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5 Parenting Tips I Learned from THSC Convention | Houston Family Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography

“Behold, children are a heritage and gift from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” Psalm 127:3

I recently attended the 3-day THSC Convention in Woodlands and I came home with my body totally exhausted, but my mind filled with ideas, my heart overflown with love, and my soul deeply refreshed. It’s been such an eye-opening experience to learn so much about parenting from a new perspective. I hope you will find these tips helpful to your family as well!

1. Get Kids to Do Chores
When Charlotte Siems, mom of 12 kids, spoke about getting her kids to do chores, I was like, it’s not gonna work for me! I grew up in a loving family where my parents would straighten up the house for us everyday, so I literally didn’t know how to do chores until I went to college, when I had to learn everything on my own. So I was determined to teach my own children about chores and responsibility at a very young age. But my observation is that, once they reach school age and their life gets busy, it’s so hard to keep it up. So I finally gave up on this idea. After listening to Charlotte’s talk and being so encouraged again, I was willing to give it a second try. So the next week, I led and trained my 6- and 2-years-old to wash dishes, pick up their toys, put away laundry basket, etc. The time spent on training them is so worthwhile, not only for them, but also for myself. If you’d like to simplify your to-do lists, delegation is a must. There are days when I can just sit at my kitchen table with books and coffee while watching my little ones busy with their chores. What a dream!

2. Create Habits and Be Consistent
Do you struggle with giving instructions to your children so they will obey you? Beverly Parrish talked about how inconsistency in our emotions and consequences can provoke our children. I would love to be a calm and gentle mom, but the reality is, things never get done without me yelling and screaming. But I learned from this workshop that it’s hard for children to obey if they don’t know what to expect. Most importantly, if what we’re doing isn’t working, we need to read for ourselves and explore and do something different. Several tips that she offered were proactively teaching them what calm looks like (define exactly what we expect them to do, and practice!), the interrupt rule (teach them to put their hand on you, then you put your hand on them to acknowledge them, but they need to wait till you can tend to their needs), and immediate obedience (teach your children to attend to your voice, train them and without emotion).

3. Limit Their Screen Time, Offer Alternative Activities
Over these years, I’ve worked so hard to limit our children’s screen time. We read, draw, paint, make messes, play outside all the times. Our TV isn’t on except I’m cooking in the evening when I don’t want to be (constantly) interrupted or I’ll burn the kitchen. Dr. Kathy Koch (my favorite speaker) stated that 20% of our brain are hard-wired while 80% soft-wired, and the process isn’t finished until the age of 25. I guess we all know that too much screen time isn’t good for our kids, but it’s so tempting to let the TV/iPad babysit our kids – it’s just so easy and convenient! Several strategies that she suggested are: 1) Parents should limit their own screen time as well (because children learn from us); 2) Provide alternatives (put jigsaw puzzles or board games out on the coffee table so kids have something else to do); 3) Learn to handle boredom (because boredom is the fact of life and great ideas often come when we allow our brains to be idle).

Are you ready to implement these tips and make small changes in your parenting? Please keep in mind that there are no magic bullets when it comes to parenting. We’re here to guide and train our children, but to manipulate them. And most importantly, don’t give up on these parenting methods before an honest attempt. Good luck!

 

It’s the time of the year to have your professional family portraits captured and see how much your child have grown in the past year. I simply can’t wait to meet with your family and little ones at my fall mini sessions in the months to come! BOOK NOW

Teresa Yiu Photography is an organic fine art portrait studio specializing in {simple. elegant. authentic.} maternity, newborn, baby and family photography in the Houston area, including Sugar Land, Katy, The Heights, The Woodlands, Spring, West University Place, River Oaks, Rice Village, Pearland, and Friendswood.

Teresa was one of six finalists selected for NAPCP’s Best New Emerging Photographers for 2017.

Limited photography sessions are available each month. Booking early is recommended.

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Once Upon A Dream | There Is A Season | Makeup Artist Keri Ann | Houston Portrait Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” ~Ecclesiastes 3:11

If you have little ones at home, your life is probably being interrupted constantly. You dream of having “me time” while you are already sleep-deprived. But Moms, I want to encourage you today that there is a season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Before you know it, your little ones will be leaving your home for their life journey. So accept interruptions as part of your season right now, and trust me, you will be able to invest more time for your career and your hobby again one day. Treasure your love ones. Enjoy them. Look into your children’s eyes, hug them and kiss them as much as you can.

I’m honored to interview Keri Ann for “Once Upon A Dream” Vol.2. Keri Ann is an on-location makeup artist specializing in natural & classic makeup. She is a well-established professional MUA and was nominated by Expertise.com as Top 20 List of Houston’s Makeup Artists in 2017. But when her son was young, she decided to put family first and waited till 2012 to launch her freelance business. Now that her son is graduating from high school and in this season she’s ready to pursue after her own dream.

