Houston Event Photography: Blog http://photos.houstoneventphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Houston Event Photography info@houstoneventphotography.com (Houston Event Photography) Wed, 27 Sep 2017 17:01:00 GMT Wed, 27 Sep 2017 17:01:00 GMT http://photos.houstoneventphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u867548964-o38771987-50.jpg Houston Event Photography: Blog http://photos.houstoneventphotography.com/blog 96 120 Houston Honor Flight 15 http://photos.houstoneventphotography.com/blog/2017/9/houston-honor-flight-15 Just got back from Honor Flight 15. We took 21 veterans from WWII and the Korean War to Washington, DC to visit their memorials on September 21-22, 2017. We visited the Naval Yard, Navy Museum, Arlington Cemetary, Watched The Changing of the Guard, WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial and we had a great dinner served to us along with Honor Flight Tyler Texas by the great men and women of the Knights of Columbus in Arlington, Virginia.

Here are the photos from that honorable trip.

Houston Honor Flight #15 Photos



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HOUSTON PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER -VS- HOBBYIST http://photos.houstoneventphotography.com/blog/2017/9/professional-photographer--vs--hobbyist PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER -VS- HOBBYIST 

Are you looking for a professional photographer for your business or event? is good enough okay with you? or do you want great images for your money?

Remeber my number one saying "Cheap Is Not Always Good and Good Is Not Always Cheap".

How do you know if the person you are hiring is a professional or a hobbyist?
Truth is you can't tell unless you know the person you are dealing with. With today's technology hobbyist are able to produce some great photographs.
Digital cameras have become much more affordable and everyone has one now. The cameras have instant feedback on the screen on the back of the camera which allows someone how isn't formally trained to "Fake It Until They Make It". What I mean by that is they are able to keep shooting until they get something they think will work for your project.

Back when film ruled the photography world you had to have some basic camera knowledge because you didn't have the luxury of seeing the image instantly on the back of your camera like today. Sound photographic principles were needed for a photographer to be able to consistently produce good images.

Back then Professional photographers were needed and companies who used them trusted that they would do a great job. If not they didn't last in the business very long.

And that is exactly the difference between a professional and a hobbyist. Professionals run this as a business. We pay rent, utilities, pay taxes, support our communities, have commercial insurance, maintain our training through professional photography organizations and guilds, have the best professional level equipment, cameras, lighting, backup equipment, wear uniforms and dress professionally, reliable vehicles, hire trained professionals as employees and produce consistent professional photographs from our work that you deserve.

What Should You Always Ask Before You Hire A Professional Photographer?

The folks at Professional Photographers of America (PPA) have been around for 145 years and can tell you how to sort out good photographers from the not so good…faux-tographers. Here are the 10 most important questions they recommend you ask prospective photographers:

1. Are you insured?
If the answer is "yes," ask as many questions as you like to determine if the relationship is right for you. If the answer is "no," however, do not pass GO! Simply find another photographer. What happens if you hire a friend of a friend and he trips, injuring himself or breaking his brand new camera? When facing large medical bills, people sue easily! You need to be protected.

2. What's your background and credentials?
Pretend that you're on a job interview, but this time you're the one doing the hiring. Don't be shy about asking your photographer these questions: 

1. How long have you been a professional photographer? 
2. Where did you get your photography training? 
3. What professional photographic associations do you belong to? 

The pros have standards to uphold and membership in professional associations. When you choose someone who belongs to a professional photography organization and has agreed to follow strict ethics, you're starting with quality. Pros have unique skills and training in artistry and technology, so they know how to create beautiful images that reflect exactly the image you want to portray.

3. Can you provide references and may I see your portfolio?
A true professional will have no problem offering as many references as you need from previous clients, partners and even fellow photographers. Be sure to call the references and find out their take on the photographer. Here are some questions to ask:

1) What made you decide to hire this photographer?
2) Did the photographer capture the mood of your event in his or her photos?
3) Did the photographer give you photos that met your expectations?
4) How did you find this particular photographer?

Ask to see samples from an entire photography session or a collection of photographs from many different sessions to get a sense of the depth of a photographer's work. This will show you how creative the photographer is and tell you if he or she is consistently good…or just lucky every now and then. Make sure these are samples of the particular type of work you are needing. If you are hiring a photographer to produce business portraits then don't let them send you wedding photos. It is not the same style of work.

4. What is your photographic style?
A photographer's style is reflected in their portfolio and asking them to shoot a radically different style is a recipe for disaster. Look for images that you can see yourself in. Tell the photographer why you're having images created and the image  you want your photographs to tell. Think of three words that describe you and share those with your photographer. You're counting on their knowledge of art, lighting, posing and more to create images that fit your vision. The more comfortable you are with the person behind the camera, the more comfortable you'll be in front of it, allowing your photographer to capture more authentic, intimate and emotional images.

