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.
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’.
Casey and her now husband Austin, are two awesomely nice people. I met Casey when I first did her trial and then her engagement hair/makeup last year. Fast forward to her wedding day, which turned out beautifully (obviously because it’s published!). Her bridesmaids dresses were some of the prettiest I’ve seen. Casey really is gorgeous inside and out. She’s super sweet, and kind, and a blessing to meet. And not in the way us Southerners say “bless her heart” blessing.
We enjoyed spending the morning with Casey on her big day, doing hair and makeup for her and her bridesmaids. All of them gorgeous and from different necks of the woods. That’s how you know you’re loved. When your lady friends fly in from all over to be a part of such an important event!
**Edit. So. I lied. This isn’t really a quicky. I hadn’t realized the photographer had posted pictures on their blog yet, so I thought I would post a quick post with a couple of stolen pictures. Turns out. I’ve got a TON. Bad news is, I just kinda accidentally learned how to upload a ton of pictures at once. You see, in the past. I had been uploading each picture one by one. Then this magical thing called the “drop box” appeared and then I could just drag a bunch of picture into it and viola! However, I had to go back and upload each one to my post. Which still took FOR-EV-ER! Then I saw this option of “mass action” or something. Maybe it said “bulk actions ” either way, I clicked it. Sooo, now there’s a bunch on here, but they’re all out of order and I don’t know how to make them bigger, or comment on them. Oye vey. I really do need someone to do this for me. But no one has volunteered yet. So either, A. No one is reading this blog. or B. Y’all enjoy seeing me struggle. It’s probably a little bit of A and B. sick bastards. If it’s mostly B., I should warn you. It’s amusing at first. Then it just gets irritating. You’re lucky I don’t blog regularly otherwise you’d totally be tired of it. As my sister.
One day I’ll stop all of these ‘I’ll be a better blogger’ claims and actually be one. But- for now. You must deal with my sporadic weddings and ramblings.
Such is life.
You know what else is life? Awesome clients. And I know I say it a lot. But I really do have awesome clients. And even if I didn’t. I would TOTALLY tell you I did anyway. Because that’s way more P.C. And my unawesome clients are mentioned on my secret “I -hate- my- clients- blog. ” Just kidding. Maybe. Noo, I kid, really. But I can’t say that I’m not inspired….
Well. Now I have you paranoid, don’t I. Maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe now you’ll be super nice to me and let me do any hairstyle I want. Even if you hate it. Out of fear that I’m going to write about you on the crazies other blog. I’ve been inspired again. This post has been very inspiring. I inspire myself really. Let just soak all that in for a minute.
Well, now that we’ve soaked up my inspirational.. mojo? We can continue on with the real reason I’m here. It’s a MEGA BLOG!! On WEDNESDAY WEDNESDAY WEDNESDAY!!!!!!<insert booming car salesmens voice> (try typing Wednesday three times and see if you can spell it without mistakes. Even if you say WED-NES-DAY in your head)
My first little lady is Julie. She hails (is that even spelled right?) from the lovely state of Colorado, where she’s finishing up vet school! Swoon. A girl who loves animals. And lives in the state I love. And who is flippin’ awesome. Julie opted for a trial prior to her engagement session which went awesome, and I fell in love with her. In the creepy way. Julie, if you’re reading this. I am in love with you. Now, hook me up with some Frontline and Heartguard. 6 furry animals aint cheap!
So. Pretty. And I’m not saying that because I’m in love with her and bias. She really is pretty. Julie chose to do loose waves, and natural airbrush makeup. There was a ton of moisture in the air but the girls hair held up and looks beautiful.
Our next lovely and amazing lady is Candice. I had never met Candice until her actual wedding day. Which is not uncommon. Candice and her bridesmaids were really, really, awesome. My lovely assistant and I had such a great time while we were there. Candice has short fine hair and wanted and updo but was concerned about the turn-out because it was so short. Luckily for her. I’m a great faker. I can fake thick hair like nobodies business. I realize I sound a little full of myself but it really is something I’ve taken the time to really work on and attempt to master.
Candice and her bridesmaids chose different hair and makeup styles but they all chose airbrush makeup with dramatic eyes. Can’t go wrong with that combo.
(I swiped the following pictures from her photographers FB page. I wasn’t able to contact her for more pictures.. so Jessica Laura Photography, if you have more- please share!!
