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Q&A With Houston Wedding Photographer Blanca Duran

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Photographer Blanca Duran [photo by Civic Photos]
With degrees in Communications, PR and Art, and a lifetime passion for photography, Blanca Duran has everything it takes to capture and express the unique, personal feel of every wedding she photographs. We’re so excited to feature her work, and even more excited to let her explain, in her own words, how she approaches the art of wedding “storytelling” through images, and what sets her Houston wedding photography work apart.

Weddings in Houston: How did you first get into photography?

Blanca Duran: I had taken a few photography classes in college as part of my degree in Communications and Public Relations, but I got seriously involved in photography while studying for my Master’s Degree in Arts. I had the option of specializing in video, animation or photography, and even though I developed video and animation projects, I chose photography for my dissertation. Although I was focused on conceptual photography, I managed to do a little fashion photography and also traveled around Asia and Europe photographing landscapes and people in different cultures. I still have hundreds of medium-format images in contact sheets.

When I returned to Mexico, I spent one year teaching advertising at my alma mater university in order to pay back my scholarship. During that time I started my advertising agency again (I had previously started one together with my brother when I was in college). During those challenging times, when I was working to grow my business, I dared to photograph a friend’s wedding. Surprisingly, after the wedding, I started receiving compliments about my images and more brides contacted me. However, I only did one more wedding, because I met my husband on a trip to the United States, and decided to move to Houston, and start fresh, all over again. That’s how I am in the wedding business in Houston today.

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Photo: Blanca Duran Photography
WIH: What qualities do you feel distinguish your approach to wedding photography and your relationships with your wedding clients?

BD: We are in the business of telling stories. We do wedding photography and cinematography. Blanca Duran Photography is mostly known for my bold, fashion-photography style and my lighting skills. What makes me the proudest is that despite the difficulties we have gone through, we built a brand that is recognizable not only among clients but among other photographers who approach me to express their admiration for my work.

What sets us apart from others is not the distinctive look of our work (there are thousands of photographers with talent who go unnoticed in this sea of artists), but a combination of talent, the courage to take risks, and most importantly, our ability to make a strong connection with our clients and their families. Honesty, kindness, good manners and a huge smile will always go a long way.

Photo: Blanca Duran Photography
WIH: What are your favorite moments from you wedding photography career? 

BD: I have many favorite moments, especially those instances where my couple hugs me to thank me for the hard work and for becoming their friend.

WIH: What’s your most valuable piece of photography advice for Houston wedding couples?

BD: My advice to you is to let yourself go with the moment. Embrace your story as a couple and do not be afraid to show it to the world. Your photographer must be a storyteller that brings your photos to life!

Photo: Blanca Duran Photography

See more from this fine Houston wedding photographer, and schedule your consultation today. And make sure to visit Blanca this Friday, Feb. 22 from 6-9 p.m. when she hosts a festive evening Houston wedding photography open house!

Classic White Wedding By Blanca Duran Photography

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Photo: Blanca Duran Photography

When Adam took Hannah to the terrace of the Hilton Americas-Houston, she thought he’d brought her there to celebrate her freedom from the job she’d disliked and recently quit. But, at the elegant Downtown property, with the sunset skyline as their backdrop, he took her completely by surprise when instead of congratulating her on her liberating career move…he asked her to be his wife! After the big question, “Adam told me that my family was downstairs in the bar lounge waiting to celebrate with us,” Hannah recounts. “I was so happy. The whole experience was perfect. He did a fantastic job!” The couple’s classic white wedding was textured with touches of greenery, along with lush ivory floral arrangements and shimmering linens from Houston event designer Plants N’ Petals. “My favorite moment was when our 19-month-old niece ran up to us during our husband-and-wife dance,” Hannah says. “She got away from Mommy on accident, but it was a super cute moment that everyone gushed over!” Join us in gushing over Houston wedding photographer Blanca Duran’s gorgeous photos of this classic white wedding, and wishing Hannah & Adam all of our love, always. Click here to read the rest of this post »

Classic Winter Wedding at the Crystal Ballroom at The Rice

“We wanted a very classic winter wedding, and the historic Crystal Ballroom was perfect for this,” says Houston bride Ingrid of her wedding to her handsome groom George. The pair, who met online at eHarmony.com—“We had our first date a music festival at Discovery Green, met for dinner again the next night, and could not get enough of each other from then on,” Ingrid recounts—hosted 215 guests for an evening of ceremony and celebration, including all-night dancing to a full live band, and a gold, pewter and cream wedding color scheme that echoed December’s wintry hues. “We danced a well-rehearsed fox trot to ‘It Had To Be You’—our friends and family were very impressed by it. The band kept a full crowd on the dance floor and everyone (young and old) enjoyed it. Guests finally sent us on our way with white ecofetti that looked like snow, and the party continued at the pub next door.” Now that’s how to kick off a life of good times together! Big thanks to Blanca Duran for very pretty photos of this fabulous fete, and congratulations to Ingrid and George.

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Photos: Blanca Duran Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Allure Couture from The Princess Bridal ~ Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade ~ Makeup: JN Co Makeup Artistry ~ Cake: Supreme Kakes & More ~ Catering: Sambuca Catering ~ Decor & Flowers: The Bloom Room ~ Venue: Crystal Ballroom at The Rice

Sophisticated Briscoe Manor Wedding by Blanca Duran

Some couples are just destined to be together. That’s how it was with Amey and William. A friend first suggested William as a “perfect” guy for Amey (though at the time, amazingly, getting set up was the furthest thing from her mind). An unexpected Facebook friend request from the groom-to-be eventually got things rolling, and William’s general adorableness and devotion sealed the deal. About her true love, our bride Amey sweetly says, “It’s as if God went down the checklist in my heart and formed William just for me!” For the the couple’s April wedding at Briscoe Manor,  colorful warm lighting, glittering details and rich linens spelled romance, captured here by Blanca Duran.

Sophisticated Briscoe Manor Wedding by Blanca Duran Photography

Sophisticated Briscoe Manor Wedding by Blanca Duran Photography

Sophisticated Briscoe Manor Wedding by Blanca Duran Photography

Sophisticated Briscoe Manor Wedding by Blanca Duran Photography

Sophisticated Briscoe Manor Wedding by Blanca Duran Photography

Sophisticated Briscoe Manor Wedding by Blanca Duran Photography

Sophisticated Briscoe Manor Wedding by Blanca Duran Photography

Sophisticated Briscoe Manor Wedding by Blanca Duran Photography

Photography: Blanca Duran  / Bride’s Dress: Kenneth Pool / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Angelo / Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Rings & Jewelry: Jared’s / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Briscoe Manor / Cakes: Edible Designs / Decor & Rentals: EB Inc. Event Rentals and Over the Top Linens /  Flowers: Keisha’s Kreations / Wedding Consultant: Chic Soiree Weddings