brady + haley • engagement • lubbock, tx

The rain cleared up (seriously, I feel like it's been wet here for 3 straight weeks...) just long enough for Brady + Haley's engagement session last weekend. It was actually wonderful weather- the sun was shining but the moisture kept it nice and cool. I totally enjoyed getting to hang out with these two and their adorable dog, Zeus. They both grew up in the same small town but didn't really know each other until Brady happened to be back in town after he'd left for college. In fact, these two have spent the majority of their dating/engaged life living in separate towns- something that I have a lot of respect for. So, I can imagine how excited they will be when they are finally one and living in the same place! 

Thank you guys for a great session- you make me want to plant a willow tree in my front yard!

grey + breckyn • newborns • lubbock, tx

TWINS! Oh my goodness gracious...when we found out our friends were having TWO, we rejoiced! And then when we found out Lindsey was carrying two precious little GIRLS, there was even more celebration. These two already have a legacy of joy.

It has been incredible to watch Miss Grey and Miss Breckyn's story- they've been hoped and prayed for before they ever existed here on earth. They made their appearance a few weeks early, which meant a good stint in the NICU. Let me tell you what- these baby girls are tough! They fought every battle as they were prayed over by their parents, family and friends. Seeing my friends, Kuhrt and Lindsey, parent them even as they were isolated in the NICU was amazing- I know the girls felt the joy and peace that God gave them during that time. 

We are so glad they are finally home and I can't tell you how excited I was to photograph these precious faces. Lindsey knew while she was pregnant that she had two girls with different personalities- and she was right! The amazing thing is, it's clear that they love each other- I was amazed at how relaxed they would become when we'd lay them together. 

Sweet girls, I can't wait to watch you grow. We are so thankful for you and your parents! Your existence is just another reminder that God loves us.

tony + beth • engagement • norman, ok

I got to photograph Tony + Beth's engagement session last week in Norman at a gorgeous venue, Southwind Hills. These guys will be getting married there in a couple of months and I can't wait to shoot there again. The property had several old cars and I enjoyed wandering around with these two getting to know them and their love story. Tony and Beth met while playing on the same team in a softball league- and they are a really fun-loving pair. Congrats guys- see you soon!

Christmas Mini-Sessions 2014

Whoa! Is it time for this already?!? Apparently so- I've had several of you asking about Mini-Sessions already. I'm so, so excited to see some familiar faces again this year, and I'm hoping we'll have some gorgeous fall foliage to photograph as well. Here's the low-down on my Mini-Sessions:

Offered only once a year on select dates, I shoot special shorter sessions that are geared toward families who are wanting those precious Christmas photos and Christmas Cards! 

Mini-Sessions ($60) Include:

• 30-45 minutes in length

• 1 outfit

• 1 location

• Prints and Christmas Cards available for purchase (no print credit included) 

 

I'll be shooting a limited number of Mini-Sessions on these dates:

 

Lubbock- October 26 and November 8

Amarillo- November 29

 

If you'd like to book a Mini-Session, please email me using the website contact form above! 

 

Along with the Mini-Sessions, I love creating customized Christmas cards for my clients. We begin with one of the templates below, insert your photos (color or black and white), and customize the colors, text, and design to fit your needs! 

Template A

Template B

Template C

Template D

Template E

Any of these designs can be adapted to fit a postcard (2 sided) or folded card (4 sided). I'm also excited to offer them in boutique shapes! Here are a few examples of the unique shapes:

lane + joni • wedding • seminole, tx

One of the first things that Joni told me when we met was that she wanted to get married in the church she grew up in- the same church where her parents were married. I immediately related- Shawn and I were married in the church I grew up in and there was so much sentiment in that location for me, our wedding couldn't have been anywhere else! There is something so special about bringing all of the new people in your life back to the place that built you. 

Lane and Joni (and their families) are exactly the kind of people I really love getting to work with. They're intentional, traditional in the things that are most important, and plan a wedding knowing that it is a celebration of what God has done. I so, so enjoyed photographing this wedding. 

Joni has a very classic style and it was incorporated beautifully into everything- from her dress, to the black and white bowties and men's suits, to the gorgeous table decor at the reception. This crew was so much fun and knew how to live it up on the dance floor- I had the feeling no one really wanted to leave! Thank you, Lane and Joni, for the honor of photographing your wedding!

Ceremony: First United Methodist Church, Seminole TX

Reception: Wingate by Wyndham

Wedding Dress: Steven Birnbaum, Stardust Celebrations

Groom/Groomsmen Suits: Vera Wang

Bridesmaid's Dresses: David's Bridal

Hair: Lindsey Cooper

Makeup: McKinley Lofties

Stationery: Hodgepodge Design

Floral: Lou Dee's Floral and Gift Center

Cake: Cakes by Alison

Catering: Pot Belly Slim

Videography: The Modern Blue

he put a new song in my mouth

Shawn and I are not the same parents we were 4 years ago when we were expecting Knox. We had no idea what an honor, a challenge, and an adventure parenting would be! We have struggled the past couple of years to get pregnant and stay pregnant, and though it has been a rough season in our lives, we wouldn't take it back- God had taught us so much. Beyond my nagging, pushing, trying to do it myself, God has patiently refined my heart and taught me to fully trust Him with this area of our lives (and we still get to re-learn that every day). I have a new level of thankfulness in my heart, a new perspective on God's plan vs. my plan. It's hopeful. I was thinking on this the other day and this scripture came to mind: 

He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD.
— Psalm 40:3

That's really what it's all about. I'm hoping you'll see my story and realize how perfectly impossible it is without God.

