Headshots & More for a Maven of Teas & Spices – Katy Houston Photographer


This girl learned something new the other day, so I’m going to share it with you.

Did you know that the art of reading tea leaves is called TASSEOGRAPHY?  I didn’t, but it completely makes sense.  After all,  Tasse  means “cup” in German, French, and probably about a bazillion other languages, and of course -graphy is the Greek word for writing.

So… I looked into my own cup after working with LaShan, and there it was, just as plain as day.  The tea leaves said, “You will soon hear a whole lot more about this beautiful lady who is in your studio.”

Oh my goodness, what a time we had.  The tea was fresh pressed; the laughter, heart-felt; and the spirit, sincere.


LaShan is the proprietress of  a culinary treasure-trove called Three Lumps of Sugar.   She mixes and markets fresh blends of loose-leaf tea, spices, and artisan sugars and salts for  creative cooks and bartenders.

You can – and SHOULD –  learn more about her business HERE

To kick things off, she needed a new headshot and  we leveraged her  session to the next level. While staying true to her personality and style, we created a lovely variety of story-telling images that she can use in her social media, website, marketing materials and more.  And we had a great time doing it.  2017-03-30_0003

2017-03-30_0002Here’s what LaShan had to say  —

“We’ve  all heard the expression, “A picture is worth a thousand words”.   As an entrepreneur, building a brand is crucial.  Customers respond not only to your products, but also to you as the business owner.  The business really is an extension of you and your imaging conveys a lot.   

I was so pleased to work with Shelly.  She managed to capture the true essence of who I am and what my company means to me.  Both my company and I are fun, playful, and creative.  I think my pictures say exactly that without any words at all.  At Three Lumps of Sugar we create and sell teas, spices, and artisan sugars and salts for bartending.  Our images need to appeal to those who would  purchase our products. 

I arrived for the day and had a consultation with the makeup artist and looked at possible backdrops.  We even gave consideration to clothing choices.  Shelly took the time and effort to try new things and incorporated my suggestions.  I am not a makeup kinda girl, so I was unsure about the makeup.  But, when I came to see the proofs – WOW!!!  There were so many that I loved and it was hard to narrow it down to just 1 or 2, so I picked 5!! “


Thank you, LaShan, for trusting me with your image and for the very kind words.  I can’t wait to sample the whole line of your yummy concoctions very soon.

Something Different – Caprese Salad

Summertime, and the Livin’ is Easy . . .

Tomatoes are Ripe . . . and the Basil is tall.

Okay . . . perhaps I cheated.  The tomatoes are store-bought.

My vines still  only produce about five cherry tomatoes a day, but the basil is growing like crazy!

What’s a girl to do?

Splurge on the prettiest tomatoes the market has to offer, and make Caprese Salad of course!

YUMM-O   . . . and so simple, sliced garden tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil from the backyard and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.    Salt and Pepper and you’re DONE!  Mmmmmm!

Recently I’ve had reasons to go back through some of my older photography blogs, and realized how much I used to enjoy sharing a photograph every day.   In fact, some of my dearest and most lasting photography friendships came out of  the OLD  circa 2007-2008  Dailies  Community at Smugmug.


Lately though, it seems  like the efforts to build my business have made it more difficult to just enjoy and create art for arts sake.

My wonderful clients DESERVE a fresh eye and the passion that made me  ditch the daily commute and the regular paycheck.     They deserve the passion that makes me get excited about the beauty of every day life.

So . . . Here’s something I saw and enjoyed   today.  That little voice in my head said that I really should share it with you.

I make no promises of a daily blog post that has little if anything to do with the business side of SPCcreative Photography, but maybe,  just maybe, I’ll do better.  Whaddaya think?

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