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Mickey and Todd Are Married – Avalon Legacy Ranch {McKinney, TX Wedding Photographer}

Mickey and Todd Are Married – Avalon Legacy Ranch {McKinney, TX Wedding Photographer}

Mickey and Todd’s wedding day was a perfect way to celebrate their love.  We were honored to document their day at Avalon Legacy Ranch in McKinney, Texas.

 

THEIR STORY

Mickey and Todd Are Married!! I met Mickey earlier in 2017 as she had scheduled a session with me.  We immediately fell into a groove and a friendship.  That’s probably one of my favorite things about my job… I have the opportunity to meet some really cool people.  She had recently gotten engaged and still needed to find her wedding photographer.  I mentioned that I still had a few openings for the year, but I wanted her to see her images first to make sure we were a good fit.  She knew before she ever left our first meeting that I would be her photographer.  I am so thankful for that first meeting.  Todd and Mickey met online and have been inseparable ever since.  They are an amazing combination and perfectly balance each other out.  Mickey has a vibrant personality and not only does she just radiate happiness and love, she adores Todd and the love he gives her.  Todd is quiet and reserved, at least until you get to know him a little better.  He’s so stinking funny and knows exactly how to love Mickey and gets her quirky sense of humor.  It is absolutely beautiful to see them together.

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THE VENUE

Mickey called me after choosing her venue, Avalon Legacy Ranch.  She fell in love with it as soon as she pulled up to the front of the property.  She sent me pictures and just gushed and gushed over it.  I was certain it would be perfect for her day.  However, what I didn’t realize was just how beautiful it really was.  Pictures just didn’t do it justice.  If you could imagine a beautiful log cabin in set back in trees… even then, it just is more amazing than that.  To find something like this in DFW is remarkable on its own.  Avalon Legacy Ranch describes it perfectly, on their website.  “Experiencing the wooded pines and peaceful ambiance of East Texas without leaving the DFW Metroplex. Sounds too good to be true? Welcome to Avalon Legacy Ranch!Located 5 minutes from the Downtown Square of McKinney -Avalon Legacy is a 25 acre wooded destination that is unimaginably unique and magnificently beautiful – making it the perfect destination for your perfect day!”  We fell in love with every inch of this property.

 

THE CEREMONY

The ceremony was a small quiet event.  Surrounded by family and friends, these two united their love for each other.  The ceremony was held in the outdoor chapel which was just stunning.  Mickey was given away by her son as her daughter stood beside her.  Her incredible sisters played and sang Etta James’ At Last, a surprise to Mickey, which I’m certain left not one dry eye in those of us that watched them.  Todd’s father stood beside him and beamed as a proud father.  The ceremony was filled with laughter, love and a couple of surprises.  As they look back at their images from this day, my hope is that they always feel the love that surrounded them and that they use that love to constantly infuse their marriage with the support and prayers from those that attended.

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MICKEY AND TODD ARE MARRIED!  NOW – THE RECEPTION

The outdoor patio was perfect for everyone to eat, drink and dance the night away.  Mickey had worked hard to pull every little detail together and it was just perfect.  Sisters, that hadn’t seen each other in many years, danced together.  The music played on and everyone celebrated together.  Mickey & Todd decided months before that they wanted something fun for dinner.  A boring seated meal, is just not their style.  We discussed some of the ideas together and ultimately, they decided on Easy Slider Food Truck.  We had recommended Easy Slider to the couple, because first we are friends with them, second… their food is AHMAZING.  They headed over to Dallas to check them out and fell in love with them as well.  We were so excited to see the truck pull up.  It had a constant flow of people waiting to get a taste of their sliders and I’m pretty sure everyone was happy with the couples choice.

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Thank you Mickey & Todd.  We are so blessed that you chose Beautiful Evolutions to document your day and be your photographer.  We absolutely love you both and wish you a life of love.  Todd, by now you have receivedyour orders for the military and while it may not be a sunny beach… we still have every intention to come visit you both soon.

We send all of our love, Brooke & Melissa.