5. How many events like this do you photograph in a year? 
While it's okay to hire a generalist rather than a specialist, make sure the photographer has experience with your type of event. If it's a large event like a corporate event or conference, you want to know how much experience your photographer has. Why? Amateurs may become frustrated or anxious when dealing with the unknown or demanding pace. They might also get caught in the moment instead of capturing it on camera or they might be unprepared for your type of ebent. A professional photographer will stay calm and help you remain calm, no matter what situation pops up! They know they can give you the images you want no matter what happens.

6. Do you have an assistant and what does she/he do? How about a second photographer (for larger events)? 
An assistant's job is to ensure that every shoot runs smoothly. He or she helps create a list of "must-haves" so that you don't have to think about what comes next. It is their job to prepare and check the set or location and make sure all equipment is available, clean and working. An assistant can also help with poses, change lenses, hold a reflector to create the best possible light during photo sessions. 

Having a second photographer means you'll get twice as many photos and get those unpredictable shots that the main photographer doesn't have time to get. A second photographer may also see something the main photographer missed. He or she can also continue to take fabulous shoots if the main photographer is needed in other areas.

7. What does your fee include and what's the delivery timeline?
You'll want to understand what you're getting for your money: how much time, type of images, the format for delivering proofs, what's included in your package. How much editing can be done? How long after your session will you have to wait to see something? How much time will you have to to wait to see the proofs? Will you get images that you can quickly share on social media? Seriously, ask all these questions, because you would not believe how often people assume that they are getting something and end up in an icky situation because the expectations were mismatched.

8. Do you have a backup photographer?
It's the big day. Everything is on schedule, and then your photographer gets in an accident or doesn't show up for any reason. You've spent months planning your event and now this once-in-a-lifetime moment may be gone forever because your photographer's pickle is putting you in an even worse situation. What do you do? If you've hired a pro, he or she will have a list of trusted and experienced colleagues they will call to ensure your photo expectations are met regardless and that your event is photographed properly. That's why it's so important to ask prospective photographers what their backup plan is in case "something happens". Better yet, if the photographer is a PPA member, he or she will quickly find another talented photographer for your event.

9. Do you have backup equipment?
While it may be cheaper to hire an amateur or someone who does this on the side ,you risk not getting any guarantee of the quality of images and risk losing your day or event forever should their equipment fail. Because memory cards do fail. Lenses do break and batteries do, unfortunately die. All at the wrong time! A professional photographer will always show up early with one or two backup cameras, lenses or flashes and additional lighting equipment. Well-connected and experienced PPA photographers will always have contingency plans and backup equipment. Most of the time, things actually do happen in the background that photographers handle without anyone noticing, things like camera swaps, flash changes and extra lights. That's peace of mind you want to ensure your photographer will bring you.

10. Do you require a written contract?
A contract protects both you and the photographer and it's a must have for larger events. It should spell out the expectations of you and the photographer so that everyone knows what to expect. How will the photographer ensure your satisfaction, what are their backup plans in the event they're late or called away by an emergency? What happens if there's equipment failure or some other unforeseen issue? While it is common practice for smaller photography projects to take place without the signature of a contract, it should be your first big red flag for a larger event like a wedding, corporate event or company holiday party.

Perhaps the most important thing to look for when hiring a photographer is to find one that you both trust professionally and like personally. If you don't, you risk losing those precious moments forever, won't have as much fun the day of, will waste money and all that will reflect in your photos. This is even more important for large events since you are going to spend practically the whole day with your photographer.

The more at ease you are with your photographer, the better your pictures will be. So, pay close attention to your rapport with the photographer as you move through this list of questions. A skilled professional will ask you additional questions and offer creative ideas that an amateur would never think of.

Entrusting your photography to a professional means you'll get what you pay for! For example, PPA photographers abide to a strict code of ethics and have unique skills and training in the artistry and technology of creating beautiful images that reflect exactly the images you want to portray. A professional photographer will be an even greater assurance that you are in good professional hands and will get the images you are looking for, and most likely, love!

Remember, anyone can take a good picture every now and then. But when you've only got one chance to capture life's biggest moments, you better make sure the person behind the camera is a pro. See even more differences it can make and find the right photographer for you at:


Insurance is generally always needed in today's world to be on-site of just about any venue or commercial building. We carry $2,000,000.00 in general liability and are often asked for higher limits for some venues. I always tell potential clients to always ask for and demand proof of insurance before dealing with any person who claims to be a professional. I bet you have insurance for your company. Shouldn't anyone claiming to be a business or working for you have to have insurance, have a business license, sales tax certificate and the basic licenses to run a business?

Now I am not saying that an amateur hobbyist can't produce good photos but if something were to happen are you protected?

