Katy and Houston, Texas Newborn Photography by Denise Cowan Photography » Katy Texas Newborn and Family Photographer

I’ve been struggling lately, longing for the mother I no longer have. I cannot help but think of all the things I miss out on without her here. There is no calling her for advice or crying on her shoulder when things are tough, like they have been the last several months. There is just something about talking to your momma. Goodness how I miss her laugh, it was contagious, and her love for cheesy movies. Sometimes I watch them, as terrible as they are, and feel a little closer to her.

I miss her a lot around my own birthday, which I know is strange to say, but she did birthdays so well. No matter how little we had, she went out of her way to make me feel so special. That is the driving force behind why I make such a big deal out of my little’s birthdays. It is one of my fondest childhood memories and I want to pass that to my kids too. Now, her birthday is approaching and it is more than my heart can handle. We’ll be sure to have a cupcake and sing her a song. I need my boys to know how important she was. How instrumental she was in my life, and because of that, the effect it has on their lives. She was the most amazing & selfless person I have ever known.

These photos of her holding my first two babies, especially the ones from the days they were born, are everything. Every. Thing. I was broken the day our youngest son Judah was born, not having these moments with her. Document the time you have with your loved ones people. I cannot say it enough. One day, you will only have an ever fading picture in your mind to look back on, so take a million pictures with your cell phone or by whatever means you have. Get in the photos too, don’t be absent from someone else’s memories.

“you taught me the courage of stars before you left.
how light carries on endlessly, even after death.” -sleeping at last


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Around a year ago my little home based business was featured on the Katy Moms Blog and, with how busy I’ve been, I completely skipped over sharing it here on my blog! I was completely honored to be interviewed by Tamara and so thankful for the opportunity to talk a bit about my newborn photography and what it is like to run a business as a mom to three busy little boys.

Even though it has been a while most of the information is still very relevant, so, if you want to hear more about how I got into this and what keeps me going take a trip over to the Katy Moms Blog and read all about it.

Follow this link to check out my interview! 

I have grown so much a mom and business since it went live. The major change though, is that Denise Cowan Photography has moved over to the Kingwood & Humble area! Thankfully all of my sweet Katy clients have followed me right over and I couldn’t be more grateful.

“Things don’t happen overnight, it takes work and time, but for me it has been worth it all.”

Looking for a newborn photographer in Kingwood Texas? Contact me by clicking here!

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Beauty Revived – Scarlett

The 50 Beautiful Children Campaign

When I was a young girl, I felt so free.  No worries and no care in the world.  I would play in the yard, visit friends, and just be little.  Be little.  What depth that means to me now, especially having kids of my own.  How I pray for my kids to stay little in their minds, hearts, and souls for as long as God will allow.  Meeting Scarlett, she was not anything different.

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”

Vibrant personality, beautiful physically, sweet as the day is long, and just full of life.  Upon meeting her, you would never guess what all she has been through.

Seizures.  They started when she was a young 4 months old.  Fast forward to the present and over the course of her young 6 years earth side, and at the time of her session, she’s had a total of 112 of them.  You can read and purchase the magazine with her full story here: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1154884

That story is so worth reading.  HER story is so worth reading.  To overcome such a great battle in such short years makes her such an inspiration.  Not to mention the advances in modern medicine and the hope and opportunity that modern medicine gives children like sweet Scarlett.  However, I want to mention how incredible all of that is, but what’s MORE incredible is Scarlett herself.  Not Scarlett that has seizures.  But Scarlett and her sweet little soul.

Happy, full of life, and joyful.  Those are some of my very favorite things about Scarlett.  I want to celebrate her and all that she has overcome.  I hope her sweet mama sees these pictures and that they are a testament of the light that she is.  I was honored to do these for this beautiful family. <3

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I was so honored to be chosen as a photographer for this project with Beauty Revived. This was my second time working with them on a campaign and both experiences have taught me so much. Fellow photographers, I would really encourage you to apply to be a part of one of their next campaigns!!

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Hi friends! I’m making an effort to blog more sessions in the coming days. This means I will be going back and posting many from the past year and lots of fun new stuff as well. Some posts will even be written by the baby’s parents for a bit of a change. I felt it would be nice to read about sessions from their point of view, or how life has changed since becoming a mom or dad! This round my beautiful friend Melissa wrote a letter to her perfect baby girl!


*leave a comment! 30 comments by tomorrow will earn them a free set of prints.


A letter to Clara from her mommy:

My Sweet Clara Lynn,

It’s hard to believe that you’re already two months old!  It seems like we were bringing you home from the hospital just yesterday.  This past month has been filled with lots of firsts.  You’ve started to hold conversations, coo, track things with your eyes, and have found a new best friend Ellie the Elephant.  We took you out to eat for the first time this month and you took your first round of shots like a champ, well sort of. This month you weigh 13 pounds and stand 23 ½ inches tall.  Each day with you is an adventure and I’m so thankful that I’m your momma.

You’ve taught me so much these past two months and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.  A few of the things I’ve learned from you are:

  • It’s okay to cry when you’re feeling misunderstood.
  • There are very few things a bath, clean clothes, and food can’t make better.
  • Music really is magical.  Even on your worst days a little James Taylor puts a smile on your face and calms you down almost instantly.
  • What it truly means to love someone unconditionally, even if I’ve only known you for a short period of time.
  • That 7 p.m. is always an acceptable bedtime.
  • That time really does fly when you’re having fun!
  • That the piece of my heart that has been empty for the past 10 years CAN feel whole again.  I never thought I’d be as happy as I once was but you’ve shown me that’s not the case.  After your Uncle George passed away I struggled to find a new normal, and when I did it wasn’t quite as joyful.  Since you’ve been with us I’ve found myself feeling the way I used to when he was here.  While I’m sad you won’t know the feeling of his almost too tight hugs, the way his smile could light up a room, and the sound of his laughter I promise you’ll know all about him and the way he loved others with his whole heart.

