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Celeste & Jonathan | Fort Worth Engagement Photography

Celeste and Jonathan met at the gym that they both worked at. Jonathan was a trainer and Celeste worked at the front desk. It didn’t take long before they were chatting at the desk and Jonathan was offering to help Celeste in the gym. These two are so cute together and we are so excited about their July wedding in Fort Worth.

We had such a great time with the two of them during their engagement session at the Fort Worth Botanical Garden and the Fort Worth Water Gardens with a tiny bit of downtown as we were finishing up. Don’t these two look fabulous!

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Raul olivo jr

Omgosh celeste congrats :) to both of ya .. Ya make a really cute couple me and my wife wish ya the best and may ya’s love over shine everything always ..tough times come but its these moments we have to keep alive the promises we make to each other your really nice and beautiful celeste i grew up with you and im really happy to see you full of happiness and moving foward keep up the good work… jonathen congats bro you look like a really good guy and handsome and i could bet money you are so best wishes to both of ya
iris and raul olivo

Laura

Love the first B/W shot! :)

Abigail Carcich

So, as a new photographer, I’m just wondering if you directed them not to smile? They aren’t smiling in any of these. Lovely job by the way! Love the first 4 best!

Tammy Damore

The street shot is my FAVORITE, and I love how natural they look in all the photos.

Jill Carestia

I love them all but my favorite is the black and white picture!! Best wishes to the couple!!

Jeremy Schmucker

haha Abigail we didn’t even notice. We just love the “model face” and these two were so good at so I guess we were drawn toward those images. We definitely have more where they are smiling…

LOVE these! They look soooo fabulous! :)

Why and How I Quit My Job…

If you follow our business page on FACEBOOK you may have seen a few weeks ago that I (Jeremy) quit my other job. In all honesty, we never thought it would come this soon. There are hundreds if not thousands of rising photographers who need/want to make this shift as well, and so I hope this article inspires you to do the same when the timing is right.

We knew for a while that I wanted to work our photography business full-time, but we did not know when it would become a reality. Mainly, I wanted to be home to be able to spend more time with Kristin and Stella. As many of you know I am still in graduate school working on my second master’s degree and working a part-time job plus photographing weddings on weekends plus spending time with my girls led to crazy busy weeks. A few months back we watched a photography workshop online by Zach and Jody Gray (on CreativeLIVE) and Jody said she knew it was time to quit her job when she felt like she had no life outside of work. That isn’t living.

I felt so consumed between my current job, and helping out around the home with our business, that literally each day was jammed pack with a to-do list, and “personal” time usually only came on Sunday afternoons, which often just resulted in a nap. We decided things needed to change…and quickly. This wasn’t healthy for our marriage, our business, or our family.

Here are a few practical steps we agreed upon for “when” the “right” time would be for me to dive-in full-time.

(1) – We wanted at least 12 weddings booked for this year that we haven’t photographed yet. Ideally 15, but 12 would be okay. We had 12 when I gave my 2-week notice to my boss…and we had 15 by the time I quit. Isn’t God awesome?! We are praying for 24 weddings for 2013.

(2) – We wanted to pay off a small debt. Ok, we are not trying to get into a financial debate here…haha…but occasionally we do those “12 months free financing” deals. We not recommend doing those unless you plan on paying them off within the designated time (according to Dave Ramsey, 88% of free financing plans are not paid off on-time). But we always paid them off on-time and simply wanted to eliminate this small debt that was looming over us.

(3) – We wanted to have X dollars in our savings account. We sacrificed a lot over the last few months to save as much as possible to be our “safety net” when I quit. We know and realize that some months are going to have high revenue and some low…..so we needed this amount in savings to ensure we were okay for a while.

(4) – We wanted to have good photography equipment. Equipment is REALLY expensive. We have probably invested over $10,000 already and we still have a huge “wish list” but there were certain items that we wanted to make sure we have before we are 100% dependent on our photography income.

That’s basically it. We didn’t want to go into this stupidly but rather with a plan. It is REALLY scary to realize we don’t have a “steady” income anymore, but our potential is limitless. If you are thinking about a career change or quitting your job to pursue your dream….I don’t recommend doing it on a whim. Pray over the matter and make sure the timing is right. And then when you do make this decision…charge forward! There is no looking back. Don’t give yourself the option to fail. If failure is not an option then you WILL make it work and you WILL succeed!

