Fenwick Family | Hitchcock, TX | Kemah, TX Family and Children Photographers

Fenwick Family | Hitchcock, TX | Kemah, TX Family and Children Photographers

We always love working with the family!  We were honored to capture their wedding and just love capturing their family photos every year!  We love seeing their little girl grow and her hugs and smiles just warm my heart!  We had a great time with them at this quiet little location and managed to get some amazing shots.  I loved editing this session and it just made me so happy as I worked through all the photos.  We look forward to many more sessions with them!

What to Wear | Kemah, TX Photographers

As a photographer, I get asked all the time "What should we wear for our session"?  Hopefully, this post can answer some of those questions for you.  I  tell my clients to wear what is comfortable, you want to be able to sit with ease or play with the kiddos without worrying about your outfit.  If you are not comfortable with what you are wearing it will come through on the other side.  I also like to suggest that you don't go too matchy, coordinate yes, but you do not want everyone in the same color.  I would shy away from super bright colors and I really prefer not a lot of white or blacks.    What I usually do is pick a patterned shirt or dress for one person and then pull colors together from that for everyone else.  It doesn't even hurt to have a couple of patterns as long as they aren't over the top.  You would be surprised what you can put together and it comes out looking great!  Just experiment and have fun but please wear something nice, you are investing in your session with us, why not look your best!!   I have put together a few examples to show you what you can put together and how it looks, please note that the following images of the clothes are taken from Pinterest and are not my photos.

Now that I have shown you a few examples from Pinterest I am going to show you some samples from our actual client sessions.

And one of my family, as you can see I picked the pattern shirt for my youngest and then coordinated around it with colors from her shirt.  Just have fun and don't be afraid to add some color, just don't overdo it.  I usually go shopping for  family photos and buy several options for everyone and then come home and lay them all out and see what looks the best together, you can always  return what you don't choose.

Pacini Family | Challenger Park | League City, TX | Kemah, TX Family and Children Photographers

Pacini Family | Challenger Park | League City, TX | Kemah, TX Family and Children Photographers

We always have a great time with this family!  We had the honor of taking their maternity photos and doing their precious little girl's newborn session.  It has been almost a year since we have seen them and I was so happy when I learned we were going to see them for fall photos.  We enjoyed our time with them once again and we got some amazing shots, it helps to have a gorgeous family to work with and the lighting was perfect this evening!  We hope you enjoy the photos and we hope to see you guys again soon!

A Walk to Give | An A Life to Live 5K Event | Jenkins Park Baytown, TX | November 5, 2016

A Walk to Give | An A Life to Live 5K Event | Jenkins Park Baytown, TX | November 5, 2016

On November 5, 2016 A Life to Live in partnership with Abshier-Meuth Animal Hospital and Animal Medival Center of Baytown will bring you Baytown's largest pet event of the year!  Whether you are a runner, a vendor, a food truck, an animal rescue, someone who just wants to be a sponsor or just an animal lover be sure you do not miss out on this event!  Be sure to visit A Life to Live for more info on the event and how to join and support them!

A Walk to Give is a local charitable 5K and outdoor event benefiting homeless animals by bringing together people and pets in our community. Participants will have the opportunity to bring their human and canine companions to participate in a 5K through wooded trails, gravel paths and over water bridges to compete for a variety of prizes while running for a charitable cause. In addition to the cardio activities, attendees will have the ability to meet-n-greet with adoptable pets from local area wide 501(c)(3) animal rescues, shelters and welfare organizations in hopes of finding furever homes. Local veterinarians, dog trainers, groomers, pet suppliers, dog walkers, pet sitters, and boarding facilities will set up to offer the community resources, educational information, and will offer products and services to enrich the lives of pets and their families. Non-animal, but still animal-loving, vendors will be setting up booths, tents, crafts, accessories, services, apparel, and more, all to provide the public with an exceptional experience, service, and/or product for the overall goal of supporting A Life to Live's life-saving programs. 

A Life to Live is the host and benefiting organization of A Walk to Give. A Life to Live is an incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established out of our love and passion for providing an opportunity and better quality of life for homeless animals. We have a No Kill mission with life-saving programs that provides invaluable resources to homeless pets and our community. Through education, outreach, and service, we provide animals with an opportunity to live their full life. 

