michael + lauren • wedding • first united methodist church, lubbock tx

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michael + lauren • wedding • first united methodist church, lubbock tx

My favorite moment of Michael and Lauren's wedding was before the ceremony during their gift exchange. They were on opposite sides of the door, so there is no way Michael could have seen Lauren's face when she opened the earrings he'd gifted her- but it was clear that he totally nailed it. She was beaming and instantly put them on. That moment was so full of anticipation- such a confirmation that this was so right and just about to happen...that's the kind of thing I most love to capture. 

These two had a beautiful wedding. All of Lauren's planning came together so perfectly in a day full of special moments and gorgeous details. I'm honored to have photographed it. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. U!

I loved working with Turquoise Video Productions at this wedding. Check out their video sneak peek HERE!

 

Ceremony: First United Methodist Church, Lubbock

Reception: Frazier Alumni Pavilion

Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo, Neiman Marcus

Groom + Groomsmen: Jos. A. Bank

Bridesmaids: J. Crew

Hair: Ashley Williams @ Roxi's Hair Studio, Kali Hale @ Davidson-Taylor

Makeup and Coordination: Brenda Becknell with Robert Spence Agency

Engagement and Wedding Bands: J. Keith's Jewelry

Programs: Barque

Invitations: Miss Social Butterfly

Floral: Lou Dee's Floral and Gift

Cake: Marla Felton

Catering: Top Tier Catering

Videographer: Turquoise Video Productions

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jonathan + kara • engagement • san angelo, tx

I made a trip down to San Angelo a while back to photograph Jonathan and Kara's engagement session. They both went to San Angelo State, and visit often, so the town has a lot of sentimental spots for them. I was actually surprised at how many great locations were to be found there- and these two made some great recommendations for food & coffee (two of my love languages, for sure). 

Jonathan and Kara are the type of people I could photograph again and again- I felt like I had known them for years, and they were so comfortable in the way they loved each other. People like them is why I love what I do! Congrats you guys!

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HOW TO WORK IT • a beginner's photography workshop

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HOW TO WORK IT • a beginner's photography workshop

I'm so excited to announce I'll be hosting another HOW TO WORK IT camera workshop on July 25! It's been over a year since I've done one and it is about time!

This workshop will be held at my home in Lubbock, TX

 

This is a BEGINNER, one-day class that will cover:

• Equipment basics

• Exposure (Aperture, Shutter Speed, White Balance, & ISO) 

• Lighting

• Photographic Style

....and a little bit of everything in-between! 

 

You will need: 

• A DSLR Camera (one that is able to change lenses) 

• Your camera's manual

• A laptop is optional

 

There will also be some sweet gifts, discounts and coupons for attendees! 

This workshop is from 10 am to 5 pm with a one-hour break in between for lunch. The class is limited to 8 attendees, and it is first-come, first-served!

Click the button below to reserve your spot: 

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Zak + Christina • Wedding • Spirit Ranch

It rained on Zak and Christina's wedding day. And Christina cried. But not for the reasons you may think. I'll just let her tell you why:

"Unfortunately we had a bad weather alert about 20 minutes prior to when the OUTDOOR ceremony was to begin so everything had to be moved inside to what was part of the previous reception site. While this is probably most bride's nightmare (and I will admit it was mine too), it was pulled off smoothly and no one had any idea the ceremony was even supposed to be outside - this was made possible by my numerous and wonderful family and friends. Everyone was so willing and eager to jump in to help to make my day as perfect as possible. I even had some good friends (not in bridal party) who as soon as they heard about bad weather rushed over early to help. 

I ended up crying but it wasn't because we had to move the ceremony inside it was because I was truly touched by what amazing family and friends I have. Which leads me to say that as a future bride my number one advice isn't to fret about your wedding day going perfect, it is about enjoying that special time with all the people who surround you and are there to support you on your new life journey."

Talk about having your priorities straight! It was so wonderful to watch Zak and Christina cope with the impending weather and still squeeze every ounce of celebration out of their wedding day. I will never forget seeing those amazing friends and family move everything inside lightning fast (haha- no pun intended)- it was evidence of their love for these two! I loved working with them so much- here are some of my favorite images!

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the bates family

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the bates family

This was such a fun family. When I say that I mean, I would totally go on vacation with them. :) These guys were laid back and willing to try everything I asked as we explored the National Ranching Heritage Center with them. I had a great time and totally enjoyed capturing these 4 awesome kids and their parents. Thanks for a great session guys! 

