The Woodlands, Spring and Conroe Senior, Engagement, Maternity and Family Photographer ~ Shannon Stroubakis Photography bio picture
  • Welcome to my space. I'm Shannon, your outdoor senior, maternity, engagement and family photographer inThe Woodlands, Oak Ridge, Conroe, Tomball and northern Spring TX.

    I love the serene and beautiful; the strong and dramatic. In creating artistic portraits, my goal is to tap into different aspects of the human spirit. The peaceful side, our inner souls. The quirky side, what makes us unique. And the hopeful and joyous side, when we embrace the beauty of living out loud.

    I'm also a recognized volunteer photographer for the charity Inspiration Through Art Project. You can find out more about this organization by visiting www.inspirationthroughart.org.

    My family portraits done by the amazing Yvonne Min, at Yvonne Min Photography, Denver.

What to Wear for Senior Pictures in the Woodlands and Spring – Cowboy Boots Edition

Getting ready for your senior pictures is exciting and also a little overwhelming when it comes to the BIG question: What should I wear for my senior portraits? Luckily, when you book a senior portrait session with me, you get unlimited outfit changes and we shoot in two different locations in the Woodlands or Spring,  so you can wear all your favourite outfits. One accessory seems to be very popular with my high school senior clients – cowboy boots!

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The great thing about your cowboy boots is that you can build your own style around them, and there are a million different ways you can express yourself. Bright, bold and colourful, understated and simple, or sweet and feminine, the options are limitless! It’s a great way to show off your true Texan style, and even if you’re not Texan born but still want to show you have a little bit of Texas in your heart, it’s an accessory that everyone will recognize and associate with this great state! Here’s a few tips when putting together your outfit:

CHOOSE A BASE COLOUR

Maybe your boots have a touch of colour you can work with, for colour harmony, like the teal outfit above. Then you can choose a contrasting and complimentary colour as an accent, for necklaces, earrings or a scarf. If your boots are plain black, brown, or white, choose a colour that looks great on you and photographs well and build your outfit around it, with a complimentary accent. For a country look, teal blue, soft yellow, light peach and airy cream look gorgeous against green fields and dirt roads.

MIX AND MATCH WITH DRESSES AND PANTS

You can incorporate your boots twice over if you choose two outfits to match them. Wear a cute and flirty skirt for one set of shots, and then change it up with skinny jeans or leggings.

ACCESSORIZE

Pair your cowboy boots with a jacket or vest over a lacy dress, or add a belt or rows of chunky necklaces to add visual interest and texture to your overall look. Head pieces and cowboy hats also match perfectly!

DON’T BE AFRAID TO MIX COUNTRY AND URBAN GLAM

Show a sophisticated sense of style and wear your cowboy boots with a drop dead gorgeous floor length prom dress,  and shoot in the city streets. Or wear a twirly skirt or tutu-inspired ball gown in the middle of a field. Mixing genres is interesting and shows your unique sense of style!

Check out how some of my senior clients have worn their cowboy boots for their own senior pictures! All different, all beautiful, all showing their Texan style!

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Are you looking for your senior photographer? I’m now booking for the Class of 2015 senior portraits for high school students in the Woodlands, Spring, Conroe, Tomball, Oak Ridge and Tomball areas, click here to learn more about the types of senior sessions I offer. Click here to view my portfolio. If you’re ready to learn more about booking a senior portrait session, click here to email me directly.

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Family Photographer in the Woodlands

I think I met the happiest baby in the world when I shot these extended family portraits this spring! This family came to me for updated family photos, looking for an outdoor location for a bright and happy spring look. We choose a pretty location in the Woodlands to incorporate the spring greenery into their portraits, and we got lucky with such a beautiful day. This family chose a mounted print of the entire family together with their print credit to go with the gift prints with their Premium Collection. Such a beautiful family, thank you for choosing me as your family photographer!

One thing that makes their portraits really stand out is the colour harmony they achieved with their outfits.  With various shades of blue and spring green, they complement each other without being too matching.  It can be frustrating when choosing your wardrobe for your family portraits, but I will guide you before the session to make it stress-free.

