Houston Senior Photographer | JW’s Houston Senior Session

Houston Senior Photographer | JW’s Houston Senior Session

Houston is full of awesome areas to do a senior session – and I had so much fun with JW! Being a Houston senior photographer means that I get to explore our city to find fun ways to incorporate my client’s personalities into their images.  Not only did we get to use the awesome murals in downtown Houston, but we were able to find a beautiful wooded area for a more traditional vibe. One thing about JW: he loves to workout and football. We were able to go to a gym and get some super fun and unique senior shots that really show off his personality.

Senior photos are the kind of thing that you look back on to remember exactly who you were in high school. I know I remember vividly! In such a transient time, you want to make sure that you’ve got a photographer that will capture that for you. When JW and I met, he had a clear vision in his mind for these pictures. I tried to pay homage to exactly who JW is, while also thinking about his family and the things that they would want to see when they look back at these photos.  We had a blast – and I think you’ll be able to see that when you check out the images!

The Graffiti Walls

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Wedding Budgets + Regrets

Wedding Budgets + Regrets

wedding budgetsLet’s not lie, wedding budgets are a little intimidating. Ok fine, they are down right huge and could possibly give one an anxiety attack. And unless you are marrying Prince Harry, what you want and what you can afford most probably don’t match 100%. I don’t know about you, but inspirational sites like Style Me Pretty and Pinterest have wonderful ideas that do not help with a frugal budget. I know this because I have been there!!

So how do you prioritize your dream of having an ample cascading bouquet and that amazing photographer who speaks to your soul? Or that venue with the white washed barn look and that beaded gown you tried on that fits every curve of your body perfectly? A recent survey by Zola found about wedding budgets and regrets with real couples and the findings were not surprising to me.

Wedding Planners

A whopping 20% of couples wish they had hired a wedding planner. To that I say “amen!!”. Planners, not venue coordinators {there is a difference!}, are instrumental in making your day flow. They oversee the schedule, they keep everyone on time, from the caterer, to the florist, to the DJ and photographer. They are on it! I cannot tell you the number of times the schedule at a wedding has gone off track.

A bride is late by over an hour because of hair and makeup is so common that I talk to every bride about this and tell them to leave an extra 35 minutes in their timeline for them just in case. A person in the wedding party is late, delaying pictures.Your mom adding 5 extra family groupings for pictures after the ceremony. It happens! And all of these things throw off your wedding day and make it so your schedule goes way off track, leaving less and less time for pictures. But you know who is amazing at reacting early and ensuring these things don’t happen or derail the day? A planner. They are truly worth their weight in gold and worth the prioritization over laser cut and bejeweled invitations.

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Photography

Even higher, 22% of couples wished they invested more in their wedding photography. In fact photographers land the second spot on what makes your wedding day most memorable, right behind the venue. Again, a huge huge “amen!” to this. Photographers are right beside you almost the entire year of your wedding planning and plus your wedding day. We get to know you and your fiancé, your family, your love story. We dine over food and become part of each other’s lives. So on your wedding day, who is there when you’re are getting ready, for your first kiss and first dance? We are! Having a connection with the right photographer makes all the difference in your wedding images.

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Some of my favorite moments on a wedding day are when I am in the thick of it. I have held more than one wedding dress so the bride can pee. I have hugged numerous moms throughout the day. We have have held hands and teared up during important dances. I have danced with numerous couples throughout the night, including line dances I am terrible at! And at the end of the night we always hug and make dinner plans for the future.

At the end of the day, once you have hung your dress and are snacking on some extra wedding cake in your hotel room, the memory of your day will be in the hands of one of the vendors you trust the most: your wedding photographer. So it makes sense that you allow in your budget a little extra for them.  For my wedding we cut back in other areas to afford ours.

So what is the right budget for a photographer? I know a lot of couples try to stay around the $2000 or less mark, but that budget might get you a photographer who doesn’t know flash and so you wind up with grainy images or ones that are out of focus. I would start at minimum of $2900 and up for an 8 hour day, and make sure you interview/meet with them in person. Ask for samples of their work. It only works if you are laughing at the same jokes and you have seen their latest wedding and you love it!!

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Now as to where to cut in your budget to get the memories you desire? That is harder, I’d say hire a planner and have them help you!

Winner Winner!

Winner Winner!

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We have a Winner!!

Thank you to everyone entered the giveaways over the 5 days, the amount of support was phenomenal! Capping off the giveaways was the portrait session with full hair and makeup from Twisted Couture and the winner is Whitney Evans!!! I cannot wait to capture you and will be in touch soon about the details and scheduling the session!

