by Shelly | May 20, 2013 | baby, family, women |
I knew it would happen before TOO TERRIBLY LONG and Oh My Goodness was it fun. One of my first seniors grew up, became a mommy, and brought her sweet baby girl back to my studio for portraits.
Not only did Kayla become a parent. FIRST she became a US Marine, got married, moved all over the world and finally back to The States, but not anywhere near The State of Texas. So — we had to finagle some creative schedule arranging to accommodate her maternity-leave and trip back to visit her family and take baby on a grand tour to meet the relatives. I was so glad that Nana was able to make that all happen. You can tell she’s only just a tiny bit in love with her little princess.
Baby was about 6 weeks old when she came to visit. That’s a little bit older and bigger than most babies are when they come in for their newborn sessions. Older babies are more awake and alert, which allows us to see their gorgeous eyes, but they have also had time to develop their own preferences, so if baby is not interested in a snuggly, squishy, curled-up newborn pose, it just ain’t gonna happen.
We held our own, but she did too — so together we came up with some yummy sweet 6-week images.
And I couldn’t resist a little bit of a trip down memory lane to find mommy’s senior portraits from 2008. It seems like just yesterday and then at the same time it seems like a lifetime too.
Notice a little streak of independent spunk in mommy? Well…. I’m thinking that baby may have inherited her share of that too. She’s going to bring lots of joy and laughter to her family and I am so glad that I got to photograph her. She’s PERFECT! Absolutely PERFECT.
by Shelly | May 14, 2013 | event, senior gals, senior portraits, special project |
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.
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.
na na na na boo boo!
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!
by Shelly | May 8, 2013 | senior guys, senior portraits, sports |
Most of my readers know that for the past six years I’ve spent a good portion of my time in the fall photographing football games for the Taylor Mustangs and providing them with fresh artwork for their program covers and inserts for just about every home game. So…whether the guys know it or not, I feel a special bond with each of the players. That’s why I got excited about taking Tyler’s senior portraits. Playing the position of Linebacker — Number 48 — he was one of MY Mustangs.
After some exciting travels that he has planned for the summer, Tyler plans to study at Tarleton State University in Stephenville.
It was a pleasure getting to know him a little bit better during our session. He is handsome, polite, laid-back and self-assured, and enjoys hunting expeditions with his dad when schedules allow.
Tyler I thoroughly enjoyed being your “Ninja Photographer,” and hope you enjoy your images for years and years to come.
by Shelly | May 6, 2013 | musician, senior guys, senior portraits |
Some of my favorite portrait sessions involve thoughtful, pensive seniors and their musical instruments. Tyler’s session was certainly one of those favorites.
Maybe the musical aspect tugs at my emotions because all of our kids were in band during our own high school years — or maybe I secretly want to relive my own youth, but it’s more likely because these kids completely relax through their music as they connect with their instruments
Tyler’s got some serious talent on both the acoustic and electric guitar, and BONUS!!!!! I got to enjoy a private mini-concert while we shot.
Tyler’s younger brother, Cody came along for the session as well, and I’m always up for adding a sibling or best friend into the mix for a few images. Watching brothers together is so fun. They know each other inside and out, so it’s like having a secret weapon or tool in the studio. They’re guaranteed to bring out laughter, mischief, and above all, attitude.
Tyler graduates this spring from Cinco Ranch High School and will attend college locally, at least for his first year while he explores a few of the many options available to him.
Just don’t forget your music, Tyler. It will continue to enrich your life for years and years to come — and you can always come back and play for me any time.