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peek a boo – bellaire, tx baby and child photographer

yep im still here just sitting in all of the glitter, ribbon and christmas cards of the holiday rush…wait what its not december yet?  i’m sorry did you say it wasnt even halloween yet?!?!?!  well to my clients who have already doen their all wrapped up christmas sessions is it, hahahaha.

i did however get to sneak in a sweet little one year old shoot before the rain hit this weekend and i am giddy about him.  You may remember mr l from here i know a year has passed by so quickly, right!!!!!  Its a good thing he is still as cute as ever, although so NOT a fan of birthday cake….


Kristi - Love them! Thanks Shalonda.

beverly wright - He’s SO cute! just love the family image.

Spencer - Wow! We LOVE how these came out. Thanks Shalonda!

Tanya - What a cutie!!!!!!

Emily - These photos rock! As always! I love the 1st one of the 3 of you. <3 Em

the everyday… magnolia, tx lifestyle photographer

soccer mom x 2

today we got a small taste of the chaos that lies ahead for us for having two kids so close in age and being “those parents” that have to be a part of E-V-E-R-Y thing.  soccer has been a huge part of daddy cheeks life since he was 3 so its only natural that he would want the girls to play at an early age and then of course he HAS to be the coach…dont think i was chillin on a chair on the sideline, bc that is so clearly what i envisioned would finally happen now that they are both playing.  nope of course not, these girls are on different teams!  its not a 3-4 yr old team its a 3 year old team and a 4 year old team and being the over acheiver that he is daddy cheeks signed up to coach BOTH teams and bounce back and forth since #2′s practice starts 30 min before #1.  confused yet?!  well i was happy to finally get to sit on the sideline, maybe be the team mom and do my thing taking pics, as fate would have it no one  signed up to be an assistant coach on EITHER team, so yep you guessed it TAG TEAM COACHING roulette began!  oh my heavens people i am exhausted!  we bounced back and forth from one field to the next alternating, quick kiss in btwn fields, all the while trying not to get madison on #2′s team mixed up with madelyn on #1′s team or conner mixed up with cooper on the other team….WHEW!  towards the end of cheeks#2′s game alot of the parents seemed to have pity on us and came on the field to help so hopefully they feel motivated to join on in again next week bc ummmm hellllllloooo people daddy cheeks is a soccer star but hey i was a cheerleader and a swimmer for crying out loud!

rachael May - Oh. my. word…that last shot is so cute…the little crinkle in her knee cap, the cute pink shin gards….so sweet!

MIMI - oh my word they are adorable. Cheeks #1 I love those silver and pink cleats and cheeks #2 I love you black and pinks cleats also. I just hope ya’ll have lots of fun .

Stacy - welcome to my world….you will have a love hate relationship with it but mostly LOVE.

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!