Downtown Houston was the scene for this engagement session featuring Courtney and Harvetta. Harvetta first outfit was stellar and Courtney did a amazing job of matching her fly. The two of them had such a playful demeanor during the entire shot and you could truly tell that Courtney is marrying the love of his life.
St. Lukes Methodist Church was a beautiful sight to see, the architecture was astonishing. The chapels are immaculate, especially the ivory colored marble floors. What an amazing finish! Although the church held much beauty, the true beauty came when I got the chance to work with two stellar people.
Chance is adorable, that is the entire write up. Just joking, my long time friend Elmo Parker whose wedding I'll be shooting this year reached out to me about capturing some images of his son. Most parents say their child is cute or adorable but they are usually bias. Well thats not the case for Chance, this kid has the look. We captured some quick images in the heart of Third Ward Houston, Texas right near Elmo World Famous Restaurant Kim's Kitchen. I love how the images came out, and if you disagree with his cuteness something may be wrong with you
Sugarland, Texas has a small town feel and that was the perfect for this family portrait photo session. Karla(far right) commissioned us to capture her, her sisters, and mother so that they could fresh this moment in time. The sisters (Kristen far right, Keri Middle) had their own unique personalities and their mother(The youngest looking one) was a riot.
Being based out of Houston, Texas and being a wedding and engagement photographer you have to do things differently to stand out. So over the past couple of years I have noticed several signature things that I do when I photograph couples during weddings and engagement photo sessions. The one similarity that jumped out at me the most was that I had photographed every single one of my couples hands.
Houston, Texas was the scene of most recent Downtown Engagement Photo Session. I had the pleasure of working with Miranda McCray and Samual Short. Miranda and Sam are both Mississippi natives but they have transplanted to Houston, Texas. The session was pretty fun because these two have a great sense of humor and the smiles spilled through the photos. The daylight portion of the engagement session was at Market Square Park which is historic area of Downtown Houston.
I recently had the chance to work with an amazing couple, Ashford and AP. I met with them prior to their shoot and they were warm and sweet. Ashford seems quiet and reserved but AP, on the other hand, you could tell had some adventurism within him. So the day of the session the Astro's were having their Championship parade, which means the traffic was tragic but Ashford brought the slay with her and AP held his own. The session was colorful, upbeat, and very fashion forward. These two have an amazing sense of style and I can't wait to see what the wedding has to offer.
Kaitlyn and Christian have a unique love that many may never get to witness and I was honored to capture their special day. Katilyn is a quiet but cheerful young lady and Christian is a comedian but sharp as blade. Together these to make a formidable couple. After their engagement session which we did earlier in the year, I expected the wedding to be elegant and a blast at the least. Alexia of the TheSavvyConsultants delivered once again; she and her team completely revamped the look of the Hughes Manor venue. The floral arrangements may have been some of the best I've seen all year, but that’s what I have grown to expect from Plant N Petals. The day begin at Houston's historic hotel, Hotel ICON, which is located in the heart of downtown. Kim Clark was the makeup artist for the day, and Kim always does an amazing job. Christian and the fellas got ready at home and worked with my second photographer Mike Munoz. From Hotel Icon, Kaitlyn and her bridesmaids rode a trolley to the midtown church where we captured some amazing portraits. Their first look was a happy and fun moment shared between the two.
Myri's parents commissioned me to capture a paramount moment in most young kids’ lives, THEY become teenagers. Myri was turning 13 and we had to capture some amazing images to share the moment with the world. We shot at the Houston Rental Studio, which is in EADO Houston, and it has an amazing feel to it. One side of the facility is all white, while the other side has an industrial warehouse look and feel to it. We chose two different colors which came out amazing. The session went so well! Myri's mother, who actually looks like her sister, joined in on the fun. Papa Keenan also had some behind the scene images but, he opted out of being on the blog. That’s the nice way of saying he didn't make it (lol).You don't have to trust my word for it, take a peek at the images!
Airat and Christopher were an amazing couple to work with. Their smiles were genuine and their style was superb. Chris brought it with his dapper blue velvet blazer, but Airat shut it down with her elegant red lace dress. We were able to book a studio session at the pretty popular West Studios which is in the Heights of of Houston. West Studio has some unique characteristics in and around it which gives you an opportunity to get one of a kind photos.
I had the pleasure of working Lynn and Wesley, a fellow former University of Houston football teammate. So we decided on making Downtown Houston our engagement photo session playground. These two are an awesome couple, and have a great energy between the two of them
On September 23 we had the pleasure of working with two easy going clients. Patricia, a gorgeous bride, who wore a stunning dress and Wilson who was just so happy the day had come were he could marry the love of his life. Patricia and her family rented a historic Galveston beach home which had amazing character, in other words it was a photographers play ground. Wilson enjoyed the comfort of Hotel Galvez while he was getting ready and we had some good laughs as we exchanged stories of fatherhood.
It has been a while since I have been back Downtown Houston to shoot since Hurricane Harvey, but when Evan reached out to me to shoot his engagement photos I was geeked and honored. I say I was geeked because Evan is a fellow photographer and I knew he would let me push the limits and I'm honored because out of all his photographer buddies he gave me the chance to work with him and his future bride to help create their vision.
Chelsea and Michael Harris commission me to capture a special moment in their lives. They are having their first child, and they were excited. Chelsea who is always very stylish had on the amazing blue gown and some killer Christian Louboutin heels to match but the silver next piece she wore stole the show. Micheal also come to impress with a unique vest and futuristic silver shoes, and he would tell me where he got them from. These two compliment each other very well and I can wait to see the stylish outfits they put on their new baby.
