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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!

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It rained just long enough to get these shots!
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Q. Where did you meet?
A. We met in Organic chemistry class at University of Houston.

Q. What was your first impression of him?
A. I did not like him at all and was not interested in dating him. I thought he was very arrogant and a snob. Which are common qualities in a Persian guy. When I found out he was Persian I for sure did not want to date him. I had no idea before we started dating that he had a crush on me the whole time.

Q. What was your first impression of her?
A. She’s so quiet and oblivious.

Q. What did you do for your first date?
A. The first date was a trick date. Sara thought a group from class was going to the science museum to see the Body Worlds Exhibit. When Sara got there only Ashkan was there.

Q. When did you know he was the one?
A. The year he went to Louisiana to spend Thanksgiving with my family.

Q. When did you know she was the one?
A. The day I was sick and she drove all the way to my house and brought me gatorade and tylenol and cleaned up my vomit.

Q. How did he pop the question?
A. We were on vacation in Chicago for Lollapalooza and our first night there he wanted to go to the Sears Tower. He set off the security alarm because he had the ring in his pocket but security still let him go through. When we get to the top and are looking out at the city he proposes.

Q. What do you love the most about him?
A. The fact that he is so intelligent is a blessing and curse but I also like the fact that he never leaves his family out in cold even if they are wrong or drive him crazy.

Q. What do you love most about her?
A. That she likes to go places and even though she’s quiet she still has an outgoing personality.

Q. Does he have any funny quirks?
A. The way he talks and laughs.

Q. Does she have any funny quirks?
A. She has a funny stare when she’s mad.

Q. What is the biggest challenge youโ€™ve faced together?
A. School has kept us really busy and apart the majority of the time. We’ve also had to face his parents divorce and my grandparents deaths.

Q. Whatโ€™s the secret to your happy relationship?
A. Always talking to each other even when we are fighting. Keeping each other in the known even if we can only talk by texting.

Jul 242012
 

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?

Jun 302012
 

My older brother Chris recently got engaged to his girlfriendย  Michelle. Her family threw an engagement party so Joel and I flew up to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to celebrate with them. We had never been there before and we were excited to see the historical part of the city, go on trains/subways and eat authentic Philly Cheese Steaks (Joel can’t eat wheat, so he wasn’t able to have one.) When we arrived in Philadelphia Michelle drove by the Ben Franklin Bridge and I knew I wanted to shoot portraits there at night because I loved how the bridge was lit up.

While in town Michelle gave us a tour and we took a few portraits of her and Chris. I love the skylines of different cities and I had to get a portrait of them in front of the Philadelphia skyline. That night we got together and went to the Ben Franklin Bridge to do an engagement session.The night air was much chiller then in Houston. The low for the night was 58 degrees which was a very nice change from sweltering Houston. After going to the Ben Franklin Bridge we stopped by Penn Treaty Park to shoot more portraits. I was really happy to be able to capture these memories for my brother and Michelle. I hope you enjoy their engagement portraits.

 

Jan 122012
 

2011 was a great year that went by quickly. It was filled with ups, downs, nerves and beautiful love stories. I had a wonderful year and I would not change anything about it.

I love being a wedding photographer because it allows me to live my dreams, have hope and and allows me to challenge myself to try new things. I have the best clients ever and without their support I would be nothing. Thank you for believing in my ability to capture the most important day of your life! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are some of my favorite wedding photographs from 2011. Leave a comment and tell me which is your favorite. Enjoy!

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Dec 222011
 

The second day we hiked the west side of the park which is the total opposite of the busy East side. Mystic canyon is total solitude with long stretches of silence broken only by the occasional bird chirping or bee buzzing in the distance. Which was relaxing but somewhat eerie.

Take a look at our first day at Lost Maples.

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We took the opportunity to take a few pictures of each other.

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It had rained just enough that morning to have intricate patterns of raindrops on the leaves and spider webs, I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures!

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These ponds were absolutely gorgeous! Like a Monet watercolor right in front of my eyes!

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The whole park was simply wonderful! I can’t wait to visit again and explore more of the park and see what other photo opportunities I can find.

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Dec 182011
 

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Walking through Lost Maples State Natural Area is like walking thought a beautiful watercolor. It claims to be the only place in Texas with a large population of Maple trees. For someone like me that is used to the mild winters of Houston, fall and winter seem like the lost seasons and I find the drastic change just amazing.

In the 2 days we were there we hiked almost all the trails in the entire park. The variety is astounding with each section different flora, different scenery and different moods.

The Maple Trail on the East side of the park is probably the most popular trail with many people walking their dogs and taking photos of the fall colors. On every trail I felt like a kid in a candy store. It was breathtaking everywhere I looked and a photograph could be made around every turn.

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After hours of hiking our first day the sun was getting low and we were tired and hungry and ready to get back to the campsite to get some rest and hot grub. We were so tired of trail mix and granola bars that we immediately fired up the trusty little camp stove and prepared the old staple of beans and rice for dinner. Due to a drought and subsequent burn ban we had to forgo the campfire so we crawled into the tent and due to exhaustion immediately crashed out.

I woke up to the sound of people talking and kids playing. I rolled over and asked Joel if he was awake and if he would like to go take photos of the stars. I didnโ€™t have any timekeeping devices on but knew it had to be before 10 pm because thatโ€™s when quiet time starts. I kissed Joel on the cheek to help him get up, grabbed our camera equipment and headed towards the trails to photograph the stars.

It was really dark and pretty chilly. At least I thought it was chilly, Iโ€™m not a big fan of the cold. Joel and I held hands as we walked down the trail in the moonless darkness. We were not using flashlights because our eyes were adjusted and we could just barely see by starlight. We set up a tripod, remote and camera and got some amazing star photos.

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Joel jokingly said that next time we needed to bring a fisheye lens for one camera and a 36? telescope for the other. This reminded me of the time we camped in Brazos Bend State Park where they have a 36? telescope!

Stay tuned for more about our trip to Lost Maples. There will be another post about our second day with more photos of this beautiful state natural area.

Here is our second day in Lost Maples.

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