Live in the Moment

Summer is fast and furious for me… a senior, wedding and family photographer.  Some might call me “just a photographer” but it’s not like that… not at all.  My seniors, brides, and families invite me into their personal lives to share their very important life milestones.

If I was “just a photographer” then I wouldn’t get this lump in my throat as a dad walks his daughter down the aisle to hand her future over to a young man that can’t possibly love her as much as he does…


…or when I see endless tweets of last season’s high school seniors packing their cars to head off to college. Who is going to feed them, protect them, love them?

Live_In_The_Moment_Blog 4 Being a mother and daughter myself, I can feel both sides of the fence.  I remember how excited I was to marry the love of my life. But, I remember my dad asking me if I was sure I was ready.


I also remember packing my car and heading off to college.  I was SO excited.  But, I also remember my parents driving off without me.

The funny thing is that we all know it’s coming.  At the start of our senior year, or the beginning of your engagement, we know where we are headed.  If we prepare properly, then we are ready.  It’s the way life goes. Ready or not, it’s time.


As summer is winding down, I continue to share these life milestones with my families. I’m technically “just your photographer” but, really I feel more like part of your family.

So, from the family member who is on the outside looking in, my advice to each one of my 2016 seniors, parents of 2016 seniors, brides, grooms, parents of my bride and grooms, and now my 2017 seniors and their parents…

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Live in the moment! Take it all in and enjoy every second with your loved ones.  We are exactly where we are supposed to be.  Thank you for including me in your family!

Do you know someone who needs a professional photographer? We’d love to be part of your family too.

Dallas Wedding Couple Jennifer and John Tie the Knot on Valentines Day at The Old Bedford School

It has been rumored that Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year.  Once you take a look at Jennifer and John’s Valentine’s Day wedding, you will know FOR SURE that it was their most romantic day EVER!


The beautiful floral arrangements were created by my very good friend and floral designer Kevin May from May Flowers and Gifts. (shameless plug 214-507-2837) The bride was very excited when she saw how amazing they looked.


The red and white Valentine Theme was very romantic. The bride seems to have a BIG heart!


The Old Bedford School was full of historical things. Every direction you turned, there was more to see.  The backgrounds were limitless.


The Bride and Groom decided to have a first look in the class room. You should have seen John’s eyes light up when he saw his bride for the first time. She was stunning!


Jennifer and John met back in 1988 when they went to school together.  They used to pass notes back and forth during class.


YAY!!  He said yes!


It is very easy to tell these two are crazy in love. John couldn’t take his eyes off his bride.


The Ceremony was beautiful!  I just loved these “love” blocks on the alter.


The Bedford School has incredible character. We could have photographed this couple all night!


Gorgeous couple, Gorgeous Venue!


The Catering and the Cake were prepared by Sweet Memories.  The presentation and the food were perfect.


After a romantic private dance…


The happy couple made their exit through some wavy glow sticks. And then the most unexpected thing happened…


They gave us a box of Turtle Chocolates!!!  Alyssa and I had a very “sweet” ride home.

She Said Yes!!! – Dallas Wedding Photographer

Right around Thanksgiving time, I got a call from a long time client with some great news.  She was super excited to tell me that her daughter was getting engaged. If you know this mom, you know she struggled to tell me this without crying!! Everything she does is BIG and PASSIONATE! After all, why do something if it isn’t going to be the best it can be? Besides, this is her only daughter.  And this guy… well he is definitely “the one”.

So, with his permission, she scheduled me to be hiding out at the location where he was going to propose to her. We had everything orchestrated so I knew exactly when they would arrive and where they would be when he dropped down on his knee.

1 Carrollton Engagement portraitsWhen I arrived, I saw the mom, Debra and the groom’s mom in the Gazebo decorating with some beautiful rose petals and roses.  The Gazebo was already decorated for Christmas, so it was absolutely breath taking. As they arrived and were walking toward the gazebo, I was hiding behind a big white Van in the parking lot.  (along with the rest of the family)2 Frisco engagement portraitsAlyssa and Joseph are high school sweet hearts. He absolutely adores her! She was completely caught off guard.  She had no idea that tonight was “the night”.3 Dallas engagement portraitsAnd SHE absolutely adores him! The ring was beautiful!4 Plano engagement portraitsThey make each other laugh. (especially when the whole family is watching you get engaged to the love of your life)5 Carrollton  wedding photographerThis is the start of an amazing love story!6MG_1363What a lucky girl! 7MG_2114And now… all I have to say… is look out Carrollton!!!  Debra is planning a wedding!8MG_2101Alyssa and Joseph, thank you for inviting me to your proposal!  I can’t wait for the wedding!!!!

Super busy wedding week – North Dallas Wedding Photographer

Just like any other business, Photography has “seasons”.  The year is half over and we have already gone through dance season, and the first half of children, sports, school and senior season. But there are two seasons that are year round;  Newborn babies and weddings. This week has definitely been a week of “working” the wedding season. Also, just like in every other business, the best clients come from referrals. And one of the perks of being in the wedding business is getting to go to some fabulous parties while meeting people that you can refer and can refer you.

And I’m the girl who doesn’t EVER get out of the house (unless I’m working). So when my florist friend Kevin May, of May Flowers and gifts, (shameless plug) asked me to go with her to the AWP and ISES Happy Hour on Monday, I was excited! It was a date.  We really had a blast! I saw some old friends like photographer Allen Fagan and Mary Beth from Bride and Groom magazine. And I had the pleasure of meeting some new friends like Gail Rocquemore from A.D Parties & Events, Colin Alphonso from the new Windsor at Hebron Park, Jeff Christenson from Jay Fox Productions and Krystal Powell from Weddings by The Kreative Consultant. There were SO many more.  I even had a glass of wine. (Kevin was driving).

And then… Kevin invited me to Culinary Art Catering’s grand opening of their Nuvo Room last night.  The place was amazing. It is a very unique, modern, contemporary room in North Dallas. It was very different from any place I have seen before.  And the food was SO beautiful.  YES… it was BEAUTIFUL!  The chef is an artist. And again, I met some wonderful people. And I also saw some of the same people that I met on Monday.  What a fun week!  Now, I’m back at the studio trying to get caught up on some actual work for a few short minutes.  It’s time for “meet the teacher” at Homestead Elementary and my daughter is ready to go.  But, my wedding “perks” aren’t over.  Wait until you hear what I have planned for next week.