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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.

Bull creek maternity photos in a red dress

If you live in the United States, you know what happened to Texas in February. In February, temperatures throughout the state are usually in the mid-sixties and seventies. In Austin, February is one of the loveliest months. Temperatures head up toward seventy in the daytime. They hover around the upper forties to fifties in the […]

Bride and groom giggling during their wedding portraits

Spring is a trendy time for weddings. About 11% of weddings nationally occur in May, but Texas spring weddings tend to take place a little earlier. A wedding photoshoot can take on a life of its own during late March and early April in Texas. In the Austin area, late March weather is warm and sunny, with […]

Yello wildflower maternity photo

Spring is a time for new beginnings. For expectant families, springtime maternity photos are a celebration of life and everything beautiful in the world!

black and white maternity photo with a black dress.

Buying a maternity dress for a photo shoot is just one added expense most clients don’t need. From a photographer’s standpoint, planning a maternity session can be stressful enough for a pregnant person. You have to get the timing just right, handle the weather, handle the location, and work around everyone’s schedule — all while […]

newborn in pink fabrics posed in a gold bowl

You all might remember Karly from a few weeks ago. She ran into some trouble with other Austin maternity photographers and came to me after her other booked session fell through. I was more than happy to help her, especially since she let me try out a few maternity photo techniques I had yet to […]

Maternity photo in flying rainbow dress.

Most parents are thrilled when they get the news that they will have a baby, but many parents wait to tell others about their good news for fear of the worst.  80% of miscarriages happen during the first trimester of pregnancy, and the average risk of pregnancy loss is between 10-15%. Many mothers fear trying […]

nude maternity photo

Maternity photographers constantly try out new techniques to get picture-perfect photos for their clients. It’s hard to find maternity photo clients who want to try new techniques, and who can blame them? They’re investing money in a piece of art that will showcase their entire pregnancy; they want proof that their shots will turn out […]

newborn baby wrapped in pink textures

As someone who does a lot of maternity photography and baby photography, I continually evaluate and reevaluate the best way to store photos. Why? Because the way humans take photos is constantly evolving, therefore, photo storage options must also always evolve…    …and because maternity photos and baby photos are moments that deserve to be […]

happy baby laying on his back

Mini milestone baby photos are a quick, thirty minute photoshoot of your older baby and are perfect for moms that want to capture the simplicity of their baby at different stages during their first year.  Babies make the cutest expressions as they grow and learn.  These document those classic and amazing faces that your baby […]

african american pregnant woman wearing a teal dress that is flying through the air behind her

As a maternity photographer, I typically like to wait until week 32 of pregnancy to take pictures of mom’s belly during a maternity photography session. I find that 32+-week pregnant bellies are rounder, the couple is fully ready to share their news with the world, and the circumstances work out just right to produce the […]