Series for the brides: Getting ready shots

Weddings can be super stressful to plan! Even now with pinterest there is a feeling of planning the PERFECT wedding.  What really matters is planning the perfect wedding for you and your future spouse! I am going to start a series that you can read before you plan anything from a photographers point of view.  Just some things to consider.  I’ve been to countless weddings and so I hope to impart some wisdom to make your wedding day truly stress-free. If you think about these details before hand, I think it will provide you with a seamless day.  Stay tuned for more…

Getting ready shots.  These are the time where you and your girls are getting are prepared for the ceremony.  This usually happens in hotel rooms, homes, church choir rooms, or somewhere like this.  A good general rule to get great photos at this point is to remove clutter.  During my wedding day getting ready shots I jokingly told my bridesmaids “ok, ladies the photographer’s coming in soon for photos.  Let’s get rid of everything ugly. Millie (my best friend) you get under the table”.  ha! I could only tell her that because she literally is drop dead gorgeous.

At this stage you’ll want to put everything that is unsightly out of the way, maybe even delegate someone else to be in charge of this .  You can hide things under tables, under beds, or in the bathroom.  You can get cute matching containers for your girls to put all their stuff in.  This also applies to the guys place they’re getting ready too.  I will get some shots of them getting ready and if they can prepare their room to remove any unsightly things that’d be great too! This also factors choosing more aesthetically pleasing rooms for getting ready. If there is a choice between a room with huge windows verses a room in the back of the church that has hand drawn stencils on the walls, then I’d pick the window room.  When you’re booking a place, always ask to see the rooms they have for you and the groom to get ready. 

In general I try to take things off the walls if it’s disctracting in the getting ready photos.  I try to do this as much as I can and there are some exceptions. One exception is in the bride photo below. There is a cool painting on the wall on the right.  In general, hotels have ugly things hanging on their walls so for better photos, let’s just remove it.  We’ll put it back after! Don’t worry about nails I can remove those later very easily

At this point I also like to take photos of your wedding dress and possibly some part of the groom’s attire.  The photos of your dress on a personalized hanger looks so much better than the hanger that your dress comes with.  Here are some great options to get something like that.  Thank goodness for etsy! 

In planning the getting ready stage I’d also suggest planning for at least two and a half in between getting ready and the time the ceremony starts.  I’ll go into that later but that would give time for the most perfect wedding shots you’ve dreamed for. bride pre ceremony

wedding dress

bride getting ready with mom

mom seeing bride

bride and mom

getting ready pre wedding ceremony

bride getting ready
bride getting make up on
bridesmaid getting gift
bride pre ceremony

bride getting ready One of my favorite personalized wedding dress hangers

I love these personalized bridesmaides gift boxes! 

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Video of engagement session by dhme Dallas

This was SO great! Daryl from dhme Dallas was at Felix and Danielle’s engagement session.  He took such a wonderful video of the session! He’s available for DJ service in the DFW area.  Thank you Daryl for this! 

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Carrollton Engagement: Felix and Danielle

Felix and Danielle had me at “we will do everything you say”! I loved the communication prior to the shoot of details of what the couple were planning on wearing! They followed my style guide (that I give all my clients) perfectly! I was looking forward to their photo shoot the moment they both stepped into the Starbucks and I saw how awesome they looked…even in their Saturday morning Starbucks attire! They totally rocked their engagement session! Don’t they totally look like models!? I always LOVE the last few shots of a photo session because both the couple and photographer feel comfortable with each other but this first shot was literally the first snap I took! A-MAZING…that never happens.  I love how they’ve been together for 6 years! Congratulations you two! I can’t wait to hear about your September Vegas wedding! 

I’m also SUPER looking forward to seeing the VIDEO of our photo session provided by Daryl from Dhme Dallas

couple in front of white house

engagement couple with barn

engagement couple hugging close up

engagement couple flowers

engagement sitting and standing

engagement couple homestead
engagement couple barn formal

engagement ring shot Location: AW Perry Homestead Museum, Carrollton, Texas

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Dallas Wedding: John and Stephanie

Such a pretty wedding to share with you today! As I drove up to Flippen Park (Dallas) my photographer’s heart just melted.  John and Stephanie chose the most beautiful spot for their wedding.  This park is probably a speck on the map but it is a BIG deal.  Rows and rows of different colored azaleas, beautiful kept grass, huge looming 30-year old trees, and then the park is lined with out-of-this world gigantic beautiful Dallas homes.   Usually I care when things like houses are  in such things as wedding photos, but these were out of a bridal magazine.  John and Stephanie had such a laid back personality, it was so stress-less! They really had the perfect wedding for them.  John and Stephanie, congratulations! Wishing you the best, you guys are so happy together! Thank you so much for sharing your special day with me! 

first look bride and groom

bride and groom flippen park

first look bride and groom spring time

detail of groom wedding ceremony

detail of bride gazebo wedding

daughter of bride gazebo wedding

daughters of groom gazebo wedding

detail of gazebo flippen park

bride and daughter
groom and daughters
bride and daughter
husband wife flippen park

wedding rings

Ceremony Location: Flippen Park, Dallas Texas. 

