The Houston Texans Cheerleaders’ first photo shoot of the new season took place on Wednesday at the Ladd Photography studio in Houston. The headshots and body shots taken over a two-day period will be used throughout the year for media shots, promotional shots and autograph signing cards.
Squad members arrived on set ready to work the camera and embrace their role as Texans representatives. After getting their makeup done and hair styled, each cheerleader had her time to shine while posing in the official Houston Texans Cheerleader uniform and in a swimsuit.
For rookie squad member Antonieta, transitioning from a potential member of HTC to a swimsuit calendar candidate in just eight short days has been a whirlwind.
“I was really surprised because I was actually the second to last girl to get called,” Antonieta said. “When they called my name, I just had this crazy mix of emotions. It was a great moment.”
The moment didn’t last long as Antonieta and the rest of the squad soon entered a non-stop schedule of events since HTC squad induction.
“It has been going so fast,” she said. “Everything from tryouts to finals to orientation right after we made it. It’s been just an awesome experience, a lot of fun and I’m so anxious for the season to start.”
On Wednesday, the Conroe native got to put on the Houston Texans Cheerleader uniform for the very first time.
“It’s like a dream come true,” she gushed. “I’m a huge Texans fan, and just being able to wear the uniform and be a part of the team, it’s just amazing.”
Alto Gary, who is in her thirteenth season as head coach, uses the kickoff photo shoot as an indicator of which girls will be best suitable for the HTC calendar. Antoineta is hopeful that her photo shoot put her in the running to be a 2014 calendar girl.
“Wow, I have no word s to express how exciting and grateful for that opportunity I would be,” Antonieta said. “That would be too awesome.”
Whichever route the calendar ends up going, Gary has no doubt that this year’s team will be a great representation of the Texans organization.