Branding Photography Tips *The Branded Clover*

The Importance of the “Head Shot” or as I prefer “Branding Portrait Session.”
When was the last time that you looked at your personal imagery? What does it say about you? Is it the message you wish to convey to a potential client. Are you smiling, stoic, dressed to impress? Anyone who knows me knows I am passionate about Branding, and its mega roll in your company. Branding is the trust behind your business, the first impression, the reason why people want to get to know more about you. I am consistently reinforcing my brand. Take a look at my Instagram feed, you will see “moi” every 9-12 images. Why do you see me so frequently? The answer is not that I am an ego maniac “haha” but because social media is an ongoing conversation between you (the business owner) and your businesses story. So how is a branding portrait session different from the headshots of yesteryear?

1. Images showcase a variety of moods : playful, business, serious, creative, happy, reflective
2. Images are polished and professional but have a true authenticity to them
3. Images leave people wanting more; wanting to know more about you, your business
4. Images should inspire people to take action; walk up to you in a crowd, send you that email, text, or phone call.
5. Images should convey value to the potential buyer; do they see you as a hard worker?

The number one “RULE” in branding is “Be True To Who You Are,” I changed the name of my company to The Branded Clover two months ago. In that time frame, I have heard “Hey it’s the Branded Clover,” and “I love what you are doing with The Branded Clover”, even “I know you, you are Kristi, right?” To every single one of those comments I reply, “Yes, that’s awesome, where have you seen me?” Everyone comes back to Instagram, and other Social Media platforms. Utilizing great imagery, on social media platforms is a constant introduction, which will convert followers into leads, fans, and friends!
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Boho Glam Inspired Wedding *featured on The Every Last Detail June 2018*

This Boho Glam Wedding Styled Shoot, was a wonderful collaboration sparked by my hair stylist saying “she wanted to create hair and makeup for a Boho Bride”, a mention in a phone call about “a hoop”, and a dream for something magical to take place in my back acreage.  God whispered “you can do this,” so within hours, I had all the vendors lined up and a date set.  I left all the styling and planning to Olivia Souris Rose . Olivia reached out to Sky & Alana Lambrie Floral. With her mood board, and vison of plum hued purples, and buttery yellow’s our “dream” came to life.  This group of collaborators is nothing short of spectacular.  If you are planning a wedding or any event, I can not recommend them more highly!


Design & Hoop Rental: Souris Rose

Photography & Vendor Coordination: Kristi O’Connell Weddings

Florals: Lambrie Floral Design

Cocktail: Beyond Bartending


HMU: Hair By Alyx

Cake: Dolly’s Sweet Sensations

Second Photographer: Angela Lauren

Stationery: Duette Gifts and Paper

Model: Cassie Irvin

Location: The O’Connell Farm

Please check out our feature over at: The Every Last Detail





The White Sparrow *Dallas, Texas* Kristi O’Connell Wedding Photography

I was so excited to be a guest at the Styled Shoots Across America Conference in Dallas this past week.  It was my first time attending a styled shoot of this scale.  With approximately 150 attendees the Conference was everything I had hoped for and more.  They had amazing speakers, who are each experts in their niche,  I learned something from every lady who stood and spoke.  I left the conference buzzing with excitement for all the things I can do in my photography work, but also with Perfect Wedding Guide.  I am super excited for the future, and excited to see more of my photography published.  Thank you again to all the vendors, and speakers who made the conference, magical!


The Branding Addicts (IG @thebrandingaddicts)

Brown Fox Creative (IG @brownfoxcreative)

Every Last Detail (IG @everylastdetailblog)

Fleurology (IG @fleurologyinc)

Heather Benge Events (IG @heatherbengeevents)

Intrigue Designs (IG @intrigue_designs)

Julie Paisley (IG @juliepaisleyphotography)

Styled Shoots Across America (IG @styledshootsacrossamerica)

Tab McCausland Photography (IG @tabmccausland)

Thorne & Thistle (IG @thorneandthisle)

Wedding Market (IG @weddingmarket)


Host: Styled Shoots Across America

Planning and Design: Heather Benge Events

Venue: The White Sparrow (IG @thewhitesparrow)

Stationery: Brown Fox Creative (IG @brownfoxcreative)

HMU: Sunkissed and Madeup (IG @sunkissedandmadeup)

Gowns: Impression Bridal (IG @impressionbridalstore)

Florals: Details Dallas (IG @detailsdallas), Flower Shack Blooms (IG @flowershackblooms), Sweet Southern Charm (IG @southerncharmcolorado), Intrigue Designs (IG @intrigue_designs)

Rentals: Big D Party Rentals (IG @bigdpartyrentals)

Shoes: David Tutera Footwear (IG @davidtuterafootwear)

Vintage Furniture and Rentals: Love Birds Vintage (IG @lovebirdsvintage), Gold Dust Vintage (IG @golddustvintagerentals)

Linens: Nuage Designs (IG @nuagedesigns)

Cakes: Iced N Frosted (IG @icednfrostedhouston), Moonlight Cakes (IG @moonlightcakes)

Wooden & Acrylic Signs: Blissfully Inspired (IG @blissfullyinspired)

Veils: Kathryn Ann Bridal (IG @kathrynannbridal)

Floral Lolipops: Flour & Fig (IG @flourandfig)

Models: @haliegibbs @Ashley_sherrell @mariiaa_7 @redreb0211 @luisas.secret @cindynhuvo and Nicole Kirksey with Special appearance by @George.thedood

Photography @kristi_oconnell_weddings

To see more of this styled shoot, please pick up a copy of the next edition of Perfect Wedding Guide, due out Late April/ Early May.  Available in all Houston Dillard’s, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Macy’s.





You were made to stand out! *Montgomery Family Photographer* Kristi O’Connell

How divine is this group of young people!!!  We combined a Senior session with a sibling session, with a high school sweethearts session.  Add in one mom in front of the camera, one behind the camera, and one behind the scenes and we ended up with a whole lot of fabulousness!.  Loved capturing these special milestones for each of them!

“But No Yoga Pants” *The Woodlands Tween Photographer*

Her last Tween year, so much has happend in the last year and a half.  New school, new friends, MAKE UP!  Our beautiful, conservative, keeps to herself girl came bouncing through the kitchen last week, my husband stopped short and said “what is she wearing?”…”I’m not ready for YOGA pants”

We have Seven kids to raise,  our oldest two are boys, so we are just getting in to this really wonderful… rapidly changing world of teen and tween girls.  And, yes they are different!!  We have been gifted with this enormous weight to raise 5 women who not only can go out and compete on an equal level with anyone, but make sure we continue to raise them to be both wise, and emapathetic to those around them.  Its a much slippery balance with girls.  So much stereo typing comes in to play.  Here I am, essesstially a “Stay at home mom, small business owner, make ends meeter” doing my best to empower my “little” women to be engineers, architects, doctors, maybe a teacher.  We are trying to teach them that they can be anything, but they don’t have to be everything all at once.  And really “the grown ups” in this situation spend half our time still trying to figure out our own path.  Its a fun and crazy adventure… this life.

What I know…

These next few years are going to sail by.  Next year she’ll be a teen and all too soon afterwards we will be checking her into a dorm.  So much will change in these next few growing years, so taking these few minutes on a windy, nasty day to capture who she is right now, is about as essential as breathing.

May we always give them wings to fly and roots to come back to!