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.

Adorable Sisters – Professional Photographer The Woodlands

Another gorgeous day for a family portrait session for this family from Spring, TX. A clear blue sky, beautiful fall light, a field of wheat coloured grasses and these adorable sisters – such a fun session!

For family portraits with little ones, I make sure to leave enough shooting time to accommodate snacks and time outs, and some cuddles with their favourite blanket or teddy bear. We’ll start with the family together, since at the beginning of the session children are often the most coooperative and a little curious, which helps get those formal shots where we want eye contact. We will move on to  mother-daughter and daddy-daughter portraits, so every child gets a special moment alone with mom and dad. They love this part of the photoshoot!  I won’t let you get away with not having a shot of the two of you together either — children love to see portraits of their parents, and walking by a portrait of their parents happy and together has been proven to help boost their self esteem and happiness!

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 The kids are usually more at ease towards the end of the session, to get some individual and sibling shots. Families often worry about their little ones not cooperating, and sometimes all the naps and kisses in the world can’t make the portrait seem less scary for toddlers. With time and patience, we’ll get those family portraits you’re looking for! Some of my favourite child photographs are of the children just being themselves – and if teddy, a soother, or a comforting blanket is a part of your child’s life right now, making it a part of the portrait session (even if just to help soothe tears) may be something you’ll be thankful for years from now. I aim to capture your family, your children, as they are so you have those visual reminders in the years to come how they are NOW, while they’re little. Embrace this now, and document it forever.

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Are you looking for a family photographer in the Woodlands, Spring, Oak Ridge or Conroe area? Call 832-663-5128 to inquire or email me directly with this CONTACT FORM.

To learn more about full sessions CLICK HERE for session info and click to see my FAMILY PORTRAIT and CHILDREN galleries.

Megan - What a beautiful session! I love the colors they chose.

Jeni - Oh I love these! The girls look so at ease with you! Beautiful session.

Becky - What a beautiful session! You make winter look gorgeous :) I love the way the family outfits pop with the setting. Gorgeous work!

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Family of Boys – The Woodlands TX Portrait Photographer

Most families want their family portraits taken in spring or fall, when the weather is nice and temperate, and the flowers are in bloom or the leaves are changing towards beautiful fall colour.  This family flew in to their home town in Spring and the Woodlands for the holidays, and we were a little worried about the cold winter weather for their family portraits in January!  Chilly as it was, the winter light is really light and airy which makes for pretty photos, the sky is clear and blue, and the grass is a natural wheaten shade that looks rustic and country. Overall, it’s a really pretty look for your family photos and I rather like shooting in winter here.

This family with four  handsome boys braved a chilly but beautiful January afternoon for their photography session, and you’d never know they were cold by how natural they look in front of the camera! They struck every pose perfectly and were stylish to boot. Thanks for being such good sports!

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Do you need a family photographer? I’m now booking for April 2015. Call 832-663-5128 to inquire or email me directly with this CONTACT FORM.

To see more information see the FULL SESSION INFO PAGE and check out the FAMILY PORTRAIT PORTRAIT GALLERY.

Jeni - Oh my…these are just perfect! I love the soft tones. The black and white of the boys kneeling has to be my favorite! I love all of your posing!

Megan - Oh, these are really great! I love all the testosterone in them! LOL

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February 10 on 10 – Personal Project

THE 10 ON 10 PERSONAL PROJECT is something new I’m doing this year, with a circle of fellow professional photographers around the globe. Our goal is to take a series of 10 photographs, and post them on the 10th of each month, linking our blog posts together to form a complete circle.  After you view the work of one photographer, you follow the link to the next artist to see her series on her website.  These are some pretty amazing photographers, so I’m really excited to be a part of it and to be included along with their beautiful work.

This month, I took my eldest out for much needed updated portraits at twilight. I love pretty winter light, so airy and weaker than the heavier light we have in summer and fall but you still get the gorgeous amber golden hour.  I don’t take my own kids out for “photo shoots” with the digital camera much, but it’s something I try to do at least twice a year.

 

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Follow the circle around and see the beautiful work of Hazard, Kentucky Photographer Kari Liane.

Leslie Crane - These are simply BEAUTIFUL (and so is she). I can’t believe how much older she looks! I love the setting, the winter light, and her dress. Gorgeous, Shannon.

Janet - She is such a beauty! I love that golden Texas sunlight in the background. Such gorgeous pictures!

