Senior Portraits for Valen – Bellaire High School – Katy Houston Photographer

Gamer, Guitar Player, Future Veterinarian.

This is Valen.

He’s a laid-back, casual easygoing sort of a guy who’s just about ready to walk the stage and collect his diploma from Bellaire High School.

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I loved his easygoing attitude about our portrait session together.  With an  air of relaxed confidence, he was super personable and seemed very comfortable in his own skin, up for anything.

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In his spare time,  he enjoys listening to music  and  playing video games, but as a member of the Guitar Honors Orchestra at  his school, Valen is quite a talented musician in his own right.

Guitar Honors Orchestra!  I didn’t even know such an ensemble existed.  How cool is that?

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And on the weekends, he volunteers at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists.

That place is super special to me and my family because they played a huge role in saving the life of our  Grand Dane a few years back.  Grand Dane… That’s what we call our  Grand-dog who happens to be a Great Dane.

 Through this work, Valen has become very comfortable working with all sorts of animals.  This internship is setting a great road for him. After graduation he plans to study biomedical engineering as an undergrad, and then turn toward something in the veterinary field, possibly even specializing in exotic animals.

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I was so glad that he brought his scrubs and his pup, Kaley, along to his session.

She is one of the cutest dogs I’ve seen in a long time and it’s obvious that she adores him.

Looks like the feeling is mutual too.

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Congratulations, Valen on your graduation as a part of the outstanding Class of 2017.  We’ll be watching for big things in the years to come.

Headshots & More for a Maven of Teas & Spices – Katy Houston Photographer

I was so pleased to work with Shelly. She managed to capture the true essence of who I am and what my company means to me. Both my company and I are fun, playful, and creative. I think my pictures say exactly that without any words at all. At Three Lumps of Sugar we create and sell teas, spices, and artisan sugars and salts for bartending. Our images need to appeal to those who would purchase our products.

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Senior Portraits for Garrett – Katy Houston Photographer

This is Garrett – Class of 2017 at Cinco Ranch High School.

When we initially set up his Senior Portrait session, I knew right away that photographing him with his shiny red pickup truck would become a major part of our plan.

He showed up and there wasn’t a speck of dust on that vehicle.  If his mom hadn’t told me  during our pre-session planning consultation that he and his friends  love to take it out mudding, I never would have guessed it.

 That  mudding sounds like so much fun!  I really wish I could have gone along to experience the adrenaline-rush they talked about, but we kept the vehicle clean during our time together. 2017-03-16_0004We saved the truck for the end of our session so that we’d stand the chances of a good sunset or at least low, directional sunlight – and when we saw that angry  cloudy sky, we knew we were in for a  killer perfect image — and we certainly got  it.

Garrett’s also an accomplished athlete who has enjoyed playing LaCrosse with the Katy Cavaliers for the past seven seasons.

2017-03-16_0009 And he’s  smart too. With National Honor Society membership credentials to his name, he’s looking to study Mechanical Engineering in Colorado after graduation.

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For fun, he also enjoys snow skiing, water skiing, hiking, and riding his dirt bike on trails.  He and his friends like to wrap up their fun adventure-filled days  building bonfires and just hanging out.
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Congratulations on your upcoming graduation, Garrett.  I have  thoroughly enjoyed photographing you and getting to know you and your mom this year. Send me a post-card  when you get to Colorado, won’t you?

Senior Portraits for Nicholas – Katy Houston Photographer

Meet Nicholas. He’s a Senior at Taylor High School here in Katy, and an all-around great guy! He’s got so many unique activities and interests, and it was fun to capture the essence of this very special time in his life.  C’mon, let’s get to know a little bit about him.  You’re going to like him almost as much as I do.

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I’ve been able to photograph Nicholas several times over the past couple of years, and am always impressed with him.  Every time we meet I learn something new about him and his many interests.  Of course, I’m a sucker for horses, so when he first  introduced me to Smokey I knew I’d be smitten with just one rub on that soft velvet nose …. Oh, wait … this is supposed to be about Nicholas, not Smokey.

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But oh… SMOKEY!

