Fabulously Fit|Katy Houston Photographer

Fabulously Fit|Katy Houston Photographer

When you’re toned and fit, you not only feel better, you LOOK fabulous! Read on for the celebration of someone amazing.

Hair and Makeup by Cintya Velderrain

This woman is some sort of superhero if you ask me. Tamara’s all about clean healthy living while enjoying life to its fullest. She’s also intent on striving for fitness while accepting her body as it is. When we started planning her fitness portrait session, this mom of seven — yes SEVEN children made it clear that she wanted to look great but that she didn’t want extra retouching or shaping. She wanted to capture her image as it is!

That is so refreshing to me. I love seeing women who are comfortable in their own skin. That said, we agreed to keep it real. Still … just WOW!

“The reason I started improving my fitmess and health is that I felt God had something important for me to do and I needed to be stronger physically, mentally, and emotionally in order to be able to do it,” says Tamara.

“In the past, getting into shape meant hating my body and beating it into submission with hard exercise and depriving myself of foods I enjoyed eating. This time it meant loving my body the way it was and encouraging it to move in way that felt good and feeding it food that gave it good energy,” she added.

“This is why I didn’t want my photos to be ‘touched up.’ My body has always given me its best no matter how well or poorly I cared for it and I think that’s what true beauty is. I want people to see that cellulite and stretch marks and wrinkles and spider veins are part of a whole body that has shown me unconditional love and helped me do incredible things that are truly beautiful. That’s what my work is. Showing people how to love themselves and give back the very best to their bodies so they can do all they feel called to do.”

Tamara’s fitness routine is never the same two days in a row. She enjoys weights and yoga, but also picked up ice skating for her 46th birthday. Many Saturdays you can find her leading a hiking group as they explore a State park or wildlife preserve together.

She knows a wealth of information about healing with essential oils and natural methods, and has a great following at Tamara’s Essential Wellness For Life.

Check out her page at the link above.

Not only has Tamara has spent years studying the intricacies of using the oils along with other pure and natural methods of healing and prevention, but she can also hook you up with all the wonderful Do-Terra products. She will work with you to make sure you know how to best use them too.

As we enter a new year and a new decade, we’re all looking at ways to become healthier, stronger, and happier. I am so happy to know and work with Tamara both as a portraiture client AND as a wellness consultant for me and my family. She is a true inspiration.

If you are into fitness, I’d love to celebrate and preserve the beauty of your strength and your body with you. Call the studio today at 281.773.7465, and let’s create a portraiture plan designed just for you.

A Simply Glamorous Bride|Katy Houston Portrait Photographer

Makeup: Brandi Alea/Hollywood Hippie

Hair: Tisha Zuercher

Flowers: Kim Boyd-DeBerry/ Boyds Blossoms

One of the hardest things about creating bridal portraits is waiting until AFTER the wedding to share the images, but now that Leah and Ben are an officially married couple, here she is!

Traditional beauty with an artsy Boho vibe capturing moods of awe, wonder, and a little bit of fantasy. That’s what Leah wanted in her bridal portraits, and we were more than happy to deliver from Dutch Master dark styling with rich colors, intense light and deep shadows to a flying Disney-esque princess.

Leah’s bouquet, an abundance of delphinium, dianthus, eucalyptus, and sweeping greens designed by Kim Boyd-DeBerry of Boyd’s Blossoms in Baytown lit up the room almost as much as our bride did. Soooooo! Gorgeous!

Leah brought her own hairdresser and makeup artist to our portrait session so that they could all get a trial run together. Tisha Zuercher of TMZ styled those fantasy locks, and I was beyond excited when I learned that Brandi Alea, owner and founder of Hollywood Hippie Cosmetics would be in charge of her makeup. I’ve known Brandi and worked with her in studio countless times before, so it I knew from the beginning that Leah’s look would be in the best of hands.

In addition to gorgeous traditional images, I wanted to create a fantasy portrait for Leah, something like a real live Disney princess on her magical day. This was all in fun, but I love the way she seems to glide through the clouds.

The day we held our portrait session was a warm muggy Houston-style early fall afternoon so we chose to do most of our work inside the studio with the air conditioner cranked. We did, however, wrap things up outdoors to add a little landscape and warm fall colors to our collection.

Best wishes to Leah and Ben. May you both be blessed and joyful together for years to come.

