2016 Year in Review (and a little of what is to come)

2016 Year in Review (and a little of what is to come)

Well, here is is everyone. The post you all have been waiting for! Haha just kidding, but you know I had to do it. 2016 was definitely a whirlwind. A lot happened for me this year. We bought our first house, Mindy moved into a new roll at work, and I think I finally started to get the hang of this photography thing. From a strictly business perspective, 2016 was pretty awesome. I quadrupled my work from 2015, and made some wonderful connections in the process. But I don’t really like looking at things strictly from a business perspective. This is my passion, and I don’t want that to get lost in the “work” side of things. I want to continue to pursue photography as I always have, as a love and not as an obligation. That being said, why don’t we actually view some images? Here are some of my favorite images from 2016.     About the Author: Jared Jarvis is a professional photographer based out of Houston, TX. He is the owner and lead photographer at Jared Jarvis Photography. He is the author of the popularMastering Manual Exposure and Best Places for Engagement Photos in Houston blog series. He specializes in event, engagement, and wedding photography. To view his work, check here. For booking or contact, check here.  ...
Maternity Session at The Houston Rental Studio

Maternity Session at The Houston Rental Studio

Maternity Session at the Houston Rental Studio – Jared Jarvis Photography Wow. Has is really been five months since I’ve written a blog post?! I need to get better at this. Lately I’ve been doing some really awesome stuff. My journey in photography has changed dramatically this past year. My 2016 Year in Review post is coming soon, which will have some awesome stuff. If you would like to read my 2015 Year in Review post, check it out here. Over the past five months I’ve done a ton of work that I need to publish, but I thought for now I’d share a beautiful maternity session I had the honor of doing. This was a session for some dear friends capturing the final stages before they welcome their first child into the world. I am so humbled they asked me to capture their journey. We decided to do the maternity session at The Houston Rental Studio because of it’s exposed brick and wonderful natural light windows. It’s my personal favorite photography studio in the whole city, especially for sensitive sessions that require privacy. All the images are captured on a Canon 5D Mark III using either my Sigma 50mm f1.4A or Canon 135mm f2L. Here are some of my favorite images from the session. I hope you enjoy! If you enjoyed this post, please comment and let me know. I love reading them and always respond. Also, if you enjoyed this post please click the links above to check out what I used to make this session possible. It helps me more than you know! Thanks for reading!   About the...
The Best Places for Engagement Photos in Houston | Woodlands Waterway

The Best Places for Engagement Photos in Houston | Woodlands Waterway

THE BEST PLACES FOR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS IN HOUSTON | A BLOG SERIES  4TH INSTALLMENT | THE WOODLANDS WATERWAY Thank you for checking out the 4th installment of my Best Places for Engagement Photos in Houston blog series. If you would like to catch up on the other places featured in the series you may do so here. For this installment I ventured outside of my normal stomping grounds, to a place about 30 minutes north of downtown Houston. The Woodlands Waterway is a business / shopping district located right off of I-45 near the Woodlands Community. As always, for my Best Places for Engagement Photos in Houston series, I will be rating each location based on a number of factors: Aesthetics, Location, Uniqueness, Comfort, and Diversity. So let’s get right into it…. Aesthetics – 4.5 out of 5 – This is one of the nicest places I’ve shot at since moving to Houston. There is plenty of green space, water, clean and open walkways, and even an urban feel in some parts if you want that. There are parks attached to the waterway, as well as beautifully decorated trees. It is really a nice place to do a session. Location – 5 out of 5 – The Woodlands Waterway is very easy to get to. It’s right off of I-45, has multiple entrances / exits, and multiple parking lots. There are a range of places to do a session here, and if the lots are full they even have a few parking garages. Uniqueness – 4.5 out of 5 – The only reason this isn’t rated a 5 is...
The Best Places for Engagement Photos in Houston | Lost Lake

