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.

Relaxed and Fun Family Portraits in the Woodlands

I get all kinds of families who come to me for their family portraits, and no two families are alike. Some want classic and traditional portraits for the mantle, formal poses and elegant styling. Some want documentary style lifestyle photos of their families at home, to personalize their family sessions and to remember where they were at this time in their lives, as moments are so fleeting. And some, like this family, want to have fun and relaxed candid portraits of their family, mixed with the traditional, to celebrate the relationships we share and the fun we have as a family when we are together.

We will include some traditional family portraits, for sharing with family members (remember — Grandma always really loves that one posed photo of her beloved family together, happy and smiling at the camera, and she’ll be expecting her print!) but then we can skip around, laugh and run, and really get down to the serious business of enjoying this day together making beautiful family portraits that really capture YOU as you truly are. For this family, that was bright, happy and lots of smiles!

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These types of family sessions make great collages and albums, since we shoot for family combinations having fun, dancing, snuggling, playing games and just enjoying being together.

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We’ll take each child separately, and capture some beautiful portraits that match each child’s personality.  I love to include photos that tell the entire story of each child, from the fun and perky shots to the serene and lovely – the girl with her eyes closed, dreaming. The sweet boy who offers me a flower. The little one with her bright eyes and big smile.

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And of course, photos of all the kids together. Look, ma! No fighting!

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I think the kids are trying to tell their parents something here! LOL!

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I had SUCH a great time with this family. Lots of laughs and everyone had fun being together.

Are you in The Woodlands, Spring, Conroe, Oak Ridge North, or Montgomery County and looking for a family photographer?

Call 832-663-5128 for information or  email me directly with this CONTACT FORM. Check out the INFO PAGE for family sessions and the gallery HERE.

Melissa Klein - What a great looking family! I love the variety of photos you captured – fantastic session!

April O'Hare - Haha, that last one is too cute. I love that gorgeous warm sunlight in the first few photos.

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The Heart of the Family – The Woodlands Photographer

When you’re preparing to have your family portraits done this year, there’s a lot of questions that may be running through your mind and a lot of details you have to consider. Pulling the wardrobe together. Checking your schedule to make sure the kids don’t have soccer practice the day of the session.  Do you want to have a fun lifestyle session to make into an album, or posed formal family portraits for the wall? You can rest assured I’ll help you through it. We’ll go over all these details in our consultation, so you can be sure that on the day of the family portrait session you’ll be fully confidant that you are prepared and ready for some fun.

You already know you want some special family portraits, of everyone together. You definitely have thought about all the great shots we’ll get of the kids, both individually and together. Now it’s time to think about you! One thing you may not have really considered is getting some great portraits of you and your spouse together.

The heart of the family is you. The parents. You are who your children look up to with love every day for guidance and support. And kids love to see their parents together! This is why I take the time to get some beautiful couple portraits of the two of you together, just like you did for your engagement portraits and your wedding photos. You’ll be glad to have those portraits through the years, as you grow old together. As we celebrate the family, celebrate your love too.

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Take a look at just a few of the amazing parents I’ve had the opportunity to photograph this year! You can feel the love between the them. And every time they look at these photos, they’ll be reminded of how it all began – with the love of two people, who came together and built a beautiful family.

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Holiday Portrait Sessions – Spring, Conroe and the Woodlands TX

I welcomed back this wonderful family for their annual family portraits, and I love seeing how my littlest clients have grown from year to year! This year for their holiday family pictures they chose this gorgeous fall colour palette of purples and magentas, which always looks amazing against the deep rich hue of the early fall foliage. When clients ask, “What should I wear for our fall family photos?” this is a colour I always recommend, as a jewel tone that really pops!

As always, for your family portraits I shoot the entire family together for that coveted fantastic photo of everyone happy and together, for the wall above the fireplace. I won’t let you forget to get a couple portrait of just the two of you either! Thank you to this fabulous family for choosing me again for their yearly fall family photos here in the Woodlands!