Last but not in the slightest bit least. Lindsay. Lovely, lovely, Lindsay. And her momma. And her bridesmaids. AANND her Jr. Bridesmaids. Lindsay got married at the gorgeous Hyatt at Lost Pines Resort on a rainy but BEAUTIFUL day! I think she had a million girls in her bridal party. All of them were lovely and a dream to work with. Great hair, great skin.. Lindsay and her mom though. We bonded. When I first met them both it was for her bridal portraits/trial. I was a little nervous at first because Lindsay has had her makeup done professionally quite often, so for me – its difficult to be compared to other artists. But things went off without a hitch and I ended up looking forward to her wedding day. Fast forward to the day before where I got to get Lindsay and her mother ready for the rehearsal dinner/party. I could not have had more fun. They are both so witty and sarcastic. The perfect blend of everything I love most! I even got to meet the groom which is a rare treat and he was soo laid back and cool. I really liked him. Lindsay.. I approve. So I realize there are at on of pictures; but her uber talented photographer Andy with Studio 563 TOTALLY hooked me up! Like he proactively sent them to me. (minus a few I stole off his blog)
Nope, your eyes did not studder. That is a Ferrari
My dear friend Magan with Urban Gray Photography contacted me one cold and dreery October and asked if I would be able to do some hair and makeup for some bridal portraits for a VIP client. And of course I said yes. And of course- the “cold and dreery” was my sad attempt at making this post a little more serious. But seriously. It’s Texas. Ain’t nothin’ cold about October in Texas. You know, they really should make specially insulated costumes for kids that live in hot climates. All of the cute costumes are super hot and the poor kiddos are out there trying to fight off heat stroke. Um. Okay. This is a hair/makeup blog NOT a Texas heat+ better Halloween costume design rant blog. I will keep that as my mantra as I continue on with my story.
Once up on a time, a hair stylist was beckoned by an insanely talented photographer who demanded her expertise for her VIP client Sarah. Sarah lives in a land far far away.. Okay I gotta stop with the fairy tail story line. It’s completely distracting and y’all know how easily I get distracted. So seriously, I have to admit. I didn’t know Magan that well when I met up with her and later Sherry (she came along to help Magan out, because that’s just the kind of person Sherry is. Makes you sick doesn’t it?) at Magans house. So it’s easy to assume that things were a little awkward at first. But. It wasn’t. Magan is so awesome, and sweet, and adorable. We really just got on from the start. And Sarah, seriously. So sweet. SOO sweet. Sarah lives in Beeville and came in for her engagement session which she shot with Magan the day before, and then bridals. Sarah already had her own stylist booked back in Beeville, and just needed me for the bridals. No problem. I take work any way I can get it. Sarah gave me a lot of creative liberty with her hair and makeup. She had very little stipulations. And we couldn’t decide if she should wear it up or half up. So, we went with both. I pinned her hair loosely enough that it would stay, but also easily come down. Best of both worlds. Do you know what else is the best? The time we had. I genuinely had such an awesome time working with them that I practically begged Magan to let me tag along to the shoot so that I could take down Sarah’s hair, of course. I don’t usually stick around for the photography part. But I didn’t want to leave them. I was like the sad nerdy kid who would bring extra twinkies in her lunch box to bribe the other kids to play with her. This never happened by the way. I don’t like to share. Not even for a decent bribe. Reluctantly, the girls agreed to let me stick around.
When we got to this little tucked away field Magan and Sherry started pulling doors out of of Magans’ car. This was new. Doors? Antique, beautiful, rustic, perfect doors! How do people come up with these things?! Sherry and I got to work attempting to stake the doors to the ground while Magan and Sarah did their picture thing sans the doors. I am dead serious when I say 95% of the time was spent laughing. 4% was spent cursing the doors and their inability to stay up. The other 1% was spent being serious. Boo.
We were all sad to see each other go. Sarah was off to her far away land, and I would never see her again……
Amazing photos right? Amazing love story too. Two people find each other, have the time of their lives and never see each other again.
Well guys. I couldn’t end a story like that could I? After much discussion, Sarah and I decided we couldn’t bear to never see each other again. So she gave her chick the boot and I road tripped it to Beeville for her wedding in April, with the promise of seeing her again for maternity and family photos when the time comes! Cannot wait!
Magan, thank you for the opportunity to work with you guys, I had such an amazing time.