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 girlfriend  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! 🙂

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 didn’t have any timekeeping devices on but knew it had to be before 10 pm because that’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, I’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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Nov 102011
 

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.

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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 for the first time I was pleasantly surprised. She was prettier than her pictures conveyed. She had very nice eyes.

What did you do for your first date?

For our first date, we went to the movies. We saw this terrible movie called Obsession. Beyonce was the starring actress if that tells you anything. We couldn’t really talk during the date, which wasn’t any good, and we didn’t go anywhere else after the movie, but we went on a second date not too long after.

When did you know he was the one?
There wasn’t one specific event that let me know he was the one, but I bought a house about a year into our relationship. I made sure to get EJ’s opinion of the house before I bought it because I knew we’d be living there together in the future.When did you know she was the one?
I knew after about a year. We had very few disagreements. I decided to wait until two years though just to make sure nothing unpleasant reared its ugly head.

How did he pop the question?
It was our first night in St. Lucia, and we’d been traveling all day. After spending some time on the beach and having dinner, we decided to return back to our room early. We had our balcony doors open, and you could hear Reggae music from the main pavilion at the resort. In the glow of the TV, EJ got on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was the night before our 2 year anniversary.

What do you love the most about him?

I love EJ’s sense of humor. He loves to laugh, and he loves to make the people around him laugh. Also, he’s very caring and considerate. One time I came home to flowers on my nightstand just because. It wasn’t a special occasion or anything.

What do you love most about her?

I love her ability to be empathetic. I love how caring she is.

Does he have any funny quirks?

EJ and his brother both like to randomly make noises and clap really loud. Also, he makes up songs that normally deal with gross boy things, but I think they’re funny.

Does she have any funny quirks?

Heather can fall asleep anywhere.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced together?

We haven’t really faced any challenges. I was laid off in the beginning of August, but it’s been going really smooth. I think the biggest challenge we’ll face is trying to find room in my closet for his stuff!

What’s the secret to your happy relationship?

We’re attentive to each other. We always greet each other with a kiss, eat dinner together, and spend as much time with each other as we can. We also ask each other how our day went, and we spend lots of time laughing!

More photos are in the slide show below.
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Music by the amazing Chase Hamblin.

Sep 302011
 

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! 🙂

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