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Just look at the adorable way he’s reaching out to grandma and grandpa! He totally melted my heart. This is why I love shooting family portraits, capturing the relationships we love and cherish.

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I adore the happy smiles this little guy is giving to his grandpa! They had such a sweet connection!

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Are you looking for family portraits? I’m now booking for fall family sessions and slots fill quickly between September and November.  Click here to email me directly for booking information.

Alexis - Such a lovely family and great images!!!

Jeni - These are gorgeous! I love how the color have a pretty little pop to them. Your posing is so perfect too!

April O'Hare - Cute photos! I agree that their outfits looks great together. I love the natural feel of that last one.

Samantha Bachand - Gorgeous family! Love their outfits. Posing bigger groups is hard – you rocked it!

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Senior Products – The Woodlands and Spring Senior Photographer

With the Senior Premium Collections, my high school senior portrait clients receive their entire gallery of gorgeous images on a custom designed DVD for safekeeping. I also include a print credit so you can choose from the a la carte menu which of the products suit you best and how you want to preserve, share and display all your favourite senior pictures.

One of my absolute favourite products I offer is mounted prints. These take your average print to the next level, mounted on artboard for a polished presentation and durability.  When Elena’s order came in, with her big stack of mounted prints, I couldn’t help but snap a few photos of them in all their luxury. Take a peek!

On the left you’ll see one of the boutique designed mounted prints. She chose a deep earthy blue design for the framing. And on the right, the non-framed mounted prints. I offer these boutique prints, with or without a designed frame,  in sets of five on the a la carte menu in both 8×10 or 5×7 sizes.  When I see you for your consultation and viewing appointment, you’ll have a chance to see all these beautiful products in person! For more of the products you’ll take home, click here to visit my Products page. 

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Samantha Bachand - Love seeing people get prints that they will actually look at and show off!!!

Liz Campbell - These are gorgeous! I just love the boutique print!!

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Headshots for Local Business in the Woodlands

I had another wonderful opportunity to meet and work with a local business person here in the Woodlands, shooting these headshots for Dr. Jaimie Kocian of JKDentistry in the heart of the Woodlands.  Click here to visit her website.

Dr. Kocian was looking for a more relaxed and natural headshot,  instead of the typical clinical studio type headshots on most websites. She wanted to go outdoors, in the natural light, for a fresh and natural look for her portfolio image. I love to shoot headshots outdoors in our beautiful Woodlands and Spring area, among the greenery and flowers, to give  our local businesses and leaders a friendly face to match their business atmosphere. I’m so lucky I get to work with so many professionals in the Spring and Woodlands area, who serve our area with distinction.

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Are you looking for business headshots outdoors, in a natural location, for a fresh and friendly look?   Click here to see my portfolio gallery and click here to email me directly for more information.

Jeni - Love that she chose you to take these beautiful head shots for her. These are so pretty! And I feel like it helps make business people more personable to see them in a less starchy type photograph.

Samantha Bachand - Gorgeous! Blue looks awesome on her!

Kristen - These are really gorgeous! So much better than normal head shots! I need some of these myself!

Kate - These are wonderful. Classic and yet relaxed.

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Variety and the Senior Experience – Senior Portrait Photographer

When it comes to your senior portraits, having a senior photographer who can capture your true personality and offer variety in your senior photos is very important. For this reason, every senior session I shoot is up to three hours long, in two different locations, and allows you to have as many outfit changes as you can fit into your time slot. This ensures that we have the time to get the pictures you want, in all your favourite outfits, without feeling rushed. You want to have FUN during your senior photoshoot, and a stress-free experience.

Without imposed limits, we’re free to get one the most important elements of a fabulous senior photoshoot – variety. To make sure your gallery is chock full of gorgeous images that are unique, I make use of different locations, moods, poses, lenses and most importantly lighting. Great lighting is so important in photography, and having a senior photographer who understands light is key, and who has the professional gear to make our vision for your senior portraits a reality.

