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Family Portraits with Tiny Tribe Photography

Tiny Tribe Photography provided us with a complimentary professional photo package. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

After almost 12 years of marriage, we finally had professional portraits taken of the entire family. The last time that happened was on our wedding night, when we were three family members less.

I’ve always wanted to have professional photos done of my family, but since it’s a huge investment and I want to make sure my money is well spent, I just always took pictures myself. And because I was always taking the photos, most times I wasn’t in them. Every once in a while I would get out the tripod and use my electronic remote, but not often enough.

Finding an exceptional photographer takes research and hours of scouring online galleries, neither of which I had the time for. When Rebecca of Tiny Tribe Photography reached out to me to offer a complimentary photo session, I was incredibly excited about the opportunity to work with a professional photographer in the Houston area.

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Since I had never worked with an on-location photographer before, I had no idea what to expect. I met with Rebecca before our photo session so that we could get to know each other, and so that she could get an idea of what I wanted out of our photos. We met in her home, where she meets with all her clients, and we discussed clothing, location, desired photo arrangement, etc. This comes standard in her photo packages to ensure each party knows the expectations.

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I didn’t have a predetermined location scouted out or anything, but I did have an idea of the type of photos I wanted. Unfortunately I couldn’t find an open field full of tall grass that hadn’t already been cut for hay, so we decided on a location with plenty of old buildings.

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The backdrop of this old building is gorgeous, I just wish it wasn’t in a parking lot. There are parking lines and curbs in most of the photos and while it isn’t that big of a deal, I would have liked a less industrial look.

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We had planned on using the old buildings to our advantage, but what I didn’t realize was that there was really no grass or other ground covering.

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Rebecca was able to effectively communicate to my children what she needed them to do for each shot, and she was very patient with us. It was 6:30 in the evening, and the kiddos were hungry, so she had quite the task of getting them cooperate.

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In our discussions prior to the photo session, I was able to communicate to Rebecca that I wanted the photos to have a dreamy-like effect and I feel she did a fantastic job with the editing.

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Even in the midst of all the chaos, she was able to capture this sweet picture of two of my children. I’m going to get a huge print made of this one to remind myself that they don’t always fight. There are gentle moments sometimes, too.

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I was surprised she was able to get them this close, without any bickering. And bonus points because they are all smiling!

Now that I have this experience under my belt, I will now be better prepared for the next time. And if I can offer just one tidbit of advice, it would be to know exactly what you want and be able to translate that to your photographer. For instance, if you are doing an on-location shoot, already have a place scouted out that you know you’ll love. If there is a certain pose you love, print it out or save it to a Pinterest board as a point of reference for the photographer.

If you are in the Greater Houston area and are looking for a family photographer, Rebecca was a pleasure to work with. She was timely with all communication, she answered any questions I had, and the turnaround time for the finished photos was much shorter than she originally quoted me. She also offers a matted print that is absolutely stunning. There is no sheen to the print (which I love) and will update this post once I receive the matted prints.

When is the last time you had family photos taken?

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About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    Oh I love fields of grass and one big thing I miss about Indiana. I really like the ones of your kids by themselves. Your family looks really close. Nice family photos.

  2. 2

    We had a quick session at our daughter’s graduation convocation in spring this past year. It will probably be a while again before we have family ones done I’m guessing…probably her wedding, LOL!

  3. 3

    These are ADORABLE!!!!! <3 <3

  4. 4

    What beautiful shots of your family! We used a location photographer last year and I have to say they are my favorite photos ever. Forget the stuffy same old posed portraits and go for fun. We did ours in front of an old barn and it just fits are family.

  5. 5

    We need to have our photos taken again. We just moved and I appreciate the tips and your experience.

  6. 6

    Wow, I think these all came out great!

  7. 7

    These are great pictures. It’s too bad I’m in the Chicago area. =/

  8. 8

    We are due for family photos again soon!
    Our last set was taken last fall.
    We were freezing but got some great fall shots!
    This year the leaves are falling faster than they did last year so its hard to find a time that works for all of us.
    Great shots 🙂

  9. 9

    I love this how cute are you guys!

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    Stephanie says:

    These are great photos!

  11. 11

    Crystal you have such a beautiful family! Your photos came out perfect.

    I’d also like to add that I think your daughter is a mini-you. She’s beautiful like her mama.

  12. 12

    She did a beautiful job and I think the lines and the parking lot just add character. I can’t believe how tall your daughter is getting! Beautiful family. We had our pictures taken last week and I’m waiting on some of the proofs!

  13. 13

    The photos look great. We haven’t had our family photos taken in a long long time. Thanks for the good tips about knowing what you want ahead of time.

  14. 14

    what great photography!! and such wonderful subjects too–I love the brick wall as a background too

  15. 15

    Crystal you have such a beautiful family! The photographer did a great job at capturing your family and you all look so happy. LOVE!

  16. 16

    These are so fantastic! You have such a gorgeous family…your daughter is such a good combo of the two of you!

  17. 17

    I has been years since we’ve done this!! I think since everyone has a camera in the pockets these days, we totally forget to make time for this. Thanks for the reminder!

  18. 18

    We haven’t had any “official” family portraits done in many, many years. ur last photo with the whole family was last Christmas. We need a new one.

  19. 19

    Beautiful! I want to get some photos done of the four of us!

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    Danielle K says:

    These are so cute!!! We have never had family photos taken and my son is almost 3. It’s definitely long overdue – thanks for sharing 🙂

  21. 21

    Those are great. I love the brick wall background!

  22. 22

    What a fantastic job your photographer did. I think the first picture is my favorite but they are all great.

  23. 23

    Aw! How beautiful! What a great photographer!

  24. 24

    You have a beautiful family.

  25. 25

    Your portraits turned out great!!! What an adorable family!

  26. 26

    I love all your photos. I really prefer the casual look for portraits.

  27. 27

    I think your pictures turned out great, even if the kiddos were hungry!

  28. 28

    We’ve never had professional family photos taken. 🙁 My husband is camera shy and keeps making excuses, primarily that he has to lose weight. ;/ I love yours! Gorgeous family!

  29. 29

    Such a beautiful family! My family and I’ve been toying with the idea of getting our pictures taken professionally, considering we really don’t have any family pictures.

  30. 30

    That is a unique and fun back drop I love it. My favorite photos are the one of you and your husband and the one of the two children looking at each other. Great job, glad you were able to get them done.

  31. 31

    I love the unique moments Rebecca was able to capture and really love the clothing you chose. We are definitely due for family photos and may be working with a friend of mine here in Las Vegas soon!

  32. 32

    Such a handsome group! I’d like to get family pictures this year.

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