Engagement Photography Tyler, TX | Kristen & Brandon
Engagement Photography Tyler, TX | Kristen & Brandon

Kristen and Brandon were so great to photograph. They are both laid back and hanging out with them was so much fun. Brandon played baseball all through college so starting on the field was a good fit for their engagement session.

tyler tx engagement photography

tyler tx engagement photography

tyler tx engagement photography
tyler tx engagement photography

A bit of forest fighting and flirting.

tyler tx engagement photography

tyler tx engagement photography

When we pulled up for these shots at the park I saw a couple who was walking two dogs but also had a double wide baby stroller with two dogs riding in it! How awesome is that?

tyler tx engagement photography

tyler tx engagement photography

tyler tx engagement photography

Look for these two around May when they get married at the uber cool Villa di Felicita!

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Bridal Photography Tyler TX | Erin
Bridal Photography Tyler TX | Erin

I had so much fun on Erin’s bridal session. Her engagement session was a blast (they were a Same Day Edit) so I knew that this one would be great as well. I’m already looking forward to starting 2010 with a bang with their Jan 2nd wedding!

tyler tx bridal photography

tyler tx bridal photography

The 67 Firebird was cool, but it was not the best prop she had for the session. (trust me)

tyler tx bridal photography

tyler tx bridal photography

tyler tx bridal photography

tyler tx bridal photography

tyler tx bridal photography

tyler tx bridal photography

It’s almost impossible to catch her not smiling or giggling.
tyler tx bridal photography

Erin has a great voice and is in the music program at UT Tyler. The stage was a natural fit…

tyler tx bridal photography

Remember that comment about a the “best” prop. How about an opera helmet! Best. Prop. Ever.

tyler tx bridal photography

tyler tx bridal photography

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Engagement Photography Austin, TX | Jamie & Dave
Engagement Photography Austin, TX | Jamie & Dave

I drove over to Austin for Jamie & Dave’s engagement session and they did not disappoint. I love shooting in different locations and Austin is always willing to provide those.

austin tx engagement photography

austin tx engagement photography

Skulls because it’s Austin or skulls because it’s October? Yes.

austin tx engagement photography

austin tx engagement photography

austin tx engagement photography
Thanks guys for a great session. Looking forward to your wedding at the fancy schmancy Villa di Felicita!

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Elmwood Gardens Bridal Photography | Lilli
Elmwood Gardens Bridal Photography | Lilli

Lilli’s first bridal session date got rained out and we thought it might rain today, but it held out and away we went. Her wedding is going to be at Elmwood Gardens, but 1 day is not enough to really explore everything there is to see so we did the bridal session there as well. :)


elmwood gardens bridal photography

elmwood gardens bridal photography

Hello, we are Lilli’s eyes and we are A-to-the-MAZING!

elmwood gardens bridal photography

elmwood gardens bridal photography

elmwood gardens bridal photography
Lilli also brought what most brides bring to their bridal session. Her favorite gnome.

elmwood gardens bridal photography

Her fiance’ Cameron played hockey in college so she decided to wear the jersey and have some fun with it.
(It still kinda smelled like locker room so I’m amazed she put it on.)

elmwood gardens bridal photography

Thank you Lilli & friends for a great day, and a special thanks to Hollie Wells, Lilli’s great planner, for helping get the session days worked out.

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Wedding Photography Tips: Best. Formals. Ever.
Wedding Photography Tips: Best. Formals. Ever.

Ah “Formals” we all love them. They are EVERYONE’S favorite part of the wedding day. It’s so easy to get everyone dressed and ready on time. Everyone is ALWAYS in the right place and your step parents never make things awkward. :) OK, OK, enough with the sarcasm. You get it.

The thing is as much as photographers like to complain about formals I actually don’t mind them. They are usually pretty painless and I think getting those shots are very much a part of your day. These are the people you have grown up with. Everyone is dressed up and looking their best so capturing a few shots of them SHOULD be a part of your day. I think I have only posted formals like 2 or 3 times in the 4 years I have been blogging so enjoy these while you can. :) In fact, I think the questions moms ask me the most is… “Do you take formals?” Girls this is your chance. E-Mail this post to your mom and give her the proof she is looking for.


wedding photography tyler tx

wedding photography tyler tx

wedding photography tyler tx

wedding photography tyler tx
Here are 3 little tips to make this part of your day flow smoother.

1. Long Lists are for Losers.
I’m pretty sure every bridal magazine in the world tells you to come up with a list of poses you need. Bride w/mom Bride w/dad Bride w/mom & dad Bride w/sister Bride w/mom, dad, & sister Bride w/groom Bride w/hot dog Bride w/toothbrush Trust me. I get it. You want a picture with the important people in your life. I typically only ask for a list of out of the ordinary important people in you life. (Ex: If you are super close friends with your aunt and want a photo of ONLY you and her, let me know.) The best way to keep this part of the process enjoyable is by limiting just how many of these we take. This way everyone stays fresh and your day doesn’t turn into a 2 hour Olan Mills session.

2. Losen Up.
I mean it. These are just photos. If ever single thread of your dress is not in perfect place the world will not come to an end. I promise. Relax. Enjoy the process. These are some of the closest people in your lives. You share memories and stories and this is one more you are having together. If your dad always wears a cowboy hat. Let him. He’ll be happier and the photo will seam more genuine. Don’t try and be someone you are not. Embrace the craziness that is your family.

wedding photography tyler tx

3. Lie.
If you need people dressed and ready by 5:00, tell them 4:30. The worst thing that could happen is they have to sit around in a tux for a bit. It’s much better than having everyone else wait on them for 15 minutes to get ready. This also lowers the stress level of your day because everyone is there ready to go rather than calling your phone saying.. “we are about 20 minutes away and will get dressed as soon as we get there.” One final thing… I know I beat you over the head with the First Look thing a few weeks ago, but having one really really helps this part of your day go much smoother. Again, people are relaxed, we are not rushing to get to the reception and everyone can enjoy the process.

 

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