#SipNSnap by @LUSTREPRO

#HOUSTON You’re INVITED!!

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@LustrePRO Houston Photographer is presenting the first networking party of it’s kind with their 2nd annual #SipNSnap Portrait Networking Party taking place on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m in Downtown Houston, 2119 Dallas St. Houston, TX 77003.

But don’t worry PARKING IS FREE! Along with the many other freebies offered to the attendees of this unique social media networking party.

Here is a list of the many FREE opportunities guest will receive:

  • FREE FOOD!
  • FREE COCKTAILS
  • FREE PHOTOSHOOT
  • FREE SOCIAL MEDIA SWAP HOUR
  • FREE WIFI
  • SWAGBAGS
  • GIVEAWAYS
  • NEW FOLLOWERS / POTENTIAL CLIENTS
  • BRAND ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITY

We are expecting to host over 50+ local entrepreneurs, buyers, sellers, socialites, models, photographers, vendors, social media mavens, brand ambassadors, influences and supporters in a trendy 2 story Downtown Houston Loft. Guest will be participating in various networking games to make the night beneficial for everyone in attendance.

Networking Game List : 

Who do you know? – How many new contacts & business cards made in the room

Follow train – Who mutually follows the most attendees

Networking Bingo – Fill the squares in a row all networking related

#SupportLocal – Who supports the most local vendors

 

The Cocktail List: 

LustreRITA – Gold Margarita on the rocks

Pinkies Up – Titos Strawberry Lemon Drop Tini

The Generous Gentleman – Hendricks Gin & Grapefruit Cocktail

Smooth Operator – Jack & Coke

There will also be straight/unmixed, top shelf cocktails offered complimentary with V.I.P ticket purchase. $10 additional for general admission guest. 

 

The Menu:

Chopped Salad

Cajun Pasta

Meatballs

Wings

Pinwheels

Cupcakes & More Snacks

 

Free Photoshoot:

The photo sessions with @LustrePRO Houston Photographer will commence at 8p.m. and end at 10p.m. guest will be accepted on a first come first served basis.

Creative Director @IsmailArchible will be on site offering posing/style tips & aiding you with posing techniques to make your shoot most flattering!

You will be allowed up to 3 poses within a 10 minute frame to give everyone a chance to shoot. Also, you will receive 1 free download of images taken for print & social media use.

All portraits will be uploaded to the #SipNSnap gallery & all guest will be given the link to view all portraits after the event.

 

Over 10+ Vendors:

We are expecting over 10 vendors to participate in this social event. From Jewelry, Shoes and Accessories, Down to Hookah, Hair, Clothes and Edible Surprises. We have something for everyone!

Vendor Instagram handles:

@ShopRDenise

@Topflighthookah

@ShineyJewels

@ShopNola

@SavageAF_Inc

@scentfullyYOURS2

@Audrey_grace_izzy

@Honeyybeee

and the list continues!

There will also be a Live Art exhibit by Houston’s very own @Mark_IamArt !

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SOCIAL MEDIA HOUR:

This is where the FREE WIFI fits in! We will be having a social media hour where we swap handles, swap social media tips and secrets for entrepreneurs and other social media users, share success and horror stories using social media, as well as stream live at the event. Guest are using #SipNSnap to stay connected before and after the party!

This pretty much sums up the #SipNSnap if you have any questions feel free to email us: Lustreprostudios@gmail.com

Tickets can be purchased at www.sipandsnap.eventbrite.com

We look forward to seeing you all next Sunday 9/24 at 7 pm! 

-Aaron M.

@LustrePRO

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In The Houston Air

This Weekend In Houston

@LustrePRO Houston Photographer was given the awesome opportunity to fly in a helicopter over the city right before our client proposed to his fiance. This was a beautiful moment we were honored to be apart of. Houston has some amazing aerial scenery. I am more than pleased to share with you all.

@LustrePRO

 

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Learn how to make money using Social Media

So I know you guys & girls may have been anticipating my next YouTube tutorial on how to boost your photography career and generate income using Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.  Well…

Before I do a video spilling all of my secrets, I want to make sure I have a solid following of loyal subscribers. So please follow, like & subscribe to @LustrePRO on all social media platforms & Tell your friends about us! Who knows you may be selected for one of my free photo shoots!

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My blog is mostly photography focused, However, the information I provide for social media and content marketing can be applied to any profession. So if you’re an entrepreneur looking to take a full bite out of the digital marketing world without breaking the bank, here is your chance.

