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

Houston Bridal Portrait Photographer

Houston Bridal Portrait Photographer

Bridal Portraits in Houston

Michael Carr Photography is the leading Houston Bridal Portrait Photographer. Michael Carr, CPP, specializes in studio as well as on location or outdoor Bridal Portraits. With over 20 years of portrait photography experience and over 400 bridal portraits personally photographed, Michael will combine his style and your grace into a master’s series portrait commemorating your special day. Formally trained in the art of portraiture, his style of posing is described as timeless, elegant and contemporary.

The Houston Bridal Portrait Photographer studio offers both in studio and on location portrait sessions. After your portrait consultation, your special set is designed for your in studio portrait and you will be surrounded by beautiful soft sculpted light while enjoying your favorite music in surround sound here in the studio.

Houston Bridal Portrait Photographer

If a location session is your vision, we recommend scouting the locale prior to your session in order to better prepare for your session. Many of our brides opt for their portraits to be photographed at a private residence for its uniqueness and to help create a one of a kind portrait. During the scouting session, Michael will determine the areas you will be photographed in and discuss your vision for your final portraits. Bridal portraits are typically photographed 4 weeks prior to wedding day, and it is recommended to plan accordingly.

Houston Bridal Portrait Photographer

Houston Bridal Portrait Photographer

Bridal portraits photographed by Michael Carr, CPP, are not wedding day candid style photographs. Extra time, location lighting gear, lighting modifiers and tripods are required to achieve his style of distinction for portraits. Many clients are often surprised by the amount of extra lighting equipment, diffusion and reflective material used to create a portrait. Effective lighting techniques are crucial and proper posing is critical while photographing for a bridal portrait. A photographer can add weight to a person and also the final image by using improper lighting and improper posing techniques.

Professional hair and makeup application is of the utmost importance. Proper application and blending techniques can save you time and money on additional facial retouching expenses. This sessions serve as an excellent trial run for proper dress fitting, veil placement and flower color scheme for your wedding day flower bouquet. To view our portfolio in person or to schedule your session, call the studio at 713-461-2862.

 

 

 

Social Media Headshots

Social media headshots plays a major role in today’s business world. Breaking news is tweeted or hash tagged in seconds with new information being released instantaneously. Corporation V cards are used daily in the business world around the globe as a daily form of business introductions. Corporate directories and annual reports are filled with business portraits showcasing corporate leadership.

A polished professional portrait adds value to your presentations, proposals, and online business biographies. Let’s face it, digital media is here to stay and has proven to be effective amongst business leaders. For business professionals, a prime example is LinkedIn. According to LinkedIn data, a social media bio is 11x’s more likely to be clicked on and viewed when there is an image included on an individual’s profile page. There are two important factors to keep in mind for your LinkedIn social media headshot profile image.

social media headshots

1) Visual communication in business is powerful and makes a positive impact when dealing with potential clients or professional counterparts. If you do not have a photo for your professional profile page, this can have a big impact on the overall appearance of your profile giving the impression your profile is incomplete.

2) Your social media headshots needs to be polished and professional. Casual photos that some may use on Facebook are not a good choice on LinkedIn. Keep your headshot professional. Remember, first impressions count, and people do business with people they trust so be sure that your picture conveys the impression of the warm, professional, friendly person that you really are.

You can view more helpful tips for your social media headshots here Michael Carr Photography can capture and provide you with Houston social media headshots.

social media headshots

We are a full service commercial portrait studio specializing in executive portraits and business headshots. Our session services include a complementary clothing consultation to help you select clothing for your headshot session. Before and during your business portrait session, Michael Carr performs a visual facial analysis to determine your most flattering side and adjusts the lighting equipment placement to help shape your face to best compliment your facial bone structure.

We all want to be photographed on our best side and look slim! Michael Carr has over 20 years of photographic experience and knowledge. Rest assured, you are coming to a professional that delivers consistent results time and time again. The Houston headshots for social media studio is located in a professional office building in the Galleria area, 77057, with convenient access to major freeways: I-10, 610, and 59. Visit our site to view our portfolio, clothing tips and contact us. We can be reached via phone at 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.

Professional photographer in Houston

In a world where women are business leaders, executives, and innovators, your business image must display executive presence. You’ve worked hard to break that glass ceiling, now it’s time to own your status with a custom-designed Women Portraits.

By scheduling a portrait session with Michael Carr Photography at 713-461-2862, you’ll ensure your women’s casual Business Portrait captures your best features, polished style, and self-confidence.

To make your Women’s Business Portrait session a positive experience, we’ve provided a few tips to guide you through the process.

