chris + olivia • wedding • marquardt ranch, boerne, texas

October in the Hill Country. I am not sure there is a more perfect alignment of weather and location- it was so crisp and beautiful in the quaint little town of Boerne, Texas. Shawn and I got to photograph Chris + Olivia's wedding at The Marquardt Ranch earlier this month and it was a treat. Really- the food was EXCELLENT. That may have something to do with the fact that Chris is one of the owners of Green Vegetarian Cuisine, and they, of course, catered the celebration. It was the most delicious vegetarian (and in many cases vegan) food I've ever had! If you are in the San Antonio area- go check out the restaurant!

The wedding itself was so beautiful- the ceremony looked out over a cliff with an amazing view of the hill country- and the couple's laid-back yet sophisticated style was displayed in their details. I loved Olivia's dress and especially Olivia in it- such a gorgeous bride! Most of all, I appreciated Chris + Olivia's trust in us as their photographers. Many blessings to you both!  

Wedding Dress: Essence of Australia

Bridesmaids: Alfred Angelo

Cake/Catering: Green Vegetarian Cuisine

Hair: Monet Antionette Dominguez

Event Coordinator: Amanda Blisset

Stationery: You've Got Paper

kendall + isabel • proposal • texas tech university

One of my favorite things about living in a university town is that people are always going through new life changes- graduating college, moving, and getting engaged!

Kendall contacted me to document his proposal to Isabel on the Texas Tech campus. It was so sweet and Isabel had the best reaction. Knowing this couple for only a few minutes, I could feel their excitement at the culmination of their dating/college years. This is why I love my job! Congrats you two!

omar + amy • engagement • lubbock, tx

I really think that I laughed the entire session with these two- they are constantly cracking each other up and it's so clear that they truly enjoy each other. I love, love, love shooting in October- definitely my favorite month to photograph anything. Omar and Amy will be getting married next June and I loved getting to hear about how they met and got engaged. Thank you guys for a great session!

2014 Christmas Cards • Mini-Sessions

All of the Fall Mini-Sessions for 2014 have been booked! I am super excited to see some new faces and some that I haven't seen in a year! Thank you to all who signed up. 

If you would still like to do a session (family or otherwise) for Christmas photos this year, I am still offering regular portrait sessions. Just send me an email through the "Contact" page here on my website!

After much ado, I decided I hated the card templates I had chosen earlier, and decided to select some that I feel fit my design sense and photos much better! I'll blame this one on my right to choose. :) 

These templates are not just available to my clients who are doing Mini-Sessions, they are available to all of my clients!

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 1

Template 2

Template 3

Template 4

Template 5

Template 6

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:

jacob + julie • wedding • roswell, nm

Looking back on this day, there are two things I know I will never forget- the way Julie looks at Jacob, and the way Jacob looks at Julie. Maybe it's because I've known Jacob since college- and been able to see glimpses of his life story- but it was so, so special to see how they treasure each other. It's clear in the intentional ways they approached their wedding day, their thoughtful gifts to each other, and the way they were sure to greet their guests lovingly. 

Shawn and I totally loved being with these guys on their wedding day- the weather was beautiful, and we had some beautiful things to photograph. Congrats, you guys- we are blessed to know you and so excited for you!

jacob + chelsey • wedding • ransom canyon chapel

It rained for days- no, weeks- before their wedding day. I emailed Chelsey to check on her the week of her wedding, and she responded in such a way that I knew nothing- not even rain- would spoil her day. The day arrived, and wouldn't you know it- the rain stopped. There was a damp dew all around- which made the setting (the chapel at Ransom Canyon) even more beautiful. 

The ceremony was sweet and intimate- you could see how very excited these two were to finally be married! The reception boasted a trail mix bar and the. most. delicious. punch. ever! In lieu of formal toasts, Jacob and Chelsey had people wish for them on river rocks, which they threw into the pond at the chapel after they left. 

Thank you two for having us. We so enjoyed getting to be there and capture it all!

mike + lauren • engagement • lubbock, tx

You guys- I'm not sure there are more patient people out there than these two. We had to reschedule their shoot twice because of the random torrential downpours Lubbock experienced last month...making it weeks later than originally planned. However, I am so, so glad we did! Our weather last week was simply beautiful- I always forget how much I love shooting this time of year. It's cooler, and there is an exiting crispness in the air. 

I can't wait to shoot Mike + Lauren's wedding this next June- after getting to know them better, I just know it will be such a wonderful time- full of celebration. We ended their engagement shoot at the park where they got engaged (after a well-arranged scavenger hunt planned by Mike). It was perfect.

Thank you guys for being so patient and so much fun! And congratulations!

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!