Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Beautiful Baby Girls

Pretty much everyone that is a really close friend of mine is either pregnant or has recently had a baby- my sister included, who is also a dear friend of mine:).

I'm really not exaggerating either, which I have the tendency to do sometimes. There are babies every where.

Over the past few weeks I've had the joy of photographing some of my favorite little girls.

I love infant photography. I love it mostly because it is a challenge to me and you never know what to expect. There is never a dull moment and lots of laughs along the way. And with every baby comes a schedule. The right time is crucial in getting great pictures. If they aren't happy and well fed, you might as well forget it.

These lovely little ladies were a photographer's dream! Of course they are absolutely gorgeous and they were all very happy during their photo shoots.

Here are some of my favorites of these precious ones.


My beautiful niece, Ava! She reminds me so much of my KK, except her strikingly gorgeous black hair. KK didn't have hair until she was 2.

Precious Sadie! This child is going to give Laney Rae a run for her money. She is such a big girl.

Adorable Autumn. Her daddy is Native American and a tribe member made her this special blanket and moccasin's. How cool is that? We had to include them in the pictures.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Kent & Courtney; Part 2

Here are some more of this sweet couple! These were shot at George Bush Library. GBL is another favorite of mine to shoot at. They keep the grounds perfectly manicured and all of the extras are great too! While we were there, we ran into 3 other photographers. It was fun!

I'm so excited about this couple's wedding. It will be held at La Cantera Resort in San Antonio. There are so many great places to take pictures at here. I can't wait!

Kent & Courtney; e-session

Kent & Courtney are getting married in July! I had the priviledge of photographing them for their engagement session. We immediately hit it off and hit the streets of downtown Bryan in hopes to beat the storm that was fast approaching.

We started downtown and the plan was to head to George Bush after we were done there. However, the rain came down. So we finished up there and went to George Bush another day.

These two were so much fun! They had lots of neat ideas as well which gets me excited that someone else is as excited about pictures as I am.

I have a funny story too- a Lynsey moment (as my hubby would say). I was trucking along taking pictures. I like to refer to my clients by their names instead of 'Hey, you'. It just sounds better for some reason. So I kept asking 'Kurt' to do this or 'Kurt' to move here or 'Kurt' to chill. Halfway through, sweet Courtney says during one of those moments,"You mean, Kent."

I broke out laughing and started apologizing profusely. They were laughing with me too!

I have a really bad tendency to mesh couple's names together. I do this even with some of my closest friends, Kirby and Charlie. I will call one of them Chirby, Karlie, Charby or whatever! I'm so bad about it. Courtney goes by 'Court' a lot of times and once again I was caught in the name meshing game with, Kent and Court.

I do tons of shoots in the downtown area. It is what people like and I happen to love it myself. But, I don't want for everything I shoot downtown to look exactly the same. However, at the same time I realize that people select a photographer based upon the work that they have seen them do.

Here is some insight to that from the amazingly talented and famous Jessica Claire. She shares the importance of being consistent yet creative at the same time. Here are her words:

This is something that I struggle with like everyone else. I think that one thing that helps is to get to know your couple or subject a bit before the shoot, or even when you first arrive so you can find things about them that you can incorporate into the shoot. I love to shoot engagement sessions somewhere significant to a particular couple. My best work though, is when I get to shoot people doing something or being somewhere that they really enjoy. For example, I had a couple the other day say to me, "please don't make us shoot our engagement session at the beach, I just don't like the beach!" I'm so glad that they said something about that because instead of putting them somewhere uncomfortable, we were able to choose a location they really loved.

I think doing things different every time is really difficult, and so I don't try to go too far outside the box on every shoot. My clients hire me not only for my photos but because they have an idea of what they will get with me, and consistency is a good thing. So on every shoot, I'll shoot about 75% of what I know will work well, and I'll try about 25% of the time to do something different or new. It doesn't always work, but sometimes I get something completely awesome! That way I can shoot for the client and still satisfy my own creativity and curiosity without the pressure of feeling like if I don't do the new thing well, the shoot is ruined.

So that is that! She really says it best!

On to the favorites from their session. There are more to come that were shot at George Bush. This couple had a ton of keepers! I really had a hard time even selecting my favs. Here is a LINK to all of them shot downtown!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Ryan + Cate, Part 2

Hooorrraaay for really smart people who can change an internet connection from being tortoise-like to lightening fast! Even though he took one look at my computer, looked at me and said "I hate Macs" with a straight serious face, I still think he is terrific. He really said that! I forgive him and his little fear of the unknown Mac world.

