the camera is higher than your eye level shift your eyes up.

TA DA!!!!
TA DA!!!!

Also, let me repeat my mantra.  A camera takes a 3D moment in time and spits it out in 2D.  It is not magical. You are a moving breathing person.  You don’t have to un-tag yourself from every FB image your friends post of you because when you’re out and about you don’t really look like that one photo makes you look!

Or better yet come see me. I’ll take awesome FB profile images for you. 🙂