I always tell my clients that "Cheap is not always good and good is not always cheap".
Many times I have people call and want quotes on projects and when I tell them the price they may say things like "I know someone who only charges "XYZ" for that". I always tell them to make sure they are comparing the same end product. You can't compare apples to bananas and pay the same. Many times those prices are not the same quality of a product. This happens alot. I have clients who hired cheap first and then later hired us to get the job done the right way later.

I always try and produce a great quality product for an affordable price. I will always try to suggest a way to help my client save money.

Houston Event Photography has all of the above items I mentioned a professional photographer and business should have. Why? Because we are a professional full time photography business and have been since 1978.

Experience and Equipment:

We have the experience of over 40 yearsas a professional photography company and the equipment needed to get your job done. Trust that you are hiring a professional. Houston Event Photography has all the backup equipment on hand to get our jobs completed. We have multiple cameras, computers, photo printers, lights batteries, memory cards, we oke that we have backups for our backups. Our inventory of equipment is massive.

We can produce the professional and affordable images you are needing for your business or event.

Here is a photo of one of our company vans. It is fully stocked and can handle any type of job that we perform. When we arrive we are ready to get to work and have everything we need.


If yuo have any questions or need to hire a photographer for you business or event please give us a call. We would love to talk with you about our services.


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Houston Professional Portrait, Headshot Photographer and Business Photographer http://photos.houstoneventphotography.com/blog/2017/9/houston-professional-portrait-and-headshot-photography Houston Professional Business Portraits, Head Shots, Model Headshots, Executive Portraits, Social Media Profile Photos, and LinkedIn Photography by Houston Event Photography.

Houston Event Photography and Scott Wilson is a Houston based professional photography company and professional photographer that has been based right here in Houston, Texas for over 40 years. We have been providing business photography to clients all over the Houston Metroplex, Texas and surrounding areas.


DO YOU NEED A PROFESSIONAL PROFILE PORTRAIT MAKE OVER?Chances are you do and you may not even know it. 

  • When was our last professional business portrait taken?
  • Does it communicate how you look and what you do?
  • Is it consistent with the companies branding?

Do you look good in it and have great posture, approachable look, and portray professionalism?

If it has been more than 3-4 years since you had a professional portrait taken for your profile or business then chances are it doesn't represent what you look like accurately.

Your profile photo is your digital representative of you in the world of today. Make sure it reflects it.

Recent articles on social media analyzed profile and professional business portraits for certain attributes about a person to rate them on competence, professionalism, likability, influence, honesty, and integrity. The finding was surprising.

  • Eyes and smiles increased likability and influence
  • Smiles with teeth showing also increased likability, approachability, and influence
  • Body posture and clothing choice increased professionalism and competency
  • Environmental Setting portrayed essentially no effect unless they portrayed a professional and tidy appearance

The analysis showed how important your professional profile image can be to those wanting to hire you. By hiring a professional photographer
it will help you ensure that you will look your best in your profile photos, business marketings materials, social media platforms and on your website.


Here is what Wikipedia Says about Business Portraits:

Corporate and Business Head Shots


Example of Corporate Head Shot On A Streamlined Gray Background

portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person.

Corporate head shots are portraits often produced digitally and used for engaging in social media, LinkedIn,  the 'about us' page and industry specialty sites. A headshot or head shot is often used for branding and to showcase the business leader's life, style and personality while corporations will use the headshot to merge branding between the people working for them and its agency. Traditional head shots are still taken in a studio setting, though shots "on-location" or "in-the-field" continue to increase in popularity. In both cases, backgrounds tend to be simple. Subjects are often shown head-to-chest or head-to-torso.

Corporate head shots serve a variety of purposes:

  • Annual reports
  • LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Company Directories,  personal profiles as well as publisher profiles
  • Facebook
  • About us page
  • (Nonstandard) résumés
  • Corporate catalogs, brochures, and advertising collateral
  • Company publications and websites, internal and external
  • Press releases and other announcements
  • Marketing materials
  • Articles and newspapers
  • Author pages

Branding Headshots and Branding Portraits


Branding Headshots and Branding Portraits may be a corporate or business headshot with the difference being that the image is designed to convey the individuals or a corporate branding identity. A corporation may choose a streamlined background like the one shown here for all its headshots while an individual may choose an action, experience or background objects to identify his or her brand. Large Corporations, firms and/or agencies will usually have a manual for the type and style of the headshot to be photographed.

Example of Branding Portrait and Branding Headshot:

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These business or branding portraits were all shot on different days but the style and lighting were consistent. Only minor color shifting was noticed and was fixed in the final images. Having and keeping the same professional photographer will ensure your branding is consistent.


Also background color is important to consider. If you need the images for other purposes can the same image be used? Well if that is needed we suggest the gray or white backgrounds to our clients for easy extraction and digital background replacement.