Once Upon A Dream | There Is A Season | Makeup Artist Keri Ann | Houston Portrait Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography
Teresa: Hi Keri Ann, it was so nice knowing and finally meeting you through my client. Welcome to my blog series “Once Upon A Dream”. Would you briefly introduce yourself?

Keri Ann: Thank you for inviting me to join you, Teresa! I am a makeup artist with over 20 years of experience in helping women find skin care and makeup solutions. I began retailing skin care products, but my knowledge and expertise with makeup evolved as women sought my help and advice. I launched my freelance makeup artistry business in March of 2012.

Teresa: I rarely wear makeup because I’m afraid to look fake and bold. But the makeup you did for my client was perfectly natural. I looked at her in my high-definition images and she looked flawless. What kind of makeup was that?

Keri Ann: I have learned that natural makeup artistry really is my specialty. Most of my clients are just like you and wear very little to no makeup at all. Instead of attempting to redefine facial features, I choose to enhance the features God gave each one of my clients.

On the client you are referring to, I applied traditional liquid makeup foundation and used concealer and a variety of application techniques. I am so glad you though it looked flawless, as we had quite a few blemishes to conceal. I never get to see the raw images, but am pleased when photographers rave about my work!

Teresa: You’re truly a photographer’s best friend. You’ve made my post-processing job a lot easier! Coming back to your dream as a makeup artist, when did God put it in your heart? How did it all happen?

Keri Ann: I have always enjoyed working with women. I always thought makeup was my hobby/fun money, but when I was a corporate chaplain, I began to realize how much a woman’s perception of her outer appearance affected her inner thoughts. I often wished I could have blessed some of my most discouraged chaplain clients with a makeover. It took several years of other people affirming my talents before I took the “leap of faith” to do free-lance work.

Teresa: How has God equipped you throughout this journey?

Keri Ann: I often told myself I was not qualified to be a makeup artist, as I did not attend any makeup artistry schools in Hollywood, I didn’t have a special effects background and I was not a MAC trained makeup artist. However, I learned that even though most women bring me inspiration photos that are very dramatic and they say they want dramatic makeup, they are more comfortable in less makeup than the inspiration photo.

I often tell my clients that I want people to see my clients and not notice their makeup. To me, if you can only see black eyeliner, and not the eyecolor, it’s too extreme.

The Lord has also blessed me with amazing photography connections and the opportunity to be published in several local magazine publications and some national blogs!

Teresa: I know that you’re very well known in the wedding business. What makes you decide to shift to do make up for portraits?

Keri Ann: I love to do makeup for “all of life’s special events!”. Weddings are so special and it’s an honor to serve women on such a memorable day, but I love doing makeup for portraits and other events too. Portrait makeup is more relaxing for me, as most clients are relaxed and looking forward to their photo session. When clients are nervous or stressed, I do feel that pressure and stress too (and weddings can be stressful).

Teresa: Would you tell us more about your business? What kind of services do you offer?

Keri Ann: Sure!

I teach private makeup lessons – I even encourage clients to bring their own makeup kits, so I can show them how to use products they own in new ways.

I offer Sips & Tips events – this is a fun ladies day/night out event for a small group. The hostess provides the sips. I provide the inside makeup artist tips and a few surprises for the guests. There is no product to purchase or networking marketing plan to listent to – just great advice!

I offer gift certificates for makeup services.

Of course, I offer in-studio and on-location, makeup servies.

I have a blog and push out makeup tips and professional images tips on social media AND I also speak to busy professionals about professional image.

Teresa: Thank you so much for your time. I’m really excited for you and it’s been such a pleasure to know you more! I look forward to collaborating with you in the near future!

Once Upon A Dream | There Is A Season | Makeup Artist Keri Ann | Houston Portrait Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography

It’s so true that with little ones the days are long, but the years are short. As a young mom, sometimes it’s hard to go through even a day at home with kids, responding to all the demands and hardly having any time of rest for yourself. But when you look at the professional portraits of your precious one at newborn, baby milestones and family sessions, you’ll surprised by how much your child has grown as your days pass quietly! Mothers, hang in there, your labor is not in vain, your sacrificial love is what your child needs most.

I first met Jenny, owner and blogger of Mommahood, when I captured her Mini Holiday Session and Ella B was still a newborn. Jenny is a such joyful and loving mother. I’m so excited to meet and see how chubby Ella B has become in just a few months! Giggles and kisses filled up the atmosphere at my studio. Every moment with this wee little beauty was captured in these neutral & dusk pink baby girl photos. Jenny is a purposeful mother who makes sure her family gets professional portraits every year (or more than once!). She always compliments that she has found a photographer for life. I simply can’t wait to meet her and her family again this Fall!

P.S. I was featured by Jenny’s blog on Finding a Photographer awhile ago.

