Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fabulous at 50 {Dallas, TX Headshot Photographer}{Dallas Modern Woman Photographer}

I first met Kim at the Dallas Hilton Anatole Hotel during this summer's J.Hilburn national convention.  My friend Signy, a local J.Hilburn personal stylist, helped me organize a head shot event for several of the stylists attending the convention.

I was in the lobby working with Kim's conference room mate, Pearl, when she stopped by, cheeks flushed pink from her morning run, to say hello.  We ended up roping her into holding a reflector for me while I finished up Pearl's session.  As she left, I encouraged her to stop by for her own head shots later that morning.  Something about her intrigued me, and I just had this gut feeling that she'd be a lot of fun to photograph.

I was right!

Kim is far removed from her twenties, but she has a youthful energy about her that caught my attention right from the start.  I remember thinking, "Good for her!  Here she is on vacation, yet she still finds time to fit in a work out."  I wondered if  I would be that disciplined when I reach my 50s.  

When she returned later that morning for her own head shots, I was so excited to have the chance to photograph such a stylish lady.  She made 50 look beyond fabulous!

In all honesty, of all the beautiful women I photographed during my two day head shot event, Kim was by far the most comfortable in front of the camera - the most confident and at ease.  She not only came in with self assurance, she came in with an agenda to be herself and to have fun.  Though we were strangers, she seemed to have complete trust in my ability to capture the essence of her free spirit in my images. 

I'm so glad she did and I'm so happy to share her images with you! 

At a time of year when many photographers are focusing on celebrating high school seniors, I'm honored to be celebrating this fine young woman looking fabulous in her 50s.  Moms and Grandmother's, I love it when you bring me your high school seniors.  But, let's not forget about you!

YOU are worth celebrating as well!

I encourage you to give yourself the gift of a portrait session designed especially to celebrate what makes you uniquely you.  Each woman has a story to tell.  Each woman has an inner beauty that deserves to be brought to light.  Young or not so young, there's no time like today to celebrate you!

Give me a call.  Let's book your own modern woman session today.  I can't wait to create something beautiful for YOU!!!




Thanks for trusting me to create these images for you, Kim!  Best wishes to you in the future!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

La Jolla Maternity {La Jolla Maternity Photography}{portraits with hats}

My friend Kelli and her family had a very tough year last year.  She and her husband Lee were hoping to add to their family of five by adopting a child from the Ukraine.  Everything was set to go until the Ukraine government closed their doors to international adoptions.  They were heartbroken. Letting go of that longtime dream was one of the most difficult things they've had to do.

Several months later Kelli received more unexpected news.  This time, though it was still shocking and surprising, it was of the joyous kind.

Kelli was pregnant!

Of course, her daughter Tia (being the only girl) was eagerly hoping it would be a girl.  Graciously, she, too, was about to receive news of the joyous sort at their gender reveal (photographed beautifully by my friend Jenni Keiter HERE).

IT'S A GIRL!

This 4th pregnancy has gone pretty smoothly for Kelli.  Just don't ask her about her due date.  That, too, apparently is a surprise.  Not because she is choosing not to tell anyone.  SHE SIMPLY DOES NOT KNOW.  You can read Kelli's hilarious accounts of this pregnancy and her lack of certainty over the due date HERE.

Surprise or not, one thing is for certain: Kelli makes for one beautiful mommy-to-be.  I just love these photographs we created for Kelli taken in beautiful La Jolla, California while we were together during our creative retreat a couple weeks ago.

Congratulations, Stuart family!  I can't wait to meet your sweet baby girl!



Monday, July 7, 2014

Matryoshka Doll Themed Baby Shower {Houston Event Photography}{DFW Baby shower photography}

Selina put together a delightful Russian matryoshka doll themed baby shower for her best friend Laura. Having worked on the space station here in the US, Laura has traveled to Russia to collaborate with the Russian space program in years past.  Her Russian travels inspired this matryoshka doll themed party.

I can only imagine the numerous hours Selina spent in putting together all these intricate details for Laura's shower.  She truly outdid herself!  Everything was perfectly beautiful!  Absolutely fabulous!

Selina incorporated her grandmother's doilies along with hand crafted paper flowers and pennant banners to tie everything together.  Her meticulous attention to detail was evident in everything from the mother-to-be's dessert of choice to the adorable "timer" party favors.

Great job, Selina!  And, congratulations to the parents to be!

















Party Vendors:

Cake Toppers by Peggers on Etsy

Party/Event Planning by Selina Pinto.  Look for her updated website Pinto Bean Creates by the end of the summer.

Venue - The Sardinian Room at the Arcodoro restaurant in Houston, Texas

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Laura: Corporate Headshots {Allen, TX Corporate Headshots}{Dallas, TX Corporate Headshots}

Not having a studio has called for some pretty creative solutions during my 7 year professional photography career.  If you've followed my blog for long, you'll know how much I love portrait sessions in parking garages.

I love the filtered light and neutral colors they provide - all within a subtle urban setting.  Fighting crowds is usually a non-issue.  And, on hot days in Texas, a parking garage can provide much needed shade and shelter from the elements.

Being a modern woman, I knew it would be the perfect location for Laura's head shots.

What we didn't anticipate during our session was the wind tunnel affect we were forced to work around.  A little wind is always welcome, but my self standing reflector didn't stand a chance.  On the positive side, professional grade studio hair fans were completely unnecessary.

Weather aside, I'm really excited about Laura's images!  She and I were able to work together to create some really beautiful corporate head shots despite the less than ideal situations. 

Take a look!  And, if you are new to our blog, please take a moment to like us on Facebook HERE.  Be sure to leave us a comment so we can welcome you!





We traveled up and down the ramps to create several fun shots like what you see below for Laura's website.  She is in the process of revamping her corporate writing services to include business coaching.  She loved how the garage ramp signs perfectly portrayed her business goals of taking her clients from one level of success to the next.

That's exactly what she wants to do for her clients.


So excited to see the new levels Wooten Communications will reach as well!

Does your business need an overhaul?  Do you need a professional writer for your corporate blogs and grants?  Give Laura a call!

Thank you for coming out for a session, Laura!  You are a force to be reckoned with - a beautiful force at that!