Monday, August 22, 2011

Call for High School Senior Models!

Are you a high school senior?  Yes?  Keep reading!

This will be Monkey Tree Photography's inaugural Senior Portrait Season : )

I'd like to work up a small portfolio, photographing 8-10 different seniors from local high schools.  I need guys and girls, a good range of looks/personalities... but above all else, people who enjoy being a little silly and a lot awesome.  I know we'll get some absolutely amazing shots from these sessions, so I can 't wait to get started.

Each session will last about 1-2 hours, and you'll need to bring a couple of changes of clothing.  If you have a sport/activity you'd like to highlight, bring it on!  You may be assigned a certain look, for example casual, dressy, uniform, formal, etc.  You'll probably be shooting at the same time as other models so it should be fun!

What's in it for ME (me, Kasey, the photographer)?
I get to meet great people, work on my coolness level interacting with seniors, and get some feedback from you and your parents about the session and the images.  I also get some fantastic prints to use in my senior marketing and in my consultation room!

What's in it for YOU?
I'm working for free!  I know I'm great at portraiture, so there's very little risk for you : )
You might get to be in one of my ads (or this lovely blog), and you'll for sure be seen by hundreds of my Monkey Tree facebook fans.
$100 in complimentary prints.
20% off of any additional prints or products, should you decide you'd like to purchase something else.

Send an e-mail to containing the following:
  • Name
  • High School
  • Activities/Clubs/Sports you're involved in
  • Your e-mail address
  • A Parent's e-mail address

Also attach or link two photos of yourself-- one of your face, and one full-length.  Casual photos are fine!  It doesn't have to be a fancy one.

Important Details:
  • My senior portrait consultation room is in Friendswood, and I have an additional consultation space on Montrose near the Museum District.  Most shoots will take place in the Friendswood/Clear Lake area, so this needs to be a location to which you're willing to travel.
  • You and your parents need to be okay with your pictures being used in my marketing materials.  My main goals are "nothing cheesy, nothing sleazy", but you don't get to choose which images are used.
  • There is no monetary compensation for your time.
Ok!  Now apply : )  My top 10 will be chosen within the next week or so!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Adobe Lightroom for Beginners! Saturday, September 17 at 9 am & 2 pm

I will be hosting an Adobe Lightroom 3.0 instructional workshop for beginners on Saturday, September 17.  The cost to attend is $145 (includes lunch), which must be paid to reserve your seat.  The workshop will run from about 9a-1p, and if necessary we will run a second session from 2-6p.  Location: 4119 Montrose, Suite 310, Houston 77006 (aka my studio).

I will fill the early session FIRST, and if we have enough demand run the second session.


Material we'll cover:
  • Why we use Lightroom, and how it can change your life
  • What Lightroom can do vs. Photoshop
  • Basic Lightroom use in processing both RAW and JPG image files
  • Importing photos
  • Culling/Selecting images to keep
  • Editing White Balance
  • Editing Exposure
  • Vignettes
  • Curves
  • Using Presets
  • Cropping
  • Flagging, Rating, and creating Quick Collections
  • Exporting/Saving image files

You may bring your laptop and follow along, but my suggestion is that you leave the computer at home for this workshop and take it all in!  I will be working through several objectives.  My goal for this workshop is to have you watch Lightroom in action, in real time, and see what kinds of things you can do.

If some of the terms above are foreign to you, don't worry.  Photography is a visual art and many people aren't familiar with the specific vocabulary-- but through observation most people "get it".

For the morning session, we'll arrange lunch to be brought in around 11:00 (most likely from Niko Niko's), and for the afternoon session around 5:00.

  • Send me 2-3 images you've taken that you'd like to see me edit (they need to be your images).
  • Monkey around in Lightroom if you have the software!  You'll still be able to get plenty out of this workshop if you don't own the software.
  • Look at your images, and think about how you'd change them.  This way, you can ask me about making those modifications.
  • Note-taking supplies (computers are not necessary, and not recommended)

  • Contact Monkey Tree Photography via e-mail or phone (713.501.8814) to book.  If you call, please have your credit card number handy so that your seat can be reserved!
  • Check or cash payments are welcome, but must be paid in advance.  Due to the very limited availability... once paid, no refunds will be issued if you choose to cancel on the workshop.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The THRIFTY One-fifty! A $150 mini-session with same-day ordering : )

Are you a fan of Monkey Tree Photography on Facebook?  If not, head on over and "like" us so you can take advantage of the THRIFTY ONE-FIFTY! 
These sessions are exclusively for our fabulous facebook fans.

Here are a few examples of the kinds of shots we can get in just a few minutes at the studio...