Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pauls Valley OK Wedding Sneak Peek!

I know how very anticipated this post is and I so hope that I don't disappoint with what I have chosen to share.  There are soooooo many pics to go through with a wedding and I think I have spent as much time deciding which one to share as I have editing so far!! And I feel like I've just scratched the surface with editing!! First of all I LOVE weddings!! Back in the day I spent a lot of time in and around weddings,  singing in countless ones and eventually doing wedding coordination.  Becoming a wife and mother kinda forced me to step back from the wedding circuit for a while but now as a photographer I am working my way back into it!! Its like I never left!  I guess I just cant stay away!  This was a beautiful wedding and I loved being there to capture it...I cant lie...I arrived exhausted and not really excited about being away form home after basically not being at home for about 3 weeks with the holidays and our family's trip to Orlando for the death of my father in law.  But it didn't take long for the excitement of the wedding to set in a take over and renew my love and excitement to be there!! Ive picked pics to share that are some of my personal faves...they aren't the posed traditional pics that might expect to see.  Yes,  I got plenty of those! These are the ones I feel best tell the story if the day,  the details, a funny moment while "trying" to get a serious shot.  A quite moment in the hall way when you suspect no one is watching...Those are the ones I live for and some of what I have chosen to share on this post....this is just a sneak peek...there are soooooo many more and with the exception of some pics of the cakes, I haven't even gotten to the reception yet!! Stay tuned...there are more to come!!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Downtown McKinney Family Photo Shoot!

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This family was such a blast to shoot!! Not only was the shoot in a new location for me,  they knew all the nooks and crannies to shoot in!  They were able to show me all sorts of places that looked great in photographs... Absolutely love it when I learn while I''m doing what I love! AND this family was so natural! There was no trying super hard to get them to look like they liked being in each others company...All my families love each other,  its just occasionally when you point a camera their way it makes them uncomfortable and they don't do the things they would normal do naturally! Not so with this sweet,  precious, amazingly beautiful family!! They were all about snuggling up close and smiling for the camera! Of course it had nothing to do with the fact it was totally freezing when we started!! So cold I would have snuggled up with them too!! Just look at these sweet babies braving the cold...they did so great!!! And the cold just put roses in their cheeks and a sparkle in their eyes!! I took soooo many pics of this family...partly because we were trying out so many different locations downtown but really just because they are so sweet to capture!! I got so many of big brother and lil sis just being sweet and funny with each other!! LOVE!! One thing I for sure don't love is while I got plenty of mommy/daughter and father/son shots I totally didn't switch it up and do it the other way around...talk about a total FAIL! Goodness that burns me up...oh well just another excuse to get these folks in front of my camera again!!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Chestnut Square Mckinney, TX Photo Shoot

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OH how I love this family!! And I loved meeting up with them early on a Sunday Morning before church and snapping their picture! Such beauties in this family! Just look!! And the back drop of Chestnut Square was perfect,  I love it's rustic quaint feel.  This family had a little miss who is sure she is the "star" of the show, sadly she was not friendly to the "paparazzi" AKA me!  She wanted nothing to do with the camera and had no time to pose...she wanted to run and play...no time for the camera...stuff to do and see and places to be! But I love the challenge and it lets me capture the BEST pics...the ones I LOVE the most, families just being them...interacting with each other.  That is the stuff I love to capture,  little moments that are fleeting and will be gone before you blink.  Those are the images that years from now you will see and they pull at your heart,  not that the beautifully posed and composed ones won't do the same but I just feel like those precious moments get lost in all the business and to have them "captured" is so extra special! Its why I love doing this so much! Enjoy this beautiful family!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Prairie Creek Park Family Photo Shoot!

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This place is quickly becoming my favorite place to shoot! It's not too far away and the fall colors were beautiful!! Not to mention it has an amazing waterfall!! You can even walk across it and stand on it! So  pretty! Of course it never hurts to have a beautiful family to compliment the backdrop too!! These kiddos were so funny! I know moms and dads get exasperated when their kids want to just run and play instead of pose for the "perfect picture",  After all usually you are paying for the photographer and have spent a lot of time picking out the perfect outfits,  the perfect place,  getting everyone's hair and makeup just perfect...and then you arrive and your kids just really could care less about the camera!! UGH!! But that's what I love most about doing this,  that is exactly what sets up the PERFECT picture!! Those kids acting like themselves and playing! I LOVE IT!! This momma has told me several times since that she was sure that her kids were the absolute worst and should get some sort of an award for the least cooperative...whatever!! By the way,  sweet momma,  MY kids have yours beat hands down in that category! No Lie! I think some amazing images came out of this session!! What do you think?

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Canals at Las Colinas Bridal Shoot

After a brief respite to spend time with my family celebrating our Saviors’ Birth and unexpected trip to Orlando to celebrate the life of my father-in law, its back to the computer to catch up on my big back log of editing!

My first post of the New Year is actually from last year!! I met this bride at the Canals at Los Colinas to shoot her bridals. I had never been there before but I have for sure been back! It is lovely there!! And shooting such a lovely bride was surely a treat! I've been dying to share these images but of course would not ever dream of spoiling the surprise of such a beauty on her wedding day. Yesterday I had the honor and privilege to shoot her wedding so now FINALLY I can post her bridals!

It was such a lovely wedding, and sooooo much work went into the details!!! Really folks, I'm not sure I have ever been to a wedding where SOOOO much was done by the family themselves! And I’ve been to ALOT of weddings. I had so much fun getting to know her a little better and getting to meet her groom. He and his groomsmen had me in stitches during their photos! Can't wait to work on and share the images from day with ya’ll! But for now enjoy this beautiful bride and her bridal shoot!!