Here is are some example images of an extraction onto different backdrops.

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Other business photo shoots can be included with business portraits such as team photos, office interior shots, exterior business shots, manufacturing and product shots. These additional photographs can help give your client a look at the people to put a face to the voice of whom they are working with and what your company looks like and does before ever entering your business. It also help tie images into your branding.


We hope this information has been informative and you use it to help select us as your professional business photographer. We offer so many other types of services and we always try to suggest ways to make your photography budget go further with cost saving ideas.

So if you need a photographer for any of your projects please call us first. We are #HoustonStrong and believe in giving back to our community.


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Houston Professional Headshot and Executive Portrait Photographer http://photos.houstoneventphotography.com/blog/2017/9/houston-headshot-and-executive-portrait-photographer GETTING READY FOR YOUR HEADSHOT or PORTRAIT SESSION


As a professional portrait and headshot photographer, I know that you are looking for a certain look for your portrait. We listen to your needs and can help you make the right choice when it comes down to that look. We can help select the perfect backdrop or setting that portrays the look you are seeking. Our over 40 plus years of experience helps us to achieve your look and keep you within budget. Are you ready to look your Best? Call Us Now!

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Things  to consider when preparing for your headshot session:

  1. Location: First, decide on a location.  The session can take place at your office, my home studio, or at an outdoor location (park, downtown, urban area) depending on your brand and the type of headshot that you need.  If the session will take place outside, the time of day will be taken into consideration and we will need to adjust accordingly. the best time for outdoors is late after noon that is considered the golden hour. However, if that does not fit into your schedule we have the equipment and experience needed to capture your portrait anytime.
  2. Background Selection: This is also an important consideration.  If you are taking a headshot for your website, consider the theme colors and background of your website.  Many people prefer a white or gray backdrop for LinkedIn. Do you want a studio background or Do you want an environmental portrait?  An environmental portrait is great for those who benefit from showing an office or environment to potential clients and customers.  It gives them a sense of the space and puts you into context with the company.
  3. Brand Consistency. If you have a company brand you always want to stay consistent with that look. If you are a one man show or have hundreds of employees in your organization you want to maintain the same look in all of your professional business portraits and headshots. Always try and use the same photographer, lighting, background, room or space for each portrait. If you are not sure and you are considering changing your look later have us shoot your portraits on backgrounds that are easy to extract images from such as white or gray. We even can do green screen for easy extractions and background changes.
  4. What to Wear: Your business or occupation should reflect what you wear. always try and highlight your business by wearing the appropriate outfit or business attire.
    1. Women: Many professionals wear black with solid colors underneath.  Solid colors are always preferred over stripes which will add extra weight to a photo.  Jewelry is great – just make sure it doesn’t overpower the look.  I always recommend a professional hair and makeup artist before a shoot but many times time and budget will not allow.  If doing your own makeup, apply a little bit more than you normally would wear. Bring your hair and makeup products to the shoot with you.
    2. Men: For men wearing a suit jacket, button down, and tie, please try on the combination a week prior to your headshot session and make sure that it fits and buttons. Also, bring several ties combinations if you have them.
    3. Glasses: If you wear glasses all the time, wear them for your headshot session.  We can remove or minimize glare.

Still, need help? I can send you a list of photo suggestions that may help you with your outfit choices. I always recommend bringing extra outfits, jackets, ties, blouses, and shirts.

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Hurricane Harvey http://photos.houstoneventphotography.com/blog/2017/9/hurricane-harvey As we now enter the recovery phase of Hurricane Harvey I wanted to reflect on the spirit of Texas and the men and women who make this State and Country great.

I didn't get out much during the storm and I took no photos. Instead, I stayed in contact with people I know and tried to help in any manner I could. I then turned my attention to our veterans. I am friends with many WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam Veterans through my volunteer work as a flight photographer for Honor Flight Houston.

I knew many of them lived in the hurricane's path of flooding and I contacted as many as I could. Most were fine. Some had minor flooding and other did not. I even saw a few on TV that I didn't know who lost everything.

I did find one of my favorites from Alvin. He reached out to me actually. I had spoken with him a few weeks before the storm about photographing him for another project I am doing featuring veterans. He called to say he was okay and he was volunteering at his VFW to help others.

Meet Roy Lee Powell he is 93 or 94 depending on how you ask him. I think he like many lied about their age to get into the military. I found him still working and serving his country at the Alvin VFW.

Everyone there said he had been putting in countless hours helping with anything he could. So I want to share this great Christian man with all my friends. He is a TRUE AMERICAN HERO. 

I salute you, Roy Lee Powell.

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Honor Flight Veteran Skip Johnston http://photos.houstoneventphotography.com/blog/2017/9/honor-flight-veteran-skip-johnston Hi,

I wanted to share my experience with everyone from the last trip I took with Honor Flight Houston on June 2-3, 2017.

