What to wear to a summer session + reasons to book one

What to wear to a summer session + reasons to book one

hey ya'll!

I'm Niesha! The socially awkward, yet vibrant storyteller from the Dirty South.

Welcome to my blog! I'm so glad you've decided to stop by and take a look around. As a traveling Houston-based wedding and portrait photographer, I hope that you find the posts and stories here valuable. Let me know if you have any questions, and if you have time feel free to leave me a comment. As always, I'm here to help you!

Peace, love, and crawfish boils ūü¶ěūüß°

Niesha

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What to wear to a summer session + why you should book one.

“It’s getting hot [out] here!” – Nelly + Niesha¬†

It’s starting to heat up here in Southeast Texas (like 11 months out of the year lol).

There are like a million different blog posts and guides on how to prepare for family sessions but nothing on what to wear to summer sessions.

Self explanatory? Maybe.

It can easily get to 100‚ĄČ or higher here in Texas, but during the early morning hours and late evenings I loooove the temp. Or course add in humidity and it immediately feels like 5 degrees warmer.

Today I’m sharing what to wear to a SUMMER session¬†AND¬†why you should book one.

What to wear to a summer session?

Clothes¬† –¬†Wear light fabrics that let you breathe, but still look great.¬†As always, coordinate colors instead of matching.

  • Girls: Jumpsuits, rompers, shorts & a tank top, dresses. It‚Äôs OK to show some skin ūüôā
  • Guys: Have some fun with your shorts. Salmon and tan colors work as well as other light colors. Pair it with a nice top with 2-3 colors.¬†

Shoes – Choose shoes that are comfortable and summery. Flip flops, loafers, open-toed pumps, even sweet sneakers on your kiddos.

Props –¬†Summer is in season and that means props are too. Consider bringing a beach ball, in-season flower, balloons, giant lollipop or messy ice cream cone that complements your session theme or outfit to make things fun.¬†

Accessorize –¬†Add a sun hat or some shades for an extra flare.¬†

Your smile РOne of our favorite things to see, so make sure you wear this one. 

Reasons to book a summer session.

More Light = More Time

During the summer months we have more daylight hours. All on-location or outdoor sessions take place an hour to an hour and a half after sunrise (8 Р9:00am) or an hour before sunset (usually between 6:30 Р8:00pm).

This is when that beautiful, soft even light comes into play. We don’t shoot during the day unless it’s a wedding or a marathon even. In those cases we find shade when we can.

During the fall, winter, and most of spring, Daylight Savings ends and it gets dark as early as 6:00pm. Which means we’d be shooting at around 4:30-5:00pm or so. Not exactly ideal for our working families.

We can take our time instead of racing to beat the sun (or moonlight).

Schedule Availability

Another pro to having more light is the availability -for you and me. During the summer months school is out and there’s more time to spend with your family and friends. That also means the schedules a little less tighter than usual. Plus, you’re beating the fall rush and ensuring you have a date on the calendar. You have a much better chance at getting everyone together as a family or making time for senior photos during the summer.

No sold out stores or inconvenient shopping. 

Wardrobe – Add in the ability to shop without bumping into the person next to you and it’s really golden. Stores are a lot less busy and you can usually find what you’re needing when it comes to accessories and wardrobe. Hardly anything, except swimsuits and sandals, are sold out during the summer.

Activities + Session Types.

This should be a no-brainer but there’s literally countless session themes or types you can do during the summer months. You can¬†almost find any reason or activity to book a summer session for.

Wanna go to the beach or lake? Have at it. It’s summer. Make a trip out of it and book your session after you’ve had some fun in the sun.

Still think it’s too hot. Schedule an in-home studio session in a temperature controlled environment or¬†cool¬†down¬†ice cream or “sweet treats” session at one of our local creameries or bakeries.

 

That’s a wrap.

I hope you guys enjoyed today’s blog post on what to wear to a summer session and reasons to book one. I really think summer sessions are overrated. There’s tons to work with and I truly believe the pros outweigh the cons. Which the only con I can even think of is the heat. Then again, I am totally against taking winter photos outdoors and start to shiver if it drops below 60 ‚ĄČ.

Ready to book a summer session for yourself, teen, or family? Click here to get started. 

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Introducing Custom Mobile Apps for Seniors On-the-Go!

We’re proud to announce all NEW custom mobile apps!¬†You can share your photos with friends and family on the go!

Why it’s great for you…

When was the last time you left the house without your phone or mobile device? Probably not at all! Honestly I’d be surprised and if you did, you probably either 1) returned to your home to retrieve it, or 2) felt disconnected without it and wished you’d went back for it. There’s no way you can check Instagram, post Snaps, or tweet without it…right?

With the mobile app, you have the ability to access your senior pictures at the touch of a button. We make¬†it fast, simple, and easy to navigate.¬†In addition, you have the ability to keep your photos with you on the go, at all times.¬†In other words, it’s an exciting way of blending your printed artwork with the latest technology.¬†

The details…

Your mobile can include up your any senior photographs from your collection or purchase on your phone.¬†If you’re like many of our seniors and bring your phone with you everywhere, this product is perfect for you!

What’s even better? 

For a limited time only, you’ll receive a free custom mobile app of your favorite purchased images when you book between January 1-31. Contact us to help you begin telling your senior year story now.

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I'm Niesha! The socially awkward, yet vibrant storyteller from the Dirty South.

