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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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!







Lesson learned. Don’t go to a craft store when you’re supposed to help with wedding invitations. We got completely sidetracked and ended up putting the wedding stuff aside and made a wreath for my front door. Wedding invitations rescheduled!

I wish we would’ve gone to the arts and crafts store the week before when we were forced to stay inside due to rain. Cabin fever was getting to us. This would’ve been excellent for a rainy day activity and there are so many creative ideas on Pinterest. I went with putting my address on the side of the wreath…makes it easier for the pizza man to find me. Haha

Things I learned:

  1. Put the snacks on a different table unless you want wire in your guacamole.
  2. Have some band-aids nearby. Flower wire will cut you.
  3. Buying an already made wreath is probably less expensive than making one yourself, BUT it’s a lot more fun to make your own wreath.


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photography copyrights
When booking a photo session one may wonder who holds the copyright to those images. Follow along as I answer a few questions for both the photographer and the client about how this whole copyright thing works.

What this means for the Photographer


Q: Who holds the photography copyrights?
A: The creator of the images. You, the photographer, own the copyright.
Q:  Should I give the copyright to my clients along with their pictures?
A: No. By giving away the copyright you can no longer use those images for yourself. No blog posts, no promotions, no social media sharing, and no reselling of those images. You can provide them with a License for Personal Use which allows them to print the images wherever they want, but does not allow them alter the image in any way or use it for their promotional purposes.
Q: Do I need to do anything to get my images copyrighted?
A: Not necessarily. A copyright is automatic when you capture an image and a copyright symbol or registering your portrait sessions is not needed. However, this may differ for artwork where legal protection is absolutely necessary.
Q: Where can I find more information on licensing?
A: I really like the Licensing Guide by the American Society of Media Photographers. The link to their guide can be found <<<here>>>

What this means for YOU the client

Q: Can I add pretty filters and crop my images? After all, they’re my pictures.
A: No. A copyright prevents anyone other than the photographer or their company to edit any image. When you share an image on social media, some apps may crop the image for you. That kind of crop is fine, but cropping out people you’re no longer friends with is not okay. Besides, you’ve invested your time and resources on this photographer because you like their work. You might even love their work. But when you change the way the image looks it no longer reflects the style of that photographer and might even prevent them from getting new potential followers or clients because people may mistake your edit for the photographer’s. Instead of altering an image, show it proudly to your friends and let them know who the talented photographer is that took it. Referrals are the best!

Q: Can I buy the copyrights?
A: It depends on the photographer’s willingness to give up their use of your images for their promotional material and it may also cost you a pretty penny. Instead, ask for printing rights also known as License for Personal Use. This allows you to print the images wherever and how many times you like without permission from the photographer.

Q: Can I use my portraits for my business?
A: No. This is out of the scope of family or personal portraits. A license for commercial use is required from the photographer in order to use those images for your business website, flyers, brochures, etc.

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Below are leftover photos from my trip to Mexico. I was only there a little over a week and to be honest, I wanted to come home within a couple days. I’d been to other parts of Mexico, but Mexico City was too much at once for me. The sheer number of people, the uncertainty of a new city, the PDA, good grief the PDA! It was everywhere…ev.e.r.y.where. People are very affectionate and besides the couples making out on every corner, it’s typical to see mothers holding hands with their daughters of any age, I’m talking teenage rebel years to forty and fifty year old daughters. It’s sweet. Then, towards the end of my stay, I began to enjoy the city for all it is.
The cost of living there is very low. I never saw a laundromat, but they have small businesses that consist of around four washing machines and an older mother figure wearing an apron washing your clothes for you for a fee. I’ll miss the people setting up a folding table outside of their apartment building on the sidewalk selling chicken wings and delicious fried plantains stuffed with cream cheese, drizzled with chocolate syrup and condensed milk. Where am I gonna find that here?
There’s a lot of charm to this city when you pay attention. It was easy to miss the comforts of home, but after even just a few days it was easy to get comfortable in this new setting. I would recommend a well-prepared trip to this magnificent city.
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mexico city
mexico city
mexico city
mexico city
mexico city
mexico city
mexico city
mexico city
Last week, I visited a friend in Mexico City. It’s an old city filled with history and monumental buildings. The streets are overflowing with people. It reminded me of New York with its smorgasbord of vendors.
In the subways alone you’ll find underground book stores, food stands, people selling homemade food from baskets, toys for children, and even ointment for your aching feet. It’s an incredible thing to hear the constant hollering of vendors as you make your way through the crowd to your next destination.
There are a few comforts I had to get used to being without such as the lack of toilet seats, which is very common around any part of Mexico. Bizarre, I know. Another thing is that apartment hallways, kitchens, bathrooms, showers, and stairwells lack space. Things are very narrow or small. It’s all worth it to explore the city. The plants below are from the National Palace and Chapultepec Castle. Learn more about these buildings and be sure to visit if you’re ever in Mexico City.
 mexico city plants
mexico city plants
mexico city plants
mexico city plants
mexico city plants
mexico city plants


 Yesterday, I went to a safari park which is around 45 minutes south of Houston. Bayou Wildlife Zoo hosts a range of wildlife not native to Texas. It is so exciting being able to feed and touch these impressive animals one would otherwise never have the chance to see in their natural habitat. A bucket of food is less than $3 and is totally worth it. You’re not allowed to feed them by hand and frankly it’s for your safety since the ostriches peck violently at the food and I think one caught the finger of a little girl that was on our tram ride. Bring cash and listen to the guides. Getting tidbits of information on these creatures makes them even more awe inspiring.

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