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

This is one of my favorite family sessions to date, for so many reasons. It’s my favorite Katy location, the gorgeous sunset, and most importantly the people in front of my lens and their story of love and God’s faithfulness.

Brooke and I met at church in our small hometown when we were just 16 years old. She has always had the sweetest spirit, and I remember how welcome she made me feel when I was brand new and completely shy. We’ve been on many trips with the youth and have had many of the same friends. We even did a brief stint as roommates for my one semester stay at Stephen F. Austin! I remember the day she married my husband’s best friend, Michael. Just a few short years later, when their son was only a few months old, I remember the day she buried him. To say I’ve been mulling over this post in my head trying to decide what to say is an understatement. I could write so so much; many happy stories and a few sad ones. However, God is good and His timing is perfect. When we heard about Bryan we were so happy for Brooke! I loved meeting him (he is perfectly suited to Brooke’s fun personality) and having the honor of taking these photos for them. I’m not going to try and tell all of their story here, but it is a beautiful one. If you would like to learn more about Brooke’s journey please take a moment to read her blog “Dancing in the rain“. Brooke and Bryan were married a few weeks ago, but you can still hear a little about their love story on KSBJ’s website! Click here to listen.

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  • Stephanie - Beautiful! Such wonderful emotion and connection captured. Such a good lookin’ family and he is just such a gorgeous child!ReplyCancel

  • Michael and Carina - Love how natural and playful these are! You guys have the best light for natural portrait sessions in Katy, Texas!ReplyCancel

  • Trina Dinnar - Such a gorgeous sunset photo session! Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • Steve - great sunset, great work! What a beautiful family. Love it all!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - These are beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Aurelie Noyer - Awww… such a sweet kid!!! and i love the light and your editing too, such beautiful tones <3ReplyCancel

  • Corey - Gorgeous family portrait session! I love the fun moments you captured and the light is just perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Kat - What a sweet family session. Their joy is contagious and they look so fun. Love your lighting also! Absolutely beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - Love this family photoshoot! Texas seriously has the most golden light, and you captured it perfectly here.ReplyCancel

  • Tamara - Beautiful family photos! Loving how you played with the sunsetReplyCancel

  • Houston Photographer | {2015 in review} » Katy and Houston, Texas Newborn Photography by Denise Cowan Photography - […] Every fall the rush for family photos happens and never ceases to amaze me with how busy I get! I had to turn way too many away this year so please don’t wait until the last minute to book your family sessions! This is just a small sampling of all the family photos I did this year. One of my favorites was with the Harada family, you can check their session out by clicking HERE.PINIMAGEPINIMAGE […]ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - I always love your work and paired with such a heartwarming story. I love love!ReplyCancel

Met this adorable family at a very busy park in January. Parking was near impossible to find, I think it took me 20 minutes to park! Then of course I ended up having to walk about 10 more minutes to the place where we were going to get started. It all worked out and we had a quick but beautiful session.

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Eliana is such a beautiful little girl and looked like she was there to model clothes for a catalog. Well done mommy! I just adored this blue jacket she was wearing. It took her a bit to warm up to me as you can see in the next two photos, but they might also be my favorites! I personally love serious faced photos of children. It’s completely adorable and shows another side of their little personality. Before long we were down in those big fall leaves playing and giggling. She had a blast throwing them at me and once we got started I don’t think she wanted to stop!:)We ended up sneaking away from mommy and daddy for a bit so she would relax more and open up for the camera. She kept me on my toes throughout the session but we have gorgeous portraits to show for it. Totally worth it!Katy Tx childrens photographerPINIMAGEchild portraits houstonPINIMAGE

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Sweet mommy and daughter photos are so special to have. I may even start offering mommy and me minis next year! Who’s in?
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Darkness was coming FAST but we squeezed in some portrait time for Christian and Perla before we left. They are engaged and needed these for save the dates and various other wedding day details. Such a fun time! Even if you aren’t engaged, when you come for family photos I believe it is important for mommy & daddy to have their moment alone in front of the camera too. Your kids will love those photos as they get older.
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  • Mary Anne - Oh my goodness…how beautiful are these family photographs! Eliana is so adorable and you are right she does look like she is ready to model. Looks like she did just that for you. Love the energy in these images. That park in Houston is so pretty! Beautiful family photography!ReplyCancel

  • Corey - Gorgeous family portraits! I love all the fun and sweet moments you captured during their session!ReplyCancel

