In the Bay Area, if you have been photographed by Pam Culpepper, owner of J. Pamela Photography, you already know it is a privilege and an honor. Her signature family portraits, senior photographs and bridal portraits adorn the walls of homes and businesses across the Clear Lake area and beyond. Sought out for her creativity,
In the Bay Area, if you have been photographed by Pam Culpepper, owner of J. Pamela Photography, you already know it is a privilege and an honor. Her signature family portraits, senior photographs and bridal portraits adorn the walls of homes and businesses across the Clear Lake area and beyond. Sought out for her creativity, attention to detail and her natural ability to capture those rare perfect moments, Pam Culpepper is a household name throughout the Bay Area. “I love what I do,” she said. “When I am behind the camera, I am smiling. I get to photograph people in their happiest of times, at the youngest that they will ever be. I feel privileged to be permitted to capture that for people.”
It’s Never a Bad Time to Pursue Your Dreams
When Pam was a young stay-at-home mom, she and her family relocated to the Bay Area, right across from University of Houston Clear Lake. She decided to go back to school and managed to take classes in the evenings and around her family’s schedule.
“I was an art major and took photography as an elective course,” she said. It took some time, but Pam ultimately graduated with her Master of Arts degree and soon launched her career in photography. “I really owe a debt of gratitude to the university for giving me my career and actually, the university was even my first client as well. You can’t ask for more than that from a school!”
Don’t Live in a Vacuum
She may be known best for her photography skills, but Pam Culpepper is a powerhouse in service to her community as well. “As an extrovert, my energy comes from being with people,” she said. “I have always been very involved in the community and believe that service to the community is an important part of business ownership. I don’t live in a vacuum. I truly love people and interacting with them. It is a joy to help others document their treasured events while also playing a small role to help our area grow and thrive.”
Pam has served and volunteered in her community in many different capacities over the years, including service for organizations such as Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theater, Assistance League of the Bay Area, The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake, Bay Area Turning Point and the Houston Symphony. She is a Stephen Minister at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church and a member of the Association of Business and Professional Women and served at the Space Center Rotary for two decades.
She has received many honors over the years for her professional skills as well as her commitment to service in the community. She received the Outstanding Artist Award from the Arts Alliance and is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Houston-Clear Lake among other honors.
Do What Makes You Happy and Do it With Excellence
It’s clear from the first five minutes of a photo shoot with J Pamela Photography that Pam loves her craft. “Simply put, I’m a people person and that comes through in my work,” she said. “I feel so honored to be able to help people creative a visual legacy that they can have for generations to come.”
The strength of J Pamela Photography lies in an unwavering commitment to creative excellence as well as their imagination as artists. “As the industry has evolved, we have stayed ahead of the learning curve, transitioning from film to digital, while staying true to our craft and with artistic excellence,” Pam said.
Pam is joined at J Pamela Photography by Heather Jodzio, who has managed the studio for 17 years. With a helpful attitude and can-do spirit, Heather helps to make every aspect of your photographic experience a pleasure. Levi Rosen is a skilled graphic artist with great talent in retouching portraits to ensure they look their absolute best.
Three Decades of Creating a Visual Legacy
Over the years, Pam has been blessed to be able to photograph many historical figures and moments. She has photographed three United States Presidents, two first ladies and scores of NASA astronauts. She has captured the beauty and grace of the professional dancers of the Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theater as well as the wonder of newborn babies.
One of her more memorable photo shoots commemorated the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. Sixteen World War II veterans were aboard the Battleship Texas for a ceremony honoring their service to their country. “It was very moving,” she said. “It was solemn and beautiful and an honor to be a part of—it stayed with me for a long time.”
Even in this age of digital images where photos are often stored on a hard drive or server rather than on paper in a photo album, Pam feels strongly about the importance of capturing these images and transferring them onto paper or canvas so there is something for future generations to hold and see. “Photos that can be held and viewed are visual diaries,” she said. “It is important work.”
Isn’t it time you and your loved ones captured some moments and memories to be preserved for the future? Call the studio to schedule a session today.
J Pamela Photography, Inc.
17000 El Camino Real, Suite 303
Houston, Texas 77058