 

Women Portraits
5 Women’s Casual Business Portrait Tips

1. In-Studio Sessions

In-studio Portrait sessions are ideal for busy female professionals. At Michael Carr Photography, we offer a professional studio within a commercial office building. Amenities include a controlled environment, a full dressing room, wifi, and on-set viewing of your session images as they are being captured. Each Women’s Casual Business Portrait begins with a consultation to discuss 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 selections. A digital artist will edit your final images in digital enhancement software to soften puffiness under the eyes, minimize smile lines and refine your portrait.

2. Attire & Accessories
For the Women’s Casual Portrait, we want the portrait to emphasize you. 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.

Women Business Photographer

 

3. Grooming
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.

4. Background Selection & Image Usage
Depending on your image specs and requirements, we will select a white, graphite or gray background that will compliment your attire. Please know in advance if your business portrait is head and shoulders or ¾ length or full-body length. Also please provide us any specific website or file specs you have for your final digital images.


5. Posing and Expression

To capture your executive presence, we recommend an expression that exudes confidence and leadership traits. Be careful with the excessive head tilting or straight on approach in your casual Business Portrait. For some, a closed mouth expression with a slight expression in the eyes works best. For others, a slight expression in the smile and eyes works better. In either case, approachability is the key. Proper body language and posing are as important as expression and clothing. As in any profession, the quality is in the details.

Women Business Photographer

Call Michael Carr Photography today at 713-461-2862 and own your status with custom-designed women’s casual Business Portraiture!

 

About Michael Carr Photography

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

Shop With Heart and Save

Shop with the Heart

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

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

The following sessions and portraits are eligible for savings:

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

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

Michael and Lisa Carr are full time portrait artist specializing in creative and timeless family portraits both in black and white and color mediums. We offer environmental family portraits, at home portrait sessions in the Houston area, as well as in studio portraits. Michael Carr Photography is a full service portrait studio. What this means to you is that we complete your portrait from the beginning to the finished phases: conception, capture and full artist embellishments to your final wall portraits. To learn more about our studio and portrait photography for your individual portraits and family portraits, visit here or call 713-461-2862.

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

Fall in Love with Portraits

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

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

Couples and Relationship BW

Couples and Relationship BW Portraits

 

Children’s Portraits (over the age of 5)

Children’s Portraits

 

Family Portraits

Family Portraits

 

Individual Legacy Portraits

Individual Legacy Portraits

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

Happy Valentine’s Day 2019!

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

Buy Your Gift Certificate

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

Michael and Lisa Carr are full time portrait artist specializing in creative and timeless family portraits both in black and white and color mediums. We offer environmental family portraits, at home portrait sessions in the Houston area, as well as in studio portraits. Michael Carr Photography is a full service portrait studio. What this means to you is that we complete your portrait from the beginning to the finished phases: conception, capture and full artist embellishments to your final wall portraits. To learn more about our studio and portrait photography for your individual portraits and family portraits, visit here or call 713-461-2862.

Women Business Portraits

In a world where women are business leaders, executives, and innovators, your business image must display executive presence.  You’ve worked hard to break that glass ceiling, now it’s time to own your status with a custom-designed Women’s Casual Business Portrait.

By scheduling a portrait session with Michael Carr Photography at 713-461-2862, you’ll ensure your women’s casual Business Portrait captures your best features, polished style, and self-confidence.

To make your Women’s Business Portrait session a positive experience, we’ve provided a few tips to guide you through the process.

Women Business Portraits

5 Women’s Casual Business Portrait Tips

1. In-Studio Sessions

In-studio Portrait sessions are ideal for busy female professionals. At Michael Carr Photography, we offer a professional studio within a commercial office building. Amenities include a controlled environment, a full dressing room, wifi, and on-set viewing of your session images as they are being captured. Each Women’s Casual Business Portrait 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. 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.

2. Attire & Accessories

For the Women’s Casual Portrait, we want the portrait to emphasize you. 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.

Female Business Headshots
3. Grooming

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.

4. Background Selection & Image Usage

Depending on your application, we will select a white, graphite or gray background that will compliment your attire. Please know in advance if your business portrait is head and shoulders or ¾ length or full-body length. Also please provide us any specific website or file specs you have for your final digital images.

5. Posing and Expression

To capture your executive presence, we recommend an expression that exudes confidence and leadership traits. Be careful with the excessive head tilting or straight on approach in your casual Business Portrait. For some, a closed mouth expression with a slight expression in the eyes works best. For others, a slight expression in the smile and eyes works better. In either case, approachability is the key. Proper body language and posing are as important as expression and clothing. As in any profession, the quality is in the details.

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Call Michael Carr Photography today at 713-461-2862 and own your status with custom-designed women’s casual Business Portraiture!

About Michael Carr Photography

Michael Carr is a full-time Portrait Photographer located in the Memorial area (77057).  For a review of our Business Portrait portfolio, visit our website at www.michaelcarr.photography or call 713-461-2862 to book your session.