Tea Ceremonies

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I was recently asked by a potential customer if I had photographed any tea ceremonies and I actually had photographed several when I worked as Christine Tremoulet‘s second shooter when she was shooting weddings. It’s a beautiful ceremony based in a tradition that goes back hundreds of years and is often incorporated into the wedding day. I put together a gallery for them and thought I’d share some of my favorites from my collection. Hope you enjoy!

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Luby’s Culinary Services Recipe Cards

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I don’t often do food photography but my “day” job gave me an opportunity to photograph a few food items for recipe cards promoting a new program for Luby’s Culinary Services. The recipes are part of their Stealth Health program where they “incorporate higher nutrition and lower or better fats into classic and innovative recipes without altering the high quality and flavor.”

The chocolate avocado muffins pictured below are really, really delicious and turn out so moist  & chocolatey (is that even a word?) – I’ve baked them myself! Grab the recipe (and a few other recipes) over on their site!

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Yates Holiday Session

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DJ is a dear friend and co-worker of mine. I have had the honor of photographing all of her life events, from her engagement to her wedding to the birth of her two sons. This session was a holiday session that was also her 1st Christmas for her baby boy.

We met at a small but lovely neighborhood park here in Houston called Parkwood Park in Riverside Terrace, near their home. The trees have nice Spanish moss in them…

DJ brought a few holiday themed props for Baby F…

I love this photo of the oldest son & his father. So sweet.

This image makes me chuckle because G had had enough of family photos so he was back there exploring while we took a few more pictures.

And a few more shots from the session…

Finally, DJ also asked me to create a custom holiday card with photos from her session and this is what I created for her – it’s a two sided 5×7 card design.

I look forward to photographing more moments for this wonderful family and watching the boys grow up!

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The Gupton Family

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Tiffanie is a co-worker & dear friend. Her little boy Hatley was turning one so we set up a family portrait session and cake smash. It was a hot Houston afternoon but we found a lovely spot near the Police Officer Memorial off of Memorial Dr.

Tiffanie & her husband Brian are proud University of Houston alums if you couldn’t tell.

Hatley wasn’t walking yet but he was getting close. His Dad loves fishing so they’re starting him early.

Tiffanie always makes sure her little man is dressed in style.

And then the cake smash… he actually managed to stay pretty clean!

Hatley has some growing to do to catch up to his parents but he’s getting there…

And a final shot of mother and son… don’t you just want to pinch his cheeks!?

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Shannon & Dale’s Wedding – Richmond, TX

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Shannon and Dale are fellow geeks and book lovers who put together a beautiful outdoor April wedding out at a friend’s home in Richmond, TX. Shannon worked hard on all the details – like the river rocks they asked guests to leave messages on,the candy bar, the table assignment tags and the family river stones engraved with their and their children’s’ names.

Dale had such a huge smile as he watched Shannon come down with her father…

The ceremony was under this huge, gorgeous tree… isn’t it a magical spot, perfect for a wedding?

Instead of traditional vows, Shannon and Dale read from the book “I Like You“…

And then the “kiss”…

Look at those smiles!

After formal group portraits, we took a few minutes to get some shots of just the bride and groom…

Then it was time for the reception…

And the First Dance…

I loved the shape of this tree so I grabbed the couple for one last shot before the sun set…

A few more detail shots from the reception…

And the parting shot – the wedding rings nestled into the bride’s absolutely stunning bouquet. Aren’t those colors gorgeous?

Thanks again Shannon & Dale – the weather could not have been more perfect and you were wonderful to work with. Thank you for letting me be part of your wedding day!

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Jenn & AJ’s Wedding – Butler’s Courtyard

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I blogged about Jenn & AJ’s engagement session earlier… and I am thrilled to be sharing pictures from their beautiful wedding day. They had both their ceremony and reception at the historic Butler’s Courtyard in League City.

Jenn’s colors were hot pink and navy with crystal accents – check out her gorgeous shoes, crystal sashes and jewelry and the vibrant flowers.

The weather was gorgeous for their afternoon outdoor wedding by the gazebo.

I love the look of adoration Jenn is giving AJ during the ceremony. So much love.

And here is a great shot of their recessional.

It’s a tradition at Butler’s Courtyard to take this great group shot with all the wedding guests…

The reception was full of great toasts & dancing.

And here is the requisite ring shot – with M&Ms and a cake pop from their colorful candy bar.

And here is a final shot of the happy couple as they headed out in a fun bubble exit! Congratulations Jenn & AJ!

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Megan’s Senior Portraits – Houston Arboretum

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I don’t typically take senior portraits since my photography is more casual than stylized but a friend referred Megan’s mom to me and once we chatted we agreed that that is what they were looking for. We met early in the morning at the Houston Arboretum in mid March. In Houston’s temperate weather, this means the weather is warm enough for short sleeves and the foliage at the Arboretum was starting to grow back. It created a nice mix of green and browns.

What I love about the Arboretum is the lines – curved and straight – created by the various decked trails throughout the variety of ecosystems that are all contained within the nature center. Combined with the scenery and you have some wonderful backgrounds for portraits.

I knew I had to grab a picture in front of these small white blooms that were all along one of the trails.

Megan had brought this colorful dress for an outfit change towards the end of the session.

Finally, I leave you with a black and white image. Every now & then a picture asks to be converted and I loved how the chevron pattern in Megan’s blouse looked in black and white.

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Jenn & AJ’s Engagement Session – Downtown

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Jennifer is a friend and a co-worker and I am honored she chose me to photograph her wedding to AJ this spring! A couple of months before the wedding date, we headed down to Downtown Houston for their engagement session.

Here are some of my favorites… we did a lot of walking but I think it was worth it for all the great spots we stopped at. Our first stop was at Jones Plaza – it has wonderful turquoise tile walls.

Then we stopped at Jones Hall across the street…

A few more blocks and we came across this great brick wall near Main St.

Where Jenn & AJ grabbed a quick kiss…

We walked a few more blocks and grabbed this quick shot…

We finally made it to Discovery Green for some last shots around the park.

I can’t wait to shoot Jenn & AJ’s wedding  at the end of the March. They are such a great couple and I know they are both so excited about their wedding day!

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Tracy & Dan

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Tracy is a dear friend and fellow photographer – go check out her beautiful fine art photography – and when she put out a last minute request for portraits, I was more than happy to help her out.

Tracy and her husband Dan are such a fun and vibrant couple… they couldn’t be more perfect for each other. And this wonderful mural at the Lawndale Art Center was also perfect for them. I knew it was a temporary mural so I was thrilled we were able to take their portraits in front of it before it was gone. You may also recognize it from this other portrait session. It’s a collaborative piece called Skywriting.

And how awesome do their outfits (and Tracy’s necklace) coordinate with the artwork? That was totally by chance!

We also took portraits over at my favorite art museum in Houston, The Menil Collection.

I love the building’s architecture… and I just love me some Tracy and Daniel. Doesn’t their love for each other come through in the images?

And a parting shot of Tracy’s amazing smile. It’s contagious and literally lights up a room… Thanks guys! I LOVED being able to take these portraits for you!! Love you guys!

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Baby Q’s Gender Reveal

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I introduced you to this lovely couple during their baby announcement session. Well, a month later we met back up at the West 11th Street Park where we had their first session to shoot a quick mini-session where they shared Baby Q’s gender – a boy!

They brought a blue balloon and wore blue so there’d be no mistake! I can’t wait to miss this little boy!

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