So, why am I a photographer? The simple answer is you! It's all about you. To celebrate your story in a moment in time of you just being you. Nothing is posed or rehearsed. It's candid and real and in the moment. It's about capturing you as you are. It's about having fun and building relationships and making connections. It's about listening to the client and their needs and then exceeding them! I love the emotion and response when what I've captured is so profound your face lights up with excitement as we view the images together in your online gallery!

I've lived in the Spring/Woodlands area for about 14 years. I have a beautiful wife and two awesome kiddos that I love and adore! I love taking pictures and capturing memories! My photography started off by taking pictures of my famiIy. It then expanded to taking pictures of friends at special events. Now I professionally capture families, couples, babies and individuals in a mixutre of settings.


"Photography is more than taking a photo. It's telling a story in such a way that one is captivated and moved to live life differently."  - Michael Shea



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Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Are you a professional photographer and does it really make a difference?
A: Yes and Yes! Photography is our full-time job! It is not a hobby or something that we do on the side to make a little extra income. Photography is our passion! We eat, sleep and breath photography!


Q: Does your studio provide videography services?
A: Yes! To see examples of our videography services, click here

Q: What are your prices videography services?
A: See our pricing page for details. Scroll down to where your see the title, "Wedding Video Packages".


Q: Do you offer RAW video footage?
A: We do not offer RAW video footage as it does not represent a finished product. If you'd like footage of the entire Ceremony or Toasts we offer that edited as a finished product.  See our pricing page for details.

Q: Have you shot at my venue before?
A: We have shot at many venues, so there is a good chance that we have. However, if we have not, we will get to the venue early on the day of and be sure to perform a thorough walk-through to scout out the best photography locations. We also do extensive online research prior to your big day!


Q: We definitely want to book you! What’s the next step?
A: Awesome! We’re excited to work with you! To officially book us, you’ll have to sign a contract and pay a non-refundable booking fee of 50% of your total wedding photography package. As soon as those two things are in, you’re BOOKED! YAY! 

Q: Do we need to meet face to face before booking you?
A:. Yes we need to meet somehow. We are looking for amazing couples to work with. We see wedding photography as a team effort between us, which is why it is vital for us to interview our couples to be sure that we are a great match! Documenting a wedding is a creative task that requires both you and us to work together effortlessly.  Contact Me NOW!  smile@michaelsheaphoto.com  

Q: It might take us a couple of months to get the booking fee saved up. Can you pencil us in?
A: Unfortunately, no, we can’t. The only way to reserve your date with us is to sign a contract and pay the booking fee. Because we frequently have more than one inquiry for each open wedding date, our policy is to book the first couple who sends us the deposit and the signed wedding agreement. 

Q: Can we make monthly payments?
A: Definitely! Let us know when you book that you’d like to set up a monthly payment plan and we’ll hook you up!

Q: When is our remaining balance due?
A: Your remaining balance is due two weeks before your wedding date. A reminder will be sent out via email to help keep you on track.

Q: Can we pay our final payment after the wedding?
A: The only payments that can be made after the wedding are product payments. The rest of your package must be paid no later than two weeks before your wedding.


Q: Do you require a deposit?
A: We require 50% of the total package price initial deposit to secure your wedding date. It is non-refundable. The remaining balance is due two weeks before the wedding day.


Q: What is needed to reserve our wedding date?
A: A signed contact and 50% deposit.


Q: Will you hold my wedding day without a deposit?
A: Sorry, but we can’t. We work on a first come first served basis.  So don’t delay, book today!


Q: How far in advance should we book a wedding photographer?
A: Most of our clients book at least a year in advance to help ensure that we have the date available. Also, by booking early you lock in the current year’s prices which may save you money. It is not unusual for us to book weddings two years in advance. We are occasionally able to accommodate weddings with less notice so feel free to contact us once you secure your wedding date.


Q: What type of payment do you prefer?
A: A Check made out to: Michael Shea.  *We also accept credit cards.


Q: *Is there an additional fee if we pay via credit card?
A: Yes. The retail adjustment fee for all credit card transactions is 3% of the charged amount.