 

Olaf turns 1 | Pup Cake Smash Session | Kemah, TX Pet Photographers

Olaf turns 1 | Pup Cake Smash Session | Kemah, TX Pet Photographers

This is our foster failure pup, he was one of the 6 that we fostered last year and well he stole our hearts and we couldn't imagine him going to live with anyone else...so we adopted him!  Well, today he turned 1 and we had to give him a cake smash!  This was the fastest cake smash ever and he ate the WHOLE cake!  Who says cake smashes are just for babies!?!  Pups can definitely enjoy a good cake smash!  I can't believe it has already been a year, he is a huge mess but we sure love our Olaf!

A Life to Live Microchipping event | Baytown, TX | Kemah, TX Photographers

A Life to Live Microchipping event | Baytown, TX | Kemah, TX Photographers

We love volunteering our time and our photography to A Life to Live!  On July 30th we volunteered at a microchipping event in Baytown, Cliff helped out while I captured the event!  Enjoy all these adorable faces!!

"On July 30th, A Life to Live partnered with Abshier-Meuth Animal Hospital and the Animal Medical Center of Baytown to host a free microchipping opportunity for 50 pets in our community, plus a discounted microchip to an additional 25 pets!  Our furry friends were in line and ready to go, with their human companions following behind on leash!  We had small dogs, large dogs, young felines and old, youngins and seniors, hairy and almost hairless, pure breeds and mixes!  No matter what size, type or breed, no matter feline or canine, we chipped them!

As a result of this charitable opportunity and local partnership, 75 more dogs and cats have a significantly great chance of returning to the comfort of their home if they were to escape or become lost.

Stuff happens; pets get loose!  But, what actions are you taking to ensure that your pet is recovered and returns home when lost?  Learn more at A Life to Live"

My Baby girl is 16 | Sweet 16 Cake Smash Session| Kemah, TX Photographers

My Baby girl is 16 | Sweet 16 Cake Smash Session| Kemah, TX Photographers

It seems just like yesterday I was watching her learn to walk!  You really don't believe it when they tell you it will fly by, but it truly has!  I cannot believe my oldest daughter is 16 years old!  I am beyond proud of her and the young lady she is becoming, but I would be lying if I said it didn't sting just a little to think that she is that much closer to moving out and growing up!  We truly need to cherish the time with our kiddos!  

Jordyn, had been talking about wanting a cake smash session for her 16th birthday for a while.  I heard her but kinda just played it off like maybe we would get around to it while the real plan was to surprise her with it!  I reached out to my friends and asked if anyone would be willing to donate some items to make it happen.  Caprisa with Tickle Me Pink Boutique  donated her adorable tank top, Taryn with My Cookie's Creations who donated the wine glass, our good friend Jessica made  the gorgeous cake and I found this awesome vendor on Etsy who did her tutu. Check out this tutu by Frills and Fireflies here!  We had so much fun and I just love that we have these photos to look back on!  Thank you Jordyn for loving life and for wanting to do this!  I will cherish these photos forever!

Oliva 6 month Photos | O'Banion Portraiture | Kemah, TX Children Photographers | Kemah, TX Photography Studio

Oliva 6 month Photos | O'Banion Portraiture | Kemah, TX Children Photographers | Kemah, TX Photography Studio

I just adore this family!  Jay is the Executive Director of A Life to Live and we work together with the organization.  I love that they have included us in capturing their precious daughter's growth.  We were there to capture this beautiful girl at just a day old and she is now already 6 months old...still as gorgeous as can be!  We look forward to many more sessions with this family!

Ava 18-month Session | Kemah, TX Children Photographers | Kemah, TX Portrait Studio

Ava 18-month Session | Kemah, TX Children Photographers | Kemah, TX Portrait Studio

We always love seeing miss Ava, this was her 3rd session with us and she is usually all smiles for us.  This little sweetheart must not have been feeling well because she made us work for it!  We played, we sang, we acted all kinds of goofy to get her to smile!  This session was not only about capturing Ava at 18 months, she had a little something she wanted to share....she is going to be a big sister at the end of the year!  We cannot wait to meet the new baby of the family!  Congrats guys, we are so happy for all 3 of you!