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And then, there’s his gorgeous Australian Shepherd, Chief.   That dog is going to truly miss Nicholas when he leaves for college. 2017-02-07_0007

Only four percent of the Boy Scouts  earn their Eagle Scout Award, but Nicholas was one of them. He fulfilled extensive  requirements in leadership, service, and outdoor skills to achieve this high honor.
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And to top it all off, Nicholas is also a very creative artist working with multiple media.  His favorite works include  a stiff-cast shirt adorned with soda-pop can tab chainmaille, a golden sculpted hand, and a truly intricate cutout book. 2017-02-07_0002

One more thing– Nicholas is a fabulous big brother!

Naturally some of his younger siblings wanted to pop in for a moment or two to be photographed with him. None of them are getting any younger, so it won’t take long before they realize how very special these treasured prints will be.

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Congratulations on your upcoming graduation, Nicholas. You have so much going for you. I can’t wait to see what you do in the years to come. 2017-02-07_0010

Mireille|Seven Lakes High School|Senior Portraits

 Meet Mireille, Seven Lakes High School Class of 2017 — Soccer Player Extraordinaire and a girl  with a heart of gold and a penchant for Converse All Stars.

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Mireille’s style is natural and casual, so her entire session focused on a loose laid-back look — and of course her athleticism.

She plays for her school as well as  a competitive league team, so she spends most weekends on the road for tournaments.

A lot of things will change for her after graduation, but this athlete is not through with her game. She’s already signed on to play for University of Louisiana in Lafayette where she will attend classes in the fall.

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MY UNUSUAL TALENT: I can juggle a ball on my head.

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Known in the school halls for wearing her Converse All Stars nearly every day, and she’s got quite a collection of the funky retro-hi-top sneakers.  She brought several pairs with her to her session, and we had a great time working them into nearly every portrait setting — at least for one frame.

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Mireille’s also very involved in the school’s PALS program where she and her colleagues serve as mentors for younger students, helping them thrive in their studies but more importantly in a social setting.  You can bet she’s made a big difference for the kids she’s worked with. 2017-01-12_0006

I LOVED working with you, Mireille!  You are a quiet and gentle soul with a fierce spirit. Let no one extinguish your fire.

We Mean BUSINESS- Houston Katy Headshot Photographer

We Mean BUSINESS- Houston Katy Headshot Photographer

Happy New Year 2017 and THANK YOU  for allowing me to get to know you better this year as we created business profile/headshot images for some of Katy and Houston’s finest business leaders in 2017.

 If YOUR profile portrait is more than a year old or if you’d just like a new fresh look for the new year, there’s no better time to call than NOW. We’re running an amazing headshot blitz in the studio January 10 and 11, 2017.

 Special Pricing — Special Services.  Call today for details and to reserve your spot.

  Here are a few of our favorites from 2016.

What a  good looking bunch of folks you all are!

I know that I didn’t get everyone into this page. If I missed you, it was NOT intentional.  Please forgive.  If I created a profile portrait for you in 2016 and it’s not here, please let me know.

I will add it to the mix. REALLY — I WANT TO.

This post is a personal tool for me to use as I count my blessings — and each of you ARE a blessing to me.  Also, I will  to go back through this page periodically throughout the coming  year to say a short prayer of blessing over each of you.

 I feel honored to  personally know someone who amazing and who works in nearly every business and service related field there is, so if you are looking to get something done and need a referral, give me a call. I know people who can help you do just about anything –whether you need an insurance agent or a landscaper, a swimming lessons for your toddler, or a mechanic, we’re just scratching the surface.  We’ve got doctors and dentists, attorneys, eye doctors, realtors,  medical records specialists,accountants, specialty products, long term care, office cleaning,  a commercial sign shop,  movers, personal coaches, and so much more.   Whew!    If I don’t know someone who can help you, I’ll bet we can make a few phone calls and find whatever you need. That’s the beauty of networking with small businesses in this amazing community and I would love to be your Maven-Connector.

It would be my honor to work with you during the January  headshot blitz or on your own schedule.  We’ll create an image that defines your individuality and your special brand — one that means BUSINESS! We offer services in-studio or at your location and for best results we offer celebrity style grooming for men and women alike as well as complete professional hair styling and camera-friendly makeup application.

