Helpful Tips for Your Outdoor Family Portrait

Outdoor Family Portrait

Helpful Tips for Your Outdoor Family Portrait

An outdoor family portrait 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.

This family is so precious to us since we first met them when we photographed their wedding. We have seen their family grow over the past several years, and were so excited to photograph their family portrait outdoors. Here are a few of our tips to help plan for your outdoor family portrait.

  1. Scheduling.
    The timing of your family portrait session is very important. We recommend early morning, around 9am, or late afternoon, around 5pm. As summer approaches, 6:30pm may become an option. We use available lights along with light modifiers and off camera lighting equipment to insure everyone is lit properly and no one has dark eyes in the final portrait. We will work with you to determine the best time of day for your portrait based on the location as well.If young children are to be included in your portrait, you should pick the time that is not right during their nap time but when they are at their best. For outdoor portraits we always recommend scheduling two dates in the event of rain or bad weather. We do have a studio available which can also serve as an option for your family portrait should weather become an issue.
  1. Clothing Selection.
    Everyone’s clothing does not need to match in colors, but there should be harmony with everyone’s attire in the portrait. For example, if you want a casual spring or summer portrait then the children could wear shorts with light colored tops or dresses, and the adults could wear casual pants and khakis with light colored shirts and blouses. Colors should be complimentary and in the same tonal range. It is always recommended to stick to solid colors or a very small pattern. Long sleeve shirts work best as well. We will discuss your portrait vision and clothing options during your pre-portrait consultation.
  1. Hair and Makeup.
    For men and children in the portrait, we recommend a hair trim 2 weeks before your portrait. For ladies, a trim or haircut and color if needed 2 weeks before your portrait as well. This is not the time to try a new hair color or a new haircut or hair style! We partner with a nearby salon that takes care of our client’s hair and makeup for their portrait. The salon will help you look your best and make sure you are picture perfect. Remember to have a manicure and pedicure the day before your portrait too! On the day of your portrait bring a brush, powder, and makeup for touchups during your session.
  2. Get Plenty of Rest.
    Rest is so important before your portrait. If you are tired it will show in your images. Go to bed early and stay hydrated before your portrait.
  3. Portrait Location and Scale.
    During your consultation, we will discuss where you plan on hanging your selected portrait in your home. This is important for us photography wise so we capture your images with the end in mind. For example, if the space warrants a vertical portrait, we want to make sure we have plenty of vertical images for you to select from. During your portrait order appointment, we will project your images in our studio and can also show you the proper size portrait based on the space in your home where the portrait will reside.

Outdoor Family Portrait

About Michael Carr Photography

Michael and Lisa Carr are full time portrait artist specializing in creative and timeless outdoor 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.

 

 

Engagement Portraits in Houston

Engagement Portraits Photographer, Michael Carr, photographed Katy & Matt’s Engagement Portraits. The couple wanted a mix of outdoor at a nearby park and also a relaxed home environment. The lighting used for these portraits was a mix of natural light balanced with strobes. Michael had to work quickly and efficiently with the couple since they were attending a wedding within 1 hour of the session.

Engagement Portraits in Houston

Michael Carr Photography has provided engagement Portrait Photography in the Houston area for over 18 years. Michael’s attention to detail ranges from proper clothing selection, body language, and posing techniques. His effective use of lighting techniques and his firm understanding of facial analysis are talents that have been acquired through years of portrait photography experience and training. To view more of his online portfolio, visit www.michaelcarrphotography.com or call 713.461.2862 to schedule your session.

Engagement Portraits in Houston

Family Portraits

Family Portraits

Family Portraits: The Story of Your Life

Classic 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.

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.

We recently captured this couple’s milestone portraits: 60th Anniversary. We had a portrait consultation over the phone to discuss date and location. They wanted to have their portrait session at their home to keep it simple and relaxed.

We scheduled a time to visit their home before the session so we could see areas of their home that would work nicely for their portrait session. During this site visit we were also able to review their clothing selections for their portrait.

We loved capturing a variety of indoor and outdoor portraits for this family. After their portrait session we scheduled a time for their in person ordering appointment. We were able to project their portraits in our studio sales room and show them various sizes for their finished portrait. We also showed them their final portraits in their home on the wall, virtually, so they were confident in the sizes they were ordering. After we selected the wall portraits we selected the perfect custom frame to complement their portrait. We know they will treasure these family portraits for many years to come.

Family Portraits

What is a Legacy Portrait?

A Legacy Portrait captures your essence and tells a story about you or your love ones. A milestone portrait of how you want to be remembered. It is an heirloom, something that is timeless that will be pass down to future generations and will stand the test of time. It can be treasured today, in 30 years or 100 years from now.

It is never too late to capture the spirit and beauty of your legacy. It’s only late if you never do it and wish you had. Let’s create your own timeless Legacy Portrait and capture you and your family’s life story.

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.

A Special Family Portrait Event

We have a wonderful portrait event coming up in our studio this Holiday season and are excited to share the details with you!

We believe your portraits are meant to be printed and shared with people you love. This is why we are offering this wonderful promotion to our clients.

