When I think of Sophia, I think of dedication. This young lady has been attending rigorous dance classes since she was just three years old, and she’s been incredibly committed ever since. She began Irish dance classes when she was six, and has flourished in this style! Sophia and her very wonderful mom drive nearly thirty miles (one way) and back, in order for her and her sister to attend their Irish dance classes at The Cass-Barrington Irish Dance Academy. They are a well-known and respected dance academy in Houston, and Sophia has found her true passion through their program. Although she’s still quite young, she has an impressive dance resume already; having been chosen to perform in the Riverdance Academy in Dublin, as well as finishing in 22nd place at the North American Irish Dance Championships in Vancouver…such a high honor for this young lady.
Although her dance prowess is incredible and amazing, it’s not her only passion She has finished a six year commitment to the National Charity League (Azalea chapter), which is a mother-daughter program that requires hefty philanthropic and league volunteer hours. It speaks volumes about the kind of young lady that she is. After graduation, she plans to become a physical therapist and a dance teacher, and will be attending Oklahoma University.
Her dream session was to incorporate dance into real life settings – which is exactly what we did! We had a few stops in Houston and it was a HOT day (literally 95 at 5pm!), but you wouldn’t know, because Sophia’s hair and makeup was done by Andrea with Faceforward and we took lots of air-conditioned breaks! All seniors have professional hair and makeup included with their senior session.
Sophia and her mom were a joy to work with, and I can’t wait to see where her dancing feet take her next!
Did you know that the name “Sanders” means “defender of men”? It’s perfect and fitting for this amazing graduate! He is strong, kind, and protective, and I was so pleased to do his senior shoot recently as he celebrated his graduation. As part of the Class of 2019 from Cinco Ranch High School, he has really left his mark. He is both a varsity football and track star, so it was fitting to get to photograph him in a place that felt like home to him: Legacy Stadium! Those of you who are local to our area know that this stunning stadium is Katy, Texas’ newest stadium and the largest in the state. It can hold an impressive 12,000 people, but this young man could have filled the whole thing with his personality alone! I loved working with him.
Sanders wanted to bring along his uniforms (to commemorate his athletic achievements), but also wanted to include some casual outfits, too. His grandmother accompanied him to his session, and she was an absolute delight, and even managed to elicit some happy smiles from him. Sanders was so polite and sweet, and I know he will be incredible as he heads off to SFA to play football this fall (I have no doubt I’ll see his name on the sports page in the days to come!). When his session was complete, his proud mom chose our very popular Senior Signature Book to show off these legacy portraits. Don’t forget that we are always happy to answer questions about our prints, products and albums!
Maureen O’Shay is an elite senior photographer serving Katy, Texas and surrounding areas with her unique and stylized senior portraits.
As you head into your senior year, portraits may not be the first thing on your mind. There are so many things to consider: scholarships, college applications, and the many milestones that all demand your time and attention. If you are a parent of a senior, you may be consumed with all the things you need to do to prepare your child to leave home and the time you want to spend bonding as a family before they head off to college. It’s a ton, and we understand.
Senior photos is an important rite of passage for several reasons: the experience boosts confidence in your senior, it celebrates the hard work that graduation represents, and it gives your grad (or grads) a special day to be pampered! But why is it important to book your senior shoot early? Here’s just a few perks to getting that date on the calendar right now:
-Booking early gets you the best available dates: This seems obvious, but is more important than you realize – especially with all the special events during senior year. You want to book early so you have your first choice, instead of fitting it in between that coveted vacation or a few college visits. Here in Texas, it gets quite super hot, so it’s important to book early on to ensure your utmost comfort in our humid weather if that is a priority to you.
-Advance booking gives you additional time to prepare: Here at Maureen O’Shay Photography, we take many steps to help guide you through the process of senior photos, including choosing locations and the ever-important wardrobe aspects. If you book far in advance, you give yourself more time to shop and really think through things you may want to include. Particularly if fashion is important to you, you will have extra time to order things online or to even head out of town to shop. You will also be able to peruse Pinterest and other similar sites so you have a clear vision of what you want.
