Houston Senior Portrait Photographer

Houston Senior Portrait Photographer, Michael Carr, CPP, is a modern, contemporary and classic High School Senior Portrait Photographer.  Michael offers both in studio and location high school senior portrait sessions.

Our High School Senior sessions are created using a blend of commercial photography and fashion techniques.  This type of photography is commonly used in magazines and advertising work. Commercial lighting gives a different lighting effect and is commonly used to create that “WOW” image.

In addition to the flare described above, we also include a variety of classic poses and lighting options throughout our senior portrait sessions. During the session we are typically photographing not only for the high school senior but also the parents and grandparents.

Houston Senior Portrait Photographer

Here are a few tips for our senior portrait sessions:

  1. What? Our portrait process begins with a phone consultation. During this phone consult we will discuss the individual being photographed and the logistics involved behind the session. In addition, we will discuss clothing attire and overall photography goals of the session. What type of images are you looking for: classic, timeless, indoor, outdoor, contemporary, architecture? These are just a few examples of what we would be discussing during the planning phase. From studio to destinations, we have the experience to photographed most of our client’s requests.  We recommend that you review our portfolio or call the studio to discuss your vision and thoughts.
  1. When and Where? Portrait sessions may be scheduled during the week, and we do offer limited Saturday sessions as well. A note about location photography assignments: some locations with Houston do require a photographer’s permit to photograph on their grounds.  If a photographer’s permit is required, please note this fee is an additional charge. Some locations will photograph better in the morning versus the afternoon. Also, if you are wanting to have hair and makeup services added to your session, we need to consider that when scheduling your session time as well.
  1. The Objective. As a Houston Senior Portrait Photographer, our style is commonly defined as unique, clean and refreshing. Our senior sessions are not your traditional senior cap and gown photography sessions. For in studio senior portrait sessions, each high school senior’s session is created using custom studio sets and the theme is based on the senior’s personality and the artist’s creative vision. Our studio sets are constantly changing. The goal is to capture something different and special for every graduating high school senior. Many of our high school senior pictures are shared as formal senior portraits in the home, college applications, sorority portraits and web sized images for Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms.

    Houston Senior Portrait Photographer

Our studio is centrally located in the Tanglewood area in a commercial office building. We service the Greater Houston area and it’s surrounding areas, 77401, 77057, 77056, 77005, 77019.  You can view more of our young adult sessions, and family portrait sessions on our site.  Call 713-461-2862 to schedule your session.

 

Women’s Contemporary Portrait Photography

Womens Contemporary Portrait Photography Houston

Women’s Contemporary Portrait Photography

Women’s Contemporary Portrait Photography by Michael Carr Photography is designed for career-oriented women who are beyond the status quo and want a magazine style portrait for their personal branding needs.

At Michael Carr Photography, based in Houston, Texas, we photograph many women who are business executives, professionals, creatives, entrepreneurs, and public figures. These types of clients want magazine-quality portraits for their website, social media platforms, and marketing collateral to promote their business and communicate their story.

Through proper clothing selection, dramatic lighting and natural posing, Women’s Contemporary Portrait Photography by Michael Carr Photography personalizes your digital identity by capturing your unique essence with creative lighting techniques.

 

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Women’s Contemporary Portraiture Collection vs Traditional Headshots

What makes our Women’s Contemporary Portraiture Collection different from a traditional headshot?

The Women’s Contemporary Portraiture Collection by Michael Carr Photography features editorial and lifestyle attributes to enhance your visual persona, connect with your audience, and translate your message. Most contemporary sessions include a mixture of dramatically lit images using solid backgrounds which helps to bring focus to the subject. Some sessions include elements of simple furnishings to create a more casual and relaxed portrait image. In contrast a traditional headshot may focus on matching your head and shoulder business portrait to other images on a company website or directory page. A traditional company business portrait may require a generic lighting style that is consistent for most type of subjects versus a personalized lighting style that compliments your own features.

Women’s Contemporary Portrait sessions by Michael Carr Photography are designed to portray an individual’s confidence in front of the camera and are tailored specifically for you. Here are four tips to make your Contemporary Portrait session an incredible experience.