Shannon - Beautiful shoot! Love the fun and whimsy of it and you are right – that light is delicious!

Irene Smith - She is beautiful Shannon! And yes, that light was perfect.

Kari Hicks - Wow! That light. These are gorgeous. It’s been a long time since I’ve braved the cold and shot at golden hour. I’m a little jealous. And I love those black and white conversions also. Lovely work!

Helen Savage - Oh wow…Shannon these are BEAUTIFUL. Love that golden backlight and the colours are so rich and gorgeous. Great job.

Jeni - Love these Shannon! The lighting is just beautiful and of course so is your sweet little subject! She’s getting so big!

Julie - She is so cute and what beautiful images!

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Family Reunion The Woodlands Photographer

This family booked a family photography session for their get together around the holidays, on a beautiful crisp winter day full of sunlight and laughter. Since the family was getting together at the Woodlands Resort and Conference Center in the Woodlands, we arranged to have the family photo shoot on the resort grounds, outside by the docks and the gazebo. It was a great location for a family reunion photography session, and they knocked it out of the park with their classy outfits accented with blue.

For family event photography, where several families are getting together, I always make sure to shoot the entire family together and also to break off into small units so each family has a great photo of their own. With grandparents, it’s always great to have special shots of the grandparents with the children as well.

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This photoshoot was a little more formal, so we did mostly posed portraits of the family units but I pull the kids away separately to get some shots of each individual in their lovely suits and outfits, all dressed up for picture day!

 

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This nice little spot by the docks and lake was perfect to fit the entire family together in a row, and show a little more personality!

 

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Do you need a family photographer? I’m now booking for 2015. Call 832-663-5128 to inquire or email me directly with this CONTACT FORM.

To see more information see the FULL SESSION INFO PAGE and check out the FAMILY PORTRAIT PORTRAIT GALLERY.

Jeni - These are amazing! Everyone looks so comfortable and happy and your work is just so polished. Everything looks perfect! I love the location and of course your posing of large families is always spot on!

Rhonda - Very nice .. the family did a great job coordinating .. and I love the b+w of the grandparents!

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Corporate Directory – Headshots in the Woodlands

If you need a headshot for your website, LinkedIn profile or corporate directory, I provide on location all natural light portraits in the Woodlands, Conroe and Spring area for a flat $150 fee. You receive your images as an immediate digital download, with commercial release for business use. Clients typically receive between 3-6 images, and black and white versions are available free upon request.

If you have the flexibility to have your business headshot done on location for a more interesting and environmental feel, instead of a studio backdrop, contact me for your session by calling 832-663-5128 or email me directly with this CONTACT FORM. See my headshot gallery HERE.

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Jeni - Such perfect lighting! Very nice head shot.

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Family Portraits with a Lifestyle Twist – The Woodlands Photographer

When you’re shooting family portraits with the happiest little toddler, and you catch some of the best laughs,  you can’t help but smile when you see the final portraits! This little guy was so adorable, with the cutest smile and funniest expressions, it was easy to see how his parents were so laid back and relaxed for their family session. We were able to get some amazing shots of their family connection, for more of a lifestyle feel, which is harder to do with little ones who tend to shy away and take a while to come out of their shells. Not this little guy! He was grinning from ear to ear and ready to give kisses to mom and dad and pose for the camera.  This shoot really made my day!

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Do you need a family photographer? I’m now booking for 2015. Call 832-663-5128 to inquire or email me directly with this CONTACT FORM.

To see more information see the FULL SESSION INFO PAGE and check out the FAMILY PORTRAIT PORTRAIT GALLERY.

Jeni - Oh my gosh, what a gorgeous family! Love the wonderful interactions you’ve captured. That little guy is such a cutie! His parents will treasure these so much when he’s all grown up!

Leslie Crane - Wow, what a gorgeous family! I love the beautiful interactions, not to mention the perfect photography. The second to last one just melted my heart.

Irene - Oh Shannon! What a gorgeous family!!!! And such a perfect capture of them. I am sure they are beyond thrilled!!!!

Becky - Oh my gosh, these are just perfect! What a gorgeous family and absolutely adorable little boy. The first one is my favorite!

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Large Family Group Portraits in the Woodlands

I met this lovely family close to Christmas, for a family reunion portrait session. I love shooting families who are excited and happy to be back together in the Woodlands area, they always have a great energy. This family was ready for their family portraits with these beautiful cheery red accents and classic black, for a formal but stylishly fun look. The little ones surprised me with how well they posed for the camera! Such a fun family!

