A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate to take a week long workshop at the Texas School of Photography and as usual, it was fun-filled and hectic week! One of my favorite activities was the morning we spent at the McKinney Cotton Mill with 3 professional ballet dancers. Here are some of my favorite images – hope you enjoy!
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Last fall we got to travel to one of our favorite places to shoot weddings – New Orleans! Bill and Angelica live in the Dallas area but share a deep love for New Orleans, so when they started planning their dream wedding it only made sense that they plan a destination wedding in their dream location – St Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square! They worked hard to make sure all of the guests received a true feel for the city – from traditional Second Line walk through the French Quarter to the King’s cake at the reception, they did it all.
You may have already seen Angelica and her sisters on our blog a couple of months ago and you can read a lot more about Bill & Angelica’s wedding in the current Star-Telegram Bridal Section (we’re anxiously awaiting the online version to go live!(
Host hotel – The Bourbon Orleans
Ceremony Venue – St Louis Cathedral
Second Line band – Treme Brass Band
Hair & Makeup – Angelica’s amazing sister, Bianca
Reception Venue – Audubon Zoo, Louisiana Swamp
Cakes – Haydel’s Bakery
DJ (Dallas based) – Gus Garza
This was the first time we have had the opportunity to photograph a Second Line walking through the French quarter – LOVED IT!! And so very Nawlins!
Now on to the reception venue, the Louisiana Swamp at the Audubon Zoo – who wouldn’t want to party amidst the alligators?
Another New Orleans must – the charm pull..
And what could be better for the Groom’s Cake than the famous King’s Cake from Haydel’s Bakery
I don’t remember what song was playing, but I’d be willing to bet that it was either Journey’s or Bon Jovi – they get the best air guitar and lip syncing at most weddings.
As photographers and artists we are always looking for inspiration – sometimes it comes from our fellow photographers, sometimes it comes from our own introspection, but often it comes from the people around us. Over the years, the one thing we are constantly reminded of is that the world is full of inspirational, joyful and enriching people and experiences and life is better when we keep ourselves open to these experiences and maintain a positive attitude.
We recently had the great pleasure of photographing Angelica and Bill’s wedding in New Orleans and part of what made this an amazing experience (other than eating all of the yummy Nawlin’s food!) was getting to know their families. One of our favorite things about photographing weddings is that we are a fly on the wall at a very emotional event in peoples lives and we become immersed in their families for a brief moment in time. We knew Angelica & Bill’s wedding would be extra special because not only does Angelica have 3 sisters who mean the world to her, but her sister, Ana-Alecia, is battling cancer and instead of dwelling on the negative, they have chosen to celebrate love and life and enjoy every moment.
We will be blogging more of Angelica & Bill’s beautiful wedding in a few days, but today we want to do our part to celebrate and share Ana-Alecia’s positive attitude and hopefully she will inspire some of you as much as she and her family have inspired us. I’m sure many of you have seen Ana-Alecia’s video that went viral last week, but you will now have a chance to hear her story on the Ellen Degeneres Show, tomorrow Tuesday November 1 2016. Please join in, share her message, and stay positive!
Who says cancer and chemo have to get get you down? We’ll have the last laugh!! Having an awesome chemo buddy like @danilax21 who is ALWAYS down for a dance party helps too!! We want to show the world that dancing and laughter is the BEST medicine. We are #AnaStrong !! #JujuOnThatBeat #ICantDance #JustForFun #ChemoSucks #NoHairDontCare #CancerAwareness #Chemo #JujuOnThatChemo #dancing #DanceTherapy @theellenshow @cody_sattler @thefitnessmarshall @su2c @ihadcancer @americancancersociety @stupidcancer @prettygirlswithcancer
We just returned from the Imaging USA convention in Atlanta and what an amazing trip! Like any industry convention, it was a chance to see new products, meet up with old friends and make some new friends, and most importantly, take a few classes from our fellow photographers on the new trends and techniques in our industry.
The high point for us was that Bill received his Photographic Craftsman degree at the Imaging Award and Degree Ceremony! He has been teaching PPA Super 1 Day classes for 4 years as well as a class for the Houston PPA Guild, so combined with his regular attendance of the Imaging USA over the past 10+ years, he had officially earned enough merits to qualify for this degree.
What is the Photographic Craftsman Degree? According to the PPA website ”The Photographic Craftsman degree is one of the highest recognitions for speaking, writing and/or mentoring in photography. You must be pretty darn good if other photographers want to learn from you!!”
Bill’s degree was present to him on January 12 2016 by PPA president Michael Timmons and Bill’s mentor, Dennis Hammon. He will wear it proudly at all future PPA events.
Upon receiving his Photographic Craftsman degree, Bill was granted membership into the American Society of Photographers and we attended the ASP Gala on Monday night. What a great time we had!
Bill receiving his medal from his mentor, Dennis Hammon (left) and PPA president Michael Timmons
Another successful Star-Telegram Bridal show has come and gone and we are tremendously grateful for everyone who came by to see us! Our booth was pretty busy most of the day so if you didn’t have a chance to talk to us, drop us an email and we will tell you all about our show specials!
Congratulations goes out to Deborah who is getting married in September, she has won a free engagement session!