Thank you ALL for a wonderful 2016.  Bring on 2017!  It’s going to be fabulous.

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Signature Storyboards for Seniors – Katy West Houston High School Photographer

“They are all so amazing!  I just don’t know how I’m going to choose.”

It’s something high-school seniors and their parents say every time they come back to the studio for their  senior portrait reveal and ordering sessions.

I love that! Really, I do!  It means I’ve done my job.  At least part of it.

The images are awesome!  If they weren’t, it would be time for me to find some other way to earn my keep.  Now the fun really begins. While some photographers simply send  out an online gallery with forty-eight bazillion images for the clients to sort through on their own, that can be terribly overwhelming.   I absolutely love love love the chance to sit down together with my seniors and their parents as they see their images for the first time.  Watching their reactions has always been one of my favorite parts of photographing people.

Sometimes it gets downright emotional for parents who suddenly realize the impact of their child transforming from a teen to a young adult ready to leave home for the next big adventure. That’s okay.  We have tissues!

The image selection appointment is an added level of personal service that helps set SPCcreative Photography apart from the rest.

In these appointments we  talk about where the artwork will ultimately be displayed and we put favorite images side by side to facilitate the selection process. Wall art, albums, and tabletop/gift prints  and CUSTOM GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS all come into consideration, but one of my favorite products is the signature storyboard that we include in a number of our senior collections.  These boards can be as big as the wall will allow or as small as 10 x 20 or 16 x 20.

 They are a collection of images blended into one piece of art.

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Sometimes we select several images from one specific set, while other times we pick from a variety of wardrobes and backgrounds like we did for Jonathan last year.

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Our Shabby-Chic Window always makes for a fun composite of images…

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As does the famous BOX!

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Here are a few more of our favorite examples.  The important thing is that we select images that work together and tell a story about a student’s high-school experience.

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There’s something magical, whether we look at athletics…

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Senior Storyboard

MUSIC

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DANCE

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OR THE COLLEGE PLANS TO COME

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Creating these custom composite images for my clients is one of my favorite parts of my job. I would love to create one for you too. They look great in living rooms, hallways, offices, and dorm rooms, and they make fantastic gifts for grandparents, aunts and uncles, and best friends.

Call today for details about our specialized portraiture services. The senior will feel like a celebrity, and Mom and Dad will have the special memories preserved artistically to tide them over between holidays and vacation breaks when the kids come home to visit.

Branded Portraits for a First Rate Image Consultant – Katy Houston Photographer

“You only get one chance to make a first impression.”

Maybe it was Oscar Wilde who said it, maybe it was Will  Rogers.  There seems to be a bit of  debate on that.

Regardless of who said it, it’s true. You only get one chance to make a first impression.

Especially for small-business owners,  that first impression often happens when potential clients visit a website or social media page. Think about it. What’s the first thing you see when you go to a new site?   If the photographs are of a professional quality, if they are engaging and show a personal style, they invite the viewer to linger  a while.  To read the words.  To learn more.

 And research has proven that the longer a person stays on a website, the more likely they are to engage.

 So, when  one of Houston’s most well-known and highly recognized personal stylists and image consultants, Ellen Caldwell-Ng, called  to schedule a portrait shoot to update her website, I KNEW it was going to be BEYOND amazing.

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Even her “Before” snapshot looks pretty darn great,  in a casual Saturday sort of way, but after spending a little prep- time with Brandie, Seifert, founder of Hollywood Hippie Cosmetics,  and dressing in some of  her own  new fall clothing, Ellen is positively RADIANT!

 

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Ellen provides full-scale image consulting services starting with closet overhauls where she helps her clients organize their existing wardrobes and “shop” their own closets to coordinate outfits they may have never put together before.  She helps them understand how to dress for their own body-types and  she personally  takes them shopping for clothing and accessories.   Who wouldn’t want a savvy shopping buddy to maneuver the malls, department stores, and hidden boutiques throughout the city?