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With the “perfect shot” done, then we move about for individual shots of the kids, together and by themselves. Kids are so much fun to work with, with their spontaneous genuine smiles and natural curiosity. I love to capture the happiness of children as well as their inner quiet souls, the sides of them we as parents see inside their gentle hearts in unguarded moments.

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We’ll shoot the family portraits again, with a little change of location, for variety and a more casual feel. These make great album portraits, when put together. Family portraits can be really fun and it’s a great chance to hang out together, laughing and smiling, and celebrate what makes you a loving family!

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Are you in The Woodlands Spring, Conroe, or Montgomery County, and are looking for family portraits? Call 832-663-5128 to find out more, or email me directly with this CONTACT FORM.
To view booking information, see my INFO PAGE HERE for family portrait information and CLICK HERE to see the family portfolio gallery.

April O'Hare - You did such a fantastic job with these photos. I love their outfits and all of the different looks you got with them. Beautiful!

Ramsey Garza - I love the colors and the lighting. These are stunning.

Corrie Lindroos - Shannon your work is so beautiful and classic. These images are gorgeous and they will still be gorgeous ten years from now. Beautiful family – I can see why they keep coming back to you!!

Melissa Klein - Gorgeous session! I love their outfits, and these are all absolutely beautiful!

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Beautiful Fall Maternity – The Woodlands Maternity Photographer

This awesome couple came to me from the Woodlands for maternity portraits to celebrate their first baby on the way! We had such a gorgeous evening, with perfect airy light and golden sun, to shoot their maternity session. We were looking for some less posed pictures, to focus on their relationship and their joy as well some more emotive black and white portraits (which are always a favourite for me!).  We mixed up the posed portraits with some more lifestyle type shots, for natural looking maternity portraits. They both look so happy and natural in this beautiful location, with the long grasses and wildflowers in the field.

I love the way they came out, and am looking forward to handing them their beautiful Luxe album of their favourite images!

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Are you expecting a baby and looking for your maternity photographer? Call 832-663-5128 for information about booking a session or email directly with THIS FORM.  Scroll through my maternity gallery HERE and find out more about full session on this INFO PAGE.

April O'Hare - These are lovely! She is a natural beauty and I love the mix of the posed portraits with the more lifestyle shots. Congratulations to them:)

Andrea - Wonderful work- she’s glowing!! Love the locations!!

Melissa Klein - Gorgeous! Love that they got their pup in for a pic, too. :)

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The Senior Album – Spring TX Senior Portraits

I’m really excited about this gorgeous album for seniors! This high quality 5×7 album is included in one of the top senior portrait collections, and is the perfect keepsake from your senior year. Parents LOVE this album, with it’s deep rich colour, thick pages and protective coating. Seniors love it to take with them when they leave for college, to remind them of home and how amazing they looked for their senior portraits! You get to choose which of your favourite images will be included.

Each album comes with a black box for safe keeping and storage.  Clients also have the option to upgrade to the Luxe Album, with their included print credit.  I am proud to offer superior products to my awesome clients! To see more products you’ll take home, visit the PRODUCTS PAGE HERE.

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jeanine - Such a gorgeous high quality product! Love it!

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High School Senior Boy – The Woodlands Senior Photographer

It’s not often that guys call for senior photos, so it’s nice when I get a call for a senior session for one! Some high schools in the Woodlands and Spring allow seniors an entire page for their yearbook pictures, so this handsome guy needed some great photos of him to fill up his page. I offer a special For The Guys session since they tend to want it short and simple — under an hour, just a few great photos, without the long sessions with outfit changes that the girls prefer. Check out this post to see more about this For The Guys high school senior all inclusive session.

For Greg’s session, we shot at his home in the Woodlands around the back yard, front pond and pool side. If you have a spacious and uncluttered yard, with great light, it’s a quick and easy spot for your senior photos so we don’t have to trek on location for your mini senior session. This is time saved for you, too! I love the white walls and columns, and the shots in the pool were really creative. Thanks to his mum for that fabulous idea!