It’s the time of the year to have your professional family portraits captured and see how much your child have grown in the past year. I simply can’t wait to meet with your family and little ones at my fall mini sessions in the months to come! BOOK NOW

Neutral and Dusk Pink Baby Girl Sitter Session | Houston Baby Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography
Neutral and Dusk Pink Baby Girl Sitter Session | Houston Baby Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography
Neutral and Dusk Pink Baby Girl Sitter Session | Houston Baby Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography
Neutral and Dusk Pink Baby Girl Sitter Session | Houston Baby Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography
Neutral and Dusk Pink Baby Girl Sitter Session | Houston Baby Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography
Neutral and Dusk Pink Baby Girl Sitter Session | Houston Baby Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography

Teresa Yiu Photography is an organic fine art portrait studio specializing in {simple. elegant. authentic.} maternity, newborn, baby and family photography in the Houston area, including Sugar Land, Katy, The Heights, The Woodlands, Spring, West University Place, River Oaks, Rice Village, Pearland, and Friendswood.

Teresa was one of six finalists selected for NAPCP’s Best New Emerging Photographers for 2017.

Limited photography sessions are available each month. Booking early is recommended.

BOOK NOW

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If you like to plan everything ahead of time, you’re probably dreaming about Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas decoration already. Then it’s the time to reserve your professional family portraits and capture your little ones and see how much they have grown in the past year.

This year I’ve decided to open my fall calendar early so you could grab one of the limited mini sessions and check this item off your to-do list. Follow this LINK to register for your session and select your preferred date. Once these dates are filled up, I will be fully booked for outdoor sessions in 2017.

Early Bird Bonus: All September sessions get $25 off. Book your session by July 31st and receive a complimentary set of two 5×7 matted fine art prints ($100 value), which will be great gifts for the grandparents!

I simply can’t wait to meet with your family and little ones in the months to come! BOOK NOW

Fall Mini Session 2017 | Houston Family Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography

Teresa Yiu Photography is an organic fine art portrait studio specializing in {simple. elegant. authentic.} maternity, newborn, baby and family photography in the Houston area, including Sugar Land, Katy, The Heights, The Woodlands, Spring, West University Place, River Oaks, Rice Village, Pearland, and Friendswood.

Teresa was one of six finalists selected for NAPCP’s Best New Emerging Photographers for 2017.

Limited photography sessions are available each month. Booking early is recommended.

BOOK NOW

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I rarely have dads contacted me to book a newborn session. But when dads are willing to set aside time from their busy schedule, in order to research for a professional photographer for their newborn, that tells you something: Landon’s dad is exceptionally loving. And I would say, he’s extremely talented too! He plays music by ear and often plays piano at home so baby Landon can sleep well. Wow! That’s a true blessing.

You would definitely adore Landon’s pure and fresh newborn session for its neutral palettes and different textures of cream white, beige and grey fabrics. Take a moment to enjoy viewing portraits of his perfect profile, his cute tiny toes, his long fingers… everything you would love to remember and cherish for years to come, as this handsome baby grows up and changes everyday.

When you are amazed at how peaceful and sweet Baby Landon looked in his deep sleep, you can imagine, how much he has been loved by his parents.

Are you expecting? CLICK HERE TO INQUIRE ABOUT YOUR NEWBORN SESSION. Your investment today will be cherished for many many years.

Pure and Fresh Baby Boy Photos | Houston Newborn Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography
Pure and Fresh Baby Boy Photos | Houston Newborn Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography
Pure and Fresh Baby Boy Photos | Houston Newborn Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography
Pure and Fresh Baby Boy Photos | Houston Newborn Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography
Pure and Fresh Baby Boy Photos | Houston Newborn Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography
Pure and Fresh Baby Boy Photos | Houston Newborn Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography
Pure and Fresh Baby Boy Photos | Houston Newborn Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography
Pure and Fresh Baby Boy Photos | Houston Newborn Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography
Pure and Fresh Baby Boy Photos | Houston Newborn Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography
Pure and Fresh Baby Boy Photos | Houston Newborn Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography
Pure and Fresh Baby Boy Photos | Houston Newborn Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography
Pure and Fresh Baby Boy Photos | Houston Newborn Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography
Pure and Fresh Baby Boy Photos | Houston Newborn Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography
Pure and Fresh Baby Boy Photos | Houston Newborn Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography
Pure and Fresh Baby Boy Photos | Houston Newborn Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography

Teresa Yiu Photography is an organic fine art portrait studio specializing in {simple. elegant. authentic.} maternity, newborn, baby and family photography in the Houston area, including Sugar Land, Katy, The Heights, The Woodlands, Spring, West University Place, River Oaks, Rice Village, Pearland, and Friendswood.

Teresa was one of six finalists selected for NAPCP’s Best New Emerging Photographers for 2017.

Limited photography sessions are available each month. Booking early is recommended.

BOOK NOW

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