-Early bookings mean you will not be stressing about deadlines: Having your images done and ready to go means you will also get more use out of them, including end of year banquets, at your awesome grad party, in your beautiful announcements to friends and family, and across your social media platforms. It will also give you time to create special gifts and prints from our many collections, that your grandparents or family members will treasure for years to come. Lastly, you will have one more thing checked off that ever lengthening to-do list, and be ready to fill your schedule up with things like trips and memories!
Have we convinced you yet? We would love to walk you through the process of booking and scheduling, and we promise it will be stress-free and simple! You can get started today right HERE!
A smile is one of my favorite things! As a portrait photographer, this is probably pretty obvious, but I truly never get tired of seeing a senior come to life in front of the lens and light up a frame with a beautiful grin.
Brooke has a stunning smile that matches her bright and sunny outlook on life! She is part of the Cinco Ranch High School Class of 2019, and she is thrilled to be stepping into the next chapter of her life in just a few short weeks.
During her time in high school, she was the social officer for the The Cougar Stars, Cinco Ranch High School’s drill team. In fact, that’s how I first met this sweet girl. The Stars host a kiddie dance camp every year and several years ago my daughters attended. I remember her smile as she greeted us at the check in table. Then, more recently, we crossed paths again when she joined her best friend Sydney at my client appreciation BFF photoshoot event. She had such beautiful energy at the session – I was so thrilled when she reached out to me to schedule her very own senior portrait experience.
At the session consultation (which all clients do so we can plan your session together) Brooke told me she wanted a session that featured the feel of the “open country” along with some Texas wild flowers. I scouted out a few locations to make sure we had the looks she wanted and we highlighted a few different outfits and looks at these spots, including a nod to her future career as a nurse.
We even made a pit stop at a local French bakery for a yummy coffee and a sweet treat in between our locations. I love adding in a little something different (like a bakery) for a bit of variety to the session – plus, since Brooke and I had planned out her outfits in advance, I new her black shirt and denim shorts would coordinate well with this adorable location. We added in a beautiful pink necklace from the Style Closet and we even bought a few macaroons that matched! Lastly, right at sunset, we focused on an artistic feel to showcase her beautiful navy-toned formal gown, and the results were what we both were dreaming of – simply stunning!
A few weeks after her session, we met at the studio with her mom and selected her favorite images. Brooke and her mom Maureen (great name, btw!) chose the Luxe Image Box to display her beautiful portraits!
This grad is heading to TCU in the fall to study nursing, and I am so proud of her! Congratulations, Brooke…can’t wait to see you light up the world with that smile!
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Twins Avery and Emma just recently graduated from Taylor High School in Katy, Texas, and I am so grateful they asked me to help commemorate this time in their lives…and wow, do they have accomplishments to celebrate! In addition to being really fun to be around, both girls are National Merit commended, earned a PERFECT score on their ACTs, and are recipients of the President’s Education Award. They have both received the University of Texas Austin Cockrell School of Engineering scholarship as well as the Taylor High School Athletic Booster Club scholarship among others. When they are not killing it academically, they are busy with a variety of activities, including varsity soccer, cross country, and the poetry club. Such well-rounded and driven students, and they are also always willing to give back to others and their communities on top of these many accolades. In fact, they were recently among 90 young men and women who were honored at the Katy ISD Award of Excellence dinner, which recognizes outstanding seniors in the district. The pair will be attending the University of Texas -Austin in the fall and will be majoring in engineering.
Doing a session for twins is an exciting and fun challenge. I always strive to show off the individual personalities, because even though these two are a closely-knit duo that share that unique twin bond, I know they also have an individuality and spark of their own! To capture their personalities best, I chose 3 different locations around Katy, including a lovely wooded area, a more urban location, and then a beautiful open field of flowers. Of course, we also included some photos of their Longhorn tees and the banner was the perfect addition. This session was made even more special as it was the twins 18th birthday!
What a treasure these two are, to their family and friends and to the rest of the world. I am so lucky to know them and their sweet family, and I can’t wait to see their continued contributions to their communities as they head off to college.
For more information, or to inquire about our senior session options, please click HERE! We can’t wait to meet you, and be part of this unique journey in your life!