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Are you looking for a senior photographer? Check out my info page here and my gallery here. To get more information, call 832-663-5128 or use this email form to email me directly: EMAIL FORM.

 

April O'Hare - They have a great home for photographing in! That color of blue looks great on him.

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The Woodlands Photographer – Family Portraits

A fun and happy family to share today! I shot these family portraits for Dallas wedding photographer Asapphire Photography, an early  morning shoot since she had a long drive back home ahead of her from the Woodlands!

Such a fabulous family and a great day for family photos since it was a little cooler at sunrise. As a photographer, she understood exactly the need to get great flattering light and she chose the perfect outfits to express their fun but sophisticated style – beautiful pops of colour that look amazing on them. We shot in two locations close together, with an outfit change to go from formal in front of the deep wood and stone, to casual in the more natural woodsy setting. I laughed so much at this session, and had a lot of silly moments with five year old Miss M who rocked the poses!

As always, I’m so grateful when families choose me as a their family photographer and let me spend a few hours making beautiful photos of them. I had a great time with this family!

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If you’re looking for family portraits, contact me at 832-663-5128 or email me directly with this CONTACT FORM.

Corrie Lindroos - Wow, this family is so gorgeous!! I love how different the two sets feel and their wardrobe is stunning! Beautiful work Shannon.

April O'Hare - I love the natural photos of them together where they are looking at each other and laughing. That one with the youngest pointing is especially cute:)

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The Woodlands Senior Photographer – Classic Senior Portraits

When I met this sweet and gorgeous girl for her styling consultation, I just knew her senior portrait session would be a breeze. Such a down to earth and natural girl, with her great sense of humour and fabulous smile. Not to mention such a classic beauty, with a great sense of fashion.

For Miss Lauren’s senior pictures, the vision was for classically beautiful portraits with clean lines and natural but elegant posing.  She chose a party dress for the first portion of her shoot, as a sophisticated young lady, with graceful posing.

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With an outfit change, she goes from posh to trendy. We used some available stairs and neutral concrete to really bring out the contrast in these black and white portraits. Love how they make her look so fierce!

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With a senior session, we shoot in two locations over three hours, to make sure you get variety and lots of outfit changes in there. We headed out of the urban area towards nature, and her wardrobe reflects the soft beauty of the location. A pretty dress always looks perfect for this part of the shoot, and this blue shade is stunning with her blonde hair and light eyes.

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One last outfit change, and into this heavenly field of flowers and tall grasses. That gorgeous golden light is why we shoot towards sunset, to infuse your senior pictures with a luminous glow.

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I loved every minute of this fantastic senior session with Miss Lauren! Are you looking for your senior photographer? Call 832-663-5128 for more information or email me directly through THIS FORM. For information about Senior Sessions, check out my INFO PAGE HERE  and take a look through my portfolio HERE.

Rhonda - Love your locations .. and she is stunning! The b+w’s on the stairs are my favorites .. great session!

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BFF or Sisters Senior Sessions – The Woodlands Senior Portraits

There’s always that one person who has been there for you through thick and thin. Maybe your childhood BFF, your high school bestie, or your sister or cousin. The one you do everything with and celebrate all your milestones. As you enter your senior year of high school and are looking for your senior photographer in Spring or the Woodlands, think about how fun it would be to have your senior portraits taken with your BFF!

These sisters came to me for their senior portraits, and what a beautiful pair! You can see their individual senior pictures featured here and here. When I shoot a double senior session, I make sure to get amazing portraits of each girl in her multiple outfits to show off her own individual personality. These girls booked the Luxe Senior session and had their hair and make up beautifully styled for them, to show off their amazing style. After individual senior pictures, we take portraits of the two of you together, having fun and just being yourselves.

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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.