As always I get excited to be a part of each trip be with the veterans from each flight. It is a great honor for me.

We start off at Hobby Airport with the sign-in of each veteran who has been invited to attend this once in a lifetime experience. The veterans and their family members show up and are presented with their special backpacks which contain special items prepared for them. One they receive them they are then all taken into the meetup area where they meet other veterans attending and also volunteers, guardians (people who will assist them during the trip. Many of these are family members who will accompany them), members of the Honor Flight crew who will be traveling with them, and many members of different military organizations such as the Air Force, Marines, Navy, Army and Coast Guard who come out to see them off.

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After a brief time, they are given breakfast before boarding the plane. Prayers or said and the National Anthem is recited and we are off. Guardians assist
them along with our TSA Honor Guard escort thru the security check. Then last minute bathroom breaks are provided before boarding the plane.


It is a humbling time while they sit and wait for their turn to be loaded onto the flight. Many passengers from other flights cheer and come up and thank them for their service. Tears are shed but they have no idea what awaits them on the journey. This is only the beginning. 

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Once we are loaded onto the plane the journey begins. The 3-hour flight is usually a time for short naps for some of the veterans and crew because once we land at Regan Airport it is non-stop action for the next 48 hours.

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On our arrival to Washington, DC we were greeted my hundreds of people who have shown up to welcome the veterans. There are also many people who are there waiting for their flights who join in this welcome. The veterans are usually overwhelmed by this reception. Smiles and tears are shed. It is an awesome experience but only one of many to come.

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After our brief stop for restroom breaks, we load onto the bus for our journey to really begin. Some veterans are greeted by family when they arrive others who have no family are assigned their Washington, DC-based guardian. We had several on this trip and one lucky guy got a young female Marine Staff Sergeant who was from Alvin, Texas. She was teamed up with a veteran who was also from Alvin so it was like a family reunion.


From Regan, we traveled to the FDR and MLK memorials. The next couple of hours the veterans visited and explored the memorials ad were greeted by many visitors who came up and talked to them. It was a glorious day and the weather was perfect.

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Once we got back on the bus we were off to have dinner at the VFW in Arlington, VA. When we arrived we were all given a welcome by the members of the VFW. Then they took us inside and they presented the nation's colors and a prayer. A wonderful meal was prepared and served and we all enjoyed the hot meal. After dinner one of our veterans entertained us with a song by singing Lee Greenwood's famous song "I'm Proud To Be An American" and also "God Bless America". It was beautifully done.

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We then loaded onto the bus again for our final surprise of the night. Usually, we go to the hotel and rest for the next day's events but Honor Flight Houston had arranged for us to go to the Marine Barracks for a special parade. We arrived and all the veterans were welcomed by our men and women who serve in the Marines. Many hand salutes were shared and other guest gave thanks. The parade started around 8 PM and lasted until almost 10 PM.

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It was a beautiful parade of music, marching, silent rifle drills, and fellowship. All the veterans truly enjoyed it.

After the parade, we loaded onto the bus again for our final stop of the night which was the Hilton so we all could get some much-needed sleep.

The next morning we all met for breakfast and fellowship again. After a quick breakfast, we loaded onto the bus to start our day's journey. First, stop Arlington National Cemetery. During this trip, we also had two special guests who had come along to film a 3D virtual reality movie for Honor Flight Houston to be shown to veterans who are unable to take the trip due to health or other reasons. It will let those veterans enjoy the experience just as if they were there. Unbeknown to most of us the two men had served at Arlington Cemetery. One as a caisson with the Old Guard who lead over a thousand burials and one as an actual tomb honor guard. Nathan who was the veteran who had been the tomb honor guard shared stories of his experiences as an honor guard and spoke of the training and sacrifices he had to make. Thank you, Nathan #548 for your service. Can't wait to see the film. They also or the writers, directors, and filmmakers of another feature film movie called, "The Unknowns" which highlights the soldiers who work and guard the tomb. It is a great movie and Nathan is in the movie when he took his final walk as an honor guard.

After we unloaded the bus we silently entered the tomb area. We watched as the honor guards did their change out and we also witnessed a burial reef dedication ceremony. We had learned from Nathan that tomb guards are not allowed to show emotion or acknowledgment while they are on guard duty. But as a sign of respect, many guards will drag their heels which have metal plates that make noise when they pass by a veteran as a sign of respect. This was displayed during our visit a few times.

After the changing of the guard's ceremony veterans were allowed to visit some of the graves sites. One of the newest was for Astronaut and Colonel John Glenn who recently passed. I had visited the cemetery myself last month and at that time his headstone had not been placed. During this trip however it had been placed and many of the veterans paid their respects.

