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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Mother Daughter Portraits Last a Lifetime-Katy Houston Photographer

Hair and Makeup by Rachael Elise Walker — Elise Artistry

Some people are simply so  full of life and adventure that you never know what’s going to happen when they get creative, but you know that it’s going to be fun.  Originally we had planned to only photograph Mary, the mom in this series. BUT — as we worked through our consultation, we realized that we would all be missing out if we didn’t bring her daughter into the session as well — and I am so glad we did.

This is something I believe EVERY mother and daughter should do tpgether. Not only did they get to spend an afternoon laughing and playing “dress-up”  together, they both looked AMAZING when they left the studio for dinner..

I secretly wished I could have tagged along just to watch people’s reaction as they walked by.  Stay with me, and you’ll see why!

AND _ to top it off, they’ll have fabulous heirloom images of each other to treasure for ever.

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 R is a gorgeous young teen.  She is sweet, quiet and soft-spoken … UNTIL she unleashes her inner goth. It may seem like an oxymoron, but  when she turns on her dark side,  THAT is  when she really lights up.

We started out our session with a nice casual feel,  and with the help of  our in-studio makeup artist and stylist, Rachael Walker, we  worked our way up from there.

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Mary took a more formal route . . .

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Isn’t she lovely?

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But she was a great sport about letting R play out her inner rock goddess complete with blue hair extensions and super-dramatic makeup.

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Because  Mike Chetty  and I raised five sons, we have a collection of old band instruments in our closets.

Most are in better shape than this old French Horn that had been previously destined to the trash heap, but  I love how well it played into our theme.   We didn’t  have to worry about damaging it, and I am super glad it found its way into my prop closet!

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This was by FAR one of my favorite sessions in a long time.  I can’t wait to do another concept escalation based on creativity and dreams.  There’s one in the planning stages now, and I would  love to create one for YOU as well.

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!

 

 

Ilyssa’s Senior Portraits – Taylor  Class of 2014 – Katy Houston Photographer

Ilyssa’s Senior Portraits – Taylor Class of 2014 – Katy Houston Photographer

 

 

 

 

The ADORABLE Ilyssa is now officially a Taylor High School Graduate, and I’m thrilled share a few images from her senior portrait session.

You’re gonna absolutely fall in LOVE with this sweet, casual, and very laid back girl.

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Personally,  I think she was born for the camera.  She stepped right into the lights and immediately took posing direction like a pro.

We completed her entire session with several outfits  right here at the studio where we offer a quiet and private place to change outfits between scenarios as well as an ever-changing variety of  exclusive custom-designed background sets

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In just a few short weeks, Ilyssa will head to Austin for Rush and then for classes at The University of Texas at Austin — my own Alma Mater.

Since I tend to think of my seniors as my own kids, I couldn’t be prouder of her choice!   Hook ‘em Horns!

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Taylor High School Fashion Extravaganza – Katy Houston Photographer

What a night of fashion fun and entertainment!

Last night I covered the Be Dazzled Fashion Extravaganza at Taylor High School, where the Bold and the Beautiful Mustangs Strutted their Style.

This Eighth Annual Fashion Extravaganza  is one of several fund raisers benefiting Project Grad.  Check out our evening here, and then pop on over to the Fashion Extravaganza page on  SPCcreative.com  to check out all the pictures of the evening and select your favorites.

AND  DON’T  FORGET TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FASHION EXTRAVAGANZA SENIOR PORTRAIT SPECIAL.

CALL before the end of January to set up your Senior Portraits, and receive a $50 credit toward your final order.  We can shoot later, after it warms up a bit if you like, we just need to know you’re  going to need a spot on the calendar.

We started our evening with a delightful selection of formal and prom wear.

 Elegance is always fashionable, but it’s much more fun to throw in a little mischief and shenanigans.  These kids were not at a loss for  some silliness and snickers.

 Most run of the mill style shows might follow their formal wear with a casual or cruisewear segment, but not in Katy-Gosh-Dern-Houston-Texas.

Nothing but Rodeo Wear will do.  And FINE Rodeo Wear at that!

Texas National Outfitters   provided most of the clothes in this segment.   Is it okay to call boots cute?  Theirs are the BOMB!  I’ll have to go try me on a pair or two very very soon!

A gal can’t have too many boots …. can she?

In all reality, Texas has two seasons —  Not Football Season and Football Season.

Since each of these kids are about to graduate from high school, they’re eagerly looking forward to the excitement of GAME DAY on their respective new campuses.

Again, don’t miss out on our Fashion Extravaganza Senior Portrait Special — It won’t happen again  and the calendar days are FLYING BY!

Here’s another link to check out and order all the pictures from the Extravaganza.  Enjoy!

Lisa -Trash the Dress – Rock the Frock by Any Name, it’s Gorgeous Fun.

There’s this gorgeous young woman who officially joined our family nearly a year and a half ago — and there’s also this amazingly scrumptious dress that’s been hanging in our front hall closet ever since the day she and my first son returned from their honeymoon.

I’ve been waiting and waiting for her to get back into the dress and go play with me and my camera. The old adage about the shoemakers children having no shoes definitely carries over to photographers as well.  Our own kids are the last ones to get booked on our portrait schedules. It finally fell together not too long ago when we had a trip planned with just a little extra time to kill.

Lisa earned her degree in nutrition from The University of Houston, and she is very good at creating oh-s0-yummy and still super-healthy goodies in her own little kitchen.  That’s why Sweetpea’s Bakery provided a perfect first stop for us. Unfortunately, there was no cupcake sampling for us that day because the shop was going out of business. Everything was still adorably decorated, though, and we had private access.  Definitely a lucky coup for us.

  It’s great to have inside connections, and I’m thrilled that we got to shoot here before this place went away. BUT… an Italian Cream Cupcake sure would have tasted good about now.  RATZ!

Oh how I love working in  back alleys…. small towns, urban centers, doesn’t matter… give me some good grunge, and maybe a little street art… HEAVEN!

 Moving garbage cans out of the way gets a little bit nasty, but I know to carry wipes and hand sanitizer.

Probably the highlight of our session  for me was spending a little time at “The Station.”

We drove over to an old empty Mobile Filling Station that my grandfather owned and operated until the mid 1970′s when he retired.  It wasn’t just an ordinary filling station either.  This station had a  bar that served up ice cold longneck bottles of beer, and for the kids, every flavor of sodie pop you can name… and ice cream sandwiches. Mmmmmm!

I think that about a half dozen local retirees used to practically rotate shifts, sitting on the bar stools, drinking and smoking at the station.  I never knew their names, but can still see their faces in my mind’s eye.   A liquor store was attached, but with a separate entrance on one side of the building.  On the other side, a corrugated tin drive- in awning, or car-shade as we called it, allowed people to sit in the shade in their cars, drinking cokes or beer and eating snacks as long as they pleased.    When the customers wanted to place an order or were done and ready to leave  they could honk the horn and Pawpaw or one of his employees would come out side, take orders, and deliver treats on a window-mount tray.

I ran around this building with my brothers and cousins, barefooted and out of control for years…

My my how times have changed. The gas pumps are gone.  I do NOT get out of the car without shoes at a filling station or anywhere!

The  doors are locked, but the station building still stands, just a little more worn from the years that have passed.

I am so glad that I got to share this little bit of family history with our newest family member. 

 

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