Family Photography Sessions are always refreshing to me. I typically don’t shoot a lot of them during the year, a lot of families wait until the Fall. However, over the last year I’ve been pulled to document families in a very different way. A normal family session is a lot sit there and smile, Mom is panicking because the kids aren’t being perfect. Someone got a grass stain running from the car to me. Dad isn’t too happy to be there… and the kids, well, the kids just want whatever bribe was offered to them on the car ride to where we are meeting. Let me give you a different perspective on family pictures. Allow me to document your family, like you’ve never had done before.
If you have followed along with me for very long, you know that I strive to give you more than just “sit and smile” pictures. I want to capture the laughter (and yes even the tears). I want to document the missing teeth. I want to show you how beautiful your family is in it’s imperfect state. Let’s be real.. those family photos where everyone is standing just perfect and smiling perfect… that is NOT who your family is. If it is… I admire you and would love to know how you do it. For the rest of us… our lives are chaotic, frantic, stressful… but at the end of the day – it’s the little snuggles, the love you feel as your little ones crawl into your lap… these are the things that are important and have meaning. These are the things I want to remember years down the road.
So, let me introduce you to Life Inspired Sessions. We will talk in depth before your session about what makes your family awesome. We will dig into what your kids like at this exact moment in time. We will pick the perfect location, and plan fun activities and things to do together. We will customize this session JUST FOR YOUR FAMILY.
Let me tell your story with your very own Life Inspired Session.
Now booking Fall 2017. Click Here for more information on booking your session.
All my love
Nikki and Stephen were married on March 31, 2017 at The Laurel. It may have been a windy day – but there was nothing that would stop these two beautiful people from marrying each other. The Laurel was a perfect location for their day and the little details they pulled together told their story just wonderfully.
She was a bundle of nerves the day of. I expected it though… this beautiful girl worried about every detail all along the way. I had already been telling her for weeks that her day was going to be perfect and we would handle anything that came her way. I walked in and she was full of smiles and she beamed with joy, as she should… she had made it to her wedding day. She was in the process of transforming into a beautiful princess and was surrounded by laughter and love. Final details were being taken care of, girls were getting pampered… and the guys were having fun being guys!
Meanwhile… they guys were just hanging out, being guys. They had a great day and were having a great afternoon by the time we met up!
Ready or not ladies… here we go! Bottoms up!
As they stood before their family and friends – they pledged their love to each other. They vowed to always be together, thru better or worse. Today, they became a team that will be unbreakable. They held each others hands and stood side by side and vowed that no matter what comes their way, they will face it together. They professed their love in front of the ones they cherish and their family became one.
Nikki looked absolutely stunning and all of her worries washed away as soon as she came back down the aisle. A quick stop for one more kiss and then off to the reception.
Toasts were given, memories were shared, laughter floated around the room. Nikki and Stephen celebrated the night away with those that loved them. We were so blessed to be able to document the day and the night for them. Their love is something to be seen. Stephen adores Nikki and she will always feel cherished when wrapped in his arms.
Their little girl Madison decided she was dancing as well. A first dance between husband and wife, quickly became a party of three. However, I’m pretty certain it was perfect and just the way it was intended to be.
Toasts were given and more memories were shared. We learned a lot about the newly married couple and the life they have joined and will share together.
Nikki and Stephen, I hope that your wedding day was all you dreamed it would be. Thank you so much for choosing me to document your day. It was a complete honor to witness your love and the details of your wedding.
All my Love
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Northrup
Nikki & Stephen: March 31, 2017
Northrup_Wedding from Brooke Mathis on Vimeo.
I am so excited to introduce you to one of our 2018 Beautiful Evolutions Spokesmodels. Leighton attends Alvarado HS and will graduate in 2019. She has the most precious soul and is full of smiles and of course the most beautiful freckles. I love them, she doesn’t.
When I rolled out the Spokesmodel team for 2018 – I had a vision in my mind of what I wanted it to be. I didn’t want to restrict it to only rising Seniors… I wanted to bring in a select few rising Juniors as well. I wanted to make this group about something bigger than just pretty pictures and kids rushing thru their senior year. So, Leighton is one of my rising Juniors and I couldn’t be more blessed to have her on the team.
April and May has been reserved for each member of the spokesmodel team to have their own private Spokesmodel Shoot. Just me and them (and of course mom). These sessions were specifically created to showcase their interests, their passions, the things that are unique to them. One thing that I hope people will say is that each of my Spokesmodel and Senior sessions are unique. I never want everyone to look the same. I never want all of my sessions to be so similar they could have all been shot on the same day.
Ummm… can we just give a little shout out to Dad for having such an AWESOME truck!! I do believe you will another couple of appearances of this bad boy!
Here’s just a little about Leighton… I love that she already has a strong plan for her life. She’s leaps and bounds ahead of where I was at her age.
