Loving what I do

I always consider it a HUGE honor when I’m asked to be involved in special projects.  Especially when it’s for amazing photographers and an amazing designer.

The amazing, amazing ladies at Loft Photography and the insanely talented  designer Ivana with Saint Isbael Bridal and I got together to work on Saint Isabel’s lookbook.  Anytime I work with Loft Photography I know that the pictures will be amazing.  I’ve never met a dress designer in person.  So it was amazing to get to talk with someone and hear the process and the time and energy that goes into each piece.  Each one of her dresses were carefully made, and it shows.

I do have to warn you.  The pictures.. the dresses..  stunning.

Thats all I have to say about that.-  Forrest Gump

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Thats a lotta stuff

I was contacted by the adorable.. and I mean ADORABLE girls at Loft Phtographie  to help them with a styled shoot requested by the amazing designer of Bride La Boheme who is based out of Australia.  I am a girl who has a weakness for styled shoots, so of course I was happy to oblige!

I was warned told that there would be quite a bit of accessories and a small window of time.  The number went from 30 something I think and ended up being over 50!  Man, do I love a challenge!

The designer wanted organic, boho, romantic updos, which I think is my spirit animal.  If there was an organic boho animal.  Maybe like a boho horse or a goat?  Totally googling that.

These are one of the first images that pulled up when I googled “Boho horse” and “Boho goat”.  You know what?  I’m gonna say horse.  Horse is definitely my boho spirit animal.

As per usual I digress.

I arrived at the house where I would be getting the two models ready and styled them similar to pictures that were requested.  Then, after picking my jaw off the floor from seeing all the gorgeous accessories and dresses, we hoped on over to this cool spot by the river.   It was a looong day.  The entire time was spent snapping (on film none the less!) pictures of one model while I changed out the other one, and then they were done with her, I’d go swap out accessories from the other model! Some of the accessories were switched from hair piece to belt, to bracelet.  It was awesome the creativity you can use for these gorgeous pieces.  (I need to trademark myself and one of the looks will just have to be gorgeous hair pieces worn with my normal casual t-shirt and jeans. ) It was CRAZY and SOOO much fun!  So take a moment.. Enjoy the pictures below.  I know there are a ton, but this is just a small fraction of how many there actually are!

*The pictures are out of order, but we started with updos and then at the end of the day took them down.

 

Photography: www.loftphotographie.com @loftphotographie
Styling: Mayhardesign.com @mayhardesign
Hair & Makeup: http://luciemarie.com/ @angela_parker
Dresses: Dove gray, and both ivory gowns – saintisabelbridal.com @saintisabelbridal
Blush and sea foam gowns – Jillianfellers.com @jillianfellers
Hairpieces – Bride La Boheme – bridelaboheme.com.au @bridelaboheme
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Katy

Where do I begin with sweet and soo soo pretty Katy?

Let’s begin by mentioning that one of my favorite people and photographers shot this wedding.  Magan with Urban Grey   referred me to Katy a while back.  She always sends me the sweetest of clients so of course I was excited to work with her.  It’s one of those thing where you’re really hoping the trial goes well.  You don’t want your friend to look bad for referring someone who does bad work, and you don’t want someone to think you do bad work!  Stressful all around.

You know what’s not stressful?  Katy.  Katy is a doll.  So stress free, so sweet, and easy going.  I had a lot of fun working with her and her bridesmaids on her wedding day.  I will say though.  That not everything was a peaches and roses.  Peaches and roses.  Is that even right?  Well anyway.  Not everything was dandy.  ( I have this uncontrollable need to use non-boring adjectives.  So I can’t just say, everything was not awesome.. dang it.  SEE?!, awesome would have been perfect.  )  Katy struggles with perfect skin syndrome.  Like  She doesn’t have pores.  Or wrinkles.  Or blemishes.  Her skin is perfect.  Ugh, and her hair.  Shiny.  Who has perfect hair and skin?!  Katy.  That’s who.

For Katy we did her hair in a romantic and timeless updo, airbrush makeup with natural looking lashes.  Her bridesmaids also chose classic updos as well.

On with the show.

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Never wanted this day to come.

As you know, I don’t like to get too personal on here.  It’s not the place.  Unless your personal life mixes with your professional.  In this case, it did.

I feel like it’s gotta get a little personal so you know why this person means so much to me.  So grab your Styrofoam cup and burnt coffee and lets have a little personal chat.

My dad got sick when I was in the second grade, leaving my mom to care for two young kids.  Short on English and resources, to say she struggled would be and understatement.  In comes the Joe and Margo.  They started helping my mom the minute they moved in across the street from us.  A young couple with no children of their own.  Often times Margo would tattle notify my mom if she saw my sister or I up to no good.  Which did not make her popular with me at that time.   Fast forward to Margo getting pregnant and having a beautiful baby girl named Ashley, who my mom then started watching on a part-time basis.  Ashley was seriously the perfect kid.  I would often drive her to a field not to far away and feed the horses with her.  Her most favorite past time.  She also liked to say “Momma” especially when I would take her to run errands with me.  I got many-a teen mom speech from random strangers.  Fun times.  Ashley also couldn’t say my name so she started calling me “Andy” which is a nick name thats stuck for  years.  You can always tell who my oldest friends are if you hear them refer to me as “Andi”.

Fast forward many, many, many more years and two more amazing kids later that my mom until a year ago watched regularly as well.   Joe and Margo are still helping my mom in every aspect of her life.  They take off work, volunteer their already sparse spare time to help her.. They’re better kids than my sister and I could ever be.   My sweet, sweet Tashy is now 18 years old.  Things have come full circle.  She babysits my kids now, and hopefully gets teen mom looks as well.

Ashley has grown to be a truly amazing woman.  She’s so smart, and wise beyond her years.  She doesn’t give into peer pressure, doesn’t care to change her beliefs or morals for anyone.  She’s a straight A, honor student whose been accepted into the University of Texas Nursing School.  Which, if you do know her.. is like. Duh.   She’s a FIRM God lover.  A great sister, and an easy daughter.  I’m not sure Ashley has ever been grounded.  I’m not even sure she’s ever cussed.  Then again, I probably do enough for the both of us.   All this stems from two amazing parents.  Who I am sooo deeply blessed to call family.

Ashley Nicole.. Tashy.  I am so truly honored to have been able to watch you grow up.  I am so excited for you, and look forward to watching you do great things.   Because Ashley is SUCH a VIP for me, I wanted to make sure she had awesome Senior Pictures.  I mean, you’re only a Senior once right.  Well, except in college.. and then when you’re 60…  So of course I called up my friend Amanda with Amanda Pomilla Photography and she was so gracious and flexible with my crazy schedule.  We had such an awesome time shooting these.  The day was chilly, and WIIINDY but we powered through and Amanda really did capture Ashley and all of her sweetness.  Her talent for capturing people, as they are- is just nothing short of amazing.  So thank you Amanda for these great pictures!

And in true family nature my amazingly talented sister (Wendee Sawran) seriously whipped up the floral head piece/crown on super short notice.  Because, who isn’t always surrounded my gorgeous flowers that are ready to be turned into beautiful head decor?  Fair warning.. don’t click on the link in her name unless you want to suffer from insanely gorgeous flower overload.  Just sayin’.

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