We were treated to a special briefing by two of the honor guards who came out to talk to the veterans. They told about the history of the Old Guard and answered questions. They then thanked our veterans for their service. Many of our veterans took photos with them. It was a very special visit arranged by our traveling honor guard Nathan for them to be able to get this special visit.

We boarded our bus again for our next stop. The memorial mall. First stop was the World War II memorial. We had a special welcome by members of the military honor guards. Each branch of service has their own honor guard who lay to rest their own. Our nation's colors were again presented and a member of the Marine Barracks lead us in song. After this presentation, the public was invited to greet our veterans and many took photos.

After the ceremony, our group was dismissed to go and visit the memorials of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the Lincoln Memorial. We all took off so we could see and visit those memorials. Smiles and tears were shed. Laughter and crying were heard. It is a life changing experience.

After a few hour visit, we all boarded the bus for next stop. We took them to the Air Force Memorial. It is a beautiful memorial and I had never visited it before. We enjoyed our visit and we enjoyed a box lunch while we were there. Two other Honor Flight groups were also visiting the memorial. Many of our veterans greeted them and they shared stories and fellowship. After lunch, we got back onto the bus for our final stop.

The Marine Memorial or Iwo Jima Memorial. We all took a group photo in front of this historic memorial. People gathered around and thanked our veterans. Family members and friends of our veterans who had joined us on our journey said their goodbyes before we left to head back to the airport.
we loaded back onto the bus for our journey home.

When we arrived at Regan airport we had our final restroom break and headed into the terminal. Again our veterans were greeted with applause and many people came up and visited them. After a short wait we began our jurney home and boared our plane.

On our trip home many think this is the end. But we stil have a few surprizes for them. We have our final meal on the plane and then we have "Mail Call". During the time when thses veterans served we didn't have all the modern conviences we have today. The internet was not around and we didn't have email or video messaging. We had the good old mail service. You know write or type a letter and put it into an envelope and stick a stamp on it and put it into the snail mail. This was the one thing that every soldier enjoyed getting was mail from home.

So we give them that experience again. We deliver the mail from thier family, friends, and school children who write them words of love. We even sometimes have our nation's politicians and presidents write them letters. This time Senator Tom Cruz, (R) Texas wrote them all a letter thanking them for their service. This is a time for many smiles and tears. Many can't event read them they are so overcome with emotions. It is a heart warming experience as many of them had never been tahnked for their service and sacrafices. The rest of the trip is usually quite but we were again lead in song by our veteran entertainer. After his song we all prepared for our homecoming.

Now many of our veterans don't know what we have planned but we have been sending out invitations for our homecoming inviting our friends, family, military, veterans, and anyone else we can round up to make this a special welcome home. When we arrive back in Houston our veterans are of course welcomed of the plane by many who are in the terminal waiting for flights and our volunteers who are there to help assist them. But they are not expecting what happens when we get to the terminal lobby. They are surronded in love by hundreds of people who have come out the cheer and thank them for their service and to tell them "Welcome Home". We gather them all together for one final fairwell and then let the reunite with their famalies and friends who are their to be with them and share their experiences.

It is a long two days but I never tire from being with these guys. They saved our world and if it were not for them we would not have the freedoms wwe have today. God Bless You All and Thank You For Your Service.





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Hurrican Harvey Update from Houston Event Photography http://photos.houstoneventphotography.com/blog/2017/9/hurrican-harvey-update I am hoping everyone is safe. After the great flood of 2017 caused by Hurricane Harvey here on the gulf coast and Houston Metro, I want to let everyone know that we survived with minimal damage.

All of our customer's images are safe and backed up in multiple locations. So as soon as we are fully operational we will be back up full time.

Until then we are out trying to help other less fortunate than us. If you need anything photographed for insurance purposes please let me know and we will get out to you. This service is free of charge for our clients and the least we can do for our valued customers.

We will also be running some specials very soon to help us get back on our feet too. This is usually when we start getting busy but with all the damage caused by the storm, many things have canceled indefinitely. I know the business will eventually come back but until then we too are struggling so any work is appreciated.

Again I would like to tell everyone to stay safe, call if you need us and God Bless Texas.










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Northline Commons Mall Easter Bunny http://photos.houstoneventphotography.com/blog/2017/4/northline-commons-mall-easter-bunny On April 8th and 15th we will be shooting Easter Bunny photos for Northline Commons Mall. Come on out and get your free photo taken with the most handsome Easter Bunny in town. Photo is free with any receipt from any purchase made at any Northline Commons Mall store.