For BFF and Sister Sessions, I offer a discount on your session fee and a combined gallery of individual and images of the two of you together, and I help you put together a custom package that includes digitals, prints and more. Call today to learn more at 832-663-5128.

April O'Hare - They are so pretty and I love the way they coordinated their outfits for the photos. The bokeh in your last photo is lovely!

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Products for High School Seniors – The Woodlands Senior Photographer

Remember when people carried around small photo albums in their purse, so they could show off their family photos on the go? You don’t see that much anymore, since most people carry their photos in their pocket — that is, on their cell phone. It’s so easy to show your friends and family your phone snaps, and share them seamlessly on Facebook or Instagram.

When it comes to your professional photographs from your portrait photographer you want to be able to show them off to everyone without having to carry your prints around. You want them readily accessible, at the click of a button. Not your cell phone selfie snaps, but the gorgeous high quality images where you look like a rock star from your senior photoshoot.

The good news for my clients is that’s exactly what you get! Check out these customized senior portrait apps that you upload right to your phone or tablet, which brings all your favourite pictures from your senior portrait session to your fingertips. And the best thing is, you get to share the link to upload with all your friends and family, so they have them on their phones and tablets as well.

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On the right, you can see how all your photos pop up tiled for display (shown here on an iPad). You just scroll down to view. On the top of the screen, there are options to share on social media with one quick click. To see each image full sized, simply select one to open it, and you’ll see it full screen (like in the top left phone, shown on an iPhone).  Close it up, and it minimizes to a little icon with your name on it, on your screen.

Now you can show off your awesome senior photos on the go!

Are you in the Woodlands, Spring or Conroe and need a senior photographer? Call 832-663-5128 to book a consultation!

Bonnie - What a cool option for senior portraits!

April O'Hare - What a great way to keep up with technology! I love the session you chose for your sample too:)

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October 2014 Lone Star College Film Exhibition: “Unrestricted Boundaries”

I’m beyond thrilled to be a part of the “Unrestricted Boundaries” exhibition at Lone Star College Montgomery this month, showing some of my black and white toy camera and 35 mm film work. Read the press release here at the Lone Star College website.

Our exhibition showcases the various ways that film photography can be adapted in the modern world, and how as a medium it is still a highly relevant traditional art form. Whether a photographer shoots film and processes and develops their own work in the darkroom, or has it sent off to a lab and returned on digital scans to be printed, there are many ways to include analogue film in your photographic body of work. At the opening, visitors were also treated to a demonstration on how digital photos taken with an iPhone can be printed directly onto instant film remotely. These various processes allow photographers to follow their path when it comes to experimenting with analogue photography, and fuse it with modern digital technology.

The exhibition will be open throughout the month of October 1014 at the Montgomery Lone Star College location. Swing by and have a look!

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Collection of DianaF+ toy camera images, shot on TX400 black and white 120 mm film.  Processed and then digitally scanned for print.

 

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April O'Hare - Congratulations on showing your work in an exhibit! I have a love for toy cameras. I did my entire senior thesis on a Holga when I got my BFA:)

Bonnie - So cool and well deserved Shannon.

Rhonda - Congratulations .. that is awesome. I love the feel of these!

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Spring Field – The Woodlands Senior Photographer

When I met the most gorgeous pair of sisters for their senior portraits this year, I did a double take! Both stunning, with amazing long ombre hair and some serious fashion style. I featured Khrissy’s senior portrait session already, check it out here!

This beauty in blue is Kaylon, and while she wanted the same locations for her senior portraits as her sister with the beautiful golden light for their senior graduation announcements, no two high school senior sessions are alike because no two people are the same. So we worked with different poses and expressions to reflect her own personality and style. Kaylon has some killer cheekbones and I wanted her pictures to show not only her sunny personality but her gorgeous bone structure and soulfulness. Look at those big luminous brown eyes!