Benbrook Stables Levi | Benbrook Family Photographer | Levi

Benbrook Stables Levi | Benbrook Family Photographer | Levi

Benbrook Stables, Benbrook Texas

Sweet Levi turns three and his momma said he has an incredible love for horses.  After deciding that neither of us had access quickly to horses and a beautiful piece of property, she suggested Benbrook Stables.  We were able to rent a horse and a trainer to make sure all went well.  Levi couldn’t have been a happier boy.  We walked the property with our horse and she was so kind and patient.  Levi’s mom told me that he is completely infatuated with horses… and let me tell you – he was in absolute heaven.  After we walked the property, we stopped for some family photos and to feed some of the horses that were already out in the pasture.  It was a perfect location for some awesome family images.

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Levi is three

He is all boy.  Full of life.  A mind of his own.  A force to be reckoned with.  Levi was so inquisitive and couldn’t wait to be done with me so he could feed the horses and see all of them.  We may or may not have bribed him with grass to keep him focused on the task at hand.  Have you ever tried to reason with a three year old and get them to sit still for .5 seconds??  No? Well let me tell you, it’s kinda like asking a the wind to not blow.  Three year olds will do what they want – when they want – and how they want.  This age is SUPER fun to photograph – because honestly, you just never know what you are going to get from them.  Levi kept me on my toes, but he gave me some fantastic images as well.   We had so much fun and I’m pretty certain we all slept really well that night.

 

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We are family

While the main focus of the session was for Levi and his birthday pictures, we went ahead and snuck in some family pictures.  If you know me, or have followed me for very long – you will know that I don’t do boring, sit still and smile pictures very well.  I want my families laughing, moving, loving each other.  It’s the emotions that are given when you ask everyone to snuggle in, or the laughter that bursts out of kids when you ask them who can laugh the loudest.  THOSE are the moments that should be documented.  Those the images that are priceless and will last a lifetime.  Sometimes as mommies we want that perfect picture where everyone is acting right and smiling just perfectly… but sometimes – its the moments that happen around that perfect picture that are so much better.

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Thank you Charolette & Ashley for trusting me to document that milestone for Levi and for your family.  These images tell a beautiful story of your family in this moment, I hope you cherish them forever.

Happy Birthday Levi.

Much Love

Brooke

 

 

Would you like more info on Family Sessions?  Email me for details  brooke@beautifulevolutions.com

 

The Pavilion at Plaza East, Granbury Texas

The Pavilion at Plaza East, Granbury Texas

We love our small towns and business owners.   A couple of weeks ago, The Pavilion at Plaza East reached out to me about photographing their new venue in Granbury, Texas.  I love having the opportunity to meet new businesses and connect on a more intimate level…so heck yeah I’ll come out and photograph it.  We are now excited to share that we have partnered with The Pavilion at Plaza East as one of their preferred vendors and we just couldn’t be happier about this!

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This venue is an all outdoor venue and has so much charm built into it… it’s incredible.  The Pavilion at Plaza East is a beautiful Rustic Outdoor Texas venue located in the heart of Historic Granbury, TX, on a one-half acre lot with budding Texas vegetation. Our unique & affordable venue has rustic and vintage charm that is great for any outdoor occasions!

 

Grumps Pavillion Beautiful Evolutions Photography

Grumps Pavillion Beautiful Evolutions Photography

 

Interested in booking this venue: Email them here info@plazaeastllc.com

OKC Family: Brandi & Matt {Oklahoma City Family Photography}

OKC Family: Brandi & Matt {Oklahoma City Family Photography}

Some times you meet clients thru other friends and clients and if you are lucky enough… they become friends and family.  Brandi & Matt have become just that.  Brandi brought us up to Oklahoma City last year to photograph some of her clients.  She owns Flex-Appeal, a fabulous concept of personal trainers focused on empowering women and giving them the tools needed to live healthier and better lives.  In that process, we have become friends and champion each others businesses and provide encouragement as friends.

Oklahoma City Photographer Beautiful Evolutions Life Inspired photographyThis year, we did our annual fitness shoot, but we ended the weekend with some family pictures.  Before next year, we may need to plan a week long trip to accomplish everything!!

 

Oklahoma City Photographer Beautiful Evolutions Life Inspired photography

Brandi & Matt are what I would consider a  power couple.  They are a great balance of each other and their love is stronger because of their story and the chapters in their life.