~ Leighton wants to attend NSU (Northwestern State University, Louisiana) and major in music education and dance.
~ Her faith in God and the love of her family has carried her thru some really tough times in her life. She is stronger because of them, however, she wants to show other girls that beauty is more than what you see on the outside.
~ Her laughter and smile just radiates from her. She is absolutely wonderful to be around!
Sweet girl! We are going to have a great year together and I can’t wait for the next time we shoot together!
Prom Season is here and if you are like me… you are digging thru Pinterest as though it has THE perfect solution for prom makeup. Have you already scheduled your appointment for hair and makeup? Scheduled your photographer for the day?
That one night where you’re pampered head to toe in the most glamorous and fitting dress, the cutest hairstyle and of course the perfect face. Prom is your special night and you need the perfect tips and products to create a great flawless look. Whether it’s drugstore cosmetics or top notch products, nothing can stop you from looking like a queen.Here are a few tips for getting THE ultimate look for your incredible day!
You wake up ready to receive pampered treatment for your big night tonight, but your face is peeling or your foundation won’t blend, doesn’t worry, use these products to cover oily or dry skin and to keep your foundation from melting ¯
Revlon Face Primer 9$ / BENEFIT Primer 31$
You’ve scrolled up and down Pinterest to look for the perfect Smokey Eye look, you’ve finally found it and you go to apply your eyeshadow, but the pigment and blending isn’t looking anything like the picture on your screen. Use these products to help eye shadows and sparking products blend easier¯
NYX Eye shadow Primer 7$ / Urban Decay Eye Primer 20$
Whether your eyebrows are high arched, bushy or thin, us women must care for our brows. Before filling your brows in, use this primer to make sure your stubborn hairs stay put and to keep your full brows from smearing. Remember ladies, your eyebrows are sisters, not twins. ¯
NYX Eyebrow Primer 7$ / Benefit Primer 28$
Want to make your cheekbones look like you’ve spent your whole life savings on surgery? No need to spend all your cash, just stop by your local store, find your color and the next thing you know you’ll be looking at your prom photos looking like a million dollar Kardashian. ¯
Wet N Wild Contour Kit 5$ / Anastasia Cream or Powder Kit 40$
E.L.F Highlighter 3$ / BECCA Highlighter 30$
NYX Illuminator Cream 8$/ NARS Illuminator 30$
No matter how much mascara you apply your eyelashes just aren’t glamorous enough. Lashes not only brighten your eyes but give your lashes volume and length. Stop by any store and pick your poison. Lashes range from a Natural look all the way down the line to Runway.¯
Ardell Lashes 5$
Your lip-gloss has to be popping for Prom night. Whether you’re planning on using a lipstick to add color or a simple pink gloss to make your lips pop these products will fulfill your luscious lip needs ¯
NYX Lipstick (Gloss, Matte, Lip stain) 5$ / MAC Lipstick 17$
After all the makeup shopping, scrolling through pinterest and the hours spent on YouTube; your makeup is flawless and you’re ready for the big night. But don’t rush out the door yet, you don’t want to put all that hard work to waste. 2-3 pumps of this magical spray and after pictures, dinner and breaking a sweat on the dance floor, you’re face will still have a glamorous finish. ¯
NYX Setting Spray 8$ / Urban Decay Setting Spray 19$
* All makeup products stated first can be found in any store. Second products stated can be found at Ulta.
These seven tips I have provided for you will without a doubt make you outshine everyone on the dance floor.
However, if you’re running out of time or you would rather prefer someone else blessing your beautiful face then don’t worry I have a selection of women who are great with makeup brushes. Give me a shout and we will get you set up with some of the best hair and makeup artists in town!
Have you booked your photographer yet? You’ve pulled all the final touches together – now you need a quick mini shoot before you head out for the big event!
Email me and let’s get you on the schedule
This beautiful girl is graduating! I was fortunate enough to photograph Darrah’s brother Austyn last year. I was so excited when her mom reached out to me to do Darrah’s senior session. She’s a gorgeous and I know her mama is so proud of all she has accomplished. Darrah is so blessed to be surrounded by family and love. LOTS of family and LOTS of sisters.
Oh… you may have seen this handsome guy in some other posts…. John Wayne came along with Darrah. She may be beautiful – but he sure tried to steal the spotlight. OK OK… he was a pretty good boy for most of the time while we were shooting Darrah’s senior session down in the West 7th area in Fort Worth. We just couldn’t take him off of his leash. He may be super cute – but he sure has a mind of his own. Darrah even brought her sisters for the session as help… but I don’t think any of us could have caught him if decided to run his own path.
Congrats Darrah! I can’t wait to see what the next few years bring your way! Thank you for allowing me to be your senior photographer. I love your images and love your smile.