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.



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!




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.



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.



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.  


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!


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.


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.


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



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.


 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.



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.


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.


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.


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



Senior Portraits for Jonathan – Katy Houston Photographer

Jonathan was my very last senior from the class of 2016, and I absolutely loved everything about his session.


He’s already up and left town for Texas A&M, and I’m getting reports that he is absolutely in his element  training as a Freshman with the Corps of Cadets.  It’s hard work, military style, but he’s been preparing for this type of activity for a long long time. He is one young man who will do just fine  wherever he goes.  College life can be difficult, but Jonathan is an overcomer. He’s beaten obstacles that no one would want to face, and he’s come through like a champ.

The way Jonathan came to my studio is a fun  backstory.  I first met him back in 2013 when he was just a sophomore in high school. The all around fantastic athlete had been seriously injured playing football and had  to leave the sport behind. Still, he was able to return to baseball after extensive rehabilitation treatment with Memorial Hermann Ironman Sports Institute.  His story  was worth retelling for other athletes who needed to be aware of concussion issuesand  who also needed to know that treatment and hope are available.  He was featured in an article published in VYPE Magazine.

I went to meet him at Cinco Ranch High School to photograph him for the headline banner.  The night we shot, I got to meet him, his parents, and his  adorable little sister. We all  had a great time visiting that evening on the baseball field and somehow I knew I would see them all again.

Here’s the article!


Time passed and sure enough, we reconnected.

Senior portraits? You bet!   I’m your photographer!   Let’s DO THIS!

Jonathan is one of those guys who can truly be called an All American.  He’s an honor student with a great penchant for leadership.

The diving mask and flippers?   Oh, yeah… those are not just for decoration. He knows how to use ‘em, and he will very likely one day save lives as a Navy Seal.

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Although his earlier injuries kept him off the football field throughout his high school career, there was no keeping away from baseball.

He was also active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and  One of his prized  possessions is a custom baseball bat, hand-crafted by one of his friends and mentors.


He has dreamed since he was a little boy about becoming an astronaut  … and he probably will.

But for now, he’s going to buckle down and study — and do all the other things that Aggie Corps members do.

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Best of luck to you, Jonathan.  Enjoy your time at college and get ready to make your mark on this universe. You’ve definitely  got “The Right Stuff.”


It hurts my feelings just a little bit to say it, but I will. — Just for you.

“Gig ‘Em.”

Total Woman Portraits for Jessica – Houston Katy Photographer for Women

Total Woman Portraits for Jessica – Houston Katy Photographer for Women

THIS post is about my copper-head soul sister, Jessica, and her Total Woman Portrait session.

Hair and makeup:  Brandie Seifert – Hollywood Hippie Cosmetics, LLC

There’s a special sisterhood that we redheaded women share.  It can’t be described, but if you are one of us, you know it well.  You might catch a glimpse of it in our eyes as we give each other a silent high-five at  the grocery store. We connect because we understand. We know sunburns, and freckles, unruly curls. People always ask us if  our hair color is natural. Our perfume of choice is SPF 30-plus.  If two of us are in a room at the same time someone will inevitably ask if we are related.  In a sense, we are because we truly know how hard it is to be so blinkin’ awesome.  I LOVE my redheaded sistah’s and  when I’m fortunate enough to have one walk through my doors, good stuff is bound to happen.


Just a phone-pic selfie: Here we are hanging out on my front porch with my highly prized Redhead Barbie! – She looks just like us, doesn’t she?


Because women are so fascinating and multi-dimensional, I developed these Total Woman sessions to capture many different facets of an individual.   We are more than just a pretty face. We are powerful. We are fun. We are joyful. We are intelligent. We are mysterious. We are strong. We are sexy. We are compassionate.  And through it all, we are BEAUTIFUL — but sometimes we forget that part.    Total Woman sessions bring a woman from the BOARDROOM to the BOUDOIR and capture that special beauty forever.  These sessions are good for a woman’s soul.   The images we create also warm the hearts of  our husbands and children, whether they are still young or have already grown up.



Jessica is one amazing woman.  She’s a cross-fit trainer. She’s a wife and the mother of five fantastic sons. That’s just one more reason to adore her.  Red Heads who can raise five sons could rule the world if we wanted to.

 It was beyond fun working with her to create these heirloom images.


 Can you imagine her sharing these  with her grandchildren in the year 2046?   Won’t they love this? What a TREASURE!