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Wil and Hayleigh: Ft. Worth and Ft. Worth Botanic Gardens

I’m so happy to be looking at these photos! Wil and Haleigh are super sweet and I had such a great time photographing them and their family.  I had never been to a courthouse wedding, and it was so smooth and easy and really really nice.  The Tarant County Courthouse is so beautiful! The judge who married them was so kind, personable, and really cared about his job!  After the courthouse we went to the Botanic Gardens in Ft. Worth and it was so beautiful! There were a billion brides and couples…and for good reason! It’s the cream of the crop location to take photos. Wil and Haleigh are one of the sweetest couples I have met! They met as elementary school teachers….in the same school:) I think I told them they were gorgeous too many times.  But really??? They are! So happy for these two! 

wil haleigh ft worth courthouse

bride in front of greenery

groom in greenery

bride and groom with daughter in spring

promise ring with bokeh

bride and groom laughing Location: Tarrant County Courthouse, Ft. Worth and Botanic Gardens Ft. Worth

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Spring Bloom and Dallas Arboretum: Pechachek

It’s a little embarrassing to admit that this was my first trip to the Dallas Arboretum! We’ve lived here a little over a year and it seemed far and crowded for photographers.  I’ve heard really good things about this place and I’m so glad Susan and Eric decided to have their family photos taken here.  So we all loaded up in one vehicle (save the planet, people!) and blasted Trolls music to appease the kids.  It was also a dreamy overcast day…total light crush for photographers.  The tulips were in bloom and everything was just so nicely perfect and put together! I definitely want to go back by myself on a self-date! The most interesting fact I learned (and I can’t wait to see this!) is Susan and Eric were dance partners in college.  Something like hoedown dancing…ye-haw…something like that (no idea what I’m talking about….it has to do with Texas…I need education in this area people).   I LOVE these!!!! Thank you guys SO very much!!

family of four far away in spring garden

candid kid with spring flowers

girl on bench in garden

couple in tree canopy


Location: Dallas Arboretum

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Spring Photo Sessions

Another plug for Spring Photos! Tomorrow’s the best day – change your clocks back! Earning us a well deserved hour of daylight! Spring is a great great time for family photos that have GREAT color! 

 I’m putting together the information that you’ll need for your family spring session.  There will only be 10 spots available this year for spring mini-sessions.  I have some great projects going on this spring and only have time for 10 mini-sessions.  More daylight means that there will be more available light towards the end of the day! 


1 year baby in spring colors

3 month baby spring

spring maternity with husband

toddler boy in front of field

girl on swing in spring
3 month baby and family photo

family photo in city
family spring by barn

baby boy in city
baby girl in spring sun
boy in spring field
1 year baby pinata with pink

1 year baby upside down
1 year baby in spring

girl in cherry blossoms
senior boy in city

1 year baby spring smash cake

senior boys in city

spring maternity

maternity spring

western modeling

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Elliott Family

I first met Brenda and her family at the photo session.  I could tell immediately that she was friends with another one of my sweet clients! Her kids were so well behaved and seriously genuine laughs came out! So much fun! This location was the set of my fall mini-sessions by First United Methodist Church in Carrollton.  Love the greens and the seclusion of this location.  Mini-sessions are so quick, I hope I get to spend more time with this family soon! 

teenage girl in hat and green

dad and daughter

child with hat

senior boy

Location: First United Methodist Church, Carrollton.  

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Jack, Jules, and Bianca + awesome (simple!) new location

I had been driving by this certain field off of March Lane for some time eyeing it for a portrait session.  I thought that it was private but when I saw that it’s actually owned by the city I was so excited! It’s the perfect simple field for a mini-session.  A great spot for kids who aren’t super mobile.  I had my extra help that day (my son, Phoenix) who was helping get sweet smiles from the kids.  Jack and Jules (baby) gave great feedback to Phoenix’s funny dances and noises.  Bianca was a little more harder to please, but in the end that smile was worth gold! I was extra glad I had his help that day because I had bent down in a HUMONGOUS red ant hill and they were quickly climbing up my jeans.   Luckily I didn’t have to strip (that was going to be plan B) but brushed them off with some baby blankets! A session I’ll never forget – it’s like that session I had where all of us where chased by bees! I also won’t forget this session because the two older kids LOVE throw up sounds so I was basically making throw up sounds the entire time! toddler boy in field

toddler girl in hat no smile

baby girl in field

toddler girl in field with hat

Location: Marsh Lane field near Oak Creek Park

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Spring Photo Sessions

The trees are budding, the birds are happily entertaining our cat, and I have the itch to plant, plant, plant! It’s here!!! Spring! The most wonderful part of spring is Daylight Savings Time – or when it ends, I always have a hard time keeping up with which is which. But I do know that there will be more daylight!! I love the lush greens that the spring brings in.  I’m putting together the information that you’ll need for your family spring session.  There will only be 10 spots available this year for spring mini-sessions.  I have some great projects going on this spring and only have time for 10 mini-sessions.  More daylight means that there will be more available light towards the end of the day! I always have a bit of “jet-lag” those first few days of spring forward, but it really is the best! I love the look of the lush green and colors in spring photos…

spring baby with hoodie

spring child

family with big sky

little girl in spring with hat

baby with colors

family feet pose

family of three with baby kissing

boy and his mom in field

family of three in field

siblings in field with bubbles

toddler in spring

family of 4 in field

mom and baby laughing

girl laughing

senior in doorway

girl on tire swing

family of 3 in spring

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