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  1. Start with a Consultation

Each Women’s Contemporary Portrait Photography session begins with a consultation to review your session goals, where the images will be used for marketing collateral, and what format and sizes are required for final images.

  1. Plan for Your Professional Hair and Makeup

Female professionals should have their hair and make-up done by a professional hairstylist and makeup artist the day of your session. A professional makeup artist will highlight your best features and choose the right colors to compliment your outfit for your photography session. We are happy to provide recommendations upon request. Also, consider your hands as they may show in your portrait. Some clients opt to get a manicure before their session and select a clear polish or neutral color for their nails.

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  1. Select Attire that Complement Your Best Features

Women’s contemporary portraits have the emphasis on you. Your clothing should reflect your professional style and the business image you want to deliver as part of your personal brand. Blouses, skirts, dresses, and jackets should be in a solid color or have a light pattern. Feel free to bring up to 3-5 clean, well-pressed outfits to your session. If you normally wear glasses, wear them in your portrait. Lastly, when it comes to jewelry, less is best. We recommend wearing pearls or diamonds for a classic and polished look.

  1. Design Your Women’s Contemporary Portrait Collection

At the end of your portrait session, you will review your images and make your selection. Women’s Contemporary Portrait sessions with multiple clothing changes are time efficient and typically completed within 45 minutes. A digital artist will edit your final images in digital enhancement software to soften puffiness under the eyes, minimize smile lines and refine the portrait.

From the final images, clients select a collection of custom framed prints to display in their office, home, and to give as gifts to loved ones.

 

Michael Carr Photography

If you are looking for magazine-quality images to visually appeal to your target market and capture your personal brand, schedule your Michael Carr Photography Women’s Contemporary Portrait Photography session today at 713-461-2862.

About Michael Carr Photography

Michael Carr is a professional full-time Portrait Photographer located in the Memorial area (77057). The studio is located in a commercial office building at the corner of Woodway & Chimney Rock. For a review of our portfolio, visit our website at www.michaelcarr.photography or call 713-461-2862 to book your session.

 

Holiday Gift Ideas

With the Holidays fast approaching, Michael Carr Photography has several gift ideas to help make someone’s 2020 a little brighter. We have three great gift ideas that we are excited to share with you.

1. The Holiday Basket

We have a limited quantity of custom baskets available for purchase. Each basket is $125 + tax and includes the following:

  • Michael Carr Photography Gift Certificate (includes 1- in studio session with 1- custom 5×7 portrait)
  • 1- $50 Pappas gift card
  • Proseco, chocolates, Starbucks coffee are also included

You can purchase these baskets until December 20, 2019 or while quantities last. The items in   the basket are valued at over $950, and it is on sale now for $125. The gift baskets are perfect for Holiday gift giving, housewarming gifts, corporate gifts, and Christmas.

You can purchase the gift baskets here:

Holiday Gift Ideas

 

2. Portrait Gift Certificates

 For a limited time, purchase a $500 gift certificate and receive $100 added to the value of the gift certificate. There is no limit on the quantity of gift certificates you may purchase. You can order here:

Holiday Gift Ideas

Gift Certificates are perfect for family portraits, business portraits and legacy portraits.

 

3. Business Portrait Gift Certificate

 Purchase an executive portrait that includes 2 looks and 2-jpgs for $325 + tax. Start 2020 off on the right foot with updating your business portraits for marketing purposes. These gift certificates may be purchased until December 20, 2019, and used in Q1 of 2020.

You can purchase this gift here: Houston Headshots

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.