Take these two photos of Celenia during her recent senior photo shoot. Same location and shot seconds apart. The difference is the lighting, and it gives each portrait a considerably different mood and look.  The photo on the left was shot to avoid the light hitting the lens, for a clean and crisp close up portrait to show off her gorgeous eyes and skin. On the right, I allowed the golden late afternoon light to seep in and create a bit of haze, for a warm sweet summery glow. I love them both, and she looks like she just stepped out of a magazine!

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Are you looking for your senior photographer?

 

I’m now booking for the Class of 2015 Senior Portraits for high school seniors in Spring, The Woodlands,Conroe, Tomball, Oak Ridge and the surrounding areas. To see my portfolio, click here to view the slideshow.  To learn more about the types of senior sessions I offer, click here to view more information. If you’re ready to book a senior session or want to discuss your vision for your shoot, click here to email me directly.

Liz Campbell - Such great information for seniors! Definitely something important to consider when hiring your awesome senior photographer.

Jeni - These are gorgeous! I would book a senior session with you in a heartbeat if I lived closer and was a senior! Your sessions always have so much variety and your post processing is stunning.

Samantha Bachand - Awesome food for thought! Your work is absolutely stunning!!

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Family Portraits in Spring TX

With summer in full swing, believe it or not it’s time to start thinking about fall family portraits. It might seem too early, but fall family session slots fill up quickly as it’s the most popular time of year for families to get together for their annual portraits. The weather is cooler, the fall colours are beautifully showing and everyone is planning their holiday cards to send out to family and friends.

The wonderful thing about fall also is the colour palette for choosing your portrait outfits. I’ll help guide you with wardrobe before the session to match your chosen location here in Spring or the Woodlands, to match your family’s personality and style. This family coordinates so well with beautiful purple jewel tones and autumn russet reds. Still casual, but carefully put together to match the fall foliage with a little pop of colour.

If you’re thinking about booking a fall family portrait session, I’m now booking for September and October. Click here to email me directly for more information.

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Katherine - A beautiful family, and I love the warm colors. That picture with the baby sleeping on mom’s shoulder is especially adorable.

April O'Hare - These are so pretty! I really love the purple shades with the golden colors. They are an adorable family.

Tessa - Anyone would be lucky to call you their family photographer! You do such beautiful work, Shannon.

Jeni - I DO NOT want to think about fall! Lol. But, you’re right. It sneaks up on you and it would be so much easier to be prepared than to be scrambling at the last minute to get things in order. I love these pictures so much!

Amber Aileen - What a lovely session! I love the colors and the sweet moments you captured.

Alexis - These are wonderful! I love your rich tones and everyone’s happy loving expressions:) Great work!

Peggy - This session is just beautiful! Love that one of Mama + babe! Your work is so lovely. Makes me wish I lived in the Woodlands!!

Rhonda - I’m not ready to think about fall yet .. we’re just getting a good summer here! Love mom’s styling .. and the images are wonderful. You can tell they are very relaxed .. esp. sleeping baby with mom .. great capture!

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Featured on M O O D Online Journal – The Woodlands Black and White Photographer

I’m thrilled that my “ghostly” portrait was chosen as a Weekly Winner over at M O OD online journal. M O O D is a breathtaking collection of amazing works of art by international photographers, specializing in artistic and moody photography. Click here to see it on their website.

This image was shot on Acros 100 BW film, with my Nikon 35 mm camera. I still shoot film regularly as it was my first love.

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April O'Hare - That’s really cool! Congratulations:) I’m loving all of the symmetry in this photo.

Jeni - Congratulations! That is so awesome!

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Oak Ridge High School Senior Portraits

With two locations and multiple outfit changes, I simply have to split Celenia’s senior portrait session into two posts since we got so many amazing photos of her! This is Part 1 of her senior photoshoot shot in the Woodlands, with her first two wardrobe choices.We shot for unique perspectives using architectural framing and different angles, for some truly distinct senior pictures. No cookie cutter senior photos here that look like everyone else at your school.