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Today’s Feature Friday is: Albums, Albums, Albums!

Heirloom Albums to be specific.

Our heirloom quality album is definitely a product you and your family will rave about and proudly display.¬†In fact, it’s such a big hit with me and my family, that it’s always at the top of my recommendations!

You and your loved ones are so special and unique, and the heirloom album is seriously one of the best ways to show that.

An album is definitely one of those products you have to¬†see,¬†touch, and¬†feel.¬†We call them heirloom albums because they have the potential to literally last a¬†lifetime.¬†Don’t believe me? Read on.

Heirloom Quality

The heirloom album has a standard archival value of 100 years on home display. However, if you store your album in a cool, dry place in dark room storage, it has an archival value of at least 200 years. 

Personalized options

You have the option to cover your album in beautiful, genuine Italian full grain leather or linen made of classic textile blend.¬†The leather covers on the heirloom album are moisture resistant leathers that age beautifully with a rich patina, and come in various, classic colors. Some of your color options are: black, navy blue,¬†walnut brown, and ash gray.¬†Either way, we’ll make sure the cover and images both have a cohesive look.

In addition, you can choose between three paper textures. Boast a vibrant and glossy texture with fujifilm or our signature paper. On the other hand, you can opt for a soft, classic felt texture with rich color. All of your pages will feature pure white and sharp quality. Your album will be the perfect way to not only tell and share your story but also display it.

Storybook Pages

Your pages will be acid free, elemental chlorine free, and made of 30% recycled content depending on the texture you choose. We hate those flimsy, thin pages. Finally, your album will feature thick pages to give you extra assurance and stability.

 

How to care for your album? 

You should store all albums in a temperature-controlled and humidity-controlled environment to keep them looking their best.

To remove fingerprints, use a soft cloth making sure to avoid solvents or water which could cause damage.

Carefully apply a simple leather conditioner to your genuine leather album cover, to remove any scratches or scuffs that occur.In closing, the weight, leather, beautiful prints,¬†custom design, and debasing of this album make it the perfect luxury item to display your family’s most precious memories.¬†

Alrighty guys, this concludes our Feature Friday: Heirloom Albums post! 

What do you think of this timeless album? Feel free to leave me a comment below. 

Are you ready to take the first step in booking a portrait session or wedding? Get in touch now! 

5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer in Closing

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  1. to describe their style,
  2. if your images will be edited,
  3. collection or package information and what’s included
  4. about their shot list to check their preparation and/or experience
  5. for their turnaround time on image delivery.

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Senior Announcements

Brittney’s senior announcements, like all of our products,¬†were personalized with her style in mind.¬†Her announcements featured a fun and cheerful chalkboard design and beautiful quote inside that read:

“The biggest adventure you can take, is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah

Now, you can check out photos of some of our amazing senior products from this senior portrait season below! 

Senior Mini Books/Albums

In addition, Brittney also received a complimentary wallet-sized mini book to match her senior announcements. Her custom-designed mini book features 10 of her most favorite photographs. You and your parents would also be pleased to know that it doubles as a magnet, which is great for displaying on your fridge!).

In closing, we’d like you to know that we are now booking senior photo sessions. You can say “Goodbye” to bland yearbook photos, and book your creative senior portrait session this year! Call (832) 856-0923 or complete the form to get in touch.¬†

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The Class of 2017 senior portrait season is beginning to wrap up, and I’m so grateful I was able to photograph Humble High School’s student athlete Brittney. She  traveled to the The Woodlands and Conroe, TX areas for her senior portraits with Melo and Me, and I really had a great time getting to know her and capturing her unique personality! 

Brittney’s personality is the perfect heterogenous mixture of goofy, fun, positive, outgoing, and eccentric. She possesses a special aurora about her that reminds me of a modern day Nina Simone, with just a cup full of eclectic style. Brittney is an artist, singer, and a volleyball and track student athlete at Humble High School. Her favorite senior class is art.Are you swooning already? 

When asked during the consultation, what favorite colors she likes to wear Brittney said, “Blue is my favorite color, but I like to wear out loud colors like what’d you see in the ’90s.”

What’s on Brittney’s playlist? “Tory Lanez, Erykah Badu, the Internet, Jhene, John Legend, and Drake”, just to name a few. 

Brittney will be attending the University of North Texas in the Fall of 2017, as a Broadcast/Journalism major. She wants to be a Sportscaster on a major television network in the future. 

Did you enjoy reading and viewing Brittney’s senior pictures as much as I did?  Leave a comment or share Brittney’s session on social media.

Melo and Me Photography is now booking senior portraits in The Woodlands, Humble, TX and surrounding areas! Give me a call at (832) 856-0923 or fill out the form below to get in touch! I can’t wait to see what we can create.

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While moving to different locations on Market Street, she and I had some ¬†time to chat about some of her interests and future plans. She plans to attend Rice University in Houston, TX and major in Mechanical Engineering.¬†¬†Claw nails with different designs is one of Jhan√©’s favorite beauty trends right now.¬†

Thank you for taking the time to visit the blog and view the Market Street senior pictures [portraits]  in The Woodlands, TX. I capture memories in the North Houston area including, but not limited to: The Woodlands, New Caney, Conroe, Spring, Willis and more! I also travel frequently throughout the southeast Texas areas of Jasper, Beaumont, and surrounding areas in Texas. 

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