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Happy New Year! Looking Back on 2010’s Boudoir Sessions & Weddings!

Vintage Rudolph from the 1950s - one of my faves! Yes, the photos in this post are Instagram & iPhone photos. Some little snaps of my holidays – my favorite Christmas ornaments at my parent’s house, and beignets with cafe au lait at Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans last week!

It just seems like it wouldn’t be right to wrap up 2010 and kick off 2011 without a post to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were great, wonderful, and amazing! I kicked off 2010 photographing Tiffany & Romeo’s wedding, and I ended 2010 with Cheryl & Dev. I sort of think that was the perfect way to bookend an awesome year for my business!

I truly have to thank my family, Brittany, Elaine, Kelly & Regina from the bottom of my heart. I could NOT do what I do without your love & support. You carry me, and I truly thank you all for that!

I photographed 30 boudoir sessions this year, and I discovered that my superpower (thanks for the name, Karen!) is showing women how beautiful they truly are, allowing them to see what I see. Every woman – EVERY woman – is sexy, beautiful, gorgeous, and fabulous. The most beautiful of all are those hot mamas! I am looking forward to making boudoir a HUGE part of my business in 2011! BIG big big plans ahead! If you’re a Hot Mama, you’ll definitely want to come back & check it out!

This year I photographed 27 weddings, including destination weddings in Mexico & England. One of these incorporated Vietnamese, Cambodian & Chinese traditions, and three were Indian weddings. The list of weddings also included an emergency wedding for my friends Jessica & JD when their son Finn decided he wanted to be born several weeks early, and second shooting for Regina Holder in Asheville, North Carolina (at the Biltmore Estate!), D. Jones Photography and Kelly Niemann. There were also sessions for two newborns of past clients, and my SLGT Photo Project sessions as well. Thanks to the SLGT Photo Project, we had some wonderful speakers come to the monthly photographer meetup that I host at the studio and we passed our one year anniversary last August!

Beignets & Cafe au Lait at Cafe Du Monde Somehow, among all of the weddings and portrait sessions, I managed to visit Seattle for our friend Mandy’s wedding and to visit family & friends, Las Vegas for WPPI, Taos & Angel Fire, New Mexico for a roadtrip with Brittany & Kelly, Asheville to shoot with Regina, Oaxaca and Huatulco Mexico, London and Bristol England, Denver for the Biz Clarity workshop that is where all those big plans coming up came together, San Antonio, Lexington for Christmas, and New Orleans last week on our road trip home. (I should point out that Mexico, England, Denver, San Antonio, Lexington & New Orleans were all in the last quarter of the year. WHEW!)

I started off this year (you know, 6 days ago) trying to pull together favorite images from all of my 2010 weddings and boudoir sessions. This is a bit tricky, because I shot a LOT this year, and many of them aren’t on the blog. So instead, I’m going to be sharing them here and there over the next few weeks & months. The boudoir posts take a bit more time because I actually go through and contact each client and get their ok on every image I’m considering. Hang on for the ride though – there are some super gorgeous posts heading your way!

Made it all the way to the end? Awesome! Come back tomorrow! I’ll be launching a Valentine’s Day version of the Special Special, which means an extra $50-200 off of your boudoir session if you book by January 24. This will be the last time you’ll see these prices, so if you want to lock in these rates you need to do it right away!

