Fast Track Group Anniversary PARTY and Fast Track Roadshow v2.0!

I had the MOST amazing year last year. Thanks to the Fast Track Photographer movement, I got to witness professional photographers coming together and being for each other time and time again. In Houston, Las Vegas, Austin, and online. I think it is so critical when you are self-employed to find like minded people who can support you and be there for you when you need it. Fast Track provided all of us with that opportunity.

Back in May 2009, I hosted the very first Fast Track Photographer Roadshow at my studio. At the end of the two days, as we were talking about commitments and things we were going to do, I said that I wanted to see a group of photographers come together once a month. A meetup where we talked about business tips and other photography related topics, new & old photographers alike. Dane asked me what that would look like. Then he asked me when I was having the first meeting, and being true to who he is he forced me to pick a date right then and there for the first one. (Really, that is how Dane rolls. I’m glad he is that way because it forces me to act.) I said that we were going to do them on the First Thursday of the month at 7pm. Every month. We met up in June, and then skipped July because of the 4th. The first BIG meetup, open to everyone, was August 2009.

Tomorrow night, we are throwing a BIG PARTY!!! 12 months later, we have met every month. People have met each other. We’ve openly shared what we know. The motto is that we are For Each Other, and the people exemplify it every month. I am SO proud of the people that have been participating over the past year, whether they came once or have been there monthly. I’ve witnessed, first hand, so many amazing things. I know that I would not be where I am without all of you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of the photographers that have participated this past year!

If you’re a professional photographer in Houston and you want to join us, we would love to see you there! First Thursday, every month, doors open at 7pm and our presentation starts at 7:30pm. If I’m ever not there, someone else will be, so don’t worry about that. Just come out and join us! The only thing we ask is that you come prepared to be supportive of one another!

I’m also SO EXCITED to announce that Dane will be returning to Houston in March 2011 for Fast Track Roadshow 2.0. I can’t wait! The first Roadshow 2.0 just took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota a week ago, and there are several others coming up before it makes its way to Houston – so look to see if there is one near you! I could keep gushing about how awesome it is, but I’ll let you go read the site yourself.

I love this video that the Fast Track Calgary group created for the Fast Track Minneapolis workshop attendees. So very, very awesome!

Lean In from Brad Van Gyzen on Vimeo.

Not in Houston? Find your Fast Track Group here!

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Megan & Cruz’s Wedding Reception – The Woodlands Resort, Part 2

While Megan & Cruz’s wedding ceremony was beautiful and emotional, their reception was just a ton of FUN! What a fantastic good time everyone had. The food was delicious – the Woodlands Resort always does such a great job – and the DJ had everyone on the dance floor all night!

We laughed, we danced, and we laughed some more. Looking through these just make me smile. I wish Megan & Cruz lived here in Houston, because I’d love to see more of them! Such good people, and I’m so glad they have each other. They make each other so happy. Their love and joy made our jobs capturing their wedding day so easy!

I love this photograph that Elaine took of Megan & Cruz’s rings with their wedding invitation!

Bananas Foster is always a BIG hit! Everyone likes to see the fire!

The Macarana was fun. I never thought I would say those words. Maybe it is because it has been a few years since we heard it? I’d have photos of “YMCA” here as well, but when Cruz saw me dancing with my camera, taking photos at the same time, he insisted I put it down and dance with him & Megan. Who am I to deny the couple if they want me to dance to “YMCA” with them?

At the end of the night, Elaine went outside first to be sure to get the photo of Megan & Cruz exiting – and I followed them out through all the bubbles!

Thank you again to all of the WONDERFUL vendors who made this wedding so fabulous! And a shout out to Heather at the Woodlands Resort — we’re so glad we were there for your last wedding at the Resort! We’ll miss you!!! Good luck with your new position at the Resort!

