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Brian and Danielle picked the perfect place to do their engagement photos at Cedar Hill State Park. The whole park fit them and their outdoorsy lifestyle and personality so well! I had a lot of fun working with these guys and their love is so beautiful and sweet. i am honored to have captured it for them! These two just naturally fall into each other and all those nose snuggles and laughs are completely genuine and just THEM! The love to be together and to laugh together! They also love to go bike riding together! The bike in the photos below is one that they built together. When Danielle asked me if she could bring it, I said Heck yeah!!! What better way to make your engagement session reflect you than to bring things that are important to you.

 

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I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it 10,000 more time, I love, love, love bridal portraits! I am absolutely in love with this session. Samantha was such a gorgeous bride and was so natural and calm in front of the camera even though she was freezing in what felt like -20 degree winds. She also brought a CREW of girls with her. SIX friends and bridesmaids came along to help out and I think we were both grateful for the laughs they kept coming while we were freezing:)

But, enduring the cold was totally worth it because these bridals are stunning! Samantha was so sweet and calm. She is such a kind and genuine person and I am so honored to have worked with her and her husband, who were married less than a week ago:)

We went out to Myers Park and Event Center in McKinney, TX for this session and got some gorgeous backdrops and light. The beautiful antique chair cam from Period Charm Rentals and she almost didn’t get it back because I found the perfect spot for it in my house 😉

Enjoy these bridals and I can’t wait to show you how lovely their sweet wedding was!

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  • Sheila Anderson - Amazing photos…but no wonder…look at the subject.ReplyCancel

  • teresa - Beautiful brideReplyCancel

  • Melanie arevalo - Wow, Sam! These are gorgeous!! And you looked absolutely stunning! I love your gown; simple yet elegant. Congratulations again!ReplyCancel

  • Pat Langdon - These are beautiful photos….as is Samantha.ReplyCancel

  • Alex Young - Wow, Sam! Stunning! You sure have grown into a beautiful woman.ReplyCancel

  • Elizaveta - These pictures are gorgeous! Sam, you look so beautiful!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Period Charm Rentals - Thanks to you and Samantha for making our pretty gold chair just shine. The photos are just stunning!ReplyCancel

Last night I had an experience that gave me pause and pushed me to think about the way I have been approaching my business, my photography, and my life. I know that sounds dramatic, but it’s true. I attended a Light It Up event, a series of workshops presented by local photographers to bring education to our community of photographers. This event was lead by Sara and Rocky Garza of Sara and Rocky Photography and was a discussion on branding. Branding is a word that gets thrown around a lot in the photography world and when most people use it they’re referring to their colors, logo, and website design, and their packaging and marketing materials. Sara and Rocky define this as something much more broad and deep than this. Your brand is something that is intertwined with YOU and could very easily tell the story of who you are, what you enjoy, and how you live your life. So, your brand and your business are part of your way of life and represent you and who you are at your core.

The reason this gave me pause is because it struck a chord in me that felt so true and authentic. I love what I do and I love people, but I somehow got so fixated on creating a pretty picture or, to be honest, a photo that other people would think is pretty, that I lost sight of who I am what I bring to the table that makes me unique, gives my clients a unique experience and allows me to see the world, and capture it, the way no one else will. I lost sight of what is deeply important to me, the relationship I have with my clients, and the relationships they have with each other.

Before becoming a photographer, I was a Marriage and Family Therapist. My specialty was working with couples and I loved being in a room with a couple who were being real with each other, opening up, accessing their emotions and sharing them and genuinely connecting. Why I have not used this in my work as a photographer is beyond me, but hearing Rocky speak last night, I realized how important this is to me and how much I desire to bring that back into my life and to my clients. Obviously my photography clients are having a different experience of each other than my therapy clients were, but isn’t being authentic and genuinely connecting with those around you something we all want and something that solidifies all relationships? And for me, a photo of a couple genuinely in the moment with each other and sharing a love that is so deep is much more beautiful than a photo of people putting on a show for my camera.

You may be asking what this has to do with branding. Well, for me, realizing what I want from the images I capture and what experience I want for myself and my clients has everything to do with where my brand will go from here. I want my clients to have a genuine experience, to have a chance to slow down from their wedding planning and arrangements and truly experience their love for each other and have it captured for them. I want for my clients to have an intimate experience and to have their connection to each other and their families be of utmost importance.

My business is very much a part of my life and I need it to be something that is an extension of my values and reflects what is important to me and hopefully to my clients. I am excited about this new realization and newfound inspiration and I know there are many more complexities to this than just what I’ve laid out here, but I am excited about the road ahead. I hope that me sharing this will inspire someone else to reach deep and think about what is important to them and help them to be more truly themselves and bring that to others.

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  • Kathryn E - Great write up on your reflections from the workshop! I can’t wait to see where these reflections take you, your photography, and your relationships with your clients! :)ReplyCancel

Kevin and Rachel’s wedding day was absolutely gorgeous and I am so honored to have been their photographer! The soft colors, vintage pieces, carefully planned design and decor, and a gorgeous couple and wedding party made the entire event stunning. The beautiful flowers provided by Inspiration Blooms were so soft and gorgeous and really pulled the event together. Rachel’s dress was a beautiful A-line cut with beautiful lace detail from Lewisville Bridal Boutique and her vintage inspired silk floral waist band with pearl detail brought a lovely romantic touch to her gown, and her makeup was stunning thanks to AH Makeup Artistry. Rachel’s veil was hand-sewn by her mother and had a gorgeous lace detail. Rachel also wore a beautiful fur stole that belonged to her grandmother.

Kevin was one of the most eager, yet relaxed grooms I’ve worked with. He was so ready to marry the girl he loves and he was beaming! He looked very handsome in his tux and his groomsmen were picture perfect!

Their florals were pink roses mixed with white hydrangeas and brought a soft romantic touch to the event. Their ceremony was held at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, TX which was the perfect setting. The chapel has stunning hand carved wooden pews and a breathtaking cathedral ceiling lined with natural woods. The walls are built of incredible stone and the large open window at the front of the chapel adds a gorgeous architectural feature that also lets in beautiful light. Rachel and Kevin’s friends and family were joyful as they watched the ceremony and every face had a smile as they witnessed these two, who are the definition of “in love” get married.

Stay tuned for part two of their wedding day which will feature their reception held at Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas and this venue was very impressive. The high ceilings are decorated with large, exposed wooden beams and gorgeous chandeliers. The walls are an exposed brick, which brought amazing texture to the event. The décor was beautiful and their cake from La Rosette Bakery was so good and amazing to look at too! Every bit of this wedding start to finish was just beautiful and what made really great was the love that these two share.

 

 

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  • Angela - Inspiration Blooms - Such a beautiful couple! They were a complete joy to work with. It truly is people like Kevin and Rachel that I do what I do. It was certainly my pleasure to be a little part of their big day. Congratulations guys!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Monica Salazar - I love the shot of the bride and the dress detail.ReplyCancel

I posted a few sneak peeks of Rachel’s bridal portraits at Watermark Church in Dallas, but I have to post more! Rachel was so stunning in her gown, wearing her grandmother’s vintage, fur stole and her hair and make-up (done by AH Makeup Artistry) was stunning! I could not ask for a more beautiful bride for these classic yet modern bridal images.

 

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