I hope you continue to keep letting me hold you and rock you to sleep!

Lot of love!

Your Mommy


This session was so special to me, for many reasons, some that I won’t even share here. Missy and I have known each other since we were elementary aged. We were twirlers together, had sleep overs, and helped each other with school projects. She was one of my best friends. Seeing her become a mom, and then to be given the privilege of documenting that, has been one of the best feelings. You guys, I’m not even kidding when I say I have the best job. I’m tearing up while writing this, remembering her session and how special it all was.

Don’t forget to leave a comment! 30 comments by tomorrow will earn them a free set of prints. (client will pay shipping)

Be sure to click here to book your newborn and maternity sessions. It is never ever too early to get those set up! I’m currently booking about 3-4 months in advance. For more info on Houston newborn photography packages click here.

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  • Oscar Skaer - My precious goddaughter is too cute, but pics need more giraffes. =)ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Barmore - Denise you did such a beautiful job on Clara Lynn Massaro’s pictures. They are precious to my heaet. So glad you and Melissa have reunited after high school. Thank you for the picture you took of Clara and Uncle George’s bear. There are no other words excep…Thank you, PeggyReplyCancel

  • Elaine Lauzon - Clara is my great niece and the new love of my life. The newborn photos were wonderful and I will treasure them.ReplyCancel

  • Karli - So cute!ReplyCancel

  • Jim barmore - Beautiful photos. Composition and lighting well done. And of course the subjects are beautiful. Thank you very much for capturing a sweet moment!ReplyCancel

  • Anthony Jensen - Frank & Melissa,

    Amanda and I couldn’t be more happy and excited for you and Clara. We love you guys and wish you many happy memories!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Love this little girl and the pictures are a great representation of an amazing family!ReplyCancel

  • Mike Jensen - What an adorable Clara. Photos are GREAT! Beautiful Family!!!ReplyCancel

  • Melisa - Thanks for capturing these moments Denise! They’re absolutely perfectReplyCancel

  • Samantha Kelley - Clara is sooo beautiful! I love the photos. She is extremely photogenic!ReplyCancel

  • Sam Kelley - Clara is the most precious baby! Wonderful photos from Denise Cowan photography!!!ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Lauzon - Clara is so adorable and photos are wonderful, I will treasure them.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Braches - Cutest baby in the world!!! 😍ReplyCancel

  • Allyson Bartz - She is so adorable! 😍ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - Clara is super cute!ReplyCancel

  • Isabel Anders - How special…I loved reading what both of you wrote. I teared up reading it and then I saw all the very special pictures. I can’t thank you enough for sending it to me.ReplyCancel

  • Sheila Mulvaney - I really love your letter to sweet Clara Lynn 💕💕. She is beautifully photographed and the pictures are perfect like she is !! 💕💕. I love you Clara Lynn and your momma and daddy!! You don’t know this yet, but you are a Frannie!! Frannie love 💕💕.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Mclean - What a lucky baby, it is obvious that she is well loved. The photos are wonderful and her mom’s comments bring the photos to life.ReplyCancel

  • Nicholas Braches - Great photos!!! It’s crazy seeing how much Clara has grown in the last 4 months!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Brouillard - The pictures are absolutely beautiful! Clara is a little angel! Love KimReplyCancel

  • Sue Stramblad - beautiful Clara…..sweet special baby….wonderful parents. These photos manage to capture the love that shines from new parents for their new baby as well as their love for each other. It also reminds the person viewing the photos of how sacred the gift of a baby is to their lives and to our lives…..I am thankful to God for baby blessings.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra - The most beautiful of family photos!! I am so impressed with he professionalism & quality of the photos and the element of love that shines in each and every one. My daughter is now a junior in college and I still clearly remember each and every day with her from her birth day to the safe deposit at college in Minnesota!. Enjoy each and every day, Melissa, for each stage is fleeting!!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - What a sweet letter from an amazing momma to a wonderful little girl! We love you all so much. And these photos really capture the Massaro family at this special time in their lives.

    Play Aunt Emily and Play Uncle LoganReplyCancel

  • Ashly W. - Your letter made me tear up. Love the photos of your precious baby girl! Denise, you’re amazingly talented. Love seeing all your photos.ReplyCancel

  • Bailey Glenn - Adorable!!😍😍ReplyCancel

  • Phyllis Ahern - The pictures are beautiful! I can’t wait to meet Clara Lynn and to see all of you.ReplyCancel

  • Sophie Mulvaney - I love all the pictures!!! Clara Lynn is so beautiful!!! And you look great Missy!! I can’t wait to see you and Clara Lynn ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Duke Jensen - These are beautifully composed pictures. Nice work, Denise.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Just beautiful! The story …the pictures …everything! Lots of love and hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Jensen - These pictures are just beautiful! Melissa, you are so blessed to have Denise as a friend. She is the perfect example of someone whose vocation is perfectly suited to her. Love, Aunt BarbReplyCancel

  • John Jensen - How cuteReplyCancel

  • Sam O. - I can’t wait to meet her! I’m glad Cadence got to so far. I knew you and Frank would make great parents.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Barmore - Love the pictures. A beautiful family.ReplyCancel

  • William Barmore - Love you. Thank you for sharing your familyReplyCancel

  • Thuy Danner - Such a beautiful & heartfelt story! We love y’all!!ReplyCancel

  • Andie Riojas - I love these photos! Clara is so precious!ReplyCancel

  • Brandon Clayton - I have a pretty cute little niece!!ReplyCancel