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For her outfit change, Kaylon chose this cute and flirty greenish blue dress — a perfect dress for spring with the lace detail and pleated skirt. Instead of high heels, Kaylon chose flat natural sandals more in keeping with her laid back style and down to earth personality. Close to sunset, we had this gorgeous backlight through the field. A perfect day for senior pictures!

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I had such a great time with these sisters for their senior portraits! Congratulations on your graduation, girls!

I’m now booking the Class of 2015 seniors this fall and slots are filling! If you are looking for your senior photographer in the Woodlands, Spring, Conroe, Tomball or Oak Ridge, click here to see more information. Click here to visit my senior portrait portfolio. When you’re ready to learn more, click here to email me directly.

April O'Hare - What a gorgeous girl! I LOVE her hair so much. She really rocks both the serious look and the smiles. You did a fantastic job on these!

Amber Aileen - Wow, she is stunning! I love all of these. They have such an ethereal feel to them. Gorgeous work!

Rhonda - Beautiful .. the images and your subject! Love that first image .. your b&w’s are gorgeous and your color spot-on too!

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What to Wear for Family Photos – The Woodlands and Spring TX

It’s that time of year again – fall family portraits! Since we’re shooting outdoors, you may be wondering what type of outfits will look best or how to coordinate your wardrobe so you all look fantastic and match together well. We’ll discuss your styling before the session, and I’ll advise you on what types of colours, fabrics and patterns photograph beautifully while still keeping with your own personal style. Some hues just look better on camera, and we want to be sure that your style and colour of clothes matches your chosen location.

Here are some tips for your upcoming session to think about before our meeting.

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MATCH THE CLOTHES TO THE SEASON
In general, for fall photos it’s ideal to wear colours that match the season and the foliage – think teal not baby blue, russet red instead of bright red, and warm orange yellow instead of lemon. Bright whites can detract from the most important element of the photo — you and your family! So opt for a more mellow, warmer shade of beige, cream or soft yellow.

COORDINATE, DON’T MATCH
When choosing the family’s clothes, keep to the same colour but choose various hues so you don’t match perfectly. If you’re wearing a deep purple dress, put your daughter in a lighter shade of violet, and the boys in teal or blue. Throw in a few neutral shades, like brown or light yellow, for contrast.

FOOTWEAR AND ACCESSORIES
Boots always look fabulous in the fall and they go with anything. Brown shoes are preferable to black. Keep jewelry and accessories minimal and make sure they don’t block important features. A scarf can easily obscure your face and watches can clash with your natural setting. Less is usually more.

April O'Hare - Cute clothes! I love these colors together:)

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All Inclusive Mini Sessions – Senior Boys in Spring and the Woodlands

When it comes to senior pictures, what a girl wants and what a guy wants are very different things! For girls I provide the hair and make up artistry from a local upscale salon, a pre consultation to go over styling and help you choose the outfits you’ll be wearing, and the session lasts up to three hours to make sure we get the variety you want with all your favourite outfits. Guys? Well, they don’t want that kind of big production, nor do they need it, right?

So just for you, guys, I’m keeping it simple and offering you want you want – a short session, no fuss, low key. While still providing what you need – a few killer shots of you for your yearbook page, or for your mom to treasure after you go off to college.

This mini session is perfect for senior boys who need a few great photos, and I’ll even come to YOU if you don’t want to go out on location. As an added bonus, you receive a spiral bound hard cover proof book of your favourites.

To book, call 832-663-5128 or call/text 713-614-7459, or use this direct email form: CONTACT ME.

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Senior Photographer Oak Ridge High School

Ready for Part 2 of Celenia’s amazing senior pictures? I already featured Part 1 here, so check out the first half of her senior portraits where we went on location for some architectural elements to add interest and flair to her high school graduation photos. She has such an amazing sense of style, and when we headed out to the country for the second half of her senior session she brought along a few outfits that perfectly fit the earthy country chic look.

We had such gorgeous golden light!

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Another outfit change into this sweet peach summer dress, with lace accents. This little country road was a perfect spot, and we found some purple flowers for some creative senior portraits to go above and beyond. You want your senior pictures to be unique, and show all sides to your personality.

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One last outfit change as the sun is starting to set! Using a wide angle lens, you get a sense of drama you can’t get with standard portrait lenses. I’m all about variety, and using different angles and lenses to get the right look for each pose.  I love the sassy poses Celenia has here, a bit of a rockstar edge with the black shirt and trendy high waisted shorts. Girl has some style!

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And no senior photo shoot is complete without pictures in your high school letterman jacket! Congratulations to Celenia for her accomplishments and good luck in her future career as a cosmetologist.

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I’m now booking for Class of 2015 senior portraits so click here to email me directly for more information! To view my portfolio, click here for a slideshow. And click here to see more information about the types of senior sessions I offer.  Fall slots are already filling.

April O'Hare - The arm over the head poses are so hard to make them look good, but she makes it look great! She has beautiful brown eyes. I really love the photos of her lying on the ground:)

Amber Aileen - These are so stunning! I loved the first session, but these are just as beautiful. Great work!

Melissa Klein - Oh my goodness, she is gorgeous! That black and white head shot is absolutely stunning. Awesome light, awesome location, too!

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Street Style Senior Portraits – The Woodlands High School Senior Photographer

I got to do something a little different for this senior portrait session – a fun “urban” style shoot.  When seniors want “urban”  it’s a challenge since in the Woodlands we don’t have graffiti, broken down areas, dirty alleyways or junk yard type location. Our area is just too beautiful and well taken care of, which is a good thing!  So, for this senior shoot, we made use of  gorgeous parking garage light, colour pops, and window reflections to give a downtown air to her senior pictures. I’m always up for a good challenge!

Elena started with two beautiful summery dresses, the first in a bright colour to give a little flair to her senior pictures.  The electric blue looks amazing with her dark hair. She chose the Luxe Senior Session, which includes hair and make up styling by professional artist Monika Gellardo. I love the straightened hair bob, a perfect style for a fresh modern look for urban street photographs.

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Time for an outfit change! Elena chose two locations for her senior pictures but wanted about 80% of her shoot to be done around town. This is what I love about offering personally tailored senior sessions for my clients — we meet before the session to go over which locations fit YOUR personality best and then choose outfits that will match the look and vibe of that location. She knew she already had a knock-em-out colourful dress, so for her next wardrobe change she opted for a sweet and feminine airy sundress, with  fresh spring flowers. This dress was a perfect match for the Mediterranean style (hey, I thought I was back in Greece or Italy for a minute there!) elements we found to shoot with, and columns.

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Finally, we headed to the park for a little greenery. With this rustic style outfit, the plan was to find an earthy location to match the colours and feel of her favourite couture shirt and boots. I love how her gorgeous brown eyes just pop with the reds and greens. I had a lot of fun with Elena shooting her senior portraits and helping her put together the perfect Collection to show them off.

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April O'Hare - Oooh, that does sound like a challenge to pull off an urban style shoot when you don’t live in a big city, but I think you did a great job pulling it off. I love the ones on the staircase and the B&W in front of the plain concrete wall.

Katherine - She’s stunning, and you really did a great job bringing out that urban feel! I especially love the one in black and white where she’s sitting and looking to the side. Beautiful!

Amber Aileen - What a gorgeous session! I absolutely love the first set, especially the pictures of her on the stairs. Beautiful lighting and posing!

Jackie Jean - Your senior work is always perfection, these are beautiful! Gorgeous girl!

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Outdoor Family Photos in the Woodlands

This family came to me with their brothers and sisters for a combined family session that included individual portraits of each family.  I have special rates for extended family sessions that let you book a two hour time slot and include all family units so everyone gets their own family portrait at a discounted rate than booking separate family sessions. These are especially popular in the fall, to get family portraits of everyone gathered together before and during the holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, those wonderful times of year when the whole family is celebrating together. And what better way to remember these special times than with family portraits!

