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Feeling Blessed

A guest came up to us at a recent wedding and asked us how awesome our job was. She went on to say that it was fun to watch us work together and easy to see that we love what we do. She was right we really do love our job, and we feel so blessed to capture weddings each weekend. We always say that we don’t have to do much coaching to make our couples smile on their wedding day, because they are already just so happy. We are so thankful for the couples that have allowed us to be a part of their wedding day, we have been blessed with the greatest couples that we could ever ask for.  We know that we are blessed and we are so grateful that we are able to live a life that is perfect to us. To shoot people in love, to become friends with the couples that we meet, to work from home and be with Stella, and to be together. We have been blessed.

And because every post needs a picture…here is a little sneak peek of Natalie and Blake from this past weekend…these two are beyond stunning!

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Fort Worth Anniversary Session | Caitie + Charles

Caitie has been one of our best friends since college. We have been through so many life changes together over the past years. A year ago we had the privilege of shooting her and Charles lovely North Carolina Wedding. We were so excited when the two of them moved to Texas a few months ago, even though they are still a few hours from Fort Worth. They came to visit us, and since it was just a few short days before their anniversary we had the opportunity to shoot an anniversary session with the two of them. We had a great day with the two of them and ended up shooting their session in our backyard just as the sun was glimmering through the trees…it was perfect.

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Caitie Sheppard

They are simply STUNNING! Thank you two sooooo much for these beautiful shots! Now to decide on which one we want on a canvas! ;) Love ya’ll! xoxo

Marilyn Schmucker

Absolutely beautiful!

Addie Greenacre

Caitie is so gorgeous!!

Delaney Vineyards Wedding | Taylor and Nathan

When Taylor and Nathan are together they can’t help but smile, they just go together. They had their first date at the rodeo, and it didn’t take long for them to realize that they belonged together. They chose to get married at Delaney Vineyards, and their wedding day was perfect. The sun was shining with a cool breeze blowing through the rows of the Vineyard. Taylor and Nathan chose to do a First Look, and it was perfect…Nathan was beaming while he waited for Taylor to walk up, and Taylor was brushing away tears as she walked up behind him. The whole day was a perfect reflection of Taylor and Nathan, and such an amazing celebration with all their friends and family.

Taylor and Nathan, Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your day. We had such an amazing time capturing your love for each other, and all the details of your amazing wedding. We can’t wait to see what life holds for the two of you! Love you both! J&K

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Deana Holland McLelland

Love!

Tammy Damore

STUNNING pictures of a precious couple!

Sharon Beals Cox

Deanna, these are gorgeous! Congratulations!

Caitie Sheppard

Gorge! <3

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Simplified Life | Making Time for Things You Love

Sometimes it is easy to let our to do list over take our lives… we end up in this vicious cycle of working, eating, and sleeping…and never take time to do things we enjoy. How often do we think about all the things that we would love to do, or build ourselves a bucket list on Pinterest without ever taking any steps to make those things we would love to do happen. But there is good news…it doesn’t have to be that way…it is never too late to start doing what you love.

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I am incredibly blessed that I get to work from home. I spend my days working on the things that I love as well as taking care of a busy little toddler. It is still so easy for me to get trapped in the mundane things of life, like the laundry that never seems to end, or the fact that I need to vacuum again. I have realized though that I am more productive when I take a little bit of time to do the things that I love. Of course, I still have to work each day, and I still have to do the laundry…but just taking a bit of your day to do a few of the things that make you happy can have a huge impact on your productivity.

I have always wanted to have lovely handwriting and I swoon whenever I see hand lettered invitations and prints, so one of the things that I am trying to do more of is to practice, to write out a verse, or a quote, or even just a font to practice. It is so simple and really only takes me a few minutes to do, but it relieves stress, and is so rewarding to me. For all the moms who I know will ask when I find time to do this with a toddler…it is usually during naptime. :)

This is something so simple, and though you won’t be finding me opening an Etsy shop of prints any time soon…I enjoy it…and for all the businesswomen and/or momma’s reading this right now…it is ok…and actually good to give yourself 5 minutes to do something you enjoy. What are you going to make time for this week?

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Julie Fuller

I was just thinking about how my laundry seems to take up half my life when I saw your link. It really does make a difference when we stop and take a little time for what we love.

Kristin Schmucker

So true @[1006180616:2048:Julie Fuller]!

I havte terrible writing! I should practice too. I was so proud of myself last week I did two pinned recipes… i totally hear you though its hard to make the time

Yes! Do all of these things all of the time! Breathe them in, enjoy the heck out of them, especially if you plan on having children, because soon most of them won’t be options, and the ones that are will require arranging babysitting, which is just another added stress!

Shooting in a Crowded Space

Perhaps in an ideal world made by photographers every session would be shot in a remote location with no one but the couple and the photographers for miles around to interfere with the perfect shot…but lets face it…that isn’t reality. In reality as photographers we have to shoot in every imaginable situation including times when there are just lots of people around. We want to get iconic and intimate images of our couples and sometimes it seems like there are 100 other people within a five foot radius…so how do we make it happen? We face this type of situation all the time, and most recently we shot Katie and Michael’s engagement session in Central Park…In NYC…on the most perfect spring day…there were a lot of people!

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Despite all of the people Katie and Michael’s session is one of our favorite engagement sessions to date…so here are some tips to get amazing images in a crowded space.

1. Find Secluded places – this probably goes without saying, but sometimes it is easy to get flustered when there are so many people around. Take a deep breath and look for the little patches that are less crowded and shoot there, these are the perfect places specifically for wider sh

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2. Get in Tight! Sometime you just need to get in for a close up to get away from the people. Katie and Michael loved this bridge and wanted to get some shots on it, but there were a ton of people on the bridge, so we had to get creative and get in close to make the shot work.

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3. Just Try! Found the perfect location with dreamy light, but too many people passing through…try shooting and see what happens…and don’t underestimate how nice people can be. There were lots of people walking on this path, but they stopped for a moment so we could get a shot of two lovebirds…people even said congrats as they walked by.

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4. Shoot a Wide Aperture – I love shooting wide open, and it definitely helps in this situation. These shots were done at a 2.2 and the people just blur into the background, instead of distracting from the image.

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5. Photoshop…it isn’t ideal because it is time consuming, but sometimes you just need to remove (or outsource) a person that might distract from an epic image. I would definitely not suggest just shooting with the intention of removing things, but if it happens once in a while it is ok.

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Does this leave you with any questions, or are there any other topics that you would like us to talk about?

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Lovely glowing shots! That last one is epic! :)

Lyndsey Garber

Great post! Your last image is breath taking!

Kristin Schmucker

Thank you!

Awesome tips! LOVE the last image! :)

Katie Irsaneous

I just came across this again on your site and I have to say… I am so thankful you edited the last image. Its one of our favorites and I love that it’s just the two of us! Love you guys so much!