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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Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach is where Trisha & Nik joined forces a few weeks ago. You may recognize them from the amazing Star Wars engagement shoot in Austin, TX. Being SoCal natives, it made sense to head back home for the wedding. The day started with rain…and it kept raining until just before the ceremony. The rain stopped….then started again. A decision was made to move the ceremony inside butthe rain was a blessing in disguise. Every weekend the club is flooded with golfers but the rain storms kept them away from the Old Ranch Country Club, allowing us to take photos on the course in places that usually can’t be used.

I was really honored to be able to document Nik & Trisha’s big day as #trishaAndNikJointheDarkSide


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Unposed photos are all the rage these days. What started as documentary wedding photography has morphed into unposed photos and I couldn’t be happier. I said death to poses long ago because let’s face it….posing for a photo sucks. It’s awkward as hell, especially when in public and it usually takes a few mimosas or shots of tequila to really get into having your photo taken.

Veronica and Elias are in the same boat as you when it comes to photos. In fact, they hired me because I’m the antithesis of wedding photography…and that makes me happy.

Elias is a medical student so the amount of time Veronica and Elias spend together is precious to say the least. They enjoy just hanging out at home while taking in a museum and art exhibit when their schedules allow.

We went with the “just hanging out approach” to their engagement photos and I’m excited about the result.
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In home sessions are some of my favorite photo sessions. It says a lot about a couple who’s willing to open up their home to me. Having a photographer take pictures of you and your fiancee can feel awkward. But inviting a photographer into your home for an in home session? That takes confidence and a whole lot of trust. My home is my sanctuary, my domicile, my safe place. Just the thought of inviting one of my photographer friends into my home to take photos of me makes my palms sweaty.

Heather & Greg wanted something casual and representative of them. They’re the type of couple that enjoy being home, drinking a well-made cocktail and watching football while eating Chinese food from take-out containers. This is why an in home session made perfect sense and I love what I captured yesterday afternoon. Nico, their pit bull fur baby even made an appearance for some ear rubs.

I love that Greg and Heather welcomed me into their personal space, literally and figuratively. There was virtually no posing as I simply sat with them for 2 hours, talking about life and childhood memories while we listened to The Beatles, Aretha Franklin and even Rick James bitch.

This session is honest and a genuine look at who Heather and Greg are as a couple. And because of that….this in home session is just as beautiful as if they were standing on a mountain top.

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  • TaylorJanuary 23, 2017 - 6:02 pm

    This is so great! I love it when the puppy comes in to play!!ReplyCancel

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  1. relating to the atmosphere of the earth or (occasionally) another planet.
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I like the word atmospheric. For me, it evokes a feeling mystery and that’s always my end-goal when it comes to my photos. My buddy Kaley of Kaley Elaine Photography needed some new headshots and I was glad to help out.

One of my favorite moments of our session together was when I asked Kaley to spin around until she felt like she was going to vomit. This statement produced some really genuine laughs and smiles.

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New Years Eve is probably one of the biggest party nights of the year.  I think it makes perfect sense to throw a New Years Eve wedding. You’re celebrating the end of a year and two people in love while surrounded by family, friends and an open bar. Steven and Jessica were also on the same page. What I loved was that their wedding wasn’t about recreating signs found on Pinterest or doing silly poses in their photos. The wedding day was a true celebration of their love. It was also about having one helluva party.

Jessica and Steven were introduced by Jessica’s older sister who happens to be married to Steven’s best friend. As Jessica said,

My sister said it would be pretty neat if I dated her husband’s best friend. Turns out we are a great match.

I’m thankful for crossing paths with Steven & Jessica. They’re two, truly remarkable and caring people and I appreciate them having full confidence in me and just letting me do my thing on their wedding day.

Mazel tov!!!

Wedding ceremony & reception venue: Omni Houston
Bride’s Dress: Watters
Bride’s Hair: Alan Eschenburg // Belegenza
Bride’s Makeup: Olga Reza
Groom’s tux: M Penner // Strong Suit
Floral & Decor: AJ’s Urban Petals // Tommy Stringer
Cake: Cakes by Gina
Grooms cake:  Not Your Everyday Cake
Video: 1Cinema Productions
Strings: Divisi Strings
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