Welcome to the World | Studio New Baby Session | Kemah, TX Children Photographers | Kemah, TX Photography Studio

Welcome to the World | Studio New Baby Session | Kemah, TX Children Photographers | Kemah, TX Photography Studio

I was thrilled when this adorable little girls Momma contacted me about doing photos of her and her siblings.  She was a little older than most newborns I work with, but she did really well and I think we captured some great photos!  We scheduled the siblings to arrive at the studio later in the session and once they arrived we were excited to include them in the session, we had so much fun getting to know them.  Their little guy is too much fun, such a little ham and both their girls are just beautiful!  We are so grateful we were able to capture these moments for them!

Marcus Senior Portraits | Friendswood High School Senior | Alvin, TX | Kemah, TX Senior Photographers

Marcus Senior Portraits | Friendswood High School Senior | Alvin, TX | Kemah, TX Senior Photographers

We haven't had the chance to work with very many seniors but when we get the chance to do so we get super excited!  Our daughter has this guy's Mom as a choir teacher so we were really looking forward to doing these for them!  We met up with them at the Alvin Train Depot and had so much fun!  We had to reschedule this session due to weather but I am so glad we held out because the light was amazing this evening!  This guy has quite the personality and had us laughing for most of his session!  We managed to get some get some great shots, including some of him with his guitar.  We love it when seniors include what is important to them in their sessions and this was really great not only that he included his guitar but that it was his grandfather's.  We wish you the best of luck after graduation Marcus!  Thank you for allowing us to take your Senior portraits for you, we had a blast and hope that you love the photos as much as we do!

If you are looking for a Senior Photographer to capture your senior portraits contact us today! We would love to become your photographers!  We are located in Kemah, TX but are willing to travel! 

Why Do I Do It?

Why Do I Do It?

Ever since I was a little girl I have had a love for animals, especially dogs.  I had a dream of becoming a vet when I was younger but as I grew older and my life took a different path this dream never became a reality.  My Dad told me once that it would be hard to be a vet and have to see sick and injured pets and even put down the ones we couldn't save or the ones that had come to the end of their lives.  This made sense to me and while, yes, I think that would have been hard to see and deal with, it is the ones you save that makes up for those that you cannot.  I knew I always wanted a houseful of dogs and I always wanted to help those that I could not bring home with me.  

I was so blessed to have found my other half so early in life and our lives took us into the Navy at a very young age, we married when he was 21 and I was 19 and only one month after he was off to boot camp.  While in the Navy, we moved all over the country and never lived in one place more than 3 years.  I knew I couldn't do much with my urge to help animals since we were always on the move, and most places we lived had us limited to 2 pups of our own.  When we finally bought our own house, we broke the rule of 2 and adopted a 3rd pup, it was kinda unplanned but life with 3 was good.  In May of 2009, we unexpectedly lost our first boxer and only a few short months later we lost our first rescue that Cliff and I saved together before we were married.  On my birthday in 2009, we adopted another one in memory of the 2 we lost and, well, we couldn't just have one!  We have always had rescue dogs, with the exception of our 2 boxers, and they were never from a breeder but from what I like to call an oops litters.  Over the years, we have gone from 3 to 2 and even down to one and back to 2 and then 3 and now we are at 4...yes we have 4 of our own.

While in NY I felt the need to find something for me, I had done the stay at home Mom and the Navy wife thing for 13 years.  I needed to find something I was passionate about, something for me, and so Amy O'Banion Photography came to life in 2011.  I started the business and learned the trade and truly enjoyed capturing moments for my clients, who I like to call friends.  I grew the business, moved it...twice, and when we got out of the Navy in 2014 and moved back home to TX, Cliff, my husband, came on board and now we shoot as a team.  We have changed the name to O'Banion Portraiture to include him and we enjoy working the business together.  I knew now that were settled back in TX I wanted to find a shelter or a rescue to volunteer with and donate the trade that I learned, photography!