When we met before her senior session for the Pre Consultation, we went over all her outfits and matched them with the types of locations she felt best suit her own personal style. With her beautiful dark hair and gorgeous skin, she opted for bright pops of colour, bold but still feminine with the twirly skirt and super high heels. Love her fashion sense!  Celenia booked the Senior Luxe session, which includes both hair and make up artist styling, and was perfectly glammed up for her pictures. I only work with the best make up artists, with professional grade products.

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Time for an outfit change (Fashion Tip: note she still opted for high heels, which makes your frame longer and leaner and helps with perfect posture!) for a different look. When shooting senior portraits, I really want you to showcase all sides of you and wardrobe is one way we express our personality so I encourage all my high school seniors to bring as many outfits as you can fit into your three hour photoshoot.  It’s all about variety and capturing all those different looks that make you unique.

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I can’t wait to show you Part 2 where we moved over to a location in Spring for a country/rural look!

If you are still looking for your senior photographer, check out the Senior Info page here and my portfolio here. Then email me with this direct mail form for booking information.

Samantha Bachand - Oh she’s stunning! Love her dress in the first pics! What amazing work you do!

Amber Aileen - Wow, what a stunning girl! I love every one of these. The lighting and processing are divine!!

Jeni - Your senior work is AMAZING! Seriously gorgeous! I love all of these so much. The ones against the stone are my favorites. I can’t wait to see part 2!

Peggy - Shannon, your work is simply GORGEOUS! Love the focus of these images — the framing is amazing. You’ve truly showcased this young woman’s beauty!! Lovely work!

Tessa - Shannon, I’m such a huge fan of your work! These images are stunning. This beautiful senior must be SO thrilled to have these.

April O'Hare - She is one gorgeous lady. I especially love the rich B&W’s in this session. Her eyes and cheekbones look amazing in that 1st B&W photo.

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Celebrating Milestones – The Woodlands Photographer

For this wonderful lady’s very special birthday, the entire family flew in for a family photo shoot as a gift to her.  For special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries, the gift of beautiful photographs of everyone together is something the entire family will enjoy and have as keepsakes forever, photographs that are passed down to children and grandchildren.

They chose to have their family reunion photographed at their very own property in the Woodlands. I think it’s a wonderful idea if you have the space and light on your own land to have your family portrait session.  So how is it different when shooting at your home, instead of on location?

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CAREFUL PLANNING:

Before your session, I’ll visit your home and property to scout it out for the best light and backdrop, so we are prepared before the day of the shoot. I look for natural framing, and corners with filtered light to infuse your family portraits with a sunny glow without the harshness of direct sunlight, irregular patterns of dappled lighting,  or the dull colours and flat light of heavy shade. We’ll have the opportunity to talk about wardrobe choices, and match your perfect outfit with your location and home so your family pictures reflect your style.

HOME AND HARMONY:

This also gives us a chance to evaluate the space where you will hang your family portrait, so when it comes time to order we’ll know exactly which size and ratio will look best, and if a canvas, mounted print or metallic is right for your personal decor.  It also helps to bring together the total colour harmony when choosing your outfits. If your living room is blue and white, we can choose outfits that will complement your space so it doesn’t look out of place.

Being prepared before we shoot ensures all the details are accounted for – the location, the styling and the colours of the room.  You can be confidant that when you finally hang that print on the wall, it will be the perfect fit.

Andrea - What a great gift! Beautiful picture too!

Peggy - Such a sweet + awesome idea! Love the information you’ve provided. A shoot in your own home just can’t be beat! And that couple is adorable <3 Lovely image!

Jeni - Your attention to detail is what makes your work stand out!

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Outdoor Headshots in the Woodlands

I really enjoy working with other business professionals around the Spring and Woodlands area so I was pleased to meet Lisa Bishop, a real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty in the Woodlands when she came to me for updated headshots. Like many business leaders, Lisa was looking for something a little different than the usual formal studio shot – she wanted her headshots infused with organic  light and around beautiful spring greenery, for a natural feel.  We chose a pretty little spot here in the Woodlands for her headshot portraits, and had a great time chatting about business!

If you are looking for a real estate agent, Lisa Bishop specializes in the Spring, Conroe and Woodlands area.  You can find her profile page on the Keller Williams Realty website here: Lisa’s profile.

