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Family Portrait on Galveston Beach

Family Portrait Sessions
Galveston, Texas
SGI Photography

Did your summer fly by as fast as ours did? All of a sudden, we woke up one morning and it was time to take the traditional ‘first-day-back-to-school’ photos! The kids seem to have grown a foot taller, and we have all grown a little older and wiser! Now if we could just sneak in a family portrait session while everyone has nice-looking haircuts and fresh-school clothes! Why not?!
If you spent the summer actually enjoying it, you may not have gotten everything on your ‘to-do’ list finished. Did you want to have a professional portrait session taken over the summer? It’s not too late! In fact, as our heat and humidity subsides over the next several weeks, it may even be the BEST time! Consider taking the family on a day-trip over your next free Saturday or Sunday to regroup with the family away from school-related activities, and try to squeeze in one more ‘summer-ish’ moment! A picnic or play day on the beach? Half-price tickets to the new Pleasure Pier on Galveston Island? While you’re there, why not have SGI Photography capture your family portrait so that you can treasure those memories long after the ‘back-to-school-days’ are over!
What if you can’t seem to convince your spouse to not just have the kids’ pictures taken, but to have the whole family photographed together? Perhaps they have had a bad experience in the past with stiff, stuffy ‘Olan Mills’ style family portraits. I don’t know many people on this planet who actually look forward to those types of portrait sessions. Maybe they have never experienced a fun, family-friendly, outdoor portrait session with SGI Photography!
The Deleon family got their awesome bunch together and took a short trip to make some great family memories on Galveston Island. They scheduled ahead with SGI Photography to top it all off with a fun family portrait session! They not only LOOK like they were enjoying themselves, they actually were!
And isn’t that what family portraits should really be about; enjoying our family members and the time we have together?! We look forward to setting up your next family portrait session in Galveston and making sure you love the results.

Family portrait photography on Galveston Beach, Galveston Tx

Family portrait on Galveston Beach

It’s time for your long-awaited family vacation to the beach on Galveston Island!
The kids are a year older, Mom and Dad are a year wiser, and you can hardly wait to post your vacation pics on social networks. So far, a few photos have turned out ‘really good’, and you plan on enlarging your favorites when you get home. Suddenly, it dawns on you that this would’ve been a great family portrait, except Dad is not in it – he’s taking the picture! Mom was in mid-sentence telling one of the kids to look at the camera. The sunset that you thought would make a nice background is barely visible in the photo. The dream of including a family portrait from your trip in your Christmas cards has faded.
You turn to ask a stranger passing by on the Seawall to take a picture of the entire family together, but you hesitate as you think of the odds of someone running off with the new Cannon Power Shot camera your husband gave you for Mother’s Day.
Most people are honest, you remind yourself, and you get a friendly fellow beach-lover to snap a few shots. After waving goodbye, you look through the images and find yourself blinking back tears – two are super blurry, and the only one in focus has cut off the heads of your husband and teenager. All the way back to the hotel you vow “Next time, we are booking a professional photographer to take our family portrait on the beach!”

Last week, SGI Photography had the joy of capturing fun family portraits on the beach for the AWESOME Allen family from Oklahoma! They really knew how to get the most out their family vacation memories! This adorable family was such a blast to work with! The time that they set aside, and the effort of scheduling a planned family portrait session on the Galveston beach was so worth it! Two brothers – running together at the edge of the water with a little gleam in their eye; the whole family gathered close in each other’s arms on the seashore; no matter how tall their boys grow, or where life takes them, these are some precious moments they will treasure forever! These are the professional portraits they will be proud to enlarge and display in their home!

If you have just arrived in Galveston, Texas with your family, or are still in the planning stages of your next trip to the beach , give SGI Photography a call – even if it is short notice – and make your Galveston Island family vacation complete with a professional family portrait session on the beach!
Remember, in the summer months it is a little cooler in the early mornings! Consider a portrait session around 8 or 9 am. The sky and water is beautiful, the beaches are much less crowded, younger children tend to be especially bright-eyed, plus you’ll have the rest of the day freed up for your incredible adventures!


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Priceless Portraits Of Your Families Memories, Relationships, and Emotions

If your family means the world to you and you realize how quickly things can change;
If you want to cherish your memories for a lifetime and are looking for heirloom quality portraiture,
the following information is only for you:


Our families are changing so fast, aren’t they? The children have grown so quickly (and yes, they’re still your “children” even though they’re married with kids of their own!) Every birthday, I ask my kids, “Wouldn’t you like to skip this birthday and just stay (whatever their current age is) a little longer?” If only we could just freeze time and hold on to these special moments forever!