Houston newborn photographer

Houston newborn photographer

Houston newborn and family photography

Lisa Carr, with Michael Carr Photography, is a newborn photographer in Houston. She recently photographed this baby girl when she was 1 month old. It is recommended that you photographed newborns between 7-12 days old. If you are a new Mom, or have never had your newborn photographed professionally you may be wondering why. This time frame is recommended so that your baby will sleep a bit more and so that they are still flexible since their bones and muscles have not fully developed. Babies that are older than this will typically stretch out more and reach out more with their hands during their sessions, and also may not want to be scrunched up or swaddled. We always receive calls after a baby has been born, and Moms are panicked because they did not pre-schedule their baby’s newborn session weeks in advance. We always leave room in our calendars for these last minute sessions. We also believe that it is very important to have your newborn’s photographed even if they are older than the recommended time frame of 7-12 days old. We know older babies will need to be handled differently and accommodations made for extra feedings during the session. Also we love to capture awake babies during the newborn session, and we allow extra time for these poses as well:

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We also love to capture Family Portraits during the newborn session.

Newborn photographer in Houston

Lisa Carr, of Belly to Baby Studios a division of Michael Carr Photography, is a Houston based full time newborn and family photographer. Our studio photographs maternity portraits, newborn portraits, baby portraits and family portraits. We help you and guide you all the way from Portrait session concept to Portrait completion. We love to create finished artwork for our client’s home. The artwork will appreciate over time and provide years of joy. When you view our Portraits and albums, they will take you back to a moment in time that in the end will slip by so quickly.

Newborn photographer in Houston

You can view more of our newborn portraits , Maternity Portraits and our Family Portraits on our site. Our studio is conveniently located in the Galleria area, in a professional office building. We have a private nursing lounge so you can relax and feed your baby between sets.

Call us at 713-461-2862 and we can schedule and discuss your portrait session.

Contemporary Men’s Portrait Photography: Elevate Your Image to Match Your Vision

Gentlemen, it’s time to elevate your image to match your vision with Contemporary Men’s Portrait Photography. Houston Portrait Photographer, Michael Carr, knows when it comes to a man’s professional image, a man wants to be perceived as strong, confident, and trustworthy.

At Michael Carr Photography in Houston, Texas, our Contemporary Men’s Portrait Photography sessions feature magazine-style portraits that empower your vision, your professional image, and your brand. Through proper clothing selection, dramatic lighting, and natural posing, Contemporary Men’s Portraits by Michael Carr Photography sharpen your masculine identity by capturing the tone of your executive presence, confidence, and authenticity.

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Contemporary Men’s Portrait Photography:
Feel Empowered By Your Own Image

In today’s digital world, we rely less on face to face introductions and focus more on LinkedIn profiles and website business headshots. People want to do business with people they trust and connect with.

Michael Carr, a Contemporary Portrait Photographer in Houston, photographs business professionals, entrepreneurs, physicians, and public figures who want magazine-quality portraits for their website, social media platforms, and marketing collateral to promote their business and control their digital narrative.

Most men are uncomfortable in front of the camera or dislike photographs of themselves. Imagine, a portrait session where you feel empowered by your own image.

 

Contemporary Men’s Portrait Photography

Our Contemporary Men’s Portrait Photography sessions are designed to make you look natural, masculine, and confident in front of the camera.  Here are a few ways we guide you through the photography session to make you look your best.

1. Start with a Consultation

Each Men’s Contemporary Portrait session begins with a consultation to review your session goals, where the images will be used for marketing collateral, and what format and sizes are required for final images.

2. Decide What to Wear to Your Men’s Contemporary Photography Session

Men’s Contemporary Photography sessions focus on you. Your clothing should reflect your professional style and the business image you want to deliver as part of your personal brand.  For men, we suggest the following attire:

  • The corporate look is a suit jacket, dress shirt, and tie.
  • A casual business look is often a jacket and open dress shirt, or dress shirt on its own.
  • For a no-jacket casual look, bring several colored shirts – ideally darker than your skin tone.
  • For photography purposes, a white dress shirt by itself is not recommended for everyone.  However, a white dress shirt underneath a sports coat photographs well on most men.
  • If you are not sure, feel free to bring a few different jackets, shirt colors and ties so we can assist you with selections.
  • If you tend to have a 5 o’clock shadow in the afternoon, either schedule your session for a morning time slot or plan on shaving before your session if it is in the afternoon.

