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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!

Class of 2020 now it is your turn – contact us HERE!

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!

 

I believe everyone has a special gift to share with the world. In fact, most people have several gifts. When I first met KJ several months ago when we were preparing for his family session, I could tell right away that two of his special gifts (there are more!) are his kindness and smile. As the eldest child, he was so kind and gentle with his little sisters. And it is not just me who sees that radiating smile – in fact, he is the reining “Best Smile” award-winner at the Mr. Seven Lakes High School competition.

In addition to being such a good brother, friend and student, he also is an amazing football player. Since the age of six, he has made the football field his home. Unfortunately, during a spring practice, he suffered an injury during a tackle and was unable to continue on in the sport. It was a devastating blow for someone who loved and excelled in the sport, but determination is another gift of KJ’s and he didn’t let that injury stop him from  making his mark on the athletic world in other ways. He was and continues to be a big source of encouragement for his teammates.

To commemorate his hard work on and off the field, I photographed him in his uniform on and around the field he had spent so many hours on. While walking around the school, there were several “what’s up, KJ?” and fist bumps – from kids and parents alike. We all agree, KJ has a very uplifting spirit, and has never let obstacles dim his energy.

KJ is headed to Texas State in San Marcos in the fall and I love the last image in this set, because the book he’s holding says “The future belongs to those who dream”…that Eleanor Roosevelt quote is perfectly fitting for this young man.

Congratulations, KJ, on an outstanding high school career. I cannot wait to watch you succeed and to see your untenable spirit rise to new heights.

Only the most colorful, urban areas downtown were worthy of this incredible family! The Belcher family is adventurous, enjoys traveling the world together, and are tightly-knit and loving. I knew they’d need a session that suited the many facets that comprise their family unit, and I was so excited to get to do this shoot. Sarah and Joshua (mom and dad) are bright, funny, and kind, and exceptional parents. Joshua is a lawyer, and Sarah is a gifted elementary teacher, and together, they are raising Ingrid, Malcolm, and Bea. They had super stylish outfits that complemented one another (without being too matchy-matchy!), and paired with the location, everything was seamless and stress-free! But, behind every picture-perfect family shoot like this one is…a ton of preparation! Here at Maureen O’Shay Photography, we create a session like this from the ground up, tackling every aspect and helping clients feel prepared, confident, and happy about their big day. 

First, we have an individual consult, where we figure out what the family wants, and what their vision is for their portraits after the shoot. Sarah was hoping for wall art that would fit beautifully into their family’s home, and the end result was just right. They will be able to cherish and enjoy these photos for years to come!

We also provide individualized wardrobe assistance for all our clients, including the families who come to us. This entails a style guide that helps them pull their ideal looks together, and of course, our professional input so that the colors, location, and textures all work to highlight the clients, not the clothes. 

Lastly, we offer hair and makeup recommendations. As veterans in the photography industry, we have trusted resources for both hair and makeup artists, and we can help direct you to the very best options. Both mom and Ingrid (oldest daughter) had their makeup professionally done for this shot, and they enjoyed the bonding time they shared! Andrea with Faceforward Makeup was the talent behind their elegant and age appropriate looks. 

Sarah and I worked hard, together, to make her vision come to life. And because of that prep work, this shoot was fun, authentic and exciting. It shows their true family connection and bond. This family session was the perfect opportunity to capture this unique season in the life of these five, and I loved every moment. 

This is a mock up look of what we are doing for the Belcher’s. It is such a beautiful display to capture the fun we had that day and their family connection.