The family matriarch contacted me originally in early fall, to make sure her date was booked. I met with her in November, to look over the location near her home and make sure it was suitable for portraits, with sufficient light. I really enjoyed meeting her, and was looking forward to meeting the whole family.

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The whole group together!

 

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All the grandkids. This is a photo that the grandparents and the families always treasure — all the cousins together, happy and smiling.

 

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For extended family shoot, I also shoot individual photos of each couple and their family.

 

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Parents can also request individual shots of their children also.

 

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Grandma with her babies.

 

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Are you looking for a professional family photographer in the Woodlands, Spring or Conroe area? Call 832-663-5128 to inquire about a session or email me directly with this CONTACT FORM.

To see my family portrait gallery, click HERE.

Angela Kay - I love these portraits! Everything is beautiful — the families, the setting, the sofa, the light…simply lovely work!

Jeni - These are so perfect! Grandma must be over the moon to have these!

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The Woodlands Senior Photography — Hello Gorgeous

What do you get when you put together a gorgeously stylish senior, to die for fall colour and amazing golden hour light? This most perfect senior session in the Woodlands at peak fall season with the stunning Claire.

For the Luxe Senior Sessions, my girls get the royal treatment with hair and make up styling with Monika at her private salon room,  suited to each girl’s personal style. Then we get started at the first location, with the first of the unlimited outfit changes to kick off the photoshoot. For Claire, we wanted to have one location that incorporated a variety of elements like concrete and stone, for an urban feel, but that also had some fall colour. And, importantly, we wanted to use landmarks of the Woodlands, so the location would be identifiable and pay homage to her hometown.

A gorgeous blue dress for her first portrait series.

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Then a switch to something a little more quirky and unique.  I love this whole ensemble for senior portraits. The layered look is perfect for fall, and it combines some flattering neutral tones with a bright pop of colour.  Add the hat and drop the sweater, and it’s a whole new look.

 

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Don’t forget to bring your letterman jacket! I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many patches on one jacket as I did on this musical girl!

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One last outfit change to round out the senior portrait session with a soft casual look. We had the most amazingly gorgeous light at the end of the day, with the warm autumn sun peeking through the trees.

 

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I LOVE it when sessions are this much fun, and so full of beauty and laughter. Thank you for choosing me as your senior photographer Claire, and good luck after graduation in 2015!

 

Are you a Class of 2015 high school senior looking for a senior photographer before you graduate? Slots are limited for spring 2015, so call today at 832-663-5128 to inquire or email me directly with this CONTACT FORM.

To learn more about senior sessions in the Woodlands, Spring, Oak Ridge or Conroe area, CLICK HERE to check out my senior session information and CLICK HERE to see the portrait gallery.

Jeni - What a gorgeous girl! These are all so beautiful. You always get such an amazing variety with your seniors.

Amber Aileen - Seriously stunning session Shannon! I love the 2nd and 3rd image. They are magazine worthy!!

Emily Charais - How pretty Shannon! I love the tweed skirt and hat on this senior, and the light…so lovely!

Irene Smith - So awesome Shannon! She did an amazing job with her outfit changes. And she looks so great in that hat! I LOVE it!!

Joan - What beautiful photographs! All beautiful but the horizontal one with the hat is just stunning!

I enjoy reading how you structure your senior sessions. You have a lot of communication and are able to tailor each session to what the desires and needs of your seniors. You truly are a custom photographer.

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Corporate Headshots – Executives in the Woodlands

If your corporate directory allows you the freedom to have your headshot taken with a twist, I provide dynamic corporate headshots outdoors in the Woodlands, Spring and Conroe area. Your headshot should stand out, and make an impression, and say something about you.  Clients usually choose a location where we can incorporate some greenery into your business headshot, or some concrete  with dimensional lighting for an urban feel.  Headshots are a flat $150 fee, and you are free to download any of the 3-6 images in your gallery. Black and white versions free upon request.  To see my Headshot Gallery, click HERE. To schedule your headshot session, call 832-663-5128 or email me directly with this CONTACT FORM.

This corporate exec was looking for new headshots for his LinkedIn profile.

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Jeni - This is a great head shot! Love the setting and the lighting.

