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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10 Tips for Natural Posing & Being Relaxed in Your Session

10 Tips for Natural Posing & Being Relaxed in Your Session

Houston wedding photographerBeing Relaxed?

Let’s be honest, being relaxed and feeling comfortable in front of the camera can be a challenge. It’s uncomfortable initially, you don’t know what to do with your hands, how to stand and I know I am always thinking “is my face weird?”. I am also probably obsessing over my body and thinking about the parts that displease me the most {my arms, if you’re curious}. That’s why I am writing this! There are truly techniques and little things you can do to make you look better in pictures and have more fun.

1. Make the People with You Laugh

If it is you and a significant other, there is a ton of opportunity to do this. My favorite is to get a couple wrapped in each other arms and have them say “banana” in a sexy whisper. It is guaranteeeeed laughter. For groups and couples I always encourage tickling and fake farts. Or sharing an embarrassing story. When you laugh, everything feels natural and you aren’t thinking in your head “what do I do with my hands?”.

2. Use Props

Yo, props are so much fun!! And they give you something to do! Currently I am in love with the huge balloon trend, but you can use anything. Like a glass of wine, or a lightsaber. Seriously, all bets are off. And the best part? A prop can help tell the story of your relationship.

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3. Weight on One Leg

So you’re standing there and you’re feeling a tad awkward. Typically this is the start of the session. You’re with your family or your boo, and you don’t want to look like a static robot. Shift your weight to one leg. It makes it so that your hips are not square and that you don’t look boxy in the picture. This is my stand-by when I am not given direction. I might also turn a bit to my side. Cause angles.

4. Wear Comfortable Clothing

You know what is attractive? Confidence! I am not saying show up in leggings or pajamas. What I am saying is wear something that is nice but you also feel awesome in. Something that fits you well and makes you feel attractive. You know what happens when you feel attractive? You take amazing pictures!! So wear something that makes you feel like Don Draper from Mad Men, you’ll look and feel like a million bucks!

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5. Bring your Pet

A pet is great for both couple and family pictures. That cute pooch or kitty tends to turn into the star of the show, taking the focus off you. Plus, with an animal, you’re interacting with it, creating movement, which is always a great thing. You know what else is adorable? An animal in a freaking bowtie that matches your outfit. I know it’s cheesy but it’s also cute! Cute AF.

6. Silliness is Encouraged

This is similar to rule #1 but I want to emphasize this. Your pictures do not need to be an oil painting of your and your family, statically posed. I encourage being goofy. Bring some silly string and have a fight or make faces at each other. The more you are yourself and are being authentic, the more epic your pictures will be. I love playfulness, and feel your best images are a direct result of that.

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7. Motion is your Friend

Sitting/standing there posing with a smile makes me feel awkward writing it, let alone taking a picture of it. Family photos are my favorite when you are a group and walking towards me. Or you are together and I say “bear hug!” and you try to hug the life out of each other. With couples, if you dance or whisper to each other, that’s not only sweet, but those turn into some dang romantic pictures! And they all involve movement.

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8. Planning Activities

Your session doesn’t need to be sitting in a park on a blanket. The sky is the limit! Let’s go to an ice cream shop and get messy. Your session should reflect you two {or your family}, so let’s do something you love to do together. Play tag at a park? Want to have some on Galveston beaches? Let’s brainstorm some epic ideas and have some serious fun!

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9. Get that Light

I am a sucker for good light. I also get that waking up at the crack of dawn isn’t everyone’s favorite, but seriously, the light as the sun rises is the best. It’s soft, it frames you like a glove, making your images basically perfect. Plus, in Houston, it is basically the coolest time of the day = a sweat-free session. Next best? Sunset lighting. It’s a little warmer and humid, but that light an hour before sunset? Gorgeous! I mean you are already investing in a session, let make it the most beautiful one possible.

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10. Choosing the right Photographer

Not every photographer meshes with every person. Think back to when you had an awkward interview or a terrible blind date. I have had my fair share! The conversation was stinted, topics were on short supply and it was painful! The clients I have had the best sessions with were the exact opposite, they found my humor endearing, conversation flowed and at the end they said how easy and painless the entire session was. This is why I encourage meeting or talking before booking–we need to make sure we mesh, that I would fit in with your friends and that I would still be funny if you were tipsy at your wedding. If we can make sparks fly during a  15 minute conversation, imagine how fun and comfortable your session will be.

 

Houston, TX PhotographerLove my work? Want me to capture you and yours? Let’s talk!! It’s easy, my email address is Christine@cwrightphotographyhouston.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!

Houston Blogger Photographer | Lively Fit Mind

Houston Blogger Photographer | Lively Fit Mind

Houston Fitness Blogger

In my Houston blogger features, next up is Michelle from Lively Fit Mind. I met this genuinely sweet woman through Sarah {from Gracefully Sassy}. Michelle just launched her blog in December. It has a fitness focus, but she talks about a lot of topics! Michelle is invested in people’s mental health, as much as their physical. So she talks about things from being disciplined in your eating, to awesome workouts. In 2017 she branched into talking about having a healthy relationship with social media to having a healthy mindset to improve your life. As a result I truly enjoy reading what she writes, as it is always thoughtfully put together.