The Best Places for Engagement Photos in Houston | Lost Lake

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been two months since I wrote one of these. Mainly because recently this has been extremely fun for me. I guess I’ve never really explained how this “Best Places for Engagement Photos in Houston” blog series came about. Well, sit back, because I’ve got a boring story coming your way! I love photography (in case you can’t tell), but I also love people! I am a recent transplant to the beautiful city of Houston, TX, and as you may or may not know, starting up a new business in a completely new part of the country can be quite challenging. I’ll be completely honest, the inquiries weren’t coming in like I would’ve liked, but I needed to get out and shoot! (my camera ;-). So my wife and I came up with a plan that would help me meet new people, get a lay of the land, and cure my photography itch. I posted online for new couples who I had never shot with before to contact me for “engagement type” photos in a specific area, and I would give them a discounted rate since they gave me full creative power during the session. Well I got a pretty good response so far and that is how The Best Places for Engagement Photos in Houston blog series was born! See, that wasn’t too bad was it? Oh, I almost forgot! I want to keep this going! I want to keep it going until the “best places” aren’t the “most popular places”. Are you interested in helping me by being one of my couples? Don’t worry,...
The Best Places for Engagement Photos in Houston | Hermann Park

The Best Places for Engagement Photos in Houston | Hermann Park

BEST PLACES FOR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS IN HOUSTON | A BLOG SERIES 2ND INSTALLMENT | HERMANN PARK Thank you for checking out the 2nd installment of my Best Places for Engagement Photos in Houston blog series. If you would like to read the 1st installment that features the Theater District, you can do that here. Today we’re talking about Hermann Park. For those of you familiar with the park, note that we will only be talking about the main area of the park. We will not be including the golf course, Japanese Gardens, or the newly added Centennial Gardens. Those will most likely be added in future posts. When you get to Hermann Park, the first thing you notice is how massive it is. It is a HUGE park. There is water, plenty of green space, running / biking paths, a train track, artwork, and a lot more. The craziest part is, what you can see first entering the park is only a fraction of what it has to offer. This park has so much that there is no way we will be able to cover it in one post. So today we will only be covering the main areas of the park near the entrance. Remember, for my Best Places for Engagement Photos in Houston series, I will be rating each location based on a number of factors: Aesthetics, Location, Uniqueness, Comfort, and Diversity. So let’s get right into it…. Aesthetics – 4.5 out of 5 – So let’s just get this out of the way, this park is beautiful. And I’m not even going over some of the most...
The Best Places for Engagement Photos in Houston | Theater District

The Best Places for Engagement Photos in Houston | Theater District

BEST PLACES FOR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS IN HOUSTON | A BLOG SERIES 1ST INSTALLMENT | THEATER DISTRICT For a long time I have been looking to compile a list of the best places for engagement photos in Houston, Texas. Today I’m adding the first installment to that list with one of the most beautiful places in downtown Houston, the Theater District. This post will specifically cover the area around the Wortham Center. The Wortham Center is a large theater on the Buffalo Bayou in the northeast edge of downtown Houston. It sits right on the edge of the beautiful Houston Theater District. The Wortham Center is a quite popular place for photos of all types, and it’s not uncommon to see multiple photographers lined up with their subjects waiting to take shots at the Wortham Falls beside the theater. For my Best Places for Engagement Photos in Houston series, I will be rating each location based on a number of factors: Aesthetics, Location, Uniqueness, Comfort, and Diversity are the factors we will be looking at for each area. So let’s get right into it…. Aesthetics – 4 out of 5 – Personally, I usually enjoy taking engagement photos in more natural settings, but it’s nice to switch it up sometimes. An urban area has a feeling of fun and power that you just can’t get in a natural setting, and as far as urban settings go, it doesn’t get much better than the theater district. In fact, the Theater District has a healthy mix of both natural and urban looks. It’s clean, there is a lot to do / look at, and...
Mastering Manual Exposure – What is Aperture

Mastering Manual Exposure – What is Aperture

So What is Aperture Anyway? So you’re just starting out in photography, or maybe you are trying to take your photography skills to the next level. You keep hearing this term, aperture, over and over again. What does it mean? How does it relate to photography? Well, aperture might sound like a complicated word, but it’s most likely much easier than you think. The literal definition: Aperture – a space through which light passes in an optical or photographic instrument, especially the variable opening by which light enters a camera. So what does this mean in preschool terms? Aperture is the amount of light passing through your camera lens to the camera sensor. It’s that simple. Wide Aperture vs. Narrow Aperture Measuring aperture can become a bit confusing. Mainly because on the numbered scale that measures aperture, the smaller the number the larger (or wider) the aperture. Remember, aperture is simply the amount of light passing through your camera lens to the camera sensor, so that means the smaller the number the more light hitting your camera sensor. How is Aperture Measured? Aperture is measured on a numbered scale of different light stops, or f-stops. F-stop (sometimes called f-number or f-ratio) stands for focal ratio. If you look at any of your lenses, there will most likely be your lens brand, focal length, and then f with a number beside it. This number represents the widest aperture your lens can open to. For example, if your lens says Canon 18-50 f3.5-5.6 this means you have a Canon lens that can cover the focal range of 18-50 millimeters. The widest aperture the lens can achieve at 18mm...
Houston Pet Expo 2016 – Pasadena Convention Center