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The Sportsman – Senior Photographer in Conroe

When this Class of 2015  senior’s family contacted me for senior portraits up in Silverstone, Conroe I was pretty thrilled at the ideas they were tossing around for his senior pictures. They told me how he’s an outdoor sportsman – a fisherman, a hunter, proficient with the bow and arrow, and a lover of the great outdoors.  They had the perfect little spot in mind up in Conroe, where we could trek through the forest and along a muddy river bank, to get some great shots of him with his gear in a natural environment.

A senior with some cool hobbies? Shooting in the forest and in the mud? Trekking through the tall grass? Count me in! I love a shoot where we get to walk around and get some action shots, and shoot something a little different.

As we were shooting, I was told the area is known for having a 12 foot gator.  Now that I’d have love to have gotten a picture of….from a distance of course! Thanks so much to John for being a great subject, I had a lot of fun with this session!

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 Do you need a senior photographer? Call 832-663-5128 to inquire about a senior session or email me directly with THIS FORM.

Find out more about senior sessions on my INFO PAGE and see my senior portfolio gallery HERE.

Jeni - I love how you’ve personalized his session so much to really represent him and his personality. What a great setting these were shot in! Love the one with the fishing rod!

Irene - Those are great Shannon!! I love the archery shots!!!!!!

But the gator?!!!!!! No thank you!

Emily Charais - I just adore that last shot! It’s so classic and would look great on a wall!

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January 10 on 10 – Personal Project

THE 10 ON 10 PERSONAL PROJECT is something new I’m doing this year, with a circle of fellow professional photographers around the globe. Our goal is to take a series of 10 photographs, and post them on the 10th of each month, linking our blog posts together to form a complete circle.  After you view the work of one photographer, you follow the link to the next artist to see her series on her website.  These are some pretty amazing photographers, so I’m really excited to be a part of it and to be included along with their beautiful work.

This month, my series includes a selection of film photographs from my personal work of my own family. I almost always shoot my own children on film, especially while traveling or on vacation. I usually use a Diana F+ and Holga toy plastic cameras, to stretch my creativity, as well as a 35 mm film Nikon camera.  These photographs are from our summer holiday in Canada.

This first shot of my daughter was chosen by Clickin’ It Old School as one of their Top Ten Toy Camera images of 2014. Thank you for that honour! You can see it here, with the other amazing photographers listed on Clickin’ It Old School.

 

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And a mix of my favourite colour and black and white images from the summer months.

 

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Click here to follow along to see the beautiful work of Grand Rapids, Michigan photographer Dena Robles.

January 10 on 10 – Rainbows » Lisburn – Precious | Photography by Helen Savage - […] Please have a look at the next post in the circle, by the very talented Shannon Strobakis Photography, The Woodlands, Texas […]

Ileia - These are beautiful Shannon!

Irene - Lovely Shannon! I have been wanting to play around with film for a long time now. And congratulations on your first photo! I love that!!!!!

RobynK - These are just lovely, Shannon! I have a Diana camera that I’ve never even taken out of the box, you’ve inspired me to finally try it!

Alishia Potter - Shannon your film work is so inspiring! I love that you’ve captured your kids just being kids…there’s no posing, just adventures! The leaf shot-classic! We had some big leaves like that here this summer too!

Stacey - Shannon, wow, I have to say I have an appreciation for those who shoot film. Your work is so genuine and free. The image of your daughter with the hair in her face is just perfect.

Corrie Lindroos - These are gorgeous Shannon! I am such a fan of your film work.

dena robles - Oh you know I have a soft spot for Holga photographs. All of these are lovely!

Helen Savage - Gorgeous Shannon, love them all!

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Realtor Headshots Spring TX

I met Leticia Herrera, a realtor for Keller Williams, on a sunny November afternoon to shoot some updated headshots for her business cards and website listing. You can find Leticia’s website at Leticia Herrera Realtor and contact her for all your real estate needs.

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All my headshot sessions are shot outdoors, to infuse your portrait with natural light and the colours of the environment. This is great for clients who want their headshots to have a natural feel, without the formal backdrop of a studio wall.

To see my portfolio, click here to access the gallery.

Joan - What a great idea (about outdoor headshots) and a beautiful lady! I hope she is thrilled with these!

Jeni - Such a great head shot! I think seeing business professionals in the great outdoors instead of a backdrop makes them seem more personable. Love it!