Pretty Dresses and Puppy Kisses – Katy Houston Pet Photographer

Pretty Dresses and Puppy Kisses – Katy Houston Pet Photographer

You may have heard that we’ve got a new Grand Dane. That’s right, our kiddos made us proud grand-pup-parents again with this handsome guy, and we couldn’t be happier.

They brought him over for dinner last week so we had to dash up to the studio for a few quick baby portraits. He is a Great Dane, so we know he won’t stay this small for long. Get a load of those PAWS!

We don’t play in the studio often together when the kids come over, but decided this would be a great occasion for our daughter in love to step into the gorgeous lilac dress that we recently added to our studio collection. Isn’t she a dream?

Laughter and puppy breath. Sooooo sweet! We had a wonderful time playing together and it is going to be so much fun watching this pup grow up. His name is Dos, and he’s the second official mascot of Grateful Dane Distilling Co. right here in Houston, Texas.

The next time you are enjoying a cold locally craft distilled beverage and wonder if there really is a Dane behind the label, now you know!

The original Grateful Dane, Jaeger, will never be replaced. He left a pretty big pawprint on our hearts to fill, but I believe Dos has begun filling that space quite nicely.

The Amazing Energy Wizard – Katy Houston Branding Photographer

Keveney Evanne is one of those people who just draws you in with a feeling of calm confidence all  wrapped up with a big,  bold,  energetic twist.

 And after spending some time with her, I left feeling refreshed and confident.  Now, if THAT wasn’t backwards!  After all, as a photographer I consider a large part of my job to be putting my client at ease and making HER feel comfortable enough to bare her soul for my lens.  In this case, it’s almost as if the energy was reversed.

That really comes as no surprise, though, because Keveney IS The Energy Wizard. and I was delighted to work with her as she re-branded her personal coaching business, Keveneyevanne.com.

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 Now, I’ll be the first to admit that  in talking with her to plan her photography session, I was a little bit — okay,  a good bit —  out of my element.  After all, I’m just a small town gal  from Midland-Gosh-Dern-Texas who never was even  exposed to concepts like chakras, auric cleansing, or universal law.   The theories always intrigued me but I truly knew nothing of them.

Please don’t laugh, but  my first though was, “How do we illustrate Keveney’s work without  falling into Harry Potter meets Fairy Godmother?”

Ha! It wasn’t hard at all.

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Keveney’s brand is solid and grounded because she works with high-level professionals who don’t mess around. Still, she is serenely uplifting. She uses a palette of deep rich plum and violet along with natural elements, calmexpressions peppered with joyful invitation.

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She helps people like lawyers, engineers, doctors, professional coaches — and even their pets– break free from the the illusions of what society says their life should be. Together they align their goals and actions with  their intuition,  otherwise known as their “gut.”

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Keveney  describes herself as a free spirit who had achieved a wildly successful life  with a thriving legal career, beautiful home, loving husband, two great dogs, and more. Still she  became disenchanted, so she started to wander.

She didn’t just  aimlessly amble around until she found something palatable. She set aside her  legal practice and took on adventures  that could conceivably become another “Eat, Pray, Love” genre novel.    She practiced yoga in Costa Rica. She cooked alongside  award-winning Native American chefs and built a sweat lodge with shamans in New Mexico.   She studied with a world renowned animal communicator at a horse rescue in the Texas Panhandle.  She learned about ancient healing and energetic technologies… And she played on the beaches of California.

Now settled back in Houston, she puts all that she has learned together to help others move past their history to a different and fulfilling mindset.

I loved working with her — and have learned so much just by hanging out with her for a while. It will be fun to watch her prosper along with her clients.

Visit her new website to learn more.

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Inner Superheroes Revealed Part II

Did you catch my last post about the Inner Superheroes Revealed project?  If not, Click HERE  to read it.

 

I am not by any  means finished with the project.  I will  continue drawing out the fire of bold and powerful women in Houston and across the country.  Do you think may be you should participate?  YES you should.  You and your besties absolutely should, and there are several ways we can make that happen.  Just call the studio and let’s do it.

 

But first, check out these fabulous women of Superheroes Revealed Part II. They are all gorgeously powerful and very exciting.

 

We’ll start with Nicky.  Her fearless bravado prevailed long before I ever met her. The first thing I ever heard about this wild Canadian woman was that she was going to walk on the wings of an airplane WHILE IT WAS IN THE AIR.

Sure enough, she did it. She loved it. She wants to do it again. I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t see her start taking on stunt rolls for movies.  C’mon somebody, write a movie script that calls for a gorgeous blonde to be climbing around on the wings of a plane in flight. We’ve got your gal.

