Happy FriYAY to everyone! I hope you’re having a wonderful time. Personally, this is my favorite part of the year! I would like to share with you all a recent family photo session. Vanessa and Demetrio welcomed their third child to their lovely family, and we spent a few hours capturing their yearly family portraits at the scenic Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve and Learning Center. Please enjoy this “Living Pictures Video.” All the best!
I’ve been extremely blessed to come across clients that are basically the most wonderful people on the Earth. Meg is a talented artist who hails from Canada, she created a Thumb Print Tree for her wedding guests and plans to frame and display in their new home! I’m waiting for a pic! John is an oil man who loves to make lists, lists, and more lists!
They held an intimate wedding ceremony at the Mansion by the Sea attended by close friends and family. Meg actually had two of her childhood guy friends serve as “BRIDESMEN.” This also marked the first time I was able to take a photograph of the entire wedding ceremony in a heart shape around the couple. I think everything turned out great, and I’m not biased.
Please enjoy the Living Pictures Video Slideshow as well as some of my favorite images from their special day. It was a beautiful beginning to the start of a new life together for the two families!
Venue: Mansion by the Sea
I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, but I’d simply like to share that I’m extremely happy that Mari found Daniel and vice-versa!
Ceremony: Most Precious Blood Catholic Church
Reception: Mansion by the Sea
Floral and Decorations: Razzle Dazzle Event Decorating Inc.
Video: Big Box Pro
Catering: Katz 21
Unity Rings: Camilles Original Jewelry Designs
It’s always a blessing to meet kind people. Then to be tasked with photographing said people’s wedding, … and then befriended by the same people… Well that’s just win win win! Cody and Whitney are the kind of people who on their wedding day continuously asked me how I was doing, how the food was, and how the AMAZING flowers in the Crystal Room were treating me!!! And for some reason, if you still don’t take my word on their kindness, I’ll give one more example. At the end of the night, Cody literally helped me pack my car. Now this is something I’m not terribly accustomed to accepting, in fact I’ve never accepted this sort of help, let alone from the bride or groom on THEIR wedding day, but Cody’s not someone you tell no, with regards to generous acts of kindness. He even sent me off for the night with a good hearty laugh. I did a “dumby” check in the garage, where I go back and see if I left anything behind, and besides seeing a whole camera left sitting out on the table top, I spotted my ladder – one of my favorite “non-photography” equipment investments. I grabbed it and he asked, “You going to take the broom and dust pan too?” I’ll never forget that!!!! Lovely. Simply lovely people.
Another experience that I’d like to share happened at the “first” reception in the Crystal Room at the Town Club, and I always says this, which is one of my favorite places in Corpus Christi, Texas to photograph, we had an amazing food line-up. The main course was “inside out tamales” or as Cody called them “fancy tamales.” Well they were one of the most unique meals I’ve ever experienced, period, let alone at a wedding reception. Then, as if we hadn’t already had enough fun, the “second” reception got started with the crawfish boil. Laissez les bons temps rouler!!! Where the family and friends that came in from as far away as Louisiana were so kind and inviting, so much so that after my day was complete I put the cameras down and enjoyed some crawfish and ArModelos.
I’d like to thank them for that experience. As always, I sign off with wishing the two a happy, successful, and long marriage!!
Please Enjoy an extended preview in the Living Pictures Video Slideshow.
Wedding Day Ceremony: Windsor Park Baptist Church
Wedding Day Reception: Corpus Christi Town Club and Private Residence
It’s always a special thing when people DECIDE to pursue their dreams, and I’m honored to say that I’ve shared in Paula’s journey. She recently competed in the pop culture show “The Voice.” Unfortunately she battled against Celine Dion’s former vocal coach…. yeah. Never the less, Paula is still so young and talented with so much potential and future within.
On my first visit to the city I connected with a friend from Corpus Christi, Texas who was managing or representing Paula at the time. She gave me the opportunity to snap a few photographs of her in Rockefeller Center, and then videotape her performance of “Easy” at Mike Ruiz‘s Birthday party at a brand new bar that I no longer remember the name of. If anything this shows my progression as a portrait photographer. For whatever reason I only brought my “non-portrait” lenses (17-40 and 50mm) with me. It’s like trying to filet a fish with a butter knife. This fact coupled with my inability to properly pose people, especially amongst throngs of internationals visiting the city, and almost freezing temperatures, we didn’t turn out with very many keepers. But hey if anything I’m still here and still learning the art of posing and photography, much like she’s still pursuing her singing career… I applaud her for deciding to ACTUALLY follow her dreams, and encourage her to pursue, pursue, pursue!!! Even in the face of rejection.
Below is her official music video – which is of much higher quality, and features a man flipping out of the car and getting turned down when he asks her out, plus that international dude from “That 70’s Show,” and Bow Wow – the artist formally, er, formerly known as Lil-Bow-Wow.