Houston Bridal Photographer | Carson’s Bridal Session

Houston Bridal Photographer | Carson’s Bridal Session

I usually share a bridal session the day after the wedding. But with Carson marrying Katy, I decided to stagger sharing the images. I can’t believe it has been a week since Carson and Katy had their magical wedding!! I will delve into this more when I blog about their wedding, but one of my favorite touches were the hanging keys dangling from the canopy. But enough about the wedding!! This blog is all about Carson’s bridal session!!

The Bridal Session

Carson, we’ll see if I find the words to describe how rad it was to work with you and how magical of a bride you made.

Ah lawdy.

As if Rice University background weren’t enough to make me giddy inside, the following things from your session were perfection!

-your elegant white Rita Vinieris dress

-your understated bouquet from Blooming Gallery

-your fabulously sequined Jimmy Choo shoes

-the awesome work  by Winx Salon for your makeup and and Etheria Spa and Salon for your hair

-and your MAGICAL SELF

As a graduate of Rice University, the location was the perfect place for the bridal session. Plus, obviously the feel of the place added to the overall feel of the images. Add into Carson, her dress and her possible awkwardness, and you have magic! If anyone knows Carson, will know how glad she was to have flowers in her hands because she worries about that stuff.

I’m so excited that I get to share your bridals with everyone now that you’re a Mrs.!!

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Houston Bridal Photographer | Katy’s Bridal Portraits

Houston Bridal Photographer | Katy’s Bridal Portraits

I love sharing bridal portraits the day after the wedding! Katy and Carson had a wedding that was truly magical, filled with Harry Potter touches, so you know I was delighted!! Plus, there was so much love, that when I look at these bridal portraits I am even more inspired.

The Bridal Portraits

Katy’s bridal portraits were nothing short of exceptional. I don’t say this lightly. Katy is an attorney and she wanted to have that incorporated into her bridal portraits in a unique way, so we did the session at Lawless Spirits & Kitchen. Lawless Spirits & Kitchen is such a cool choice!! It is a place that embraces “the mavericks, dissenters, and nonconformists who have shaped the world with their unbridled courage and unrestrained passion”. It has pictures of famous people who have embodied this vision in their life, from Ghandi to MarkTwain to Susan B. Anthony. As Katy is a person who also embodies these qualities, this venue fit her like a glove.

The Dress

Katy’s dress is glittery magic! it has an art deco feel to it, with swirly patterns, beading and shimmer. Form-fitting, it hangs on her every curve, like the dress is kissing her. And that train! You guys, that train is just enough and has a dramatic effect ?Add in that veil, and she is the epitome of a classy, elegant bride. So what is your favorite part of Katy’s dress? Let me know in the comments? Also, don’t you just love the venue?

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Houston Wedding Photographer | Megan’s Bridals

Houston Wedding Photographer | Megan’s Bridals

Sometimes I feel like a saint, like when I hang onto amazing images like the ones from Megan’s bridals!! When Megan and I started talking about the look and feel she wanted for her session, she was attract to images of silhouettes, profiles of the bride and brides with their pups. Her style is a little softer, super feminine. Initially we had planned to do the session where she’s getting married, at the Houston Arboretum, but it would not stop raining!! So the studio it was! She included her handsome pup Bowie in some images, and he seriously stole the show!

Grandmothers

Megan’s last living grandmother passed away a week before the session, so it was important to her to honor both of her grandmothers during the session. She printed an image of the two women together, and we captured her with the photo. To me, this is especially important. I am moved by the tender sadness Megan emanates in these images. Losing someone you love so close to your wedding is always difficult, and these are my favorite images from the session.

**hair and makeup by the talented Sunny Hair and Makeup

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Houston Wedding Photographer | Keeley’s Bridal Portraits

Houston Wedding Photographer | Keeley’s Bridal Portraits

I am not going to lie, Keeley’s bridal portraits were amazing!! I love that I get to share these bridal portraits because they are so fun and beautiful! Keeley goes to the beat of her own drum, and so when we were discussing ideas for her session, things like “eating Cheetos” and “cute puppies with flower collars” were thrown around. Keeley did not disappoint, and even brought a Jack in the Box burger for her bridal portraits! And now that she and Eric are officially married, I can share these beautiful pictures.

Keeley brought her two dogs with her to the session, and frankly, they stole the show. Lily Cat, the small darker dog was precious and all about the pictures. Eleanor though, she had to be convinced with food bribes and belly rubs. I don’t know if you can tell, but Eleanor might have given us some sass in her pictures!

And although Keeley is a self-professed non-girly girl, I am going to say she rocked the soft, beautiful photos as much as her hamburger, Cheeto eating photos!

