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

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Before every session, I ask my clients what words would they use to describe their ideal portrait session. The July Family of the Month – the Thomsen’s said: “natural, peaceful, having fun, laughing, connected” – and after looking at these images below, you can see we did just that! I’ve blogged about the importance of the in-person consultation – since that is where we plan out the session, get to know each other better, and choose the location — and how that can make all the difference in how your images turn out (check that blog entry out here) and it works. As you can see below, the chosen location was just perfect – we had a great sunrise on the bayou (natural and peaceful and connected) and then had a great time running around Exploration Park with the kids (having fun, laughing and connected – again!). The family’s wardrobe was on point and everyone was comfortable.

Here’s a little bit more from mom Cory, about the session, in her own words:

Tell us a little about your session experience:
Maureen put the whole family instantly at ease. Her friendly and playful demeanor made everyone feel comfortable and relaxed, which made the whole session more fun. So much fun in fact, that our kids asked about when we could do it again! 🙂

Where was your session held and why? We spend so much of our time at parks in the area. We chose Exploration Park because it’s a place we’ve enjoyed visiting as a family a few times before, and at the same time, it would be a bit special for the kids.

What did you like about your location?
You found that awesome creek view in the background for those initial sunrise shots. I loved it because biking along the bayou is something we enjoy doing as a family! I like that we had the park mostly to ourselves and could run freely around without having to worry about getting in others’ way and vice versa. And as an added bonus, I think the colors of the playground equipment worked well with our wardrobe palette.

Any advice to other families?
Choose a location that aligns with an activity that your family would do anyway. Wear something that makes you feel confident, and are also comfortable so everyone feels like themselves.

What do you hope your kids/family will say years down the road when looking at these images?
I hope they remember having an awesome childhood surrounded by laughter and love.

Preparing for a photo session can sometimes be overwhelming. What will we wear? Does this outfit coordinate with that one?  Will the kids cooperate? Where should we take our photos? SO MANY DECISIONS!

But it doesn’t have to be. I understand those concerns and have built my business around making the session a stress-free and enjoyable experience for everyone involved (even dad! – and you can check out my reviews HERE). Before the session even happens, I meet with you to get to know your vision for the session and what you would like to do with these portraits in the end. But also, I want to know your worries and concerns to help mitigate any stress that might arise. Meeting before the session is crucial and always makes for better portraits.

Enter the LeVrier Family. Mom Lauren applied to be a Featured Family for the Cinco Spirit Magazine and has triplets to get ready for their session. While these kiddos are triple the fun, I don’t want mom to have triple the stress, so we carefully chose a location that allowed the kids to run, be safe and have fun. Lauren picked outfits, texted them to me and we went back and forth on ways for her family to look their very best.

On the session day, after planning and preparation (BTW, I’ve written a post about putting mom in the wardrobe selection process first HERE that might help you), it really was triple the fun with this adorable family, but don’t take my word for it. Let mom Lauren tell you all about her family’s experiences and how preparing before the session even happened makes all the difference.

Please tell me about your session experience:
We had a fabulous time working with Maureen!! At the session, she was able to make us feel comfortable and also have fun with each other! Really appreciated the details and time she spent with us. 

What made you decide it was the time to do a photo session? Were you marking any special occasion?
We like to do at least one family session a year just to document physical and emotional changes that happen so fast with the littles!!

Where was your session held and why?
In old Katy at the silos by No Label– we wanted something different than our normal Katy spots, and this provided great backgrounds for a different look!

What did you like about your location?
It was comfortable to move around in without cars, other people, etc. Also plenty of space for kids to run around and get some energy out 🙂

What did you like about your session? What was your favorite part?
Really liked all the random candid moments, and how she let the kids personalities come out! Very playful!

Any advice to other families before their photo session?
Take advantage of Maureen’s clothing advice and plan ahead!! Really made the evening easier to know I had everything set aside and coordinated!

What do you hope your kids/family will say years down the road when looking at these images?
Hopefully that it captured what our family is all about– real love, real laughs, and FUN!! Oh, and that mom didn’t have too many wrinkles YET ;)!!!



Nailing color combinations is not an easy feat, but Susan and Nathan Reese and kids nailed it. The Reese Family is the May Cinco Spirit Cover Family and look amazing in the coral, royal blue, what and navy blue color combination against this gorgeous natural backdrop.

Working with the Reese Family was a real treat! We had fun exploring the sanctuary and dabbing along the way (see below), checking out the local wild life – yes, we saw snakes and turtles – and I believe the mosquitos count as Texas wildlife, too! They were huge (photographer tip: always bring bug spray on set!)

Cinco Ranch is lucky to have the Reese Family living here and the Cinco Spirit is proud to feature them. Enjoy the photos and read all about the Reese Family in the May edition of The Cinco Spirit!

As a parent of two elementary age kids, I love when I get to work with parents who have older kids than my own. Enter Kristi and David Haley and their four children John, Jared, Katie and Anna ranging in age from middle school to college graduate. Watching young adults and teenage “kids” with their parents is so fun and this family does it well. Whether giving a noogie (see below and is that how you even spell it?!) or just making jokes and enjoying their time together, the Haley Family has a great time when they are together. I was happy I was able to document the love and affection they have for each other!

So without further ado, meet The Haley Family: The Cinco Spirit’s Cover Family for April 2017.

Okay, moms, this one is for you.

When choosing your photo session wardrobe it is easy to become overwhelmed but I do have a very simple tip: Pick your outfit first. That’s it. TRUST ME. Get your look together, your favorite colors and you pull everyone else outfits from there.

Now more specifically for moms, I love a long dress or skirt (especially if you have little kids at the session) – it ads movement to the photos and is always elegant. There is no such thing as “too dressed up” when it comes to a photo session so indulge in a beautiful dress or skirt to feel your best. Then plan all other outfits around yours.

When considering the length of your dresses or skirts, it’s also a good idea to factor in whether or not there will be little ones in your photos. If you have smaller children, I will likely have you sitting or crouching on the ground to interact up-close with them. Cute, shorter cocktail-length dresses photograph beautifully, but if you have little ones in your photos, a floor-length dress or skirt will make moving around with your kids much easier, and look perfect on camera, too.

Just like Stephanie did here in these gorgeous portraits!

This skirt is perfection. I love the movement and the color. She looks stunning in this outfit with a simple, feminine touch.

Next up is your husband’s outfit. He should be in a long, fitted pants and closed-toed shoes. And yes, I know this is Houston and it is hot here, but that look is most sophisticated and masculine look out there. His outfit is normally neutral colors (brown, blue, khaki, etc) but a pop of color that coordinates with your outfit in the form of a bow tie, pock square, vest or suspenders will help pull the look together. If he is not a “pop-of-color guy” that’s okay, too!

Wardrobe details are a lot of fun but sometimes can be overwhelming. Meeting with your photographer before your session and getting additional tips and tricks can really help and make you feel your best on your photo session day. We want you to look your best, also!