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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
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Monday, February 21, 2011

Free Engagement Session Giveaway!

I'm officially one week late to classify this as a Valentine's promotion, as I did last year, but I'm excited to offer it again, nonetheless!

Once again, I am giving away one free engagement session and 100 custom designed save-the-date cards to one lucky couple, a $500 value! Scroll down for details.

Collage of an engaged couple's portraits in Chappell Hill, TX

WHO: Nominate yourself or a friend who is engaged to be married.
WHAT: A free engagement session ($125 value) and 100 free custom designed save-the-date-cards ($375 value)
WHEN: The nomination deadline is March 7, two weeks from today; winners will be announced Friday, March 11; the engagement photo session must be scheduled for April or May 2011.
WHERE: The engagement photo session will be taken somewhere in the Greater Houston area at the location of the winner's choice.
WHY: Because I love engagement sessions!
HOW: Submit your nomination via e-mail to In your nomination, please include the couple's names, a photo, and why they should win this prize, i.e. do they have a funny or creative engagement story, have they made sacrifices to their wedding plans due to budget or time constraints, etc. Nominations and photos may be published on this blog.

The fine print:

This giveaway is for an on-location session and flat save-the-date cards only. No other prints, products, or digital files will be included in the giveaway but will be available for purchase. Prints start at $7 for a 4"x6," books and albums start at $160, and digital images start at $100. Travel fees will apply to a session location farther than 25 miles from zip code 77057.

The winners will be announced Friday March 11!


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Slice of Life Sunday - Be Mine....?

Last Saturday night I took my sweetheart out to a romantic dinner downtown for his birthday. We had a wonderful evening, dined on filet mignon, sipped on Trefethen wine, and enjoyed the dim light and romantic ambiance. I took care of the bill and it was on track to be the perfect evening. We waited a good 10 minutes for the truck at the valet stand, but I was on a food high so great that I didn't mind the freezing temperature outside. Then the valet drove up in a white Cadillac Escalade. I heard Jared say "I hope they don't think that's ours." While it would be nice to drive off in someone else's Cadillac, this was when the evening went south. Fast.

After I ran inside realizing how terribly cold it was, and Jared had a brief conversation with the valet, it turned out they had in fact, misplaced Jared's keys and accidentally included our tag with the Cadillac's keys. Another 30 minutes pass worrying that this fine dining establishment has lost Jared's truck. Tick....tock....tick.....tock..... Finally our chariot arrived!

Away we drove, thinking we dodged a potentially night-ruining bullet. Instead, it hit us when we arrived at his apartment. And saw that Barley had decided to redecorate Jared's living room windows. Blinds really aren't her style, you see. So she ripped a Beagle size hole as high as she could reach. I looked at Jared and saw a cartoon version of him - red face, steam blowing out of his ears, and so on. Meanwhile, Barley just runs to him, beyond excited to see him, attempting to cover him in a thousand licks and kisses. Oh, he was so angry, not quite calm from the earlier "the valet almost lost my truck" feeling.

I knew the feeling. As someone who has been on the receiving end of Barley's redecoration outbursts, I empathized 110%. And promised to replace the blinds (in addition to the ones in his bedroom she ripped out over a year ago). I feared that the evening was ruined and I wasn't going to accept that! I dug through Jared's pile of mail, looking for the little envelope covered in hearts with the return address "B. Tarleton" next to the little paw print. He forced a laugh when I handed it to him saying, "Barley really wanted to send you a Valentine."

Jared reluctantly opened it, and smiled at the photo of Barley with a tiny bee and the words "Bee my valentine." He turned it over to see a paw print and "I ♥ U." "See? Isn't she a sweetheart?" I begged. Perfect timing.

I found the template for the Valentines on Veer's website. They have a ton of cool things under the "Free" tab. I printed and trimmed them out, and sent them to several of my friends. I thought they were pretty clever! I'm particlulary fond of the "I lover you mower each day" one.

Happy belated Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Marley's 10-month portraits at the Houston Children's Museum

I met up with Marley and her mom at the Tot Spot inside the Houston Children's Museum a few weeks ago for a mini session. Marley is at the age where she is putting everything in her mouth so this was the perfect indoor alternative to a lush landscape setting (thanks for the great suggestion, Katie!). Despite Mom's wishes, Marley still managed to put (or attempt to put) a few things in her mouth, but she had a blast in the process!

Here are several of my favorites from the session. You can also see Marley's 4-month portraits. To Katie and Marley - your online gallery will be ready shortly!

Close-up photo of a happy baby at the Houston Children's Museum Tot Spot

Curly haired 10-month-old little girl playing with toys at the Tot Spot

Black and white portrait of a baby girl looking up and smiling

I loved these colors!
Curious baby plays at the children's museum

I just love love Marley's curls
Two photos of a 10-month-old baby playing in a pile of soft blocks

Friday, February 11, 2011

Humble Family Portraits - the Lyons Family

As I've said before, my cousin's daughter April has grown up in photos on this blog. I photographed her baby shower and newborn photos, when she stole the attention at my sister's bridal shower, her baptism, and at 14-months-old last Christmas.

The photos below were taken the day after Thanksgiving 2010. And it was sooooooo cold outside! We've had unseasonably cold and yo-yo like temperatures the past few months. So we snapped some quick shots outside to use for their family Christmas card and then rushed inside for some candid moments in warmer temperatures!

This is the photo they chose to use for their Christmas cards
Mother and Father with blond two-year-old little girl kneeling by a waterfall in the backyard

Happy blond family posing for portraits in the backyard

Two-year-old girl sniffing the flowers outside

A close-up photo of a little girl looking at her reflection in the window

Aren't these pigtails the cutest?
A happy blond-haired, blue-eyed two-year-old smiles for her photo

A black and white closeup photo of a surprised child in pigtails

This is the response she gave me when we all told her to say "cheese." I still think it's pretty cute even if it's not a genuine smile!
Little girl shows her teeth and says cheese wearing pigtails

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Slice of Life Sunday - a weekend on the couch

All of Houston shut down on Friday, literally (freeways included), due to ice and frozen temperatures so I spent all of Friday and all of Saturday either in bed or on the sofa. It warmed up yesterday afternoon, but I was determined to be a couch potato with my pup! I spent today catching up with a friend over lunch, and then trying to cram in my weekend's to-do list into a few hours of the afternoon. I'm happy it's warmed up, but will have trouble snapping back into the swing of things!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Marley's 4-month portraits

I photographed Marley again on Saturday at the Houston Children's Museum Tot Spot (a wonderful suggestion by her mom; see a snapshot from the session on my Facebook page) and realized I never blogged her first session from last July!

We met for a mini session in Humble and Marley was wonderful for my camera. Here are a few of my favorites.





I'm really looking forward to her 12-month portraits in March!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

You'll recognize this photo from my previous post. It was taken on the beach in Malibu on New Year's Eve day with my handy dandy Canon point-and-shoot. I just love the little footprints!

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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:

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