Oct 022014
Julie and Jonathon's Engagement Session Sneak Peek - Cullen Sculpture Garden Houston, TX

Joel and I had the opportunity to photograph Julie and Jonathon this past weekend and we had a blast. The Cullen Sculpture Garden at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston is a jewel in Houston that I always love going to. We all had a wonderful time and they were great sports about being photographed in the rain! 🙂 We can’t wait to show you the rest of the photos!

Mar 032014
Jeanie's Bridal Session - Rice University Houston, TX

One of my favorite things about weddings in seeing all the different dresses and how beautiful each bride is. When I saw Jeanie in her dress it put a huge smile on my face. She was GORGEOUS!! I really believe Jeanie brings good luck because the weather was absolutely PERFECT. During our consultation we showed a gallery wrap of one of my favorite bridal portraits at Rice University and that is why she decide to go ahead and have her bridal session at Rice University also.  I hope you enjoy the photos from her bridal session.

Feb 122013
Sara and Ashkan Engagement Session - Herman Park and Downtown Houston Wedding Photography

Sara and Ashkan are such a great couple and were great sports about being photographed in the rain. We had a wonderful time and got some awesome Engagement Portraits at Hermann Park and near Downtown Houston! Be sure to read the Q&A below to learn more about them! It rained just long enough to get these shots! I love the hearts!

Dec 292012
Lilia and Justin Engagement Session

When Lilia and Justin had the idea to go to Minute Maid Park and get some portraits in front of the Houston skyline we were super excited. I have to say I am not much of a baseball fan but I got a HUGE kick out of walking around Minute Maid Park with no one else there. My favorite places to shoot at the park  the dug outs and home plate. Be sure to checkout what they put up on the scoreboard, it’s so cute! Lilia and Justin loved it because they love baseball and the Astros. Being able to walk where they play was awesome. The second part of the shoot was downtown on a rooftop. I have been living here in Houston all of my life and I have NEVER seen a better view of the Houston skyline. This was an amazing experience and we got some amazing portraits. Which ones are your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know!! 🙂

Oct 032012
Behind the Photo - Kimberly in the Sculpture Garden

Cullen Sculpture Garden at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston is another place I love to shoot bridal portraits. I really like the simple and modern look of the art in the sculpture garden. This portrait includes part of the sculpture “Houston Triptych” by Ellsworth Kelly. There is a beautiful simplicity to this photo which makes it one of my favorites. There are several elements of design that I really like about this photo including shape, pattern, and texture. To have a central subject composition that is visually interesting requires good use of symmetry and balance. In this case everything in the frame is vertically symmetrical except the sculpture piece and the placement of Kimberly’s arms and head. The sculpture lends a lot of weight to the left side of the frame but is not distracting because it is featureless. Her bent arm mimics the triangular shape of the sculpture and helps to visually connect her to the artwork. The rounded part of the sculpture and the round train of the dress similarly help connect her to the sculpture. There is a lot of different textures in the portrait and I love how the hard and angular metal and stone of the sculpture garden contrasts with the soft gentle quality of Kimberly’s back and dress. I also love the tonal contrast in this photo. It reminds me of when I shot with  Ilford HP5 plus 400 high contrast black and white film in my college darkroom class. The strong contrasts of both shades and textures creates some tension in the piece but I think the mood is really nicely controlled by Kimberly’s confident and elegant stance. We have so much fun shooting bridal portraits! When else do you get to walk around the city in a bridal gown looking like a princess? Tell me what you think in the comments below.

