Twice the Spice – Katy Houston Newborn Photographer

Sugar and Spice in a double serving – that’s what came to my studio the other day!  Ohhhhhh these two are incredibly yummy!

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 These identical beauties were only 5 days old when they came to see me at the SPCcreative Photography studio, and even though we had to depend upon an ankle id bracelet to make sure we didn’t mix them up, it was already quite obvious that they are both very much individuals.

These girls were born about 13 minutes apart but on both sides of midnight, so  each will get to celebrate her very own birthday.  I just think that is BEYOND cool!

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My friend and professional colleague, Irma Furnish saved the day by joining us to help wrangle, hold and pose and to get an idea what to expect when her own twin nephews are born in just a few short weeks. I don’t think we could have done it without her!  Thanks Irma!

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These girls did NOT want to go to sleep — at least not at the same time.

Their daddy laughingly said that if I wanted to just photograph the sleeping one and swap out headbands a few times, they’d never know the difference later.  We didn’t try to do that but did take a few sweet individual photographs in between feedings and clothing changes.

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Still,  I have to give the most credit to their mommy who was incredibly patient and laid back as we worked and waited and fed and diapered and tried again and again to get both of our sweet little angels to sleep at one time. It was quite a challenge, but we finally wore them out and got there.  It was definitely worth the wait.

Oh my they are gorgeous and yummy!

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I am in LOVE!

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SQUEEEEE!

Teen Sons – Too Cool to do Cheesy – Katy Houston Family Photographer

This family!  Oh my  – THIS family is one of my favorite that I ever have photographed!

What do you do when you have two swoon-worthy college and high school aged sons and it’s been a while since you’ve had family portraits made?

YOU DO IT!

You get a date on the calendar and you make it happen.  NO EXCUSES!

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It’s no small feat when school and work activities and travel are chaotic. It takes an extra level of commitment to clear the schedule and get everyone into the room in good clothes all at one time, but it is Sooooooooooo worth it.

Kudos to the K family!  They DID IT!

Setting up family portraits with older boys takes a special skill  because showing a strong and fun relationship in an age-appropriate way can be tricky.  What works for toddlers or ten-year-olds tends to fall apart  and smell sorta cheesy once the kids are taller than their mother — and I LOVE that challenge.

We were facing some weather challenges and we couldn’t let that stop us either. So, rather than dodge thunderstorms, floods, and mosquitoes, we got a little bit creative and shot in the atrium of Mr. K’s office building.  It turned out to be absolutely perfect — and we had air conditioning!  That’s such a nice thing to have in this part of the world and it was a HUGE bonus for us!

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These boys are handsome.  They’re cool.  They get along beautifully, and they like to be a little bit silly and goofy too.

Thank goodness! Laugher can carry a family a long long way.

THAT is what I wanted to show.

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In a very short time, these boys will both be out of the house and living on their own, but the K family will always have some great artwork on their walls capturing these fleeting and very special days.

I’m so proud of them for making the effort to spend an evening in front a camera, and I am delighted that they spent that evening in front of MY camera because we had one heckuva good time together!

Does your family need portraits one last time before the kids scatter into their own grown up lives?  Call me today.  Let’s make it happen!

Gorgeous Fashions from Two Elles – West Houston Fashion Photographer

This fall I’ve had an opportunity to do a little bit of photography for a trendy new  boutique called Two Elles.   Oh my goodness! Talk about FUN and CUTE STUFF!!

The hardest part for me has been staying disciplined, because I would LOVE to keep nearly every one of their absolutely ADORABLE clothes and accessories for myself.  Well, maybe not the short dresses because, face it,  My time for those has passed and  nobody wants to look at my white 50 plus year old legs — but the rest of it ….. Oh YEAH!   Check them out!  You’ll find some great gifts as well as a few goodies for yourself!  I promise!

