These guys are cute to the max!! I love them so much! Jacqlyn and David live in Chicago and swung into town for a quick weekend of wedding stuff. I had a double-header that weekend already with weddings, plus it was 100% chance of rain that Saturday. Of course. All the props to these cool cats for being so quick and flexible to do portraits on a Friday afternoon rather than Saturday morning. We had a ball! They were staying at The Four Seasons so it was a natural choice for beautiful portraits. I barely had to give them direction; David is so in love with this girl. I am thrilled to be a part of their December wedding with Clearly Classy Events! Enjoy!
I am soooo stoked for Heather and Brian’s wedding this fall at Horseshoe Bay! Kristi with Eclipse Event Co recommended me for them, and without trying to be hyperbolic I think it’s a match made in Heaven. They are the cutest!! Seriously. Both type-A hustlers, they are perfect for each other. They met through their separate roles in the real estate business in Dallas. Nevermind that they are really really good looking, Brian’s humor and Heather’s enthusiasm made this a super fun engagement session. Yes it was a bit windy that day, and yes, the lake was being drained for maintenance so no cool pier shots this time, but ohhh, the sunlight.
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Jude is one cool kid. We met last fall for some formal portraits at Congregation Beth Israel with the Torah as well as relaxed images at Graffiti Hills Park. Thank goodness we did the portraits before, because the week of his actual bar mitzvah, his mother informed me that he’d be sporting a cast on his left hand. He’d broken a finger playing basketball. Kids!
I enjoyed seeing Jude with his whole family on the day of his bar mitzvah. He and his big sister have such a great relationship. You could feel the joy of aunts and uncles who had flown in from out of state to be with their nephew on his big day. Jude’s celebration was held at The Griffin School, and definitely had a retro-feel to it. A high school gym, grilled cheese sandwiches, hula-hoop contests and a fourteen-year-old kid laying sick beats on the dance floor. The night ended with a huge balloon drop over the dance floor and all the hilarity that accompanies pre-teen boys with helium. You could feel the love of a tightly-knit family and just wanted to be “in” on it.
Mazel tov, Jude! Thanks for having me be part of your day.
Phanny is my best friend. Her family has an amazing story; they immigrated from Cambodia and came to the U.S. when she was just a baby. I never knew until she told me while we grazed at an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet at Punch Bowl Social on January 1, 2016. Her grandmother had nine children. One was lost while they were traveling from one village to another during the chaos of the Khmer Rouge regime. Naturally I was anxious to meet her grandmother AND mother, and Thanksgiving weekend gave us the perfect opportunity. I love photographing mothers and daughters. I think there is something powerful about capturing a portrait–not a lifestyle or action image–but a timeless, classic image that will be handed down from generation to generation. We met at Westwood Country Club for a quick mini-session. “Ma” was rather sober while the camera was clicking away, but afterward she laughed and hugged and kissed me. My favorite portrait is one we took outside, and she got distracted by her three-year-old great-grandson, Jordan. He made her smile.