What's exciting, though- is that not only did He put a new song in my mouth, he put a baby in my belly! That's right- I'm pregnant, and just entering the second trimester! 

We will still be pursuing our adoption as we welcome this baby girl. It is amazing to us how God has worked out his timing in this aspect. As our wait has gotten longer for our adopted child, God brings another in the meantime!

A few words on her name, Liv Caroline:

• Liv means "life". It is a simple way for us to utter our thanks to God for the life of this child! 

• Caroline means "a song of joy and happiness". A perfect description of how we feel. Carrol is also my middle name, as well as my mother's and grandmother's. We love a good family name, so this is our way to keep the tradition alive. Plus, we also love the Neil Diamond hit, haha. 

Thank you to all who have prayed for us in this journey!

bert + jessica • engagement • midland, tx

I always send my couples a little questionnaire before their engagement session. It helps me know what type of location would fit them best and I also get a good feel for their personalities and style. When I read Bert + Jessica's responses, I KNEW we were bound to get along great. :)

These two are funny and compliment each other so well. They both landed in Midland through the oil and gas industry, found each other, and from the first date pretty much knew they were going to be together for the rest of their lives. That's pretty wonderful, and it's clear to see why they knew so quickly...they just go together. 

We shot their session in downtown Midland at the little park where they got engaged, and then headed out to Midland Country Club for some portraits just before sunset. It was a gorgeous night. Thanks, Bert and Jessica- can't wait till January!

jake + lauren • wedding • kent hance chapel

Jake and Lauren's wedding was one that reminded me how much I love what I do. I just never get sick of watching two families come together, two people be genuinely excited and anticipating this next chapter of their lives, and all the gorgeous details that make the day special. When we arrived I realized fully just how intentional Lauren and her mother had been in their planning when I saw all the beautiful details throughout the chapel. Pretty gold, ivory and white pillows lined the benches at the entrance. College Flowers did a stunning job with the florals- and there were so many sentimental details as well- such as Lauren's mother's pearls wrapped around her bouquet.

Jake and Lauren chose to do a First Look, and I loved what Lauren had to say about it: "I had never thought about doing a first look before meeting Lissa but after hearing the idea I am so glad we did. I knew I would cry during the ceremony and I knew if the ceremony was also the first time I saw Jake I would cry even more! Having a chance to see him beforehand didn't eliminate the tears at the ceremony but it did allow me to be able to focus a little more on the ceremony itself and what we were doing. The best part of doing a first look was getting to be with him alone for just a few minutes. It's the only time we had together, just the two of us, all day until after the reception was over. It was also very handy to be able to go straight to the reception because we had already taken all of the wedding party and family pictures!"

These two had an intimate and sweet ceremony- which led into a warm and welcoming reception where all the guests were fed delicious food and enjoyed each other's company. Marla Felton created an exquisite cake for Lauren and Jake chose an ice cream cake- which was the perfect compliment! I have to say that we loved listening to the musician, D.G. Flewellyn- he was fabulous! 

Thanks so much, Jake and Lauren, for having us on your wedding day. I so appreciate your trust and congratulations!

Ceremony: Kent Hance Chapel, Texas Tech University

Reception: The Overton Hotel

Wedding Gown: Sophia Tolli, Bliss Bridal

Bridesmaid's Dresses: David's Bridal

Groom/Groomsmen: Men's Wearhouse

Hair: Gavino Salon

Garter: HannaBellaDesigns, Etsy

Bride's Ring: A. Jaffe

Groom's Ring: Benchmark, J Keith's Jewelry

Bride's Headband: Bliss Bridal

Wedding Stationery: Miss Social Butterfly

Unity Sculpture: Unity In Glass

Florist: College Flowers

Bride's Cake: Marla Felton

Groom's Cake: Cold Stone Creamery

Catering: The Overton Hotel

Trolley: CitiBus

 

kuhrt + lindsey • maternity • lubbock, tx

Shawn and I got married a few years before the majority of our close friends. During the first several years of our marriage he was practicing/playing/touring regularly with A Road Less Traveled, and I'm thankful that our little ARLT family never got too annoyed with "the married couple" that made some logistics more difficult. :) 

Then we got pregnant. It was really exciting, but I worried that our dating/engaged/freshly married friends' annoyance level with our life happenings was about to go through the roof. Really, though- it turned out that baby Knox got MORE attention and love than we ever expected. And my friend Lindsey was always one of those people who was excited to see my new baby and show us how much she loved our new little family. 

Fast forward a few years, and it's our turn to watch our friends have a family of their own! In fact, Lindsey gave birth to TWO beautiful little girls just a few days ago (talk about a well-timed maternity session!). Their family has doubled in size and I can't tell you how many friends and family have eagerly anticipated the twins' arrival. 

Of course, Lindsey carried twins like she was born to do so (and she clearly was). This momma hardly complained and the joy she has for her girls is something that is sure to be a constant theme as she and Kuhrt raise them. 

Thank you, friends for letting me capture this special season for you! Congrats- you are already fantastic parents!

adam + megan • wedding • louise hopkins underwood center for the arts

How much would I love to photograph a wedding inside of one of my favorite art galleries in Lubbock? VERY, VERY MUCH. That gallery would be the LHUCA, and the couple that let me do that would be Adam + Megan. These two were very intentional about many aspects of their wedding, which really made it a fun experience. It was also incredible to watch them during their ceremony, where emotions ranged from nervous anticipation, to pure enjoyment, holy reverence, and joy. Loved it all.

Oh, and you also need to know that Megan spent 10 hours adding the gemstones to her wedding shoes- that's a serious DIY! Thanks, Adam + Megan for having us- and congratulations!