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Formal Studio Family Portraiture

Formal studio family portraits are important now more than ever. In our world of fast-paced busy lives, filled with camera phones and selfies, we often fall short of documenting our precious milestones for future generations to treasure.

As parents, we must remember to create valuable heirlooms to pass down to our children. Formal studio family portraiture is a great way to capture the story of your family’s life. From newly engaged couples in love to parents holding their newborns with pride and every milestone in between, family portraiture is the art that tells your story.

Over the years, Lisa and I have photographed couples from their engagement sessions and weddings, to their first borns to their children’s senior portraits, and to their 25th wedding anniversaries. Imagine being able to share those precious milestones with your children and grandchildren for years to come through family portraiture.

That’s why Lisa and I connect with our clients to understand the essence of their family. We guide families through the family portraiture process every step of the way, beginning with what to wear.

What to Wear: A Guide to Formal Portraiture Attire

Formal Studio Family Portraiture

As a boutique photography studio, our custom handpainted backgrounds and classic portrait lighting techniques are tailored to render your portrait as an exquisite piece of art. To ensure the success of your portrait, it’s important to understand that certain styles and colors of clothing are chosen for your session.

We please ask that you dress in formal attire when requesting a formal portrait. Formal attire will give your portrait a timeless appearance and create an elegant heirloom for your legacy.

Also, we ask that you wear dark clothing to keep the focal point on your families facial expressions not the clothing. Our contoured lighting and custom handcrafted backgrounds work the best with dark colored, solid tops and shirts with long sleeves.

For our formal studio family portrait sessions, we recommend the following attire:

Men– Dark Jackets (tuxedo or suit), white shirt, tie, and dark pants.

Ladies – Dark (black, navy, burgundy, dark green, etc.) dress or gown. Little or no pattern is preferred. Classic jewelry such as diamonds, pearls, etc. are encouraged.

Young Girls – Dark or jewel toned solid dresses are preferred, but ivory, cream or off-white are also acceptable if they are 4 or under. Long sleeves are recommended for adults, but girls usually prefer to have short or no sleeves.

Young Boys – Same as men, or a solid dark sweater. If under 4, a white shirt with bow tie is appropriate.

The Benefits of Studio Portraiture

Attire plays a key role in creating the perfect formal portrait as does the environment where the session is taken. At Michael Carr Photography, we are seasoned professional portrait artists to address special requests. But, there are benefits to studio portraiture verse outdoor portraiture.

As we know, Houston weather is highly unpredictable and humid. Studio portraiture eliminates the concerns for weather conditions. Rain or shine, cold or heat, you will always look great in a climate controlled environment with calculated lighting and custom backgrounds. Plus, our commercial studio has a dressing room and access to restrooms.

Let’s Create Your Own Timeless Portrait

It is never too late to capture the spirit and beauty of your family. It’s only late if you never do it and wish you had. Let’s create your own timeless formal studio family portrait and capture your family’s life story. Call 713-461-2862 or visit michaelcarrphotography.com to learn more.

About Michael Carr Photography

Michael and Lisa Carr are full time portrait artist specializing in creative and timeless family portraits both in black and white and color mediums. We offer environmental family portraits, at home portrait sessions in the Houston area, as well as in studio portraits. Michael Carr Photography is a full service portrait studio. What this means to you is that we complete your portrait from the beginning to the finished phases: conception, capture and full artist embellishments to your final wall portraits. To learn more about our studio and portrait photography for your individual portraits and family portraits, visit here or call 713-461-2862.

Black & White Relationship Portraits

Houston family portrait photographer, Michael Carr, CPP, specializes in timeless heirloom portraits your family will enjoy years to come. In today’s digital age, and with technology constantly changing, a printed portrait is archival and will stand the test of time. Our clients love looking at their framed and finished pieces of artwork hanging in their homes. If you have not had the experience of a professional portrait photography session, we invite you to learn more about our services and what makes us different.