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Their ever-evolving selection is always available online at twoellesboutique.com, but you’ll have a chance to see and touch these gorgeous fashions  for yourself this weekend and on into the holiday season at several area market events!   Starting RIGHT AWAY they’ll be at the Celebrations Gift Market at The Great Southwest Equestrian Center right here in Katy  on October 24 and 25.

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When you stop by, Tell Meredith, Hannah, Caitlyn, and team that Shelly sent you.  And if you want a sneak peek at the newest fashions as they become available, be sure to follow all the latest news at their facebook page!

 

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If you miss out on this event, you’ll also have a chance to check out the Two Elles goodies at the following Holiday markets thoughout the season.

October 24-25 – Celebrations Gift Market  - The Great Southwest Equestrian Center, Katy, TX

October 29 – Beth Yeshurun Day School Market – 4525 Beechnut, Houston, Tx

November 1 – Wilchester Market – 13618 St. Mary’s, Houston, Tx 77079

November 15 – 2014 Mom’s Holiday Market – The Woodlands College Park High School, The Woodlands, TX

November 21-23 – Home for the Holidays Market - The Merrell Center, Katy, Texas

December 5-6 – St. Nick’s Market – December 5-6 – 7901 Bay Branch Dr., The Woodlands, TX

I have had the best time EVER in my Two Elles  photography sessions, and I feel like they help me stay up to date on the latest trends that my portrait clients — particularly high school seniors will want to know about. Can’t wait until our next shoot date!

 

 

Boots, Buckles & Bolos Gala for HNWCC- Houston Event Photographer

I’m so proud of the people I worship with.  They saw a dire need in the area surrounding our church building a few years ago after a local  social services organization closed its doors, so they stepped in and started helping out as they could, eventually creating an amazing locally-driven non-profit resource.  The Houston Northwest Community Center is only about  five years old and is probably best known for its neighborhood food pantry, but it also hosts GED and English as a Second Language classes for neighbors in the area.   In the summer, HNWCC provides day camp activities for children and now  it’s starting up an after school reading and learning program for middle schoolers.

It takes more than good will and good hearts to keep an organization like this running, and just this past weekend, HNWCC hosted its third annual Boots, Buckles & Bolos Fundraising Gala.

What a lovely evening.  I got to hang out with some great friends and make even more new friends over good food, fun and games, and of course a competitive live and silent auction — all to raise money for the programs at the center.

While HNWCC is  heavily based on and around the campus of Bear Creek United Methodist Church, it  is not strictly a church-ministry.  It’s a community organization dependent upon widespread  support from , health and civic organizations, other churches,  scout troops, etc.  And they would be THRILLED  for you to become involved as well. To learn more about HNWCC and how you can help, just visit their website by clicking  anywhere on this  page where it says HNWCC!

Here are a few photographs from the  gala evening. To see more, CLICK HERE

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This is the gala committee and these are also some of the HNWCC's hardest working year-round volunteers

This is the gala committee and these are also some of the HNWCC’s hardest working year-round volunteers

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Looks like fun, doesn’t it?  Learn more about how YOU can get involved by visiting HNWCC.org or just come on out to Bear Creek UMC any Sunday morning to get acquainted with these smiling faces in person!

Check out the rest of the photos from the Gala HERE – and order your favorites to help provide support for the wonderful programs of HNWCC

Happy BIRTH Day – Katy Houston Maternity Photographer

What’s on my  mind tonight?

It’s this super sweet family.  Tomorrow they will increase their family size by FIFTY PERCENT!  2014-10-14_0003

That’s right!  Fifty percent!  Sometime tomorrow Baby M and Baby H will join their two big brothers in one of the sweetest young families I’ve met in a very long time.

"OH Daddy, what have we gotten ourselves into?  I don't know, but it's going to be SWEET! "

“OH Daddy, what have we gotten ourselves into? I don’t know, but it’s going to be SWEET! “

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Tomorrow is going to be  a great day for being born!  Friends, please join me in praying for a safe and healthy delivery for two new little Aggie Girls!

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