fbpx

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
Click here to purchase

holiday gift basket

Click here to purchase our Holiday Gift Basket

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.

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!

 

 

 

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

Contemporary Portrait Photography: An Edge Above the Typical Headshot

In this day and age, your digital identity is your calling card. Whether you are a corporate CEO, attorney or a physician, your personal brand is a way to present your professional reputation to your online audience.

Contemporary Portrait Photography by Michael Carr Photography gives you an edge above the typical headshot. Through proper clothing selection, dramatic lighting, and natural posing, Contemporary Portrait Photography by Michael Carr Photography personalizes your digital identity by capturing your executive presence and showing your audience the real you.

 

Houston Photographers
Why invest in Contemporary Portrait Photography?

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 want to do business with people they trust and connect with.

At Michael Carr Photography located in Houston, Texas, we photograph entrepreneurs, public figures, and business professionals who want magazine-quality portraits for their website, social media platforms, and marketing collateral to promote their business and control their digital narrative.

 

contemporary portrait photography

Michael Carr Photography Contemporary Portrait Photography sessions are designed to make you feel comfortable in front of the camera and tailored specifically for you. Each 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.

At the end of your portrait session, you will review your images and make your selection. 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.

contemporary photographer houston

How to Strengthen Your Brand with Contemporary Portraits

Contemporary Portrait Photography sessions by Michael Carr Photography feature editorial and lifestyle portraiture to enhance your visual persona, connect with your audience, and communicate your story. To strengthen your personal branding efforts, it’s important to establish brand consistency across all your media and platforms. Here are a few ways to implement your contemporary portraits to target your audience and strengthen your brand:

  • Use your contemporary portraits for LinkedIn, Facebook business pages, and social networks profile images
  • Add your contemporary portrait to your newsletters, email marketing campaigns, and business cards
  • Use your contemporary imagery on your website
  • Submit your contemporary portrait along with your bio when you have a speaking engagement or publish articles in magazines

editorial photography

If you are looking for an edge above the typical headshot to visually appeal to your target market and capture your personal brand, schedule your Michael Carr Photography 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.

Houston Family Portrait Photographer

Houston Family Portrait Photographer

 Children’s Portraits in Houston

Houston family portrait photographer, Michael Carr, captured these Portraits of Andrea recently. We have photographed Andrea for her family for many years. We have enjoyed seeing her grow up; and yes we remember when she was very tiny! Her Mom called us and wanted a different Portrait to celebrate Andrea turning 10 years old. We decided an outdoor session in the fall would be perfect. We had the perfect location in mind for this session too. We helped her Mom pre-plan clothing for Andrea’s portraits, and ultimately let Andrea decide what she wanted to wear.

Throughout the portrait session we talked with Andrea and made her feel relaxed and comfortable. We wanted her personality and character to show through the entire session. Here are just a few of our favorite portraits from her milestone session.

 Houston Women’s Portrait Photographer

Let’s Create Your Own Timeless Portrait

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

 Houston Women’s Portrait Photographer

About the Artist

Michael Carr Photography is a full time professional Houston Family Portrait Photographer 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.

Women’s Contemporary Photography

Womens Contemporary Portrait Photography Houston

Women’s Contemporary Photography

Women’s Contemporary 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 Photography by Michael Carr Photography personalizes your digital identity by capturing your unique essence with creative lighting techniques.

 

Women’s Contemporary Portrait Photography
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.

contemporary portrait photography

  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.

contemporary portrait photography

  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.

 

Women’s Contemporary Portrait 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.

 

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.

 

Women’s Contemporary Portrait
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.

contemporary portrait photography

  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.

contemporary portrait photography

  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.