Kelly Tarleton's portrait

Welcome to my blog! I am a Houston portrait and wedding photographer,
and I also custom design wedding and special event stationery.
This is where I share photos of my latest portrait sessions, design assignments,
and personal projects. Take a look around to see what I've been up to and
be sure to let me know what you think. I love comments!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Fa la la la la

We are less than three days away from Christmas and my two stockings are hanging from two empty photo stocking hangers with the "Pottery Barn" placecard still in place (better than two complete strangers looking happy, right?) I figured it was time to fill them with some festive photos, starring yours truly:

Barley is a 2-year-old Beagle mix I adopted from the SPCA just after Thanksgiving. More photos of her pretty little face to come...

Friday, December 19, 2008

An experiment in lighting

I took these shots on a journey to Alabama, home of my Tarleton heritage. The light was stunning that day and I wanted to capture the feeling it gave me - of hope, peace, warmth, comfort, and rejuvination. I took several of the light breaking through the trees as the sun set, but this one really caught my eye in editing.

I have a photo I took in Oklahoma on the land where my grandmother grew up that looks a lot like this one. Family history captivates me, and I'd love to create a collection of the heartlands of my ancestors.

Gretchen's Nugget

My cousin Gretchen's baby shower was originally scheduled for September 13, but Hurricane Ike blew those plans away. Instead, we held it in October, just in the nick of time. April (the little nugget) arrived October 12, the day after the shower.

After the shower, we took a few family snapshots in the nursery, not knowing that just one week later...

... April would be there to complete the family portrait.

Looks like she'll be a redhead! And following in the footsteps of her great-grandfather, her grandmother, her Great Aunts Sherry and Terry and one pretty awesome cousin.

Stay tuned for many more!

Hurricane Ike

Hurricane Ike hit us in Houston in September and left a huge mess. Fortunately, we were safe and our family's home survived mostly unscathed - branches down here and there, but no major damage. My parents went without electricity for a week, and I was off work due to major damage to my office's building. We truly came to understand how much we take for granted clean running water, electricity, hot food, and showers!

This is my parents' neighbor's garage. Because our neighbor helped everyone else with the trees in their yards first, part of the tree stayed on the roof for over a week - the chainsaw died halfway through cutting it down.

Bundles of branches cut from the tree in the photo at the top.

If you look closely, you'll see Mom's silver Volkswagen Beetle peeking through the fallen braches in the driveway.

I just love this photo. Dad and I were cleaning up the yard and Giggles was determined to help. We let him stay out in the yard and I snapped this one on a cleaning break. Giggles is in his favorite place: a lap, and Dad is in his: sharing his love for animals.

This Citgo station is not very far from our house and just down the street from where I went to high school. The blue piece in the foreground is the "C" from the "Citgo" sign. A tornado most likely ripped this to pieces.

Not working for a week and hearing about all the devastation across the city over the radio really brought out the altruistic side of me. I donated blood, volunteerd at the Houston Food Bank and fostered this little sweetheart through the SPCA. He was found on 61st street by the seawall in Galveston a week after the storm. I named him "Felix" and he stayed with me for 2 weeks. I never found out what happened to him, but I hope he found his way back to his original family or wound up in the loving arms of a new one.

Catching Up! NEXT Bowling Tournament

A busy summer and fall have kept my blog fairly dormant, but I've still been snapping pictures. The next few posts are catch-up collections of what I've been up to these past several months.

My company held a bowling tournament in July and everyone got really into it. Most teams made team shirts to display their team names - Split Happens, Spare Me, The Bowling Stones, Here for the Beer (my team name) and others. In the end, it came down to a bowl off...

Our president proudly displaying his team shirt.

This one is a little blurry, but the moment and look on Karla's face is priceless!

Spare Me wins the bowl-off!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Kate's Wedding

I attended my cousin's wedding in Orlando over Memorial Day weekend and got to spend the day with her and her bridesmaids at the salon and getting ready before the wedding.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Working in Vegas

Working in a corporate events department has its perks, and going to Las Vegas for a conference sounds very exciting, but it's a lot of work! My company's National Sales Conference was held at the Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort this year and as you can see, I had enough time to snap some shots of the property and not much else. I had the honor of taking the "Meet and Greet" snapshots with one of our speakers, Sugar Ray Leonard. My favorite is the shot with one of our reps who got a black eye the first day of the conference from falling in the shower. I didn't get to shoot much else, but I did meet an amazing photographer. John Morris shot our reps' headshots and he gave me some great advice on equipment and starting out.

The beutifully designed (by me) registration desk graphics.

I love detail shots and thought the texture of the palm tree trunks created an interesting shot.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Sarah & Cory's Engagement Photos

Sarah and Cory were great to photograph. We took pictures all over Rice this weekend and tried to have as much fun with it as possible. The obese squirrels entertained and amazed and the weather was perfect! I'm so happy with how they turned out, and I can't wait to give Sarah the CD.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Clay and Nichole's Wedding

Of course my primary duty at the wedding according to my bridesmaid agenda was to "smile and look pretty," but I still had to snap a few (quite a few) shots. Some of my favorites:

I think Save the Date cards are my new calling.

About Kelly Tarleton

I've always been a creative person, and the one who always had a camera on-hand at a moment's notice for any occasion. Photography and graphic design dominated my life in school and I loved every minute of it. I miss that constant creative outlet and want to share more of it with my family and friends through this blog.See more of my work at my website:

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