Stephen and Lauren are getting married!

I am thrilled to say that this dear friend of mine has found the man of her dreams. AND he happens to be in Houston, which is convenient for Houstonian friends such as myself. For their engagement shoot, these two chose the little park next to the Menil Gallery which, on that warm day, was chock full of bikes and picnickers and frisbees and dogs. All the activity actually made for nice, relaxed backgrounds – a perfect atmosphere for this relaxed pair. For good measure, we capped off the night at the Black Lab Pub, where we made good use of the phone booth, giant chess set, and colorful doors. I cannot wait to see this happy couple get hitched – the big day is quickly approaching!

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Josh and Dorothy are engaged!

Remember my beautiful friend Dorothy from this post? Well she has met the love of her life and is getting married! And, lucky for me, I happened to have a trip to St Louis on the calendar just in time for an engagement shoot in Forest Park. It was so fun to see these two having such fun together (and looking fantastic if I do say so myself). Can’t wait to celebrate with the two of you – it’ll be here before we know it!

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Andrew and Melinda Engagement Portraits

Well, graduation is just around the corner. And I have to say that I was selfishly very excited that my friends Andrew and Melinda wanted to have their engagement session done at our school. It is such a gorgeous campus that holds beautiful memories for those of us that have been there for the last few years. It didn’t hurt that Andrew and Melinda were super fun to photograph – we did lots of laughing which (take note!) leads to lovely and natural smiles. I’m so excited for these two sweet friends to tie the knot!

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Blake and Sarah are getting married!

Last week I met up with my friends Blake and Sarah at Forest Park to snap a few pics because… they’re engaged!! Sarah led the way in choosing our locations and I loved her choices (Forest Park is so great). These two are super fun and easy-going, which makes my job a walk in the park (Ha! See what I did there?). Thanks for hanging out with me on election day, friends!


















Tutorial: Light Through Trees

During Joelle and Luke’s engagement shoot, I had the happy couple pose under a low-hanging branch that I thought would create an interesting composition.  I was right – the resulting composition was nice.  The light, however, left something to be desired.  We had started our photo shoot a little late and by the time we made it to the tree, the soft morning light had become harsh and unforgiving.  The stark silhouette of the tree drew my eye away from Luke and Joelle.  I needed a subtle tweak that would gently soften those lines.  Lucky for me, there are all sorts of free photoshop tutorials on the internets just waiting to be found by a well-crafted google search.  In this particular case, my solution was here.  The author gives a simple step by step method of creating rays of light shining through tree branches.  The tutorial uses Photoshop’s “Radial Blur,” which gives the light rays the look of bicycle spokes shining outward.  For my purposes, I chose “Box Blur” instead, which gave the illusion that the sunlight was softly enveloping my tree branch.  As a final touch, I added some slight vignetting using the Photoshop gradient tool.  The result: soft morning light in the middle of the day.



Luke and Joelle Engagements

My goal as a photographer is to capture genuine moments and true emotions. Frankly that is not always an easy task during engagement shoots.  We’ve all seen the cheesy engagement poses, staring at the ring or gazing deeply into each other’s eyes.  But with Luke and Joelle, there was no danger of ending up with run-of-the-mill photos.  These two have so much fun together.  I can’t count the number of times they made me laugh during our shoot.  Their comfort and humor  made my job incredibly easy.  I can’t wait to see them tie the knot soon!