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Harris County Sheriffs Office Reserve Command Banquet 2017 http://photos.houstoneventphotography.com/blog/2017/4/harris-county-sheriff-department-reserve-command-banquet-2917 It was our pleasure to again photograph the Harris County Sheriff Department Reserve Command Banquet. Being a retired law enforcement officer I take great pride in being able to work with these fine men and women who make sacrifices every day to protect my family and community. Thank You, for your service.



info@houstoneventphotography.com (Houston Event Photography) Banquet" Command County Department Deputy Deputy Sheriff Harris Harris County Sheriff Department Harris County Sheriffs Department Harris County Sheriffs Department Reserve Harris County Sheriffs Department Reserve Command Banquet Harris County Sheriffs Office Reserve Sheriff http://photos.houstoneventphotography.com/blog/2017/4/harris-county-sheriff-department-reserve-command-banquet-2917 Mon, 03 Apr 2017 16:29:00 GMT
Woodforest 2017 Golf Tournament http://photos.houstoneventphotography.com/blog/2017/4/woodforest-2017-golf-tournament We want to thank Woodforest for letting us again be their photographer for their annual charity golf tournament. Here are some shots of the teams.

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Video Intro of Services http://photos.houstoneventphotography.com/blog/2016/10/video-intro-of-services Introduction of of servicesHello, Welcome to Houston Event Photography! This is an introduction of our services

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Business Portrait Summer Special http://photos.houstoneventphotography.com/blog/2016/8/business-portrait-summer-special Business Portrait Special

With the heat and rain we are having here in Houston, Texas right now nobody wants to go outside. So we decided to run a special on our business portraits to help you stay cool. Right now we are having a 20-50% off sale. So if you are needing a business portrait to update your current photo or you don't have a photo we would love to come out and take one for you. We offer larger discounts for multiple people or comapnies needing to have their employees photographed at the same time. Please give us a call to book your appointment or to ask questions.

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Church Directory Photography http://photos.houstoneventphotography.com/blog/2016/8/church-directory-photography Houston Event Photography will be taking portraits for one of our local churches to create their members photo directories this month. We are taking them before and after Sunday services on August 14, 21, 28 from 8 AM til 1 PM. 

This is an excellent way for your church to produce a pictorial directory which can be used for many reasons. It will help you identify your church family and provide a way for you to communicate with one another.

If your church is interested please give us a call and we can discuss this with you.


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Houston_Commercial_Real_Estate_Photography http://photos.houstoneventphotography.com/blog/2015/8/houston_commercial_real_estate_photography We at Houston Event Photography are a full-service photography business that also provides professional real estate and professional commercial real estate photography at affordable prices. Residential Real Estate Pricing starts as low as $99.00


The term “professional photography” has many definitions. For the purpose of this article, professional photography will not include any shots by the real estate agent or any photos taken on an iPhone.

Did you know that listings with professional real estate photos sell for more money? Not only that, but they sell quicker.

Did you know that 92 percent of home buyers (according to realtor.org) use the Internet as part of their home search? That means that listing photos are a critical factor — it will determine the selling price of a home, how quickly it sells and whether it sells at all. I’d venture to say that the single most important factor in selling a home is good photography.


This isn’t only about homes ranging above $1 million; this applies to all homes priced at $200,000 or more. That’s right. Studies have found that good real estate photography helps to sell a home faster and for more money. Keep in mind that with so much research performed online, a good photo can help to get a home buyer through the door.

The first impression is essential. If homebuyers aren’t sold on the images, they see online, chances are they will move on. It can also affect their perception of a home prior to seeing it. A good photograph will have a positive emotion associated with the home.

Emotion is the No. 1 trigger of the affluent buyer, so use it to your advantage. A good photo can speak not a thousand words, but a million words. Get creative: If the home is upwards of a certain amount, use models and shoot lifestyle photos in the home and around the home.


Why Hire A Professional Real Estate Photographer?

Professional Real Estate Photographer Increase Your Sales. Great Photos Sell.
Many realtors think that they can do it themselves or have a friend that they can hire to do it. BIG MISTAKE
Most photographers lack the proper training and don't have the proper equipment to accurately take professional real estate photos.

An example is we use a special lens that helps to correctly align building and rooms. These lenses are specialty lens and are very expensive. Most amateurs neither know how to use them are can afford to buy them. Also, they aren't a lens that someone could use for anything else other than architecture or real estate photographs so why would they want to buy one?

We also use high-resolution cameras that have a high dynamic range capable of capturing the shadows and highlights of a room accurately. We use wireless technology to take completely steady photos from our tripod mounted cameras. Our tripods are also unique for this type of work. And then the real magic happens when we return to you the finished images that are processed using professional software designed for working on architectural and real estate photos.

This is why a professionally photographed real estate photo looks so much better than the average photographer or Realtors photos.

Want to see some horrible real estate photography? I don't have any personal photos to share because we take pride in our work but here is a website devoted to those who thought they could do their own real estate photo.


Here are a few projects we have been involved in photographing for our clients.

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Houston_Aerial_Photography http://photos.houstoneventphotography.com/blog/2015/8/drone-photos We purchased a aerial quad copter a few months back. Not so much with the idea of using it for photos at first but now I am excited at the quality I am getting from it. Here are a few samples.

