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Houston Couples Photographer - Maggie + Sam

26 November 2011
I recently had the pleasure of working with Maggie and Sam to capture some fun images of them in celebration of Maggie's birthday! This couple was so much fun to work with! They were completely at ease in front of the camera, adorable, and full of laughs! I loved the balloons Maggie brought!!! I hope you guys enjoy your sneak peeks!.

Houston Natural Light Photographer - Post Processing

22 November 2011
Levels, contrast, white balance, brightening, noise reduction..... All of these are terms pertaining to post-processing. This is the procedure by which photographers take their SOOC (straight out of camera)images and turn them into works of art.

Each photographer has their own style of post-processing. Some like high contrast while others opt for breezy and etherial looking images. Some photographers add textures to their images and some go for somber and moody results by adding heavy vignettes and bringing down the lights. Other photographers do the bare minimum necessary to liven up their images in order to keep everything looking as real as possible. No method is better or worse than another.... Photography is art and art is subjective.

When you are considering your own family photos, be sure to look at the websites of several photographers in your area to get a feel for what type of images they produce. If you have questions, ask! I've heard horror stories from fellow photographers of clients who hired them based on referrals alone - and who were surprised when the images were not what they were expecting. Research, research, research!!! It's best to openly discuss your options with your photographer before you both invest valuable time and money into a session! You want to be sure you will walk away with images you are proud to display in your home for years to come - and every photographer wants you to be in love with your end result!

On average, I typically spend 8 - 10 hours with clients from initial contact to delivery of their orders! It is truly a "work of heart!" Here are a few examples of my SOCC images and my final results after post-processing. This is where a big part of my time is spent....after the session.



Houston Senior Photographer - Giselle

21 November 2011
Meet Giselle! She is a JWP Senior Model Rep for the class of 2012 and I absolutely loved meeting her and working with her! Giselle is such a bright and intelligent young woman - I know she will go far in life! If you are a friend of Giselle's and would like to have your own senior portraits made with Jill Ward Photography - ask her for a referral card and receive 15% off your order! Thanks, Giselle, for doing such a great job and best wishes for a wonderful and unforgettable senior year!

Playing Catch Up!

20 November 2011
The holidays are fast approaching and I, like many, am feeling a bit overwhelmed! I've been neglecting my blog - which is not good considering potential clients come here to check out my portfolio. I've become a bit lazy and have been posting ALL my session sneak peeks on Facebook!!!! It's so easy....but I'm getting a little tired of Facebook if truth be told. It's your face!

I've decided to return to my roots and blog my session peeks for clients. I will post, at a maximum, three peeks on Facebook. Beginning tomorrow, I will be uploading my most recent sessions right here! I'm excited! I think it is so much nicer to see mulitple images from a session in one location and in a nice format. It certainly beats hitting "next" on FB and flipping through the images.

In the meantime, I wanted to share a photo of a really fun dessert my four year old and I made today! She is having a Thanksgiving Feast tomorrow at her little pre-school. If you are so inspired, they are quite easy!  Simply melt a bag of chocolate chips in the microwave.  Using two toothpicks to hold a marshmallow, dip it into the melted chocolate and then place it on top of a cookie (Keebler cookies turned upside down).  After they dry completely, use a tube of yellow icing and paint a buckle onto each hat!  Enjoy!

Houston Maternity and Family Photographer - Lidia + Alberto

01 November 2011
This family of three is about to welcome another little girl! I loved spending the evening with Lidia, Alberto, and their beautiful little girl, Sabina! Sabina's smile could light up all of Houston and the love her mom and dad share was so evident and sweet! Enjoy your sneak peeks!!!!!