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13 Years!

As a follow up to my last post about couples and taking time for each other.  I wanted to introduce you to a couple of my friends.  Bridget and James.  Bridget has a son whose literally days apart same age as my son.  They are two peas in a pod.  They also have a spit-fire daughter who my daughter equally adores.  So- with kid friendships comes mom friendships.  Well sometimes.  But that’s a different story, but can I get an amen on that?

Luckily, this time meant that my son gained a pretty awesome best friend and I gained a new friend in my elite circle of friends.  Okay, so maybe not elite.  Maybe more just I’m a recluse and and super lazy selective about who I come out of my burrow for.  Seems kinda elite to me.

Bridget and her husband James have been married for 13 years and probably a day or two depending on when I actually finish and post this!   Could be 13 years and 362 days.  Who knows. What I do know is, these two are adorable.  Marriage like I said, isn’t easy.  Marriage +Kids can be even harder.  But also soo soo awesome.  I think after we have kids we get so focused on those little creatures couple time is often overlooked.  These two are like those cool Austin parents who like, do stuff.  With their kids.  I sometimes take my kids to the pool.  These guys really do stuff.  I can’ think of anything off the top of my head but I’m pretty sure the stuff they do involves an Austin area code. They also hang, just the two of them.  Which is pretty cool.  And they’re both not hard to look at.  Which is awkward to say. So awkward that I don’t know where to go from here..

Right, well…

Magan and I really really wanted to do an emphasis on couples at various stages in their lives.  Family photos are so important.  But post family couple photos are almost unheard of.  But why?  What better thing to show our children when they get older, than their parents in love?  So, yes. I don’t like my husband most some of the time.  But it doesn’t mean I don’t love him.  And guess what guys? It started with the two of you so why not celebrate that?!  We were so glad Bridget stepped out of her comfort zone and let me doll her up.  Y’all her hair is naturally that curly. I did go through it all and recurl using the same size barrel curling iron as her natural curls, just to tidy it up a bit, but thats all this girl.  Man I want fierce curly hair.  Bridget also is one of those disgustingly pretty people who don’t wear a lot of makeup.  It was a big step for her to let me put on more than she normally would wear.  Which from the pictures doesn’t look like that much, but thats why its important to go a little above what you normally do for picture sake.

You’d never know but it was pouring down rain 5 minutes before we took any of these pictures.  We almost thought they weren’t going to happen!  

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Refresh

My darling friend and photographer Magan with you guessed it- Urban Grey Photography and I teamed up to do a series of couples shoots. What could be more fun that working with a close friend, and gorgeous couples?

I think as a whole-  after the excitement of marriage and even after the blur of having kids we often forget about ourselves as a couple.  You immediate go into survival mode whether it be surviving life with an adult person who STILL CANT SEEM TO MAKE IT ALL THE WAY INTO THE TOILET or rinse their cup out before leaving it in the sink.  Or the survival mode when you have kids.  This is survival mode in it’s purest form.  Not only do you have to keep the kids alive but you’ve got to keep yourselves alive too.

Whatever the circumstances are.  When do we (and by we I mean myself as well because I’m 100% guilty of all of this as well) ever take the time to stop, breath in, and remember what REALLY loving each other is all about?

Magan and I wanted to do the couples session because I feel like couples easily become the under dogs once the hype of the fancy wedding or new kids come along.  And we both have a heart for the underdogs.  And a passion for bringing them out of underdog status and really shining a light on how amazing it is to BE a committed couple.  With the odds ever NOT being in your favor, it’s super important to refresh.  Refresh your frozen computer screen, refresh your frozen marriage.  Take time to capture those moments of being held, loved, touched (and not by sticky fingers).  My hope is that each of these couples and any other couple that would like to have a session done- looks back on these pictures and feels that heart stopping more than a crush love that they once felt before the craziness of marriage kicked in. I hope it reminds them that Love is worth holding on to, and sometimes it sucks, and just gets stuck but it’s worth a refresh.  Trust me on this!