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jarrett + crista • wedding • first presbyterian church, amarillo

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jarrett + crista • wedding • first presbyterian church, amarillo

Jarrett + Crista's wedding was my first to shoot after having Liv, and it was such a warm welcome back to the work I love! I really can't say enough about these two- and the family/community they have. Jarrett and Crista are both very intentional people, and that was reflected in so many special ways throughout their day. Leading up to the ceremony, I loved photographing these two as they joyfully anticipated their union as husband and wife. The ceremony was special- Crista's family has a special tradition of the shofar being played at the beginning, as the groom enters the room. They had their bridal party surround them at the altar- a literal cloud of witnesses. Everyone, including the guests, took part in communion as worship. It was a reverent and God-glorifying time- followed by a wonderful celebration! 

At the reception, guests enjoyed delicious food, music, and cake. Crista's cake was classic and elegant, and Jarrett's was a nod to his family's business- Fiesta Foods.  It was clear these two were so glad to be married! They left with a tortilla send-off, which was fun and chaotic and a beautiful ending to the day. Thank you both for trusting me with such a special time! 

Wedding Dress: Catherine Deane @ BHLDN

Groom + Groomsmen: Calvin Klein

Bridesmaids: J. Crew

Hair: Celia Yenor

Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas

Floral: Brenda Rusten

Cake: Canyon Cake Company

Reception: Amarillo Civic Center Grand Plaza

Videography: 41 Productions

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brooke • trinity christian senior

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brooke • trinity christian senior

It rained and poured the day of Brooke's session, so we shot part of it and then rescheduled for the next week, when it rained and poured even harder! Incredibly, this girl was still up for the challenging weather conditions and managed to take some of my favorite images this year! Big thanks to Ivey Gardens Greenhouses for sheltering us from the storm!

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liv's birth story

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liv's birth story

I'm excited to finally be writing this post because it means I have some free time- or well, time that isn't consumed with changing, feeding, pumping, cleaning, rocking, or trying to sleep. (NOTE: This is not a complaint. Though more sleep would be welcomed!) 

I also need to just admit upfront that in these days of mommy-wars and all the comparison that goes on over social media, I am partially hesitant to write about this- simply because I went pretty conventional.  Haha- but seriously, birth is such a special event and there are so many options out there now for pregnant women. Had I not had a great experience the first time around when Knox was born I would probably sought out a different "birth plan". 

Speaking of birth plans, I saw this post floating around a few weeks before Liv was born and thought it was hilarious. Mostly because I do have a crunchy/organic/homeopathic side…but also a low pain tolerance. :) So, my birth plan was pretty much "let's do the same thing we did before".

At around 37 weeks I was, well…….done. Just done with pregnancy. You would think someone who waited and prayed so long to be pregnant with this child would just be relishing every last second- but nope. I wanted to meet this baby!

So, when I went for my 38 week appointment, I told my OB I was ready when she said it was ok. I was induced with Knox, and the "scheduling" aspect of it completely satisfied my inner control freak. It was totally relieving for me to know when I needed to have a hospital bag packed, and what the plan for Knox was during our hospital time. Whew! So, miss Liv's birthdate was scheduled for that next Tuesday.

I also need to mention that Shawn and I were smack dab in the middle of moving our clothing store to a new location. Painting at 37 weeks pregnant? Check! We were also hanging new shelves, building a new checkout counter, installing a wall mural, etc. Thankfully, we have a bunch of sweet friends that helped Shawn move all of the actual merchandise, so I didn't have to be involved there. Let's be honest though- I couldn't not help. And maybe God knew it was some good distraction for me. But the stress. It was definitely there for both of us. So much so that "having-a-baby-hospital-time" was looking like a paid vacation. You can check out some photos of the new spot on our Facebook page. We have loved being at 26th & Boston!

So, the day before Liv's birth date, we checked in to the hospital at midnight so that I could take the medicine that would help prepare my body to give birth. They also gave me an Ambien at that time- which was totally amazing. I haven't slept that well in years! We went to sleep and woke up about 8 am (also amazing, considering Knox usually wakes us up about 7). My OB was there and we were literally in the middle of a normal conversation when she broke my water and then started me on Pitocin which would initiate contractions. She also said I could get an epidural at that point so I ordered it up right away! Getting the epidural was a little scary (he had to stick me twice), but not as bad as I remember feeling when I had gotten one with Knox. Once that epidural was in, I was super comfortable. So much so that I took a nap! The nurse turned me on my side and positioned my body on this huge peanut-shaped yoga ball, which was also incredibly comfortable, and I was out. Around noon, the nurse came in and said, "Honey, do you feel like you need to push at all?" To which my response was, "No- why? Am I having contractions?" Haha- apparently I had been having some pretty serious ones. My OB was in pretty quickly after that, and I pushed for about 20 minutes. At 12:24, Liv Caroline Anglin was born!