In January of 2015, we were forced to make the tough decision to put down one of our babies, this was the 3rd time we had to deal with the loss of one of our fur-babies and not an easy decision to make, but he was in pain and couldn't get up anymore and we knew it was time.  We were back to 2 and we didn't really have the intention of going back to 3, until we were at Tractor Supply in April of 2015 getting food for our ducks and there was a table set up with  a crate full of puppies...I knew I was in trouble and, well, so did Cliff.  He went on in to get the food while I hung back and visited with a friend of the Executive Director of a fairly new rescue called A Life to Live.  I had been looking for a rescue to work with and donate our time and photography to and also donate some profits to from a pet mini session event we had set up and this just seemed perfect.  We visited with Jay and offered our services and asked if he would like to be the rescue we donated the proceeds from the session to.  We also fell in love with a puppy out of the 4 that were there, I just felt we needed to honor our Jasper and bring another pup into the home.  We now had the land and a nice home and, well, lots of love to give to a new pup, we chose a beautiful pup named Mazey...now Lily.  I cannot imagine life without this pup and I just feel like it was fate that we met Jay that day, this began my journey in animal rescue.  I have been working with A Life to Live for a little over a year now and I just have to say it has filled that void, that urge to help those in need!  I cannot say thank you enough to my husband and family and all the support they have given not only to me through this journey and the need and want to help but also all the support and time they have given to A Life to Live.

We volunteer at events, provide photos to help get the animals adopted and help promote A Life to Live,  we have also fostered for A Life to Live.  In 2015 we saved a Mom and litter of 6 pups from a high kill shelter and fostered them until they were all adopted and, yes this is where our 4th pup came from, we had a foster fail with our little Olaf.  A lot of people say I cannot foster because I would keep them all...Yes, it is so hard to foster and not get attached but I am so happy to know that all the pups and momma dog found wonderful homes!  It truly makes it worth it, even though it is hard to see them go!  It was not always easy, and there were many days I wanted to pull my hair out but in the end to know we saved 7 lives felt truly amazing!  We had some sick puppies in the beginning and the momma dog was not in too good of shape either, but we as a family nursed them all back to health, I weaned the pups and trained them and then we sent them off to their new homes.  We also fostered a boxer that was found, as a stray, by a friend who is also involved in animal rescue.  She needed help as she had a house full so being a boxer lover and knowing she needed help and does so much to help others out I offered to help and reached out to Jay and asked if we could foster him.  We brought Chief into the program, got him up to date on shots, neutered and fattened him up and got him ready to go to his forever home.  He was such a sweet boy and just wanted to be loved,  we found him a perfect home with an experienced boxer owner and he now lives with 2 other boxer siblings.  

Why do I do it?  I know that is probably a question on a lot of peoples minds. I find that a lot of people will never understand why we do what we do.  I guess my thinking is, why do more people not help?  Why are there so many homeless pets, why are there so many turned into shelters every day, why are there so many dogs tied up or raised as backyard pets?  It just seems to me to be an easy answer to as why do I do it, they are helpless and rely on us.  They trust us with their lives, they love with all they have and all they ask is to be loved in return.  For those that need help, we have to help!  They cannot help themselves and rely on us to do so!  Yes, it is hard to see so many cruelty cases, so many homeless, so many mistreated, unloved, injured, etc. but I just try to focus on the ones we can save, the ones we find homes for.  I may not always be it the position to foster but I do volunteer when I can and I truly enjoy being a part of A Life to Live and being able to help the ones we can!   There is no better feeling than saving a life and being a part of that!  I have found my calling and I look forward to growing with A Life to Live for many years!

Are you intrigued?  Think you might want to make a difference? You can do it too!  A Life to Live is a foster based organization, without fosters, we cannot take in more animals.  The more fosters we have, the more lives we can save!  If you have ever thought about it, ever wondered if you could do it, if you have the love and you have the room in your home, please consider giving it a shot.  If you want to help, even if it's just to volunteer at events every once in awhile or maybe help in other ways please reach out, we always need volunteers!  Contact A Life to Live to see about joining this awesome organization!

 

 

A girl and her pups | League City, TX | Kemah, TX Pet Photographers

A girl and her pups | League City, TX | Kemah, TX Pet Photographers

When Erin contacted me about doing a session for her and her pups you know I jumped at the opportunity!  We had so much fun getting to know Erin and her mom and of course the 3 pups!  We had our work cut out for us trying to get them all 3 to look our way, but I think we managed to get some great shots and hope that Erin will cherish these photos always!  

