I just love when clients call/email/Facebook or otherwise contact me to say: “we’re expecting!” For me it is such an honor to become part of a family’s heritage with the photographs I create on wedding day. Getting the opportunity to do it again with their babies brings me tremendous joy and feels like a huge gift.

I remember Diana & James’ wedding like it was yesterday. So it’s super hard to believe it’s been over two years! Getting to see their sweet, smiling faces again and meet Baby Connor was such a treat. He is the most scrumptious little thing I’ve laid my eyes on recently. With plump round cheeks just begging for a pinch (yes, I’m that Aunt Trish), and these pursed little lips that threaten to blow a kiss at any moment. And his hair! He has the fullest head of hair I’ve ever seen on a little one! He’s simply BEAUTIFUL. Just see for yourself with a few faves from our session:

 

Houston Family Newborn Photographers CL3 Houston Newborn Photography: Baby Connor
 

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Houston Family Newborn Photographers CL5 Houston Newborn Photography: Baby Connor

 

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I think it was late November when I got a call from Bill. We hit it off from the start as he told me of his plans to surprise his beautiful wife, Sarah, for their up-coming 5-year anniversary.

His gift? A Day-After Session.

The Challenge? Neither Bill nor Sarah were familiar with Houston because they live in Ohio! Oh, and no pressure…Sarah didn’t like their wedding photos as much as she would have liked. My heart broke a little and my stomach sank with that news. I was officially on a mission!

Truth be told, Bill had me at surprise. But I just knew I was in for for something extra special when his mom, Ann, got in touch with me to plan details for the shoot. You see, Bill & Sarah were coming to visit family in Houston for the holidays and it was during this trip that Bill wanted to surprise his wife. So over the next few weeks I exchanged calls and emails with Ann (to keep things on the super down-low) and learned so many cool things about them both. For instance, Bill works with volleyball players, and impressively his namesake is Bilbo Baggins from Lord of The Rings. True Story!

Sigh.

My inner nerd could hardly contain itself when I heard that little tidbit. Yessireebob! I can honestly say I’m Bilbo Baggins’ photographer. Well, sorta.

Sarah, on the other hand, is a badass surgeon-mom of two, who also runs marathons. Could these two get any cooler? Yep. And they did too!

I haven’t been so giddy and nervous to do a shoot in a little while. What with all the pressure of hitting a home-run for their anniversary! And when I met them at Herman Park on that very cold, second to last day of December, my belly was all a-flutter with anticipation. Boy howdy! The day did not disappoint! I’m so happy to share this sneak of their session. Cause y’all gave me a SUPER home-run!

How gorgeous are these two, eh?

Day After Session Herman Park Bridal Portrait SBB1 Herman Park Day After Session: Bill & Sarah

 

Given some of the background info on their wedding photography, one of the things I wanted to do was recreate a First Look with these two. They did soooo good! There was no faking here. Check out that glimmer of luve (yeah with a U) on Bill’s face. Could only be rivaled by Sarah’s mischievous grin, am I right?

 

Day After Session Herman Park Bridal Portrait SBB2 Herman Park Day After Session: Bill & Sarah

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We had a little fun with a tiny-running competition. Sarah highly impressed me and park visitors alike running full-sprint in that gown and heels! I can’t even remember who won.

 

Day After Session Herman Park Bridal Portrait SBB5 Herman Park Day After Session: Bill & Sarah

 

The sun’s position gave us some amazing light and I could not have asked the cloud gods for a more beautiful

 

Day After Session Herman Park Bridal Portrait SBB7 Herman Park Day After Session: Bill & Sarah

 

sky!

 

Day After Session Herman Park Bridal Portrait SBB6 Herman Park Day After Session: Bill & Sarah

 

We stopped by the fountains for a bit and caught these fun shots too:

 

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There are so many beautiful photographs from this day. But if I HAD to pick my favorite, it would be this set of four below. The drama of this light is just so beautiful to me.

 

Day After Session Herman Park Bridal Portrait SBB9 Herman Park Day After Session: Bill & SarahDay After Session Herman Park Bridal Portrait SBB10 Herman Park Day After Session: Bill & SarahDay After Session Herman Park Bridal Portrait SBB11 Herman Park Day After Session: Bill & SarahDay After Session Herman Park Bridal Portrait SBB12 Herman Park Day After Session: Bill & Sarah

 

And so we’ll end with this one for now. Thank you guys so much for giving me an amazing shoot! I hope you love these photos as much as I do.