Recap

To recap the giveaway winner for each day here is who won:

Free Storybook Cosmetics Eye Shadow and Brush Set: Kendra Hughes

Free Landing Page for your Website by Ashley Love: Tara Leitch

Free 6′ Drip Cake from Wink by Erica: Nicole Derrick

Free Full Social Media Assessment: April Tillery

Free Full Portrait Session with Full Hair and Makeup: Whitney Evans

Day 5: Giveaway for a Full Portrait Session

Day 5: Giveaway for a Full Portrait Session

Social Media Assessment Winner

Congratulations to April Tillery from Tree Climber Creations!! You won the free full social media assessment! I will be in touch Monday about it, I can’t wait to dig in and get started!!

Day 5 Giveaway: Full Portrait Session with Hair and Makeup

Holy smokes, it’s the last day of the giveaway! And we are going out with a bang!!! The last giveaway is for a full portrait session with yours truly plus hair and makeup from Twisted Couture. This is a big deal as it is rare these sessions go one sale, let alone are free.portrait session Swish + Click

All The Details

Before the session, you get full hair and makeup from Twisted Couture. That way when you go into the session, you feel confident and amazing! The portrait session is a full 90 minutes of fun capturing you, you + your family or you + your beloved. This timeline allows for up to two locations, wardrobe changes and props, as well as us communicating before the session to come up with a plan that is perfect for you. This can be used for anything: family, senior, lifestyle, brand, engagements, bridals, you name it. I want to give you something of amazing value!

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This portrait session includes all the edited high resolution images to a private online gallery for you to  download, print & share. Printing through me is extra, and this prize has a $1125 value!!

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How to Enter

To enter for your chance to win, fill out the form below! Then, double your chances by heading to Instagram and tag 2 friends that would love to have a portrait session with yours truly!! That will give you two entries, and will whet your appetite for a session!

The winner will be chosen at random and announced Monday January 8th before 2pm. Check back on the blog and Instagram to find out who the lucky person is!

Good luck!

xoxo Christine

Giveaway Rules: No purchase necessary to enter or win. Day Two of the Swish + Click Photography giveaway starts Saturday January 6th, 2017 and ends Monday, January 8th, at 7:00 am. By entering, your email will be added to my email list, which you can unsubscribe from at any point.

Day 4: Giveaway for a Free Social Media Assessment

Day 4: Giveaway for a Free Social Media Assessment

Winner Winner, Cake for Dinner!

Yesterday’s giveaway had a ton of entries! And who can blame all of you for entering? Erica’s cakes are delicious!! The winner though is Nicole Derrick!! Congratulations lady! I will be in touch to give you all the details very soon.

Todays Giveaway:

I can’t believe we are on day four of the giveaway! Today I am giving away a full free social media assessment. I am passionate about helping others figure out how to make their social media work for them. So often I see people bemoan the algorithm of Facebook and Instagram, feeling like what they are putting out is not being seen. And you know what? It’s true. I cannot sugarcoat this, things have changed. But I also have some tricks up my sleeve on how to make yourself be more visible on both platforms.

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Day 3: Giveaway with Wink by Erica

Day 3: Giveaway with Wink by Erica

Yesterdays Winner!

Congratulations to Tara Leitch for winning the landing page for your website from Ashley Love! I will be in touch soon regarding your prize. Congratulations!!

Day 3 of the giveaway is epic!I have paired with the amazing Wink by Erica to giveaway something delicious!

Wink by Erica giveaway

Have you ever met a baker that was so creative that you were blown away by everything they did? Erica has this magical ability to make the most whimsical and gorgeous macrons, cakes and cookies. I have bought a ton from her since I met her, including Hunger Games themed macrons for my husband’s birthday! She is also one of the amazing vendors that contributed to the maternity shoot that got published in Cosmo, with her unicorn macrons, mini cakes and glitter cake pops. She is just so giving with her time and talent and I couldn’t be more excited to have her as part of the giveaways this week!Swish + Click Photography giveaway

Erica is giving away a delicious 6″ drip cake of your flavor and color choice!! That size is perfect for a dinner party or a small gathering. Erica is a busy and popular woman, so the cake will need to ordered in advance. All the information in contacting her will be given to the winner when it is announced tomorrow!

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How to Enter

To enter for your chance to win, fill out the form below. Then, double your chances by heading to Instagram and tag 2 friends that would want to have a delicious cake made by Erica!! That will give you two entries, which is a sweet deal!

The winner will be chosen at random and announced January 5th before 2pm. Check back on the blog and Instagram to find out who the lucky person is!