We offer professionally printed and archival portraits from a professional photo lab. Our lab has been in business for over 50 years, and is only available to the trade. Your portraits will look stunning whether they are hanging on your wall, or printed in a bound high quality album. We help you choose which portraits will look best in your home as well as the proper size and scale for the wall. You can virtually see your portraits hung on your walls in your home during the personalized in studio portrait ordering appointment.

It is never too late to capture the spirit and beauty of someone you love. It’s only late if you never do it and wish you had.

Michael Carr Photography is a full time photographic portrait studio specializing in creative and timeless portraits both in black and white and color mediums. We offer environmental family portraits, at home portrait sessions in the Houston area, as well as in studio portraits. Michael Carr Photography is a full service portrait studio. What this means to you is that we complete your portrait from the beginning to the finished phases: conception, capture to completion and hanging in your home. To learn more about our studio and portrait photography for your individual portraits and family portraits, visit here or call 713-461-2862.

Clothing Tips for Your Senior Portraits

Houston senior portrait photographers, Michael Carr Photography, recently photographed Kate’s senior portraits here in the studio. An in studio session was a perfect option for Kate, since it has been so hot and the weather is always unpredictable. Before her session, Kate went to Façade and had her make up done there at their salon. She brought several different outfits so she would have a variety of looks and options for her portraits. Michael was able to get to know Kate during her session, and learned that she enjoys film and wants to pursue a career in this field. We were able to have fun during her session and change up her sets and backgrounds to compliment her clothing looks. She did a great job selecting her outfits and looks and this helped make her session go smoothly.

When selecting clothing options for your senior portrait session, below are 5 tips:

1) Select solid colored clothing. A black long sleeved top is always a classic, timeless look.

2) Select simple accessories to compliment your outfits. Keep earrings simple and small. You should be the center of attention in your portraits, not your accessories.

3) Select and wear proper undergarments. For example, if you plan on wearing white pants, make sure you wear nude undergarments versus black undergarments. Or if you plan on wearing a strapless dress or top, bring a strapless bra.

4) Select a variety of outfits. Bring at least 6 outfits, and we can review before your session and usually photograph you in 3-4 outfits. Casual, dressy, and fun outfits are all great options.

5) Select clothes you love and feel confident it. Yes it is fun to shop and buy new outfits, especially for your portrait session. If you are unsure of an outfit, or a look, it’s best to reconsider and select outfits you love!

Michael Carr Photography is a portrait studio located near The Galleria, 77057. The studio is located inside a professional office building, and offers many amenities for your session. We have a separate, private lounge and changing area for you to use during your senior portrait session. To learn more about our senior sessions, visit our Senior Portrait Photography site here: www.carrseniors.com. To discuss and book your portrait session, call us at 713-461-2862 or send an email to: info@carrseniors.com

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Houston Business Headshots (77057)

Houston based portrait photographer, Michael Carr Photography, is a commercial based studio offering professional corporate headshots for the energy and oil & gas industries. We understand that in today’s competitive market, self image is a key component to maintaining a competitive edge. Our digital studio is able to handle individual needs and high volume corporate requirements. The studio is equipped with digital workstations and staffed to provide graphic services such as artwork, archiving and image distribution.

We also offer on location business headshot sessions at your corporate office. The studio is equipped to travel with dedicated equipment for on location assignments. Michael Carr Photography is a full service commercial studio located in the Galleria area. To view more of our portfolio, visit www.michaelcarrphotography.com or call 713-461-2862 to schedule your session.

Houston Senior Portraits

Houston Senior Portrait Photographer, Michael Carr, offers sorority rush portraits for Senior girls. We had a great time photographing this Bellaire High School Senior in our studio. She was needing sorority Rush portraits for her packets. We currently have a promo for Sorority photos. Make sure your packet is on the top of the stack with an image that communicates how unique and confident you are! Contact the studio for Houston senior portraits at 713-461-2862 to learn more about our Senior Portraits and our Rush special. You can also check out our site at www.carrseniors.com.