Each story I photograph is unique. Yet none compares to the story of Katie & Paolo. Let me tell you why.
I met Katie a little over a year ago when I did a model call for a personal project. Katie walked in to my home shining with happiness, giggling, as she brought in every piece of flowy clothing she owned. As we began shooting I was floored by her classic beauty - the kind of beauty I don’t think even Katie realizes she has. From portrait to portrait I was reminded of Botticelli’s Primavera and Venus, a Disney princess, and an 18th century noble woman. All in one. We could’ve been shooting all day long and while we did she told me about her life, her friends, her best friend and of course Paolo. A man who didn’t just hold her heart but was her home, her biggest love and her other half - so different from her but yet so much like her. And while we talked and worked I realized something. Katie wasn’t just happy by herself - she wanted to make sure she made everyone else happy. With every opportunity she reminded me of that as time went on. Wether it was making a home spotless, or helping with a huge event, or just listening to what you like and making sure to get it for you. I have never met someone like Katie before. It took me by surprise for sure and didn’t hit me until she asked me to photograph her wedding where I fully understood where all of that comes from.
As we started wedding planning the very first thing Katie said to me was: I want everyone to have the best time.
Her planning wasn’t about her. It was about everyone. She knew her biggest day will be amazing and she wanted to make sure it will be unforgettable to those who would join her and Paolo in celebrating their love.
From personalized necklaces and robes, to an insane idea with two dresses to make sure Paolo gets to see all sides of her (the playful and the sexy) to making sure every single guest was greeted and taken care of upon arrival to arranging trips and amazing dinners that made her own wedding experience absolutely incredible.
Katie would go all out no matter if she knew you her whole life or just a few days. But of course she wouldn’t be who she is without her partner in crime. Paolo - a man she chose and chooses every day - the kindest, most generous and loyal man. It was because of him Katie smiled from ear to ear and danced into my studio the first day we met. It was him she always thought of when she worked so hard. It was always him, her true soul mate and I feel so honored to have witnessed how big her love for him is. Neither of them ever needed words to describe their love. It was always present in a touch, a smile, a look, and even when apart - in acts of service. And of course I lack words to give their love justice.
I can only hope that I was able to capture a glimpse of a fairytale that Paolo & Katie created and lived on their romantic, fun filled, crazy wedding getaway!
I am more than honored and beyond grateful for having this opportunity and here is a small preview of the biggest and most important day for Paolo & Katie!
What can be more Texan than cowboy hats in the bluebonnets field? I feel like it is a staple when living in Texas, no mater where you are from. And I think Jennifer & Jason agreed. They wanted to capture a glimpse of their love in the blue fields to remember this beauty no matter where the Army sends them next.
Amanda and Camillo are getting married in beautiful Florida in July and they have never taken pictures together, not to mention have their engagement photos done. So of course when we met up to do a quick mini session I couldn’t just stop - I wanted to make memories for them that they will remember with a smile. Half way through the shoot they told me they wanted to to have their wedding pictures done at the Vizscaya in Miami and that the Vineyard at Florence - being of an Italian inspired architecture, truly reminded them of that. How perfect is that?
I love styled shoots not only because they are the driving force behind wedding trends and inspiration (as well as a chance to add to your portfolio and practice things you haven’t done before), but mostly because a styled shoot is creativity and people. Coming together to create something beautiful so a potential bride can dream up her wedding is so inspiring.
My favorite things about this styled shoot are the elegance of the florals and the phenomenal venue. I absolutely love the grandiose oaks of this gorgeous venue and how soft the color palette turned out to be.
Venue: Cathedral Oaks
Wedding Planner: Hanna Watson
Florals: Laurel and Finch
Cake: Morgan Pearl Cakes
Dress: Georgio's Bridal
HAMU: Emma Grace
Rentals: Celebrations Shoppe
Model: Baylee Hollingsworth
During our initial consultation Allison & Colton told me first hand: we are awkward and not photogenic. We also don’t show emotion - so good luck getting our portraits taken on our wedding day. They must have referred to another couple because I couldn’t believe how easy it was to get these beautiful portraits. They are also the sweetest couple I know and together we explored the botanical gardens, downtown Austin, shared laughs and captured amazing memories! I truly can’t wait for their wedding day this November!
No matter the size of your wedding, it is always the most important day of your life. As a photographer, I try to tell your story the way it unfolded, so I can help preserve your big day in a special and emotional way. And the Jones Wedding in my favorite Vineyard at Florence was more than just emotional. It was unique and intimate and definitely one for the books.
With a beautiful day outside even the wind couldn’t ruin how incredibly perfect and meaningful every details of this small wedding seemed. From perfect rose gold flowers, hand dyed by family to sweet little decorations of the reception and the amazing dance moves by all the kids.
Wether you are planning an intimate wedding or a destination wedding, or even an elopement, it doesn’t have to be expensive to be beautiful. Think details - what makes a wedding day look the way it does, what sets the mood the most and what can you do yourself to elevate the look to how you always dreamed it.
When styling any shoot I always first think of where the event is taking place. I look around the environment and try to draw inspiration from what is around me. If your wedding in a desert? Or is it on the beach? What can you add to your decor that connects with what is around you? The more you add natural elements of your surroundings, the more everything looks organic and connected, and the more it sets the mood making it look like it belongs.
A beautiful spring couple’s session by the Dana Peak Park in Central Texas. Photographing Kevin & Frances was a dream - their love transcends and makes everything around them look phenomenal.
It is the hardest thing for a parent to not be there for the birth of their child. But it must be a million times harder for a parent serving their country and knowing there is nothing that they can do in order to be with their loved ones during the most important time of their life. Military life is not easy. But there is no sweeter moment than coming home from a combat deployment. And there is definitely nothing like reuniting with your beautiful wife but most importantly meeting your baby daughter!Read More
My model looks like she is about to walk off the screen, hey eyes are piercing through, and I feel like I am right there with her. Neither of these things are achieved with digital (and it has its reasons) without major understanding of what tweaks to make. And don’t get me wrong - I LOVE shooting digital, I just prefer film when it comes to portrait photography - its true magic.Read More
A new project with Lisa & Dancer. I couldn’t resist photographing the two of them! How gorgeous are they!
This past few homecomings I have photographed have brought home hundreds of soldiers and reunited thousands of loved ones separated by 9 long months and many dusty miles. While some families have experience this before, my darling client Danielle was a newbie at this and patiently waited 266 days to see the love of her life. I couldn’t tell who was more excited and emotional about what was about to happen: Danielle or her two beautiful daughter Vivian and Cora (or me).
This time around the homecoming time was changed so many times, even delayed by weeks, that no one had any patience left, but this was the first time when I met someone who remained calm until the last moment, never losing her mind from the constant curve-balls that the Army likes to throw.
With a cool head and a longing heart, Danielle took care of her babies and patiently waited until the buses showed up and we saw them through the glass doors. I think that was the first time it truly hit. It was finally feeling real. They were back! Just minutes away from finally being reunited. This was the moment when the tears started to fill up, and the heart started pounding like crazy.
Vivian held mommy close, while Cora wondered what what the commotion all about. All until the doors opened and the troops started to march towards us. Tears streaming down everyones’ faces (including mine, even now while I write this). It was the sweetest reunion as Danielle and the girls couldn’t hold it anymore and just darted towards their dad to finally hold and kiss him! Welcome back SGT. Rodriguez!