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!
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!!
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.
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?
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!
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.
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 her [...]
I love living in Houston, TX because there is a lot to do here. We have some of the best entertainment from great restaurants that serve almost every kind of food to great venues with cool local music. I also believe we have some of the best museums in thousands of miles. (Some would say that I’m being bias.) Now I know the Smithsonian will top just about everything else but Google says that is about 1,400 miles away.One of my favorite museums that we have here in Houston is The Houston Museum of Natural Science. I’ve been going there since I was in elementary school and I never get sick of it. Angela and Lubin had the idea of going to the Butterfly Center at the Museum of Natural Science which I thought was an awesome idea! It was nice to go back to this exhibit because I haven’t been there in forever. We got to see some beautiful butterflies and got some awesome portraits for them. After that we went across the street to the amphitheater in Hermann Park and got photos of them dancing on the stage. I hope you enjoy! Check out Angela’s Bridal Portrait Session here!
Crystal’s Wedding was is San Antonio this past weekend and I had a blast! Check out her wedding sneak peek. The wedding was amazing and now that she is happily married I can share her bridal portraits with you. Luckily during the session it wasn’t really crazy hot because it was cloudy day. We did the Bridal Session in the Sculpture Garden which is across the street from the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. We had a great time during her session! I hope you enjoy her Bridal Portraits.