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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!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday Sale: 20% off Gift Certificates!

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From midnight to midnight on Monday, November 29, purchase Gift Certificates from Kelly Tarleton Photography & Design for 20% off! That means you can purchase a Gift Certificate valued at $50 for only $40 or a Gift Certificate valued at $100 for only $80!

What better gift is there to give this holiday season than the gift of lasting memories? Scroll to the bottom, select an amount, and click the "Buy Now" button to make your purchase via PayPal.


Kelly Tarleton Photography & Design Gift Certificate Sale Announcement


This is a limited time offer and the following terms and conditions apply:

  1. Cyber Monday special Gift Certificates are available in denominations of $50 or $100.
  2. Gift Certificates issued as part of the Cyber Monday special may not be redeemed prior to January 1, 2011.
  3. Gift Certificates are redeemable for any service or product provided by Kelly Tarleton Photography & Design.
  4. Gift Certificates are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for cash value. 
  5. Please allow 2 weeks for delivery in the mail.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Slice of Life Sunday: Thanksgiving + Family

Thanksgiving is hands-down my favorite holiday. It is the only holiday where the only expectation is to visit with loved ones and indulge in food. No gifts, no fuss, no other expectation than to spend time with family and friends. And more than anything this year, I am thankful for the health of my family. We've had a rocky few years and it has made a lasting impression on me.

April is the baby of the family and is always the center of attention when we are all together. And that's just fine with her. She's growing more in love with my camera and that's just fine with me. I took a ton of photos of her on Friday and will post more later!

A two-year-old girl smells the flowers in Grandpa's garden

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving I am especially grateful for the health of my family and the wonderful relationships I have with my friends. Enjoy these days with family, friends, food, and football. And after you check out all the sales on Black Friday, be sure to check here for a spectacular Cyber Monday deal from Kelly Tarleton Photography & Design!

Happy Thanksgiving graphic and Cyber Monday special announcement

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Slice of Life Sunday: Dog days

Growing up with cats, I never imagined my life would ever surround around 3 dogs.

It started in 2006 when my sister moved to Australia and I inherited her dog for a year. She was only supposed to be gone a year, so watching Bexley was just a favor you do for family. The fact that he was aggressive and had "special needs," affecting my relationship with my boyfriend and forcing me to walk at Memorial Park everyday (a blessing in disguise, thank you Bexley!) was all okay because it was only temporary. So when a one-year contract turned into 4, Bexley was shipped to Australia and I was dogless again.

My mom watched him the last month before being shipped over. The day he was shipped off, she felt a vacancy that could only be filled by another dog. And thus, poodle Giggles was adopted in December 2007.

Fast forward to 2008 and I've moved out on my own again. I was lonely after the dissolution of a very long-term relationship, and mourning the loss of my father. And then a trip to the Galleria the weekend after Thanksgiving sent me home with a Beagle mix from the window of Nieman Marcus.

So where are we today? Madly in love with 3 pooches I never imagined we'd have. Mom's always been afraid of dogs, and my heart always belonged to cats. My Barley and Kim's Bexley are going to meet at the dog park today and all fingers are crossed that it goes successfully! Giggles and Barley are already BFFs and it would make things a lot easier on Kim and me if our dogs got along for dog-sitting purposes.

These were taken a few weekends ago of Giggles (left) and Barley (right) on a weekend visit to Mom's. Hopefully Bexley will fit into the pack nicely!

Poodle and Beagle

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Claiborne's Pumpkin Patch Portraits

As previously mentioned in this post I met up with Claiborne and his parents for photos in the neighborhood pumpkin patch. While not entirely as cooperative as last year, he's still incredibly photogenic! Here are several of my favorites. And be sure to check out his adorable Chik-Fil-A Cow Halloween costume.

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It got to a point where he would only smile while seated in the wagon, so we went with it. He was also very protective of his wagon. It's a shame these two aren't siblings! So cute...
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"Fist bump and blow it up"
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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Monica's Senior Portraits

Last month I photographed Monica's senior portraits at the Houston Oaks Country Club in Hockley. She came with a lot of great ideas and was up for pretty much anything during the shoot. I had so much fun riding around the grounds with her mom, sister, and a friend in a couple of golf carts and am excited to share a few (or a lot) of my favorites!

A closeup photo of a Waller High School senior girl

A closeup photo of a Waller High School senior girl

A closeup photo of a Waller High School senior girl

A closeup photo of a Waller High School senior girl

A closeup photo of a Waller High School senior girl

A closeup photo of a Waller High School senior girl

A closeup photo of a Waller High School senior girl

A closeup photo of a Waller High School senior girl

A closeup photo of a Waller High School senior girl

A closeup photo of a Waller High School senior girl

Slice of Life Sunday: a very Happy Birthday

Thursday was my birthday and once again my friends and family showered me with love and attention in the form of some of my favorite things - thoughtful cards, Barnaby's, Crave cupcakes, a gift certificate for a massage, and a pretty blue box wrapped in a white bow.

Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes, thoughtful gestures, gifts, and cards. I'm really looking forward to my 27th year!

And also- a very Happy Birthday to my mom who also celebrated on Thursday, and my puppy Barley who turned 4 on Friday.


Monday, November 1, 2010

Hockley Senior Portrait Sneak Peek

I photographed Monica for her senior portraits a few weeks ago in Hockley. Here's just a quick sneak peek from her session:

Black and white photo of a Waller High School senior girl on the bleachers

A closeup photo of a Waller High School senior girl

November desktop calendar wallpaper

Finally I'm on time! I just finished editing my photos from Montreal, so this was an easy pick for November. It's a shame we don't get to see this kind of foliage in Houston, but I can daydream, right?

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November 2010 desktop calendar wallpaper

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: http://www.kellytarleton.com/.

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