Good luck!

xoxo Christine

 

Giveaway Rules: No purchase necessary to enter or win. Day Two of the Swish + Click Photography giveaway starts Tuesday January 4th, 2017 and ends tomorrow, January 5th, at 7:00 am. By entering, your email will be added to my email list, which you can unsubscribe from at any point.

Day 2: Giveaway with Ashley Love

Day 2: Giveaway with Ashley Love

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Kendra Hughes for winning the makeup palette and brushes from Storybook Cosmetics! I will be in touch soon regarding your prize. Congratulations!!

Day 2 Giveaway:

On the second day of the giveaways, I have paired with the amazing woman who built my website, Ashley Love, to offer something amazing for the second giveaway.

Ashely Love giveaway

If you are having website woes, this giveaway is for you–for real! Are you feeling like your website is working against you more than working for you? Ashley Love is offering to create a page on your website or create a new landing page for you! This is amazing, especially if you choose to have Ashley make you a new landing page! It’s the face of your website, and if yours is feeling tired, then this is the push in the right direction you need.

Ashley Love is amazing! She’s doesn’t just build websites, she is a marketing director, has been a social media specialist for The American Lung Association and has lobbied Congress. Obviously, she is a woman of many talents! She understands what attracts people when it comes to websites, including content. She helped me hone my message on my site, as well as taking my cryptic notes and making my vision come to life!!

I feel like this giveaway is amazing–it’s going to give someone a fresh start on their website, and will help the winner have an edge in 2018!!

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How to Enter

To enter for your chance to win, fill out the form below! The, double your chances by heading to Instagram and tag 2 friends that would want to have a fresh landing page on their website by Ashley Love!! That will give you two entries, and isn’t that what life is all about?

The winner will be chosen at random and announced January 4th before 2pm. Check back on the blog to find out who the lucky person is!

Good luck!

xoxo Christine

 

Giveaway Rules: No purchase necessary to enter or win. Day Two of the Swish + Click Photography giveaway starts Tuesday January 3rd, 2017 and ends tomorrow, January 4th, at 7:00 am. By entering, your email will be added to my email list, which you can unsubscribe from at any point.

Day 1: Giveaway with Storybook Cosmetics

Day 1: Giveaway with Storybook Cosmetics

Happy New Year everyone!! To kick off 2018, what is a better way than by having 5 days of giveaways? To start off, I paired with Storybook Cosmetics to give away this amazing Harry Potter themed eye shadow palette and brush set!! I may or may not already own it myself. Ok I do! This set has some gorgeous shades, and I basically feel like a wizard when I apply it with my wand brushes.

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Swish + Click Photography: Launch Day!

Swish + Click Photography: Launch Day!

The change to Swish + Click Photography has been a long time coming, and for those who have known me for a while, know that this change was inevitable. You see, I have always considered myself a bit of an anomaly—I am the person in your life who goes to Harry Potter films or the latest superhero film, possibly dressed up, and enthusiastically talks about it afterwards…and owns a “few” PopFunk characters. Bless my mother’s heart, she thought when I married my husband that I would “mature”, little did she know that I would infect him with my enthusiasm. For our honeymoon we went to Harry Potter World in Orlando and Robert is a proud Hufflepuff.

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When I first started my photography business I struggled with the name because I knew it would synonymous with my brand identity. As the months turned into years, I found myself falling in love with clients who were quirky, funny and full of personality. We just seemed to click! And as I started to dream of my ideal client, I would always think of them. I also loved the images I produced with them, they were always filled with light, laughter and genuine moments.

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San Diego Portrait Photographer | Cosplay and Comic-Con

San Diego Portrait Photographer | Cosplay and Comic-Con

Cosplay and Comic-Con go hand in hand, especially at San Diego! The biggest and most star-studded of all the comic-cons, San Diego has created something truly magical. So when Colleen approached me a year ago to come to San Diego and capture her and her sister/friends in their group set, the next thing I did was look up flights. I was there!

Critical Role Cosplay

For the uninitiated {so, basically me} Critical Role is a web series where a group of professional voice actors play Dungeons & Dragons. So all the characters from this world are rangers, druids and the like, including a dungeon master. I envision it in my head as a cross between Lord of the Rings and Labirynth personally. From this inspiration, Colleen and her group designed their look, which I have to say turned out amazingly!

Colleen and her friends and family had different looks for each day, with intricate details. I believe they prepare all year for this, which you can see in the quality of their outfits. A few of them even have their own Instagram accounts and websites. You should check them out, it’s impressive.

Offbeat Worlds

She went as Keyleth, and I love the attention to detail in her outfit. Especially her staff! She has her own Facebook page and shows off more than just her incredible outfits, she is an incredible artist too.

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