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

Ever heard of a snow grown? It’s Sweet Ride’s snow cones for adults. For a little extra you’ll get a mini bottle of rum or vodka. Yaaaaas! What better way to enjoy Houston’s unforgiving heat than with some delicious cold desserts?

Follow Sweet Ride’s updates on where they’ll be parked around Houston so you can swing by and grab a treat! One of the perks of taking pictures of food is you get to try some of it. I have a couple favorites, their strawberry Italian ice and the coconut sorbet in the coconut shell.


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road trip louisiana

Just got back from visiting friends in Slidell, LA, a quiet city around 30 miles northeast of New Orleans. We went to NOLA a few times, walked through the French Quarter as the Essence festival was underway, went to The Ritz for the restroom, saw an actress chase after Patti LaBelle who zoomed past us into the elevator (all I saw was her yellow outfit and her hair, ha!), ate some macarons at Sucré, and enjoyed people watching. I had to take a picture of a lady with her cute little hat.

The crowd favorite at Sucré is the salted caramel macarons. As a chocolate lover, I bought couple of each and I was won over by the salted caramel. If you’re ever in the French Quarter, this dessert spot is a must try.

macarons sucre

sucre new orleans

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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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are you losing money by giving away photography copyrights

Recently, I had a conversation with a boutique owner that made me re-evaluate photography copyright ownership. In a previous post, What you ought to know about photography copyrights , I talk about who owns the copyright for portrait photography, but does that change when shooting fashion?

Since that conversation, I’ve done more research and even reached out to a well-known fashion photographer for his input. I’m happy to share what I’ve learned for anyone entering into a relationship with another business. Continue reading


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Nowadays everyone’s a photographer with all those fancy apps and filters. There are those that believe they might be able to make something of their talent if they just had what the pros have. But what do they have? Well, besides a good DSLR they have a GREAT lens.

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5 steps to promote your photography business for introverts
Recently, I accompanied my sister-in-law-to-be to the bridal extravaganza, an event which showcases over 400 wedding vendors. As you can imagine, it can be repetitive and overwhelming.

In a sea of competitors, one photographer really stood out to me for an unlikely reason. While many were clamoring to spark up a conversation with the bride-to-be he wasn’t doing any of that. He wasn’t in your face, didn’t sneak business cards in your bag, and he wasn’t making you second guess that photographer you thought you liked.

Nope, he wasn’t doing anything…a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g.

It was painful to watch him stand there, a handsome young man, hoping for something to happen. His body language screamed introvert crying out for someone to acknowledge his presence and yet he was invisible.

This post is not a How to Stand Out in a Competitive Market (ooh, I like that idea for another post), but a more personal one for introverted creatives who need a little help.

This is going to take effort, but it’ll so be worth it.

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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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