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Family Photographer in the Woodlands for Wall Canvases

The K family was definitely one of the most fun and laid back families I’ve had the pleasure to work with this year. What makes each family portrait session unique is the personalities of each family, and the energy they bring to their session, and how I use that to make personalized portraits for each client.

This family was all about having fun and laughter, and just being themselves for their portraits. After a few posed photos, we slowed things down and just let the family laugh and interact, to let their personalities shine through. I was also really happy that they brought the grandparents along for the shoot, and of course the adorable puppy!

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This mom went home with six gorgeous large wall canvases to decorate her home with the faces of the ones she loves most. We designed a trio of wall hangings for the common room, with one of the family large in the middle and smaller ones of the boys and the parents on the sides, for a 3D effect.

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Then for the playroom, mom chose these beautiful black and white portraits for a classic touch. The boys being boys in the middle, and one of each boy on the sides.

 

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I really enjoyed this session, and nothing makes me happier than providing  beautiful large portraits for your family home.

Do you need a family photographer? I’m now booking for 2015. Call 832-663-5128 to inquire or email me directly with this CONTACT FORM.

To see more information see the FULL SESSION INFO PAGE and check out the FAMILY PORTRAIT PORTRAIT GALLERY.

Irene - So lovely Shannon! Love that shot of the boys on the bridge!!

Jeni - Love these! Your black and whites are my favorite!

Kelli - Beautiful family! Your work is outstanding and I just love looking through your images!

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The Woodlands Photographer – Collections or a la Carte

You’ve decided the time is now to get some great pictures of your family  or high school senior, or perhaps you’re getting married or having a baby and are getting a photoshoot done to document this momentous event. It’s a great gift to yourself and your loved ones, and there is much to consider! The location, the time, your wardrobe, and what you will do after your pictures are ready.

There is nothing quite like coming home to see the faces of the people you love most on the wall, where you can walk by it and smile every day!

Shown below: a 20×30 fine art canvas.

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Or maybe you’re considering a family album, that everyone can sit together and look at. Albums are a great way to let your story unfold, and make wonderful keepsakes.

So after the session…now what?

 WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH YOUR IMAGES?

Before the session, we’ll talk about how you plan to display your pictures, so when it comes time to do your in person viewing and ordering session we will have a good idea of what types of products you are looking for.  Clients have the option to purchase a Collection, or to choose products a la carte. So which is right for you?

COLLECTIONS: My Collections are for clients who want to have digital copies of their images. There are several Collections, depending on how many digital files you have chosen. The top Collections come with prints and a monetary credit to spend on the a la carte menu. I prefer to give my clients this freedom, rather than create Collections that dictate the exact sizes and types of products my clients receive. This way you get exactly what you want, and your order fills your specific need. Check out some of the products you’ll take home in the PRODUCTS PAGE.

A LA CARTE: If you do not need a large selection of digital files and would rather purchase products, you do not have to order a Collection. A la Carte ordering allows you to focus directly on the products that interest you,  to build your own perfect order. With the purchase of an album 8×8 or larger, or a wall portrait (canvas, metal or mounted print) 16×20 or larger, you also receive a complimentary copy of that digital file for sharing on social media with friends and family.  There is a minimum $400 a la carte ordering requirement, and clients who purchase 2 or more large products (8×8 albums or large wall portraits) receive 15% off their order!

With my personal guidance during your ordering session, you’re guaranteed to walk away happy!

Melissa Klein - Fantastic post! And I love that your clients have the freedom to choose whichever they want.

Jeni - I’m a sucker for big, beautiful wall art! Love canvases!

Leslie Crane - Very informative! You have such a wonderful product line to go with your amazing work!

Alexis - Such a great and informative post!

Irene - Shannon this is a great post! I may need to work something like this up as well.

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Engagement Photographer in the Woodlands – Fall Portraits

Fall is my absolute favourite time of year, and engagement portraits are one of my favourite types of sessions to shoot! So I’m totally in love with this fall engagement session here in Spring with this soon-to-be-wed couple from the Woodlands, right at peak fall season. Her dress is the most beautiful shade of magenta, a perfect match for the amazing fall foliage we found around the Spring area. Against an almost painterly looking backdrop, this engagement couple look radiant and so happy in love.

When I shoot engagement portraits, I always try to get a variety of poses and expressions so your pictures show all the different sides of you and your relationship. It’s always wonderful to have posed portraits, especially for Save the Date cards, but for wedding slideshows and  storybooks it’s even better to have a set of engagement portraits that show you in more candid moments of laughter and togetherness. Best wishes to this gorgeous couple, may they have a long and happy life together!