Thank you a zillion times over to our 2010 couples for allowing us to be a part of such a special time in your lives!!!
– Tiffany & Romeo, wedding & reception at The Woodlands Resort
– Naurin & Michael, wedding & reception at Agave Road in Katy
– Sarom & Minh, wedding in a private ceremony, reception at Kim Son in Bellaire
– Kim & Ken, wedding & reception at M2 Gallery in the Heights
– Emily & Michael, wedding & reception at a Bed & Breakfast in the Montrose area
– Andrea & Lee, wedding at West Houston Chinese Church, reception at the Downtown Club at One Shell Plaza (and our very first Marry-thon!)
– Megan & Cruz, wedding & reception at The Woodlands Resort
– Hailey & Tyson (photographed by Elaine & Kari – my son’s graduation day!), married at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, reception at Houston National Golf Club
– Priscilla & Bill, wedding & reception at The Woodlands Resort
– Betsy & Robert, wedding & reception at The Woodlands Resort
– Jessica & Jay, wedding & reception at The Petroleum Club in downtown Houston
– Melinda & Kyle, married at the St. Joseph Church Museum, reception at The Tremont House in Galveston, Texas
– Melissa & Kurt (second photographer for Regina Holder), married & reception at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina
– Alyssa & Christopher (second photographer for Regina Holder), married & reception at the Biltmore Estate’s Champagne Cellar in Asheville, North Carolina
– Heather & Matt (photographed by Kelly & Chris while Elaine & I were in Galveston), married & reception at Hotel Zaza
– Holly & Philip, married at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, reception at Hotel Zaza
– Valeria & Omid, married at St. Paul Catholic Church, Nassau Bay, reception on the FantaSea Yacht Charters at South Shore Harbor
– Missy & Jonathan, married at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, reception in Katy
– Melissa & John, married & reception at a private residence in River Oaks
– Kate & Walker, married & reception at a private residence near Huatulco, Mexico
– Rachel & Alex (photographed by Kelly & Chris while Elaine & I were in Mexico), married & reception at Rockefeller Hall
Emily & Allen (second photographer for Laura Burlton of D. Jones Photography), married & reception at The Junior League
– Ann & Karl, married & reception at Byzantium in Bristol, England
– Emily & Charlie (second photographer for Kelly Niemann), wedding at Lakewood United Methodist Church, reception at Raveneaux Country Club
– Cheryl & Dev, married & reception at The Houstonian

Denver Colorado Boudoir Sessions Available!

I’ll be in Denver, Colorado for the Biz Clarity II workshop with Jeff Jochum in a few weeks, and when I booked my flight I decided to stay over an extra night so I’d have time to do a boudoir session or two! Interested in a boudoir session on December 17th? Contact me right away and I’ll get it all set up for you! Perfect for a Valentine’s Day gift!

HoHoHolidays! 2010 Holiday Boudoir Specials!

It is the most wonderful time of the year because it is finally getting cool outside! I don’t know about you, but I love the fall & winter seasons! It doesn’t just mean cold weather – the holidays are right around the corner – Christmas & Valentine’s Day! So we’re happy to announce our Winter & Holiday 2010 specials – just in time for giving the best gift to your special someone!

Below you will find our most popular collections, followed by our a la carte pricing. If you would like a custom collection put together just for you, let me know and I’ll get it all set up!

We provide a wonderful, private studio space for your session – no need to pay for a hotel room in addition to your session! If you choose to have your session at your home or a hotel, there is no travel fee involved in the greater Houston area.

Nice AND Naughty! The ultimate gift for both of you, at the best value!
Sometimes you want it ALL. This collection includes all the pampering you deserve and more!

– Professional makeup by Jennifer Aronson
– Photo shoot at our studio with up to 9 outfits. I recommend that one be a fabulous dress so that you have photos for both work & home! (*No additional fee for sessions outside of the studio.) No time limit – we’ll take as long as you need to pamper you!
– 10×10 Boudoir Book with a black leather cover and 30 pages. Albums feature an artistic layout of one image per page, showcasing how fabulous you look!
– DVD of all final images from your session, including the 30 fully retouched images from your album, delivered with your album. The DVD includes a print release which allows you to print additional copies of images for yourself.
– 30% off all other products, including our gallery wrap canvas prints and plush album upgrade options.

The top of the line package, for the lady that deserves lots of luxury!
$1200 (a la carte price $1850 – 35% off)

The Perfect Gift! – The most popular collection!
– Professional makeup by Jennifer Aronson
– Photo shoot at our studio with up to 6 outfits – including portraits with a fabulous dress! Sessions normally last 2-3 hours.
– 10×10 Boudoir Book with a black leather cover and 20 pages. Albums feature an artistic layout of one image per page, showcasing you!
– DVD of all final enhanced images from your session, delivered with your album. Includes a print release which allows you to print additional copies of images.
– 20% off all other products, including our gallery wrap canvas prints and plush album options.
$900 (a la carte price $1300 – 30% off!)