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Do you need headshots for your own website, business card, social media pages such a LinkedIn or for a corporate directory? I offer relaxed and flattering headshots outdoors on location in a natural environment for headshots with a little extra personality.  You receive your images as an immediate digital download with full rights to use them in any media or marketing publications.  Click here to see my headshots gallery for my portfolio.

Michaela Wickman - Gorgeous headshot! Really love her eyes… so pretty!

Tamra Hyde - Beautiful lighting. Natural light headshots are my favorite. Her lashes are to die for!

April O'Hare - She’s beautiful! I love the color of her eyes. They look beautiful with that nice green leafy background:)

Amber Aileen - Beautiful image Shannon! The greenery really makes her eyes pop.

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Senior Portrait Posing – The Woodlands Senior Photographer

Got a case of the nerves?

As I’m now booking for the Class of 2015 Senior Portraits (dates in the fall are already going!) the phone is ringing with excited soon-to-be senior girls looking forward to their epic senior photo shoots. Still, it’s not uncommon that  I’ll hear one of my clients confess to being a little nervous and anxious about getting in front of the camera. If you’re a little nervous, don’t worry — you’re not alone! I know it can be a little nerve wracking with a camera lens pointed at you, and you’re worried that you won’t know what to do. “How will I pose? Am I going to look awkward?” might be going through your head right now and the shoot is still months away!

You can stop worrying right now. We’re going to meet before the session. I’m going to get to know you a little, so you feel comfortable with me and trust me to take amazing photos of you. I don’t click the shutter until I have you in the most beautiful light, at the perfect angle, using the right lens for the shot, and until I’ve made you at ease, or got you laughing naturally. We’ll have fun, you’re going to have a great time! I know just how to get those serene and beautiful shots naturally, so your “poses” don’t look fake or canned.

So take a deep breath and relax – you’re going to be fabulous!

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April O'Hare - Love that shot! It’s so peaceful and quiet but also a little bit sexy. What a pretty young lady.

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At Home Family Portraits in the Woodlands

I had the pleasure to photograph this family at their home in the Woodlands for some updated family portraits.  They had such a great sense of style, and I love the pop of red with the black they are wearing!   I love to shoot on location, and have several excellent spots around the Spring and Woodlands area for more environmental portraiture, but shooting at a client’s home really personalizes the portraits.

Are you looking for updated family portraits? Click here to use this form to email me directly for more information about booking your custom photography session.

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Jeni - These are beautiful! I love their sense of style! They did such a great job coordinating without being too matchy matchy. Love that group shot! If you hadn’t posted the photo of mom and dad together I would have thought that was dad with all of his kids. Mom looks GREAT!

April O'Hare - What a great looking family! They coordinated so well and it really makes the images so much better:) I love the personality of their youngest in the first photo!

Nghi - Beautiful classic family photos! I love their coordinating colors!

Kristen - Gorgeous family! I love the pop of red! I bet they love having these hanging on their walls!

Becky - What a gorgeous family! They have a beautiful home! Love the colors of their outfits as well! Perfect.

Megan - Awesome family session, and I absolutely LOVE their color choices!

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Digital Gallery: Care and Storage – Spring TX Portraits

We live in the digital age, and it makes sense that you want to have your favourite images from your senior, maternity, engagement or family portrait session on a DVD or USB for personal use at home. For this reason, my Premium Collections come with your entire digital gallery on DVD/USB, personalized with one of your amazing images on the front.  Now that you have your digital gallery, here are some important ways you can store and protect them.

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BACK UP TO AN EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE

As the long forgotten floppy disc taught us, formats change over the years. Some computers don’t even support DVDs anymore, so it’s important to move your digital files onto an external hard drive so they can be copied directly onto new technology.  These hard drives can be purchased anywhere and plug into your computer with a USB cord. Simply transfer the images from the DVD to the external hard drive for safekeeping.

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Small thumb drives should be large enough to hold your entire gallery, and are an economical way to back up your digital images. It’s always a good idea to have your images stored on several devices. You can even store one copy off site or in a fire proof box.