For a limited time book a Classic series in studio Family Portrait session or a Classic series Children’s session and receive the following:

  • One 30- minute in studio classic portrait session
  • Personal viewing and ordering appointment after your session
  • Select your favorite image from your session and receive:
    • 25- Luxe Holiday cards to send to family and friends
    • 1- 10” printed custom portrait
    • 1- 7” printed custom portrait

All for $450 + tax.

Your images deserve to be printed and shown in your home so you can enjoy them.

We know you are busy so why not let us help you this year with your Holiday cards and your gift giving too!

Now is the time to preserve those memories and print your images.

Dates and times are limited so call for booking details: 713-461-2862.

Houston Family Photographer

Houston Family Photographer

Houston Family Portrait Photographer

About Michael Carr Photography

Michael Carr is a full-time Professional Photographer located in a commercial office building within the Memorial area (77057). Mr. Carr holds a B. S. in Photography and is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) with Professional Photographers of America (PPA). For a review of our portfolio, visit our website at www.Michaelcarr.photography or call 713-461-2862 to book your session.

Shop With Heart and Save

Shop with the Heart

One Card. Ten Days.
Thousands of Lives Saved!
Shop With Heart and Save!

Shop With Heart and Save! Michael Carr Photography and Belly to Baby Studios are proud participants in the Shop with Heart Event, April 26 – May 5, 2019. During this event, we are offering our clients an opportunity to save on most Portrait Products and Sessions at a 20% savings. All you need to do to save is have the Shop With Heart card (we have them here if you have not purchased one), and SHOP! It’s that easy.

The following sessions and portraits are eligible for savings:

When you purchase a Shop with Heart Card, 100% of the proceeds benefit the American Heart Association whose mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke, the #1 killer of men and women in the United States. You can learn more about Shop with Heart here.

Contact us at 713-461-2862 to complete your purchase, or even purchase a Gift Certificate for a future session or future Portrait Product purchase.

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.

You can view more of our portfolio at www.michaelcarrphotography.com and www.bellytobabystudios.com.

Fall in Love with Portraits

Are you needing a gift this year for that someone special? Then give a gift that will last a lifetime: A Portrait with Michael Carr Photography. You will fall in LOVE with your portraits!

For a limited time, February 13-15, 2019 you can purchase a Gift Certificate for a Portrait Session for only $150, regularly $250. This certificate is valid for sessions held here at our studio, and for the following portrait sessions:

Couples and Relationship BW

Couples and Relationship BW Portraits

 

Children’s Portraits (over the age of 5)

Children’s Portraits

 

Family Portraits

Family Portraits

 

Individual Legacy Portraits

Individual Legacy Portraits

Gift Certificates are valid on sessions February – September 2019, and cannot be used on prints or products).

Happy Valentine’s Day 2019!

Click below to purchase and your Gift Certificate will be mailed to you within two weeks. If you are wanting a gift to give sooner that than please call us at 713-461-2862. and we can help you.

Buy Your Gift Certificate

This is your year to get that Portrait of your family you have been longing for. Your Portrait will look beautiful over your fireplace or in your entryway. Get started by purchasing a Gift Certificate and we can help with the rest!

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.

Family Portraits: The Story of Your Life

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.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Mother’s Day 2018: A Gift That Remembers

Mother’s Day is less than a week away. Are you trying to come up with a gift that Mom or your wife will truly enjoy and appreciate? We can help with your gift dilemma and make the process simple and easy for you. A Family Portrait is a timeless gift she will love and will appreciate over time. No time to plan or schedule your family portrait over the next few days, no worries. We have Gift Certificates that are beautifully packaged and ready for your gift giving. This week only, you can purchase your Family Portrait Gift Certificate and we will add 20% to the face value. We can help you decide on which size portrait to pre-purchase for your gift recipient and add 20% more purchasing power to that amount. You give and you get. It’s a win-win! This offer is valid until Saturday, May 12, 2018. You can call 713-461-2862 and we can help you with this, or you can purchase online here.Houston family portrait photographer, Michael Carr, can capture your family milestones in studio or on location. You can view our family portrait gallery here. Our studio is conveniently located in a professional office building at Woodway & Chimney Rock.

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.

>Family Portrait Photography in Houston

Let’s Create Your Own Timeless Portrait

It is never too late to capture the spirit and beauty of your family with a family portrait. 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.

Shop with the Heart – Michael Carr Photography

Shop with the Heart

Shop With Heart

One Card. Ten Days. Thousands of Lives Saved!
Shop With Heart and Save!

Shop With Heart and Save! Michael Carr Photography and Belly to Baby Studios are proud participants in the Shop With Heart Event, April 27 – May 6, 2018. During this event, we are offering our clients an opportunity to save on most Portrait Products and Sessions at a 20% savings. All you need to do to save is have the Shop With Heart card (we have them here if you have not purchased one), and SHOP! It’s that easy.

When you purchase a Shop With Heart Card, 100% of the proceeds benefit the American Heart Association whose mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke, the #1 killer of men and women in the United States. You can learn more about Shop With Heart here.

Contact us at 713-461-2862 to complete your purchase, or even purchase a Gift Certificate for a future session or future Portrait Product purchase. You can view more of our portfolio at www.michaelcarrphotography.com and www.bellytobabystudios.com

 

 

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.