Unplugging For The Weekend

Yep this is what we as a family will be doing this weekend. To often we get caught up in work, school, and the overall rat race of life. We forget the important things. So this weekend. We will be spending time just enjoying ourselves, our family, and our friends.

Please understand that we still appreciate each and every one of our clients, and potential clients, and we will return any emails or phone calls when we get back in the normal groove on Tuesday.

Have a great weekend everyone and remember to hug your loved ones. 🙂

~Michelle

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Eastyn turns 1 !!!! / Texas Children’s Photographer

Disclaimer: Only read this if you are ready for a cuteness overload !!!

Corey & I had the wonderful opportunity to go and meet Miss Eastyn and photograph her to commemorate her first birthday.  I have to be honest, when I found out that Mom & Dad had driven from College Station and Miss E hadn’t taken a nap the whole way I was starting to worry…..But a more well-behaved little girl we have never met. She almost made me want another baby. I said ALMOST !!!

Now on to the photos……..

Remember I warned you about the cuteness overload.

And while we were there of course we had to go ahead and shoot a few family photos too.

Isn’t she just the cutest thing? To tell you the truth I couldn’t get enough of her!!! Be sure you’re a fan of our Facebook page, since I’ll be uploading more soon !

~Michelle

Happy Belated Memorial Day !

So I wanted to post this photo yesterday but of course my phone was acting up on me. I will be so glad when I get a new one in a couple of months. 🙂 But anyway, we spent a great day out on the lake with some wonderful friends (sorry for the bad cell phone photo) and then had an awesome photo shoot with the cutest 1 yr old. I can’t wait to show y’all some pics of her.

 

How was your Memorial day? I hope everyone had a fabulous day and remembered to give thanks to those who give everything they have to keep us free !

I just love this photo of Brent at his Pawpaw’s grave site.  It is a good reminder of what yesterday was all about.

I Heart Faces

The I Heart Faces photo challenge this month is “Hey Girl” . When digging through my photos, I came across this one of Brittany and had to use it for my submission. True it’s not the most technically correct photo Corey or I have ever taken, but come on this shows what a typical goofy teenage girl really is !!!

P.S. – I love you Britt !!! ~Michelle

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Country Love – Christina’s & Jeremy’s Livingston Texas Engagement Session

I don’t know if you remember my post about my friend Christina (if not it’s here) but we found out some exciting news. She’s getting married !!!! Of course when Corey & I found this out we couldn’t wait to do her & Jeremy’s engagement pictures. They’re so cute together and their personalities balance each other out so well. You can tell that they’re really, truly in love.

Since they met in High School band, we started out getting a few photos at their old school. Then we promptly headed out to the family farm. Seriously, with hay, a tractor and such a fun couple, how could we go wrong ?!?!?!

C & J we can’t wait till your wedding in October. The rest of you, enjoy the pic below !

Cara Rocked Her Sunny Small Town Senior Portraits

We’ve been having some gorgeous weather here in the greater Houston area lately. If you know me then you know I love me some sunny days. While digging through some of our sessions I came across Cara’s senior portraits and just had to share.

Cara was so much fun to shoot with. She will be graduating from Livingston High School this year and plans to go to college to become a paramedic. A girl after my own heart, if you didn’t know I am currently attending school to become a paramedic also. 🙂 But back to Cara, she had such a fun laugh and an awesome personality. Corey also quickly nicknamed her Legs, after looking at the photos I’m sure you’ll understand why.

Now on to the awesome shots we got of her !

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Be sure to visit and “Like” our Facebook page since we’ll be sharing the rest of this album soon !!!!

Weekend Recap | The Importance of Photographs

This was a sad weekend for me. Saturday we laid to rest a person that has been in my life for a long time. My mother has worked for the same company for almost 30 years. So her bosses have become like extended family to us. They have watched me grow up and I have gone to the weddings of their children.

However for the last few years one of the owners has been battling liver disease. It has been a long hard road, and in the past few weeks we learned that he was being taken off of the transplant list. In a way we understand. There are many people out there in need and many with better odds of making it through the surgery than he had. That still didn’t make it any easier on us.

