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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!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Cute Little Man

Cassie originally invited me over for an evening of family portraits with 4-month-old little Claiborne, but after a baby meltdown, it turned into a two-night session. I ended up Photoshopping a happy Claiborne face into the final family photo used for Mother's Day gifts (top left of first photo). After watching how hard Cassie and Jules worked for those cute little smiles (extensive off camera tickling, oo-ing and toy shaking), I have a new respect for baby photographers and their assistants! They made it a really fun shoot and I can't wait to take more Claiborne pics!

Meltdown. Cassie and Jules insisted I photograph this!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Cameras don't shoot good photos, people do

Point-and-Shoot vs. the SLR. Consumer level vs. Professional. This topic has been on my mind a lot lately, as I have serious camera gear envy over the Nikon D300. It's also been a recurring topic of conversation among friends and fellow photographers, and even showed up in one of my recent Google searches for who-knows-what. (This is a really great article for those who are further interested in the topic of cheap vs. expensive: Your Camera Doesn't Matter.)

You see, I have this theory that any great photographer can take a great photo with whatever is placed in his hands to shoot with, and the "latest and greatest" is never necessary. That being said, quality does matter, but you can find a great quality camera within any budget these days. I never leave home without my trusty little Canon point-and-shoot digital elph camera, that cost me $250 back in 2006. And I still have the Canon AE-1 film camera I first learned how to manually shoot with back in high school because, although it was purchased in 1980 by my dad in preparation for the birth of my sister, it's still a great camera!

Some of my favorite digital pictures that I have taken, were with my 5.0-megapixel-fits-in-your-back-pocket-point-and-shoot-little-wonder-camera. Here are just a few:


Sunset shot in western Oklahoma

Mom's Easter Lilies in bloom

Back fence at the Beer Can House. As a bottle collector, of course I took photos for my dream house one day; I mean, look at that light shining through!

Bottom line: keep your shooting simple! And always within budget. Although I am always happy to throw in my two cents for friends wanting to upgrade to the digital SLR age.

Monday, May 4, 2009

I may have a green thumb after all...

I have a knack for killing the plants "that you just can't kill," so I'm always so happy to see blooms or event just new growth on the plants in my patio. Just this week, this lily popped straight up out of the leaves. It sits right beneath my porch light, and the way the light hit it really caught my eye the other night. It's a bit grainy because of the low light amount, but you get the idea.

Friday, May 1, 2009

I can hear the waves and smell the sunscreen already...

Every year, I plan a ladies' beach weekend retreat for my friends and family. Most of the planning is done via e-mail and Internet, but I'm always looking for an excuse to make invitations! I sent these out this week for Beach Weekend 2009 to be held in June. (Did I mention that I can't wait?)

I love the tag trend in scrapbooking and general paper crafts right now. On the front, I laid it out like a luggage tag, with spaces for the name and address of the event. On the back, I attached photos of beach scenes I took during my visit to Rottnest Island in Western Australia. As an added detail, I wrapped a strip of ivory paper with an eyelet design around the blue background. Eyelets always remind me of summer dresses.

Note: address and phone numbers have been blurred

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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