Beginnings

Michelle and I have done a good mix of images together. We started off with her in workout gear, and her doing some recipes in her gorgeous home. In 2017 we branched into casual outfits, where she discussed being financially responsible. As a result, her blog entries tie into her mantra of having a healthy relationship with the things in your life.

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Blogger Photographer Houston | Gracefully Sassy

Blogger Photographer Houston | Gracefully Sassy

Blogger Photographer

One of the cool things I fell into has been photographing Houston-based bloggers. The majority have been lifestyle and fashion, but there are also fitness, wellness and travel bloggers too. In fact the blogging community in Houston is healthy and amazing! I got into it because a loyal client of mine, Sarah, whom you should all be well acquainted with, started her own fashion blog. I love these sessions because they are light and fun, and I get to ogle their cool accessories. Also, as a Canadian, I am still finding new places around Houston I never knew existed! These sessions help me explore more of Houston, with my camera 🙂

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Sarah, aka Gracefully Sassy, is this truly sweet, good-heart woman who has a passion for cute quirky styles. She loves peppering her outfits with the best accessories, like a pizza or cactus purse! Sarah also loves pops of color and always tries to incorporate budget-friendly pieces into the mix. She has been at this for just over a year, and her blog and advice is so strong, you would have no idea she is new to all this!

My favorite outfits of hers always include a bright pop of color or something unexpected. We love doing our photos at funky walls or in Highland Village, as there is so much to work with there plus a Kate Spade store! Also, there is a Sprinkles Cupcakes there and I have been known to buy one or two cupcakes.

She is gearing up for a fun summer of watermelon, cactus themes with bright colors and maybe fireworks thrown in, who knows?? Behind the scenes Sarah is happily married and has an adorable pup who has stolen their hearts. To see more of her go to her Instagram and Facebook page!

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Houston Bridal Extravaganza–A How-To Survival Guide

Houston Bridal Extravaganza–A How-To Survival Guide

The Houston Bridal Extravaganza happened over the weekend. According to its site over 5,000 brides attended to get help planning their wedding. Hundreds of vendors were there to get seen by brides they normally wouldn’t have access to, and although the space is well-organized, it is still overwhelming. So if you went over the weekend, feel free to add to my survival list!

Have a Plan

Going into an extravaganza where there are 400 vendors vying for your attention requires planning. Get with your significant other and know what you need for your wedding. Make a list of what it is you are struggling to find and what you both want from the vendor. If you go in saying “I need a venue”, but you don’t know what kind of venue, where you want it to be, you will be overwhelmed. There are a ton of choices! Everything from elegant and intimate {The Gallery is a great example for this one}, to out in the country {White Oaks or 2k Reserve come to mind}. There are a lot in-between and they all have beautiful displays.

Same thing with photography and videographers–you will find there are a ton, with various styles. So before you go, sit down together and look at wedding images and decide what style you like. Do you like dark and moody {Endless Exposures is a great example}? Light and airy {Christine Gosch is great at this}? Bright and colorful {Stacy Anderson Photography rocks at that}? Or do you want someone who has more of a feel to their images–like soft and romantic or documentary-style and less posed. Thus, having a plan will help you eliminate vendors and help you stay on track.

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Houston Event Photographer | Mostess Event

Houston Event Photographer | Mostess Event

Hostess with the Mostess

Did you know that Houston has its own subscription box? One geared towards people who love entertaining in their home, with a love for unique find ands alcohol? Yeah, neither did I! But it’s true! It’s called The Mostess Box and they had a launch party a little bit ago to show off all of their awesome boxes they have planned. I was there to capture all the details and awesome women in attendance!

The Party

In each corner of the space there was a a different styled bar cart or table. It featured each upcoming box, the contents for each one, in a cute stylized way. If the box featured food, we got to snack on it! There were two customized drinks as well, which were dangerously delicious by the way. Other fun touches? Swag bags, macrons with the box’s logo on it, and an incredible confetti bar! I made a ton of boomerang videos of it as well!

Vendors

The launch party could not have happened if it hadn’t had the wonderful support of the following people:

Event Design: Mostess Box

Photography: C Wright Photography

Venue: 2929 Weslayan

Mostess Sign: Post Studio Projects Houston

Floral Design: Lanson B Jones

VIP Box Bar Cart Design: Renovate

Spring Box Bar Cart Design: Toast from the Host

Summer Box Bar Cart Design: Lanson B Jones

Founder’s Box Bar Cart Design: Shop the Manor

Winter Box Bar Cart Design: Mostess Box

Calligraphy & Hand Lettering: For Love and Lettering

Macarons: Wink By Erica

Cocktail Mix Ins: Jack Rudy Cocktail Co

Mostess Napkins: Murchison Dry Goods

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