Hi, my name is Slava G. Ivanov, and I am dedicated to capturing and preserving wonderful family moments. I’m a professional family photographer, but more than that, I’m a lot like you…family means the world to me!

Do you ever wake up and wonder where the time is going. Does it seem like the older you and your children get, the faster time flies? I’m very blessed – I get to see my children every morning and night, they’re still in school and living at home with us. But High School graduation is just around the corner for the older ones, and I would love to be able to keep them small a little longer!

I find it interesting that the older I get, the more respect I have for the family portrait and it’s importance in documenting the growth of a family.

Beautiful photograph of a houston family done in Houston texas

SGI Photography understands the importance of documenting your family and loved ones in portraits. From newborns to grandparents and everyone in between, my passionate approach to portraiture, meticulous control of lighting and adherence to standards of excellence are reflected in your compelling portraits. I create images that you will take pride in displaying in your home or office. Slava goes ‘above and beyond’ in creating your memorable portrait images. For portraiture that stands the test of time, if you haven’t had a family portrait done in the last 5 years, now is a good time to book a session. Don’t forget about the family pets! Be sure to include them in the family portrait!


Family photographs tell a story. One photograph can be a slice of your family history, but the accumulation of family portraits reveal threads of relationships and themes. They provide an easy topic of conversation especially for new friends (or future in-laws)!

Even if you haven’t given a lot of thought to having a family portrait created. Don’t worry – that’s pretty normal. You’ve got a lot of things going on in your life. Life is busier and crazier than ever! Thankfully, you’re about to discover the most helpful information that most people don’t know about having a professional family portrait created.

Because you’re here right now, you must be at least thinking about having a portrait of your family created. Congratulations! You are about to make a decision that will bring you more joy than you realize! However, there are some things you need to know before you and your loved ones step in front of any camera. By the time you finish reading this single page, you will be fully prepared to make the most important decisions about having a family portrait created!

You may feel that having a family portrait done is going to be a lot of work on your part. Well, it’s not! In fact, that could almost be one of the “myths” right there. As long as you know the information on this site, it will be a wonderful experience.

Myth #1: No One Can GUARANTEE That I Will Love My Family Portraits.

Wrong. It just depends on who creates your family portraits! I believe that no one should ever have to pay for a photograph that isn’t LOVED!


If your family doesn’t look the most amazing they’ve ever looked together in these photographs. . .
If you don’t cry (tears of joy) when you look at them. . .
Then you don’t pay me for them.


It’s that simple. That’s my personal promise to you. I know these photographs will be completely meaningless to you unless they convey the real emotions and relationships between you and your loved ones. That’s really the only reason to have a family portrait created.

SGI Photography is so confident that the portraits I create for your family will be so incredible, that I am positive they will become your most prized possessions. As in if your house were on fire, you would grab them on the way out of your burning home. This is not arrogance. This is confidence in my God-given gifts and abilities to capture your families real emotions and relationships in portraits like none other. That’s what I have committed to and that’s why I can’t wait to create your family portraits!

So, here is my fabulous double guarantee:

If you are not THRILLED with your photographs – if you are dissatisfied for ANY reason at all, I will do two things for you:

1st – At NO CHARGE, I will photograph your family again, and make sure that anything that wasn’t perfect is fixed, without you paying another cent.

2nd – If, for any reason, I am unable to absolutely thrill you – if I’m unable to create a photograph that you will cherish forever, I will refund every penny you invested in them. The bottom line is that you don’t pay for your photographs unless you love them beyond belief!

Now, if I don’t end up being your photographer, please, for your family’s sake – make absolutely sure your photographer offers this strong of a guarantee. If they are really good, they should back up their work by taking all the risk off of you.

Myth #2: All Family Portraits Are Created Equal


Incorrect. Nothing could be further from the truth. Like most people, you’ve probably had this question in mind, “How exactly do I choose the right photographer?”
You may even have had the thought of asking someone in your family – an uncle, a grandparent, even a friend – who has a ‘good camera’ and is an avid photographer. Why not just ask them to take pictures of your family and save a few bucks?

Price tags cannot be placed on your family’s memories. They will forever be priceless. Why would anyone gamble with those memories? The real question is, “Do you believe a portrait of your family could really mean that much to you?”

If you were sick, and had to go to a doctor, would you want the “cheapest” doctor, or the best one? Of course, there’s no question. It’s the same thing with your family portraits.
You could easily find a dozen cheaper photographers in town. But there is so much more to consider than price alone.

Your family portrait photographer should actually CARE about YOUR family memories, not just doing a job.