We are very excited to be able to work together and provide even better service to our wedding couples!

Happy Monday!

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Laura

Yay! So proud of you both! :) Keep those pics coming!

Congrats! I am sure it will work out perfectly! Funny – i just quit my little side job last weekend as well :)

So excited for you guys! Being a business owner is the way to go!

Malissa Pacheco

How inspiring and so happy to see the dedication you put into your work. You two make some of the most beautiful images I’ve ever seen and even on such a busy schedule! How amazing that you exceeded your years’ wedding goal just in time! What a blessing and good luck with your business!

Melissa Fuller Hughes

Love your reasoning…and it sounds like God is blessing you! Thanks for your images and your honesty.

Jaclyn Hooper

What a great plan you guys had! Sounds very wise! Praying you lots and lots of weddings!

Janice Davis Thomas

So happy for you guys!

Laura Yang

So, so glad for you and your family that you were able to make the leap! God is going to provide everything you need. :-)

Amber Olsen

Way to go!

Cat Neumayr

Congrats guys. Been following you both on this journey and I am so excited about what the future has in store for your family and your business! XOXO

Stephanie Grooms

“Don’t give yourself the option to fail. If failure is not an option then you WILL make it work and you WILL succeed!” I LOVE THAT! great article!

Kristin Schmucker

Thanks Cat!

Kristin Schmucker

Thank you!

Laura and Shawn Rodgers

Jeremy: We could not have been happier with everything you have done for us, and know that others will feel the same way. I hope that you get some referrals from our wedding photo fans!

Kristin Said Y’all

So yesterday we had a gorgeous engagement session up in Richmond, TX and while we were getting to know Rita and Mark, Kristin casually asked “so how did y’all meet?” I about flipped!

The reason this surprised me so much is that I am from Illinois, and Kristin is from Pennsylvania. We are “Yankees” to most of you southerners. We met in college in Florida and refused to conform to southern lingo. Well after 6 years in Florida and now nearly being in Texas for one year I openly say y’all all the time, but I have yet to hear Kristin conform. Because really, up north, “you guys” works just the same.

Needless to say I think this climactic event officially ordains us as southerns ;) Here’s a sneak peek of the cute couple from last night.

Happy Friday!

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WELCOME TO THE SOUTH :)

Corinna Huff

Beautiful couple y’all!

Genny Martin Holmes

I’m really glad y’all are acclimatin’ to Texas now, ya heah?

Jeremy Schmucker

haha maybe too much so – but we love it here!

Bethany McDonnell

being southern is hard to resist :)…(beautiful picture, by the way.)

Cat Neumayr

Richmond? You were so close to us. We’re about 35 minutes away. We could have totally met up!

Jeremy Schmucker

Oops – it was in Richardson…sorry for the confusion ;/

Laura & Shawn | Fort Worth Wedding Photography

Laura and Shawn met on an October evening when Laura with a gorgeous Great Dane in tow noticed the handsome guy across the room. Shawn was a sucker for a gorgeous girl and a lovely dog, and the rest is history.  These two are passionate about life and they both love to run. They run for Team in Training to help raise money for Leukemia and Lymphoma.

Laura and Shawn’s wedding day was gorgeous. The weatherman predicted rain for their day all week long, but on the morning of their wedding the skies cleared to reveal a gorgeous day. These two are so relaxed and their wedding was a perfect reflection of the two of them. I hung out with Laura and the girls and we all laughed and listened to Ray Lamontagne while Laura prepped for the wedding, and Jeremy hung out with Shawn and the boys while they relaxed and toasted to Shawn and Laura.

Laura and Shawn chose to do a first look and it made the day even more relaxing since we were able to get photos of the two of them as well as photos of their wonderful families before the ceremony began. It was a gorgeous and heartfelt ceremony officiated by their friend Sean, which was filled with family and friends including awesome music on the ukelele by their friend John. After the ceremony the party started. Sweet and hysterically funny toasts which even included a super hero backpack, and then a night full of laughter and dancing made for an unforgettable evening.

Laura and Shawn, Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your wedding day, and allowing us to document your love. We had so much fun with the two of you as well as your family and friends. The two of you know how to throw an awesome party. We can’t wait to hear where life takes you.  – J & K

 

To see more images from Laura & Shawn’s wedding CLICK HERE FOR A SLIDESHOW.