What would you give to have lovely photographs of your mother at the age that you are now?

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 And … as we often do after these sessions, we met up at the park  with the loves of her life,  her husband and boys –

 because — well because we just HAD TO create a portrait of the family on the same day  we put together Jessica’s heirloom collection!

 We only had about 10 minutes before the skies opened up and rain started pouring, but that was enough.

These images have been translated to a canvas collection for their beautiful home.

These kids will grow up, but this precious moment in their lives has been frozen in time and they will cherish it — because they will always be able to see it.

Senior Portraits for Ashton – Katy Houston Photographer

Where in the world do I begin today?  I don’t EVEN  know where to start — so I’m just uploading Ashton’s senior portraits to this blog machine, and we will see how they land…

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Ashton is a 2016 graduate of Cinco Ranch High School here in Katy.  She’s been active in track and field — and she’s got the ribbons and medals to show for it.



But there’s definitely a “pretty” side to her as well.  We loved playing around with her track shoes and her heels to show these different facets of her style and personality.


Oh, and did we tell you she’s smart.  Like . . . ummm. . . very smart.  She graduated with Distinguished Honors and is heading to Howard University in Washington, D.C. where she will study Biology/Pre-Med.

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Senior Portraits for Trey – Katy Houston Photographer

Photographing senior guys is one of my favorite things ever.

This is Trey. I’ve been looking forward to working with him for the last two years — ever since photographing his older brother.


Trey graduated this spring from James E. Taylor High School in Katy, and he played percussion in the JETBand.

He gets from one place to another in this glorious red BMW.  I absolutely love it when my seniors plan their sessions to include special items like vehicles and musical instruments.


That red Beamer will be right at home this fall at The University of Houston where official campus colors are red and white.  That’s where Trey will be studying Electrical Engineering.


Face it.  It’s not unusual for guys to be less enthusiastic about their portraits than their parents are. After all, they have places to go and things to do.  Still, they participate because they know how much it means to mom and dad.

At the end of the day, though, they always say that it was not as bad as they thought it could be, and they’ll even admit that they had a pretty good time.

If you know an incoming senior guy who is not totally enthusiastic about creating his senior portraits but who knows that it is an important milestone, bring him to my studio.

I promise NO CHEESY SAPPY STUFF.  Just a fun hour or two and a book full of fantastic personality-driven images to enjoy for years to come.

Congratulations on your graduation, Trey.  Thank you for keeping SPCcreative Photography Senior Portraits as your family graduation tradition.

Senior Portraits for Miles – Katy Houston Photographer

 I’m feeling a little bit verklempt as I post Miles’ senior portraits to share with you.

He is the third and final senior that I get to photograph for the Travis Family, and I”m going to miss them.

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I got to know their mom through the band at Taylor High school, and it  all started when she trusted me to photograph her oldest son, Cole back in 2011.

We must’ve done something right because she came back again with sister, Shana in 2014.

Because I know that people have a choice when selecting a senior photographer, I never take a returning family for granted.  In fact, I CELEBRATE them.

History aside, THIS is Miles’ year.

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Three guesses where he’s heading to school this fall.  Ain’t Texas.

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Senior Portraits for Allison – Katy Houston Photographer

Oh, Allison!  Your Senior portriats are ….. well . . . I have no words.  Just enjoy them in all their gorgeousness!

Hair and makeup in studio by Cynthia Velderrain. 


Sweet… Gorgeous … Smart … Shy  . . .  Lovely girl.  What a great senior year this has been!


Allison is a 2016 graduate of Faith West Academy where she served as class president and head cheerleader.

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Allison with her softly sophisticated style is heading to Texas A&M this fall where she has been accepted to the Business Honors Program.


We had a great time together in our studio. I’m so glad I got to work with her.

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Senior Portraits for Colby – Katy Houston Photographer

 The high school letterman – a lasting and iconic  symbol of teenage accomplishment.

Go to any city, and find the kids in letter jackets.  They are the movers and shakers. They are our future leaders.

Stands to reason that the letter jacket should become an important part of a senior’s portrait session.  It certainly was for Colby, Class of 2016.
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Colby just graduated from Katy cinco Ranch High School where he lettered in football. He also enjoys playing club rugby.


Colby is heading to Baylor this fall to continue his studis.

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I see a bright future in those piercing brown eyes.  Congratulations on your high school graduation, Colby.


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