Maureen O'Shay Photography » Katy's Family Lifestyle Portrait Photographer

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When you graduate high school, it’s not only a major milestone, it is the first part of your very own legacy. It’s the story you are telling with your life, and graduation feels like that first page. Bailey is bright and academic, and also very sweet and thoughtful.  I couldn’t wait to do a shoot that celebrated all the amazing facets of this beautiful young lady. To start with, she absolutely loves living here in Houston. It’s a vibrant city filled with art and culture, incredible sports teams, and she fits right into the modern and urban atmosphere. She requested a downtown session to mark her love of the area, and it came out perfectly! As a student, she’s an incredibly talented scholar; earning a national merit commendation, and is highly involved with Cinco Ranch High School’s FFA. Of course, her pursuits don’t end there; she also enjoys philanthropic work, putting in a tremendous amount of hours with the National Charity League, Azalea Chapter. Her church (Tallowood Baptist) is also an integral part of her life, and serves as a cornerstone for so many of her passions and inspiration.

Would you believe that on the very day of this shoot, this beautiful girl received her long-awaited acceptance letter to Texas A&M? She can’t wait to become an Aggie, and was accepted into the prestigious Mays Business School program, with Texas A&M Business Honors and as a Presidential Endowed Scholar. Her dad and grandfather both attended Texas A&M, and so she’s following in some lofty footsteps. As another special touch, we did some images of her in her beloved pink Astros jersey at Minute Maid Park, and she’s holding the little mascot that her dad gave to her mom when they were dating! I really enjoyed the small details (like her Harry Potter books) that encapsulated the pieces of her wonderful personality. Congratulations, Bailey! I know you will be a tremendous success!

Hair and makeup by Andrea with Faceforward

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!

Maureen O

Models Needed for Creative Sessions!

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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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