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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Celebrating Tina – Houston Women’s Photographer

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  EVERY woman should make sure that she exists in pictures.

This is how Tina celebrated her 40th birthday, and we had such a great time hanging out in my studio with  makeup artist,  Rachael Elise Walker of Elise Artistry  as we took Tina from the before to the boardroom to the boudoir.

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I first met Tina a year and a half or two years ago, and we have continued to run into each other occasionally because … well, Houston is just a big little town.

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Tina is absolutely one of the sweetest people EVER… She’s got a heart of gold, and spends her days helping people solve their problems.  By the time she turned 40, it was time to do something for HER, and I’m so glad she did.

We started her out with some business casual outfits and transitioned to a gorgeous teal cocktail dress.

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But of everything we did, my favorite was when she slipped into something more  evening-oriented.  And she ROCKED it!

Absolutely ROCKED!

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She also brought in a very sentimental dress,

the one she was wearing the night that she and her husband got engaged .

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And toward the end of the evening,

her husband met her here for a few more pictures and a little dancing before heading out on a special date night together.

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Soooooo much fun!  This is one of my favorite sessions ever to date.  They  just keep getting better and better!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE helping women create a legacy of themselves at their very best.

Yes … you SHOULD!

Senior Portraits for Will – Taylor High School — Katy Houston Photographer

Congratulations to Will on his grand exit from High School.

 I first met Will when he was in junior high school, and let me tell you, he started earning my respect from the get-go.  He ALWAYS the handshake, the smile, and the , “nice to meet you,” mastered.

Will’s a smiley, friendly, yes-ma’am kind of guy, and I could always count on him to flash me a great big smile, whether it came from behind a tuba on the marching field, during Homecoming Court Introduction,  during Senior Recognition Hat Night, or  on stage modeling a fine Texas-Style tuxedo during the school’s Spring Fashion Extravaganza.

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  Will genuinely seems to enjoy life; and everyone who knows him has something great to say about him.

During his high school years, he has been a great leader in the Taylor High School  Band, and he’s participated actively in the “Best Buddies” program where he partners up as a friend and mentor for a student with special needs. As I mentioned above, Will was elected to  the Homecoming Court last fall, and THEN —  he was also voted “Mr. Congeniality” at another event this spring. WHO KNOWS what else he’s done?  I’ll bet the list is  much longer.

But he is still humble — and oh that smile! BOOM! SWOON!

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 Now that graduation is completed, Will is enlisting  to serve  in the US Coast Guard.

I don’t know about you, but I LOVED the movie, “The Guardian.”   Yes, it’s become an old movie, but I’m no spring chicken myself.   I hope things aren’t quite as dramatic for him as they were for Ashton Kutcher and Kevin Costner,  but it does make me feel a little bit better that we have young men like Will  (and Ashton and Kevin) looking out for the rest of us.

 Congratulations on your graduation, Will.  May the angels watch over you and bless you and keep you safe in everything you do.  You ARE a gift to everone who knows you.

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A Quinceneara Cutie — Houston Katy Photographer

A Quinceneara Cutie — Houston Katy Photographer

As a Native Texan, I have heard all my life about Quinceaneras, but I’ve never had an opportunity to be involved in one — until recently.

For the uninitiated and the gueros like myself, a Quinceanera is an extremely special 15th birthday party for a young Latina.  Celebrations vary, but they typically include a Celebration Mass at church followed by a public presentation and a great big party.

One thing I learned is that Quinceanera portraits are just about as “TOP SECRET” as bridal portraits.   They may not be revealed until after the big day when our young woman is presented in her gorgeous dress. and the official formal portrait is unveiled.   I thought that would be a problem because Mabel is one muchacha bonita!  I could hardly wait to share her portraits. . . .

But alas — I am so behind in my blogging that it wasn’t an issue at all.

So here she is.  And all I can say is  ISN’T SHE LOVELY?     QUE BONITO!

Bonito?  Bonita?  DANG, I wish I had learned Spanish!  Muy LINDO,

Miss Mabel, you are a beautiful and extremely sweet young lady — in ANY language.  I wish you the best.  The world is YOURS!

