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Amazing wedding photographyAmazing wedding pictures don’t just happen, there are small things that go into the images to help take them to the next level. And you know what? None of my top five tips have anything to do with working out or changing the shape of your body. Nope, the things I consider to be most important are small things to take into consideration. While working out and eating healthy is important, let’s focus on appreciating who you are and loving the body you’re in.

Practice Smiling with Your Eyes

I honestly prefer images where the bride and groom aren’t smiling. But this doesn’t mean they are glaring at the camera lens. No, it’s when the image doesn’t have a smile but the eyes, they are talking. Tyra Banks calls it “smising”, or smiling with your eyes. Since I am a nerd, I usually coach my clients to think about a happy thought, like they are Harry Potter, defending themselves against a dementor. It has become a “thing” at sessions, and it makes my clients laugh once they figure out what I am talking about! Also, keeping a smile in your eyes means your face won’t go limp–one of the reasons why people look like they have resting bitch face. So now you know! When a photographer asks you to not smile with your mouth, engage your eyes and think happy thoughts! Your images will look amazing! View full post »

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I have had the pleasure of photographing a few weddings at Ashton Gardens West. I remember the first time I drove up I was blown away by its exterior and then further impressed when I walked into the chapel, I understood right away why this venue had such an appeal. As someone who is still mostly a newly-wed, I see the appeal of not only its aesthetics, but the fact that you can have your entire wedding here, from getting ready to the reception. I am a person who likes everything in one place, so Ashton Gardens works on all levels for me.

Ashton Gardens wedding

Chapel

The exterior of the chapel is white brick and gorgeous wood doors. As you walk in all you see are windows. The chapel is flooded with light and nature, with windows surrounding the the area where the couple will say “I do”. The pews are a nice white with brown trim, basically a photographers dream for bouncing light! It is also a nice neutral pallet for a florist and designer to work with. Plus there is an upper area to capture pictures of the ceremony from a different vantage point.

Ashton Gardens chapel

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Houston engagement photographerEngagement pictures are the perfect time for you and your partner to show off your connection and uniqueness. Everyone has a love story, but more than that, you have special reasons why you have stayed together. Mine? Robert and I loved Survivor {the TV show}. and from there we jumped into other shows and movies. We are both competitive and silly and that has helped us keep our spark alive. In fact I talk about our love story a lot on my Instagram, you should check it out.

Colors

First rule of thumb for your engagement session: do not match 100%. Nothing screams 1985 than wearing white shirts and blue jeans in an effort to coordinate. Unless you are doing this as a sarcastic gesture, and in that case, may I suggest a button down white shirt? But in all seriousness, coordinating is the key. Start with yourself, and choose colors that make you feel good about yourself. An excellent rule of thumb is to not go too bright, as you want the focus to be on you and your partner. Instead wear softer shades of your favorite color and pair it with some neutrals. It will look soft and romantic. If you do want to have a pop of color, I encourage it with the shoes and accessories {or props!} View full post »

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First Look Houston wedding photographerWhat exactly is a first look? Even though these are happening more frequently, there is still some confusion out there as to what exactly is a first look and why it is important. I do need to preface this that as a photographer I am biased towards giving you as much as possible to having a ton of time for photos on your wedding day. In the end, this is your wedding day, so you should what you want and not feel swayed to do anything you don’t want to do.

What is a First Look?

A first look is having the bride and groom get together before the ceremony to see each other. It is typically done with the photographer there, to capture the initial reaction of both the bride and the groom, plus a chance for their picture to be taken together without anyone else there. It is usually the calm before the storm.

So why do I like them so much and recommend them? Here are five things to consider: View full post »

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