 

Day After Session Herman Park Bridal Portrait SBB13 Herman Park Day After Session: Bill & Sarah

To see the full gallery, please visit: Sarah & Bill • Day-After Session

 

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It’s that time of year! For the first time EVER Plum Tree Studios will be offering holiday mini sessions! I will be shooting for just ONE day, for a total of 12 sessions on 11/18/2012. These spots will be booked on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay! They are sure to fill up quick!

 

DETAILS: $150 session fee includes a family portrait as well as individual portraits of all kids (young, old-er, and furry alike!). Up to 5 people total – $25 for each additional person (Fido included) photographed over a session lasting 20 minutes. Also included are your pick of 10 high resolution, digitally mastered files with print rights delivered via cloud. Additional ordering options will be available through an online gallery where all photos from the shoots will be posted. A special 20% DISCOUNT on all print orders will be offered to all mini sessions!

All images from all sessions will be posted on their respective galleries by Wednesday, November 21st. Just in time for Thanks & Gobbles! Digital downloads will be made available immediately after client selection of their 10 favorites.

 

LOCATION: Unless otherwise noted, the sessions will take place at Sam Houston Park Downtown: 1100 Bagby Street Houston, TX 77002. Parking is available in the lot located behind the white brick Kellum-Noble House. The parking lot is located just off Allen Parkway inbound.

 

DRESS: You’re encouraged to wear what you like. These sessions are not tied specifically to a holiday theme – despite the name ;). When picking a wardrobe,  keep in mind that the shoot will be outdoors in a natural space. Layers and accessories (thinks hats, scarves, a light sweater/ jacket, etc.) are a great way to vary your look without sacrificing changing time. Unfortunately, due to the nature of a mini session there’s just no time for complete outfit changes. More guidance and details will be provided after booking your spot.

 

AVAILABILITY: Sunday, November 18th 2012

10:00 am, 10:30 am, 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm

1:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:00 pm

To book your session, please email patricia @ plumtreestudios. com or call 713.874.4096

LIKE our Facebook Page and enter to win a free holiday mini session for yourself or a friend! Just Like our page and leave a comment on the wall telling us why you’d like to win!

 

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Enjoy your sneak!

 

 

Houston Engagement Photographers Hermann Park Session CR0 Engagement Session Sneak: Carole & Riley

 

Houston Engagement Photographers Hermann Park Session CR1 Engagement Session Sneak: Carole & Riley

 

Houston Engagement Photographers Hermann Park Session CR2 Engagement Session Sneak: Carole & Riley

 

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I met Zoe at a a recent wedding vendor related function. You may better know her as The Cookie Girl! Her delectable cookies have graced many special occasions in the Houston area and she specializes in making custom confections for all kinds of celebrations. I look forward to featuring some fun items here on the blog very soon showcasing a fun idea for wedding favors. Zoe is a total sweetheart and she’s quickly becoming a great friend. I was over the moon to do this shoot with her and her beautiful family.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, here are some of my very favorites. Benjamin is going to melt some hearts with those baby blues!
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Houston Family Photographers ZB3 Houston Family Photographers • Baby Benjamin

 

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Houston Baby Photographers ZB5 Houston Family Photographers • Baby Benjamin

 

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Who knew that a wedding shot captured over a year ago would today be making very quick rounds over the world-wide web. Thanks to sites like Pinterest and 9Gag, as of yesterday I have gained new insight into the term “going viral.”
 
So what’s up with this picture?
 
Grom Portrait Groomsmen Portrait: A Photo That Went Viral

 

Alotta people seem to be wondering what’s going on here. As tempting as it is to leave it open to interpretation, I’ll oblige.
 
Girls, you know.
 

How many times have you been showing off that ring? Well…for the boys things go a little differently.
 
Picture the groom waiting for his pals to come  do the portrait shot post-ceremony. Groom stops to reflect on what just happened and looks down at his shiny-new wedding ring. Enter groomsmen who catch him in the act of reflection. In true guy fashion the joshing begins. Click! There goes my shutter.
 
Yessiree bob, these guys are genuinely this silly and I was absofreakinlutely lucky to catch all the goings-on that day. From the lost sock at the altar during the ceremony (forreals), to the guys poking fun at a very proud Mr. Groom looking at his ring. Here’s to all the whimsy and fun of wedding day. All days should be this happy.
 
Happy Valentine’s Everybody!

 

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So you’re engaged! It’s likely that you’re now thinking of an Engagement Session to announce this coming milestone in your lives. Many couples come to me with lots of questions about what to expect during a session. The short answer is that it should be fun, relaxed and a reflection of who you are and what the two of you mean to each other. Other than that, the details are pretty simple and covered well in this great post today on eleGala.

