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Lifestyle

Facetime Photo Sessions – Life in Quarantine

Hi everyone! How are y’all doing? Hope you’re staying as safe and well as you can in these times. Yes, I know – everyone is saying “in these times” these days, and I think if I hear the words “the new normal” or “pivot” one more time, I might lose my mind!

Nick and I are doing okay: we’re self quarantining at home right now, and he’s still teaching piano lessons remotely. I won’t lie – it’s been scary, but I’m so grateful my clients have all postponed rather than cancelled their celebrations. I’ve been thinking about what to say – wanting to be an encouraging presence online, but as is normal for me, I have been overthinking on what to share here on my blog. But after an extremely rewarding week taking these FaceTime sessions, I wanted to share and open up scheduling for all.

What the heck is a FaceTime Session?

It’s a way to take portraits even in the midst of social distancing. I will use your phone’s camera to take and edit photos from my computer. The results are low resolution and can be a bit grainy, but I have been LOVING embracing the imperfections and having a new creative outlet.

You can even book directly with me online!

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You might be thinking, “Woah, wait – taking portraits of people in their homes through FaceTime?”

Yes, exactly! It’s weird, it’s awkward, but it’s also full of joy.

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Why do a FaceTime Session?

  • Spend time with your significant other and view this as a possible at home date!
  • Quarantining alone? Throw on a fabulous outfit and let me take some fancy/artsy selfies of you.
  • It’s a great reason to really tidy up your house!
  • They can act as content to share on your feed at the moment.
  • Spend 40 minutes laughing and being goofy with me. (Laughter is fantastic medicine right now!)
  • Document this moment in history.
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I have found myself so much more creatively fulfilled rather than just worrying about the future of weddings and my business. (Don’t worry, y’all. I’m not going anywhere!)

Pricing:

The cost of these photoshoots is pay what you can between $20-$50, but no one will be turned away because of lack of payment. Message me and we’ll talk.

When you book online, simply specify the amount you’d like to pay, and I’ll send an invoice your way.

We are all just doing our best right now, and that is enough.

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Currently booked clients have the option to book a FREE at home FaceTime session with me.

I am absolutely going to be sharing my backlog of elopements and sessions I had photographed before COVID -19 but wanted to get these out into the universe. Still adjusting to this new way of life.

If you’re interested in booking a FaceTime session with me, let’s talk, or feel free to book an appointment directly online!

YES, we are still booking weddings for late 2020 and 2021! I expect 2021 to be very busy for all wedding vendors, so contact me today to talk about your wedding plans.

Nighttime bride and groom portrait with groom in wheelchair.
Weddings

Jillian and John’s Wedding at Sanford House in Arlington, TX

Jillian and John’s Sanford House in Arlington Texas wedding took place on a crisp, November evening in 2019. I didn’t get a chance to meet them until their wedding, and when I meet couples sight unseen, it’s always a joy to discover that they’re a couple of goofballs! (Not to mention their family made me feel instantly at home: seriously warm, kind and incredible people.)

John is a pro wheelchair basketball player, and they both met at UT Arlington. Arlington will always hold a special place in my heart because I went to UTA as well. Go Mavericks! Granted, I have never been the best student (sorry to all of my teachers and professors!), but Arlington is where I became independent, where I met Nick, and where I discovered myself.

It was such a pleasure to work with both Jillian and John’s family and their friends! Scroll down to see the vendor list below.

 

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

Bride getting ready at Sanford House

Bride getting ready at Sanford House

Bride getting ready at Sanford House

bride and dad first look

portrait of bride and mom looking at each other

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

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Groom and groomsman posing

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

groom laughing portrait

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The most hilarious “first touch” ever. Jillian and John just kept cracking jokes and making all of us laugh.

bride and dad walking down the aisle

groom watching bride walk down aisle

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

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groom smiling at bride

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer
When it came time to read their vows, they played “rock, paper, scissors” for who was going to go first.

 

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

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Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

sanford house first dance

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

sanford house arlington first dance

bride and groom in wheelchair share a kiss during their wedding reception
Probably one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken. It’s cool.

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

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sanford house reception

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

Sanford House Arlington Wedding Photographer

Check out Jillian and John’s blog here!

I want to share if you’re wondering how to pose someone in a wheelchair – it’s just like posing anyone who’s sitting down! Don’t be afraid to get creative with it. You’re there to capture their love. Let them be natural but still direct them as you need. I always research and look at photos of venues and couples before I shoot anywhere, so I can have new, fresh perspectives in my head. There are plenty of examples online of differently abled couples.

We still have some 2020 dates available. I’m so happy to be sharing actively on my blog again. It feels like it’s been awhile! I fully plan on sharing some tips and tricks about hiring the perfect photographer for your wedding and more about my life.