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. 

 

Glamour Splash 2013 — It’s Hot and it’s COOL! Katy West Houston Senior Photography

I don’t know where the year has gone, but it is  time for Glamour Splash 2013 — and I’m so excited I can hardly stand it.    We’re celebrating all the soon-to-be High School Seniors, and doing something VERY special for our community.

Picture this!

YOU… a formal dress.. in the water — YES — IN THE WATER at your gorgeous BEST —  for one of the most exciting portraits you’ve ever seen…

AND — all proceeds go to Cinco Charities to help build and operate the Ballard House, a temporary overnight housing facility for families that travel to the Katy/West Houston area for medical care.

 Ready to take the plunge?  Reserve your session HERE! and then keep reading for more details.

Glamour Splash started last year,  benefited a local food bank, and it was FABULOUS… but, between you and me, our timing was a little bit off.  We waited too late into the summer, and quite a few of our potential participants were already out of town, so this year we’re not even waiting for the last day of school.  In the Katy schools, students get to exempt a number of their final exams based upon what grade they are in, their attendance, and academic performance — so we’re celebrating their achievements and playing HOLLYWOOD while their younger siblings are sitting  in finals.

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 Glamour splash is open to any girl who has shot her senior portraits with our studio, regardless of the year, as well as to anyone in the class of 2014 or 2015.

The sessions will last 20 minutes each, and you can use your own formal dress or choose from one of ours.

To register, go to http://SPCcreative.bookmonline.com .  A minimum donation of  $20.00 will reserve your session, and you’ll get a free Facebook/social media profile picture.  Additional options are available to increase your contribution to Cinco Charities — and they come with extra goodies.  After the session prints and electronic files will be available online — still benefiting Cinco Charities.

Session reservations are non-refundable, but every single penny goes to this great cause. 

We highly recommend that you bring your own dress for the session because that will make your session totally personal, but we also understand if you don’t want to take the risk of putting your pretties into a chlorinated swimming pool.  We have a few dresses in the studio that you can choose from — or you can wear your own bandeau-style swim top or tube top, and we’ll use fabric drapes to create your special images.

We are also accepting dress donations for future Glamour Splash events!

Should you use your own dress, please bear in mind that you are doing so at your own risk.  Most synthetic fibers are perfectly safe in the water as are quite a few natural fibers, but I am NOT Heloise and I will not make any promises. —  What I WILL promise is that you’ll get a ROCKIN photo session.  We’ll have fun, and you’ll have the coolest summer photos around.

 You know you want it!

And to add a little more of your personality to some of your images, you’re encouraged to bring  your own hair decorations and anything that will float — EXCEPT GLITTER.  We don’t need glitter in our filter.  Flowers and petals would be lovely though.   If you have other cool ideas we’re ready to hear them!

 

 

Oh … and the ooky part:  All participants who are under the age of 18 will be required to bring a release form signed by their parent or guardian.     You’ll receive the release after registering, and it simply covers the legal mumbo jumbo  allowing us to photograph you and put the images into the glamour splash website for preview and order.  The release also talks about how we can’t be responsible for your dress or your safety… even though we trust that you’ve got good sense, and we are very safety-conscious over here.     Oh… and since your images WILL be gorgeous, we have to cover the fact that they will probably be blogged about right here!  It also releases Cinco Charities from any liability…

No release?  No shoot for you.  So sorry but it’s super important.  After all… we’re all in this to do GOOD things.

SO — click here to reserve your spot or to volunteer.

 Volunteer?  Did you say volunteer?

YEP!  We have a few spots for gals looking to add a few hours to their community service log or to just gain some behind the scenes experience at a fashion photo shoot.  You’ll be serving as a hostess, helping other girls get ready for their session or acting as a photographer’s assistant, helping adjust dresses and fabrics, moving and holding lights and shade cloths.  Call the studio at 281.773.7465 during business hours if you’d like to help out.

 Ready to take the plunge?  Reserve your session HERE!

 

 

 

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