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I am taking a moment from pimping my headshots to bring a bit of an update on something I feel is pretty exciting.  I have been hired by St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in the Montrose to teach an after school photography course one afternoon each week during the 2014 – 2015 school year.  What is MOST exciting about this class is that I will be using curriculum that was developed in partnership with the Houston Center for Photography (HCP).

HCP delivers classes to the general public and has established curriculum for that market.  However, there has never been an attempt to develop the curriculum to map to a semester long school class offering.  After several meetings with the good people at HCP, we now have a course curriculum that the students at St. Stephen’s will benefit from and we hope to be able to roll this course offering out to other private and public schools in Houston in the future.  Can’t wait to get started with this class!

Here is the press release that went out yesterday to media outlets here in Houston.  Get your kids signed up today.  Contact St. Stephen’s Episcopal School (or me) for more details!

 

2014-07-09 St Stephens & HCP Press Release

I have a firm belief in what our calling on this planet is about.  It is to show love and compassion to our fellow man at all times.  I have spent over 20 years of my life actively volunteering for various charities.  However, nothing has been as rewarding to me as my three years volunteering once a week at Lord of the Streets Homeless Shelter in mid-town Houston.  We help the homeless and those in difficult transitional circumstances get the help they need.  This can include clothing, shoes, free Texas IDs, free birth certificates, free health care services, access to a social security attorney and help finding food and housing.  We also hold a church service for them each Sunday morning and then feed them a free, home-style breakfast following the service – we have between 200 and 250 people every Sunday for the church service and breakfast.

Lord of the Streets is also a full fledged Parish of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Texas.  In fact, it’s the only church in the United States where 100% of the parishioners are homeless.  On Wednesday, June 4, 2014, Lord of the Streets held an outdoor church service.  One of the homeless parishioners agreed to grill burgers for those who attended the service.  I volunteered to take some photos of this very touching and moving event.  A few of my favorites from the service are below.

TO SEE ALL THE PHOTOS FROM THE SERVICE, CLICK HERE.

 

Corporate Headshots

Spring has sprung and our phone is ringing with requests for professional headshots.  Whether you are looking for an updated headshot for your personal use on Facebook and LinkedIn or you are looking to have an office group photographed for the company website, we are the solution for you!  Our specialty for corporations is coming onsite with a complete lighting setup with a backdrop or using a natural light setup using window light for a more contemporary look.  Pricing can be tailored depending on the size of the group.  In the last several months, we’ve shot groups as small as three employees and as large as 125 employees.  No headshot session is too small or too large!

We’ve been hired recently by such notable companies as Noble Energy, Cub Energy, Vector Controls, Wipro Consulting, Duff & Phelps and multiple law firms, real estate firms and doctors offices.  Take a look at a few of our recent clients headshots.  If you like what you see, give us a call to schedule your personal headshots or your company headshots today!

FotoFest 2014

As a full-time, professional photographer, I use my camera to support my needs for food and shelter.  This has always been done in the form of event photography and portrait photography.  While very rewarding, typically event photos and portraits do NOT qualify as ‘art’.  As such, I’ve never had the opportunity to participate in an artistic photography exhibition.

Well, all of that changes this coming Saturday night, March 15th at 6:00pm when I host a reception for my FotoFest 2014 solo exhibit.  FotoFest is the oldest and largest photography exhibit in the United States.  It runs for 6 weeks from March 15th through April 26th and is held in hundreds of different venues across the City of Houston.  My solo exhibit will be held at the Havens Center at 1827 West Alabama and is literally right next door to the Chocolate Bar.

I have become involved in a flight training school over the past year as a partner in the business.  Part of my involvement has been to learn to fly small aircraft.  I have been a little uneasy about flying in small aircraft and I found myself really looking closely at all moving parts of the plane during pre-flight inspections due to this uneasiness.  It was at these moments that I noticed how all the small pieces work together to keep us in the air.  So, I used a Canon 100mm Macro lens to do a complete study of these small pieces and the resulting exhibit is titled Aloft: AeroMacro.

Please join us at the Havens Center on Saturday night at 6pm for martinis, food, people watching and some unique art.  Hope to see you all there!

While we’ve been busy with hundreds of headshots and a few portrait sessions in the new year, Spring has snuck up on us.  That means several things – time to shop for new swimwear, time to put the coats into storage, time to take the top off the Jeep and time to start finalizing plans for that event you’re in charge of.  In the past two weeks alone, we’ve photographed 5 events (one on a Monday!).

It takes time, energy and lots of effort to create an awesome event.  You pour your soul into making an event perfect for the honorees and for the guests.  Don’t leave the photography to an amateur – especially one who got a “great new Canon Rebel” as a Christmas gift.  Preserve the memories in an impactful and awesome manner by calling us to photograph your event.  We’ve photographed hundreds of Houston events since 2006 and you’ve probably seen our photos in media such as CultureMap, the Chronicle and in so many other online sites we can’t even count them.

Take a look at the event we shot last night at the Galveston Artillery Club to get an idea on how your event could be preserved forever.  A couple of our favorite shots are below in case you don’t have time to see the whole batch.  Give us a call on our studio phone or email us to reserve your date on our photography calendar.  Don’t snooze, the clock is ticking and our calendar fills fast!

Professional Portraits

So, I’ve had my say recently about some people using less than adequate headshots.  While I encourage everyone to find the time for a professional headshot, sometimes you need a little more than a headshot.  If you find yourself starting a business, joining a new firm or embarking upon a career change, having a good set of professional portraits can really help set you apart.  Headshots show the world what you look like, but professional portraits can show people just how powerful a business person you can be.  They set you apart from others in the same arena and can make a statement based on your pose, attire or location.

Take a look at a few photos from a recent professional photo shoot we did here at STP Images.  These came out beautifully and will help Kim in her move and career change.  Call or email us today to book YOUR professional photo shoot.

 

Have you ever taken a good look at the photos of your friends on LinkedIn or Facebook?  I do this on a regular basis and I am astounded at the number of people using horrible bathroom mirror selfies or event photos with a drink and friends cropped out.  Come on people!  Is that the image you really want to show the world?  In an instant, potential employers, clients and even potential dates can make a decision about whether to hire (or date) you based on what they see in the first few seconds of pulling your social media info.  Don’t be that guy/girl.

Give us a call at STP Images Photography Studio and let’s set up a headshot session or even a business executive portrait session to show the world what a mover and shaker you really are.  Even if you’re not, we can sure make you LOOK like you are.

Take a look at a few of the natural light headshots we’ve taken in just the past couple of weeks.  Check your calendar, give us an hour, and we’ll improve your professional and personal stature!  Call us at STP Images today.

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