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This is Us

We do practice what we preach. We know how important images are and we love being photographed together. We got married almost 4 years ago, and since then we have only been photographed by one person. Our wedding photographer. We travel regularly to IL to have a session with her. We love how Deidre documents us and our love story, she always captures us and the way we love. After she took our family pictures this year, we did a quick outfit change, outside, in the middle of nowhere, and got pictures of just the two of us. I love these images. You have probably seen some of them on our website and here on the blog. They hang in our house and they just remind me how lucky I am every single day.

So in years to come as we grow old, I feel so blessed to be able to look back at these images and say, “This was us then, we were in love, we were doing what we loved to do, we had the world in front of us, and we could do anything because we had each other. ”

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Tammy Damore

I love these pictures!!! What a lovely way to start my day, love the two of you so much!

Jen Hughes

Your photos are gorgeous guys! So nice to meet you on Friday!

Marilyn Schmucker

Love seeing the pictures. So funny because even this morning as dad and I were praying for you, we were thanking the Lord for your marriage and what a precious gift it is to have someone you love so much and that loves you too. Kristin we prayed for Jeremy’s future spouse for so many years and He knew all along who He had planned and we are thankful for answered prayers! Praying now for Stella’s future spouse. How fun!

Our Family

I can’t believe that we never did a blog post of all of our amazing family pictures. These were taken in August by our amazing photographer Deidre Lynn in IL. These images are so precious to us and you can see them all around our house and of course on our website too. Soon we will be blogging about how we are displaying some of our favorite images in our home. I am so grateful that Deidre was able to capture all three of us so perfectly. These pictures mean the world to me because these are my favorite people in the whole world, I can’t imagine a day without them, and I feel so blessed that we are able to work at home so that the three of us can spend every day together.

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Courtney Sexton

Beautiful. I love Stella’s pretty eyes and eyelashes!

Elizabeth Bower

Ummm, you all are ADORABLE! Love Love Love every single one of these! Beautiful!

Damaris Mia

You’re all too cute! Stella is stinkin adorable!

Jeremy Schmucker

Thanks ;)

Stella is the most precious little thing! Such sweet family photos. Love them.

Things We Love: Les Mis the FILM

We went to see Les Mis last week and the two of us have been singing the music like crazy ever since…seriously, Jeremy has been playing the songs on our piano and the amazing music is just in our heads! We had an awesome date night going to see the movie, and of course Jeremy being the music nerd that he is was a little worried because he is super picky. I guess I could write a review, but it would basically be summed up with the word AWESOME. Jeremy took a little more time to write a well thought out review of the movie, and here it is!

Well, first let me preface my review with the fact that I do have my bachelor’s degree in Music and I have seen the broadway show of Les Mis twice, live. With that said I do think the movie was still good. Some parts were obviously better than others. I will say I was scepticle because I was sorely disappointed with Phantom of the Opera (the movie). Having seen that show also twice in NYC the movie was terrible in my opinion. However, I think Les Mis was drastically better than Phantom.

Pros:

1 – First, the cinematography was “interesting.” There were times where it was epically awesome and other times where I felt like they used a super wide-angle lens and got super-duper (yes, that’s a technical term, LOL) close on the subject’s face.

2 – The Chorus. since the broadway show is limited by the size of the stage in regards to the size of the chorus, there were times where the chorus was HUGE in the movie and the impact was amazing. Also, the Finale was PERFECT! It may be the best finale ever written in Broadway’s history, and the film captured this climactic music wonderfully!

3 – The emotion. As many of you already know, the singing was recorded live while they were acting. It was not pre-recorded and voiced over. While this did create some “pitch” issues, for the first time in a movie I think the emotion in the voice matched the emotion on the face. GLEE would be a great example of how obvious the voice over is…love that show, but you can easily tell it was recorded in a studio and doesn’t “match” the acting.

4 – Most of the singers. I liked Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman). His acting and singing were great. I think Marius and Eponine were also great singers and actors. I was surprised to hear Anne Hathoway sing so well. For all my vocal pedagogy friends, I think her vibrato was a little wobbly and pushed at times, but still pretty great…especially her emotion…EPIC!