Tip of the day: 

MAKE YOUR TIMELINE RELEVANT: Monitor & Moderate your friends list! Be sure you get rid of those inactive/non sense followers to make room for potential new clients. You want to be able to advertise to new faces, not the same old faces you never see or meet that live half way across the country and don’t ever like any of your post.  Also be sure to find people in YOUR city! Facebook host over 1.85 billion  members, So even if you are not acquainted with them, its good to get to know new people. I mean, you are a business owner trying to sell a service or product & this is SOCIAL media, so get social. There is always a client out there waiting on you! 

 

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Social Media Marketing for Beginners

LUSTREPRO PHOTOGRAPHY TUTORIALS

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  • Shoot like the pro’s and boost their clientele
  • Learn business tips and social media marketing techniques to help you reach + build your target audience
  •  Get your business to show up at the top of searches
  • Increase Your Traffic
  • Budget friendly tips to help you save money on equipment and maximize the use of apps and other alternatives to further your photography career without breaking the bank

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@LustrePRO Gives Back to Houston

HOUSTON FOOD DRIVE 

On a bright and sunny Saturday morning in Houston, TX; gathered under the roof of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, were the kind-hearted members and volunteers that helped put an end to hunger in the Houston community. We arrived at 8:25 a.m. on  May 27, 2017 to find the Metro Lift transit dropping off and picking up the elderly and disable members of the community to leave with full bags of food and clothes. Volunteers packed up carts and helped load cars and other transits for the attendees. We also had a chance to meet local neighborhood supporters who also came out to participate in the Jones Memorial Methodist Food Outreach.

We genuinely appreciated being apart of such a great cause. We will be back to help organize the next charity event. Thank You for having LustrePRO .

(images by: @LustrePRO)
Jones Memorial United Methodist Church
Houston, TX – Southside
2504 Almeda – Genoa Rd.

10 THINGS TO DO BEFORE A PHOTOSHOOT

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MODEL EDITION 

 

 

 

 

1. GET PLENTY OF SLEEP! 

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As we all may very well know staying up late causes bags, dark rings, puffiness, & red eyes. It also effects your mood, emotional & facial expressions along with body language. You’re feeling overwhelmed, it looks like you are having a bad day & THE CAMERA CAN TELL! There aren’t any photoshop actions that cover up hang overs or night owl syndrome. So please stay out of the bars the night before your photoshoot and get your sleep on sleeping beauties!

 

2. WATER IS YOUR BESTFRIEND! Drink Up!

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I highly recommend staying hydrated at all times, but especially in the world of modeling. Water brings life to not only flowers, but your skin as well; It brings on a healthier, livelier, less drained look to your skin. It also flushes out toxins, in case you rebelled against tip 1 and had a night of binge drinking at a local bar.

 

3. PLAN YOUR LOOKS A WEEK IN ADVANCE!

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The worst thing you could do is waste time, when it comes to planning wardrobe it takes a lot of time. From trying on different looks and being sure they fit, aren’t torn or wrinkled, and don’t make you look misshapen; To being sure they go along with the theme of the shoot and are in place and ready to switch in and out of in a flash, You will thank yourself for having this mapped out in advance and save lots of time and money.

In some cases where you aren’t in charge of wardrobe it is always great to have nude or black lingerie or one piece leotard to not clash with the wardrobe provided.

check out more fashion sets and trend forecast by @GladyzJetson

 

4. CHECK YOUR LIPS AND MAKE UP!

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DO NOT FORGET YOUR LIP SOFTENER!!! Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Chap-stick, Vaseline all can help alleviate the above problem.This is another situation that can not be edited out and if so, it would take a lot of time and remember, post processing and editing + time can be costly! So save yourself the humiliation and money and keep those lips moisturized.

Also bring touch up make-up bag in case your artist is not available on set, there isnt a make up artist provided or if you  have to travel long distance in a car with no a/c either way the key to life is being prepared for unforeseen circumstances. You want to have everything you need for “just in case” sake. THINGS TO NOT FORGET: Nail Polish remover, Bobbie Pins, Clear nail polish, lip moisturizer, make up touch ups, tissue, make up removing pads and whatever else you feel is necessary. 

 

5. HYGIENE CHECK LIST!

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Be sure to cover the basics shower, brush and whiten your teeth, clean your face (exfoliate, cleanse, tone, moisturize). NO DRY FACES. But also for my more hairier men and women DON’T FORGET TO SHAVE those hairy lips, chins, legs and chest if you are preparing for a beauty, fashion or editorial shoot. Hair is another post processing time consumer having to fix a guys hairline and a girls mustache can be extremely timely and can also make the photo look less realistic because of the edits. Also if you have sensitive skin it is better to get brows done 2 days before shoot to avoid redness and swelling, same for those getting laser hair treatments and waxing procedures. Shave underneath those arms just in case you happen to pose with your hands up.