Anyways, I promised more pictures of Ryan and Cate and here they are. I hope you enjoy!

Ryan & Cate!

The ceremony had the most beautiful ambiance and was lit up by white little lights everywhere! It was truly beautiful.

Mr. & Mrs. Shipley!

The Wedding Party!

The most delicious cookies!

Ryan wrote, sang, and recorded the song that they danced to for their first dance. It was truly such a special moment. And he had an incredible voice!

Getting jiggy with it!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Ryan + Cate

I had the huge blessing of photographing a dear friend's wedding. Ryan and Cate were married on Sept. 2, 2007 in Austin, TX.

It was a beautiful testimony to the Lord's unfailing love seeing these two become one in front of their precious friends and family. Ryan and Cate have to be one of the sweetest couples that I have ever witnessed. Their love is tender, sweet, deep, genuine, and respectful.

Above everything else, they love Jesus and He is the heartbeat of this marriage.

The location that they chose was gorgeous. And they, too, are the definition of gorgeous! Really!!!!

We were really bummed that we didn't get to do any outside pictures (except the ones under the tarp, tricky, tricky:) because of the rain. It rained the whole time before the wedding while we were shooting all of the before the ceremony stuff.

We tried to fit as much inside as we could. The inside was not laid out for inside pictures especially those with bigger groups, but we made the best of it. And the bride and groom were in good spirits the whole time which blessed the socks off of the photographer.

It was a joy being part of a wedding where the bride and groom have the bigger picture in mind.......their marriage. They were not about to let the rain get to them and the miracle Jesus was doing that day.

But, as for the wedding details.....they were stunning! The colors were gorgeous, the ambiance was beautiful, and the guests were sweet!

Here are some of my favorites. I have more that are ready to put on here, however my internet decided to turn into a tortoise of some sort today and I've been at it for 5 hours trying to get the rest on here. Have no fear, the technician will be here......tomorrow! Anyways, check back soon for the rest of the pictures. There are so many great ones. You can look at the full wedding HERE.

Cate getting ready!

Putting on her dress. This place had a really beautiful bridal parlor.

Beautiful Cate!

Best Friends. We played up the fact that it was raining and grabbed an umbrella for the bridesmaid's pictures.

Adorable Asher the ring bearer!

Because of time, Cate and Ryan saw each other before the wedding. It worked out so great because I was able to get some really great shots of her walking towards him in the background. It also made for a very sweet and intimate moment because they were all by themselves (except for a goofy photographer:) and they were able to take that moment all in!

Bride & Groom. All of these shots were under a white tarp which gave the illusion that we were outside. Ha, take that rain!

More to come soon! Check back tomorrow for the rest of them.


Sunday, October 21, 2007

Amazing Opp

Hi All!

My friend and fellow creative mentor, Shauna Maness, is hosting Crash Courses for those of you who are interested in learning more about taking cool pictures and your camera. She and her sweet hubby live in Germany, but she will be coming in this November & December to Texas!

This course is for people who love to take pictures. And for those of you who scrapbook, this would kick those scrapbooks up a notch with amazing photos of your most precious memories.

However, this is NOT for pros or those desiring to turn professional. Shauna is going to offer a seperate course for us peeps.

I spent a week with her early on when I was just getting started. I learned so much about how to use my camera and the technical side of things. It enabled me to fine tune my gift even more and bring to life the pictures I saw in my head.

She is a brilliant photographer and an amazing all-around gal who loves the Lord. I would highly recommend that you look into taking one of these courses. Your time would be well spent and you would walk away with tons of knowledge.

Here is the info:

I've been doing lots of editing! Check back soon for a few of my favorites from each session and wedding.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

School Room Art

I am decorating Kaylyn's new room in retro schoolhouse stuff. I want it to be fun, creative, and colorful.

I do not like to buy artwork. I'm sort of a do-it-yourselfer. I figure why spend money on art when you can create something yourself. It is so much fun and A LOT cheaper. And you get exactly what you want.

So, while some friends and I roamed the streets of Warrenton, TX at the Antiques Fair this weekend, I found some things to take pictures of for Kaylyn's room.

I would have liked to have taken more pictures during the 5 times that I went, but this was the first time that I went without children.

In case you haven't heard of the Antiques Fair, it happens twice a year in two little towns in Texas called Round Top and Warrenton. You can read more about that HERE. I am really into anything old, worn out, beat up, full of character, has a history, or whatever. My husband and I found out we shared this common interest very early on in our marriage so it works out very well for us to enjoy this together!

Here are some of my favorites! I can't wait to see these printed and up in her room.