Maggie and Omar at White Rock lake

I had the pleasure of photographing Maggie and Omar's wedding last year in Dallas.  They called me just before the holidays to do a portrait session of them to use in a holiday card, and also to have some updated portraits of them as a married couple with their sweet pups!  I am always happy when I get to work with wedding clients after the wedding and this session was no exception.  White Rock Lake is a great location for portraits.  I am always finding new spots there to use in sessions.  This fall, my favorite spot was an over-grown field that was the perfect backdrop to any type of portrait session.  Unfortunately, shortly after this session the field was mowed, which means it will likely be next fall before the grass is tall and pretty again.  I am so glad I got to use it while it lasted, but my heart broke when I realized that it had been chopped down.  However, I did manage to capture this great field several times last fall and I will definitely be keeping an eye on it to grow back!  Also, these doggies were the sweetest pups and such great little posers!  I always encourage people to include their dogs in their family portraits.  These two pups made this session so fun!  

Ben-Aharon Family Portraits

I love it when I get to work with my friends to capture their family portraits!  Amy has been my best friend for going on 18 years!  Her beautiful family is always so much fun to photograph.  I have done several sessions with them through the years. This session turned out better than I could have imagined and I am so happy that I was able to capture the spirit of their fun family.  This portrait session was done at one of my favorite Dallas locations, Central Square Park.   We did this Family Portrait session in preparation of Elliana's Bat-Mitzvah.  They wanted an updated portrait of the entire family as well as celebrating Elli's journey to her Bat-Mitzvah with some portraits of her with her parents.  Elli's little brother, Asher, sure did steal the show with his goofy antics. He is so funny! I am glad I got to capture his awesome personality.  Overall, I think this may be my all-time favorite portrait session, but I am a little biased since it's a family that I hold so near and dear to my heart.    What do you think of this gorgeous family?  Let me know if the comments below!

 

Lauren and Justus's Austin, TX Wedding

Lauren and Justus got married last October just off of Lake Austin at a gorgeous wedding venue, owned by the Contemporary Austin, called Laguna Gloria.  Austin Wedding Planners (austinweddingplanners.com) did an amazing job planning this wedding and kept the day flowing very smoothly.  Rosa and her team were so much fun to work with, I genuinely hope I have an opportunity to work with them again some day!  The Flowers were by Exquisite Petals, and were absolutely stunning.  Judge Jan Breland Married them in front of a beautiful flowing fountain on the steps if Laguna Gloria's back patio, overlooking the sunset on Lake Austin.  A wonderful buffet dinner was provided by Austin Catering, and Michelle's Patisserie created an amazingly delicious traditional white cake for dessert.  The couple danced their first dance to "Harvest Moon" By Pearl Jam, and the DJ, Chris Stoffell, played a great variety of the couple's favorites mixed with lots of crowd favorites, keeping the party going til the very end! The tent that housed the  Dance floor was provided by Marquee Tents, and the lighting was provided by ILIOS Lighting Design.  Congrats to Lauren and Justus!

Tracee and Anthony Downtown Dallas Engagement Session

This session was so much fun to plan!  I met with Tracee at her friend's building downtown to scout out a rooftop that she was interested in incorporating into their engagement portraits.  We had initially thought we would do an outdoor location and then go to the roof for a couple of night-time shots with the Dallas lights.  As soon as I walked into the lobby of the building, I fell in love and knew that we needed to do the session indoors with studio lights!  The colors in the lobby worked so well with this gorgeous couple.  The results were outstanding and I couldn't be happier with the images we had to choose from.  Proof that success in photography has so much to do with planning!  I am so glad I decided to go look at that rooftop with her or we may have missed out on that awesome lobby!