Come with clean hair if you’re expecting hair to be done before set, come with clean hair even if you did it yourself. COME WITH CLEAN HAIR because others will be adjusting and situating your hair and no one wants to deal with your flaky, greasy, smelly hair. I’m just saying. Also hair with beautiful sheen and texture always help boost portrait appeal.

Moisture is your best friend, use as much as you can. Oil your body down from head to toe not only does it assist with your ashy limbs, but it also adds that dramatic skin glow effect you see in magazine spreads and bathing suit ads. Your photographer will love you for that.

6. PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!

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Practice poses and facial expressions in the mirror and with friends daily! If you are claiming the title “Model” this is something that should be apart of everyday life. Standing in the mirror and posing isnt weird, in fact it helps you look better when you pose for photos,  and helps you find your light and “your good side”. Also toning up in the gym before a shoot is not a bad idea. Your posture and muscles will be on point and create better balance for those crazy poses.

 

7. PLAN FOR THE WORST & BE ON TIME!

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We all know things happen, and something always gets in the way of plans. But the worst thing you could do is not communicate with the photo team and have them awaiting your arrival. LAST MINUTE CANCELLING IS THE DEVIL. If you feel sick send a message hours in advance, not 30 minutes before. Because chances are if you’re professional you arrive an hour early to make room for trial and error; and there are people waiting on you with make up kits unloaded and lighting adjusted. Don’t be that person that calls 30 minutes before.

And if you are running late and GPS clearly lets you know your estimated time of arrival, contact someone on the team and inform them of your late arrival. But CAREFUL this can ruin the whole happy tone of the environment and make your shoot seem rushed and unwelcoming.

 

8.  BRING A SNACK BAG!

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When you’re hungry you’re not happy and no one wants to shoot with a frowning hungry diva. Sometimes its best to not eat before a photoshoot to avoid bloating and appearing larger than you are. But its some cases where you will be at a shoot for hours working on an empty stomach, NOT GOOD. So to avoid the frown in your photos pack a light snack bag and a couple of waters to keep you satisfied until the shoot is over.

 

9. PREPARE TO TAKE DIRECTIONS & EMOTE!

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We all want to be leaders in our own little way, but in this case the photographer is your leader and you must bend curve turn and tilt in the direction of their lens. Come with a clear mind. Leave all the drama and weight of the world at home; this is your chance to escape it. Don’t let the lens see you sweat. Unless of course pain and sadness is the emotional theme of the shoot. Be ready and mentally able to be directed to “Smize” and be adjusted by the hands of other creative directors and stylist. For some this is overwhelming when you are on the brink of a break up and want to be left alone. So be PRESENT. Have open ears and LISTEN!

Do not show up camera shy and nervous, it makes you look awkwardly uncomfortable in your portraits. Which is why I said to practice practice practice before you show up.

 

 

10. TAKE A DEEP BREATH, EXHALE, & POSE!

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Close your eyes, inhale and exhale right before your pose. This helps you decrease the nervous anxiety filled stress face and stay focused on what you’ve practiced in the mirror. Another trick that helps relax your face is relaxing your tongue muscle allowing it to rest at the roof of your mouth; This helps avoid those weird facial expressions and mouth poses. You could also google facial exercises to help loosen up your face. Because ultimately YOU are in charge of the outcome of your photos, the camera doesn’t lie and it’s not the photographers fault. Sorry those Snapchat filters fooled you but this is real life photography.

It takes a lot of time and money to edit pictures based on little simple flaws that could be corrected before the shoot. Save yourself and your photographer a lot of time by touching these bases and you will develop a good relationship with your photographer and be recognized as a professional in the industry.

I hope this post helps you on your next photoshoot! Like, Comment, Share!

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#Superbowl2017 Game Day Dips

Top 5 Last Minute Super Bowl Party Dips

This Superbowl 2017 don’t get stuck with the same boring french onion sour cream dip & plain cheese dip with chips! Jazz it up a notch, pull out your garlic bread and pita chips! Come with some flavorful snacks everyone will be talking about the entire party!

Below is #LustrePro list of our fave 5 QUICK & EASY recipes for Game Day Dips!

