Katy senior Katie and I have been talking about her senior portraits for almost a year now. Her mom originally contacted me out of frustration. Katie is a lot like me (and a lot like all of my clients) in the sense that we all find ourselves not really being into what the masses are into. If you plotted us out on a Bell Curve  we’d all find ourselves lumped together way out on the edges. And that’s cool because that’s what makes us unique. However, it can also make things difficult. In an age and area where most photographers are doing the exact same things like taking senior portraits on railroad tracks and on tree swings, it can be difficult finding someone to do something unique.

Katie and her mom wanted to do something with a vintage-flair that was equally unique and age appropriate.

Katie told me about photos that she remembers constantly looking at when she was younger. They were photos taken of her grandmother in post-WW2 England. The photos were candid moments of her grandmother, just hanging out and enjoying life. These simple, timeless photos are what we used for inspiration for Katie’s senior portraits and I’m ecstatic with the result.

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I wish that my Senior photos were are awesome as Emma’s.

Senior photo time was a really awkward experience for me. I remember my mom taking me to The Picture People a store in my local mall that specialized in extremely dated studio photography. I took photos in front of various backdrops with props, one of them being the two numbers of my graduation year. I proudly leaned against the giant numbers in my letterman jacket.

Notice I’m not telling you what numbers I leaned against to protect my age.

I didn’t want to put Emma through a similar experience for her Senior portraits. So we kept it simple and low-key.

In addition to being Student Council secretary, Emma is her high school’s bowling team captain. I thought it was awesome that she wanted to incorporate that into her senior photos. We stayed far away from fields, cloth backdrops, tree swings and railroad tracks. I’m really excited about the originality of Emma’s photos.

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The Bryan Museum in Galveston is one helluva venue for your wedding. Just ask Kristiane & Pete. Or, take a look at their wedding photos. Either way, I’m pretty confident you’ll feel the same way.

I’m not surprised that the Bryan Museum was their chosen venue. It’s got a lot of character, much like Pete and Kristiane. These two are without a doubt the smartest people I know and I think that’s why I love them so much. We have so much in common plus Pete is a fellow Chicagoan and well, Chicago people are just awesome. So there.

Seriously…check out the Bryan Museum if you’re looking for a really great wedding venue that’s different and has a lot of character. And check out these wedding photos if you want to get to know a truly spectacular couple.

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  • Barbara CampbellApril 3, 2017 - 11:20 pm

    Love your photograhery!Would love to keep you in mind!😊ReplyCancel

Derek & Candace were surrounded by some truly amazing people at their wedding. The excitement and energy at the Astorian was palatable.

Growing up my parents would always tell me anyone could tell a lot about a person by the company they keep. I have a very distinct memory of my mother telling me that phrase for the first time when I was 7 years old. I remember hearing it and at that exact moment my little brain processing what that meant. 30 years later I still find it to be true and applicable in almost all situations, especially weddings.

This may sounds strange, but there was definitely an electric energy in the air at the Astorian during Candace & Derek’s wedding. Thunderstorms were present in the sky during almost all of the wedding festivities. Derek & Candace also reside in New York and I swear, they and their guests brought the feeling of New York with them. If you’ve ever visited the Big Apple then I’m sure you’ve experienced the hustle and bustle there and that’s exactly what their wedding felt like. The only thing that was missing was a hot dog cart and slices of pizza.

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Wedding Planner: Elan Fontenot // Hayden Pierre Events
Decor: A Fare Extraordinaire
Cake: Susie’s Cakes
DJ: Signature Eventx
Video: For Two Productions

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  • Tracey L OlulenuApril 2, 2017 - 4:59 pm

    Absolutely loved it and the photos captured the essence of such a wonderful couple…whom I love.   All the best to you family. ReplyCancel

When I first moved to Houston, Bridgette was one of the first friends I made. Shortly after we became friends, she told me about this amazing guy Daniel who asked her out. The had their first date at Star Pizza and are now engaged to be married. It’s been really awesome seeing their relationship grow first-hand. I was also honored when they asked me to take their engagement photos. Daniel is one of the most naturally funny and sweet guys I know. I find myself having a step up my game when we hang out as he’s a true gentleman, always holding doors open for Bridgette.

The weather in Houston was absolutely perfect in every way and Daniel & Bridgette’s engagement photos reflect that. I seriously can’t wait to see what the future holds for these two. I love their Houston engagement session and am confident you will too!

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The Grove Houston is a really great venue and it complimented a really great couple, Veronica & Elias.

Elias & Veronica’s wedding was unlike any other wedding I ever shot. This was because Elias & Veronica were unlike any other couple I ever worked with. They’re two of the most intelligent, reserved and humble folks I’ve ever had the honor of photographing. They weren’t all about the hoopla that having a wedding comes with. Their day was all about being present. Being present with family and being present with friends.

What you’re not going to see here is typical photos because these two are not your typical couple.

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Austin is just one of those cities that never fails to inspire.

This past weekend during SXSW‘s last day Katie, Matt and myself took to the SoCo neighborhood of Austin. We literally just hung out all over South Congress taking photos wherever the wind took us. The city was crowded from the convention and because the weather was amazing. Instead of fighting the crowds we embraced it, incorporating perfect strangers into their engagement photos.

I was glad I could do my part to help keep Austin weird, even if it was for just a brief moment in time.

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If there was ever a visual representation of the phrase “teamwork makes the dream work,” this is it.

When you work with a couple that have all 4 of their feet planted firmly on the ground, it’s easy to give direction and help an engagement session move along in the direction you want it to. That all goes out the window when said couple wraps themselves in a piece of fabric, climbs 20 feet off the ground and lets the laws of gravity, momentum and modern physics take control of their bodies as they fight it with every muscle.

I was awestruck as I Jean and Nick moved with such fluidity, up and down the silks, around the room and with each other. I witnessed them anticipate each other’s movements and when they were finished with each routine, congratulate each other on a job well done. It was like nothing I’d ever seen before.

I spent 2 hours with these 2 and hardly any words were spoken among us. Everything they did was as natural as breathing.

After the initial warmup and some routines in the silks, Jean and Nick went into some harness work. I asked what it was like and Jean said being in a harness was as close to being weightless and floating as someone could get.

What I love most about this engagement session is that it’s not about being on some mountaintop or Icelandic glacier. It wasn’t about perfect sunlight or shadow play. This was about two people, doing something that is mentally and physically challenging…something they love and love doing it together. In a world where we’re glued to our iPhones I think we can all be inspired from Jean and Nick’s aerial engagement session.

If you’re in Austin and want to give this a try, you can contact the studio where this was shot: Blue Lapis Light.

 

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