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Texas Wild Birds http://photos.houstoneventphotography.com/blog/2015/4/texas-wild-birds After a busy day I like sitting on my back porch and playing fetch with my dogs. After they settle down we watch the local birds line up for their version of a soup line. I have the same birds return all the time. The doves line my back fence every day. Every once in a while something new shows up. Here is a bird I have never seen before. It is a "Painted Bushing" and is native to Texas but in all the time I have lived here I have never seen one. At first I thought it was a wild parrot but when I looked closer through the lens I knew it wasn't a parrot.

I read up on them and they are getting to be rare because of over population. They are a small bird but very beautiful. Enjoy!


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A beautiful 101 year old lady http://photos.houstoneventphotography.com/blog/2015/4/a-beautiful-old-lady Every now and then I get out and go plinking with my camera. These were taken with my Fuji X-T1 mirrorless camera. I like being outdoors and shooting stuff that I like but at the same time I try to shoot stock photos that I can use for business purposes. I was passing by the San Jacinto Monument the other day so I took a few photos of the monument and also the USS Texas Battleship. Two important historical pieces of Texas history.

The battle of San Jacinto was fought here for Texas Independence and the monument is a beautiful monument dedicated to the Heros who fought in the battle.

Right across the street is the USS Texas in all her glory. She was the first battleship memorial in the United Sates and she is as beautiful today as she was when she was commissioned in 1914.

Here are a few photos from my adventure.


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Houston Rockets Clyde Drexler during celebrity golf tournament for Woodforest Bank http://photos.houstoneventphotography.com/blog/2015/4/houston-rockets-clyde-drexler We photographed another golf tournament last month with one of Houston's legends in basketball again. Here I am with Clyde Drexler who was one of the greatest players to play the game of basketball for the Houston Cougars during his " Phi Slamma Jamma" days and then with the Houston Rockets during their back to back championships in the 90's. He is also a very good golfer and very fun to hang out with. He had me laughing all day.


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New Services Now Available for Houston Event Photography http://photos.houstoneventphotography.com/blog/2015/3/ipad-photo-kiosk-and-houston-photography-services It's been a busy few weeks around here. The Houston Rodeo is in full swing and we have been very busy.

We were hired to do some private events for a major bank taking photos of some VIP clients that get to have a unique rodeo experience.

We are using our new system where we use an iPad to take their photos and let them instantly send it out to their email, phone or to social media including Instagram.

What makes this unique is no camera is used other than the iPad and it includes their own branding such as logos or photo frames right on the pictures when they are taken. This allows you to get instant advertising or branding of your company right on the pictures. The clients have them in seconds and they are sharing their experience with their family, friends and social media like crazy and this will help get your business or event noticed. Imagine getting your event sponsored by some local or national companies and this will help pay for your event and get them recognized too.

Want or need a photo booth. We also now have a free standing iPad photo kiosk that allows the guest to take their own photo and share it just like above. This technology was developed and used at the Grammy's this year for for all of the celebrities to share their photos with their fans.

We also are using another new product where we shoot their photos with our pro digital camera and yon can also instantly see them on a iPad and share them the same way. This is the best of both worlds because the photo is a super high resolution image and it can be instantly shared.

And for our latest update we are using our newest technology by letting our roving photographers who are out of wi-fi range take photos and they then instantly give the guest a ticket that prints out from a belt worn blue tooth printer. That ticket has a QR code or Bar Code that they can scan and it will take them directly to a web site once it has been uploaded where they can view and download their photos. Cool Stuff!

So if you are looking for a photographer for your event and would like the latest technology available visit our web site at http://www.houstoneventphotography.com or give us a call today!


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New Services Added http://photos.houstoneventphotography.com/blog/2015/2/new-services-added Houston Event Photography has added a new service to help instantly identify photos taken at competitions and events such as bicycle rides, motorcycle rallies, marathons, triathlons, iron man competitions, fun runs, or any type of large or small event where you need the guest to be able to locate themselves in photos taken during the event.

This service can instantly help find and identify your photos taken during the event. We use unique QR codes that can be printed on racing bibs, stickers, placards or photographed individually by using handout cards that help you go on-line and instantly locate your photos.

Here is how it works:

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During a race your photo might appear in one or hundreds of photos as you pass by the photographers covering the event. Each one of these photos will be gathered and sorted into your own unique photo gallery where you can view your photos with out having to look through hundreds of other people images.

Depending on the type of event you can then view, share, download or purchase your photos.

Houston Event Photography is one of the founding event photography companies in the country that have this new technology available today.

If you are planning to host an event and need broad coverage to capture photos and give all your guests and clients the ability to view their photos after the event then please call us and let us tell you what we can offer.


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