Helpful Tips for Your Outdoor Family Portrait

Houston Family Photographer Tanglewood 77057

Helpful Tips for Your Outdoor Family Portrait

Spring is approaching and this is the perfect time to photograph your outdoor family portraits in Houston! Michael Carr, one of Houston’s top family photographers, has over 20 years of photographic experience to make sure your Family Portrait is beautifully crafted. We will help you with coordinating and planning for your family portrait to make sure everyone looks their best.

  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.
  2. 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.

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.

 

 

Couples Family Portrait Photographers

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.

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.

Houston Family Couples Photography

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.

Couples Portrait Photography in Houston

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.

Couples Photographer in Houston

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.

 

Need a great gift idea? We have it!

Our Holiday Gift Guide

Need a great gift idea?

Are you trying to think of a great gift for your loved one?

We have a variety of gifts that will make your Holiday and Christmas gift giving easy and very special.

We have gifts for families, couples, professionals, and even gift baskets.

We have a limited time special for Portrait Sessions with Christmas Cards.

Now is the time to schedule. Call 713-461-2862 and we can help with all of your gift giving needs.

 Here is a guide guide for a few gift ideas for the types of portrait sessions we offer:

Family Portrait
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holiday gift basket

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2020 Holiday Gift Certificate Idea

Printed Portraits will stand the test of time, and are archival. What this means to you is that you are investing in a piece of artwork that will hang in your home that you and your family can enjoy for years to come. 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.

Legacy Portrait Photography in Houston

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.

Family Portrait Photography in Houston

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 or other great gift ideas, visit here or call 713-461-2862.

Black And 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.

Black And White Relationship Portraits

We offer professionally printed and archival Black And White Relationship 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.

Black And White Relationship Portraits
Black And White Relationship Portraits

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.

Personal Branding Business Headshots

Houston Business PortraitsPersonal Branding Business Headshots

A Business Portrait is not Just a Picture.

It is your Personal Branding.

Customers want to connect with people who are industry professionals who they feel they can trust. This is why a business portrait is not just a picture. It is your personal branding.

Every industry and corporate position has a unique look and persona for their business portrait. A prime example of this is that a trial attorney would not be photographed in the same manner as a marketing representative or physician.

So when creating or updating your online presence, you need to consider how your personal brand and corporate image can enhance your website and professional bio.

Personal Branding Headshots

Is it Time to Refresh Your Corporate Image?

Ready to stand out and get ahead of your competition? Set up an appointment for Personal Branding Business Headshots. Call Michael Carr Photography at 713-461-2862 today to schedule your business portrait.

Michael Carr Photography is a commercial portrait studio offering professional corporate portraiture for business leaders. We are a full-service studio, we can handle all phases of your portrait session from the capture phase, retouching and image enhancement phase, and final delivery of your digital business portrait. We frequently work with marketing directors and marketing departments to help them create a cohesive image campaign for their offices. Should your company or art director have specific image requests or guidelines, please let us know. We listen and can meet company expectations and guidelines. Call 713-461-2862 to contact us and schedule your business portrait today, and visit or site here to learn more about our services.

Business Portrait sessions are in full swing at the studio. We can create beautiful business portrait images for your branding and have some fun too!

 

 

 

Family Portraits in Houston

Family Portraits in Houston

Family Portraits in Houston

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.

Michael recently photographed this family portrait in the Tanglewood area. 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. We know they will treasure these family portraits for many years to come.

Family Portraits in Houston

 

About Michael Carr Photography

Michael and Lisa Carr are full time portrait artist specializing in creative and timeless family portraits in Houston, 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.

Office Environment Backgrounds

Houston business portrait photographer, Michael Carr, offers a variety of office environment backgrounds for your business portraits here in our studio. You can come to our studio and achieve the look of an office with a view, a light and bright office setting, or even greenery. Our office environment background is the perfect option for the busy professional that works remotely or their office does not have the space for an on location session. Several companies also opt for this background option if executives work all over the US and they want a cohesive look among all the executives on the bio pages.

The office environment backgrounds is a great choice if you want your image to look different and a step above the others. You have the option for a head and shoulder, ¾ length session or a combo of the two. Many C-level executives like to have the option to change clothing or outfits when opting for a multiple look session.

Consult:
Call us to discuss which office environment backgrounds appeals to you: classic, on location or the office environment background. We will discuss the number of looks you are wanting with your session and the background you are wanting as well.
Office Environment Backgrounds

Clothing:
We will consult with you on your attire for your business portrait. A good rule of thumb is to stick to timeless and classic clothing that you feel confident in. We always recommend that clients bring with them several outfits to choose from. We can look at your wardrobe with you and select the best outfit for your portrait. Solid colored clothing is always best for a portrait. For men, you can add a pop of color with a tie or a pocket square. For the ladies a colored shell is an option with jewelry as an accent to the overall portrait. We have clothing tips on our site here.

For 3/4 length portraits we recommend that you try on your clothes and make sure they fit properly before your session. If your clothes do not fit well, or if they are snug, it will show in your portrait. Make sure you are confident in the attire you select and that all clothing is pressed. For ladies, we have a nearby partner salon that can take care of your hair and makeup. Please inquire about this before your session.

After Your Session:
At the conclusion of your business portrait session, we will review all the images captured and help you with final image selections and select your office environment backgrounds. Our studio is centrally located in The Galleria area, 77057, and between three major Houston freeways: I-10, 610, and 59. If you would like to discuss your business portrait or book your session, please call the studio at 713-461-2862 and we can help you.

Senior Portraits: The Essence of You

Senior portraits capture the essence of you. Your smile that brightens a room, your eyes that see a world of possibility, and your personality that drives your success.

Graduation portraits in Houston

That’s exactly how Houston portrait photographer, Michael Carr captures senior portraits. Here are a few portrait images Michael photographed of Gabby’s senior portrait while photographing a location session. Michael used a portable Profoto lighting kit and a simple outdoor landscape to highlight Gabby’s natural beauty and light hearted spirit.

The portraits featured from Gabby’s session focus on her. Her captivating eyes, beautiful smile, and trademark dimples. These are the details that bring your senior portrait to life and tell your story.

Let’s celebrate your accomplishments and aspirations together and capture “the essence of you” in your senior portrait.

young adult portraits

Now that you’ve achieved this great milestone in your life, we will help you capture that “special look” and create a portrait session that is uniquely you! Don’t settle for selfies or hobbyist to capture this major accomplishment in your life: Graduation! You’ve earned this, call today at 713-461-2862 and experience the newest and most exciting form of senior portraiture at Michael Carr Photography, a commercial studio specializing in fine portraiture for all the milestone’s in your life.

Senior portraits

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