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

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

Child Portrait Photographers in Houston

Child Portrait Photographers in Houston

Child Portrait Photographers

Houston’s Child Portrait Photographers, Michael Carr, CPP and Lisa Carr, CPP, have over 30 years of combined experience with photographing children and families. It is so important to document your child in various stages of life before time just passes you by. We can capture your child’s portrait in our studio as well as on location.

These images were captured during the family portrait session outdoors. We have seen this family grow through the years and have enjoyed seeing their kids personalities come out.

During our family portrait sessions we love to spend time capturing portraits of your children. We have the experience to work efficiently and quickly so we do not lose your child’s attention and expression.

Children Portrait Photographers

Consider us for your baby’s milestone portraits such as: 1 year portraits, toddler portraits and family portraits. We will discuss the vision for your portrait session as well as clothing and any props you would like to incorporate in your session. It is so important to capture the milestones and document your child as he/she changes over the years. We will help you design and build your gallery wall of collectible memories to share for generations to come.

Children Portrait Photographers

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.

 

 

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.

Helpful Tips for Your Outdoor Family Portrait

Helpful Tips for Your 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.

Helpful Tips for Your Outdoor Family Portrait

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 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.

 

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.

business headshots

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/.

CEO Business Headshots

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.

CEO Business Headshots

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 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

 

 

Women’s Casual Editorial Portrait Photographer

Women’s Casual Editorial Portrait Photographer, Michael Carr, offers business lifestyle Portraits for Houston area professionals. Featured here is a recent session with Beth Moore of Living Proof Ministries. Beth is a well-known religious speaker and the founder of Living Proof Ministries; which is a Bible-based organization for women based in Houston, Texas.

For her PR portraits, we felt a women’s casual editorial Portrait in Houston would work well with her marketing campaigns. Lifestyle or editorial portraits are commonly used in periodicals, magazines and marketing campaigns where a more casual image is required. Environmental portrait sessions can be tailored to your profession and can communicate your personality in a different method than a traditional business portrait would. Scouting, planning, storyboarding and pre-lighting the session made for a smooth and successful assignment. We also consulted with her before the session so proper clothing was pre-selected and prepared before her session. Casual business portrait sessions are available on location or in our studio. We have a relationship with a nearby salon that provides makeup and hair, should you also need those services. To view more of our women’s casual business portraits, please visit this link. To view more of our on location environmental portraits visit here.

Michael Carr Photography is a full service portrait studio conveniently located off 610/Woodway. Michael is one of the few Houston photographers that is a PPA Certified Professional Photographer (CCP). To view more of our portfolio, visit www.michaelcarr.photography or call 713-461-2862 to schedule your session.

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 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.