Jul 242012
Behind the Photo - Cassandra at Rice University

Rice University is a great place to take Bridal Portraits because the architecture on the campus is very classical and elegant which makes me think of grand European castles. That makes it one of my favorite places to shoot. The columns in this hall at Rice University create great leading lines. The right side columns here lead your eye right to Cassandra’s face. The texture and repeating pattern of the brickwork and columns lend a lot of interest to the background. I also love the contrast of textures between the hard angled bricks and Cassandra’s soft flowing dress. The long receding hallway gives depth and perspective to the otherwise two dimensional medium. I placed Cassandra in front of the dark section of the closest pillar because I knew the light would softly illuminate her dress and face making her stand out from the background. Look at the light on Cassandra’s face. The far side of her face is illuminated and the close side is in shadow. In photography this is called “short lighting” it is very flattering and slimming which makes it one of my favorite lighting techniques to use on women. I loved the light in this hallway on the day of he session because it was overcast making everything evenly lit. The recessed hallway with one side open created the perfect conditions for the kind of soft directional light that is so flattering for bridal portraits. The overall light is a nice balance between the lit sides of the hall and the darker ceiling and floor. I try to be very deliberate with my bridal portraits, so I placed the dress very perfectly for that polished look. The white bouquet serves two purposes. One, to compliment her dress where a dark bouquet would have been to distracting from her face. Two, to have something for Cassandra to do with her hands. This is one of my favorite portraits and I can’t wait to create more beautiful art for you. What do you like about this bridal portrait?

Jul 052012
Angela and Lubin's Wedding - The Tremont House Galveston, TX

Angela and Lubin are such a sweet, loving and fun couple and I was very grateful to be part of their wedding day. They put a lot of thought into their wedding jewelry. Their wedding rings were three intertwined bands that rolled around each other, the three bands representing the holy trinity. Lubin’s cufflinks were Angela’s grandfather’s and I thought that was an awesome personal touch. They had their wedding at The Tremont House in Galveston, TX. They had the ceremony on the roof. Angela said that her grandmother was the first one to get married on the Tremont rooftop and that because the Tremont house was changing their policy that her and Lubin would probably be the last couple to get married up there. I love how their ceremony was small and intimate with just their close family and friends. Enjoy the photos!

Feb 182012
Laura and Darryll's Wedding

This is a wedding I second shot and I’m so glad I did because it was fantastic! I got the opportunity to work with Valerie from Belle at the Ball again and I was so excited because she is just a pleasure to work with! Before the ceremony we went to Discovery Green because Laura and Darrylle decided to do a first look. They were so happy to see each other they both started to cry which I thought was sweet and made amazing photos! After the first look we walked around the park and got some wonderful portraits of them and did their family formals. The ceremony was held at Annunciation Catholic Church in Houston, TX. This church is a Gothic European style church and it is absolutely breathtaking when you walk inside!! The reception was at the Parador and everything Laura and Valerie put together was beautiful! I just loved the ambiance of the facility.

Nov 102011
Heather and EJ Engagement Session - Kemah Boardwalk and Galveston, TX

I can’t tell you how much fun we had on this engagement session! Heather and EJ were totally adorable during the entire shoot and were naturals in front of the camera! They had the idea of shooting at Kemah Boardwalk and the beach in Galveston, TX. They chose those two locations because their second date was at Kemah Boardwalk (read about their first date in the survey below) and they are self described beach bums. Both these locations were perfect to show off who they really are. After the session I sent them a survey to find out more about each of them and their relationship. You can read the survey and view the slideshow at the bottom of the post.  Or view the Engagement slide show in its own window here. Leave a comment to tell me what you think. Thanks! 🙂 Their wedding was on 11/11/11; take a look at their sneak peek here.   Here is a little more about Heather and EJ. Where did you meet? We met through Match.com. EJ “winked” at me through the website, and I “winked” back. From there, we exchanged emails and talked on the phone and webcam for about a month before we finally met in person. What was your first impression of him? I have two first impressions on EJ: the first was his profile on Match and the second was the first time I met him in person. One of the main things I remember from his profile was a picture he’d taken of himself using his webcam on his laptop. He had a goofy grin on his face, and he put a border around it. The border was pink and it made the shape of a heart around his face. I thought to myself, “This guy definitely doesn’t take himself seriously,” which made me laugh. The first time I met EJ in person, he looked like he was going golfing, but we were going to the movies. I appreciated that he put the effort into looking nice for our date though. He also shaved his face right before our date and managed to cut himself pretty badly on his cheek. So, he had a huge band-aid too. Luckily, he wore a t-shirt, shorts, and Converse shoes on our second date, and I was sold. What was your first impression of her? When I walked up to meet […]