HoHoHolidays!
– Professional makeup by Jennifer Aronson
– Photo shoot at our studio with 3-4 outfits – including portraits in a fabulous dress! Sessions normally last 1-2 hours.
– 10×10 Boudoir Book with a black leather cover and 20 pages. Albums feature an artistic layout of one image per page, showcasing you!
– 15% off all other products, including our gallery wrap canvas prints and plush album options.
$600 (a la carte price $850 – 30% off!)

A Sweet Treat!
– Photo shoot at our studio with 2 outfits. Sessions normally last 1-1.5 hours.
– 5×5 Little Black Boudoir Book with 20 pages. Albums feature an artistic layout of one image per page, showcasing you!
$400 (a la carte price $500 – 20% off!)

Look below for our A la Carte Options – you can add additional items to your collection or build one all your own!

Important Deadlines for Holiday Delivery!
Sessions for Christmas Delivery (December 22nd) must take place by December 3rd. Any sessions after December 3rd for Christmas Delivery may include a Rush fee of $100 and product shipment could be limited by our lab’s availability the closer we get to Christmas.

Sessions for Valentine’s Day Delivery (February 10th) must take place by January 27th. Any sessions after that date for Valentine’s Day Delivery will be subject to a Rush fee of $100.

A limited number of sessions are available on the weekends. Most sessions are Monday – Thursday. 50% of your selected package price is due at the time of booking to hold your date; the balance is due 2 weeks before your session.

Prices do not include applicable sales tax.

Not limited to Houston sessions! – Live somewhere else? I would love to come visit you there. Travel costs vary, but I’m happy to consider *anything*! We need to talk!

Upcoming sessions in Chicago and Boston! Contact me to set up your date!

Keep reading for more details on a la carte options, add-ons for your session, and more!

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Hello from London! {Destination Wedding Photographer}

Change PrioritiesWhile on the flight to London last week, I made a decision that I was going to blog daily through November. Uhm, oops! It is November 3rd, and this is my first post. Off to a great start, I must say. However, I have been making plans for lots of posts, creating lists, making notes. Since I’ve been offline a lot, gathering up the links I need hasn’t been so easy. Time to revise that plan – I’ll blog as close to daily as I can in November. I think that is a bit more realistic.

We’re in London for the wedding of Ann and Karl this weekend in Bristol, England. Ann & I met years ago (2000? 2001?) thanks to the blogosphere and the fact that we were both photographers. I discovered her incredible work online, and over time we talked via email and instant messaging. We shared a love of photography and all good things geek. Eventually, she started to tell me how I really must meet this Mike guy that she had met at a London blogger meetup. He was from Houston, but working in London. He returned to Houston frequently though. She told him that he should meet me. Then Mike moved back to Houston, and organized a coffee hour at (the now defunct) Kaveh Kane’s in downtown Houston. I went because Ann had insisted I really, really needed to meet him. Within weeks we were dating, and we’ve been married now for over 6 years. I might have met him anyways as our paths would have crossed thanks to H-Town blogs, but I made a point to meet him and talk to him – all because of Ann’s recommendation. To say I owe her a lot would be an understatement.

I finally got to meet Ann in person when we were on our honeymoon in London in 2004. We walked from Trafalgar Square to Parliament, passing Big Ben, across the Westminster Bridge, and eventually took a ride on the London Eye. Ann & I were like two kids in a candy shop, taking hundreds of photos of the skyline at sunset and dusk. It was WONDERFUL. Then we walked across Hungerford Bridge, and eventually picked a spot for dinner. Even though Mike knows a lot of people in London, we agreed beforehand that Ann was the only person that we would meet up with while we were on our honeymoon. It was a fabulous, fun filled night.