Lets take a little looksie at the first adorable couple.  Sara and Rich.  These two adorables have been married for almost 8 years. They shared with Magan that they don’t have any professional pictures of each other, other than on their wedding day.  Gone are the days of the Olan Mills pictures of couples with matching turtle necks and feathered bangs.  Making time for each other is hard enough, making time to head over to sears portrait studio.. forget about it!  So we were thankful that they were willing to schedule some time out!  That being said.  I think the first few minutes of any photography session can be super awkward.  You don’t want to look stupid and you want to make sure you’re doing those poses you pinned on Pinterest.  But trust me when I say that if you have a good photographer, he/she will help guide you and then it all just comes naturally.  Pinterest can give you some great suggestions.  But leave it as that.  Trying to recreate other peoples poses often makes for some pretty awkward and fake shots.  So posing uniquely to your surroundings and comfort is the key. After a while you can feel the comfort that the couples feel when just holding on to each other. And THAT makes for some beautiful pictures.

For Saras hair and makeup-  Sara met me at my office while Magan and Rich drove down the Star Hill Ranch.  Sara has naturally curly/straight/wavy hair.  True story.  Some parts are super curly, some parts are super wavy and some were straight.  So we decided that messy curly would be a fun option for her bob cut.  I also threw in a side fishtail bang.  Because this was for a photo shoot, I went heavier on the makeup.  Sara and I discussed makeup looks, and she does wear makeup on a daily basis but not a lot.  She did agree to push the envelope on this one and go a bit smokey on the eyes, and a bold lip.  For anyone who says you can’t do both- they lie.  Well it can be done.  In moderation!  I knew that this was a little scary for her, but she was willing to try it.  For clients who are getting married I usually try not to peer pressure them into wearing more than they’re comfortable with, but for photo shoots it is recommended to go a little stronger with your look so it photographs well post editing.

I love that the first thing Rich said to Sara when he saw her for the first time was- “Baby, you look soo beautiful!”  Swoon

 

 

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Whats new?

I feel like all of my blog posts have become repetitive.  “I love this bride”  “She’s so sweet” “Amazing bride”.  This may come as a surprise to you, but I am not a writing major.  I can think of no other creative ways to describe how much I truly love my clients!  I’m not sure how we’ve gotten so lucky to have such amazing people to work with.  Because I’ve heard horror stories, and I know that they’re out there… But just not here!

Take Audra for instance.  She is sooo soo sweet.  She’s soft spoken, and just so.. sweet.  Seriously.  I think she could put a Disney Princess to shame.

Audra wanted a textured, romantic, and classically vintage undo.  Her dress was a slightly vintage form fitting lace dress, and the style she chose fit perfectly.  Because Audra is so naturally beautiful she wanted to stick with a natural look for makeup.  I was still able to use airbrush on her but a very light application.

 

Here are some snippets she sent me from her bridal portrait session.  I know we’re not suppose to judge, but can’t you just tell how sweet she is?

Photo credit: Meagan McLendon Photography

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Laid Back

Mari is quite possibly one of the most laid back brides I’ve ever worked with.  She says it’s not normally how she functions but she’s been pretty chill with the process.  It’s interesting to learn how sometimes wedding planning can bring out the worst in some people, but the best in others.

I first met Mari at her hair and makeup trial and we  chatted non-stop.  She wanted a loose side swept style, and really liked what we ended up with.  But, just because someone likes something doesn’t mean it’s “the one”!  Much like dress shopping sometimes you have to try on a bunch of different styles to figure out which one you like the best.  Mari came back a couple months later and we tried out a different style.  A simple, classic, and elegant half up style.   After it was done I could see her body language change, and see that this was “The One”.   After doing this for so many years I’d like to think that I’m pretty in tune when a client doesn’t real like something, and when they really really do.  Luckily we found something that she was ultimately really happy about.

And on that happy note, I was super happy to be able to work with Mari, her awesome bridesmaids, moms, and even her aunt!

Photos Curteousy of Kristi Wright Photography

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Bar Mansion

I had so much fun working with Renna on her wedding day.  She, and her bridesmaids were hilarious and made the time fly by.  We got to do hair and makeup for Renna and most of her bridesmaids and the moms!

The always awesome Magan with Urban Grey

captured her day beautifully!

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