This family was gathered together at the family home in the Woodlands, a gorgeous home that featured this amazing front step where they chose to have their family photos taken. I had a lot of fun with this family, and everyone came so beautifully styled! Notice how they chose accents of blue in their wardrobe, to achieve a nice colour harmony. And I adore the boots on mom!

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With fall just around the corner, I’m already booking fall family shoots for September, October and November and dates are filling fast. Click here to email  me directly about a portrait session for your family and click here to check out my portfolio.

Amber Aileen - What a beautiful home and family! Great job!

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Boho Senior Style – The Woodlands Senior Photographer

I already blogged the first part of Alyssa’s senior session so click here to take a peek at the urban half of her senior portrait session.  For variety, I offer your choice of two locations so you can mix it up a little! At the Pre Consultation, we’ll go over styling and I’ll help you put together which outfits will work best at your chosen locations. With Alyssa’s first location, she chose to shoot at the canals for some architectural elements, framing and neutral backdrops so her colourful dresses popped and took center stage. You’ll get more variety in “looks” for your senior pictures if you choose locations that are different (urban, architectural, field, country, park, shopping district etc ) than you can get if you shoot in similar locations.

For the second half of her session, she changed her wardrobe and we switched from the fashionista to the sublime. She had a distinct vision for her senior photos, with a long flowing peach gown and floral crown so a field was the perfect location in Spring for that look.  For each look, I shoot differently, pose you in a different way and process to match the feel of the overall vision. For this boho look, it was all about soft beauty and serenity.

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Time for the last couple outfit changes! I loved all the fun accessories she brought to her session, each carefully chosen to go with the location and match in colour.

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

Bonnie - These are gorgeous Shannon. You do an amazing job with senior portraits!

April O'Hare - This is such a fun session. I love her outfits. That peach dress goes so well with the processing you did for it. My favorite is that close up shot with the crown on her head. These are super pretty and look like they could be in advertisements!

Samantha Bachand - Holy wow. She is stunning and your work is AMAZING. These are so so perfect!!

Peggy - Oh my!! Your work is nothing short of amazing!!! The serene feel of those shots in the field — wow! I love how you can tie the tones, location, posing and processing together so perfectly to create beautiful works of art. Just lovely, Shannon!

Kerry - Oh Em Gee!! These are just stunning, absolutely wonderful, I can’t fault anything.

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How to Display Your Portraits: Wall Prints

There is nothing that makes a home feel more complete than hanging the family portraits of the people you love on the wall. When you book your family, senior, maternity or engagement session, we’ll set a time to go over the most important aspects of your upcoming photo shoot so your pictures not only exceed your expectations but also are a perfect match for your home.

MATCHING DECOR

At your consultation, we’ll discuss your home decor so that the entire look of the final portrait that will be framed for the wall is a match. From the colour of your wardrobe to the style you choose – casual, formal or whimsical – we’ll talk details and find the best location in the Woodlands or Spring area to fit your vision, whether it’s earthy with natural colours or bright and colourful with a modern twist.

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MEASUREMENTS

Before your in person viewing session, it’s a good idea to take measurements of the space where the portraits will go. In the home entrance, above the mantle in the living room, or in the master bedroom are popular places to hang the large family photo. After you’ve chosen your favourite image for display, I’ll show you how it will look in your chosen size. Different sizes can also change the shape, so an 16×24 will be a different shape (ie. longer or skinnier) than the more square shaped 30×40 because of the change in ratio. Remember – 8×10 prints are gift prints! That is not the size you want on your walls, that is the size of the photo you give to Grandma to frame for her mantle. Go big! Here is a little article I wrote on the difference between gift prints and wall art.

