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.

Featured Photographer – 30 Minutes in the Life

I’m more than excited to share with you this feature at 30 Minutes in the Life on me and my work. Included in the interview is a discussion on my client work with digital cameras as well as my personal work on 35 mm and 120 mm film. I’m so honoured to have my work featured and showcased on this amazing online journal!  CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE.

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High School Senior Portraits – Show Your Uni Pride

It’s your senior year, a time to think about how you got to where you are and also to dream big about the future. When it comes to your senior portraits, you want to pictures to show you as you are now, but also all the amazing things you have to look forward to! So for your senior pictures, bring something along to represent your present accomplishments, such as your high school Letterman jacket or your class ring. And then bring something to represent your upcoming years as a University or College undergrad, or a special trip or internship you have planned. Here’s a few ideas on how to incorporate your upcoming endeavours into your senior portrait session!

WEAR YOUR COLOURS

Are you off to Texas State? Bring some clothing with maroon and gold, to signify where you’ll be at school next year. Or burnt orange and white if you’re off to UT.  This gorgeous young lady is on her way in September to Johns Hopkins University, where she received early acceptance for Pre Med.   Their colours include Columbia blue and she looks amazing in their colours!

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Can you guess where this pretty senior will be attending? Those are Baylor colours!!

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BRING A SIGN BOARD

A great DIY project for your upcoming senior photos is to make your own sign board! You can use a chalk board, or make your own poster. The great thing about making your own is that you get to choose the slogan, and be more creative! This gorgeous senior is proud to be Bama Bound!

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BANNERS AND PENNANTS

With your university acceptance package, you often get a complimentary pennant or banner for you to display, to kick off the school pride.  Get your hands on a school pennant from your chosen University, and hold it up! This beauty was all smiles with her banner for Texas A&M, she’s ready to be an Aggie! Gig ‘em!!

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INCORPORATE PATTERNS AND ITEMS ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR SCHOOL

This stunning senior is excited to be off to Alabama, and brought not just a school pennant but wore this adorable hounds-tooth patterned dress. Everyone knows hounds-tooth goes with Crimson Tide!

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So there you go! It’s easy to represent the school you’ll be attending come the new semester, and everyone will see how excited you are and your school pride!

 

NOW BOOKING  Class of 2016 Senior Portrait Photo Shoots for The Woodlands, Spring, Conroe, and Oak Ridge high schools! Slots are limited  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.

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Classic and Modern Senior Portraits – The Woodlands

If you’re looking for an updated twist on the classic portraits, you can never go wrong with a beautiful dress in a fun and different location. Instead of a studio backdrop, wear your formal dress outside, on location around the Woodlands, and make use of architectural elements.

This sweet girl is classic and timeless. For her senior portraits, she went girly and glam with pretty dresses and formal lines for the first half of her session around town in the Woodlands. We wanted elegant and graceful posing, to match her polished look.

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Moving around the location, we wanted to highlight her gorgeous prom dress against a plain wall. When shooting, I always try to make the subject stand out as much as possible and avoid busy backgrounds with distractions. This way we get the best of both worlds — the blank wall reminiscent of a studio but without the confining space and with beautiful airy natural light.

 

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I look forward to posting the second half of her session, in the beautiful sunlight of a small forest and surrounded by ivy and greenery!

It’s not too late to book your Class of 2015 Senior Portrait Photo Shoot for The Woodlands, Spring, Conroe, and Oak Ridge high schools! 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! I love her make up and her dresses are both so pretty! Such a perfect location. The ones on the steps are my favorites!

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Fashionable Senior Portraits – Around Town in the Woodlands

This beautiful senior was looking for something a little more urban and colourful for her senior portraits in the Woodlands. So we headed to the busy streets and shopping district, to capture a more “city feel” to her senior pictures. We were looking for a busier, more chic scene for the first part of her senior photoshoot before moving on to a more natural environment for the second half.

We shot around the theatre and shopping centre first,  and she wore this amazing dress which worked perfectly with the busy downtown atmosphere.  I love the shiny black walls and windows for reflections, mixed with classic portraits.

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We moved across to the Waterway area, to shoot some dramatic black and white portraits using the beautiful light in the canal. I love this location for it’s intense light and shadows. As with all my senior portrait shoots, my clients have unlimited outfit changes, and I encourage variety for your session.