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Are you recently engaged or interested in purchasing a session for friends or family? To inquire about a session, call 832-663-5128 or email me directly with this CONTACT FORM.

To see my engagement portrait gallery, CLICK HERE.

 

 

Fotografia Ślubna Gdańsk - They look so happy here. So intimate, I can clearly see their love. You captured that perfectly :)

Jeni - These are gorgeous! I just love the way her dress pops against the background in those first ones! Your posing is so nice and you can really tell they are in love!

julie evans - These are stunning! I love the genuine interactions you capture and the colors are beautiful!

Melissa Klein - Gorgeous color and gorgeous couple! What a fantastic session – makes me miss fall. :)

Alexis - These are so pretty and they just *feel* like fall:) Love the soft tones and relaxed expressions;)

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Holiday Portraits in the Woodlands – Extended Families

One little preview for this family in the Woodlands, before the holiday season and I return in January to finish the gallery. LOVE the holiday red! So cheery!

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Megan - Seriously, this is one of the best extended family pictures I’ve ever seen. Love it!!

April O'Hare - Yay, look at those little red berries in the background matching their colors! I love when that happens:) Nice job working with such a big group!

Jeni - What a lovely family portrait! I can see this hanging beautifully above their fireplace!

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Bentwater Conroe Senior Photography – Senior Style

This funny and photogenic senior boy chose a great location for his Class of 2015 senior portraits – this great little spot up in Bentwater, Conroe with plenty of interesting landscape features and some pretty fall colour. For senior guys, we keep it short and simple with an hour shoot in your chosen location, which still leaves you plenty of time to get an outfit change in there. There are many of great locations in the Woodlands, Spring or Conroe area, or we can customize your session and shoot in your own backyard.

With the Just The Guys senior portrait package, parents and seniors get the amazing digital images they need for yearbook pages, gift prints and sharing, and as a special bonus you receive a spiral bound 5×7 hard cover proof book of your gallery. Check out my Just The Guys senior special for senior portraits HERE.

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Are you searching for a senior photographer in the Woodlands, Spring, Oak Ridge or Conroe area? Call 832-663-5128 to inquire about a senior portrait session, or email me directly with THIS FORM.

Check out my senior gallery here for past sessions.

Melissa Klein - Handsome guy and gorgeous location! I love the colors!

Alexis - Wow, these are model-portfolio-worthy! Great images, and I love the variety of locations and expressions!

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Choosing Your Wall Portrait Size, Style and Format: The Woodlands Portrait Photographer

The family portrait is an important investment, so it’s essential to ensure you have carefully considered the overall look, style and proportion for the final piece. When your family, senior, engagement or maternity portrait session is completed, I invite clients for an in person Viewing Appointment so I can personally help you choose the perfect size, ratio and medium for your wall portrait. I’ll show you samples of the products I offer, so you can inspect and touch the products yourself.

For gallery wrapped canvases, these come ready to hang and you do not need to frame them. Metals are designed to be hung without a frame to show off the superior gloss, and the sturdy waterproof and UV resistant design means you don’t have to worry about sun or water damage. For photographic prints I offer complimentary styrene mounting so you can mount your portrait on the wall without a frame, and it’s thin enough to put in wall frames.  Here is a comparison of a senior portrait from a session in the Woodlands.

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OPTION 1:  16×20 frame, with matted 8×12 print. The portrait keeps  it’s original ratio and composition intact with matching coloured mat before being inserted into a  frame. The matted frame means you don’t have to crop the original shot. There is a wide variety of colors and styles to choose from, for custom or traditional matted frames.

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OPTION 2: 16×20 with 16×20 cropped print. This option zooms in larger on the image, but crops out some of the background and the subject.

 

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WITHOUT FRAMES

 

OPTION 1: A mounted print, metal or canvas without the frame. The traditional camera ratio for older cameras was 4:5, which created the infamous 8×10 desk print. As a wall portrait, your image would be sized 16×20. Since the camera shoots at a 2:3 ratio, this crops your image.

 

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OPTION 2: A mounted print, metal or canvas without the frame, left in it’s original composition and ratio. This size works well for image of standing subjects, where you want to keep the surrounding environment. For this image, it’s the best choice for this particular image to keep the beautiful field around her.

 

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Robynk - I love these examples for printing wall art. The options and samples on the walls help so much!

