Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Alma & Stevan

Alma & Stevan... cute cute cute, fun, did I mention cute? And just a barrel of fun : )

This couple was married at The Gallery, a venue that's relatively new to the Houston area and very conveniently located near Fountainview and 59. It was a very windy day-- not uncommon for this time of year in Houston, but so crazy windy that poor Alma's handmade-by-her-grandmother veil blew clean off her head in the middle of the (outdoor) ceremony! I've seen windy before, but this one took the cake... uh, or veil. The coordinator had to go chase the veil down in the parking lot, but it was indeed successfully retrieved.

The timeline worked out well, to where I had some alone-time with Alma & Stevan just after sunset. The Gallery has these cool Victorian-looking lamp posts all around, so I was able to get some longer-exposure ambient-light shots of the couple-- which turned out very sexy/romantic! Alma's gown was fantastic! Mermaid, ruched satin with a zillion tiny buttons and a brooch at the waist. The train flared and was simply exquisite when bustled.

This was a party crowd! They danced all night long... I can't hear "No One" by Alicia Keys without thinking of their sweet first dance(and if I'm not mistaken, their last as well).

Just for good measure... I threw in a picture of Stevan's Aggie Groom's Cake. GIG 'EM, AGGIES! WHOOP! I joined in when they all sang the War Hymn ; )

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Jessica & Robert

Jessica and Robert were married in a small, intimate ceremony at a Vargo's on a beautiful windy day! The peacocks were out in full force, wailing it up all throughout the ceremony and peeking through the windows at the reception... they were even so gracious as to join in the fun when we did the couple's portraits afterward in the gardens (it didn't hurt that the groom decided to try and "feed" them a flower petal to get them to come closer-- I was just happy there were no disgruntled-peacock attacks once they discovered that it was indeed not food... hehehe).

After the wedding ceremony, the newlyweds joined their friends and family for a dinner reception, where the wine and tears flowed as everyone toasted Jessica and Robert's new beginning. This was certainly a sentimental bunch! Fear not, they knew how to cut a rug-- there was much fun and dancing to be had as they partied on into the night.

Many thanks to Kelly Balfour of Eventology weddings not only for the referral of this sweet couple, but for her great work on the wedding day!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Andrea & Amie... Sisters... Pregnant at the same time!

Amie is family (she married my cousin... caught the bouquet at my wedding), so it was no surprise when her sister Andrea called about wedding photography. Through all the different portrait sessions and events, I've gotten to know them pretty well. We were all pretty much jumping for job and gasping with surprise when we found out that both Amie and Andrea were pregnant last winter-- and due within days of one another. By "all", I mean all the women in our family-- which, if you've ever been around us... is a lot of women.

Once spring came around and the bluebonnets were popping up, I went up to Amie's place and we took picture of the girls together on the land. I'm still not sure why I thought it would be a great idea to wear flip-flops (my cousin Matt is probably still laughing at me for this decision), but I made it without sustaining any injuries or bites. The animals followed us around and felt free enough with themselves to plop down or walk by to become part of the portraits... so you'll see a few of them among the images.

Even though they were taken last year, they're still really cute and bluebonnety, so I thought I'd post them for you all. One day soon, perhaps I'll have pictures of the babies to show you!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Then comes Ellie in the baby carriage...

It's always cool to follow my clients through stages in life... I had the pleasure of shooting the wedding of her parents back in 2006, and was crazy-excited to head out to their house to shoot Ellie's portraits the day before her first birthday. Ellie's grandma was there as well, and it was so great to hang out with the girls (quite reminiscent of when we shot mom's bridals!) and catch up.

You'll notice that Ellie is... well... indescribably cute. Really. As I was editing these pictures, I was thinking, hmm... how can I get them to let me borrow her? Those eyes! Those silly little cheeks! Those pigtails! She's so sweet... like a human cupcake.

She put up with us well, and gave me a wide array of expressions to capture. We got belly laughs, verge-of-crying pouts, and that "confused/concerned baby" look, among others-- but I know you really don't want to hear about it, you want to see it. Here you go!