  • Giselle - Well all the hassle definitely paid off, that location in Houston was perfect for family photos. The family was so adorable and I love the little girl’s outfit. You did a great job these are beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • Denise - Thank you so much Giselle! Love your name, my middle name is Gisele. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Cherrie - What an adorable little girl. And he outfit is so cute. I’m sure they family will treasure the photographs and memories you have given them.ReplyCancel

  • Carmen - Awesome family photos!! Eliana is so beautiful! Lover her curls and especially all the photos of mom & her. Mom is most likely behind the camera like most mommy’s. I’m sure she’ll cherish these for a lifetime!ReplyCancel

    • Denise - Thank you! Yes, mom’s tend to be behind the camera and rarely in the memories with our kids. Part of why it is so important to me to make sure we always get these shots. :)ReplyCancel

When Kristi booked her spot for a Valentine’s mini session I was excited to know I would finally have her beautiful kiddos in front of my camera! My husband and I have known her since elementary school and it was nice to get our kids together after all this time.


I had to work just a bit for the smiles from this cutie but it was completely worth it. One thing that worked was when I stacked candy hearts and smarties up on top of my camera as high as I could manage while taking his pictures. Then I’d make them fall dramatically and he would crack up. So cute! He reminds me a whole lot of Ephram in personality.

Goodness isn’t Abigail so pretty?!? She was a perfect little model for me that day and made my job simple.


Matthew was born the day after my son Oren! Kristi and I didn’t even know it until it was time for their 1st birthdays. We realized it when inviting each other to the parties we had planned for the same day! Even her youngest son John Gregory is just slightly older than Ephram. I kept my kids around for after their session so they could meet and play for a bit. They connected instantly and had so much fun. I know Oren was especially sad to see them go and has asked me several times when they can play again! ValentinePINIMAGE

Kristi owns Lone Star Athletics in Humble, Tx. If your kids are into cheer or tumbling you should definitely check it out. You can also find LSA on Facebook.

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Almost every summer our family will gather at a beach house in Galveston for at least a few days. I’m SO glad we were able to go this year, it was nice to get away and forget about other obligations for a bit.

I have over 300 photos from our trip and I would love to share them all but that would just be ridiculous in a blog post! So, here are a few from one evening right before sunset.

Also, I’m still pregnant and waiting as patiently as I know how for him to make his debut. 39 weeks tomorrow but I feel like I’m overdue!! Whether he decides to come now or late, the next edition of “a day in the life” will be introducing my newest little fellow and I cannot wait!!!:)
These next two photos are here to give you a clear picture that Ephram was NOT in water that was too deep for him. They were in very shallow, still, water.
In the following photo of Oren you can see that Ephram slipped and went under. It was literally a SPLIT second before his daddy was right there scooping him up. He was perfectly fine, even though seeing the photo is slightly terrifying!!!
 That face though, sweet baby. He just needed a hug.
 Our fishermen, paw-paw &amp; James, enjoying a peaceful moment…

 Until accidentally catching a Pelican!!!! It was certainly an interesting end to our day.

 Be sure to follow the blog circle over to my talented friend Lori Frederick. Seriously, go check it out, her post is beautiful! And if you haven’t already like her on facebook!!
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  • Jessica Rogers - Your family is beautiful! I love how you have captured your boys’s spirits in each shot. Really lovely, friend!ReplyCancel

These boys wait all day long for the moment their daddy comes home so they can wrestle. I think it is their favorite part of the whole day and I love getting to sit back and watch them play together. On this day I decided it was high time I actually pull the big camera out and document it. Yes, the two of them are typically in only their underwear, every single day. Actually we are lucky if Ephram has any clothes on at all. He hates to have anything on. It doesn’t matter how or when I dress him, by days end all clothes are gone. Saves on laundry I suppose. 😉

So, this is my “a day in the life” for July. Depending on when our newest little boy decides to make his appearance I may not be posting for August or I may even be posting a photo of him! Who knows. I’m due September 6th but my doc has a feeling I may not make it that far. Either way I’m very excited and cannot wait to add another baby boy to the beautiful chaos of our home.
Be sure to follow the blog circle around to my talented friend Bjorna. She is sharing some beautiful film images of her little boy this month! Click here to check out her post.
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  • Jessica Rogers - This is amazing! Very inspiring and beautiful captures of your family. I need to do this more with my own little guy. Perfection! Keep up the amazing work!ReplyCancel

    • Denise - Thanks Jessica! I need to get caught up on all my personal blogging. It is so easy to get behind on our own photos with all the work we have for our clients. :)ReplyCancel