Photography: Jeremy & Kristin

Dress: David’s Bridal

Cake: Hot Chocolates

Catering: The Ritzz Catering

Florist: Kristen Camareno – kcamareno@sbcglobal.net

DJ: Complete Music

Hair & Makeup: Alexandria with Ms. Painted Lady

Venue: Texas and Pacific Lofts – Waiting Room

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GORGEOUS guys:)!

Laura

Love the 1st ring shot! Oh my goodness–so pretty!

Shawn

All great but my favorite is of Laura at the window looking down at her bouquet. Breathtakingly beautiful! Thank you Jeremy & Kristin.

Rachel

Love the pictures Laura! Congratulations to you both!!

Shannon

Such a gorgeous wedding… beautiful dress, flowers and people. Congrats!

Becky Burke

These pictures are amazing! Laura you look absolutely gorgeous! Love the flowers!

Christy Stacy

What a beautiful bride and a beautiful wedding!! The pics are gorgeous!! Congratulations Laura and Shawn!!

Mladen

Great pictures, and the bride was gorgeous! Looks like fairy tale weeding! Congratulations and happy married life!

Mac Rodgers

Very nice highlight photos. Making gorgeous people, places and things (and a beautiful event) look even better.

Misty Hackrott

The pictures are wonderful! Everything was perfect and beautiful!

So beautiful! Kristin and Jeremy, you guys did an amazing job. Can’t wait to see the rest!

Laura

Shout out to our fantastic caterer, The Ritzz Catering, http://ritzzcatering.com. Joanne worked extensively with us to make sure our day was just the way we imagined. And it was!

Warren

It was a great wedding. I like the non traditional style. The pictures are awesome. Shawn’s favorite is my favorite also.

Barbie

Beautiful photos, beautiful bride!

Renee Maziol

I love the picture of Laura and Shawn gazing int each other’s eyes. Love is undeniable.Laura is so beautiful and a wonderful reflection of their special day.

Kristen Camareno

Congratulations Laura and Shawn! These pictures are amazing! It was such a pleasure to meet and work with both of you. I wish you the utmost happiness in your married life.

James Cazzaly

Great picture perfect moments. Congratulations again you two. You both look amazing.

Julie

Thank you Jeremy & Kristin for capturing in photographs Laura & Shawn’s love for each other. Their eyes tell their story. You did an exceptional job.

John M

Congratulations, Laura and Shawn.
It looked like a great celebration. I love to see that one of my favorites Ray Lamontagne’s Trouble got a photo on the iPhone :-)

Andee Staley Plucinski

Stunning photos!

Corinna Huff

Lovely!

Christie Williams

Great pictures!!! I love the one of Laura crying.. shows all the emotion, happiness and so does Shawns face. Congrats again!!

Daniel Westphal

Awesome pictures….. very nice.

Kate

You looked beautiful Laura! I love your dress, your hair, the flowers… everything. You two look so happy and I couldn’t be more excited for you!

Lesley Photiadis Martín

These photos are amazing! You look gorgeous, your dress is beautiful, the flowers are stunning and your man is very handsome! Congrats again!

Bethany McDonnell

Beautiful!

Jessica Gugliuzza

Beautiful!

Louise Boylin Andriaccio

Beautiful pictures, congratulations, you look stunning!

Mary Curran

These are beautiful pictures! The wedding looked like the event of the year!

Kim Rosenthal

Such an amazing day. I was truely blessed to have spent the afternoon watching her get dressed and ready. What a fantastic ceremony. All my love to the awesome couple!!!

Rosalie Mercado Westphal

Very nice , just beautiful!

Megan

Such a great wedding you guys!! :) Absolutely gorgeous!

Beth

Beautiful!

Susan Hazle Westphal

I absolutely love the pics…they’ll help you remember the day perfectly.

Alexandria Dixon-Wiggans

thank you so much for crediting me in the caption. Love the captures of their beautiful wedding. Fantastic work!

Michael M

Simply awesome!

these are beautiful!!!

Sandra Walker

Very beautiful wedding! Thanks for sharing

Julie Wolfe Paszczykowski

WOW! Thanks for sharing! Love all the color, the emotion, and the detail shots are awesome!

Rick Heard

Great pictures of both of you. Congratulations!

