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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.

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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



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The Senior Portrait Experience with Maureen O’Shay Photography, Katy, Texas

Hey! Hey! Look at you! You are almost a SENIOR! (Or Senior Parent! Either way – woohoo!!). Around this time of year, I often get asked this question: When is the best time to take your senior photos? Here are my top two times of year…which might surprise you.

First, it’s important to understand the Senior Portrait Experience with me consists of 4 parts (not all photographers are created equal, but this is how we roll):

  • The Consultation – planning meeting where we talk wardrobe, location, etc
  • The actual session – including professional hair and make up before the session
  • Proofing and Purchasing Session – an in-studio meeting where you see your portraits and place your order
  • and then the delivery of your order – where I bring them to you and install your portraits (FULL SERVICE, BABY!)

There are a few weeks in between each time we see each other. For example, if your session is in mid July, you are viewing your portraits proofs in mid-August and your portraits and albums are delivered in September. This is super important to know!

So, when deciding when is the best time for YOUR senior portraits (which might not be the best time for your friends) you need to ask yourself a few questions:

  • Do I need portraits for the school yearbook? And not just the actual senior headshot, but will your mom want to do an ad in the back with your portraits? If you do, you need to schedule your session for the summer BEFORE your senior year. Most deadlines for school yearbooks are early October.
  • Will I be heavily involved in activities in the fall? Are you a cheerleader? Dancer? On volleyball team? If you are in the band, on the football team, affiliated in ANY WAY with football, you need to go with my first choice. Keep in mind, this is Texas, y’all and football season has been known to stretch into Christmas time.

If the answer is YES to any of the questions above, you need to go with: The summer before your senior year. If you answered no, you can still choose summer scroll down to my second choice, if you’d like.

FIRST CHOICE: The summer before your senior year.

Additionally, summertime is so much easier on you, the student, to make time for fun things like preparing for your session (read: shopping! Coordinating outfits, etc). Simply put: you are not as busy and have less commitments. Even if you have a job, it’s not as demanding at school (usually). Have you ever heard of the song lyrics by the lovely Ella Fitzgerald “Summertime, when the living is easy” ? (If you haven’t clicked here -its a soulful classic, but I digress…)…the song’s lyrics ring true.

So I know what you might be thinking and, I know, yes, summertime is hot, but your session would be near the end of the day. Plus, you get your hair and makeup done by a professional so it won’t wipe off like regular make up can in the heat. We got you covered!

SECOND CHOICE: The fall of your Senior Year

Why: This is great for those of you who are involved in activities that get really busy in the spring – spring sports, competitions, etc. The fall in Texas is basically the summer everywhere else, so we still have bright, gorgeous sun, pretty green grass, flowers come back out after the hot summer and it’s just an overall lovely time of year. In the later fall (November), my seniors have even been known to wear a SCARF! Or a SWEATER! Craziness, right? But it is a little easier to layer up during this time of year so if that fits your style, book a fall session.

OFFICAL WARNING: Fall is a super busy time for family photography, too. So, my advice to you would be to schedule your session ASAP, grab the date you want, even if it is months in advance. Then you will know that I am all yours and won’t book another session on that day.

THIRD CHOICE: March of your senior year. 

That is the latest spring session I’d suggest would be in March, given the timeline for the Senior Portrait Experience. We need time on our end to create heirloom albums and wall art the you will treasure for a lifetime. You don’t want to rush this process.

General advice

On behalf of all photographers in the world, please, don’t wait til April of your senior year to schedule your photos. PLEASE! (Can I call out my sister here? Haha! I am going to – she totally waited till April – and she was stressed about the whole process). While spring flowers are lovely, there is just too much going on the last 2 months of high school and waiting till the last minute isn’t the best idea. (You know that by now, you are a senior!) You can procrastinate about somethings, but not your senior portraits. You gotta allow time for the process – your photographer needs time to edit your photos, prepare your proofs and then place your order. You want that all done by May 1st so you can enjoy the process and not making it something you HAVE to do. At Maureen O’Shay Photography, we want you to WANT to do this.

So, that’s all for now. I hope this helps – we are here for you if you have any questions or comments. Email us and make sure you click click here to subscribe to be an insider and learn more tips and tricks about photography, session prep, what you really need in a dorm room and more!