Referral Program | Discounted Photography Sessions | Kemah, TX Photographers

Did you know about our referral program??  Let me tell you a little about it!  We grow with referrals, when you send someone our way you are helping us to grow our business and we cannot say thank you enough for this so we have started this as a way to thank you!  So how does it work, well all you have to do is give our name out to anyone who might be in the market for a photographer and make sure you tell them to give us your name when they book and you will receive $25 off your next session with us just for referring us!  We love when our clients refer us and our best advertising is word of mouth so we want to say thank you for sending your friends and family our way and this is one way we can do just that.  There is no limit to the amount of discounts you receive, you could have enough discounts to get a free session!  Send us a Bride and Groom that books their wedding with us and you will receive a FREE mini session with us!

Foster / Willburn Wedding | Twin Palms | Kemah, TX Wedding Photographers

Foster / Willburn Wedding | Twin Palms | Kemah, TX Wedding Photographers

Laura and Raymond were referred to us by Christy with  Who's That Girl? Wedding and Events, we are so happy that we were chosen to capture their special day!  We loved getting to know these 2 and had a blast photographing their wedding.  The weather didn't play nice for this outdoor event but they were lucky enough to have an amazing wedding coordinator who jumped into action and came up with a plan to keep us all out of the rain and crazy wind!  If you need a wedding coordinator Christy is your girl!  This was a short and sweet event and most of our photos of are of everyone having fun.  We hope you enjoy the photos!

Cook Family | Heritage Park | League City, TX | Kemah, TX Family Photographers

Cook Family | Heritage Park | League City, TX | Kemah, TX Family Photographers

This was a great session catching up with more friends from High School, I love being able to capture moments for people from our past!  We had fun visiting and getting to know their kiddos.  We met at one of our most popular locations in League City and were lucky enough to have some great weather for their session.  We look forward to many more sessions with this beautiful family!

Kinley Harper | Kemah Studio Newborn Session | Kemah, TX Newborn Photographers

Kinley Harper | Kemah Studio Newborn Session | Kemah, TX Newborn Photographers

We were so excited to finally get this sweet baby girl into the studio!  We had the pleasure of meeting and working with her Mom and Dad for Maternity photos only a few weeks before baby girls arrival and we could not wait to meet her.  She joined us in the studio at 1 week old and she was the perfect little angel.  We were able to get some beautiful shots of this gorgeous baby girl and some wonderful family shots with Mom and Dad as well.  I love it when the parents want to capture these sweet moments with their newborn because they grow in the blink of an eye.  We have truly enjoyed working with this family and look forward to doing many sessions for them in the future!

Family Session | League City, TX | Kemah, TX Family Photographers

Family Session | League City, TX | Kemah, TX Family Photographers

This family won a mini session with us that we donated to a local silent auction.  She contacted me to set up the session and even though we did have to reschedule due to weather we finally met up with them and had a great time getting to know them!  It sure is a small world because it turns out Audrey and I actually went to the same high school and actually graduated the same year!  We had so much fun with you guys and hope to work with you again in the future!

P Cake Smash/ 1 Year Photo Session | Kemah, TX Children Photographers

P Cake Smash/ 1 Year Photo Session | Kemah, TX Children Photographers

We have worked with this family before and I was so happy when Mom contacted me again to set up this sweet girls cake smash and 1-year photo session.  She wanted a studio session and we were happy to offer this session in our home studio.  We coordinated her colors and were ready for this little princesses session but little did we know she was going to rock her session!  She was amazing for all the photos and she was a pro at smashing her cake too!  She was covered in cake and had to have a bath before she left!  We look forward to seeing this family again in the future.

Pacini Maternity Session | League City, TX | Kemah, TX Maternity Photographers

Pacini Maternity Session | League City, TX | Kemah, TX Maternity Photographers

Kristin contacted me and wanted to book a maternity/newborn package.  We were so happy we were able to work them in and get baby on the books too.  We met them for an early morning session, it was pretty chilly but the lighting was beautiful!  We managed to get 2 locations in and this gorgeous couple sure made it hard to pick the best ones....they were all good!  We cannot wait to meet baby girl very soon!