So last week he was sent home from the hospital with the prognosis of a few days left. The next day I got the call. It’s a very old saying but no matter how many times you live it, it still rings true, “You don’t know what you have till its gone”.

However for those of us left behind, life goes on. So Sunday afternoon was spent doing chores by my family. Including cleaning out one of our storage rooms. Yes I said one of. What can I say I have a lot of junk. 🙂 While rummaging through boxes we came across a few of them filled with old family photographs.

I don’t know about you but I love to go through old pictures. But yesterday the importance of these photos hit me. None of us will be here forever. It’s up to us to give the loved ones we left behind tidbits of the memories we have created. Photographs aren’t just prints on paper, they are parts of our lives for others to remember us by.

(but they are also fun to look at)

 

52 Week Friday

Many of you have probably heard about the 365 project. It’s where you take a photo to represent something in your life every day for a year. Well, I know the type of person I am, and I know that there is know way I would keep up with that for more that a week or so. So I decided to change it up a little bit and join those people out there that are doing the 52 week project. One photo a week, yeah I can probably keep up with that.  🙂

Now I know what you are thinking “Uh, Michelle you’ve already missed a couple of weeks”. Well in my defense I really didn’t decide to join the bandwagon until a couple of days ago. But I thought to myself “that’s OK” cause I photos from the first 2 weeks of the year that I could use and just post on this the first weekly project 52 post.

Well that was the plan, and then something terrible happened……My cell phone crashed. Yep it won’t turn on at all, even when it’s plugged into the charger. So those photos I was gonna include….well there gone. I can’t even begin to tell you how frustrated I am right now. Not because I can’t include them in this post but because they were some great family snap shots that I wanted to keep.

But its alright. I started over last night. So I guess it would technically be a project 50 now.  😛

So here is my photo of the week. I ordered Jasmine Star’s self published magazine Exposed, for myself over the Christmas holidays and I am so happy that I finally have the chance to sit down and start reading it. I can’t wait to see all the intelligent info she has to impart !!! LOL

Anyway happy Friday, and hope you all have a great weekend !

Choosing a Venue | Houston Wedding Photographer

As wedding photographers Corey & I have worked in many different types of venues. So we have seen the good and the bad. Since we are committed to helping brides out as much as possible I thought I would share a few of the tips I have learned along the way about choosing your venue.

– First, this should go without saying, but know how much room you will need. I know this sounds crazy, but you would be surprised by some of the cramped spaces we have seen. Of course you know the room you will need for your guests, but there are other things to keep in mind regarding space. Are you going to have a sit down dinner or a buffet ? If you have a buffet you will need extra room for the serving tables and lines. Are you going to have a DJ or a band? A DJ takes up way less room than a full band. This will require a little bit of planning before hand, but it will be worth it to know these things before selecting your venue.

– Next, are you set on an outdoor ceremony? If so that’s fine, outdoor ceremonies can be quite beautiful. However be prepared no matter what for bad weather. Make sure to have a backup plan or location. Also if you’re having an outdoor ceremony in the middle of August in Houston, please remember the heat. Are your groomsmen going to be wearing full tuxes? If so be prepared for all of them the be sweating up a storm. Likewise remember that the heat will have an effect on your hair and make up. Do you want your makeup to melt off and your hair to go limp? So maybe if your wedding is during the hottest month of summer you should have you wedding indoors at a venue with tons of windows or outdoor decor.

– Something that the couple might not think much about, but we photographers cringe over is the venues photography rules. Many churches and museums don’t allow flash photography. Which is fine, we can re-stage the key moments immediately after the ceremony for portrait purposes if need be. However if you want to guarantee that the photos come out during the ceremony, you might not want to get married at night in a dark church, by candle light. Make sure that the venue allows flash, or has adequate lighting.  🙂

Of course these are just a few of the tips that I can throw your way, but the most important thing of all is to choose a place that fits your style, and have fun !

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Kim & Stephen / Houston Wedding Photography

We had the honor of photographing Kim & Stephen’s wedding over the Christmas season. It was a small family affair held at Houston’s First Baptist Church. I’ve picked out just a few of my favorite photos to share with you.

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I love how all of the little girls had the same dress 🙂

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The couple also had their infant daughter participate in the ceremony.

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And to finish it off an exit full of bubbles !

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