I was pretty thrilled when Korie told me she wanted to shoot her bridal photos downtown and stick with her Gatsby wedding theme. I was already aware of just how mind-blowingly gorgous her dress was, so when I pulled up to the church and saw her standing there with her loose curls and metallic shades, I became just as excited as I was the day of her wedding.
We walked around until the sun set, shooting through the changing fall leaves on the trees and in the brick streets of downtown Amarillo. The soft light of the sun fluttered across the millions of sparkles on Korie's dress and she looked truly magical. I'm so glad I got to see this dress in action one last time!
Flowers | Parie Designs
When this sweet thing booked with me a few weeks ago, I thought it would be your average portrait session.
It was one of the coolest, most fun and unique shoots I've ever done. This girl has some serious style and a firecracker personality. She's also super gorgeous. Obviously.
When she first told me she wanted to shoot at her dad's house, I thought, "Greeeaaaaaat. This'll be interesting." It was definitely interesting in the best way possible. As soon as I walked in the front door, I was pumped. It was the coolest mid-century modern styled house I've ever seen in person. The windows were huge, the furniture was upholstered in purple velvet, there were Eames chairs, tapered legs, and starburst clocks. It was a dream.
It was such a fun setting to shoot in. We even went out to the backyard and Kacie posed by the original tile pool.
All of these photos were taken for Kacie's blog. Check it out for fashion tips, bubble bath recipes, makeup secrets, and how to dye your hair gray. Ha! But really, it's awesome.
Can't wait to shoot with her again next month!
A few years ago, I took photos for my cousin's band in Dallas. It was my first out-of-town photography job and I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. Thankfully, the pictures somehow turned out pretty cool, so I didn't have to end up saying, "Sorry, I have no idea how to work a camera. Your pictures suck." That's always a relief.
When Jennifer and Sam contacted me a few months ago, asking if I'd come down to take photos of their baby after he was born, I was beyond excited. I was also really freaked out, since I don't really know the Fort Worth area at all and, therefore, have no idea of any cool locations.
My initial plan was for all of us to head out to the bluebonnet fields and I was ecstatic about the thought of going there. I could just imagine how great the photos would be.
Jennifer contacted me at the end of March, telling me that baby Fox had finally arrived. I waited about 2 weeks and woke up bright and early on a Wednesday to make the trip to Fort Worth, armed with my Canon 6D, my 135mm f/2.0, my 50mm f/1.2, and The Neighbourhood's album "I Love You."
Upon arriving at the Randles household, I barely had time to set all of my equipment down before Jennifer and I started up the family gossip. The best part was that Sam didn't get off work until 5. That meant we had two whole hours to gossip. My kind of day.
When Sam arrived, he and Jennifer broke the devastating news to me that we probably wouldn't be able to visit the magical bluebonnet fields. Mostly because we didn't have enough time. But also because it was an iffy situation, since all of the bluebonnets are on private property. After I took a few moments to recover from the debilitating sadness, I told them I'd be okay and that I had a backup plan. On the way to their house, my GPS took me on the scenic route and I found the BEST SPOT EVER. So, we went there.
As soon as we pulled up to the overgrown, vacant lot, the unspoken uncertainty from Sam and Jennifer was pretty palpable. Their weirdo photographer/cousin took them to a sketchy, unmowed, and weed-ridden lot on the corner of a busy street.
What they didn't know, is that the photos were going to turn out like this:
Freakin. Perfect. Aren't they perfect? Yes. They are.
After the shoot, my super cool and super hip cousins took me to a super cool and super hip restaurant that was saturated with hipsters. (This was turning out to be the best day ever.) We pigged out and then headed back to the house, where I passed out on a fancy air mattress in Sam's music fortress.
And here's a photo of Bigsby. The coolest greyhound in the Northern Hemisphere:
I awoke in the music fortress, surrounded by a plethora of electric guitars and cords and technology thingies. We all got ready and got the baby situated and started the shoot. It was so quiet and calm in the house... Perfect for photos of sleepy, well-fed babies.
These lifestyle shots were very important to Jennifer. I think they're a fantastic idea because they really let you get a glimpse of real life. Nothing in these photos is staged or a prop that wouldn't normally be in their house. The faux fur that Fox is sleeping on is actually the rug in his room!
I feel like these photos really let their style show through. It really doesn't get more personal than taking photos of your brand new baby in your own house. I took these with the hope that baby Fox will look at them, years from now, and think, "Weird. That's where I lived when I was tiny."
If you couldn't already tell, I LOVED this trip. Catching up with family, jamming out in the car on the drive there, practicing new techniques with my camera.. It was an eventful 36 hours.
I can't wait to go back.
(Also, I'd like to give a special shout out to Fort Worth for being 1000 times greener, more lush, and easier to work with than Amarillo. You go, Glen Coco!)