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

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One of the best part of my job is meeting new families. When I met Andrea and John and their kids, it didn’t take long for me to see the fun-loving family they are – silly, real, down-to-earth, and just plain awesome people. All of them (yes, even the kids) are involved in our school, our community and genuinely care about our community. We are lucky to have them here in Katy!

I had a great time at the session – but don’t take my word for it. Here is mom Andrea’s perspective:

Please tell me about your session experience:
What an awesome experience. Love that Maureen took time ahead of time to figure out what we like in photo shoot. Photos are beautiful and even when posed, they look natural. Even the outtakes are precious to me because they captured a moment in time that was real and beautiful.

What did you like about your session? What was your favorite part?
It was just easy and we got so many beautiful photos!

Any funny stories or interesting happenings during your session?
Kids had fun drawing with chalk and some of our favorite photos are the ones where my littlest hooligan could show her silly side and her distaste for photo sessions.

What do you hope your kids/family will say years down the road when looking at these images?
I just hope they have memories of this stage in our lives. I often don’t want to be in photos because I am too self conscious. Photo shoots allow me to look and feel pretty enough to keep and share the photos, which I hope my kids will treasure in the years to come

Any advice to other families before their photo session?
Fill out the questionnaire ahead of time to give a feel for what you want/expect. Then let her work her magic.

LOVE, love love feedback! Thanks Andrea, John and kids! To see my favorite photo from the session, go HERE.



Join me at Pottery Barn Kids – Highland Village in Houston on Saturday, June 11th for a Father’s Day Portrait Event. Dress your best, bring dad to be in the photos with the kids, get photos of the kids alone, or have mom join the kids for photos of dad’s favorite people!

The June 11th session includes:
• up to a 30 minute custom portrait session at Pottery Barn Kids – Highland Village for a parent and up to 4 kids.

• A private “reveal” session where you will see all of your professionally retouched images and where additional orders are placed. These ordering sessions will take place be in the Highland Village area on Thursday, June 16 or Friday, June 17.

• Upon booking, Maureen will contact you for a personal consultation to go over all the session details, tips on making the most of your time in front of the camera and what you would like to get out of the session.

If you have any questions about the event, please email Maureen at

Every month I photograph the cover family for the The Cinco Spirit. These cover families have been pre-selected by members of the HOA. A few days before the print deadline, our original May cover family had to cancel. After a momentary panic attack over the looming deadline, I reach out to my friend Kelly and hoped they were available, like, in 2 days (totally doable, right?). Luckily, Kelly and her husband Eric and their two adorable daughters were able to make time one Friday night (they were actually leaving for spring break the very next day – so props for getting adorable outfits ready for a photos session on top of all the packing that has to be done).

As a photographer, I strive for authentic family photos for my clients. If I had to choose one word to describe this session it would be FUN (which, if you know them, this comes as no surprise). We really did have a good time – I broke out all my silly jokes and tricks to get the kids to relax and have fun and the rest naturally unfolded from there. I love, love, love the family connections I captured here. So real and so them.

Thanks again, Herrera Family, for helping out the magazine and being such a fun family to work with! I hope you treasure your photos for a lifetime!

Are you ready for your family’s close up? Send me a quick note here and let’s get going!

When you move to a new city, life can be overwhelming. And often it takes a small but impactful gesture from a kind person to make you relax and remember to take one step at a time (and that soon, this place will feel like home). When we moved to our home in Katy, our nextdoor neighbors Robert and Rachel stopped by with a welcome-to-the-neighborhood gift and a smile. They were so kind and my husband and I will not soon forget that. We had moved out of a very social neighborhood and I was worried that we wouldn’t have friendly faces around for a long time. Not the case with the Crawford family. It didn’t take long for their teenage daughter to become our babysitter and there is nothing like knowing you have some one literally next door if you need anything.

Fast forward a few months in January. I was running to the grocery store and before I back out of the driveway, I checked my email. And there is was. I thought it was an error actually. I often get emails meant for other people with a similar email addresses, but I checked again and it was not. Rachel had been diagnosed with cancer.

Now if you know me, the first thing I think about (after I freak out for a moment) is how can I help? They are going to need help. I sometimes over commit (my spell check just made commit “committee” – see I have a problem!) but really, what could my family and I do? What does someone dealing with cancer need? I suffered through a chronic disease and then surgery and I can relate but it isn’t the exact same. When I was sick someone once told me “When mama is down, everything is down.” And this is where the “it takes a village” idea kicks in. My husband and I talked about how we could help. Sure I can make dinner for the family but something more impactful and meaningful was offering a family photo session (and when we texted about the session, Rachel joked “she didn’t want to rock the bald look so let’s do it this weekend”). So that is what we did.