ON THE CLOUD

Putting your files and documents onto “the cloud” means that they are not stored on physical hardware but rather online through a host. There are several free options, but they offer limited storage space. Typically you would purchase a yearly subscription for the host to store your images. This is a great option, since they are safe in the event of physical damage to your DVD or external hard drive.

PRINT AND PRESERVE

While digital images are great for sharing and having a back up copy, I will always recommend printing your images so you have a lasting version of your favourite photos. These can be stored anywhere and put out for display to see every day.

DOUBLE UP

No matter how you choose to protect your precious photos, make sure to double up on the back ups. I use not one, not two, but THREE external hard drives to store my photos,  and back them up on the cloud as well.
I simply cannot risk them getting lost due to a technical glitch or corrupted drive. Happy storing!

 

Melissa Klein - Great post! There are so many options for backing up, but you did a fantastic job of explaining them in a simple way. :) And I totally agree on doubling or tripling up on the backups. I’ve had a external HD go out and it’s pricy to try to get those photos back!

Jeni - Such important information! I know I would be heartbroken if I lost my images!

April O'Hare - So true! Great advice on what to do with the digital files. I bet so many people buy their disk and then they just keep the one copy. I agree that more people should make sure they print their favorite shots!

Kristen - Such great advice! I totally need to do this myself of my own family pictures!

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Class of 2015 Senior Portraits Updated Collections

Welcome Class of 2015 to your senior portrait experience! What’s all new for the Class of 2015?  Lots of exciting stuff!

Seniors have TWO sessions to choose from: The Luxe Senior Session for $250 which includes a professional make up artist AND hair styling, and the Vogue Senior Session for $200 which includes the make up artist. Both sessions are 3 hours in your 2 chosen locations with unlimited wardrobe changes. Click here to access this Information Page to learn more.

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Seniors will be able to purchase prints separately at a discounted rate after their session, so I now include more boutique products in the Collections! This means you get the digitals you want for sharing with friends and Instagram collages, while your parents get the proofbooks and albums as keepsakes – everyone is happy! You still get a print credit, since I believe my clients should have the right to decide which products fit them best. So whether it’s custom designed announcements or signing boards for graduation, the choice is yours.  Why settle for pre-made cookie cutter packages that tell you which sizes and prints you have to choose? With my Premium Collections, you’ll get all the important products you are looking for and the freedom to decide how to share and display your favourite senior photos.

I’m now booking for the Class of 2015 senior portraits for high school students in the Woodlands, Spring, Tomball, Oak Ridge and Tomball areas. Click here to view my portfolio. If you’re ready to learn more about booking a senior portrait session, click here to email me directly.

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April O'Hare - Sounds like a fantastic deal! I love the moodiness of that first photo.

Megan - Wow – that first image is seriously BREATHTAKING!!

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Father’s Day Portraits Spring TX Photographer

Life is busy and the day to day stuff happening around us makes it easy to forget to stop and breathe it all in, the here and now.  With Father’s Day coming up, take this perfect opportunity to celebrate the relationships that mean the most to your family. One day Dad will teach his son how to tie a tie and walk his daughter down the aisle. With so many moments waiting for you in the future, make sure you’ll have photographs of the past to look back on when those days come.

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Alexis - These are so sweet! Love the pretty background tones and the cuddly poses:)

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Gorgeous Styled Maternity Session in Spring TX

This maternity shoot made me incredibly happy for a multitude of joyous reasons.  First, as always, I started with fantastic clients who liked to laugh and were up for anything. Add a gorgeous location, amazing light and some of the best styling I’ve seen this year — that all adds up to a seriously gorgeous maternity session. With her Premium Collection upgrades this mama received a 10×10 custom designed specialty album and the entire digital gallery in a boutique image box.  I couldn’t choose a favourite from all her images!

When shooting a maternity session, I want to be sure to include the father-to-be as much as possible if he’s present. This is the story of YOU. This is the story of how your family started.

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This mama-to-be picked a perfect day for her session, with golden light and just a touch of haze that peeked in occasionally for a softer emotive portrait. I love the tenderness of her looking away, lost in thought, amongst the tall grasses.

