San Diego Comic Con 2017

San Diego Comic Con 2017

San Diego Comic Con 2017 = EPIC

Hired to photograph cosplayers at the San Diego comic con this year, I had front row access to a ton of nerdy delights! And after attending this year’s San Diego comic con, I walked away with even more passion for all the new nerdy things coming out this year and next! All the trailers were amazing, and I am hopeful that for 2018 I will be in Hall H for some of these. Especially considering that there will be {hopefully} a Fantastic beasts panel.

Onto the greatness though! Here are the most anticipated, well-loved shows and movies that had epic trailers at San Diego comic con: (more…)

Houston Portrait Photographer | Adult Cake Smash

Houston Portrait Photographer | Adult Cake Smash

Robert’s Adult Cake Smash

My husband turned 30 this year and it hit me a week before his birthday–he needed to do a manly cake smash!! Robert was initially not into it, questioning why a cake smash needed to happen, to which I said “you have a problem eating a delicious vanilla cake without utensils and getting messy?”. When he saw it that way, he was convinced!!

I thankfully had a lot of the pieces for the shoot already, like the glass tumbler and coke, as well as the banner that said “Birthday Dude”, so all that was needed for this cake smash was a cake and a cake stand! I also might have picked up a donut or two to complete the look.

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Houston Portrait Photographer | Christmas Minis!

Houston Portrait Photographer | Christmas Minis!

Christmas Minis 2017

What most people do for their Christmas pictures is go to an elaborate setup outdoors. I remember my first year doing this and all of us sweating and feeling uncomfortable. I literally had to wipe sweat off my brow as I was taking pictures, as the kids squirmed from the heat! We all know that in Houston you can never count on the temperature to drop in November.
 
I believe portraits are precious time capsules in your life. Thus, for 2017 I want to make it different. Sessions in a studio, my new studio! A white tufted couch, a Christmas tree, lots of laughter and your family captured as they are. I might have treats, who knows!! But what you can count on? No sweating, just great light and a relaxed atmosphere.
Christmas Minis

All the Fine Details

  • November 18 & 19, from 10am to 3:30pm
  • 20 minute sessions, 10 digital images
  • Mom gets hair OR makeup as part of the package
  • $275 plus tax
  • The studio is in EADO, so it is centrally located
 
Email Christine to book: christine@cwrightphotographyhouston.com
Hurried Hostess Retreat on Lake Travis

Hurried Hostess Retreat on Lake Travis

Why a Retreat?

It has been a very full year and I knew in July I needed to get away and go on a retreat, or something, just to get out of my own head. It has been a wonderful year, I have been blessed beyond measure. I also have been working non-stop and have been burning the candle at both ends! A retreat was needed. I was so happy Stacy from Hurried Hostess put this on in Lake Travis, as all I did was relax, sleep, drink a little and reflect.

Stacy is this ridiculously talented person, with an attention to detail that blows me away. Her blog is for busy women who still want to bring a bit of elegance to their meals. Her goal is to use items that you would naturally find around your house. So she just helps you take you to the next level!

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Houston Branding Photographer | Focused + Fit

Houston Branding Photographer | Focused + Fit

At the beginning of 2017 I started offering branding photography to small businesses. It’s only fitting that in this new arena that my first client would come from my crossfit community. The crossfit community has been so great to me, it was where I started with in my photography journey and has opened so many doors in my journey.

Meet Lisa

Lisa has been a dedicated member of Pearland CrossFit for longer than I have been attending. It is obvious her dedication to eating cleanly and working out when you meet her. Her passion for all things fitness/food organically led led to her becoming a CrossFit level 1 trainer and getting her Precision Nutrition Level 1 certification.

Focused + Fit’s Branding

Enter Focused + Fit! When Lisa decided she wanted to help others and start her own business, she decided on branding colors of orange and white. Her logo is simple and clean, as is her website. When we started discussing what she wanted as her branding pictures, she wanted to keep things consistent in coloring and cleanliness. We did a few concepts–meeting a client, working out and cooking healthy meals. We had pops of orange throughout the imagery to tie into her branding and honestly I love it!

Concept One: Client Meeting

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Hurricane Harvey: My Story

Hurricane Harvey: My Story

Hurricane Harvey

Image by Natalie Gene Creative

Hurricane Harvey has been unlike anything I have ever experienced in my life. I went grocery shopping days before, bought sand for the doorways of our home and kind of scoffed at my husband and his worrying. The first day, the Friday, I was flippant about it, there wasn’t as much rain as they were anticipating and I thought maybe we would get passed up.

Then I tried going to bed, that’s when sh*t started to get real. It came upon us quickly and we were suddenly under tornado warnings {not watches, but immediate danger}. My phone kept buzzing and the amount of sleep I got that night was minimal. Robert stayed up all night watching the news, the radar on his laptop. When I gave up on sleep at 6am, Robert retired quickly and I took over watch of our home. I might have had a three hour nap once the rain ebbed off.