If you know Matt… you know, he has a great laugh and smile… he just chooses not to show it in pictures very often.  I however…. got it!  He’s full of jokes and laughter and he absolutely adores Brandi.  And really… how could you not.  She’s gorgeous.  She’s got a heart that is bigger than you can imagine.  She sees the best in anyone and works hard to show it to them.

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Matt & Brandi have recently built a home in Oklahoma on some of the prettiest land (with a pond) and it couldn’t have been any more perfect for their shoot.  It’s always hard to leave when we come up to visit.  It’s just amazingly beautiful.

Brandi, thank you for trusting me to be your photographer and document your love for each other.

Much Love

Brooke

Professional Head shots: How Do I Choose the Right Photographer?

Professional Head shots: How Do I Choose the Right Photographer?

Hey there!  Welcome to Part 3 of the Head Shot Series.  If you missed the first two… You can see them here.  Part 1 Professional Head Shots… do I really need one? and Part 2 Professional Head Shots – How do I prepare for them?

Today – let’s chat a little about how to make sure that you have chosen the right photographer.  I know, you are probably wondering why I am posting this.  However, I’m not always the best fit for everyone.  That’s important to understand for both of us.  I would love to sit and chat with you to see if we are a great match, and if not – I can give you a list of peers that I would trust implicitly.  So let’s get started

 

What are three to five things people should do right away to go find that photographer to capture them?

First thing is to get to know your story. Really get in touch with the story that you want to tell, so that when you do find that photographer, you can communicate that to them. The second would be — Luckily, we live in an online world, so we can stalk and see all these beautiful images that all of our fellow boss ladies have. Get a sense of what you’re looking for. Take a look your friend’s online, your mentors, people you admire. Look at their photography, the style of photography, the stories that they’re telling, and kind of get a sense of what could apply to your brand. As far as finding a photographer…. (ahem, I’m right here … kidding, kinda)  I would send an email, but have a real phone conversation, or even face-to-face conversation with the ones you are considering. I think a lot is to be said for that relationship with your photographer to establish that trust. Sometimes you need to be having a coffee face-to-face so that you can kinda feel their vibe and get a sense if they understand you and your brand. I think it’s so important to find someone that you can consider as a partner. Not just like hire a photographer, because you might be hiring them in the future for more projects. As your brand starts growing, you’ll probably need to have them come back. So if they get your brand and sort of what your goals are and your vision is, it’s just more a bonus for you

 

Beautiful Evolutions Personal Branding photography

 

How do you choose the right photographer?

I think your photographer should be a partner in this process with you.  Someone that is willing to take the time to learn about what you are trying to achieve, who will listen to your concerns and help you along the process. What is the story that you’re trying to tell? Really, diving deep and sharing that with your photographer so that at the time of the shoot, it doesn’t feel like they’re just poses and smiling, it feels like this is your brand unfolding in visual. Who are you working with? Where are you working? What are your values? Why are you doing this work in the first place? Where do you find your inspiration?

It’s also about setting objectives. Sharing what your goal is or these images. Sharing where you’re going to use these images; on your website, on your social media. Actually, having them come on the journey with you, telling the photographer, “This is what my business is about. This is what I want to communicate,” and letting them brainstorm with you on the details. I want my clients to come to me and have ideas, because I don’t know their brand as much as they know their brand. We’re all living and breathing our own brands, because they’re so much us. Sometimes it’s our personal brand. If my clients can come to me with some ideas that are a stepping stone for us to work together, I think that’s really helpful. Of course, respecting each other in our levels of expertise. That is always a good thing, because you don’t want to be high maintenance. That’s always a recipe for a disaster. It is helpful to have some guidelines and some goals that you guys can work on together.

 

Are you interested in booking a head shot session? Click this link  and let’s chat a little bit about what you are looking for.  Send me more info on Head Shots and Personal Branding

Beautiful Evolutions Head Shot Series

 Click here for Part 1: Head Shots: Do I really need them?

Click here for Part 2: Professional Head Shots – How do I prepare for them?

Click here for Part 3: Professional Head Shots – How do I choose the right photographer?