This lady knows where and HOW to shop!  She’s also an Independent Consultant ant Team Leader for Cabi, a designer clothing line for ladies which is sold in home shows and by personal appointment.

 

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We wanted our  images from this session to do more than show off Ellen’s beauty and  and fashion sense, so we styled a mini-boutique  right in the studio.

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If your closet overwhelms you.  If you want to LOVE your own wardrobe and look your very best every single day.  Ellen is the person to call.  

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And if you want top of the line photographs that show off your personal style,

whether as  gift for your spouse, or significant other,

as an heirloom to share with your children years down the road,

or a branded collection to highlight YOUR business

 Call the studio at SPCcreative Photography and we’ll create an unforgettable series of images that  is BOLD — PERSONAL — UNIQUE– FUN — and most important of all, it truly is  ALL ABOUT YOU!

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Baby Gowns for Sleeping Angels – Katy Houston Photographer

When a baby  dies and doesn’t get to come home from the hospital with its family, dreams are dashed and hearts shatter.

Those families need an extra helping of love and care to help them heal, and it’s always an honor to be a part of their story.

Most of my friends and many of my clients know that I spend a good deal of time volunteering for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep as an Area Coordinator.  We provide heirloom quality baby portraits for the families who must face the loss of their little ones before or at birth.  Beautiful timeless black and white images of these angel babies.

 That’s what we do — and we do it at no charge. We do it because we care and we do it because we CAN.

I feel SUPER blessed to have found an outlet for my skills and talents that just might help someone’s broken heart begin to heal.

Well, there’s another group in town that also helps bereaved families who have lost an infant at any stage of gestation or early life.  Volunteers with Baby Gowns for Eternity take wedding dresses, formal gowns, and other special occasion dresses, deconstruct them, and lovingly create beautiful tiny gowns and embellished pocket wraps. They simply want every  little angel-baby to  be wrapped in love and dignity for their burial.

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Very recently Houston’s ABC Channel 13  news team filmed a story about the Baby Gown group, and it just aired this week. Click here to watch the video and learn more about  them.

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I was there that day too, and these are some of the wonderful volunteers that I got to meet.

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There’s a volunteer position with Baby Gowns for anyone who wants to help. These are the organization’s two youngest volunteers.  They are very very good at removing buttons and ripping seams.
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 If you know someone with a willing heart and time to spare, both Baby Gowns for Eternity and Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep are actively seeking volunteers for a number of roles.

 Come join us. It’s GOOD for your heart.

 

 

 

Branded Images for a Realtor — Katy Houston Business Photographer

Quality portraits and headshots are so very important to the branding process for any business professional. They  create a first impression that can  make or break a deal before negotiation even begins.  If you were selling your home, would you call a Realtor whose profile image was out of focus or had restaurant dishes in the background?  Probably not.  You’d want to choose someone who obviously understands polished presentation — start to finish.

 

So …What’s a  Realtor to do when one or two  traditional headshots simply won’t do?  When one Gary Greene Realtor Alicia Jammer wanted a series of branded images in lieu of traditional basic  headshots, she called to discuss ways that we could showcase her smile and personality in a vibrant and consistent manner.

Alicia knew that she wanted something special.  She had a vision in mind. She wanted a series of unique images that were bright,  fresh, and contemporary.  She wanted a variety, yet she also wanted the images to work together so that they could be combined in different marketing materials.

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So, that’s what we did.  We used two different outfits and a single bright white evenly lit background.

 Her smiling face  will appear on her property flyers, business cards, online, on printed stationery, and  on the personalized notecards that she sends out to her clients and vendors.

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Alicia grew up in Houston, so she knows the area very well and has watched it grow over time.  She offices in Sugar Land, but has current properties listed from Spring all the way to Rosharon.

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The images are fresh, fun, and breezy — and there will be no mistaking Alicia for another Realtor.  Her clients and colleagues will recognize her immediately — even from a tiny thumbnail reference photograph, and they will know that she is  an energetic, lively and professional  who will guide them through the processes of buying, selling, or leasing their next home or investment property.

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Thank you for choosing SPCcreative Photography to showcase your beautiful personal brand. It was a such pleasure working with you.

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