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Jen Rizy shares her personal insights on parenting and professional family photography through the Hello Photography blog. 

As both a mother and a photographer, Jen is interested in how her career as a professional photographer and her role as a mom intersect, and is passionate about sharing what she’s learned from both of those roles. Based in Cedar Park, just outside of Austin, Texas, Hello Photography focuses on maternity, newborn, and family photography.

Keep an eye out each week for the latest in tips for moms, maternity photography, and more.

newborn baby girl with a purple wrap and purple headband in a white bowl

Austin Newborn Photographers often like to include a little bit of Texas in their pictures. After all, we pride ourselves on capturing the next generations of Texans! But if the family wishes, the baby’s personality, and the newborn session theme don’t fit well with an explicitly Texan theme, I won’t include Texan props. Baby Angelina’s […]

pregnant woman wearing blue with husband in bluebonnets

I’m a lover of the springtime. Anyone who reads my blogs knows this. As an Austin maternity photographer, I love the way that springtime absolutely gushes out of every inch of the landscape. Springtime photos in the greater Austin area are all about wildflowers, greenery, and new beginnings. This makes it the perfect time for […]

smiling newborn baby in a sea green wrap sleeping in a heart bowl

Rainbow baby day isn’t until August. However, I celebrate a little every time I photograph a rainbow baby. For those who don’t know, rainbow babies are special little ones who come into being after a rainbow pregnancy. Rainbow babies are born after a miscarriage, neonatal death, stillbirth, or death during early infancy. Experiencing this kind […]

newborn baby in the froggy pose

Looking for a Newborn Photographer? Looking for a newborn photographer near me is one of the most searched phrases on the internet these days. I am sure you’ve used it at some point as well.  As you know, the task of finding a newborn photographer is a little overwhelming. There are many amazing and talented […]

black and white studio family photo

Austin, Texas maternity photography is so fun to do. I love taking my clients’ photos downtown, capturing the skyline, and sometimes taking a walk on the wild side in the local parks (like Brushy Creek Sports Park, a personal favorite with my secret photo spots). But I also love getting the chance to take photos […]

photo of little girl who just got adopted

Adoption stories can be so beautiful. Sometimes, they start out with heartache. They can be full of legal, health, and interpersonal struggles. Adoptions often take years to complete. But in the end, adoption ends up with the greatest gift — a new family member. In all my years doing Austin child photography, this is one […]

wrapped baby laying on a stuffed wolf

It’s always fun when I get to incorporate family props into newborn photoshoots. During her pregnancy, my client Kate (pictured below) used a large wolf plush as a body pillow. Body pillows during pregnancy can be a godsend. They help support the changing body, providing pressure point comfort during the night. And as most mommas […]

black and white intimate maternity photo

As you approach week 40 of your pregnancy, you’re likely getting excited, nervous, and anxious about what lies ahead. You’ve already had your maternity photos done, your baby shower is in the books, and now all you have to do is wait. Ask most mothers, and you’ll hear that with enough prepping, the first few […]

dad and son playfighting

The first year or two after your baby starts to walk can be an exciting (but stressful) time. As both a mom and a photographer, I know that your toddler can be your most demanding critic when it comes to your cooking, daily routines, and practically anything they can form their sweet little opinions about. […]

newborn baby sleeping on a bible

You may remember Sarah and Ryan from their maternity surprise post back in December 2020.  This adorable couple had gotten pregnant at the beginning of the pandemic and were able to keep it a complete surprise for most of 2020. Then, in December, they gave their family the greatest gift of them all — a […]