Megan - Always so helpful to see things visually to get an idea of true sizing.

Melissa Klein - This is great – I love seeing all the different things that can be done with prints.

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Family Photographer in the Woodlands – Classic Portraits

This wonderful family from the Woodlands was such a breeze to photograph for their holiday portraits. Just about everything was perfect for their family session – the weather was gorgeous, the light was right, the fall colours were in full splendor, and this family styled their portraits beautifully. The navy blue is a great hue for shooting family portraits outdoors, and the accents of neutral cream and brown are the perfect match.

For family pictures, we shoot some formals with the entire family together, happy and having fun, for a great canvas or mounted print for the wall portrait. This will be the centre-piece of your home gallery set, on the wall or above the fireplace. Add in some complementary shots of the parents together, and the kids, and you have a fantastic wall cluster of canvases or framed prints.

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We’ll also take some fun portraits of the entire family, where they’re a little more lifestyle oriented, or candid. Formal portraits are fantastic for showcasing in the home, but these fun family pictures make great cards,  gifts, or collages and family albums. Kids love to see photos of their family having fun together, and laughing, and you’ll remember years from now how your family laughed together and enjoyed just being together.

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Collections of the family combinations together also make great collages, especially for desk prints in the home or office.

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Are you looking for a family photographer in the Woodlands, Spring, Oak Ridge or Conroe area? Call 832-663-5128 to inquire about a session or email me directly with THIS FORM.

To find out more about full sessions, check out my INFO PAGE and click HERE to see my family portrait portrait slideshow gallery.

 

Megan - Love the one of them all laughing and hugging. Those are my favorite type of family pictures.

Irene - I just love those collages – so sweet. And yes, that first shot is definitely one that needs to be BIG! So beautiful!

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Christmas and New Years Sessions in The Woodlands

This family had two series done for their holiday portraits this year! First, the super fun family photos for personal use, and just to have fabulous images from 2104, as they are now. Check out their family portrait series by CLICKING HERE.

Then, for the special images to put on their Christmas cards to send out to family and friends, we shot this series in their holiday outfits (love the red!) for special holiday themed family portraits. With my super quick turn around time, families have more than enough time to put their cards together and mail them out, or to create digital cards for emailing and posting online.

Love this family! Thank you for choosing me for your Christmas card session this holiday season!

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It’s not too late! Personally, with my busy fall season, I rarely get the chance to send out cards in December. So, I send out Happy New Years cards instead, after the busy season is behind me and I have more time. I know you’re busy too! If you didn’t have time in your schedule this season for Christmas or holiday cards, you can still get some great shots to send out cards to friends and family to wish them a Happy New Year!

If you want to book a session, call 832-663-5128 or email me directly with this CONTACT FORM. Check out my family gallery HERE.

April O'Hare - I usually can’t get mine out in time for Christmas either. I love that there are starting to be some really fun options for New Years Cards instead. I think they’re great for us folks who are a little more secular too:)
I love what they wore to their session. And I’m so jealous that your outdoors still look so green too!

Megan - Love their clothing choice. Great looking family!

Yvonne - What a wonderful family session!

Amber Aileen - What a stylish family! Great job on these!!

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Child Photographer in The Woodlands – Birthday Session

This is sweet little Noah, and his mama contacted me to do a very special shoot to celebrate his third birthday. I offer short one hour “mini shoots” in Spring and the Woodlands for exactly these kind of sessions — to celebrate a milestone or just get a handful of beautiful portraits to remember this moment, this now, and how someone special in your life is at this point in time. Our children change so fast, and keeping an album of yearly pictures or a wall of portraits as they grow up is a great way to capture forever every stage of their life.

This little sweetie and his big blue eyes was full of wonder and giggles. And his blue shirt was the perfect outfit to show off those gorgeous eyes!

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Would you like to celebrate a milestone with photographs? Do you want to start keeping an album of your children, to capture them as they are year to year, or have a framed wall gallery? To inquire about a session, call 832-663-5128 or email me directly with this CONTACT FORM.

To see my Children’s Portrait Gallery click HERE. To learn more about short ‘mini sessions’ visit the INFO PAGE.

Megan - What an adorable little guy! Beautiful work.

Jeni - Oh my…what a cutie pie! Love these! The first one with his mama has to be my favorite. Such a treasure!

Heather Avrech - What an adorable little boy…those baby blue eyes!!! <3 <3 Great work!