 

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Another outfit change, and shift in location. This tucked away little corner has beautiful soft light for flattering portraits and a neutral backdrop. Wearing bright or deep colours against the grey walls really stands out. I adore the design on this unique dress and the boots are a fantastic match!

 

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I look forward to posting the second half of her session, in the forested areas around the Woodlands and on the docks. Check back later for the second half of this session!

It’s not too late to book your Class of 2015 Senior Portrait Photo Shoot for The Woodlands, Spring, Conroe, and Oak Ridge high schools! Slots are limited for May 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 - I love these! You always have such a great variety with your sessions. I love how you can show all of the different sides of your seniors. Beautiful!

Michelle Robertson - What a fun session! I love all the great locations and outfit changes! And her eyes…wow! What a beautiful young lady!

Beth - These are wonderful. I am inspired by the light and pockets you found!

Julie evans - Seriously! These senior photographs are stunning!! Wonderful work Shannon. So fashionable.

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Family Mini Session – Photographer in the Woodlands

This session was a nice change for me, to shoot a little action on the Waterway near the canal for a family session mini shoot! We choose locations to match each family, and this lovely trio like to spend their weekends being outdoors, walking, strolling around the park. So this was a great spot for a quick session, to celebrate  little Case turning one! I love how bright and airy this setting is, with the waterfall catching light in the background on the pretty stone wall.

Happy smiling pictures of families walking together, hand in hand, are always winning shots and will be treasured for years to come. And the stairs make a nice place to sit to keep little ones still and get everyone together hugging close!

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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. I also offer mini sessions, so check out that information HERE.

Jeni - What a gorgeous family! Love these! Fabulous location.

Michelle Robertson - These are amazing!! He sure is a cutie pie and I really love their sense of style! What a fun session!

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The Woodlands Senior Photographer – Waterway Park

This beautiful senior is on her way to Baylor in September as you can tell by her first outfit choice  – a pretty shift shirt in Baylor colours!  This is the first half of her senior session in the Woodlands, with the first two outfit changes, before we moved on to Spring for the rest of the session.  We chose Waterway Park for the amazing light in the canals, and to add a bit of urban flair before we moved on to the “country half” of the session in the field.

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An absolute *must have shot* for your senior portrait session is you in your letterman jacket! You have mad skills and talent  —  you worked hard for those patches and badges, so make sure to get a great shot of you wearing them proudly! This goes for band or sports uniforms too!

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Change of location and outfit! Rompers are a *hot fashion trend* this year! She looks amazing in this cute black and white romper, a classic twist on this trendy look for this urban style location. I love the neutral walls of this little spot, the subjects just POP against the plain grey backdrop.

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I look forward to posting the second half of her session, out in the country field! Stay tuned!

It’s not too late to book your Class of 2015 Senior Portrait Photo Shoot for The Woodlands, Spring, Conroe, and Oak Ridge high schools! 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.

Jennifer - Beautiful girl and great session – I love the variety in location and outfits! And yay for Baylor!

Jeni - What a gorgeous girl! I love her outfit choices and you always pick the best locations for your seniors. Beautiful work!

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Mother’s Day Portraits Mini Sessions

With Mother’s Day coming up next month, what better gift for the moms you know than an hour spent making beautiful memories? This year for Mother’s Day book a “May is For Mothers Mini” and give her the gift that will last forever – captured smiles, hugs and giggles of her with the little ones (or bigger ones!) to keep and share with family and friends. We’ll go outdoors on location in a beautiful setting and take some fun and beautiful photos full of love and warmth. You receive 8 digital images as an immediate download after viewing your gallery, and a print release with the option to purchase high quality prints.

Call 832-663-5128 or email me with this direct contact form to book your session today! These very special sessions are available for a limited time only! At only $250+tx these minis are a great deal off my regular priced Simplicity Sessions!

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Jeni - Oh these are so sweet! Every mom should have beautiful portraits like this with their children!

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Corporate Headshot Portfolio – The Woodlands Business Photographer

For both corporate executives and business owners  it’s important to project an image of professionalism,  and to have great headshots of you for LinkedIn, corporate directories, websites and to have them available for featured articles about your company. A good portfolio should include a few basic headshots, as well some more interesting portraits that tell the story of your business and what you stand for.