Houston Pet Expo 2016 – Pasadena Convention Center

I had so much fun at the 2016 Houston Pet Expo! You would not believe how many animals came out to check out the fun. There were dogs, cats, snakes, lizards, lemurs, birds, and more. Some of the finest vendors from Texas and beyond came out to show off and sell their items. From big companies like Blue Buffalo, to local ones like Apdat Print Co. and  Pet Wants, everyone was out showing off their stuff. There were also some amazing dog and cat rescue organizations out there. I’m a huge advocate of adopting rescue pets. As some of you know, our dog, Sherlock, is a rescue. I wish I could have brought all the sweet puppies and kittens who needed homes back with me, but unfortunately I cannot. But if you are thinking about getting a pet, please consider a rescue. If you don’t know where to look, I’m going to list some of the best places in Houston to get a new fur baby: A Life to Live – An incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Established in August 2014 out of love and passion for providing an opportunity and better quality of life for homeless animals. They offer a No Kill alternative that offers life saving programs and invaluable resources for homeless animals and the community. Visit their website to learn more about adopting, fostering, donating, or volunteering with homeless animals. Houston SPCA – Founded in 1924, the SPCA is Houston’s first and largest animal protection organization and shelter. Their mission is to promote commitment to and respect for all animals and free them from suffering, abuse, and exploitation. They are a private,...
Buffalo Bayou Park Proposal – Jacob and Natalie

Buffalo Bayou Park Proposal – Jacob and Natalie

Buffalo Bayou Park Proposal – Houston, TX. Jacob got in touch with me about capturing his proposal to his long time girlfriend, Natalie. As I’ve said before, I absolutely LOVE proposal sessions! I think there aren’t many moments in life that are more special than a proposal, especially when your partner has no idea what’s about to happen. Of course, to surprise someone you have to come up with a plan, and Jacob’s was a good one. Natalie’s parents and sister were in town for the weekend, and he had picked out a perfect spot on a bridge over looking the city skyline. I would be waiting on the bridge with my wife, pretending to be getting pictures of the Houston cityscape. The cue was when Jacob would approach and ask if we could take a picture of their family with the city. About 9:45am, I saw them approaching. I’m a photographer, not an actor, so I was probably almost as nervous as Jacob was. Not because of the photography, but I had never had to pose as something I wasn’t for a session. I was sure Natalie would know something was up when they walked up. I was wrong though, as she had no clue. She was so surprised and happy. But don’t take my word for it, take a look at some of my favorite pictures from the proposal: Congratulations again guys. I was so honored to get to take part in this amazing moment in both of your lives. I wish you both the very best! Buffalo Bayou Park Proposal – Houston, TX     About...
Eleanor Tinsley Park – Keller’s Two Year Old Portraits

Eleanor Tinsley Park – Keller’s Two Year Old Portraits

Right after Mindy and I moved to Houston, we got plugged into an amazing church, where we met some amazing people. We got involved in a small group within the church, and that’s where we met DJ and Kami. DJ and Kami are great, they have two beautiful daughters and live right down the road from us. I was overjoyed when Kami asked me if I would like to take their daughter Keller’s two year old portraits. Of course I said yes! Two year olds are a bundle of energy, so I suggested we go to Eleanor Tinsley Park because of it’s open space, beautiful scenery, and awesome city skyline. Keller had plenty of room to run, and I had enough space to still get some great shots of her. Here are some of my favorites. Hope you enjoy! Feel free to comment or share this post if you like it. Isn’t she just the cutest?! Happy birthday Keller! Hope it was amazing. About the Author: Jared Jarvis is a professional photographer based out of Houston, TX. He is the owner and lead photographer at Jared Jarvis Photography. He specializes in event, engagement, and wedding photography. To view his work, or contact him, click...