One of the greatest rewards of my family portrait work is becoming a family friend of the families I photograph. Some families have practically adopted me as a long lost relative! 🙂
One thing is for sure, I didn’t get into photography for the money. It cost me an arm and a leg to invest in my love of photography! I was NASA engineer for many years, and photography was my ‘fun time’! I chose to become a professional family and wedding photographer because I knew that all the money in the world meant nothing to me if I didn’t feel like I was making a difference in the lives of families.

I realized that memories are priceless – that being a ‘memory – giver’ is invaluable.

portrait of a houston family photographed by SG Photography

I didn’t become a photographer because I liked to take pictures. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the “art” of photography, but that’s NOT the reason I first picked up a camera.
Growing up, my father was a photographer. I remember him bundling me up in the dead of a Russian winter to do a photo session with me out in the snow among the birch trees. Everywhere we went, the camera went, and my dad was stopping us every few feet to pose for a new picture. I watched, and learned, he instructed me, but I viewed it at first as only a hobby.

My entire time growing up, I can’t remember a single day my father didn’t photograph me, my mom, my sister, our friends, or neighbors. However, I never really cherished the portraits he was creating of my family’s life. . . until I got older. Now, those times and portraits mean the world to me.

Earlier this year, my father went home to be with the Lord. He was my best friend. I now treasure the memory of the moments in those photographs even more. Now that my father has passed away, those images have become priceless to me. I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like not to have those portraits. I look at them every day – they are some of my most prized possessions.

Time is the one thing that none of us have enough of. It’s the one thing that money can’t buy. It’s the one thing that we all would give just about anything for. Through photography, we can hold on to the moments in our lives for just a little while longer. And, if done correctly, these same photographs can become works of art that we display in our homes for everyone to see and share.

Myth #3 :Family Portraits Have To Look Formal and Be Created In A Professional Studio


If you’re like most people, when you think of a PROFESSIONAL family portrait, you’re thinking ‘Olan Mills-style’ with all of the family gathered in in a tiny, stuffy studio in front of a background that looks sort of like a black hole, posed uncomfortably and unnaturally, all saying “cheese” as the photographer snaps the picture and the flash blinds everyone. Well, isn’t that a family moment to cherish for a lifetime? Ha! While it may be an image of the physical members of your family together, it can never capture the real togetherness of your family relationships ~ between a Mama and her firstborn son, Daddy and his baby girl ~ the love and affection you all have for one another!

Instead, imagine all of you getting ready to go out for a fun family outing. Everyone is wearing the cutest, most comfortable outfits that your personal family photographer helped you to pick out. Your family can’t wait to spend some time together walking on the beach collecting shells, picnic in a beautiful park, or just play and hang out in your backyard that you’ve recently landscaped! Everyone feels relaxed and it makes all the difference in the way your true family spirit shines through a family portrait!

Taking the quality time to do a fun, family-friendly photo session will actually benefit your family in more ways than one! Your family will have a blast, and the memories of the fun time spent together will be captured in heirloom quality portraits!

SGI Photography wants every family member to feel comfortable in front of the camera!

Almost everyone I meet tells me that they are not photogenic, or never look natural in their pictures. No one wants a photograph where family members have that fake “posed” look on your face! That’s why it’s so important that you feel comfortable with your photographer. Having a good relationship with your family photographer will make a HUGE difference in the results of your family portraits. There is a ‘psychology of photography’ as well; the technical aspects which I understand and employ to help make every family member look and feel comfortable and look natural in photographs. Saying “cheese” is a surefire way of getting fake and unnatural expressions! I converse and coach in a way that allows individuals to open up and show their natural expressions. I love it. You will see the difference! People who have warned me in advance that they ‘always squint one eye’ or ‘never smile naturally’ in pictures are amazed that by allowing SGI Photography to work with them, they smiled beautifully, naturally, and with even both eyes smiling – not squinting!

Myth #4:“I have no idea where we should have our family portrait taken or what we should wear!”


Have no fear, help is here! SGI Photography will be more than happy to advise you on all of those little details.

My years of experience preparing families for portraits and photographing families is at your service!

Okay, by now you have probably been considering having your family portrait done for quite some time. You may now even be considering SGI Photography to be your family photographer – but please don’t make that decision just yet.

No matter who creates your photographs for you, you will need to make some very critical decisions. What articles of clothing should each family member wear? At which location should this special portrait be created? How should the women in the portrait do their makeup? There are a number of things to think about, and SGI Photography is here to help walk you through your decisions.

Myth #5: There’s no rush to take our family portrait right now.


You know how things are. If you don’t pick up the phone right now, and at least call me to chat about your family portrait, you will probably get swamped with other things, and forget all about it. Then, before you know it, a year – two years – five years have gone by. How different will your family be then?

