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Houston Family Photographer | Wacky Fun Family!

When you meet a family as fun and wacky as Kayla’s, you know their portrait session is going to be awesome! Kayla confessed that they hadn’t had family pictures “in forever”. Considering her family is large, unconventional and awesome, she preferred a location as unique as them. We were hoping the blue trees would still be around, but sadly they had faded, so we went to plan B. And plan B was awesome: graffiti walls!

The Walls

We started off at the Houston wall because the light was hitting it perfectly. Plus, it’s iconic, ok? I love the sets when they are walking towards me, looking iconic. Then we went across the street to the zipper wall. We all loved the wall because of its vibrant colors. Right beside that wall were two other walls with vibrant red and purple shades, so obviously we had to do pictures there too!!

I think my favorite moment is when they all tried to jump in the air at the same time. It reminded me of one of my favorite scenes in The Office when the group trips to nail the jump. It is perfectly imperfect, and makes me laugh every time!!

When looking all this fun family photography, which moment is your favorite? Is it the group shots of them walking towards the camera, the jumping photo, or did something else jump out at you?

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Two Awesome Wedding Venues in Houston

two awesome Houston Wedding venuesI have not written nearly enough about the awesome wedding venues in Houston. Today this stops!! With Houston being so big, there are a ton of venues to choose from. And honestly? If they are a bit of a blank slate, you can transform a lot of spaces into the look that you want with draping and flowers. But then, then there are other spaces that have a ton of character and leave a lasting impression. In this blog post I am highlighting The Dunlavy and The Farmhouse.

The Dunlavy

I found out about this venue from a friend, and at the time I had no idea it was also a wedding venue. It was just a cool place to have brunch and ogle all the chandeliers. Then I was commissioned to photograph a wedding there with another photographer and my perception of the venue changed. It grew! The venue is located on the banks of Buffalo Bayou and Lost Lake in Houston, with glass walls that surround the dining room, so you see all the natural beauty during a ceremony or while you eat. The chandeliers are what make this space so unique, and as a photographer I just love how they add ambiance to all photos taken there.

This space is meant for smaller weddings, with a max of 150 people for capacity. As someone who had 75 people at their wedding, I have a place in my heart for smaller wedding sizes. It allows you to splurge on awesome things like a cool dress or bitchin’ flowers! On top of wedding looking baller here, I love the food!! Every dish I have had at a wedding there has been creative and delicious. (more…)

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New Orleans Wedding Photographer | Keeley + Eric

I have been to New Orleans once before, but never as a wedding photographer! So when Keeley and Eric said they were getting married there, I was stoked! And then she said the magic words “French Quarter”. Thank you, yes. For Keeley, New Orleans is home. It’s where she grew up, this she wanted to be married there. Eric, being awesome, was like “let’s do it!”.

Personality Plus

When they were deciding on locations to be married, Keeley was thinking about how the spaces would reflect their personalities. Being a bit of a nerd, Keeley loves anything Harry Potter, The Office, Parks and Rec, to name a few. Thus, when she found a venue called Tomas Bistro, she knew it was “the one”. You know why? Because in Parks and Rec there’s a Tom’s Bistro!! I, being the enabling nerd photographer that I am, was thrilled.

Keeley also showed her passion for other fandoms in the signs she peppered around the venue. Signs that said “After all this time? Always” or a bar sign that referenced guests solemnly swearing they were up to no good. You know, classy Harry Potter touches! She also wore Harry Potter socks, which made me want a pair of my own! As well, there was a sign at the start of the ceremony aisle that read “until the very end”, which is something that instantly makes me tear up!

Keeley and Eric are passionate about their dogs, so they walked Keeley down the aisle with her brother. It was super cute, and I was kind of hoping they would stick around for the reception but that would be impractical ha ha!

Other Beautiful Details

The details in this wedding were beautiful and touching. Keeley’s mom made the pipped arch in the ceremony site, and spent tireless hours making the flowers on it look perfect. She also designed and made Keeley’s bouquet! As a big fan of reading, I loved the tables at the reception, as they were peppered with books. The books displayed the personalities of both Keeley and Eric, and when paired with the flowers and other decor touches, it looked gorgeous!

Keeley, being an awesome pragmatist, wanted to be comfortable throughout her wedding, so she found lace converse shoes and wore them all day. She also had two wedding dresses–her main gown and then a second dress she changed into for her reception. She looked fantastic in both, and the second one afforded her more mobility to dance!! Which, when you look at the photos, she had a blast!!

Arcade Ending

At the end of the night, Keeley and Eric “wound down” at an arcade night club. They played a few games as husband and wife and then danced the night away!

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Houston Family Photographer | Studio Wardrobe

In late 2018 I decided to invest in clothing for family portraits. I knew that clothing was probably one of the biggest stressors going into a session for the entire family, but especially the mom. The goal is to make family portraits a totally different experience for the families that invest with me.

To start building this wardrobe, I hired Ashley Kahn Wardrobe Stylist to get the perfect pieces. She understood my vision and helped me get the most beautiful things!

What’s in the Wardrobe

I invested in clothing for toddlers to teenagers, for all genders. Sizing for adults range from small to plus size {up to size 24}. It was important that the looks that coordinate between siblings and parents and I might have found a few important pieces for moms to makes them feel special. Because, let’s be honest, it’s the mothers who put the most work into these sessions. So I bought a few pieces from BHLDN!

For colors, the goal is to have the outfits work in my studio or in a park. Both places are where most sessions happen. The clothing has to go with the greens and browns of the park, and also have some pizzaz for the studio. Cream, soft pinks and blues, tulle skirts and suspenders. They look amazing in both spaces!

The only items I don’t carry are pants for the men, but I do send you a list of pants that will match perfectly.

The Looks in Action

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Houston Branding Photographer | Alicia Femi

When a fun, quirky virtual assistant needs badass branding photos, that’s where I come in! When I received Tanesha’s inquiry, I got excited. She wanted color, she wanted balloons, and she sounded so fun! She knew exactly what she wanted her photos to look like, and it my job super easy. As well, she confessed that she was super nervous, as she had never had a photoshoot before. So I made it a goal to make her feel confident for her session.

Studio Story

Tanesha wanted photos of her “in action” at a desk. She saw in her head a mood board behind her, like her creativity had come to life. She wanted photos of herself on a laptop or iPad, so that on her website people could put a face to the name, and see her working for them. As well, she had already made an amazing mood board with her ideas, and it was clear and concise what she wanted. And if you look at the pictures below, you will see how well all this worked out!!

Tanesha In the World Story

Tanesha also wanted photos of her around Houston being fun. She wants to appeal to female entrepreneurs who are creative, so showing off her fun side, with balloons and well known places around Houston was important. I love how we were able to get photos before the Sugar and Cloth color wall and stairs were removed. This stairs were my favorite and I am sad/pissed they have been repainted. But I digress!! We got some great photos that were fun and showed off her personality. And it included confetti, so how can you go wrong?? Exactly! You can’t!!

You can check out her website and see how she can up-level your life HERE!

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