If you have listened to me talk about photography, you will know I am a big advocate for family pictures. I believe you should do family pictures as often as possible. We change so much year to year… our lives evolve and our worlds constantly change. Your pictures… they tell your stories. Not everyone sees the value in having family pictures done, not everyone takes the time to carve out a couple of hours to pull it together to have them done. However, I’ve never had a client do a family session and say “I wish we hadn’t done family pictures”. Never. Ever.
Abbye and I have been talking about doing her family pictures for over a year. The last time that Abbe and her parents had family pictures done was when she was a little girl… for the church directory. I’m certain I cried a little when she told me this. Then I giggled relentlessly when she showed me the picture. I’ll hold on to that for blackmail at a later date. This past weekend we traveled down to Waxahachie, TX to photograph Abbye and her parents. I won’t go into the back story here, but I will say, these pictures are priceless and I think they will be cherished for many many years. I had the privilege to photograph this sweet family of three and give them updated photographs. (seriously, think back to your church directory pictures… go ahead, i’ll wait for you to conjure up that picture).
OK… carrying on. The session was short and sweet, because let’s be real… Texas heat is no joke, even at 9am. However, in a short time frame I was blessed to capture their laughter, their love, and hear a little of her parents story. They have beautiful images to last forever… and I have beautiful stories to inspire me to a lifetime of love.
Abbye’s parents met on a blind date, almost 44 years ago. On the 2nd date, she asked him to marry her. 10 days later… they were married. Nothing fancy, no big to-do. No engagement pictures, maybe not even any actual wedding photos, no big party.
Today… almost 44 years later, they still look at each other like they just met. The love they share and exude is truly breathtaking. I could watch them talk and laugh all day long. He watches over her as her protector and her champion and you can see just how much he adores her each time his eyes find her. She kisses him like they are still teenagers and you can see how safe she feels in his arms.
Thank you Abbye for allowing me to photograph your family. This is exactly my WHY for what I do. I have been able to document 44 years of love between two people, document their love for the beautiful daughter, and document laughter that will triumph over anything life throws their way.
All my love
Let me introduce you to Hailee, one of our 2018 Spokesmodels. Hailee is attending Burleson Centennial High School and will graduate Class of 2019. She brought along her sweet puppy Luna and we ROCKED out her session.
The light, the outfits, everything about this afternoon was fantastic.
Sometimes I have a vision in my mind. I have somethin
g that I want to create. I always ask my spokesmodels and their mommas to trust me. I’m so happy they did and I’m crazy in love with these images.
I love to hear what the kids on my team dream of. I’m always surprised by their answers. Hailee wants to have a career in forensics. I seriously can’t wait to see where this girls path leads her.
I also can’t wait to see the images we create this year. Hailee is on the drill team for Centennial and I love that I get to see a completely different version of her than the dance version. She’s stunning and has a beautiful little soul.
And really… can we just give a little love to Luna? She’s so sweet. She still had a puppy belly when we did Hailee’s shoot. LOVE!
Several months ago, I came across another photographer that posted about a campaign he had started. Thomas Nguyen is a photographer based out of Cincinnati that focuses on Seniors and Weddings. In a private group on Facebook – he discussed this campaign and what the underlying thoughts were behind it.
There are several “true beauty” campaigns out and we all have our own take on them. Project Beauty is different though… It’s raw, empowering and accurately depicts how beauty should be portrayed in social media. It has purpose and substance behind the message and the impact on our seniors is unlike anything I have ever seen before. As photographers, we have the opportunity to make an impact on our teens and seniors beyond what you can imagine and what Thomas has done with Project Beauty really taps into that. With Project Beauty , Thomas has said that this was a complete game changer for him. He told stories about how his girls began to come to him after with stories about how they had struggled with self -image and other mental health issues and that this campaign had an immense, positive impact on how they viewed themselves after the shoot.
We are working with girls struggling with depression, suicidal attempts, eating disorders, bullying, being victimized by sexual violence, fighting cancer and the list goes on. The response has been consistent and overwhelming. They want to figure out who they are, value themselves and embrace their true inner beauty!
We are not here to give you survival statistics, because let’s be honest; losing one girl is too many. As photographers we can step forward and deliver a powerful message. To be able to free these girls from the idea of perfection and empower them to not only feel confident about themselves, but embrace the flaws that make them so uniquely beautiful. To also allow those to come forward that have the strength and courage to tell their story and serve as an ambassador and a voice to those that have none.
I am proud to be a part of this campaign and honored to work with these girls. Over the next few weeks you will see these girls and learn what their definition of True Beauty is…
This is Project Beauty – Beautiful Evolutions
We will soon be opening Project Beauty up to all current middle school & high school girls that want to be part of a larger purpose. To be added to the list, please click the link below and let us know.
All my love
A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of photographing a wedding of two beautiful ladies. Misty and Brandi were married on May 27, 2017 at Lost Oak Winery in Burleson, TX. The day was beautiful, the girls were beautiful, and we were lucky enough to document all the details.
These two girls have been together for a long time and when they decided to get married, I think cheers were heard around Texas. They were surrounded by so many friends and family. It was fun to look around the room that evening and see so many faces smiling back at them.
The day started pretty stress free and laid back. Both brides were pretty relaxed and just enjoyed the day and being pampered. As they were having hair and makeup done – all the little details were being finalized. Misty took a moment and looked around the room and said “I’m so proud of all of this. We did this.” It was beautiful. The girls did a fabulous job pulling everything together and it couldn’t have fit them any better.
The ceremony was absolutely magical. They stood together as the sun was setting and it cast a beautiful warm glow over the evening. Vows were said, laughter was had, tears were shed. These girls have spent a long time getting to this day. My hope for them was that it was everything they dreamed of and that they continue to look at each other years from now with this much love in their eyes.
Now… let’s party!
Thank you Misty and Brandi for allowing Melissa and I to be your photographers. The only better thing about each of our wedding clients… is when those clients are friends as well.
Venue: Lost Oak Winery
Photography: Beautiful Evolutions
Catering: Papa Murphy’s Pizza
Florist: Lydia Brown
Baker: Athena Theodosion
DJ: Tom Hernandez
All of my love
Congratulations to the Saucemos Girls.
For more of this beautiful wedding day … check out this video
This beautiful little girl just turned ONE! I was so happy when her momma called me a few months ago to set up her session. I absolutely love photographing little ones. This age is fun because they are just learning new experiences and their eyes light up with everything they see.
I was crazy in love with how her momma planned their session. She’s got a sweet style and did fabulous pulling all of the little details together. These lemons… so stinkin sweet. Luckily for us – Juliet hasn’t quite figured out the art of throwing yet… yet. One of my favorite things about this location was the ducks. We had a beautiful afternoon, a little humid, but still just beautiful. A perfect place for momma to love on this little girl.
Juliet is now one. She is changing daily and you can now see her little personality start to form and come into her own. Momma was smart and knew it would take a village… so she brought along some help. Everyone pitched in to keep Juliet smiling, laughing and clapping. I always wonder what people think as they walk by one of our 1 year sessions. I’m sure our group of 5 women and a baby was a sight to see… I think it was WELL worth it though.
This little girl stole a little piece of my heart this day. She’s just as beautiful as her mommy and both of their smiles light up the room.
Brittany, thank you for trusting me to be your photographer. I had an incredible afternoon with you and Juliet and absolutely loved documenting your love for her.
To see more of Juliet’s session… watch this video