Your baby has already taken his first steps! It won’t be long before he’s learning to ride a bike! If you blink, he’ll be getting his driver’s license and graduating from high school…getting married…and starting a family of his own!

More than ever in 2011, family life seems to be happening at an accelerating pace!

Time flies! We will never get to relive this very moment again! Although times change, people change and circumstances change – taking the time to have your family portrait made will be a moment you can freeze in time and keep for years and generations to come!

I know you’re tempted to put this on your ‘to do list’, but you know how life is – things get busy with work and school – and before we know it, another year has gone by and you’re wishing you wouldn’t have put things off! How much our families can change in a year!

Before you let another day go by, why not give SGI Photography a call and take advantage of a free consultation about planning your family portrait session!

Quality Family Portraits Are More Valuable Than You Might Think!

Do you have a photograph of your family that, if you were running from your burning home, would be the one thing you save (other than your family members, of course) on the way out?

Quality portraits created by an artistic, professional photographer capture your family members and relationships for you to proudly display in your home and pass on to future generations.

Life is like a vapor. Yet, at the same time, life is an amazing gift! The memories we keep of the precious moments with our family can bring us so much joy once whether our loved ones have moved away or passed away.

Feel Free to Call SGI Photography for your Free Consultation. Then, If You Decide To Allow SGI Photography To Create Your Family Portrait, Learn How You Can Save 50% Off Your Family Portrait Creation. It’s All Up To You.

CLICK HERE to call SGI Photography. You can call anytime. If you don’t reach me personally, or my assistant, Kaari, please leave a brief message and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!
If you’ve been thinking about GIVING THE GIFT of a FAMILY PORTRAIT be sure to mention this in your message, so when I return your call, I only ask for you. We don’t want to spoil the surprise!

This is one call you and your loved ones will be glad you made!

Slava G. Ivanov

P.S. There’s no cost or obligation for this consultation. You’ve nothing to lose, and so many great memories to gain!

Family Portrait Galveston Texas

Family Portraits
Heirloom Photography
Houston, Galveston, Texas

As my wife’s mother celebrated her 70th birthday, one of the highlights of the family’s time together was looking back at family portraits, reminiscing about days gone by, great grandparents, and how much the young ones had grown. Those portraits are treasured heirloom photos that have been passed down from generation to generation. In the busyness of daily life, we too quickly forget that our loved ones will not be around forever. The time to have a family portrait taken is today!
SGI Photography is honored to create heirloom quality portraits for our clients. We know how much joy this treasure will bring to you and your loved ones for many years to come!

The Lane family is a perfect example of multi-generation heirloom family photography. After their father’s hospital stay, the family realized that the time for gathering together and preserving memories for the younger generations was now! With grandparents, parents and children combined, they allowed SGI Photography to create a beautiful generational family portrait on Galveston Island.
The photography captures the unique personalities and special relationships of their wonderful family!

portrait of a young monther and her daughter posing for photographer on Galveton Beach
heirloom photograph of two generations parents with their childrenPhoto of a family taken on Galveston beach

Contact our Galveston photography studio about your portrait today!

Baby and Family Portrait League City Texas

Baby and Family Portraits

Mother’s Day, 2011

Your wedding day is just the beginning. Your dreams of your future together are just getting started. You can hardly wait to see the good future God has in mind for you! Before you know it, the perfect apartment you moved into as newlyweds is going to be too small for the three of you!

As expectant parents, you want to remember this new exciting chapter in your lives. You call SGI Photography, your wedding photographer and schedule a maternity photo session. Your new arrival changes your world! You never imagined you could feel so much love for another human being – this blessing created out of your love for one another. You feel these days rushing by too quickly and have your first family portrait done with your baby – to remember how tiny those toes really are.

You blinked, and suddenly you are planning a birthday party for your 1 year old! It hardly seems possible! Your world now seems to revolve around this precious little person calling you mama and daddy. SGI Photography is now on your speed dial – hurry before the frosting gets in her hair!

Time sure does fly. Congratulations! A little brother or sister is on the way! You are the world’s greatest parents and you know who to call for the next family portraits . . . .

Mother’s Day 2011 was a fun family portrait session with darling little Leila, her parents, and little sibling-to-be! SGI Photography was honored to have been this wonderful couple’s wedding photographer and to have done their beautiful family portraits. Cute as a button in both her 1st and 2nd birthday photo shoots, Leila is sure getting big! Happy Birthday, Leila! We know you’ll make a wonderful big sister! May all your dreams come true!

Contact us about your baby and family photography needs in League City Texas