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Happy November! Allow me to introduce the Mills Family – The Cinco Spirit’s November family of the month.

It was a pleasure to work with Norma and Bob Mills along with their two daughters, their husbands and the grandkids. There is something special about a multi-generational portrait session, as you can tell by the portraits below. These are portraits they will treasure for a lifetime and I am honored to have been able be a part of that. Be sure to read more about the Mills family in the November edition of The Cinco Spirit! 

Interested in a session, let me hear from you! 

All images © Maureen O’Shay Photography 2016

Maureen O’Shay Photography is so excited to offer in-store holiday portraits at Pottery Barn Kids this Holiday Season!

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, November 19. To reserve your session time, visit – once you fill out that form, you will then receive a link to pay the $99 reservation fee. Once that is paid, Maureen will call you and discuss wardrobe ideas, provide you information on the color scheme in the store, and go over all the fun products available for you to choose from at your in-person ordering session which will take place during the week of Nov 29 – Dec 1.

Maureen will offer in-person ordering sessions in both the Highland Village/River Oaks area and in the Katy/Cinco Ranch area. During the ordering session, Maureen will not only show you all the images from your session, but also with a patented program she can show you exactly what the images will look like on you the walls of your home or office. The design service is a considerable help when deciding on sizing for your portraits – it completely takes out the guess work and is a complimentary service provided for you by Maureen.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Thank you for being a part of this amazing event!

So often my clients become my friends. I am a full service photographer which means I meet with my clients at least once before the session and once after the session and usually in their home. We talk on the phone. We email. We really get to know each other. It helps me to create a custom photography experience – but it is also pretty cool because I really get to know and become friends with so many great families that otherwise I might have never  met. And every once and while you realize that you and your clients were living very similar lives but just had not met yet! Meet the Mathews Family. Soon after our session, we realized we go to the same church. The Mathews girls are both counselors at the VBS my kids attend (and now they babysit for us!). Sidney and Emily are such good role models for my two girls – Kelly and Joel have raised some really great girls and I really hit the jackpot on this one! Thank you Mathews Family. I am so happy you love your portraits and thankful that you are part of my family’s life, too!

Thinking about a session with Maureen O’Shay Photography? Here is what Kelly and Joel had to say about their experience:

Please tell me about your session experience:
The session experience was very easy-going and pleasant. The photos were very impressive which made it hard to decide [which to purchase].

Tell us a little bit about your family
We are a spirited and opinionated bunch.

What did you like about your session? What was your favorite part?
It was quick, easy, and Maureen made it more pleasant because she was well-organized and efficient. Our favorite part is that it was enjoyable.

Any advice to other families before their photo session?
Be ready and flexible due to weather. Have fun picking out the family attire.

Where was your session held and why?
It was held at the pond and rocks by the Cinco Ranch Waterpark. It was specifically picked because it was located in Joel’s HOA territory in Cinco Ranch.


David, Gretchen, Abby and Harper and I met up in Old Katy this summer for our photo session – it was a warm night and, as is typical during Houston summers, we finished the session just before a rain storm.

We chose Old Katy to do something different – more “urban” and as you can see below, we succeeded. We had a good time walking around the then sleepy town. Most of the shops had closed, and as we walked around I learned that David and Gretchen’s daughter Abby just graduated and would head off to college this fall and that Gretchen teaches at the middle school my kids will eventually go to. David has served the Cinco community for many years as a neighborhood rep and has a background in public relations. Harper is a little shy at first and has the most beautiful eyes, but by the end of the session, was doing funny poses near a trash can! David even said that was the funniest part of the whole evening!

Here are all the photos that appear in The Cinco Spirit Magazine, and a few extra! Thank you Drake Family – I am honored to have documented your family! <3



Call me crazy, but I literally had a dream about the location of this session!

When I plan a session, I take several things into consideration to when choosing a location. I want the session location to be fun, meaningful and realistic for my client families. August’s Family of the Month for The Cinco Spirit magazine is the Mancuso Family. I actually met (mom) Kate in the school library at the beginning of the year and we spent several hours in there volunteering together since.

So, when I told her one morning that I had a dream about her session location (I kinda got the “you’re crazy look” at first) but when I told her it would fun and creative and a place to keep all 3 kids interested – she was on board. This was my first session at a library and I loved it. And I loved it even more that had meaning for the entire family! Here are a few of my favorites and Kate’s take on the session below.

Please tell me about your session experience:
Our session was at the public library both inside and out. I liked the unique location and how that is a place that is special to my family.

Where was your session held and why?
Our session was held inside and outside of the public library. I really liked the location. The lake and trees outsized made for a good background location. Inside the library, Maureen was able to capture my kids personalities and take pictures of us in a place we frequent often.

What did you like about your location?
I loved that it was different and had a special meaning for my family.

What did you like about your session? What was your favorite part?
I liked that Maureen took our interests to heart and chose a location that is meaningful to us.

Any advice to other families before their photo session?
Relax! I am always stressed about family pictures, but despite how stressed, I was happy the pictures came out beautifully. Maureen was able to capture my kids personalities and somehow make us look relaxed.

What do you hope your kids/family will say years down the road when looking at these images?
I hope the pictures will make them smile and remember back to this stage in their life.