Bacon Cheddar Jalapeno Popper Dip 

recipe courtesy of delish.com

TOTAL TIME: 0:25

PREP: 0:10

COOK: 0:15

LEVEL: EASY

SERVES: 4-6

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 8 oz block cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 c. mayo
  • 1/3 c. sour cream
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 10 slices chopped cooked bacon
  • 2 jalapeños, minced
  • 1 1/2 c. shredded Cheddar
  • 1 1/2 c. Shredded Monterey Jack
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. In a large bowl, stir together cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, garlic powder, most of cooked bacon (reserve some for topping), most of the jalapeños (reserve some for topping), and 1 cup cheddar, and 1 cup Monterey Jack and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Transfer to a skillet for baking and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cups cheddar and Monterey Jack, bacon, and jalapeños.
  3. Bake until bubbly, 15 minutes. (If desired, broil 3 minutes.)

 

Your favorite sandwich might taste even better as a dip. Get the recipe from Delish. Cheesy Sloppy Joe Dip 

recipe courtesy of Delish.com

TOTAL TIME: 0:40

PREP: 0:15

LEVEL: EASY

SERVES: 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 c. kethcup
  • 2 tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 c. shredded Cheddar
  • 1 c. Shredded Monterey Jack
  • 2 tubes refrigerated French bread dough (such as Pillsbury)
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 tbsp. Freshly Chopped Parsley

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onions and cook until soft, 6 minutes. Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink, 6 to 8 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper. Drain fat.
  2. Stir in ketchup, mustard, garlic, brown sugar, and chili powder. Simmer until thick, 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup cheddar and 1/2 cup Monterey Jack. Push dip into center of skillet to make room for a bread ring.
  3. Diagonally score the log of French bread dough and slice into 1/2″pieces. Place bread pieces around dip in skillet and brush with melted butter.
  4. Sprinkle bread with parsley and top dip with remaining cheese. Bake until cheese is melty and bread is golden, 25 minutes.

 

 

Hot Crawfish DipRecipe

Hot Crawfish Dip

recipe courtesy of myrecipe.com

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter

1 bunch green onions, sliced (about 1 cup)

1 small green bell pepper, diced

1 (1-lb.) package frozen cooked, peeled crawfish tails, thawed and undrained

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 (4-oz.) jar diced pimiento, drained

2 teaspoons Creole seasoning

1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened

French bread baguette slices

Garnishes: sliced green onion, chopped flat-leaf parsley

Preparation

Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat; add green onions and bell pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes or until bell pepper is tender. Stir in crawfish and next 3 ingredients; cook, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Stir in cream cheese until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Serve with toasted French bread slices.

 

 

 

Homemade Tequila  Infused Mango Salsa

recipe courtesy of LustrePRO.com

  • Makes 2 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 large mango, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons seeded and minced serrano chile
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup of Patron Premium Tequila

Instructions

In a large bowl combine mango, cilantro, onion, lime juice, chile, lime zest, garlic and olive oil; season with salt and pepper to taste. Chill or let sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to blend.

 

Crock-Pot Spicy Beef Queso Dip | browneyedbaker.com #recipe

Spicy Crock Pot Taco Queso Dip

recipe courtesy of LustrePRO.com

YIELD:8 to 10 servings

PREP:15 minutes

COOK:2 hours

TOTAL:2 hours 15 minutes

A super cheesy dip made with taco-seasoned ground beef and Rotel.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 large (or 2 small) jalapeños, seeded and finely minced
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning mix (homemade or store-bought)
  • 32 ounces Velveeta cheese, cut into cubes
  • 2 (10-ounce) cans Rotel

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink. Drain. Add the jalapeños, water and taco seasoning, increase the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat.
  2. In a 4 to 6-quart slow cooker, add the prepared beef mixture, the Velveeta cheese and the cans of Rotel. Stir well and cook on low until the cheese is completely melted, 1 to 2 hours. Keep the slow cooker set to warm to serve during a party, giving the mixture a good stir before serving.

Museum Run: Houston

#LustrePRO @ The Museum of Fine Art Houston #MFAH

During the month of January 2017 we took several museum strolls throughout Houston to see what great ancient findings we would stumble upon. We took advantage of the ever so generous Free Museum Thursdays; where you can explore a multitude of cultural museums free of charge. We also made sure we did a food truck tasting, there were 12 parked out front of the museums to try at lunch time. But that’s for a later post. I will share with you some of my findings at the historic #MFAH

Photos all courtesy of LustrePRO Photography