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Above all, it’s about love and life.  Your life. This new life.

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With just a dash of silliness thrown in.

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Are you looking for your maternity photographer? Click here to visit my maternity porfolio.

Megan - This is so beautiful! I really love her flower wreath.

Melissa Klein - Gorgeous! I love the colors and the lighting – beautiful photos!

Rhonda - These are so soft and gorgeous! Good thing she picked the album .. I’d never be able to choose :)

Kristen - I love these! The flower wreath is pretty on her! The ones with the book are so fun! Great session!

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What Are Gift Prints and Wall Art? – Spring, TX Photographer

After your senior portraits, family session or maternity pictures are finished, and you’ve chosen your favourites it’s time to decide – what exactly will I do with each of these images? Where will I display them? This is where I help guide you during your in person ordering session, when we discuss how best to display each image. You’ll have the chance to see and examine the studio samples, so you will know exactly what each item looks and feels like.

My Premium Collections come with your digital gallery on a personalized DVD, in a beautiful custom case, to preserve for safekeeping and share online with friends and family.  I offer a variety of cases.

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Digital images are wonderful for sharing, but your photographs are not just for you – they are for your children. And your children’s children. The best way to make sure they last generations is to print them. In your Premium Collection, you receive gift prints and you’ll be given a generous print credit. What this means is that you have that amount of money to spend at will on the a la carte menu – and it’s YOUR choice. Prints, wall art, albums, brag books or announcements, it’s up to you. So what exactly are “gift prints” and “wall art”?

Gift prints are sized 8×12 and smaller (wallets come in sets of 16).  These small prints are designed to fit into your personal albums, desk top frames or on the fridge to be seen every day.  These are the ones you share with Grandma and swap with friends.  Below you can see a few of the 5×7 prints that are included in the Senior Luxe Collections – beautifully mounted on artboard for a lasting impression.

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Your Collection may also come with mounted wall art, or you can use your print credit to purchase off the a la carte menu. “Wall art” are large pieces designed for grand display in your home or office.  This is the signature photograph from your gallery that will go on your wall – the family photo of everyone together, the senior portrait in your favourite outfit, the shot from your maternity session that captures the love and anticipation in your growing family.

My clients can choose how they want to display their images, according to their own decorating style. I offer simple prints to frame, which you can choose to have mounted and UV protected as a complimentary service. Or perhaps you prefer the elegance and clean lines of a canvas, as a standout mount. For modern appeal, I also have sleek and stylish true metal prints, with your image tranferred right onto shiny protective metal.

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Where your final images will be displayed and how you will share them is an important part of the decision process. After your in person ordering session you can leave confidant that your favourite photographs will be preserved forever in the best format for each, at the most appropriate sizes, and in the most sensible ratio. Every time you walk by that large canvas on the wall, and see the faces of the ones you love the most, you’ll be glad you did.

For more information about the products you’ll take home, click here to visit my Products Page.

Becky - Very informative and lovely examples! Love your custom DVD case – just beautiful!

Jeni - You offer so many beautiful items! I love those custom DVD cases! So pretty!

Peggy - Love how much information + help you provide to clients! This if fantastic!!

Megan - Great visual representation to really show what people should put up on their walls!

Alexis - What a great and informative post! Beautiful images too:)

April O'Hare - Those are beautiful examples! I really love the way you’ve shown how much of an impact a large print on the wall can make!

Melissa Klein - Great explanation! I love seeing the samples, too – gorgeous work!

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Natural Headshots for Small Businesses in the Woodlands

As a business person, you want to put your best face forward and have flattering headshots that create an approachable and professional impression on your potential clients. If you are looking for natural headshots, I shoot your profile pictures outdoors using available light within a woodland or park setting.

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If you want your brand to be organic and warm, infused with sunlight, contact me on how we can find the perfect outdoor location to match your personality, website and trademark style. We’ll match the type of location to your branding, and discuss styling and colours so the resulting image reflects your business and the impression you want to establish.  Click here to view the Headshots gallery to see my portfolio.