Big Ben

In 2006 I returned with Mike to London. He had a business trip for work, and since we had some airline miles available for a flight for me, and a “free” hotel room, I tagged along. The last 3-4 days, he had to go over to The Hague for meetings, so I stayed with Ann in her flat. It was my first taste of what “real” London is like for people that live here, and I was even more in love. It was nice having a few days alone with her, visiting yarn shops, going to her knitting group at the pub and meeting her friends (that is Nikki below on the right), and of course taking photos.

The Sock meets Nikki's French Market Bag Knitters in Pubs

Ann & Karl met on the 4th of November, 2006 and started dating on the 5th of November. This Friday will be their 4 year anniversary of that first date, and the perfect date for a wedding! Remember, remember the fifth of November… (Yes, there will be sparklers and other fireworks for Guy Fawkes Night!)

Ann made her first trip to the USA for SXSWi in 2007, and it was so much fun getting a chance to show her my side of the pond while she was there. She is still wondering why they don’t have Chicken Fried Steak in England, because it is the best food ever. She would also love it if a Target was to open nearby in London.

Mike to London returned for another business trip in 2007 and Ann spent a Sunday afternoon teaching him how to knit too. I could have taught him, but realized I might try to stab him with my knitting needles in the process if I got frustrated, so it was better having a neutral party involved. On another business trips to London he had the chance to meet Karl as he went to their flat for dinner a few different times. I had heard so much about him over the past 4 years I felt like I knew him, but didn’t actually get to meet him until we arrived on Saturday. He is absolutely delightful, and I could not have picked a better man for Ann. They are so wonderful together, and I’m so happy for them!

In the Heart of London

Ann told me when I started photographing weddings that someday if she & Karl got married, she wanted me to come and photograph it. When he proposed, I was in Belize for Melissa & Brandon’s wedding – and I was SO excited when I got the text from Ann that Karl had popped the question and she said yes! I was beyond thrilled when she asked me if I would share in their joy by photographing the big day. I’m sure I’ll be crying tears of joy more than once on Friday!

Today is our production day here at their house in East Dulwich. (Part of London, southeast of the river.) After I finish this post and set up the holiday boudoir collection options, I’ll be helping with menus, placecards, “Yay!” flags for the guests to wave at the end of the ceremony (my personal contribution), and whatever else is needed. Most importantly, Mike & I will be keeping Ann company. I can’t think of a better place to be. Tomorrow it is off to Bristol. I can’t believe the big day is almost here!

Mother Nature's Perfection

Woodlands Resort Wedding Cake

Tiffany & Dionicio’s Wedding, Part 2 – The Woodlands Resort

Tiffany & Dionicio’s wedding reception took place in The Glass at The Woodlands Resort immediately after the ceremony. It is always so nice for guests to have everything in one place when possible so that they don’t have to drive from one location to another. After we did the group photographs, Tiffany & Dionicio were announced and went straight into their first dance. You could just feel the joy & love in the room!

After Tiffany & Dionicio’s First Dance, Tiffany danced with her father, and then Dionicio danced with his mother. It was beautiful!

After Julie & Nelson gave an emotional toast, the mariachi band arrived to perform during dinner.

It was so fabulous seeing Kelly & Ted at the wedding! I love seeing our past clients at other weddings – it just makes the event even better!

I always love it when clients use a print from their engagement session for a signature frame at their wedding – that way, after the wedding they can hang it up on the wall and see it all the time, instead of just having a book in a box packed away.

Thank you again to Tiffany & Dionicio, along with their families, for letting me be a part of their wedding day. It was SO special kicking off the New Year with you both – and I look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Ceremony & Reception Venue, Cake & Catering: Woodlands Resort and Conference Center
Florist: The Blooming Idea for the cake topper
Tiffany’s Dress: Alfred Angelo (Willowbrook)
Romeo’s Attire: The Men’s Warehouse
Makeup Artist: Alyssa Rodriguez

Be sure to check out the first half of their wedding at the Woodlands Resort too!