Russell Himes

Awww…

Shannon Hopkins McKie

Such awesome pictures! I am so thrilled and happy for the both of you! XOXO

Brandi

I LOVE all these pics!! I am so excited that I got to share in this day with the two of you!!

Narissa Marquez

Congratulations!! May God bless your union.

Kristen Jensen

She looks so beautiful!

Kimberly

Lovely pictures….hope you all have wonderful life together

Julie Maunoir

I have looked at these photographs many, many times….each time I find them breathtaking……….I agree with Shawn’s favorite and each time I look at them I find more & more favorites

Sean Mathews

Great photos and fantastic wedding, Buffalo!

Amanda Tabs

Absolutely breathtaking photos…looked like a amazing day. Congrats to a beautiful couple!!!!

Michael Peterson

Very nice job on photos. Black and white photo was nicely done. Made every shot look natural. Bride andd groom shots were well done. Good work!!!

Carrie

The pictures are absolutely beautiful! congrats!

Nathalie rodriguez

Very beautiful picture. Great job on photos. Absolutely amazing photos in amazing day.

Tiffanie

I absolutley love the pics, congrats to u!!

Tiffanie Martinez

Congratulations!! The pictures are amazing u both look great.

Tammy Damore

WOW! What can I say that I havn’t said before. These are amazing, my fav is the one with the bride holding her hands over her mouth with the look of pure joy and excitement on her face!

Karissa

Absolutely gorgeous!! Jeremy & Kristen did such an amazing job and I can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures!!

Becky Rech

You two inspire me! I am SO happy for you!

Hannah Bledsoe

That is such a beautiful first day of forever!

B Rechnitzer

You two make a lovely couple, and the photograhy is breathtaking. Great memories.

Rebecca Ramos

Soooo beautiful! Congrats!

Suzy Laine

Oh my gosh, you guys! These are incredible! Thank you for sharing your pics. I’m speechless.

Suzanne Laine

I feel like I was there! It was absolutely beautiful. Beautiful flowers, beautiful tables, beautiful location, beautiful couple. Thanks for sharing these you two.

Rocio Davila Garza

Love the pictures,they show their happiness and love the colors

Andy Gray

Congratulations! Great photos.

Love the pictures! Actually looking for a photographer for my wedding the end of this year…

Alisha Fleming

WOW!! Laura you are a beautiful bride. Love the dress! Your hair turned out perfect too! Thanks for sharing the pics. They are great!!

Joy Rodgers

Congrats to you and your Groom…. The pictures are absolutely beatiful. Thanks for sharing… I knew it would all work out… CONGRATS again and wishing you many years of happiness…

LaTrice Harris

Congrats….I love the pix…y’all look so cute…I’m happy for u

Rachel Miller

Congrats!!! Beautiful bride n pics, happy for u!!!

Joanne

Awww really cute pics

Brad Hutchison

Amazing. You guys look great together.

Aaron Martin

Congrats Mr and Mrs Rodgers !!!

Alena

The dress and colors are absolutely gorgeous. Congrats.

Robert Guerra

Congrats and great job, photographers. Do my wedding next.

Sarah Teeter

What a beautiful wedding you captured. I can feel the story of the day.

Trek Doyle

Awesome photos. Wish I could have been there.

Cindy

Very nice pictures.

Bernice

These are very beautiful pictures.

Michelle P

Mr Wonderful is a dreamboat!! Such lovely pictures

John Rec

Shawn, you are one lucky dude. Congratulations to you, Mr and Mrs!

Martin Nitzer

Looking good, wonderful day.

Charity & Jim | Dallas Engagement Photography

These two were a ton of fun to work with, they kept us laughing through the whole session. These two knew how to rock it out in front of the camera and were masters of the model face for sure! Charity looked gorgeous and brought the most amazing dresses and shoes to the session. From strappy sandals to cowboy boots…I am pretty sure I want to go through her shoe collection! Thanks for spending a fun evening with us!

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BEAUTIFUL images!! I just love the ones taken in that field. Simply amazing. Ya’ll are two very talented people:)

I am absolutely IN LOVE with the B&W shot, four up from the bottom. All of these have such a soft, romantic feel to them. Great job you guys :-)

Laura

The first pic is my favorite! :) Love that striped dress!

the ones of them in the grass = PERFECT.

Melanie Bass

Beautiful! The one under the tree is my favorite – so precious! :)