Often times at sessions it takes a good 15 minutes for everyone to warm up, relax and be in the moment. Not for the Crawfords. Be in the moment is what they are living every day. And that is the best thing EVER to come out of a horrible disease. Realizing this is now and this is what we have. So many people never get that shock (and obviously I don’t want them to) but once you do, you see life differently. The love, living-in-the-moment laughter and family bonds really come through in their portraits – just look at the way this family looks at Rachel. This is how a family loves.

Please send your thoughts and prayers to Rachel and the entire family as they take this one step at a time.

Six years ago, in an effort to learn more about photography, I stumbled upon a photography blog that have visited countless times since. The style and skill level of Michele Anderson, the photographer and business women behind Pinkle Toe’s Photography was, simply put, stunning. Her work was what I dreamed mine would look like one day. It is creative, fun, inspiring and authentic. Her personality and those of her clients seemed to jump of the blog pages.

I had just started my business then and realized she offered a workshop for photographers. I met the requirements (couldn’t live in Austin and we were in Chicago at the time). But back then, it was a wee bit out of my price range and then a few months later, can you guess where we ended up moving? That’s right – Austin. So, now I was not able to take her workshop – which I completely understand yet was still bummed (no savvy business women is going to give out all her secrets to someone the same market). The years in Austin went by and I work, and worked, and worked some more to hone my skills both in camera and with clients. I dealt with a chronic disease that slowed me down for a bit, but I never stopped learning, reading and practicing.

Now, I have a successful business and love what I do. I get to meet new people all the time and capture them enjoying their family and I get to make people laugh and feel their best.

So, fast forward a few years and here we are moving, again. The a suburb of Houston. Most people would think that was tough to leave Austin (and of course we do miss our friends) but you know, one of the first things I thought was I GET TO GO TO PINKLE TOES WORKSHOP NOW! (Not living in Austin does have an upside – at least professionally.)  And this March, I was able to do just that. And you know what? It was the right time. If I had gone 6 years ago, I would not have been ready to process all the information and details. I needed the time to get better on my own, experience crazy situations, deal with them and learn from them.

But now, it was finally on the calendar. I dropped the kids off at school one Friday morning and headed off to Austin. It felt like summer camp, a professional conference and a girls weekend all rolled into one. I jammed out to 90s country music all the day (hello Dixie Chicks and Garth Brooks) and took in the sights of the Texas bluebonnets just starting to bloom.

When you arrive at Michele’s studio and home, you can’t believe how many gorgeous pictures she has on the wall. And how welcoming she is – the voice you hear when you read her blog is the person you meet when you go to this workshop. Funny, warm, smart and kind.

On that first day, we did intros and talked about tricky client situations and then dove into marketing, sales, etc, etc. It was a major brain dump of info and I soaked it up. All weekend we stayed up late, got up early, ate tacos and mini bundt cakes, talked about our families and our businesses. We photographed families, one in the home and one on location. We photographed multiple maternity clients at a (my first) sunrise shoot. We learned more about photoshop, lightroom, client relations, and more. We even were photographed ourselves by Michele (new headshot coming soon! I hope it is my “best angle”).

When the weekend was over, I could hardly believe it. It just went by so fast. Once I made it home, I think I slept for two days. The amount of info and the excitement of it all was exhilarating and exhausting. But I wouldn’t trade it for a thing.

So, what you have all been waiting for…drum roll please….here are some images from the weekend. It was all about being creative and trying new things. A few maternity shots of this adorable couple:

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This dress was amazing but I loved the b/w conversion too. And love me some airstream shots!

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Behind the scenes watching Michele at work photographing the beautiful Leah Cook who is also an amazing photographer (visit her site HERE).  Her family was too precious!

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And here are a few from the in-home newborn shoot. I think it is hysterical that most of my shots are behind the scenes shots. It was fun to watch Michele do her thing!

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And this star of the show…the sleepy baby!


I am so very thankful for Michele, Annette and this workshop and my fellow attendees. I learned so much. If you are on the fence about this workshop, don’t be. Go. Go. Go. Go! Just remember to bring your boots and your bug spray 🙂

If you want to learn more about the work shop, visit HERE.

A few of my fellow attendees blogged about their experience. You can read Erica’s HERE and Laura’s HERE.