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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!

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Kirsten’s University of Texas graduation portraits were like photographing an old friend. Her sweet scrunchy smile that crinkled around her eyes is so adorable. During our session we were treated to a perfect spring day on the south mall of the UT campus.

When I asked her friends how they would describe her, they gave 3 words: passionate, caring, and dedicated. Kirsten graduates this spring with her teaching degree, ready to mold minds of Austin area elementary students!

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