Rad Vendors:

Couch: Southern Staged

Veil: Renegade Bridal

Greenery: HEB Blooms

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5 Things to Think About if Wedding Pictures are Important to You

5 Things to Think About if Wedding Pictures are Important to You

wedding picturesYou’re sitting here thinking “Of course wedding pictures are important to me, Christine!”. But I ask because when you are planning your wedding there are a lot of areas where you can cut costs, and with some of those choices you don’t notice the cut, but in others you do. In all honestly, wedding pictures are an area where if you cut too deep, you wind up with images you might not just regret but ultimately hate.

When a photographer is breaking into the wedding industry they typically price themselves in a lower {aka more appealing} price bracket. For reference, the average cost for a wedding photographer, according to The Knot, is $2783. I like to say the you can find a great photographer within $500 higher or lower for this amount. But anything less than $2200 and you are entering into what I call “newer” photographer territory. So to help navigate these waters, where you don’t want to spend an arm, leg and kidney for your images, but you still want the WOW factor, here are some tips in getting there:

1. Do you Mesh?

You are your photographer are going to be around each other all day—on a day that sometimes can be very stressful, highly emotional and a lot of times there is nakedness involved—on your end! Experience makes a difference here, as does their personality. Are you comfortable being mostly naked in front of them? Getting in your dress is a bare-all experience! And sometimes for the men too! I was photographing the details for the men in an adjoining room when the groom walked in, in his underwear. We laughed it off and joked about it for the rest of the day, but only because we had that rapport. Plus, I have experience dealing with near-naked moments and have a few one-liners at the ready for such a moment.

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2. Price < Personality

I know I just discussed meshing with your photographer, but how do you get to that point of comfort? And how to you interview photographers to find the best fit for you and your partner? I cannot emphasize meeting in person enough. Ask them to bring a complete wedding with them or send it to you ahead of time. See if they are interested in you two, or if it is all about them. If the conversation is only about pricing and business and doesn’t flow into natural conversation, it’s not the best fit. And you won’t know that until you meet with them in person. I know it is so easy these days to email and text to get pricing and a portfolio, but tone and personality fall flat in these forms of conversation. With this person being in your world for all the moments of your wedding day, ensuring a good personality fit is paramount!

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3. Getting all the Right Moments

Your wedding day moves fast, as do the off-the-cuff important moments. I remember the first and second wedding I photographed, I missed moments because I didn’t anticipate them {like the mom instantly cry when her daughter was in her dress and all done up, but walked away quickly to compose herself}. But now I understand an almost unwritten rhythm of the wedding day, things people don’t necessarily talk about, but happen at every wedding. You learn when to anticipate the tears, the wiping away of tears, the guffaws of laughter, the hand-to-chest, head tilt emotional smile moments. Those are the moments people cherish in their album. Yes, they love the formal portraits, but it is those off the cuff moments that wind up on their walls.

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4. Plan to WIN

As mentioned above, your wedding day disappears in the blink of an eye. Having a plan for your day, with those important moments {mom doing up the dress, dad seeing you for the first time, doing a first look if that’s your jam} worked in is invaluable. Seasoned photographers know to build these moments into the timeline, ask about it in advance, and want to deliver these important moments to you. Not only will they instinctively know where to be, they will also have it in their timeline to be prepared. Heck I even just recently bought an Apple watch so that it will vibrate each step of the timeline for the day!

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5. The Fine Print

One of the few things not talked about as much is ensuring your photographer is licensed and insured. Newer photographers are less likely to be a legitimate business, which also allows them to be less expensive. If they aren’t paying taxes or insurance, then any possible horror stories could happen. They might not show up on your wedding day at all {God forbid}. What if a guest falls over lighting equipment at your wedding and breaks something? Or knocks a camera to the ground and breaks a lens or the memory card inside? A licensed photographer is covered for such terrifying moments. And a lot of times your venue will request proof of insurance from the photographer for such situations.

In the end, getting wedding pictures you love is about value—finding that hidden gem within your price point. If you can afford wiggle room, I highly recommend going with a photographer who is slightly above the national average if the personality fits. Because a great fit is truly priceless.

 

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 Wedding Photographer | Sarah’s Bridal Portraits

Houston Wedding Photographer | Sarah’s Bridal Portraits

Sarah’s Bridal Portraits

The sun was soft and warm, the morning of Sarah’s bridal portraits. She was ready at the break of dawn, her mother having flown on a red-eye flight to make sure she was there to help. Sarah’s dress is strapless with pockets and a gorgeous belt. Combined with the sun and nature, Sarah’s bridal session is nothing short of gorgeous.

I am excited to share Sarah’s bridal portraits, as she and Earl got married yesterday! Remember their engagement session? The wedding was beautiful and fun! Congratulations to this amazing couple!

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