Hello, my name is Gina. I am a photographer, lifestyle blogger and coach for creative entrepreneurs living in Houston, TX. You can contact me at info@georginalongoria.com

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For the past few years of high school, you’ve sat for yearbook pictures in front of a plain backdrop, trying not to blink, with your head cropped in a sea of of your fellow classmates. They’re so generic, but now your senior photos give you a chance to stand out and with the help of a professional photographer you get to showcase your style.

To make the best of your senior photos, I’m sharing five tips with you.

  1. Skin – Taking good care of your skin should start weeks before your senior pictures. We’ll take care of stubborn blemishes, but reducing shine in Photoshop takes a lot of time so come prepared with rice paper to dab off any excess oils. For ladies, a matte finishing powder can help.
  2. Hair – “Messy hair, don’t care.” Contrary to popular belief, floppy hair is not cool. Would you want to look back at your pictures and think, “What was I thinking?” Of course not! For minimalists, a simple brush through works just fine.
  3. Nails – Digital cameras capture a lot of detail. Be sure to cut away any dead skin, file uneven nails, and remove chipped nail polish. A little bit of lotion on dry hands works wonders.
  4. Clothes – Make sure your clothes are wrinkle free and don’t have any visible logos. Also, consider where and when you’ll be taking your pictures. The area and weather play a big role in how comfortable you look in your pictures. Heels can get stuck in dirt, strong winds can make dresses above the knee fly up, blazers can be too hot in the summer.

Look over these tips the night before or morning of your session and you’ll look polished and confident in your senior photos.

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Do you live in the Houston, TX area and need senior photos? Contact me <HERE>.

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basic digital photography workshop

As a professional photographer, I’m constantly gathering tips and information to improve my skills and talent as an artist. It’s taken me years to learn what I know, but I know that many of you who are reading this post just don’t have the time to sift through endless pages of tips and tricks.

So I’m creating a basic digital photography workshop just for you.

There’s no doubt that reading the camera’s manual can help you understand how it works, but some of you may wonder how professionals can create such stunning images. I remember thinking – What gear do they use to take such pretty pictures? And I gotta tell you…

“The gear won’t do the work for you.”

So, I want to take you step-by-step through taking quality images with the resources at your disposal. Even if you don’t have the latest computer software you can still create beautiful images with just your camera. The equipment you use may differ from mine, but these methods will help you achieve the beautiful photos you want straight out of camera.

This workshop is a guide for beginners. It’s purpose is to provide you with ideas to simply get you started. Over time, your process will change as you develop your own style.

What you’ll learn

1 – Exposure
 Learn about Aperture, ISO, and Shutter Speed to control the mood of your photos.
2 – Camera Settings
Get out of auto mode and learn about what setting is best for you.
3 – Lighting
See how to use what’s around you to get the perfect lighting.
4 – Composition
Discover techniques to make your photos stand out.

This workshop is intended to be in the Houston, TX area, but I want to know from you if you’d prefer an in-person workshop or an online 1 hour course. Let me know in the form below!







Although I live in the heart of a big city, I like to live quietly, but I’m not used to country quiet. The kind of quiet where your neighbor is at least two acres away. The kind of quiet where you take out your earphones to listen to the sounds of trees rustling and water flowing over rocks. It’s mesmerizing. Life is slower out here and I quite like it.

Martindale is on the outskirts of Austin, TX. It’s also not too far from San Antonio so it’s a nice middle ground for visiting both big cities.

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On a sunny October day somewhere by a lake in Texas, my oldest brother married the love of his life. Fidel and Florence met two years ago at a Depeche Mode concert which happens to be one of my brother’s favorite bands. In fact, the groom’s cake had the DM symbol on it. I was honored to have been their wedding photographer. To see their engagement pictures <<<CLICK HERE>>>

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Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d ever visit Japan. It just wasn’t on my bucket list, but one day as I was helping my mother go through her credit card statements I came across a strange charge. I asked her “What’s this?” To which she joyfully exclaimed “Oh yes! I bought a trip to Japan and I need you to come with me.” I said “What?!?!” Not once did she even mention the thought. It turns out that the insurance company she works with invites their employees and their families on international trips every six months so my mother thought it would be a great idea to visit.

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how to take better food pictures with phone

Food is one of the fastest growing categories on social media. It’s a huge business and average folks are cashing in on it. But whether you’re a professional food blogger or someone who just likes to take pictures of their latest dinner creation, you can learn how to take better food pictures with your phone.

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