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.

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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.

 

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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.

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 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.
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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.

A Love Story Legacy – Katy Houston Photographer

 It started out as a simple thought. Bruce and Linda had not had a portrait taken together in a long long time.

Chances are pretty good that most people who don’t have small kids at home, and many who do, haven’t taken the time to be photographed together either.

They were getting ready to celebrate their 45th anniversary, so Linda called to schedule a portrait session for the two of them.  The longer we talked we realized that a basic portrait just wouldn’t do.  We absolutely needed to capture the very essence of this relationship, and in doing so we needed to create a true heirloom legacy — something to one day be passed along to their grandchildren and to remind them of the joy and the active life and the romantic feelings that these two have for each other.

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If you knew this couple, one thing you would know for sure is that they are every bit as much in love  today as they were 45 years ago.  They’ve traveled quite a ways together down this road called life, and they still have a long long way to go.  We decided to spend the better part of a  day together so that we could document a relatively normal day in their life — from breakfast time to a dinner date with some fun stuff thrown into the middle of it all.

Our schedule was a little bit whack-a-d0odle  and out of order, but we were aiming for the essence of a day.  We came pretty close!

To keep things real, westarted out at breakfast time.   Toast and eggs.  T-shirts, newspaper,  and coffee.  It feels like home! That’s for sure. 2015-10-23_0022 2015-10-23_0021

 

The garden needed a little weeding and trim work, so after breakfast we headed out to the back yard for a little work session.

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And then we all  came in to exercise.

 … Ahhhhh!   So that’s how Linda keeps her girlish figure and how Bruce keeps up with her day in and day out.  Did I mention  how much I love love love their energy?

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 Most days find Bruce and Linda very-well connected to their tablets and computers where they check up on their grandchildren, their own parents and siblings, and of course their friends.

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Have you heard the old adage about the couple that hunts together?  That’ okay.  Neither have I. In fact, aside from my own grandparents, I can’t even think of any other couples I know that both people enjoy a frosty trip out to the lease, but every year they hunt together . . . deer, quail,  elk . . . whatever else it is that people hunt.

 Sooooooo — just for fun we decided to create a Texas Hunting Season parody version of the famous American Gothic painting by Grant Wood.   The house next door to them had a peaked gable that worked nicely for the background.

We laughed and laughed.

Fortunately none of the neighbors came out to find out why we were standing in the middle of the cul-de-sac with camoflauge, hunters’ orange safety gear,  a deer rifle, and antlers, but if they had we would have made up a crazy lie.

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I don’t believe that we could have gotten a more accurate facial expression  than Linda’s stern look if we had brought in a professional acting coach.   PRICELESS!  It was so very hard to keep a straight face.

On another note . . .  did you know that Bruce is actually ONE SUPER COOL GRAMPA?  Well, he IS!    His granddaughter is learning how to drive, and when he takes her out to practice, he lets her drive his “baby,” this classic Porsche convertible.   Granddaughter wasn’t with us when we were shooting, but we still made sure to save time for a drive to the park.   THIS, my friends,  is one sweet ride!

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It was a beautiful day to put the top down and enjoy the breezes, and also to take a walk through the park.

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As a highlight to our very active day,  we brought my makeup artist, Cintya Velderrain right to Linda’s own boudoir for a special hair and makeup session so that she could be her loveliest in time for their at-home date night.

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Dinner and dancing –  Forty-five years of marriage — and the romance between these two is still palpable.  There’s something very very special about the way the look into each others eyes.

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We took all these beautiful images and a few more and bound them together into a lovely album to showcase their unique relationship and the love that has carried them through the years.

Happy anniversary Bruce and Linda!  You are a most special couple.  I absolutely  love you to pieces!

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