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.


 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 . . .


Isn’t she lovely?


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.

He Proposed, She Said Yes — Houston Katy Engagement Photographer

Days around our house have been busy and exciting lately.  You see, we’re especially looking forward to a very important wedding in January.  At this wedding, I will not be allowed to have a camera because the groom is my first-born son.   (Don’t tell anyone, but  I’m seriously looking for a pretty evening bag that will accommodate our Canon C-9 Point and Shoot, just in case I start going into photography withdrawal tremors)

I DID, however, get to spend a little very special time earlier this fall with Ian and his lovely fiance’, Lisa, to create some memorable engagement images and a Save the Date card.    Here’s what we came up with!

This is the front of our 5x7 Save the Date Card

And this is the inside spread.

And this is the back of our little card.

So as you can tell, I’m getting a beautiful new Daughter-in Love — and of course Grand-dog Jäger adds laughter, tail wags and slobber to the scene.

In posting these photos, I’m a little gushy and proud today.    I can’t help but share our music video as well as  some of my favorite picks from our outing.

Naturally, I’m a bit biased, but I think you’ll agree that we’ve got one heck of an adorable and so-in-love couple.

Ian and Lisa . . . I love you both BUNCHES and thank you for allowing your dopey mom to follow you around one afternoon with her camera.

For more engagement fun, here’s a video I created with all of the proofs from our session.  Pour yourself a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy young love and One Big Dog!

A Walk in the Park – Katy West Houston Engagement Photographer

Just yesterday I photographed the super scrumptious, gorgeous, and oh-so-fun wedding for Aubrey and Michael.  Getting to know them over the last few months has been a wonderful treat, as I’ve come to absolutely adore their quirky dry sense of humor and the special love language that they share with each other.

After their engagement session earlier this year, they chose to make their  album into a guest registry book  to collect signatures and sentiments from the guests at their wedding.

Just as we rarely,  if ever, share bridal portraits before the wedding, I didn’t want to spoil any surprises they might have in store by posting the album before they shared it with their guests.

So today, here is the engagement album and guest book for the brand new Mr. and Mrs. Skinner!

For their engagement photographs, Aubrey and Michael participated in a Beloved Experience Session.  Beloved, developed by Canadian photographer Jesh De Rox, utilizes a collection of exercises that Jesh calls experiential invitations. These invitations lead the couple through a variety of emotions, feelings, and expressions.  During a Beloved photography session, we play games, sing and dance, tell secrets and stories, share hopes and dreams.    When I get to host one of these amazing events, I feel very privileged to document such precious and heartfelt moments and to create images that will serve as a love- legacy for years and years to come.

This particular album needed lots of open space for writing, so we left wide margins and open space on several of the pages.

Congratulations and best wishes to you Aubrey and Michael.  I look forward to seeing you again very soon to relive your wedding .

Michi and I started sorting through the images today, and all I can say is WOW — WOW — WOW!

Kelly and Andrew – My First Beloved Couple

A couple of months ago when I attended the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) convention in Las Vegas, I attended the most heart-string-pulling class ever.  The instructor, Jesh deRox, is a hotshot young Canadian photographer with vision, passion, and a dream. This dream is to give photographers a tool that raises  the art of photography to an entirely new level.

The Beloved concept for photography allows a couple — whether they are newly engaged or married for 50 years — to reach inside their souls and genuinely express the love they share.  Imagine — if your grandparents had left you a trunk full of their most intimate love letters, wouldn’t that be a very special treasure?  Well, this is a comparable  legacy that we can create  in the 21st century for our descendants.

When I explained  Beloved to Kelly and Andrew, they were not only open to experimenting with me, they seemed downright excited about trying something new.   They arrived at our chosen location , and Kelly got out of the car wearing this adorable hot pink strapless sundress with . . . COWBOY BOOTS!   At that very  moment I knew that our session would be a huge success.  She is just too too cute.

Andrew had selected a beautiful open grassy field with trees, wildflowers and MOSQUITOS!  I’m so glad that I threw a can of  Off into the picnic basket that I had picked up earlier in the day to use as a prop.  Once we had ourselves properly sprayed, we plopped a quilt onto  the ground to use as home base, and I explained  that I wanted them to think of our time together  not as a photo shoot, but rather as a celebration of their love. I just happened to have the privilege of being present with my camera.

We spent about two hours playing silly games, imagining different scenarios, remembering, and dreaming.  At one point  I even sat down in a fire ant bed.  That’s something I think I’ll try to avoid next time.

On any given day,  Andrew fixes things, builds things, and refurbishes or remodels homes for people.  Kelly heals people who have been injured. They both have a huge heart for Christ and for each other, and they plan to take their dreams  and their skills into the mission fields of Africa where they will live and work and love and share.

These two are absolutely beautiful . . . they are totally beloved . . . and their lives will bring blessings to many.  I just feel it.

I am my Beloved’s and He is mine.  His banner over me is love. — Song of Solomon 6:3

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