The Six Ws of Your Engagement Photos

As always, I welcome comments and suggestions about sessions and all things wedding and photo related. If you’ve recently had a session or have one coming up, please feel free to share your thoughts/questions in the comments. Happy Wedding!

 

Houston Engagement Session Sabine Street Bridge She Said Yes • A Guide for Engagement Session Photos

 

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I met Ana and Eric last year when Ana’s sis, Tina got married to Nick. As usual, I’ve been horrid about blogging, and so photos of that wedding have yet to make it on the blog. Not for lack of interest, because I loooove working with these families and as a result have photographed their friends and other occasions in the past year and a half. I just suck at blogging…it’s no secret. But I digress.

 

So far, the theme that seems to permeate around them all is travel. And I’ve enjoyed shooting in many different places with them, including locations in Portland, Houston, Tomball, Magnolia, and most recently, Fort Worth with Ana and Eric. When Ana emailed me about her engagement, I was over the moon and incredibly honored to be amongst the very first vendors her and Eric were booking for the big day.

 

Last year at Tina & Nick’s wedding, my wedding bee sense told me there was something special about these two. And sure enough, just a few months later, Eric asked the big question that reunited us all again.

 

When we talked about doing an E-session and brainstormed for locations, Ana told me about the Japanese Gardens in Fort Worth as well as Forest Park and the Trinity River – spots at which they have shared dates, picnics, and where they have collected memories with a lot of meaning. Some of my favorite shots follow below.

 

Thanks for a great shoot you guys! I loved getting to play around and hang at these beautiful locations. I cannot wait to see you again on wedding day!

 

Fort Worth Wedding Photographers Japanese Garden AE1 Ana & Eric • Fort Worth E Session at Japanese Gardens

 

Fort Worth Engagement Wedding Photographers AE1 Ana & Eric • Fort Worth E Session at Japanese Gardens

 

Fort Worth Wedding Photographers Tranquility Park ae1 Ana & Eric • Fort Worth E Session at Japanese Gardens

 

Fort Worth Engagement Session Tranquility Park AE1 Ana & Eric • Fort Worth E Session at Japanese Gardens

 

Fort Worth Wedding Photographers ae1 Ana & Eric • Fort Worth E Session at Japanese Gardens

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Did somebody say Washington? Lord knows I love that place. And this summer I had the incredible pleasure of photographing one of my most favorite couples at the Lake Crescent Lodge on the Olympic Peninsula. Few places on this Earth compare to the Majesty of the Pacific Northwest, so photographing a wedding here is a true gift.

 

Katie and Travis said their vows on a somewhat chilly summer day overlooking a most beautiful scene. What follows is a quick little teaser of some favorites. The full gallery will be posting soon.

 

Wedding Photography Lake Crescent Lodge WA Olympic Peninsula Wedding • Sneak Peek

 

Seattle Wedding Photographers kt1 Olympic Peninsula Wedding • Sneak Peek

 

Destination Wedding Photographers Pacific Northwest kt1 Olympic Peninsula Wedding • Sneak Peek

 

Wedding Photographers Lake Crescent WA Summer Wedding Olympic Peninsula Wedding • Sneak Peek

 

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I think this is only the second time in almost 6 years that I’ve gotten to shoot a wedding for high school sweethearts. Alyssa and Frank met several years ago in school and have shared a love that has spanned through many changes, including out of state moves, college years, the start of new careers and transitions into grown-up life.
 
At the reception Alyssa’s mom, Cindy, recalled the day her daughter said she would one day marry Frank. And now, several years later that dream has come true.
 
Alyssa and Frank’s wedding took place this summer at the Tallowood Baptist Church, followed by a beautiful reception at the Omni Riverway. I shot with Alex, my trusted associate photog and had a total blast – as always. Here are a few shots to tide our excited families over while the final edits are made this weekend. I can’t wait to show you all the rest of the photos!! Thank you for all of your patience and for entrusting us with such a special day!
 
 
By Alex:
Houston Wedding Photographers Omni Riverway af1 Wedding Sneak Peek • Alyssa & Frank

 

Houston Wedding Photographers Omni Riverway bride1 Wedding Sneak Peek • Alyssa & Frank

 

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Houston Wedding Photographers Omni Riverway groom1 Wedding Sneak Peek • Alyssa & Frank
 
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Houston Wedding Photographers Omni Riverway bride and groom1 Wedding Sneak Peek • Alyssa & Frank
 

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