I will never forget how loudly she cried, or that smooshy swollen face, or how I couldn't believe that she was my child. She didn't look anything like me! They immediately placed her on my chest and she calmed down. This was probably my favorite part. I could just tell that was where she wanted to be. It was wonderful. We got to stay like that for quite a while. Our families came in to see her, and then they bathed and weighed her right there in our room.

The rest of the day and night was a blur of semi-sleep, blood pressure checks, sweet visitors, and nursing. It was an answered prayer to have had an awesome lactation consultant who really helped me, plus a patient baby who has turned out to be a great eater. I remember being so scared the first night with Knox. I wasn't sure he was breathing. Was he warm enough? When will they take him to the nursery? This time around was much more peaceful. I was so, so thankful for that!

The next day, my OB came in to check on me, and told me that she would clear me to go home that day if we didn't want to stay another night. Her words were, "This isn't your first rodeo!". We jumped at that chance (our bed vs. hospital bed? No brainer!). Liv was also cleared to go and we got out of there as soon as we could. Don't get me wrong- we had excellent care, but there is no place like home! I still sit in amazement at the great birth experience we had- and that we got to take home a beautiful, healthy baby. It is still unreal. 

 

One of the most frequent realizations I've had this time around is how scared I really was the first time. I feared each new stage my child would grow into as if it wouldn't be that much sweeter. Now I know better. And that's made this experience so much more full. 

Knox has adjusted so well- honestly, I think it's been harder for me- knowing that I am having to split my attention and much of the time he gets way less than he's used to. But so many times I have looked up to see him entertaining himself and I just say a thank-you prayer- I love to see his imagination, and I'm also glad to know he is ok! His affections for his little sister couldn't be sweeter. He truly loves her and I can't wait to watch them grow together. 

One thing I am sure of- is that I wouldn't be sane right now without the selfless help of my husband. He has gotten up with me in the middle of the night, been oh-so-patient while our house becomes invaded with baby toys and all the other things I haven't had time to pick up, taken Knox to school and delivered lattes at my request. You guys, I married a very patient man. And he loves his kids so well, too. He frequently feeds Liv for me when he gets home and is always sure to roughhouse with Knox, who is usually chomping at the bit to play. 

We've also been well taken care of by our friends and family, who have brought us food, given us grace after grace, and loved on our kiddos. My mom stayed with us about a week after Liv was born and pretty much cleaned our entire house, cooked a delicious dinner for us every night, and also found the time to organize my disaster of a craft closet. Speaking of selfless people, my Mom is one as well. 

Liv is two months today and every day she gets more expressive and more fun. Her looks change constantly, I feel- but she is beautiful all the time. I feel like as a mom I am always asking, "Who are you going to be, child?". I have a few small clues about this one so far- she is happy. She is patient. She is affectionate. And we love her!

Praise the Lord, o my soul! He is the Maker of heaven and earth- the sea, and everything in them- He remains faithful forever.
— Psalms 146:1&6


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matt + priscilla • engaged • texas tech university

From the second I met Matt and Priscilla, it was like I had known them my whole life. These two were so great and easy to talk to- I think I could have spent all day with them! We shot their engagement session on the Texas Tech campus because, well, that's what brought them together! I love that the setting of these images will always remind them of this season of their lives- especially now that they're entering a whole new stage. Something tells me they'll be just fine. :) Congrats you two- so excited for your future!

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kyle + claire proposal • buddy hollyville, lubbock, tx

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kyle + claire proposal • buddy hollyville, lubbock, tx

I love getting to photograph proposals. There is so much real emotion in those few minutes when two dating people become each others' fiancé. Shawn joined me on this proposal shoot last week. Kyle and Claire are both from the midwest but grew an affection for Lubbock when Kyle was stationed at the air force base in Clovis, NM. Claire has been a big Buddy Holly fan all her life, so they'd frequent the Buddy Holly museum and memorial here in Lubbock on their visits. So, when it came time to propose, Kyle knew exactly where he wanted to do it. 

The two flew into Lubbock on a Wednesday night and Kyle insisted that they head straight to the Buddy Holly memorial- thankfully, Claire was up for that! Shawn and I were already there pretending to be checking it out ourselves- and (I'm so glad) did not give it all away. Then, Kyle perfectly positioned his soon-to-be bride right in front of Mr. Holly and got down on one knee. Claire was shocked and surprised- it was such a fun, real moment to get to capture. 

Congrats to you two! It's only appropriate to listen to a little Buddy Holly while viewing these images- so click the play button below before you scroll!

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