This corporate executive, head of the North American operations for an international I.T company, booked a MEDIA PORTFOLIO SESSION with myself and make up artist Monika Gallardo for a full portfolio of images. These included the standard headshots, but also some more fun and lifestyle photographs for more personality and character. We used the office set up, and then headed outdoors for some environmental street shots, with several outfit changes.

I loved this shoot, and congratulate this amazing woman on her successful career and upcoming print and magazine features.

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If you need a headshot for your website, LinkedIn profile or corporate directory, I provide on location 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.

Jeni - I LOVE these! These are so much fun, yet so professional at the same time. She looks like an in-charge lady who is confident and successful. Perfect session!

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Featured Senior Photographer – The Woodlands Senior Photographer

Are you on Instagram? Don’t forget to follow me @shannonstroubakisphotography on Instagram to keep up with all the latest updates and PREVIEWS for clients!

We also get some fun features, like this image of Tara from her recent senior session which was voted WEEKLY FAVE by @posepatch! Thanks for the honour!

 

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Tag me in your pictures and share your favourite pages for me to follow too, I love seeing new pages to explore!   Click here to see my profile at @shannonstroubakisphotography.

 

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Jeni - Very cool! Congrats on the feature! I really need to join instagram!

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The Senior Upgrade Photobook- The Woodlands and Spring TX Senior Portraits

Introducing the beautiful upgrade to the 5×7 photobook featured here : 5×7 Senior Photobook.   This substantial upgrade to your Collection includes 20 full pages of  your favourite photos from your senior, family, maternity or engagement session, with an extra photo on the front cover. Use all colour images, or mix it up with black and white versions for diversity.

These  photobooks are all individually crafted by hand, bound using glues that do not harm colour stability. Each page is a true colour print  on professional paper, so you know you’re receiving the highest quality. Unlike the 5×7 photobook, the larger 8×8 and 10×10 photobooks feature soft matte leather around the spine and back of the book, for a fine art quality to your album.

Shown here is the 8×8 size album, with soft black matte leather around the spine.

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Your photobook pages start on the right, with a slip of protective black acid free paper between the page and the photo cover. The book opens and lay flat, to make it easy for you to enjoy your pages.

 

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Thick full colour pages, full vivid colour images, and a heavy sturdy leather spine make this photobook the premium choice.

 

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Your album makes a  great coffee table book and conversation starter. Each book comes with it’s own black box for protection and storage. If you’re looking for the best album to show off your senior, maternity, family or engagement photos, this is the one!  We’ll talk about the best choice to meet your needs when we meet for your Viewing Appointment, and select your top images to feature in your book.

 

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Beth - These are gorgeous!

Jeni - Wow! These are really beautiful!

Irene - Shannon those are gorgeous!! What a great product – your seniors will love this!

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What to Wear for Senior Pictures in the Woodlands and Spring – Girly Spring Dress Edition

Getting ready for senior pictures? I have already posted about how to wear your favourite cowboy boots for your senior portraits, so go check out that blog post here: What to Wear for Senior Pictures in the Woodlands and Spring – Cowboy Boots Edition. This time, since it’s spring, let’s talk about those pretty pretty girly dresses we all love to wear when the warm weather finally arrives!

With your senior portrait session here with Shannon Stroubakis, your senior photographer in the Woodlands, Conroe, Oak Ridge, Tomball and Spring, you get THREE hours and all the outfit changes you can cram in there. Awesome, right? So you have your trendy outfit, your favourite jeans, your letterman jacket, and maybe your prom dress or your favourite cosplay costume all packed up and ready to go. To round out your senior portraits, and celebrate spring, consider showing your sweet girly side with a flowy spring dress in an airy neutral or pastel shade, to match the spring flowers.

Some tips for you  along with  some visual inspiration – variety of super-girly spring dresses worn by my past senior portrait clients here in the Woodlands!

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CHOOSE YOUR PALETTE
Do you see yourself in a long white eyelet dress, with a big floppy sunhat and espadrilles? Or maybe a short and flirty sundress in floaty chiffon, the colour of spring daffodils or mint? Choose the colour palette you want to build off, from neutral to vibrant florals, taking into consideration the vibe you want to give off — sweet and innocent, fresh and bright, or airy and emotive.

