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ben | Trinity Valley School Fort Worth Senior Class of 2017

I just love his sly side smile. Like a J. Crew model, he knows how to turn on the charm. And though he didn’t want to do the cliche senior photos with props, he’s quite the golfer. And ambitious – applying to 5 universities. Majoring in Business, he’s got a good head on his shoulders. The rain postponed our shoot, and clouds loomed for this session, too, but he and his sweet mom were troopers, traipsing through the Colonial golf course and over to West 7th and downtown. When I do senior portraits, I love to mix natural light with strobes – youthful innocence with promising adulthood, natural environments with cityscapes. And I love it when a client gives me full reign to do what I do best. That feeling when someone loves your art as you love creating it – it’s why I continue to pursue this path. I’m going to create art no matter what – it’s who I am. But, to share it, as vulnerable as it feels, is why I know I’m here: to give away the gifts I’ve been given.

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he’s her lobster | fort worth wedding photography

I asked these two what there expectations were for their wedding photography, and they said, “Our engagement pictures speak for themselves.” Working with these two from start to finish was smooth and easy. These two have serious chemistry. And, wow on the night before at their rehearsal dinner at Joe T. Garcia’s, it was clear how much their friends love and adore them. Cheers to a lifetime of happiness, Julia & Tim.

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Remember that Friends reference: “He’s her lobster.” Well, Tim is Julia’s lobster.
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University Christian Church is serious about the sanctity of marriage. Many thanks to my team up in the balcony who were second and third shooting.
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Love all the house party girls and the cutest wedding party you ever did see.
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I always like to carve out a few minutes between the wedding and the reception for the couple. How grounding before you party with hundreds of your closest friends!
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Big thanks to Jennifer Elmore for these detail shots while I was with the bride and groom.

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Y’all, the matron of honor and the groom both sang! So heartwarming.
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The bride and groom are longtime friends and fans of the cover band, Poo Live Crew. And they brought the party!
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I had a few friends at the wedding, so we took a selfie. I have as much fun as the guests…

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wedding venue : University Christian Church

reception : Ridglea Country Club

florist : Mike Harrison  |  Party Designs & Productions

cake : Wonderful Cakes by Jose Munoz

band : Poo Live Crew

hair : Molly at Goldwaves

makeup : Courtney Moore

love matters | fort worth family session at Shady Oaks Country Club

last week I woke to the news of the Orlando  shooting – as we all did. and I felt out of sorts and shaken – as we all did. I wanted to cancel this shoot to hide under the blankets of my bed and cry – as many of my sensitive friends said they also did. I’m for showing up for commitments, and I’m for canceling to care for yourself. but, something inside me knew that, in this instance, to cancel was to let fear win. and so I put on my Sunday’s best and drove to the country club where I gave this guy a bottle at brunch. cnn played above my head – the violence at once so near and far. and afterward we went out in the grass where he felt, for perhaps the first time, the unbridled delight of fresh grass between his hands and feet. and for 20 minutes, as I zoomed in on his eyes and eyelashes, hair and hands, all was right in the world again.

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finally, he’s yours…forever | a fort worth adoption finalization

I’ve learned much about the adoption process as I’ve photographed this family over the past 6 months. And, I’d not attended an adoption finalization ceremony. It was short and oh so sweet. Finally, according to the courts, he’s forever their son. And people came from near and far to celebrate the moment. Oh my goodness, you could feel the love!

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winery wedding | Walla Walla, Washington destination wedding

I’d not heard of Walla Walla, Washington until this couple asked me to travel to photograph their wedding. It’s a region close to their wine loving hearts. Just a few hours east of Portland, the drive along the Columbia River was absolutely stunning. Maybe someday I’ll blog the photos from that journey. And the town has as much charm as Napa. A must see for wine lovers. This couple has been together for nearly nine years. They waited for their kids to grow up to marry. What fun! And their kids are super sweet and supportive. They’ll celebrate their nuptials in their hometown in less than a couple weeks.

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Joe T. Garcia’s | Best Fort Worth Patio for Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

What an honor to capture the beauty of this Fort Worth landmark. The entire family takes deep pride in this one-of-a-kind magical place. There’s beauty to be held in each and every corner. When I visit my dad in San Diego, I always say, “Is there a Joe T’s ish place here we can go for dinner?” I’ve yet to find another place on this planet that compares in ambiance and jalepeno relish. I’m up in the Pacific Northwest this week photographing a destination wedding, so celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style for me.
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light + laughter | Prana del Mar sunset shoot

All my favorite people laugh well. If I was to travel the world teaching yoga, I’d take this gorgeous woman with me so she’d laugh at my jokes. Her presence in class is always a gift. So 7 days with her on a fabulous yoga retreat – wow. I think God gives us people who help us along our collective and individual paths. I know she’s done that for me. She wanted to do a shoot for a big upcoming birthday.

“When was the last time you had your portrait taken?” I asked her as we traipsed out to the beach.

“Olan Mills,” she laughed. “I wouldn’t feel comfortable with anyone else,” she said.

You are worth celebrating. Who you are…what you do – it matters. You matter. Never will there be another soul exactly like you. You, make a difference in this world.

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wind + water | sunset at Prana del Mar

This beauty turned 25 while we were on retreat in Cabo at Prana del Mar. We celebrated with a windy and whimsical photo shoot. Ahhh, that light. Maybe someone will hire me to tag along on retreats and take sunset photographs each evening. A girl can dream…

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