 

Lee-Taylor and Riley's Black Tie Wedding

Lee-Taylor and Riley were married on a gorgeous January day in Fort Worth, TX.  Their wedding was amazing!  The wedding ceremony took place at University Christian Church by the TCU Campus.  I have photographed several weddings at this church and I always love it.  They have very particular guidelines for wedding photographers. We are instructed to shoot the entire ceremony from the back balcony which seems to discourage some, but if you come here prepared with a long and fast lens, you can capture some amazing vantage points from that balcony!  It is absolutely breathtaking.   My favorite thing about photographing this wedding was how snazzy everyone looked!  It was black tie and these wedding guests BROUGHT it!!  Everyone looked so glamorous.  It sure did make my job easy!  The reception was held at River Crest Country Club in Fort Worth, TX.  As soon as the bride and groom entered, the party was on!  Live band, delicious food, and a ton of fun guests dancing the night away!  The groom even got on stage and did 2 numbers with the band.  It was pretty epic!  At the bottom of the post, I have included a digital copy of the wedding album so you can see how the images all came together to tell the story of their special day.

Ryan and Kara's Wedding sneak peek!

I love it when I get to photograph a friend's wedding!  I have known Ryan since High School and I was so excited when he and Kara asked me to capture their big day!  Ryan and Kara had the perfect wedding day at Times Ten Cellars in Fort Worth, TX!  (what a great venue and the food was amazing)  The Photo Van was there to entertain the guests at the reception and Linda McEwan (The Flower Lady) made some of the most gorgeous flower arrangements that looked absolutely stunning in this venue!  Thank you to Kara and Ryan for asking me to capture your wedding day memories, I loved every minute of it.  Congrats on wedded bliss and I hope you enjoy this preview of your wedding images!

Salma and Chris- Downtown Dallas Engagement Portraits

I officially love shooting in Downtown Dallas!  Salma and Chris were so much fun to work with!  Our downtown Dallas portrait session could not have gone any better!  We cruised around from Main Street Garden Park, to the AT&T Performing arts center, to the location of their first date, The Fairmont Hotel.  It was a fun time and these two lovebirds made my job easy!  They certainly don't have any trouble making each other laugh, which in my opinion, is the key to a long and happy marriage!  

Stephanie and Kyle's Hollow Hill Farm Wedding

As I was completing the wedding album for Stephanie and Kyle, I came to realize that I never blogged about this super cute barn house wedding!  So here we are, 10 months after the I do's and I am reminiscing about the Texas summers!  It can be really hard as a bride to pose outdoors in a wedding dress in 100 degrees, but Stephanie was out there twirling away happy as can be, while I captured what appears to be true wedding-day-bridal-bliss!  Hollow Hill Farms was a great rustic wedding venue.  Their staff was so friendly.  Not to mention the fact that they are perfectly set-up for The Photo Van! Stephanie booked The Photo Van as part of her wedding package with me. It was a perfect set- up for it and all the guests loved having the coolest photo booth ever at the reception.  I really enjoyed capturing this day for Stephanie and Kyle.  Thank you for trusting me with your memories of your wedding day, it was honor to be a part of it.  I wish you both a lifetime of happiness!

Jessica and Aaron's Engagement Portraits in Deep Ellum and Central Square Park

Jessica and Aaron definitely know how to make each other laugh!  We decided on Deep Ellum and Central Square Park for Jessica and Aaron's engagement portraits last fall.  The best part about this location is the variety of looks we can get in one shoot.  The scenery at the park gives us the traditional feel with some natural aspects and the murals in deep ellum give us an those bright colors and a more urban feel.   The natural lighting that day (right before sunset) was just perfect and all the fall colors were so vibrant, it made for a great selection of images for them to choose from.  Great location, great lighting, and such a fun couple!  Who could ask for anything more?

Sabrenah and Aaron's Fort Worth Wedding

 Sabrenah and Aaron got married last November at Art space 111 in Fort Worth, Texas.  What a cool venue!  I really enjoyed working with them and knew from our first consultation that their wedding was  probably going to be the funkiest, vintage inspired, foodie wedding I have ever witnessed and I was right!  Their wedding day was absolutely one of my all time favorite weddings ever! I knew right away that these two lovebirds were meant for each other.  They are both so creative and I think their wedding was a true testament to their style and taste.    It's better that you just go look at the photos because words can't even begin to describe it.  I will tell you one thing, my favorite part was when the Bride and Groom grabbed the mic at the reception and sang (incredibly well, I might add)  "That's all I ask of you" from The Phantom of the Opera.  And they were GOOD!  It was a really cool moment and completely unplanned.  Take a look for yourself at this wonderful day: