Maureen O'Shay Photography » Senior and Family Portrait Photographer

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I have been BURSTING at the seams keeping this big news to myself the last few days. I was going to wait till Monday to make the announcement, but really, just couldn’t wait another day (plus, if I tell you now you can experience it right alongside of me)!

Many of you saw on social media that my daughters and I, along with my friend and her son, attended Hamilton last week. The show was phenomenal! After the show, we were able to take a special backstage tour and actually walk on the stage! We’ve been fans for years and hard to believe we were in “the room where it happened!” It was incredible and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

So, how does this tie into my big news? The big news is – I will be photographing the cast of Hamilton tomorrow! I am SO excited and I will be posting lots of behind the scenes on social media  – which is why I wanted to let you know tonight so you are sure to follow along. Take a moment to make sure you are following me on Instagram ( and keep an eye on insta-stories tomorrow for some fun, candid moments from the session! Tell all your Hamilton friends to follow along, too!

(And of course, I’ll do a full blog post about the day soon after.)

Below is a photo from ON THE STAGE make sure you get tickets if you haven’t already – it was worth every penny. This cast is out-of-this-world talented.

Mariah is a fun-loving senior from the Class of 2018. Her smiles lights up a room and her positive attitude is contagious. We had a great time working together! Of course, you don’t have to take my word for it. Here’s Mariah’s mom…in her own words:

What was your favorite part the actual photo session day?
The whole experience was great. Maureen is very friendly and knew right from the beginning how to make Mariah feel comfortable and at ease with the process.

Do you feel Maureen heard what you and your Senior wanted (your session vision) in the consultation and delivered that to you in final portraits?
Yes, it was a wonderful experience. So much so that now my youngest daughter wants to make sure we use Maureen for her senior pictures when it is her turn to graduate from high school.

Tell me what you like most about what you purchased (even if it hasn’t been delivered yet)?
The beauty and quality of the pictures, the elegance of the displays, the multitude of wonderful options to choose from and the great patience and disposition Maureen has to guide us through those options.
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Our sought-after Senior Portrait Experience offers you more than just your standard senior photos.  At Maureen O’Shay Photography, we offer you a custom experience, complete with:

  • professional hair and makeup,
  • a planning consultation meeting so we hear YOUR vision,
  • a senior-focused Style Guide, complete with session check list,
  • a 19% (class of 2019!) coupon to Ruebird Market in La Centerra in Cinco Ranch
  • and an in-person ordering appointment where we help you choose the best portraits, albums and wall art for your family.

And new for the Class of 2019, our seniors also receive:

  • a professional makeup lesson for themselves AND five of their friends! We’ve partnered with Andrea at Faceforward Make up and Tanning to offer you this awesome perk. You’ll get hands on experience while Andrea shows you the latest trends in makeup and the best look for YOU! (Moms of senior GUYS, don’t fret! You also get the coupon to Ruebird AND the makeup lessons for you and YOUR friends!)
  • and, our Family Session fee is WAIVEDBefore the kiddos fly the coup, let’s schedule your family portrait session. We happily waive our $300 session fee for our senior families. And trust me when I say it is easier to do it now, than to try to schedule it when they are home on breaks. Family session includes my ever-so-helpful 2018 Family Style Guide and session check list. 

Senior year is a busy one, with several required “to dos” on your ever-growing list, but you also need to take time for bonding with your senior – not just going through the motions. Our Senior Portrait Experience takes a “must do” item of getting senior portraits taken and turns it into a “love doing this with you/memory making moment” item on your list. We want you to enjoy this time with your senior and cherish these memories forever!

As a photographer, it’s not everyday I am in front of the camera. But recently, Voyage Houston reached out to me and wanted to highlight me as one of “Houston’s Most Inspiring Stories.” At first, I thought it was a scam!

I am used to telling other peoples stories through portraits. I get to know my clients well and am often inspired by their ability to rise up to different life challenges that they have faced. It’s still kind of surreal that my story – my fighting Crohn’s disease and moving this client based business multiple times – has inspired others. It is truly an honor.

So, thank you Voyage Houston for the coverage. I truly appreciated it. Click HERE to read the story.

Screen shot…senior photographer, family photographer, Katy Texas

Maureen O’Shay Photography as featured in Voyage Houston


Local businesses make communities special and unique. In Katy, we have access to so many one-of-a-kind businesses and one of my all time favorite stores is Ruebird Market in La Centerra. Ruebird specializes in home decor, gifts, women’s clothing and accessories. Plus, you get the special attention often lacking at Big Box retailers. Owners Katie Rue and her mother Sarah, opened Ruebird in La Centerra in 2016.

In November, Ruebird Market and Maureen O’Shay Photography along with Faceforward Makeup and Tanning hosted a Happy Hour with friends and clients alike. It was a great time to pop some bubbly, talk about fashion trends, beauty tips and tricks and how to pull it all together to look your best in your holiday portraits.

We had some awesome give-a-ways and pictured below is Lori Moody, our GRAND PRIZE winner! She won a gift card to Ruebird Market, a family session and wall portrait with Maureen O’Shay Photography and professional hair and make up for her session with Andrea.

Thank you to all who came out. BTW, I am in a Ruebird dress and necklace. It’s stylish and comfortable and my make up was courtesy of Andrea! Maureen O