As a supporter of couples doing their own thing, I find that hair and makeup for your engagement session can be seen as a “nice to have”. And honestly? I could go either way. It really depends on what you are doing for your engagement session…but I am getting ahead of myself!
What’s Your Style?
I have had brides that love and wear makeup daily and it makes them feel comfortable in their skin. Then I have brides who are uncomfortable in makeup and are minimalistic. Both are 100% ok. I fall more into camp B, I wear eyeliner and eye shadow with lip gloss, but you throw foundation or mascara at me? Then I get uncomfortable. And don’t even get me started on contouring! But other women, that’s their jam!! If you are passionate about makeup and want to not worry about that aspect of getting ready for your engagement session, then I say do it. Get professional hair and makeup done. You will feel pampered and confident. (more…)
One of my favorite things as a branding photographer is to capture products small businesses have poured their heart and soul into. Sprinkle Pop is one of the most fun Houston companies I have paired with. I found her through my friend Jennifer, and it was instant love. Her sprinkles are colorful and whimsical. They inspire bakers to create amazing things! Also, she made a Canadian mix two summers ago and I might have bought more than I needed!
Liz, the brains behind Sprinkle Pop, hired me to capture her Halloween and Christmas setups. She brought in cakes, cookies, cake balls and her festive sprinkles. We did lots of setups and they showed off the fun additions Liz puts in her sprinkle mixes to make them unique. A personal favorite of mine were the snowmen and spiders. I want to have a favorite setup, but when I look at them again, it’s impossible. You can see how Sprinkle Pop inspires bakers.
After you look through these images, I would love to know which setup is your favorite!
Houston is a pretty big place, so finding a spot to do your engagement session can be overwhelming! I have compiled a list of my favorite spots around Houston to help everyone with this arduous task. And honestly? Don’t feel like you have to find the most exciting or best spot ever. Truth be told, I have put couples in a ditch because the area around them looked great! I kid you not! What is most important is showing off the love between the two of you!
The first thing you need to think about is your love story. Where did you meet? Get engaged? What do you love to do together? Any of these answers can help you find a spot for your engagement session. Is there a spot in Houston you have your heart set on? I encourage doing it where you will most happy.
There are a ton of parks in the Houston area. Also, a lot of them are now charging fees. Centennial Gardens? Fee. Arboretum? Fee. Japanese Garden in Hermann Park? No professional photography is permitted there. Disappointing, right? But, there are other parks that are just as beautiful and are free. Eleanor Tinsley Park has the skyline of Houston behind it, and it’s on Buffalo Bayou, which is perfect. Discovery Green has a wealth of spots, and is a short walk to downtown, where you can do some urban looking pictures. Sam Houston Park, Helen’s Park, Fernland Historical Park are all awesome options! Most couples choose parks because they like the greenery in the photos, they might love a bridge or water feature as well. You can set up a picnic or sit on a bench. Plus there are usually places you can get changed in if you want to do more than one outfit. (more…)
There is truly not much I love more than a baby cake smash! When the mom contacted me she warned me: “he’s never had cake or icing in his life, will this still work?”. I asked her if he disliked getting messy or sticky, because that’s truly the indicator of whether a cake smash will be a success. If the baby isn’t into getting messy, the shoot will be a challenge. But, if they are cool with it, all they need is that one taste and then it turns into cake smash magic!
This session was simple but perfect. Because it was super hot outside, we decided to do it in my studio. The mom brought a white iced cake, dressed her son in rad Jimi Hendrix top. Being freshly one, he wasn’t so into his shoes, so those came off early! He also wasn’t 100% sure about the cake, but once he knew what was happening, he got in there! My favorite images of him are when he isn’t sure about what’s happening. That baby side-eye is everything!!
What to wear for any session is a hot button issue for all my clients. I was such a popular topic that last year I invested in a stylist to help me work with portrait clients. Her advice was so helpful that I have taken some of her advice and applied it to engagement session clients. So where do you start with clothing?
Tips for the Women
Have you pondered rocking a sequined gown, tulle skirt or flower crown but just never had a real reason to get that outfit? Guess what!! This is your chance to do it up! Remember: There is no such thing as “too dressed up” when it comes to your engagement session, so don’t be afraid to have some fun! If you don’t want to add a new item to your collection, a lot of my brides love Rent the Runway for their engagement photos because you don’t have to spend a lot to feel like beautiful. Plus, you can send the outfits back when the session is over. Other brides love having a great excuse to bring a new permanent item for their closet!
The Case for a Dress…or two
Long, flowy dresses and skirts look amazing on camera because they bring extra movement to the photos. Especially when captured with nature whether it’s greenery or the beach. Shorter-length dresses photograph beautifully too! Dresses and skirts tend to look most stunning on camera because they really flatter a woman’s figure, and they make you feel super confident! I recommend avoiding pants and shorts for your session, and saying yes to a dress.
I can’t believe it has almost been a year since I captured this bridal slumber party styled inspiration! I also can’t believe I have shown this much restraint in not sharing more than a few images from it as well! But the good news? I can finally show them off because they have been published over at Southern Bride!
The Treat Table
When Brandi from Laced with Grace reached out about this I wasn’t prepared for the amount of color and fun that I saw when I arrived! I mean, I knew it was going to be bright and feminine, but guys! This was next level!! There were bright purple mini donuts, pink diamond cookies, purple drinks, pink and purple lollipops and cake pops. Intermingled with the treats were flowers, nail polish and confetti. It was the brightest, most fun table display!! My favorite was the confetti/icing rimmed glass with cotton candy inside. When the champagne was poured on top. And you can tell how delicious it was!!
