I’ve been a portrait photographer in the greater Houston area for six years. During that time, I swore up and down that I would not photograph weddings – the days are too long, too much stress, no “do-overs”…plus bridezillas? No, thanks.
But when not one but TWO of my incredible portrait clients gave me the high honor of asking me to photograph their weddings, knowing full well I didn’t have much wedding experience, I gladly said yes – and they may have just made a wedding convert out of me.
From the months of effort that go into all the details (big and small) to emotions running high, there is a multitude of photographic opportunities come wedding day. I’ve discovered that there is something so tender about recording the culmination (and at the same time, the beginning) of a couple’s love story. It is truly an honor to create the visual archive of the day a couple exchanges their vows, and I’m beyond delighted that Jen and Wes invited me to be a part of theirs.
Jen did a phenomenal job curating the details and vendors for their wedding. (Have you ever seen peacock feathers in a bridal bouquet before? SO cool!) Be sure to also keep an eye out for their dogs, who made a special appearance in the ceremony. Also check out her fantastic vendors:
Venue: The Bell Tower on 34th
Bride’s Dress Design: Pnina Tornai
Flowers: Floral Events
Cake: Cakes by Gina
Hair: Diana Cauzabon Makeup: Katrina Victor
Jen and Wes, thanks once again for the honor of recording your wedding day. Enjoy!
If you are in business, whether for yourself or someone else, take a second to pull up your social media profile photo (Facebook, LinkedIn, whatever you use for business). Go ahead, I’ll wait.
(Really. Go look. Then come back.)
This is your visual presence to the world. What is it saying about you?
If you’re like a lot of people, you may not have given much thought to your photo. It may be 10-plus years old. You may have grabbed one of your family shots and cropped everyone (or most of everyone) out. Perhaps you asked a friend to snap a photo of you (not really knowing what was going on in the background), or maybe you really wanted to get something up fast and uploaded a quick selfie taken in the driver’s seat of your car (seat belt and all).
OR, you do realize that a great, up-to-date photo is important, but getting it done seems overwhelming. Maybe you don’t know what to wear. Perhaps you’ve gained some weight. You think you never look good in photos. Or you just don’t have time to think about a photo shoot.
How do I know this? Because I see it every day – and I’ve heard them all.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
I’ll help you communicate exactly what you want to say with your photographs. You want your profile photo to represent your best self. You want to visually communicate your professionalism and a sense of what it is that you do. A yoga instructor’s headshot should look very different from an accountant’s. An attorney’s headshot will communicate a different message than an artist’s. From how to get ready to what to wear, I’ll walk you through the process – and I promise, it will be easier than you think.
Enter the Headshot Marathon, Oct. 15, 18, 20, and 29
For four days only this month, my in-studio headshot sessions are yours for the taking, at a $100 savings. I know times are tough, and a lot of people are looking for jobs. How will you make your profile stand out from the crowd? An updated, great-looking headshot is a fantastic start.
Grab your spot now with just a $50 plus tax deposit, and I’ll invoice you for the $150 plus tax balance before the shoot. That includes a 20 minute shoot, an online proofing gallery of up to 15 proofs, and three final images, fully retouched and delivered to you in color and black and white, high resolution (for printing) and low resolution (for web) for a total of 12 files.
Ahh…wearing jeans outside without melting into a puddle…enjoying a hand-mixed beverage while watching the kiddos have some good, old-fashioned fun outside…anticipating the parade of fall holidays…the gradual change of seasons always serves as a time of refreshment and renewal for me. I love the slow transition into more pleasant weather in the Houston area, beckoning me outdoors to revel in the breeze and the slanting rays as the earth makes is slow rotation away from the sun. It reminds me that as we say goodbye to one season and enter another, we do the same thing in our lives. Our kids are in 5th and 2nd grade this year, and it just doesn’t seem possible that my baby now wants clothes, shoes, and PIERCED EARS for her birthday instead of toys (?!?!?!).
That’s why I’m so grateful to have a vault of photographs to help me remember our family’s heritage and history. From the annual first-day-of-school snapshots to capturing new experiences like gymnastics meets and rock concerts, it’s all documented and, this fall, will be safely printed for our enjoyment and safekeeping (I’ll post an update to keep me accountable!).
How about you? Is it time for your family to enjoy one another, laughing and playing and connecting, while creating beautiful photographic memories at the same time? Is it time to let go of whatever may have kept you from having family pictures done? Or maybe time just seems to slip by every year and it just doesn’t get done.
Let’s make this YOUR year. I’ll help you each step of the way. Whether you want a full session, a fall Petite session, or a Christmas tree farm session (!), let’s put together something fabulous that’s a perfect fit for your family. See more details about each option below…
With up to 1.5 hours of shooting time, and your choice of date and location, full sessions are customized JUST for you. We have plenty of time to take breaks, have snacks, and enjoy some special Mom/Dad/kid time (whether those kids are 2 or 20). Great for families who haven’t had a session in a long time. Session fee is $195 plus tax and you choose and purchase your wall art, images boxes or albums during an in-person ordering session with 35-40 printed proofs to choose from. BOOK YOUR FULL SESSION NOW.
FALL PETITE SESSIONS
Petite sessions are perfect for an annual update when you need a shorter time frame and fewer images. Petite sessions include 20 minutes of shooting time, an online gallery of up to 15 images, and an adorable wood ornament frame with an Artist’s Choice image inside. Session fee is $75 plus tax, and products and purchases are chosen and purchased after the session through your online gallery. *Smaller packages are available for Petite Sessions, making them a great choice for families who want to make a smaller investment. A la carte prints start at $65 and packages start at $197. All sessions are held from 4:30-6:30 pm; only five spots are available each day. BOOK YOUR PETITE SESSION NOW
Friday’s location (10/14): downtown Tomball
Saturday’s location (10/15): private farm in Cypress with open fields, woods, a pond and dock
Sunday’s location (10/15): near downtown Houston
CHRISTMAS TREE FARM PETITE SESSIONS, NOV. 13 ONLY
Perfect for holiday cards, a session at a family-owned Christmas tree farm will give you seasonal artwork for your home that will be treasured for years. Imagine a canvas that perfectly captures your kids and your family, right where you are, that can grace your home for holiday seasons to come. Format and cost is the same as the Petite Sessions. Nov. 13 only, from 1-5 pm. Only eight appointments are available.
It happens every year…”Help – we had our family photos done and I’m not happy!”
Often, I get these calls from well-meaning moms who were trying to stretch the family budget by saving money on a novice or just-starting-out photographer. I’ve been there – I get it. And with the economy contracting, everyone is doing what they can to save. Unfortunately, the old axiom “you get what you pay for” is often true, especially in the field of photography.
Sometimes, paying less for something that’s “just OK” is fine. Like laundry soap. Or a generic brand of shampoo. Or whatever it is you don’t care about TOO much.
But when it comes to your family, the memories you make together, and the art you hang on your walls…do you want “just OK”? Or do you want to LOVE what you see every day? Do you want your heart to swell every time you walk by that canvas, delighting in your child’s perfectly captured expression that just oozes personality? Um, yeah! Save me a spot NOW!
I’ve been told time and again that the real expressions, the interactions between family members, and making sure that Mom always looks GREAT are what make my images stand out…and it’s worth paying for. Heck yes, save me a spot now!
If you’re ready to break up with bad family photos and have a photography experience that will not only result in gorgeous artwork for your home but will actually be an enjoyable family evening (yes! It’s true!), jump on over to the calendar to schedule your fall date. (But hurry – I only have THREE weekend spots left in October!)