Megan and Jaime had a stylish wedding in the River Oaks area at the contemporary Tiny Boxwoods Cafe by Thompson & Hanson. It was a small affair on a crisp summer day to fit Megan’s easy spirit and impeccably classic taste. Here’s a quick sneak!

 

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Tiny Boxwood Wedding Photographers Houston 001 Wedding Sneak Peek • Megan & Jamie
 
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I met Kate last fall when her good friends Tina & Nick got married. She was a bridesmaid along with Tina’s sister (Ana) and their other good friend, Rose. I had such a blast with these girls and fell in love with their super-sweet-and-fun personalities. So when Kate asked about doing a shoot with her pal, Fury, It was just a no-brainer!

 

Fury is Kate’s French stallion. A magnificent horse from impeccable lineage and winner of many-a-title in competitions with Kate. They’ve teamed up over the years and have formed a super strong bond. Kate is about to graduate law school and move to sunny California, and while Fury will be moving along with her, they won’t be competing anymore. Fury is actually retiring and looking forward to chilling like the Happy Cows. Before he does, we just had to get some photos done!

 

When we sat down to chat about this shoot, Kate told me all about what a great horse Fury is and how his copper coat seems to just catch fire with color in the setting sun. Naturally, after hearing all this I could not wait to meet him, and more importantly, nab some great shots of these two friends.

 

Here are a few favorites from the day. There were so many, I almost became a nail biter trying to pick!

 

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Yep. That’s him in her lap. Humorous, yet sweet all in one. ;)

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This is him “talking” -  okay, in equine terms it’s called whinnying. I learned a lot about horses that day!

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Fury was a little distracted and antsy at times…but you would not know it looking at this photo. His spidey sense was impeccable  – not one fidget while Kate rested on his back.

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Fury’s thing is hoofing the ground. And blowing his nose indiscriminately, which I learned back in the stables. Thank goodness for towels! Mike Rowe, I want you to know that I’m officially Dirty Jobs worthy!

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Houston Horse Photographers FDLK4 Houston Lifestyle Photographers • Fury & Kate

 

Fiery-Copper. That’s what I call this color. What a stunning coat!

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In this shot Kate has a giggle dancing around the corners of her mouth, but it wasn’t because of Fury. We had a quick cameo on the set by the playful Ezra, Kate’s pug. It seems he’d had enough of playing second fiddle and insisted in parking his rear in front of my lens as I kept trying to get a ground-level shot of Fury and Kate.

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And so, we’ll leave this post with Ezra’s happy mug. Ain’t he a cutie-pie!?!
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On Everette’s twelfth day of life, we spent the afternoon getting cozy with the camera. His big sis, Alyssa, was along for the ride and helped me get some great shots of baby Everette. Here are some favorites of the day:

 

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Everette was wide-eyed and bushy tailed for most of the session, so we had to wait around for him to fall asleep in our basket. Mom helped coax baby back to sleep and we caught these shots:

 

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Baby Photographers Houston Houston Newborn Photographer • Baby Everette

 

But, Whoa Nelly! He was back up and at ‘em in no time! ;)

 

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Houston Newborn Photographers Houston Newborn Photographer • Baby Everette

 

Baby Everette was super happy taking turns in the arms of both mommie and daddy:

 

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Thanks to everyone for a fun session. It’s always a pleasure to catch such great family moments!

 

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Laughter. That’s what I heard as I approached the bride’s room at Ashton Gardens. Sure enough, Elizabeth was surrounded by many giggly girls and women eagerly awaiting the nuptials. A little ways down through another corridor, James sat with his friends, a slight look of nerves on his kind face. So much emotion in one, single place. This is why I love weddings.
 
Elizabeth looked simply stunning – a real life princess. James had a special boutonniere made – a reflection of his nerdy inclinations. A fellow nerd myself, I was completely enraptured by the cleverness of this special touch.
 
It was a beautiful wedding and there are many, many great photos to share. While those go through the final touches of editing, here’s a couple to tide y’all over.  ;) Thanks for a great wedding!