Confetti Pillow Fight
What is a bridal slumber party without a confetti pillow fight? On the soft, fluffy bed decked out with white lights, paired with a bart cart filled with bright cotton candy and donut holes, a pillow fight obvious erupted! But my favorite part? The pizza. I am always the pizza gal, and I might have snuck a piece as I was capturing the scene.
I now wish I had a bedroom that would look this great for a slumber party…maybe I should move into the venue!! Ha ha, I kid…I kid…
What’s your favorite part of this shoot?
Planning & Design: Laced with Grace
Confetti Poppers & Design Collaboration: Dope Ass Confetti
Venue: Houston Event Venue
Cocktails: Palace Party Beverage Co
Hair and Makeup: BP Artistry
Florals: Monica’s Brides + Touch of Glitz Flowers
Henna: Paisley + Swirls
Decor & Rentals: Pause Event Stylists & Monrreal & Co
Bridal Boxes: Succulent Bar & Paper Tie Affair ⠀
Cotton Candy: Twirl Cotton Candy ⠀
Bar Cart & Styling: Toast from the Host ⠀
Balloon Garland: Glamfetti⠀⠀
Sweets: Dulcet Bake Shoppe ⠀
Invitation Suite: The Sensible Type ⠀
Videography: Sow Aerial⠀
Branding photos are an integral part of your business strategy. Let’s not mince words about this, they are so important because people buy things moreso because of their emotions than being practical. I mean, let’s discuss my latest Amazon purchase! When I get into my Internet rabbit hole and I am convinced to purchase something, you bet your butt photography played a part in convincing me to buy something! In fact, the last two online purchases I made were because a sponsored post came up on Instagram that resonated with me and I decided to buy it! The images used to lure me in were clean, crisp, showed off exactly what the item could do for me and their site felt professional. All this to say that imagery for your business and brand plays a huge part in that buying emotion!! Thus branding photos for your business can have a huge impact on your income.
So you have all these pictures and you’re almost overwhelmed at what to do with them all. Yes, a good chunk are perfect for social media but how else can you use them? Let’s dig into it!
I just talked about this–social media is the bestest place for these amazing photos! Let us count the places: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Twitter are a start!! And depending on your ideal client and where they hang out, your strategy for posting these images and their frequency will play a factor. In fact, posts that include an image receive 120% – 180% more eyes on it and people engage with the post more. That’s HUGE!! Further to the point, Facebook posts with images have close to 40% more interaction. And when you think about how much the algorithm tries to stifle your posts so you will pay for advertising, this number resonates even more. (more…)
I love that I live so close to Galveston! It means we get to do engagement sessions there frequently, and then I get to spend the rest of the day there, or go early and prowl around before the session. My favorite spot? The historical strand area, there are so many gorgeous doors and architecture!
Cheyenne + Isaiah
These two are so in love. They have been together since high school and have a connection that can’t be faked. As you can image, they have been through their ups and downs since they have been together for so long. When we were discussing possible locations for their session, it was instantaneous–Galveston! Cheyenne and Isaiah are having a destination wedding so having a beach feel to their engagements kept everything consistent. We also got a few pictures in the historic downtown and snuck their adorable pup into some pictures!
I love their outfits too, it’s put together without trying too hard!! Plus, they have a slight nautical feel the outfits, which is perfect!!
Enjoy the photos!
Love my work? Want me to capture you and yours? Let’s talk!! It’s easy, my email address is Christine@swishnclick.com. Let’s have a heart-to-heart, get excited about the possibilities of your wedding or session and come up with a plan that is uniquely you! I want to hear from you!
Who here loves a colorful wedding? My heart sings when I walk into a wedding and the couple has embraced color, so this wedding inspiration comes from this feeling. It’s kind of like when you hold up an item of clothing and ask yourself whether it brings you joy, colorful weddings give me the same joy!
The Rainbow Details
When Brandi, from Laced with Grace, and I discussed the inspiration for this shoot, we wanted it to bright, and light and colorful. We dreamed of tables with a different color at each setting, with a bridal bouquet that was a cascade of color. Of course we wanted the boutonniere had to be super colorful too, and Flower Vibes created a magical assortment! We wanted it at a modern space, and Hughes Manor was the perfect space to show off all the color!
We wanted to have some fun drinks, and Palace Party made the most colorful blended beauties, that also tasted amazing! And of course we wanted to have treats for days!! Wink by Erica made the most delightful donuts and cookies, all of the emanating glitter. Paired with all of these, is the cake made by Cake Fairy by Monica. It’s geode loveliness, and we surrounded it with flowers to show off its rainbow effect.
Of course all the details couldn’t be carried out without a stunning bride and groom. Sarah and Kyle, whose wedding I helped capture a few years ago, were so so fun bring to this shoot! They are effortlessly in love, and it shows. Fun fact, since this shoot they have had a handsome baby boy!!
Today this wedding inspiration was published at Belle the Magazine!! We are so excited to share these gorgeous images finally, and we hope you love these images as much as we do! The following are the amazing businesses who contributed to the shoot:
Planner: Laced with Grace
Venue: Hughes Manor
Flowers: Flower Vibes
Linens: EB Inc
Napkins: Linens and Events
Goblets: Revisionist Events
Drinks: Palace Party
Cake: Cake Fairy by Monica
Donuts/Cookies: Wink by Erica
Invitations: Alaan Studios
Hair and Makeup: Sunny Hair and Makeup
Let’s get real, planning a wedding can be overwhelming! (The good kind, most of the time). It starts with inspiration from Pinterest/Instagram, but then you get 20 tabs deep into local vendors and your mind starts to melt a little. Add onto this that for most of us, it’s unfamiliar territory! Knowing how early to book your venue, photographer, flowers, dress can be a little overwhelming. What really sucks? Finding that perfect place or vendor and then not being able to book them because they were booked earlier by someone else.