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Talk about two people who are clearly meant for each other.  Doug and Katie personify that sentiment-the two of them could not be more comfortable together.  I think you could say that they just knew they were meant for one another right off the bat. Within days of knowing each other they were already “going steady” and just a few months later were engaged.

Doug and I have actually been friends for a few years.  It’s hard to even recall where we met in the first place but I know it had to do with our love of going to local concerts around town.  I think in one conversation we had, it came up that Doug played guitar and I mentioned I played drums.  Well he was pretty excited about that, he insisted that we get together and play some music.  And so we did, and it was a lovely time, until the almost hour drive to San Marcos got to be too much for me, and with that there went the band.

I knew going into this shoot that Doug is a guy who just likes to laugh and be goofy, so I decided to take a different approach to this shoot to convey his unique and fun personality.  And it just so happened that Katie had that same type of personality, which was great!  My idea was to go into a cool store on the street and just play around, and they went for it.  I loved that they just wanted to have a good time and not take it all so serious, that let them let lose and just enjoy being with each other!

The whole shoot they did all kinds of cute things I didn’t even ask them to do- can’t beat that!

Haley did a few things I always love when a brides does:

1. She had colored shoes

and

2. She saw Jason before the ceremony- I always love these photos.

Thanks for that girl!

Their wedding was beautiful and went off without a hitch. The weather was flawless, ok maybe a little wind but that’s always good for fun veil shots.  She looked flawless and he dashing and the two of them together made a beautiful couple.  I’m so happy for them both, they are amazing people and looked so happy together on their wedding day. I very much also appreciated their strong willingness to go along with all my photo ideas with enthusiasm and trust-I love when a couple is trusting and goes along with me for the ride.

Thank you you guys for being such wonderful clients!

  • Leola Houston - I loved all of these photos!! They are great. I wish I could have been there to share in their special day

Remember Myspace?  Yes I know many of us must rack our brains and think back only to cringe at the thought of what our Myspace page looked like.  Those photos that were taken in the bathroom (what was the deal with that?) or the photos from an up above angle with you looking down to the side?  And all those bells and whistles you could add to your page.  Well those were the days.  I bring up this topic to say that Linda and Seth connected like any other normal couple in the heyday of Myspace…on Myspace, well sorta.  They really first met in person and later that night one of them did a little Myspace creeping (we’ve all been there).  Now I can’t be sure who, Seth says Linda found and friend requested him; however, Linda’s reply, in a sarcastic, tone was “oh ya that’s what happened” Needless to say it was the wonders if Myspace that brought them together.

They have actually been married for a couple years, unfortunately they did not like the photos they had of themselves from their wedding day.  Apparently they only ended up with a few photos of them together none of which they were thrilled to hang on the wall.  So Linda arranged this shoot with me to get her some photos she could hang and scrapbook. I always hate to hear stories of couples who did not like their wedding photos I can’t imagine the disappointment in that.  So my hope is that that you both enjoy these photos, and even find a few to hang or scrapbook!

As I was in bed last night half asleep a random thought came to me (as they so frequently do when I’m drifting off to sleep). The thought was about the path of least resistance.  I believe we are taught from an early age to pursue that path and not rock the proverbial boat.  However I am a believer in taking that risk or chance to step outside this line and create a unique path for yourself.  What’s to stop you from starting that business or pursuing your passion? I feel like that is when greatness happens.  Lets do a case Study:

Bill Gates: People probably thought he was nuts.  Gates told his university teachers he would be a millionaire by age 30. He became a billionaire at age 31.  Gotta love the confidence

Mark Zuckerburg: We’ve all seen The Social Network right (p.s how beautiful was the music)? So I think we have an idea of how this one goes.  But he thought outside the box took a risk and implemented it.  Now whether or not he stole the idea from the Winklevi that’s another story.

Lucille Ball: Hear me out those who are not familiar with her life story.  She started pursuing acting/modeling in her teens only to be faced with constant rejection.  It wasn’t until 1951 that she finally found true success in “I love Lucy” at the age of 40-that is passion and dedication people.  From there she formed her own production company wither first husband Desi Arnaz, and in November 1962 she became the head of a major studio thus gaining the title of the most powerful women in Hollywood. Her biography is inspirational I recommended it!

So I say all this to say I often feel that there are societal pressures to follow the predetermined path.  Well I’m here to encourage you to decide what that path means for yourself. These above people successfully created a path for themselves…what will yours be?

Disclaimer: I of course mean all these in terms of legal actions I’m not advocating any illegal behavior here of any size or shape. I’m an advocate of following the law, my Dad is a retired police officer so you’d hope so right!?

P.S I wish there was a way to record those random half conscience thoughts I have while half asleep. Because for some reason they sounds better in my bed than when I get up to type them out. But I truly believe the best thinking happens when you just let your mind wander right before sleep. So I guess that means I’m also here to advocate having sleepy random thoughts.

I really am such a sucker for motivational graphic posters.  I should create a wall with all kinds of them! I smell a new project coming on!

The day started off as overcast, the closer I drove to the beach the more the clouds seemed to compile.  But what I knew was this does not equal bad wedding day weather, my thought was YES! This means I will have a large diffuser for all the photos can’t beat that! I got to the venue a bit early, just to make sure that I did not feel rushed once I got there, you know gotta pull it all together before it all starts! I walked around the venue taking notice of neat places to shoot as well as stumbling upon the reception area, which happened to lead me right to Whitney.  I entered into the suite where her and her ladies were getting ready. Whitney was as cool as a cucumber.  I asked her how she was doing and very confidently she relayed to me that she was feeling great.  You could feel her energy and excitement that she was so close to marrying Jason.

They had a beautiful ceremony in a unique fashion on the beach with everyone forming a circle around them.  The clouds had also parted just so that the sun was shinning through and it created a beautiful sky behind them.

Thank you so much to you both for allowing me to be a part of such an important day in your lives. Your love is palpable and your bond is so strong, I hope that you got in a good amount of surfing on your honeymoon!