 

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Glam your outfit up or down with hats, scarves, belts and boots. Go shabby chic with tasseled headpieces and feathers, or boho style with a floral crown with barefeet. Keep the colour tones in mind and try to mesh your accessories so they make sense — natural fibres with earthy toned clothing, petite and girly for feminine and airy sundresses, nude heels with classic styles.

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CHOOSE YOUR LOCATION TO MATCH
When we talk about which location suits your personal style best, we’ll go over all your outfit choices and narrow down which location in the Spring and Woodlands area best fit you. It makes sense to to shoot out in a flower field if you are looking for a more au naturale type session, with a spring dress in nature tones. If you want to go glam and trendy and pair your spring dress with heels and shopping bags, we’ll head to a more urban location. It’s all up to you!

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Are you looking for your senior photographer? I’m now booking April dates 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.

Julie evans - Beautiful what to wear guide! Love the light blush tones of the first dress! Senior girls- take note! These are great tips!

Irene Smith - Lovely – Such great information and amazing resource for your seniors!!!!

Amber Aileen - Great tips Shannon! Love your Senior sessions!

Lisa - Such a great what to wear guide! Gorgeous and inspirational!

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Senior Portraits Outdoors – Senior Boy Session in the Woodlands

I realized that I completely forgot to blog this handsome guy’s session from ages ago! One of my first senior boys that I photographed in the Woodlands for his senior portrait sessions, so long ago and still one of my favourite sessions! He had such a classic look, and really great style. We made use of dramatic light in parking garages and canals around the Woodlands area, for a more urban feel to his shoot with lots of concrete, reflections, and directional light.

I offer a senior boy portrait special, a mini session just for guys, to keep it short and simple — one hour, digital images as a download, and a keepsake hard cover proof book to take home.  Ask me about my senior boy mini session special!

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Irene - Wow! Shannon he has to be a model! I do love the lighting you used – Awesome session!!!!!

Jeni - Wow! He should totally be a model! Love these! I really love the black and whites!

Samantha Bachand - Wow, what a handsome guy!! Absolutely love these, especially the last ones. I bet he is thrilled with them!

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The Woodlands Senior Experience – Professional Hair and Make Up

When it comes to your senior portraits, you want every little detail to be perfect. Going through the final check list, you have your favourite trendy outfit ready to go, your accessories packed, your fit-you-to-a-T comfy boots shined and waiting by the door. The final detail, after your wardrobe is picked out, your location is chosen, and you know exactly what items you’re going to bring to personalize your session …is YOU!

How you get all styled up for your senior session may be the most stressful part.  This is where we come in. When you book a Luxe Senior Portrait Session with Shannon Stroubakis, you are investing not just in a fun photoshoot where you’ll walk away with some amazing portraits from your senior year. You’re getting an experience that makes your senior picture session easy, stress free, and where you get to feel like a rock star for the day. I’m not just going to leave your floundering around the interwebz, searching for “make up tips for senior photography sessions” or “how to look your best for your senior shoot”. Your Luxe Senior Session comes with an appointment with a professional make up artist, who will style you exactly the way you should be for your senior pictures — beautiful, glowing, natural and camera ready. The make up artist and stylist I work  with, Monika Gallardo, is a professional with years of experience. She only uses the best products to ensure your look is flawless.

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If you’re ready to book your senior session, I’m now booking late April and May dates 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.

Beth - What an incredible service to offer. Your senior portraits always stand out as spectacular to me!

Jeni - I bet these seniors feel so pampered when they do this! Such a great experience.

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Outdoor Maternity – The Woodlands Photographer

This maternity session for the beautiful and glowing Nicole was one of my favourite sessions! First, I love how it was her loving mother in law who called and arranged for me to meet with her and Nicole in late 2014, to discuss setting up the perfect outdoor maternity session over the winter, before the big baby shower day!  The mama to be is as natural, sweet and down to earth as can be, so she knew she wanted a simple outdoor session without all the fuss — just some classic maternity portraits, both alone and with the daddy to be, and incorporating some of the fun props to celebrate the upcoming arrival of Baby James!

To keep the overall theme natural and organic, she wore a brilliant blue tunic, a really gorgeous shade to match the greenery we chose for her locations. The little forest path made for a nice archway around her, and we found a little clearing in the forest to use when the light turned golden. The sign for the baby’s room was hand made by the grandma to be!