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COLOUR OR BLACK AND WHITE

Along with your home decor, your personal preference for colour or black and white photos is also something to consider. I convert some of the pictures in your gallery to monochrome, when the light is right and the background isn’t too busy to  be a distraction. I personally love black and white photography, and most of the large prints I have of my own children and for my family album have been converted. When you purchase a digital file, if there is a black and white copy, you keep them both! So it you are printing, we’ll go over the two options to decide which version is right for you.

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I look forward to helping you get the perfect piece of wall art for your home!

Bonnie - Great ideas for clients to help the get their portraits onto their walls.

April O'Hare - Wow, it’s awesome to see the photos above furniture in these house mock ups! Really gives it a sense of scale and you can really envision how it’s going to look on the wall:)

Samantha Bachand - Nothing better than seeing your work big and beautiful in someone’s home! This is super helpful for your clients!

Alexis - These are such gorgeous photos that I’d put them on my wall and I don’t even know these people!! Great examples;)

Amy G. - What a great post to help your clients with decorating their walls! Beautiful portrait examples as well!!

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Gorgeous Golden Light – Senior Pictures in Spring TX

Timing is everything. The light is so gorgeously mellow and warm in the last hour before the sun sets, and this is when magic happens, truly. Since a senior portrait session with Shannon Stroubakis is up to three hours long so we can fit in all your outfit changes over the locations, your session is carefully planned so the locations, light, and outfits all coordinate together perfectly.

Beautiful Khrissy booked her senior session with me and after she had her make up professionally done we headed out to the woods to catch some gorgeous backlighting on her amazing ombre hair. We were looking for the perfect spot to shoot some pictures for her senior graduation announcements!

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Khrissy had some seriously amazing styling happening! The boho style headband was simple and natural, just perfect for our outdoors locations. Then a quick outfit change, she goes from au naturale to girly and glam. I always advise my senior clients to wear heels or espadrilles for their high school senior pictures. They elongate the legs for a gracelook look and force you into perfect posture which helps with posing.  This little peach dress is a great example of what to wear for your senior portraits for when you want a feminine style – dreamy, flowy in the breeze, and a pretty soft colour that photographs well. It’s also the perfect length for senior portraits — short enough for the hot spring day but not a micro mini so it’s still possible to be comfortable and modest for seated poses. And she rocked those poses!

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Thank you sooo much to Khrissy and her sister for letting me take their senior pictures. Yes, her sister too! I’ll post a link to sister Kaylon’s senior photos when I get them up!

Class of 2015: are you looking for your senior photographer? I’m already booking in the Fall of 2014 and slots are limited. Click here to see more information about what to expect and click here to view my portfolio. Ready to learn more? Click here to email me directly!

Jeni - Stunning! There’s no other way to describe these! Seriously beautiful work. The lighting is perfection and your posing is always so lovely.

Samantha Bachand - Holy wow. That girl is drop dead gorgeous!! And your work is so breathtaking….love every single one of these!!!!

Amanda Radovic - she is seriously stunning and you’ve captured her so perfectly. Beautiful light, stunning locations….a simply divine shoot.

Alexis - Wow! She is gorgeous and your images are phenomenal!!! She is lucky to have found you!!!

April O'Hare - These are absolutely stunning. She’s gorgeous both smiling and not smiling, but I have to say I was totally drawn in with her smiling photos. Especially the one in the last collage. I do really like the contemplative feel of the one of her sitting on the bride right above that last collage too.

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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.

April O'Hare - I just bought my first pair of cowgirl boots. You have great info for incorporating them into a photoshoot. I love all of the examples you showed too!

Alexis - This is great, and so informative!

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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!

Amber Aileen - Beautiful session Shannon! I love your posing and how natural the family looks in these!

Kristen - What a gorgeous family! I love all the posing! That little guy is so cute! I love the one with grandma and grandpa with the baby. So sweet!

Corrie Lindroos - Shannon, these are wonderful! I love a well-coordinated family session – they look awesome. Fabulous session.

Amanda Radovic - Great extended family shoot, it came together so well. Love the natural ones too, especially bubs with his grandparents.

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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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