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Mini Collages for Home and Office Desks – The Woodlands Photography

When it comes to how you’ll display the images from your senior, family, maternity or engagement portrait session, there are a lot of choices out there. I will guide you at your viewing and ordering session, showing you all the fantastic products I offer in person so you can see them close up and feel the superior quality.  From large groupings of wall canvases, to mini albums for portability, you’ll get the products that are right for you.

While large mounted prints and wall art are wonderful for home displays,  you also have some smaller product options so you can take your favourite photos into more personal spaces, like your office desk or bedroom dresser. One of the most perfect ways to size down is to put a few images together in a mini collage. I offer these 5×10 desk collages, mounted on artboard for durability, which can be fit into a frame or beautifully displayed in an easel. I offer several designs to choose from, depending on how many images you want to show off.

Put one in your bedroom, to keep photos of your kids by your bedside.

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Take one to the office, to see your beautiful family while you’re at work.

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For the nursery, a reminder of the beauty and wonder of this new life.

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As a keepsake, when your senior goes off to college to pursue his dream.

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To see more of the products I offer, click on the PRODUCTS PAGE.

Emily Charais - Oh these are nice! I love that you can tell a story with a simple piece like this!

Yvonne - What a great way to keep your loved ways around you at all times!

Joey - These look amazing! I would love to have one hanging on my wall!

Jennifer Boggett - I love this idea! Such a simple, yet gorgeous way to display your photos!

Melissa Klein - I LOVE mini collages! These examples are gorgeous!

Jeni - Oh these are so perfect! They’d make great gifts for family too!

Amy - Love the collages! Great examples.

Becky - These are lovely! What a perfect way to display your favorite photos!

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Senior Photography in The Woodlands, TX

Another fabulous senior from this season, Miss Madison, for her Class of 2015 senior portraits! When we met for our pre consultation, we oohed and awwed over the awesome outfits we were going to feature in her senior session  to match the location. She came with some pretty gorgeous outfits, and that white dress was just perfect for the field location. What to wear for your senior portraits is such a big question, so we very carefully go over all your options before the session, to make sure the colours, textures and accessories all go together for tonal harmony and make sense with the chosen locations.  She chose the Luxe Senior Session, which includes hair and make up styling before the big shoot.

We started with a more casual style, with boots and a bright pop of red. She wanted her senior pictures to showcase natural elements, like trees and flowers, with wood textures in the background to match her more natural style. And these bright flowers were the perfect accent for her first outfit of the shoot!

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An outfit change, from country style to soft and trendy. When she first showed me this shirt, I knew she had to include it for her senior photos! A gorgeous shade of blue that matched her eyes, and an interesting unusual pattern,  combined with that flowy airy texture, really made for an eye popping combination against the rustic wood backdrop.

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Miss Maddie wanted a full half of her senior portrait session to include this stunning white dress. With the last outfit change, we headed out to a wide open field and country road, to catch the gorgeous light on the just-about-to-turn-fall-colours trees and long grasses.

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senior-portraits-the-woodlandsFor the last set of the evening, we watched the sky turn radiant and glowing with this gorgeous golden light. Time for some stunning emotive photos, to round off this senior session, and a few poses against that incredible sunset.

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boho-style-senior-portraits-the-woodlandsI really really had a great time shooting this senior session, for Class of 2015 senior Miss Madison. Our hair and make up artist, her perfect styling, and a stunning location came together for some amazing shots.

 

Are you looking for your senior photographer in the Woodlands, Spring, Oak Ridge, or Conroe area? Call 832-663-5128 to find out more information and check out my info page HERE. Browse my senior portfolio in this SLIDESHOW and when you’re ready, contact me via this EMAIL FORM to learn more!

Heather Avrech - She is such a beautiful girl! I absolutely love the last 4 and the B/W in the white dress! Gorgeous!

Emily Charais - What a beautiful session! I love the shots with the wind blowing, and her outfit choices are great!

Yvonne Niemann - Holy cow! Check out that sunset!!!! Beautiful. What a fabulous location.

Jennifer B - Wow she is STUNNING! I love all of the variety and the lighting in the last set is divine! Absolutely gorgeous work!

Jennifer - She must be in love with these beautiful captures! Looks like you found the perfect day for it, too!

Michelle Robertson - What a lovely young lady! I love her clothing choices, especially the boots! Just gorgeous!

Deidra - Simply stunning!

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