Vendors:

Planner: Rhianna Dempsey with Polished Planning Events
Venue/Catering: Sanford House
Videography: Everlasting Wedding Films
Cake: Baked by Kim Lisa
DJ/Photobooth: It’s Your Night
Bridal Beauty: Pretty on Premises
Florist: The Blooming Bride
Rentals: Gold Dust Event Co

Weddings

Becki and Brittany’s Brik Venue Wedding

Becki and Brittany’s Brik Venue wedding was one for the books! The day started off with Beki doing a bit of homework and chilling while Brittany and her squad partied and sang to Lizzo in her getting ready room. While Becki was having her makeup done, I got caught up with her and her Matron of Honor, Lindsay, who we had the great pleasure of working with back in 2017. I truly felt more like a friend than a vendor – mostly like a friendor! We always love photographing and working at Brik Venue.

Their first look was full of happy, joyful tears and the beautiful Brik Ivy wall was covered in bright, vibrant fall colors. The ceremony was heartfelt and a T-Rex even made an appearance during the reception.

Becki and Brittany, we loved getting to photograph your wedding! Be sure to scroll down to see the inclusive and fabulous vendors they used.

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

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Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

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Brik Venue Wedding

Two Brides Wedding Reception Setup
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Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

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Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

First Look at Brik Venue

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

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Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding
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Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

Brik Venue wedding exit

Brik Venue wedding exit

Brik Venue LGBTQ Wedding

In the near future, I’m planning on sharing tips and tricks on how to best serve LGBTQIA+ couples. I can’t wait to share all of these ideas and thoughts bouncing around in my head for 2020. I believe DFW is becoming more inclusive every day, and I’m extremely happy about it.

Shoutout to these LGBTQIA+ welcoming vendors:

Planner: Cloud Creative Events
Venue: Brik Venue
Florist: Sage Fine Flowers
Hair/Makeup: Ashley McNabb Artistry
Cake: Leigh Baking Co
DJ: LeForce DJ

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Engagement

Jenna and Eric’s Ennis Bluebonnet Engagement Session

Jenna and Eric’s bluebonnet engagement session took place during the magical time of year in Texas when the bluebonnets bloom in late March/early April. The town of Ennis, Texas has trails of bluebonnets that are one of a kind with bluebonnets as far as you can see. I always love seeing fellow nature lovers out and about. If you grew up in Texas, you know that stopping on the side of the road to sit in a patch of bluebonnets and smile for a photo is a rite of passage for many families. The fields in Ennis are a bit more picturesque than the side of a highway (and safer, too!) When Jenna asked about taking engagement photos there, I was 100% in! We all decided during their photo session that they were Texan AF.

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Bluebonnet Engagement Ring

Jenna and Eric officially tied the knot at the Tarrant County Courthouse in Fort Worth, and y’all know I love a courthouse wedding! If you’re wondering whether or not I would love to photograph your tiny wedding, the answer is always yes.

We still have open dates in 2020, if you’re looking for an easy going, professional, and gently assertive photographer (important to wrangle family members and capture all of the details you’d like) reach out ASAP to discuss hiring us to document your wedding.

In 2020, I look forward to sharing more of my past work along with tips and tricks for brides and other photographers.

Couples, Engagement

Rachel and Nate’s Fort Worth Engagement Session

Ok, here’s the thing about this Fort Worth engagement session. Rachel is my sister-in-law. I’ve known her for almost 13 years, and in those years, she’s become one of my closest friends. So I. HAVE. FEELINGS. About this post.

Rachel moved to New York City several years ago, and a few years after that, we met Nate for the first time when he came to Texas for Thanksgiving. I remember thinking that night about what a great match he is for her. They’re both whip smart but also incredibly goofy (as you can see in the below photos).

One week from today, they are going to say their vows to one another in front of their close friends and family. Nick and I are in the bridal party, too! And we absolutely cannot wait to welcome Nate officially in the family (but let’s be honest, he’s been a member of the family for some time now!)

We opted to take their engagement photos in Fort Worth. The Lumen Room Fort Worth provided a stunning background (and a plan B option in case the weather was bad), and then we headed over to take a few photos at the Kimbell Art Museum. Little did we know it was also Homecoming, so we dodged quite a few high school groups taking photos. We made it work though!

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fort worth engagement
fort worth engagement
fort worth engagement
fort worth engagement
fort worth engagement

Congratulations and welcome to the family, Nate!!

I haven’t been keeping up as much as I should with my blog, but if you’re curious about what we’re up to, give me a follow on instagram! 2020 is looking fierce so far, so definitely reach out if you’re interested in having us photograph your wedding, engagement, or event.

Rachel’s hair and makeup were provided by the wonderful WAFU Artistry.