Q: Do you charge sales tax?
A: Yes.

Q: What if we exceed our contracted time for our wedding day coverage?
A: We understand that not everything goes as planned during a wedding. We never pack up before the contracted time; and moreover we’re not leaving on the dot when the contracted time is up. Instead, we will ask you at the end of your contracted time whether or not you would like to extend. If you would like us to stay, we will charge the rates specified in your contract rounded to the closest 30-minute increment. Standard rates apply for overtime. Overtime is billed at the rate of $199/hour.


Q: If we cancel the wedding, will we receive our deposit back?
A: Unfortunately no. Deposits are used to reserve your date. Once we’ve reserved your date, we do not accept new clients for your date.


Q: How long before we see the photos?
A: Our goal is to have your proofs to you 2 weeks after your wedding day! 90% of the time we make that goal!  However, on occasion we are not able to do 2 weeks; in that case it will be 3 to 4 weeks.  Then you will pick your favorites so we can edit them to perfection.


Q: Do you have a Facebook page?
A: Yes! Check out our Facebook page (click to like our page)  Let's be friends!


Q: How has your experience in wedding photography helped you in difficult situations on a wedding day?
A: Knowing how to use your camera and being able to work with any lighting situation at any particular location are very important when it comes to dealing with unexpected situations.


Q: Do we get a copy of all the photos in the online gallery to keep for personal viewing?
A: We do not provide a copy of all the images. We eliminate duplicate images, test shots, missed focused shots, shots with bad expressions and other images that may dilute the overall product delivery. We will provide you with 150, 300 or 500 (based on which wedding package you choose) carefully edited images.  If 150, 300 or 500 is not enough you may also buy more.  You may buy 35 extra images for $99 or 80 for $199.


Q: Will my online proofs always be online and available to order later down the road?
A: No, the online proofing will not always be available. Once you have selected your favorites (150, 300 or 500 images) we purge the online gallery to make room for other clients.  However, we do put your favorites in an online gallery for one month for you to order prints, canvas’, wedding albums and other products.


Q: How much time should I schedule for our wedding photographs?
A: We recommend at the very least an hour for images of bridal party and bride & groom. The more time you schedule, the more images of yourselves alone that you’ll receive. It’s ideal to schedule photographs of Bride & Groom just before sunset. However, if you are unable to commit to that length of time, a bridal session can supplement timing-issues.

Q: What rights do I have to the digital prints?
A: You have the right to reprint images whenever you want. However you may not sell your images for profit or publish your images without the written consent of Michael Shea Photography.

Q: What all is included in your engagement/bridal session?
A: Engagement sessions come with 1 hr of photography at a beautiful predetermined location. Within that one location we will take photos at different spots so you will get many unique backgrounds and settings. Your engagement session includes 1 outfit change. We will take 200-400 photos during our time together. You get to choose 35 of your favorites from a private online gallery. The final product is delivered via Digital Download with 35 of your favorite images!

Q: What is an unplugged wedding and do you offer it?
A: Yes!  We encourage brides to have an unplugged wedding. We have 2 signs that read, “Welcome to our UNPLUGGED Wedding. We invite you to be fully present with us during our ceremony. Please turn off your cell phones & cameras. We promise to share all of the beautiful memories captured today. Thank You!”  If you would like to have an unplugged wedding let us know and we will bring the signs to your wedding free of charge!

Q: Can we customize packages?
A: Absolutely! We do not want to “lock you in” to a higher package that includes options you do not need. We are able to customize our packages to fit exactly what you want!


Q: Do you have backup equipment?
A: Our equipment is regularly updated and professionally maintained. Rarely do we encounter a problem but we do have a full set of backup equipment and lenses onsite at all weddings. In addition, we shoot crucial moments while carrying a 2nd backup camera in case, for example, one camera stops working during the ceremony processional.


Q: Should I tip my photographer?
A: I get asked this a lot. Tips are never expected but are always appreciated. 


Q: I’m ready to book you as my photographer!  How do I do that?
A: Contact me via email smile@michaelsheaphoto.com or feel free to call me at 832-867-6845.