Then I started my morning ritual of opening Facebook and seeing terrible destruction in Houston. Saturday was just a taste of what was to come–damage from tornados and people in pain. There was no flooding yet. Robert and I went out and got a few more groceries and with the lull of rain, we were feeling comfortable again. Then the night came. Nights and hurricanes are terrible. At night the upper atmosphere cools, which creates instability, thus increasing the updrafts in thunderstorms throughout the hurricane system. Which is exactly what we experienced Saturday night. The tornado warnings that night were much more intense and I definitely turned to alcohol to help my nerves, because they were officially shot. If you watched any of my Instagram stories you would have seen all that lightening and thunder going off consistently. We were lucky, it only lasted an hour over us but other people to the east of us, they had it for three hours. The National Weather Service confirmed 16 tornadoes in Houston, including seven Saturday. Also, the National Weather Service issued 64 tornado warnings by Saturday night. Adding insult to injury? Saturday night is when the flooding really started.

Image by David Tannery

Robert, as per our new schedule, stayed up late that night and I got up early. This also started the staring at Facebook and crying. I woke up to stories of homes destroyed in one night because Harvey simply hovered over Houston and unrelentingly rained on us. I went for a walk that morning and saw our streets were flooding and I knew there was no path out for us now, our cars were too low-lying. But even if we could make it out, where would we go? Everywhere was flooding. So we hunkered down. Distracted ourselves with Game of Thrones and listened to it rain.

My newsfeed on Facebook was impossible to keep up on. But both of us were glued. I am so thankful those people in my life were posting regular updates, like I was, on how they were, their homes, everything. Worried messages were sent to those who hadn’t checked in. Conversations about being anxious but also numb were had, there was no in-between. You were either absolutely anxious or you were in shock and completely numb and felt outside yourself. This could have been a great time to get work done but I couldn’t focus. Besides, all those pretty wedding pictures and portraits? Those felt frivolous in the face of this hurricane and people’s lives being in danger. I also completely lost my appetite. I would wake up hungry and make a breakfast of just eggs and iced coffee and couldn’t finish it. Lunch? Not hungry. Dinner? Forced myself to eat. And after eating I felt gross-full.

Houston hurricane

Image by Katherine Blanchard

Sunday was also the day when so many heroes emerged, like famous people from JJ Watt, Ellen Degeneres to Kevin Hart. But also local people stepped up–nurses and doctors who were not leaving hospitals because they had no replacements.  First responders who were working so many hours pulling stranded people from rooftops and homes that they crashed on concrete floors. Ordinary people, who once were maybe special ops, or regular joes with a flat bottom boat, just getting out there and rescuing families. These people simply jumped in, went out and saved lives. Tons and tons of lives. And I know a lot of them personally. As someone who couldn’t be out there to do it {and let’s be honest I don’t have the skills to do what they are doing either}, I was so grateful to see this happening. This pulling together, this community, this is like a bright light in all of this darkness.

Hurricane help

Image from NY Times

Hurricane help

Images from local hero David Tannery

Monday it continued to rain, and I felt like I was losing my mind. I saw the water rising in on the street around my house and I tried to think in my head how much longer we could last with it raining this hard before we were flooded. I felt we had one more day and then things would become dire. We don’t have a second story, so I felt the second level in our garage might work. But I didn’t want to entertain the thought. So, like the day before, we distracted ourselves with Game of Thrones. And then the rain slowed down {never stopped}, and we saw the street drain. My anxiety lessened.

Then I started to see some people were able to get out and organize for those there were displaced from their homes. Something that continued into today, and I know will continue for a long while. The truly amazing thing I have seen, is that people have donated so much that people have been turned away! The lines of volunteers at the George R. Brown Convention Center have been the length of the building, with people waiting patiently in the rain to get in and help. Following friends who could make it out was inspiring and heart warming.

Hurricane Harvey

Image from It’s Not Hou It’s Me

I also need to talk about survivors guilt. It has been hard to watch people lose their homes and know I am in a home that is miraculously on high enough ground that didn’t see damage. I had power the entire hurricane and TV to help distract, when I could turn off the news. And I sat there feeling guilty that I was blessed to have all these things. And then I felt trapped because all the roads out of my home were {and still are} blocked by high water, so even if I wanted to help, I can’t. But I did what I could–I reposted about places needing donations everywhere, plus donating myself. And I am glad I did because now that I see donation centers are filling up, they are requesting money.

Hurricane Harvey

From the Houston Chronical

Today, the sun shines. It’s the most beautiful thing I have seen. I don’t even get upset as the wasps fly outside my door. My husband and I are about to see if we can get anywhere, hoping for some groceries and then to help others. It all depends on how much the water has dropped. In the end, it was predicted we would get roughly 30 inches of rain, but we got 39, and an area 15 minutes from us? 49 inches of rain.

But Houston is still hurting and I encourage you to donate:

There is of course the American Red Cross Houston Texas and if you want to donate to an organization that 100% goes to aide go to UMCOR{http://www.umcor.org/}. There’s also:

Samaritan’s Pursehttps://www.samaritanspurse.org/disaster/hurricane-harvey/
Save the Children US
https://secure.savethechildren.org/…/H…/apps/ka/sd/donor.asp
North American Mission Board (NAMB)
https://www.namb.net/send-relief/disaster-relief
Heart to Heart International
http://www.hearttoheart.org/

You can also donate to Houston Food Bank or the Texas Diaper Bank and for animals there is the Houston SPCA.