Sisters of the Heart – Houston Katy Photographer for Women and Daughters

“How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it.

How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it.

How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ‘em.

How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ‘em.”  – Shel Silverstein

Kathe and Shelly have been best friends just about forever.  And talk about coincidence, they grew up in my old hometown of Midland, Texas but I never knew either of them until Kathe moved to Houston.  We met in Bible Study and bonded over our Midland roots and Kathe’s wonderfully wise and witty take on life in general.

These two amazing ladies take the time to get together several times a year, despite the eight hours of Texas Highway stretching between their homes — AND they’ve created a tradition of celebrating their daughters’ tenth birthdays BIG TIME.  So, when Shelly’s youngest girls who happen to be twins were turning 10, Kathe decided that a spa day followed by a special portrait session would be a great way to cap off their week in Houston.

 

What a special time in life.  K &  K are definitely  not little girls anymore, but they’re not quite teens  yet either.  The lingering sweet innocence of childhood still fills their souls, but if you look deep into those eyes you’ll see the gentle unfolding of strong and wise young women.

We focused most of our session on the birthday girls, but would have been amiss if we didn’t capture this precious sweet relationship that weaves its way through two generations

–  mothers, daughters, sisters, friends.

Oh what a treasure!  I’m so glad that I got to be a part of their celebration.

 

 

 

 

Sisters and Forever Friends

Not too long ago I got to take part in a VERY clandestine top-secret operation.  As my neighbor, Linda, approached a milestone birthday, her husband started planning the most amazing and elaborate surprise birthday party I have ever seen.   He flew Linda’s two sisters and their husbands into Houston from across the country and planned an entire week of entertainment, dining out, shopping, baseball games, and BEST of ALL a photography session with me.

Now, I’ve known Linda for about 11 years, and we play Bunco together once a month.  That made keeping the party a secret extra hard.

In fact, the secret-keeping became laughable.  Since Linda’s husband is retired and spends a great deal of his time in her company, he could phone me, but I couldn’t call him back in case she saw my number or answered the phone.  When he came over to drop off his retainer payment, he had to turn left off his own block first and then come back to my street because we’re in a  cul-de-sac development and you can’t get out by turning right.

But . . . we were completely successful.  Linda didn’t have a clue that anything was up until the car arrived with her two sisters and their husbands.  The next morning the guys went golfing or shooting or something and sent the ladies out to shop for clothes that they thought would coordinate  in their photographs.  On the day of their appointment, the sisters all arrived accompanied by Linda’s soon-to-be new daughter in law whose job it was to keep the ladies from misbehaving.  Yeah, Right!

This post may mean a little extra to some of my clients, because many of you (and I do mean many)  have accidentally met Linda before.  She lives one block west of me at the very same address, and our street names are similar.

Yeah… if you knocked on the wrong door when you were coming to meet with me, you’ll  remember her.   It’s a good thing she’s a VERY nice lady.

We made a party out of our session, using very simple studio settings.  Some of our images were  traditional, but we had more than our share of silliness too.

Sisters are a treasured gift, and so are husbands who go to the great lengths that Bruce did to craft a celebration that will not soon be forgotten.

For a fun music-video of the proofs from our session, just , click on this link: Sisters Celebration.

Best Friends Forever – Photography for Friends and Sisters – Katy West Houston

The Senior year in high school is filled with traditions and fun. It’s  also a time when friends who grew up together shriek with excitement when they open acceptance letters from colleges and universities across the country.

That means everyone is heading off in different directions VERY SOON.

How can we make the fun and games last forever?  How can we keep the love and laughter flowing when we all go separate ways?

These Taylor High School Seniors found an answer when they all got together for the super crazy SPCcreative BFF Photo Session.

We laughed and laughed and laughed.  What a Fun Afternoon

Yes, the ceiling still has a hot-pink paint stain.  Yes, I do plan on doing it again.  Who’s in?

And if we put some tunes to everything, it gets even better! Check out our video.

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