Cons:

1 – Russell Crowe. Honestly, he ruined the movie for me. He clearly was chosen for the movie because he’s a great actor, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find out he has never sung before in his life. Especially since I am a baritone, I am partial to the role of Javert, and he did such an dis-service. Enough said.

2 – Bring Him Home. This song is at a PINNACLE moment of the live show and to my recollection, it was sung at a different time in the movie which did not have the same impact. First time I saw Les Mis live, the audience clapped for about 7 minutes straight. NO JOKE. The timing is so emotional and I feel it lacked in the movie.

3 – Live Recording. While the live recoding of the voices did allow the emotion to match perfectly, almost every song had several notes that were out of tune…I just think they could have had a few more takes to ensure the notes weren’t flat.

Overall – I would give Les Mis (Broadway) a 10/10…such an epic show. And I would give the movie a 9/10. Still great, but you really can’t compare to live. Everything is better live.

Let us know what you thought of the movie!!!

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It’s my new favorite movie. I ordered the book immediately and am anxious to see it on stage. I am glad it got nominated for so many Oscars. Well deserving.

Addie Greenacre

I think I was so impressed with the emotion that the pitch points didn’t overwhelm me. After watching the role of Javier in the broadway play, Russell Crowe was somewhat disappointing. Overall, I was most impressed with Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried. I know how difficult it is to reach the high notes with clarity and I thought Amanda did especially well in those moments. My new found “love” in the theatrical world these days is Ramin Karimloo, who stars as Enjolras in the 25th anniversary play. Selfishly I wanted him to have a part in the movie! :) Have you seen him as the Phantom? Unreal. That said, I will buy Les Mis when it comes out because even though it was not perfect by any means, I did fall in love with it and it truly was epic in many ways!

Josh-Danielle Venable

We went to see it for date night too. I am such a huge fan and was also a music major that I was a bit leery. But overall, I thought they did a fantastic job. My favorite part, was Anne Hathaway’s “I Dreamed a Dream.” It was so emotionally charged and believable. I really connected with her there.

Hope Lawson

Her song was the one that I cried in.

Christy Ong

Have you seen this review? It deals more with the importance of the story line and I like the perspective on Russell Crowe’s Javier. http://bobbixby.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/miserable-means-miserable/

The Father/Daughter First Look

We LOVE when our couples choose to see each other before the ceremony for a First Look! It is such a sweet time. Something that we have had happen a few times this year that we also love is when a bride chooses to have a first look with her Dad. I think it is something about seeing a Dad get a bit weepy seeing his daughter as a bride for the first time. This may be the perfect thing to add to your wedding day if you want to create a special moment for you and your Dad.

Alyssa had a gorgeous wedding at The Orchard in Azle, and  had a first look with her Dad. Alyssa did something extra special by writing her Dad a letter. When he was finished reading it, she signed it for the last time with her maiden name. (I may have just teared up writing this, because it was such a sweet moment).

Kayla had a gorgeous Fall Wedding at The Magnolia in Dallas.She also choose to have a first look with her Dad, they sat and chatted for awhile and she even gave him a special glass for him to use for drinks at the reception.

 

 

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Caitie Sheppard

So sweet…. <3

Tammy Damore

So special!!!

Elizabeth Howard Maxwell

I love love LOVE this idea! How sweet, and what a special moment!

This is an AMAZING idea… LOVE it.

Breanna Marie Shaw

I wish I had done this with my daddy! I actually called him crying one day (about 8 months after our wedding day) telling him how I wish we had had a special moment like that instead of him just seeing me when everyone else did. He told me that just being there, and choosing such a great man to marry was more than enough for him <3.

Join Us At What’s Next!

We are always striving to learn and help our business to grow. We think it is so important to be surrounding ourselves with amazing business people and amazing photographers. This Friday we will going to spend the day with Justin and Mary talking about “What’s Next” in our businesses and in our lives. These two are awesome, and we would love for you to join us in Dallas this week, or catch another stop on the tour, I can promise you that it is going to be worth it.

Here is a video to tell you what the tour is all about…you don’t want to miss it!

The Big Next from jeremy mitchell on Vimeo.

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