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Ah Houston. My childhood memories involve electric green plush grass, Shipley’s donuts and humidity so thick you can swim in it. There are so many more I could name but I think you get the point.

This Houston engagement session is special because it features my cousin Chris and his lovely, adorable, now fiancée Jennifer! Not any old family member, Chris and I are the oldest cousins on my dad’s side of the family, meaning we spent a lot of time together being the *only* cousins back in the early 90s. It was so much fun to re-visit a huge city like Houston with a fresh perspective of a business-running adult and I really enjoyed the brief visits in the downtown/Heights/”inside the loop” area.

Chris and Jennifer are simply adorable together. This was the first time I met Jennifer and after a few minutes of awkward introductions, we laughed together over the silliest things and it really made the session fun. When I asked them how they met, Chris told me the cutest story. “Jennifer would wait for me to walk my husky outside before running her dog out to “randomly” talk to me.”  Wow! How sweet is that?? I love using dogs as an excuse to talk to anyone you find attractive :)

Congratulations, and I can’t wait till the wedding guys!

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This week I’m breaking the rules and sharing two of my favorite photos from recent weddings. Neither of these photos are strong enough to stand on their own, and in fact, I think they work together to tell a mini story. Not every photo is a gold medal winner on it’s own because sometimes we all need a little boost.

Weddings always make me emotional. I get to see the pride in a parents’ eye as they walk their kid down the aisle. The nervous titter of bridesmaids’ being photographed while making weird faces during hair & makeup. Little kids on the dance floor shaking it without a single care about what others think. It’s a bittersweet moment for your parents, your siblings, your closest crew, and I always think about what my mom would do whenever I get married.

This photo makes me smile because for one moment, I was able to capture that post-ceremony energy.

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Okay I don’t like to use the (overused) phrase hashtag blessed (#blessed) but I mean come on. Look at how cute Peter & Mallory are! We bopped around sunny South Congress for their engagement session before hitting up the well-photographed blue doors on the UT campus. I approached the campus with a new angle, avoiding the traditional shots I would get for graduates and trying to keep it looking more like a beautiful estate in France.  What do you think?

Mallory’s kind eyes and smile compliment Peter’s goofiness in ways I can’t even describe. I’m absolutely thrilled to be the photographer for bridals and the sure-to-be-epic wedding this August! It should be a fun time this summer. Come back around for more!

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Recently I’ve been assisting other photographers in order to keep my skill set sharp while I have a bit of down time in my own business. Since I’m not the primary photographer, my responsibilities are less, and often different than that of the lead.

For example, I won’t always be in the best spot for the kiss, nor will I be taking bride & groom photos, usually. (Sometimes I can sneak one or two but the angle won’t be my favorite.)

So here’s where this new thing I’m doing called Favorite Frame Friday, will come into play.  Welcome to the first iteration! I have so much more to share, but I’ll start with this one from a Fort Worth wedding at the T&P Station downtown.

I’ll share one shot from a recent wedding that I love and explain a little about what makes it my favorite. Hopefully you love it too and maybe we can talk about it over a coffee or a cupcake at Sugar Mama’s.

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I love so many things about this photo. It’s fun shooting a “grand introduction” because it amps up the energy of a reception! Plus, reactions like this, right??

What got me first was K’s reaction, second, seeing J’s face as they walk into their wedding reception at the T&P Station in downtown Fort Worth. The lighting, the Art Deco decor, everything about this venue is amazing. K’s amazing energy kept up the entire night and if you can believe it, she ended up doing the worm in her wedding dress! Now that’s dedication!

Let me know what you think of this in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!