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Guest Post: Taylor Golden On Timeless Photos

Photo: Taylor Golden Photography

I think one thing all couples can agree on is that they want their wedding photos to be “timeless,” meaning they will still be appealing and in style (aside from fleeting fashion trends), five, 10 or 20 years from now. Probably the most important photography aspects for achieving this sense of timelessness—and ones I often see overlooked in wedding photography—are editing style and posing.

Of course, words like “timeless” and “stylish” are all relative. Everyone has their own definition of what is classic and enduring, and each individual couple has their own specific tastes. That said, I’ve been shooting weddings as a full-time profession for 10 years and I believe these are some of the things to consider when selecting a photographer who’ll give you photos that stand the test of time: Click here to read the rest of this post »

Fall Fashion at Pecan Grove From Civic Photos

Our fabulous I Do! Wedding Soiree Houston wedding photographer Civic Photos isn’t just an expert at capturing the glamour and grandeur of our incredible Spring event at the Corinthian-Houston…oh NO, loves…this amazing Houston wedding photography also shoots unforgettable engagement sessions, gorgeous weddings and beautiful fashion editorials, like the one we’re sharing shots from (see full post here), photographed at lovely Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club. Meet Houston wedding photographers Barett and Saul this Thursday at the one-and-only I Do! Wedding Soiree (advance sale tickets HERE, only while they last), and let them know in person how much y’all love this sweet cool-season shoot and their awesome wedding photography! You’ll make ’em smile.

Civic Photos Fashion Shoot Pecan Grove Maclaren Click here to read the rest of this post »

7 Houston Photographers We Love and Why

Got cold feet about choosing your wedding photographer? Use our short list of Houston photographers, and what real brides and grooms say about them, to help you find your perfect Houston wedding photographer match!

1) Taylor Golden Photography
Known for her sweeping cityscapes and dramatic images, “go big or go home” is Taylor’s style. If you have a destination wedding or an especially scenic wedding in the works, Taylor is your gal. As at home at a backyard wedding as she is capturing a ceremony on the Venice canals, her level of experience and professionalism makes have earned her both trust and raves from our couples. Personable and friendly, with a disarming demeanor, Taylor Golden White will not only quickly become your one of your favorite photographer, but she will also fast become your friend and travel advisor.

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The buzz: “From the initial meeting to the final viewing, Taylor’s level of professionalism, combined with her striking personality made for an ‘only seen in the movies’ experience. And our photos speak for themselves! The unique shots and candid moments are EXACTLY what we were looking for. Taylor’s work is anything but typical. Instead of feeling like clients, we felt like family. Her friendly and spunky personality made us instantly feel at ease. We now have hundreds of amazing photos to look back on, which are worth every single penny. Thank you, Taylor. Our wedding album isn’t just a bunch of pictures – it’s the start of our family legacy.” ~Dustyn & Heather

2) D. Jones Photo
David Jones and the team at D. Jones Photo have 15 years of experience shooting Houston weddings. Familiar with just about every venue and location in Houston, and comfortable working with many Houston vendors, “lust for light” photographer David captures the luminosity and splendor of  your wedding from bride or groom suite preparations to the sparkler exit, without missing a beat.

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The buzz: “David Jones is professional and does wonderful work. I’ve recommended him to all of my friends because he is reliable and easy to work with. He delivers on his word and consistently under-promises and over-delivers. This is the kind of vendor and photographer that you want for your special events and definitely for your wedding!” ~Nicole

3) Kelly Hornberger Photography
With her passion for natural light and her her unique eye for styling, Kelly is an especially excellent photographer choice for outdoor ceremonies, al fresco receptions and Hill Country or destination weddings. She can provide both digital and film photography, for images with depth and texture. If you are a boho bride or a groom obsessed with capturing the details, Kelly is a great choice for your wedding photography.

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The buzz: “Her pictures were absolutely breathtaking! She listened to what we wanted, she cared for us throughout the whole process – but most importantly she loved us. I can’t begin to tell you how blessed we have been through the relationship she keeps with her clients.” ~Taylor & Joe

4) Adam Nyholt, Photographer

Easygoing with a big personality, Adam will make you feel at ease. The team at Nyholt are in love with love, and the passion they have for capturing your engagement and the events throughout your wedding day shows with every photo. With a wide- ranging portfolio extending to portraits and families, Adam Nyholt can become your family photographer for years to come.

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The buzz: “Adam and his team truly brought our wedding to life (from engagement pics in NOLA, to bridals, to the wedding, to the beach). He captured our personalities, and genuine emotions and we felt so comfortable around him. We had so much fun each and every time we got to work with him.” ~Kelley and Buster

5)  Kelli Durham Photography

A California-trained photographer with a thriving Houston fan base, Kelli brings a bit of Napa wine country back to her native Texas. She will approach your wedding with a fresh, youthful and modern style, and offers both film and digital photography for moving, gorgeous wedding photos.

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The buzz: “Kelli is BEYOND amazing to work with. She has a real gift for capturing the magic in every moment and making you look and feel beautiful the entire time! From our engagement photos to our wedding day, we could not have asked for a better photographer or friend. We are so thankful to have her in our lives, and to have such gorgeous pictures to look back upon!” ~Allison & Mac

6) Civic Photos
Nothing makes a couple feel more comfortable than a photographer who loves to pose, direct and photograph people.  Barrett Henry and the team at Civic Photos are well-known for their ability to showcase the living, breathing, laughing, crying, reveling people in the wedding story, not just the Pinterest-worthy details. Utilizing a wide range of lenses and state-of-the-art equipment, Civic Photos provide a broad scope and a unique look to each individual wedding couple’s event photos.