 

 
Houston Wedding Photographers Ashton Gardens Wedding Sneak Peek   Elizabeth & James
 
Ashton Gardens Wedding Wedding Sneak Peek   Elizabeth & James
 
 

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Ok, so I’ve been flaunting images of this wedding in several places recently…on Facebook, on other marketing pieces around the web, and maybe even on my Twitter page – I lose track. But I have yet to post the full wedding on the blog…and the albums came several, several days ago. I was sooo excited when they came because I truly love how colorful, modern and just-right this wedding turned out. The albums were no disappointment. In fact, I’m ordering one for me this week because the studio just feels a little lost without it ever since I turned it over to Diana & James. ;)

So, without further ado (I need to find another phrase to replace that one, any ideas?)….anyway…here are some close-ups of the album!
 
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I’ll be blogging the wedding photos next week and including some layouts of the inside of the album. I just couldn’t wait to share this!
 
 
 

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Just a very quick sneak at a great E-Session I had with the lovely Dee and the oh-so-fun Travis. These guys were complete naturals! More to come very soon!!

 

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Engagement Photograhers Houston Herman Park Sneak Peek • Dee & Travis E Session

 

 

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This time of year is my favorite around these parts of the country. It’s what I like to refer to as “California” weather. If we had this year round in Texas, our housing market would be through the roof! Alas, it only comes around about twice a year, which is why it is the kick-start of wedding season, second only to October/November Madness.

Speaking of the start of wedding season, I am über excited about Lizzie and James’ upcoming wedding this weekend!!

These two love birds met at Starbucks, hence the finishing shots – which by the way are some of my favorites EVER! They are so very sweet, fun and easy to work with. I swear, I am so blessed with some of the best clients in the world!

We started off with a Houston favorite as our first location: Discovery Green Park downtown. And the lighting could not have been more beautiful on this fine February day! Here are some of my top picks:

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Houston Engagement Photographer Discovery Green Houston Engagement Photography   Elizabeth & James

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Thanks Lizzie & James for a great session! See you soon!!

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I met with a couple recently whose wedding venue requires all vendors working the event to provide insurance coverage. This sounds a bit confusing to most couples, actually most people in general. So I was not surprised by this question.

WHY DO I NEED INSURANCE?

The truth is that any professional photographer or business owner (wedding or otherwise) should cover their business with the proper insurance. In this case, what the wedding venue is asking for is General Liability Insurance. But why?

THE SCENARIOS

Well, let’s say that I trip over my camera bag and break my leg while working. The venue wants to know that I would be covered through the proper insurance. Likewise, let’s say I accidentally brush a table, tipping over a glass of red wine damaging your beautiful and expensive wedding dress. Should the venue be responsible because it happened on their premises? No. What if I break a rare and expensive, antique piece of furniture? Insurance is there to protect all parties involved. The venue is assured that I will be able to replace anything I’ve damaged, including myself. ;)

Any reputable, professional photographer will have this type of coverage. It really only takes a call to my agent to have the proper documents drawn up reflecting additional coverage for the venue under my policy for the day of your event. This should bear no burden on you as a client and remains the responsibility of the vendor and the venue to coordinate the arrangements. In other words, you shouldn’t have to sweat it. What you want to do is know what questions to ask your potential vendors before you render any payments. Because you would not want to book a vendor that is not properly insured only to find out they can’t meet the requirements of your venue, or your own preferences, for that matter.

For additional protection of your wedding investment, you may want to consider Wedding Insurance, though this is something different from what we’re discussing in this post.

MORE COVERAGE

To further answer our groom’s question, I need insurance to safeguard valuable equipment, loss of payment, as well as Errors and Omissions. That last one is the humdinger. Let’s say for instance, that something bad happens and an error leads to lost photos, or that an Act of God impedes me from reaching your event on the big day. Horrible thoughts as they may be, good and proper insurance coverage is the key to peace of mind.

SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS

I’ve always offered a money back guarantee to all my couples. Thankfully, I’ve never had to use it, but if I did, and I didn’t have the proper insurance to supply my guarantee, what would happen then? I don’t believe in broken promises. I do believe in the value of keeping my word and providing what I offer, if not more. Insurance is an important element that, among other things, helps me sleep at night with happy wedding thoughts.

Houston Wedding Photographer Mercer Arboretum2 Groom Asks Trish: Why Do You Need Insurance?

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Last week I headed up to Austin to photograph the awesome folks from Rockstar Feathers and their model friends. Rockstar Feathers is the start-up creation of Lela and Anja who also happen to own Stacked Productions – a music/band management company.

In the words of Lela and Anja, these “feather extensions help bring out your inner rockstar.” I luuuuved all the looks created for this shoot. From punk rock, to glam and everything in between, these babies are great for accessorizing your look any way you want! Dressed up or down, for the club or the concert, you can’t go wrong with these extensions.

I had a blast working with all of these fun people…and I can’t wait to get my extensions!!! As usual, I got so wrapped up behind the camera that I forgot my own.

Here are my favorite shots from the day:

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This one is my FAVORITE shot of the whole shoot. Katje and Laura are BFF’s…makes me wish I had a photo of me and my best friends.

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Thanks to everyone for a great shoot! From biting feathers to *fake* smoking…you guys were awesome!

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I’ve been finding myself more and more in the Teacher’s seat…and I love it. There is always so much one can learn when teaching someone else about what one does/loves. It’s like a reciprocal gift. And in the spirit of sharing, I’m going to start posting the questions that I get from fellow photographers, aspiring ones, or avid hobbyists. Here’s this week’s question to start us off:

  • “What goes through your head when you meet up with a client for a shoot? I’ve asked friends to pose and model for me, and posing and composition hits me like a writer’s block sometimes. I’ll have a few good ideas and then a flat line of thoughts.”

That’s a GREAT question. While I’d love to say that I always have a head full of incredible ideas, the truth is that I can get stumped too. The thing is, you can only pose people so much. And for me, there is a lot to be said about letting a moment happen naturally. I feel very, incredibly blessed to have met some of the country’s best photojournalists and get an insight into their noggins. People like Joe Appel, Candice Cusic, Huy Nguyen and the like. From listening to them, seeing their work, and really absorbing the process of photojournalism, I’ve learned to capture great moments. I’m learning still…and I learn every day.

Most subjects are not professional models. Some are quite shy about being photographed and they need a little direction. Some people may be of the idea that intervening in a moment is like cheating. But in all honesty, I don’t see a problem with helping a moment along in the realm of what I do. Below is a perfect example. Kristi and Jake flat out told me that they felt “out of place”, “weird” and “a little uncomfortable” when we started their shoot. So I helped them get into a comfy pose…and in the words of the great Candice, I set out to “just wait”. I told Jake how to sit and I asked Kristi to lay across his lap. I talked to them from behind my camera and they talked back. They started having their own little conversation while I lay on the grass about 10 feet away…just waiting. I felt the moment coming. I read their body language. I saw them relax. And then…it happened:

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Jake stroked her hair in that loving way, she sensed the stillness of the moment and started to wonder what I was doing, she turned her head towards me…and…BAM! The shot happened. I caught it just as her expression was still wrapped up in the bliss of their moment.

To get to that starting point of knowing how to pose someone, I always have my eyes open. I watch movies…A LOT of movies. I pay attention to how a shot is composed, to the lighting and how it sets a mood. I look at magazines. I look at old picture books. I look…and then look some more. And this is not meant to copy. Instead, in doing so I get a sense of what I like and why I like it. And it becomes part of a subconscious way of seeing. It’s kind of like muscle memory. My brain just keeps it all in there and uses it to assess what is happening in front of me when I’m shooting. Then I read my subject. I get to know them. I make them laugh. They make me laugh. And in those moments, sometimes (when we are lucky) magic happens. That’s my recipe.

What about you? Do you have a different way to approach posing?

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