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To add a little variety, we shot a short series on the dock in the Woodlands. This added some soft colour, and winter elements, and it’s nice to have a little change of scenery. I think these were some of my favourites, with the pretty airy light and the reflections in the water.

Check out these adorable cowboy boots!

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The final shots were taken as the sun was going down, to catch some pretty light up in the forest clearing. I love this shot of the two of them, happy together, awaiting the day their family becomes three. Congratulations and I can’t wait to see pictures of Baby J when he arrives!

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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.

Jeni - These are beautiful! I love the ones by the dock. Grandma’s sign is just adorable! Gorgeous session.

Beth - What a sweet couple. I love that blue in that setting!

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March 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.

I had intended to make March the follow up to my February 10 on 10, and take my littlest out for portraits but the weather has just not been cooperating! So instead, I chose to compile a few photos from my 365 project this year (one shot a day, every day) which I’ve gotten behind on, to remind me WHY I wanted to do a 365 — to document all the little things about my children that make up their lives right now.  The precious details like tiny toes, messy morning hair, their favourite stuffed animals, the boots they love so much they wear them right out, the foods they adore. These are the things we tend to forget.

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Follow along to the next amazing photographer — Jackie Jean Photography

Beth - I am so inspired by these. I need to capture moments like this.

Shannon - These are some of my favorite posts. I love seeing the views of photographers into their every day life. These are gorgeous and a great memory in the years to come.

Jeni - The simplest moments sometimes make the best photos. I really love these!

Janet - Beautiful, as always Shannon! I love your detail shots. Such sweet reminders of what life is like today.

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Class of 2015 The Woodlands Senior Photographer

We had such an amazing time at Sheridan’s photoshoot, I was sad to see the sun set and the end of all that gorgeous light! For her senior photography session, we set up early to have enough time to fit all her gorgeous outfits in, and cover every inch of her chosen location, to get as much variety as we could for her senior portraits. She was such a trooper and kept on smiling. Definitely one of the stars of the Class of 2015 senior portrait year here!

We shot right at the edge of where the light met the shadows for some drama.  Those “walking” shots and “twirling” ones are pretty hard to get right, but Sheridan rocked all the poses! For her first outfit, she chose this fun and funky dress – black and white stripes with that brilliant pop of bright blue to set off her amazing eyes.

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Time for  a change – second outfit! More casual, to do some seated shots and show off those awesome boots. The amazing make up artist, Monika Gallardo, can do anything with hair! I love the soft curls she did for Sheridan and she somehow works some magic so they stay in for the whole three hour shoot!

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Walking around the waterways, we found some amazing colour in the trees. Shooting at the perfect angle, I got the reflection of the trees and that gorgeous colour in the water.

 

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No senior portrait session would be complete without showing off what made your highschool senior year so special. Bring your class ring, and your letterman jacket, to personalize your session.

 

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Last outfit change of the night, and we snuck away to shoot in this tiny little forested that was tucked away out of sight. I love being able to find special little places full of gorgeous light! The golden hour light on her long hair, with that ethereal skirt and enchanted forest feel, made for the perfect end to this Class of 2015 senior portrait session.

 

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It’s not too late to book your Class of 2015 Senior Portrait Photo Shoot for The Woodlands, Spring, Conroe, and Oak Ridge high schools! 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.

Megan - What a beautiful senior! I absolutely LOVE that first picture of her. Great variety!

Jeni - These are gorgeous! I love her style! I love the gorgeous light in the last set.

Amy G. - I LOVE your senior work! You captured her so beautifully. Love your posing and variety of looks you always get. She is stunning and these turned out wonderful. Great work!

Beth - Wow! These are so beautiful and show a fantastic variety.

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Corporate Boardroom Headshots in the Woodlands

A quick headshot session for this Swiss company CEO in The Woodlands, around Waterway Square. A great office with lots of natural light is a great location for doing corporate headshots, for businesses and companies.

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 - You are the queen of awesome head shots! I always feel like I can see the person’s actual personality in them and not just some generic face in front of a standard gray backdrop.

Becky - This is a fantastic shot! Nice, classic, and modern.

KatieLou - Great shot! Very professional and modern!

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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.

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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 April dates 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!

Julie evans - I love all these ideas for senior outfits! You are so talented!

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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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