Elmo and Christa are the true definition of two people marrying their best-friend. Christa is a light hearted spirt and Elmo with his witty comments through the session made it a fun one. During our entire time at Chateau Cocomar,
This past weekend I had the chance to work with these two young and very talented models. Pierce and Brenna were featured models at a well known Instagram Meet up in Houston, this past weekend. We were in the Market Square Park which is one of the nicest parks in Downtown Houston area, and had many great elements. These two have great smiles and amazing baby blue eyes, but on top of their great looks they have warm and great personalities as well. This was a fun shot but hey don't take my word for it, let the images tell you.
I was fortunate enough to photograph an awesome milestone in any young person's life this past week for Tia Jackson. She was celebrating her 25 birthday, that may not be the correct age but I want to have a long life and you can't do that revealing women's age. Tia brought on Feyi ,a houston based stylist, that I had worked with before, and let me tell you guys Feyi came to Slay, I've always wanted to use that phrase.
Recently had the chance to work with my good friend Phillip of Jprstyling, he said that he wanted to do something unique for memorial day. He mentioned shooting at Manready Mercantile, and once he said that I know that it was the perfect place to shoot because that amazing American vintage flag that they have on the wall downstairs.
Brittany and Warren have been an awesome couple to work with, I'm actually sad to see them go. These two are great people and I enjoyed every moment of their wedding. I knew that we were going to work well together based off the engagement session that did with me late last year. Brittany is a bright and funny young lady, and Warren is the perfect mix of cool and calm.
Their wedding was held at The Heights Villas in Houston, Texas. Brittany and her bridesmaids were a blast and they enjoyed themselves through the whole process. They killed it with the matching fuzzy flip flops. Warren and his groomsmen were sharp. When they both read these specials notes they had prepared for each other, Brittany's love for Warren shined through. As she read his letter you could tell what he meant to her. Warren only lost his chill demeanor when he saw his beautiful bride come down the isle.
Alfred and Ihufoma are a great combination of serious, sophisticated, and successful matched up into one couple. I had the chance to photograph these two's engagement photos so I know that the wedding day was going to be great. Ihufoma dress was gorgeous and Alfred suit was classic. They had so much family in the building, and the energy was through the roof. Lets just say Alfred took over when it came to the dancing!
I recently had the opportunity to work with two time author Kiffany Dugger. She had a bright and happy energy when she came into the studio, which geared me towards the yellow background. Her skin and that gorgeous green dress finalized my decision on the yellow background as well. I just started reading "The Green I Butterfly" which is one of Kiffany books and I can tell it's going to be a good read.
I had the chance to work with this amazing couple, who met in medical school and now both medical doctors. Clayton and Nikeisha look great together but their love is far deeper than skin deep. Nikeisha was excited to claim her groom and gladly embraced her husbands culture even though she has her own, which is Jamaican. Clayton is the son of a very influential figure in the Houston Igbo community, so that set the staged for a very grand and exciting night.
Candice and Prince's big day had arrived, and it was a grand event. Ashton Garden is an absolutely gorgeous venue and their chapel is one of a kind with the open window layout. This couple enjoyed their big day in style. Prince is one of the best grooms that I have ever had the chance to work with. He was full of energy and ready and willing to do anything to make the day go great. Prince's suit was stellar and his traditional wear was current and stylish. You may notice an image of a shoe that he wore that day and I'm a big fan of them. Candice and her bridesmaids were a blast, and one of them in particular had me and the whole crew laughing the entire day. Candice was chill and mellow most of the day, her make-up was amazing, and her dress was stunning. Candice and he crew were a bunch of fun to photograph.
A couple of weeks ago me and my family were enjoying a day at the park right near McGovern Centennial Gardens and I came across this great looking couple. I noticed that they were engaged and I stopped them and spoke with them briefly and handed them a card. Short back story, I've been a photographer for years and never had cards till that weekend, Crazy right! Most of the time when I hand out cards I don't expect much but hey if you don't take the chance you'll never know.
Ugochi and Kenechukwu have style, and from speaking with Ugochi I knew this engagement session was going to be over the top. When I walked up to the this huge house I knew it was going to be grand. We went with a more posed session but the images came out amazing and felt natural. The highlight of the session was when we entered the pool, and it was freezing but we made it through. Chuk was a good sport and you can tell he just wants his future bride to be happiness.Over all the session produce some great images and we are all happy with them.
Recently I was able to work with one of Houston very talented videographers GJ of the allseeingeyes.co . GJ has the magic touch and is always getting hired to shoot at amazing venues and beautiful couples. So when he offered me the chance to work with him of course I jumped on it.
I recently worked with Olivia Kizzie, a newly sworn in Medical Doctor. When Olivia is not curing the sick she is making sure she stays fit. She was a former collegiate athlete, and in her words "fitness as a whole has been my life since I started running track from the young age of 11. Now as a future physician I plan to incorporate nutrition and fitness into my patients plan of care with the goal of possibly making a difference in quality of life for each one of my patients". Kizzie's best friend also accompanied her and she had great energy and made the session a blast.
I've been a member of St. John's church based out of downtown Houston for over 5 years. Pastor Steven has always been a figure in my church life and had became a figure in my personal life when christened my daughter Milan. Steven is a mild mannered guy, and just easy to be around. When he delivers his sermons they are with great enthusiasm and true conviction.