Coty & Bob | River Oaks Garden Club Wedding

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The day was far from sunny — rain poured down in sheets all afternoon, soaking bridesmaids’ shoes and creating a stack of umbrellas against the front door of the clubhouse where Coty and Bob were getting ready for their wedding day. It was uncharacteristic of Houston weather to be so wet, but the River Oaks Garden Club set up a clear tent and the scent of moist flowers filled the air during the couple’s ceremony.

Guests giggled at the start of the processional: an instrumental version of Portal’s “Still Alive.” (Some guests later confided they were scared there wouldn’t be any cake — but they needn’t have worried!) They laughed and dabbed their eyes during the ceremony readings. Everyone cheered as the newly-married Coty and Bob clasped hands and skipped down the aisle to The Lego Movie‘s “Everything is Awesome.” We took photos in the maze of garden hedges and joked about Labyrinth. 

This celebration was cheerful and touching, giggly and happy. Here are just a few of my favorites…

(If you are friends and family of Coty and Bob, you can view their gallery here.)

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More credits: Heather Benge Events (coordination); Demeris Catering; Floral Events; Cocktails with a Twizt (music); Absolutely Captivating (makeup); Marble Slab ice cream cake / Three Brothers vegan cupcakes

Taylor & Ben | Houston Engagement Photos

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It’s so funny, how 160 miles can change the world you’re in. I moved from Houston to Austin ten years ago, and every time I travel back to Houston it feels like my other home. The air gets a little thicker, the streets get wider, and the nostalgia bursts come out in full force. Taylor and Ben wanted to have a Houstonian engagement session: we braved parking at the zoo, walked around Hermann Park, enjoyed the blossoms at the Japanese Gardens, and strolled around Rice with their pup, P. Seamus, before sunset. My favorite bit was shooting at the very edge of sundown in front of the Turrell Skyspace, Twilight Epiphany.

Here are a few of my favorite images from Taylor and Ben’s engagement session. Their 2016 wedding cannot come soon enough!

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For Photographers: Lightroom Zen Interview

So, this is a first! I was asked by David Childers (of David Childers Photography and owner of Lightroom Zen) if I would be interested in answering some questions in a video interview on his Youtube channel. If you check Lightroom Zen’s older videos, he shares a lot of tips and tricks for Lightroom and editing. I was honored to kick off his new venture of photographer interviews and am looking forward to seeing what others have to share!

I learned why I’m usually behind the camera (I froze up about five times in the beginning of this interview and David had to start over again), but once the initial jitters wore off, I think I strung together some cohesive sentences :)

I’ll make a few notes under the video about some of my thoughts, in case you missed something!

What’s in my bag

Nikon D750
35mm f/1.4
50mm f/1.8
Sigma 85mm f/1.4
70-200mm f/2.8
60mm macro*

Editing

Photo Mechanic for culling images
VSCO for Lightroom (I currently use VSCO 5)

Philosophy

I know I didn’t go into this very much, but I did want to give a shoutout to some really helpful and nice photographers who are definitely worth looking up to.

Mark from LeahAndMark — was one of my mentors when I first started in my business. As a fellow A Practical Wedding vendor (at the time), he dished out a lot of practical advice, like how to blog, how to market, and how to think when you’re a business owner.

Jamie from The Modern Tog — also a wedding photographer, Jamie has built an incredible business in helping photographers, and in a very genuine way. She uses a foundation of good customer service to ensure that her clients refer her to newly engaged friends. If you are a newer photographer and haven’t read through her vast resources, go now, because she helps with everything: pricing, troubleshooting emails, budgeting, everything. 

And though I didn’t mention him in the video, I did want to add Ryan Brenizer in this list. He’s a very successful New York City wedding photographer. As I told David after he’d stopped recording, I drank from the fountain of Brenizer’s customer service well. He is an amazing photographer and approaches his job with joy and humility. I was lucky enough to attend a workshop of his a few years back and he mentioned that while some photographers may have egos about being on a “best wedding photographers” list, etc., no one outside of our industry really knows who they are. I think that’s a healthy perspective.

In short…

I really hope that this was somewhat interesting to you, and if you have any questions, please leave a comment below! *Disclosure: the links to Amazon are affiliate links.