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A smile can tell a story of its own. When I first meet a senior, I always notice their smile and their eyes first, because they are so telling about the person behind them. When I met Julianne, I knew right from that first interaction that she has a positive spirit that’s simply unmatched. She has a wide, quick smile that lights up a room, and I felt so lucky to work with her as part of the Class of 2019. For her shoot, we found urban areas that showed off her amazing fashion sense, and celebrated the many passions in her life.  This spunky senior attends Cinco Ranch High School, where she’ll graduate this summer. Julianne is a dance officer on the Award Winning Cougar Stars Dance Team, and it is one of her biggest accomplishments to date. The dance team has been in existence for an impressive twenty years, and they do several performances each season at pep rallies, community events, and and competitions. Not only is she a very involved and active young lady, she’s also passionate about giving back to her community.

Julianne just wrapped up six years of service with the National Charity League (Azalea Chapter). If you’re not familiar with the organization, it is based on the idea of helping mothers and daughters become integral members of their community through philanthropic work. They focus on leadership experiences and social awareness, and I’m so proud of Julianne for devoting so much time to this important work. In fact, my daughter and I will also be joining the same chapter in the fall, so I look forward to experiencing it for myself! College is something she’s eagerly looking forward to, and she’s recently celebrated being accepted into the School of Engineering at Texas A&M, where both of her brothers attend. I have no doubt that she will continue her lengthy history of service to her community and dedication to her studies at her new college home.

Thank you, Julianne, for allowing me the honor of being your senior photographer!

Hair and makeup: Andrea with Faceforward Makeup and Tanning

Clothes from Runway Seven

How is it actually the last few days of 2018? This year seemed to fly by!

Over the last year, I have been creating a more in-depth Senior Experience and finally it is coming to fruition. If you follow me on Instagram you might have noticed the shift. In fact, Instagram does this thing called “#top9” – it is the 9 most liked posts in a year. Eight of the “top 9” most liked photos were of senior clients – it has not always been that way.

In 2010, I started Maureen O’Shay Photography for several reasons. I wanted to go back to work, but make my own hours because my daughters girls were so little. I wanted to be creative, work with other people and, be in charge (yes, I said it!).

Photography was a great fit because I loved documenting my own family and always love learning new things. But after 7 years of photographing [mostly] families, I wanted to mix it up a bit. Slightly terrified and excited at the same time, I posted a model call for seniors in the spring of 2017 crossed my fingers and got to work.

Sweet Hannah Embrey was the first senior model I photographed. I had photographed the Embrey Family the year before but I was, although prepared, so nervous. Turns out, the session went really well – like really, really well!

And it got better. Over the next year, I received feedback from the senior parents telling me that I helped their child feel confident, relaxed, and beautiful. And they loved the whole experience I had worked hard to create for each and every client. It was an ah-ha moment for me, for sure. This senior photography part of my business was not just about the pretty pictures, but also about helping the senior see what the world sees in them. What their parents and friends see. What I see.

Knowing all that – knowing how much this experience can positively impact my clients, in 2019, we are taking this empowerment thing to the next level! I recently launched a senior team called Team EmpowHER for my class of 2020. A fantastic group of my past clients and their best friends helped me pull off an epic photoshoot to announce it (see below!).

Team EmpowHER members will have their individual senior portrait session with me and a fun group photoshoot, but also throughout the year, they will have access to empowering opportunities like access to a college application prep expert, self defense class, professional makeup lessons and opportunities to speak with mentors. All designed to help them launch into the next phase of their life with confidence. I can not wait! It really is a Happy New Year!

Team EmpowHER is open to any class of 2020 student in the Houston area. The deadline to apply, as you might have guessed, is midnight on December 31st – click here to apply.


And here’s a quick look at the Behind the Scenes! 

Hair and make up by Andrea at Faceforward Makeup

Studio: Superb Studio

Balloons and confetti: Glamfetti 

With the way social media works, it’s hard to get a sense of a full session sometimes – which is why I love blogging so much (even though I don’t do it nearly as much as I should!). It gives me more than .2 seconds to talk about my beautiful clients!

Meet Kyra.

Kyra is an amazing person, dancer, daughter and friend. I love getting to know my senior clients and keeping in touch with them after they graduate. Kyra is from the class of 2018 and was the captain of her dance team. She now attends the University of Hawaii and yes, we are all jealous!

For her session, Kyra meet with our make up artist before and then we meet in a random field (that of course was mowed the next day and all the flowers were gone – photographer sad face). for a few beautiful spring portraits with gorgeous flowers (really, weeds, but they never looked so good!). Then we headed to a local shopping area and Krya did a quick change for the new location. If you want to know what color is Kyra’s color, it’s red. Full stop. She looks amazing in it. Look at this dress and tell me it isn’t perfect for her?! This sweet find was from Ruebird Market – they have the cutest clothes and, side note, my senior’s get a coupon to that store.

Okay, so then off to a new location with a different look for sunset portraits. She rocked her Encore Dance outfits, letterman jacket — all things senior year!

So, what do you do with these gorgeous portraits when all is said and done? Instagram and facebook posts do not do them justice! Kyra and her family opted for the Classic Collage and the Senior Signture Book. A perfect choice to enjoy her portraits for many, many years to come. You can see more of those HERE.

I may not always be the most timeliest blogger, but I do get it done. So here are a FEW of my favorite portraits of Kyra’s Senior Portrait Experience! Laki maika’i, Krya!

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Models Needed for Creative Sessions!

Please share this page who your friends who would love a complimentary session and portraits! Thanks so much!
If you fall into any of the following categories, please EMAIL me at with a snapshot. I will forward an application and details. Please DO NOT message me on Facebook or Instagram. Sessions will take place in December, January and February.

***Female High School student graduating 2019 or 2020 – dancer experience preferred.

***Female High School student graduating 2019 or 2020 – no dancing experience required.
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“Raise a glass to freedom, something they can never take away” – Lin-Manuel Miranda “The Story of Tonight” from Hamilton: An American Musical

Nothing more appropriate than to post about Hamilton: The American Musical on this the 4th of July 2018.

It’s rainy here in Houston, so many of the festivities are either on hold or canceled for the day. It’s all good, sometimes the rain is welcome when it’s been 95 degrees for weeks. A break isn’t always a bad thing. It gives me time to catch up – and catch you up.

In late May, I photographed the cast of Hamilton (Angelica Tour) – you might have seen me post about it (I was kinda of excited).  I am a huge fan of this show and the idea that a musical can entertain, educate, inspire and remind is nothing short of impressive. The show reminds us of just how very lucky we are to live in the United States of America and how even an orphan immigrant can rise up and change the world.

I saw a sign yesterday that said “Party like it’s 1776” and it made me laugh. I am sure many people will take a photo by it and post it on Instagram, but if you really think about it, in 1776 people were sacrificing and dying so future generations could enjoy freedom. It was not a party! We are so in the debt of those who fought and died for our freedom back then and those who continue to do that today.

So today, I wanted to share some photos of this amazing cast – who are not only insanely talented, but who are also gracious, kind, fun people – that make our country so great. This diverse cast is representative of America today and I am proud to have worked with them. This post is dedicated to all that fight for our freedom. THANK YOU! <3