 

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Furbabies and the Family Photo – The Woodlands Photographer

You’re preparing for your upcoming photography session with me here in the Woodlands and checking off all the little details as you go. Special outfits that coordinate with the location – check!  Shined your brand spankin’ new engagement bling – check!  Letterman jacket for senior portraits – check! Snacks for the dog – check…wait…the furbaby is coming? Hey, why not!  It’s possible to have a fabulous session that is fun AND relaxed but also still includes the furriest member of the family.

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Here’s the top five ways to make it a more enjoyable experience with Fido along:

1) Manage your expectations, according to your dog’s personality. If she’s really excitable and distracted in a natural environment (“Oh, look, squirrel!!!”) then it might not be reasonable to expect a perfect shot of her looking calmly into the lens. Remember, happy lifestyle shots of you playing  make wonderful keepsakes as well!

2) Let me know which “attention getters” if any will work.  Noise makers can get her attention or they can inspire her to lunge for a game of keep away.

3) Bring water and snacks for time outs.

4) Bring a leash. We will be shooting on location, and we want to keep her safe.

5) Go with the flow. If the posed shots with your pet aren’t working, know we’ll have to make the choice to embrace the less posed portraits, or let her be a spectator.

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Peggy - Such a fantastic idea! Our fur babies are such an important part of our family <3 Awesome tips and great captures!!!

April O'Hare - Those are great tips! Love the shot of their doggie in the bottom left corner. What a cutie!

Jacqueline - Great tips Shannon, and all of these images are wonderful!

Kate - Wonderful tips! More and more people are wanting to incorporate their pets in their photos, and it definitely requires some extra effort.

Corrie Lindroos - I love it when families bring their fur babies along! These are fabulous tips Shannon!

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Graduation Announcements – The Woodlands Senior Portraits

Seniors everywhere are getting ready for graduation, and what better way to invite your friends and family to help celebrate this amazing accomplishment than with custom designed graduation announcements!? For high school seniors, I provide personally tailored tri-fold announcements with all your favourite pictures from your portrait session, custom made with your choice of beautiful borders and designs to make a statement.

You can choose between a wide varieties of designs to reflect your own style – classic or whimsical, patterned or plain, colourful or edgy black and white.  So how do YOU want to say “I’m a high school graduate!”?

 

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If you are looking for a senior session, click here to view more information.

Megan - Great ideas for the cards!

Jacqueline - Love every single one of these designs Shannon! Your senior work is absolutely stunning!

Peggy - Fantastic ideas and beautiful designs! Love your senior work!!

April O'Hare - Love these! Especially the ones with the butterflies:)

Sherri - I love all your photography Shannon but your work with high school seniors is absolutely amazing. Great card designs.

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Senior Portraits in the Woodlands: Chic Urban

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This senior portrait session was SO much fun and wow did she manage to fit a lot of different outfits into her photoshoot! My goal for senior pictures is for clients to showcase their style, all sides of themselves, so if you can fit half a dozen wardrobe changes in there, go for it! This is Part 1 of Alyssa’s senior picture session here in the Woodlands. She started out with some high fashion senior photos with urban styling and bright colours and tons of pretty accessories.

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Are you still looking for your senior photographer? Click here to view more information about my Luxe Senior Sessions!

Jeni - What a gorgeous girl! I love her outfits and your posing is so perfect! Beautiful work.

Jacqueline - Wow Shannon! These are absolutely stunning! Love the location choices, the colors and posing! Gorgeous!

Katie - These are gorgeous, Shannon! Fantastic work. And what a pretty girl. I love her wardrobe choices!

Claudette - Amazing!!! These images belong in a fashion magazine! Wow!

Cheri - What a beautiful girl! The light and her expressions – wow. These are simply gorgeous!

Samantha Bachand - Holy amazing! Love these! She is stunning and your light and processing are pure perfection.

Amber Aileen - These are stunning Shannon! She is beautiful, and you did an amazing job with the light and processing on these! Beautiful work!!

Megan - Wow, she is totally gorgeous, and you really rocked the session. Awesome locations and posing.

Jackie - She is stunning and your work is amazing!

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