Ceremony & Reception Venue, Cake & Catering: Woodlands Resort and Conference Center
Florist: The Blooming Idea Contact: Janice
Cake: Woodlands Resort and Conference Center
Megan’s Dress: Bride’s Choice in Waltham, Massachusetts
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Angelo
Cruz & the groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
DJ: Francisco Perez
Videography: Reclaimed Moments Contact: Jason
Makeup Artist & Hairstylist: Robin of Your Beautiful Face

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Megan & Cruz’s Wedding Ceremony – The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center

I was so excited when Megan & Cruz’s wedding day arrived. When we first talked, I was so excited to learn that they were getting married on May 30, on Memorial Day weekend! Mike & I got married on May 29th, so it is always special when anyone shares our anniversary weekend with us! Megan & Cruz were living in Boston at the time, so I didn’t get to meet Megan in person until she made a trip down to Houston to do some wedding planning. I didn’t meet Cruz until our engagement session at the University of Texas in Austin earlier this year. I knew all along that their wedding day would be so special – you can just see it in how they look at each other, and how they laugh together.

I think that any couple that can laugh a lot together will get through anything. Since we first met, they have moved to California – all while planning a wedding. See what I mean? A cross-country move plus planning a wedding from thousands of miles away? Not an easy thing to do!

But they brought together an awesome team of vendors, some of my favorites in town! Thank you again to Heather at The Woodlands Resort, Robin of Your Beautiful Face, Jason of Reclaimed Moments, Janice of The Blooming Idea, and Frank of FHP Entertainment – you all made the day so awesome, smooth & FUN!

Speaking of favorites, these are some of my favorites from the first half of the day! Be sure to check back later this week for part 2, and the slideshow of our favorites!

Thank you again to Megan & Cruz and both of your families. Elaine & I had such an incredible time working with you, especially when Cruz brought me out on the dance floor for the YMCA! Yes, it is in fact one of my all time favorite dance songs. I won’t even deny it. I can do it while taking photos too – a very impressive skill! (I do the Cupid Shuffle backwards as I take pictures too. It is a special talent of mine!)

Bedazzled shoes. Goodness, I may have swooned. Megan is brilliant! Probably one of the most comfortable brides EVER as she walked down the aisle!

Elaine was with Cruz and the groomsmen as they gathered at The Woodlands Resort before the ceremony.

Cruz & Megan decided to do a “first look” before the ceremony, which was such a touching moment. I understand tradition – I waited to see Mike at the end of the aisle at our wedding – but I think that having a reveal beforehand, privately, is so much more relaxing. You get to actually talk to each other beforehand, and no one has ever told me that they regretted the choice. Love it! We also did all of the group photos out on the golf course then too.

More to come from the reception later this week! Be sure to check back for more!

Ceremony & Reception Venue, Cake & Catering: Woodlands Resort and Conference Center
Florist: The Blooming Idea Contact: Janice
Cake: Woodlands Resort and Conference Center
Megan’s Dress: Bride’s Choice in Waltham, Massachusetts
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Angelo
Cruz & the groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
DJ: Francisco Perez
Videography: Reclaimed Moments Contact: Jason
Makeup Artist & Hairstylist: Robin of Your Beautiful Face

Houston Boudoir Photographer - Miss E

Be a Hot Firecracker Boudoir Special! Houston Boudoir Photography

Just a quick note to let you know that I’m doing an Independence Day Special over on Hot Mama Boudoir! Book a session for *any* time in 2010 between now and July 15, 2010 and get $50 off the Pretty, Pretty Pictures or Sweet & Sassy Session, or $100 off the Extra Nice, Extra Naughty session!

What a perfect way to celebrate liberty!

Miss E's Boudoir Session - Houston, Texas

Miss E – Houston, Texas Boudoir Photography

I just wanted to share a sneak peek of the most recent boudoir session I posted over on Hot Mama Boudoir today. Miss E is so gorgeous, and so much fun to work with too! You can see more of her session here!