For more clothing tips on what to wear on your men’s contemporary photography session, visit www.michaelcarr.photography/clothing-tips/.

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3. Feel at Ease During Your Men’s Contemporary Portrait Session

A traditional headshot may focus on matching a corporate intent or require a generic lighting style that is consistent for most type of subjects. For Men’s Contemporary Portrait sessions, Houston photographer, Michael Carr uses a mixture of dramatically lit photographs using solid backgrounds to bring focus to the subject.  Some sessions include elements of simple furnishings to create a more casual portrait image.

To make clients feel at ease during the portrait session, Michael Carr directs each client on body language and posing techniques. In addition, our Houston-based photography studio offers on-set viewing of your session images as they are being captured. This will enhance your portrait session by viewing captured images in real time while on set. When a client sees a preview of their contemporary images, it makes them feel confident in front of the camera.

4. Design Your Men’s Contemporary Portraiture Collection

At the end of your portrait session, you will review your images and make your selection for your Men’s Contemporary Portraiture Collection. Our men’s portrait sessions are time efficient and typically completed within 45 minutes.  A digital artist will edit your final images in digital enhancement software to soften puffiness under the eyes, minimize smile lines and refine the portrait.

From the final images, clients select a collection of custom framed prints to display in their office, home, and to give as gifts to loved ones.

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5. Strengthen Your Brand with Your Men’s Contemporary Portraits

Michael Carr Photography Men’s Contemporary Portraits feature editorial and lifestyle portraits to enhance your visual persona, connect with your audience, and communicate your story.  By using your men’s portrait across all your social platforms and marketing collateral, you will elevate your personal branding to match your vision. To strengthen your brand with your contemporary portraits, simply add your contemporary business portraits in your printed marketing collateral, on your website, and display framed portraits in your office.

Men’s Portraits

If you are looking for magazine-quality images to visually appeal to your target market and capture your personal brand, schedule your Corporate Men’s Portrait Photography session today at 713-461-2862.

About Michael Carr Photography

Mr. Carr is a professional photographer with over 25 years of field and studio experience.  His work has been published locally and nationally within various industries common to the Houston market.  The studio is located in a commercial office building at the corner of Woodway & Chimney Rock. (77057). The studio staff is prepared to assist you with your marketing vision.  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

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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.

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.

 

Houston Newborn and Family Photographer

Houston newborn and family photographer, Lisa Carr, recently photographed this family’s first Portraits with their newborn baby girl. When searching for family photographers in Houston, you need to look at their online portfolio and also call and learn more about the studio and the entire process. A newborn’s first photography session is recommended to be scheduled within 7-12 days of birth. We recommend calling us and having a phone consultation before your session so you can prepare in advance.

During our Family Portrait Session consultation, we will discuss the details of your session as well as clothing for your Family session. Color harmony and balance is key to a finished Portrait. We do have a private nursing and dressing area available for our clients during their sessions. Many clients get dressed at our studio for their session and have time for finishing touches for hair and makeup.

We strive to create artwork for your home that can be hung in a nursery or hallway. Newborns stay this small for a short window of time. So many parents come back to us at 3 months and 6 months to document the growth of their baby. It is very important to capture this time in a baby’s life since they grow so fast. We encourage you to view our online portfolio and to learn more about our sessions and artwork.

Did you know that Michael Carr Photography has a Newborn Portrait division? The division is called Belly to Baby Studios, and Lisa Carr is the photographer. Belly to Baby Studios is a full service Portrait studio and offers Pregnancy, Newborn, Baby and Family Portraits. We help you and guide you all the way from Portrait session concept to Portrait completion. We love to create finished artwork for our client’s home. The artwork will appreciate over time and provide years of joy. When you view our Portraits and albums, they will take you back to a moment in time that in the end will slip by so quickly.

You can view more of our newborn portfolio here. Maternity Portraits and our Family Portraits here. Our studio is conveniently located in the Galleria area, in a professional office building. We have a private nursing lounge so you can relax and feed your baby between sets.

Call us at 713-461-2862 and we can schedule and discuss your portrait session.

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.