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the image that started it all… houston, tx child & lifestyle photographer

taken jan 2007

i announced the other day that i was going to be joining the chic critique for the end of oct/nov classes…a few things about this, one its NOT just for photogs its for anyone who loves the art of photography and capturing moments and wants to get better with good honest ol fashioned critique. 

gearing up for this forum has gotten me thinking alot about how far i have come in this journey over the past 4 yrs!  i have had a dslr in my hand capturing moments for FOUR and a half years!  i have been in business for a little less than that, prob closer to 3 than 4 yrs with the time i took off after having cheeks#2 ….but hey thats not the point….the point? oh yea that thing…yes i think i have one somewhere in this, ha…the point is, i am thankful to have found this ability that i would never in a million years guessed i had inside of me and even happier to be able to freeze time for you, your kids, your family but MOST of all for my own family! 

the image above IS and always will be one of my favorite shots.  it was taken when cheeks#1 was barely a year old i had been emersed in learning everything i could about this “fancy” camera, i had been frustrated with what i didnt understand about this “thing”  i had been given a mere 6 months earlier and then i took this!  it took my breath away then and it still does…this moment, this second, this IMAGE, speaks volumes to me, my baby wasnt such a baby anymore she had only just began to walk that month and loved nothing more than to walk on her daddy’s toes, and I was laying on the floor of our old house  taking this pic and growing what would soon be CHEEKS#2 in my belly :)  Is this shot technically correct, heck no, is the post processing of it perfect ha not even close, but this shot was the beginning of a journey i never knew i was going to take and i will be forever grateful for. 

the point (if you are the type to read the cliff notes, ha) try, try and try again!!!  if you find something you love something that you have a passion for then learn it, do it, and you will love it more.

so if there is something you think you want to do or try, this is your “sign” this is your push…GO DO IT!


Amanda Medack - So glad you started because now I have years worth of amazing shots of my girls too!!! Love you Shalonda, you are fabulous!!!

Angela - I will always remember this shot of yours! I can’t believe we’ve been holding a camera the same amount of time…crazy! Good for you for how far you’ve come!!

brooke vanausdal - I literally squealed when I read that you were doing the critique. So I signed up! I am so nervous that you will see my images and wish to grow just half as much as you have. You are amazing.

Jeannette - Saw your article in Inspire me Baby and then found you on Chic Critque so I totally signed up for your critique… nervous but excited!

i just dont know what to do with myself…. the woodlands, tx kids photographer

when i cant post sneak peeks of sessions, hahahaha…its like a high for me to get home as fast as i can, edit a few and then send the email to mom that her sneak peek is up…as you know i swore not to post any sneak peeks of christmas mins sessions this year until after everyone’s cards have been sent out and i had no idea how hard this would be :).  so thats why the blog has been so quiet… in case you were wondering, i was not by any means taking a much needed break, ha who has time for that?!

on another note if you are a photographer or just someone with a serious addiction to photography you might want to considering signing up for the chic critique forum and here’s a little sercret for ya…I WILL BE hosting one of the november classes as a “celebrity photographer” and spots are already filling up so sign up now dont wait, there are only EIGHT spots left….

and bc we cant post without any pics, here is one from our last minute 20 minute sunset session with my babies last night….

Tara - Those faces just kill me. They are SO beautiful!! LOVE this!!! Blow this up BIG and put it on your wall PLEASE!!!

Katie - Awe, love them! Really gorgeous!

Carrie Daly - Oh I am so happy to hear that I am not the only one who runs home to get a sneak peek up! I just can’t sleep without getting my faves edited and up! Just found you via a pin on *pinterest* and now I’ll be wandering here for awhile! Love your stuff!

mimi - OMG as usual what BEAUTIES we have in the family. They are growing up too darn fast. They look like the friends as well as sweet sisters LOve Em once again

mimi - oops forgot to put the best before the friends

Melissa Anderson - LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!! This better be going big on your walls.. and Shalonda, Addie is look so much older and so much like her beautiful momma! xxoo

come fly with me… the woodlands tx child and kid photographer

” i’ve got the need…i’ve got the need for speed “

- top gun (the greatest movie of all time)


Niina - Your set ups are just amazing! So creative yet classy!

Jenny - awesome set up, great shots!

simone carter - I love love love this session – such fantastic inspiration with your props and I bet this little man had a ball shooting this!!

Kate Robinson - unbelievable… you are awesome, that is just all that there is to say about that! My favorite one is the smooshed lips and glasses pulled down.. what a little heartbreaker!

Melissa Anderson - oh my.. I love love love this!!! what a handsome young boy and fabulous set up!!!

Keith Moore - As usally you continue to out do yourself each and every session. Love it and Love you. Dad

Ivey - love, love, love it!

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Tara - These are AMAZING!!! In love with every single one. LOVE!!

beverly wright - perfect. and so magical.

Jody - fabulous theme. I really love this shoot xxx

Kristen - Love it! Where did you get the plane? I’ve been looking for one like that for a long time!