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The buzz: “My husband and I couldn’t have picked a better photographer. Barett took great photos for our engagement! I was a little nervous as I had never had professional pictures taken, but he made us feel comfortable and made it fun. Our wedding photos were great as well! Again, they were super-professional and captured all those special moments.” ~ Jessica

7) Dream Photo & Video
Shiva and Sam and the team at Dream Photo & Video are your one-stop shop for wedding photos and wedding videography. They offer dramatic images and extensive coverage of your wedding from start to finish, with an exciting and unique style that is excellent for large weddings and “wedding weekends.” Your wedding film is an heirloom, one that documents the words, sounds and emotions that faraway friends, extended family and future generations will want to experience. Because the Dream Photo team can provide both wedding photography and videography services, you will have a consistent style and a seamless look for both moving and still memories.

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The buzz: “If you’re looking for someone that knows what they’re doing, this is the company you’ve been looking for. Not only is the quality amazing, but the staff and employees are outstanding. Another thing I wanted to point out was their HARD work. We only had one photographer, looking at the pictures you would think we had a entire team. I mean this man was everywhere! And believe it or not, with him running around everywhere he didn’t cause a scene or disturb a thing. Heck, I didn’t know where he was half the time, but he sure didn’t miss anything! Love, love, LOVE the pictures and video!” ~Jacob

Intimate Restaurant Wedding by Civic Photos

It’s a story as old as time: Bright-eyed, ambitious young intern meets seasoned company full-timer; water-cooler chat turns flirtatious; love ensues… (OK, we don’t really know about the water cooler part, but you get the picture!). Following a cozy proposal at home, over a home-cooked meal and wine, sweethearts Paola and Aaron made food and wine the center of their focus once again, with an elegant wedding for 35 guests, featuring an intimate church ceremony followed by a six-course French dinner at a favorite Houston restaurant. “Our wedding was meant to be a classic theme that would be beautiful years from now,” the bride tells us, and we have to say, “Yup, looks like you hit the mark perfectly!” We wish the newlyweds a lifetime of happiness, and invite YOU to enjoy their celebration, through these lovely pix, including gorgeous portraits at the historic Julia Ideson Library, from Civic Photos!

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Photos: Civic Photos | Portraits: Julia Ideson Library | Rings: Zadok Jewelers

10 Wedding Shots Your Photographer Should NOT Miss

Listen up, loves: If you’re lucky in love, you only get to do this once. Which means you’ve got one shot at capturing every amazing moment and detail of your big day–including the small ones, the off-to-the-side ones, the humble ones and the big ol’ in-your-face displays of love and friendship! We highly recommend you use this handy list of must-have wedding photos to guide your photographer as he or she snaps away before, during and at the close of your big day.

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Photo: Thomas & Penelope Photography

First Look. 

One of the most memorable moments of an already momentous occasion, this emotion-packed photo is one no bride and groom should be without.

Hair & Makeup.
Behind the scenes is often a delightful scene unto itself. Let your photographer click away while you and your bridal party get made up, done up, dressed up and bustled up for the big day.

Dress Details. 
There will be plenty of pictures of you in your gown, but be sure to capture the fine metallic embroidery on the bodice, the pearls woven into the train or the magnificent lace overlay of your skirt.

Bride’s Shoes & Jewelry
Girls love their shoes! Be sure to document your fancy footwear, perhaps taking the opportunity to snap your wedding rings encircling the heel of your shimmering pumps.

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Photo: Jenna Christine Photography

Flower Girl/Ring Bearer.
Images such as these are always sweet because young kids grow up so fast—and tend to be so spontaneous and adorable on the wedding day.

Bridal Party. 

These are your closest friends and family members, so of course you want photos with them. Leave time for at least one traditional and one unique shot (think: offbeat locations, making funny faces, the groomsmen carrying the bride, etc.).

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Photo: Lindsay Elizabeth Photography

Bride’s Processional. 
Depending on the type of wedding and where it is held, this shot may be a bit tricky. “In Texas, many churches do not allow photography during the ceremony,” explains David Jones of D. Jones Photography. “We can get in to shoot for about 20 minutes afterwards, so we have learned to be efficient and follow their rules.”

Altar Exit.
“Getting the bride and groom coming back down the aisle together is a very important shot,” photographer Adam Nyholt says. The elation and happiness of the moment are always evident in the couple’s expressions.

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Photo: Dream Photo & Video

First Dance.
During this heartfelt, unpracticed performance, “I can capture truly candid and sweet moments between the bride and groom,” says photographer Steve Lee. “At this time, they tend to really show their emotions.”

Father/Daughter & Mother/Son Dance. 
This shot provides yet another glimpse at profound emotion, and is a lovely moment of connection between generations.

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Photo: Steve Lee | Cake: Susie’s Cakes and Confections

The Cake.
Typically photographers go for photos of the cutting of the cake. That’s great, but don’t overlook the cake itself. Many are intricate pieces of art and should be remembered as such, with shots of both the entire cake, and its many fine details.

Reception Signage.
A great way to open or close an album, attention-grabbing signage sets the tone for a entire book of beautiful photos!