We  HAD to play with an aviation theme which quickly morphed into  a stormy weather related series.

“There was a storm in her eyes, rocky seas from a hundred stormy  nights…”Atticus

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Next came Carole.  She is known for  keeping a room full of young ninja wannabees under control and focused.  She owns Fort Bend Tae Kwon Do.

You don’t want to mess with this gal — EVER — but you can send your kids to her so that nobody will mess with them either.

Giving kids the tools to become empowered.

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Whether it’s with her creative personality or with actual electricity, Miriam, owner of Southern Voltage Electric Service  will electrify you. She’ll also make sure your house doesn’t burn down for the lack of good wiring.

I stopped waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel and lit that b!7ch myself. 

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And Bobbe, beautiful Bobbe.  As moms of boys more than a decade ago, we shared many afternoons centered around laser tag and nerf guns and carpools.  Those boys are now amazing grown men.  And Bobbe  hasn’t slowed down, nor does she plan to.

Look for me in the wirlwind of the storm.  – Marcus Garvey

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How about gathering up four or five of your powerful women friends to unleash and reveal their super powers with SPCcreative Photography?

Contact me at the studio for details and to set up a celebration of power.

Inner Superheroes Revealed – Houston Katy Photographer

My latest project came out of a lousy Post- Hurricane Harvey Funk several several months after the main event.

No real back story here.

No poor me because my house and studio backlot are all in a shambles  or because  my studio is basically shut down due to the eminent domain of our salvaged personal property.

No bashing of  our mortgage company for their horrendous red-tape  policies and very-poorly run insurance claims department — Not even though I’d like to.

Nope. None of that.

Anyway, I  could feel my inner bad @$$ boiling to the surface.  Okay, she exploded through a series of raging phone calls and near meltdowns.  She wasn’t pretty, and in fact it was making me physically ill to hold her in so I decided to redeem her. Release her. Let her fly.

With the help of my Favorite Boyfriend,  the one that I married 21 years ago, I set up a simple gray paper backdrop in a front room of our empty downstairs. Then we dug out  lights from the studio-turned-storage room and dragged them downstairs only to remember that we had NO ELECTRICAL OUTLETS below four feet.  RATS!

 “NEVER FEAR — EXTENSION CORD MAN IS HERE!”   shouted  FBF as he strung a heavy-duty cord and power strip over the stair rail and through our entry hall.

My Hero!

~SWOON~

Then, nothing happened. Nothing at all until a few days later.  That’s when I dressed in black, applied my Jet-Set-Red-Bad-Girl-Lipstick and a vampy eye then recruited FBF to help direct my poses and click the shutter.

 

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When I shared these pictures on  facebook and instagram, the response was amazing!

Maybe other women would like to capture their own super power in portraits too! SO… I put out a call  to a few  special friends.

First to respond, Michi!   YOW, she showed up with a black latex catsuit, killer boots, and accessories.  With her wicked-bad makeup skills she actually painted the black mask on her own face.

Of course we  couldn’t possibly resist adding my black cat, Pearl to the mix.  She TOTALLY ROCKED it!  Don’t you agree?

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Those who play with cats must expect to get scratched — Don Quixote

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Next up, the beautiful mother-daughter duo of Maria and Maddie Grace came in.

Oh how I love these two.

All I had to say was black clothes, red lipstick, BRING IT! and they were at my doorstep.

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 Maria has transformed her life from ashes to beauty. — Well, actually she’s been beautiful all along, but this woman has definitely walked through fire in the last few years.

She makes broken look beautiful and strong look  invincible.

She walked with the universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings.

       – A. Dancu

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Maddie Grace is the quiet one, the gentle one.  She mysteriously appears, and when she does — things happen.

Never assume that loud is strong and quiet is weak. 

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She has the mindset of a queen and the heart of a warrior.

She is everything all at once and too much for anyone who doesn’t deserve her.

She is you. 

             –R.H. Sin

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STAY TOONED for some more amazing and gorgeous  Inner Superheroes Revealed in our next blog post.

Same Bat Time.  Same Bat Channel.

Meanwhile —

Would you  and your friends like to  reveal YOUR inner SUPERHEROS?  It’s fun and it’s empow-HER-ing. 

I’m loving this project and hope that you are too. Let’s name your superpower and showcase it for the world to see! Contact me today.

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