Agave Road Wedding Photographer – Grant & Emily – Hermann Park E-Session

Grant and Emily are a fabulous couple who met at Texas A&M.  Although opposites they fell in love and are having a fabulous wedding at www.agaveroad.com in Katy.  We got together to shoot their engagement session at Herman Park.  We had a great time and their love for each other really shows in these images.

March 5, 2012 - 2:23 am

Emily Allinson - Francie, these are absolutely wonderful! I cannot believe how incredible these images are. We can’t wait to share them with our family and friends. You have captured our love in a way that feels so natural. Thank you thank you thank you! You are amazing! :)

Vintage Wedding at Rockefeller Hall – Houston Wedding Photographer

I often get asked if I can shoot in a vintage style.  It is an interesting question because vintage
means different things to different people.  I love “classic old style photography” that you find in the 40’s and 50’s.  Sometimes it’s de-saturated a bit, sometimes it’s black and white, and sometimes it’s just a half tone of
color.  What all of these styles have in common is that they are based on solid photographic principles.  Images which look like they have a film over them are improperly exposed and lack a real sense of detail especially in the whites.  Sun flare can be really beautiful when used properly and when you don’t lose the detail in the image.

You can achieve a vintage look in images by setup as well as post processing.  For weddings I think to
get a true vintage feel you, have to theme that throughout your entire wedding including your flower dress and location.  Location is key to getting a really cool vintage feel.  I photographed a wedding at photographed a
wedding at the historic Rockefeller Hall.  The entire vibe was very vintage style.

So here are a few of my vintage style images from the Rockefeller Wedding that are my favs.

 

Here are some of my other favorite vintage inspired images.

Kingwood Senior Photographer – Daphne

I love photographing all types of people, and I have a special place in my heart for high school seniors.  Daphne graduate in 2012 and is a real beauty – in some of her shots she looks a little bit like a Kardashian… She is from Dallas and came to Houston for the shoot.  We had a great time going around downtown Houston and got some very cool shots.  If you have a senior graduating in 2012, now is the time to book.  There will be no bookings in April or May as I am photographing weddings.  You can find out all the details about the FireHeart Senior Experience at www.fireheartseniors.com.

Enjoy—- comments on the blog always welcome!

 

December 30, 2011 - 4:01 pm

Suzie Hilton - Francie’s photos of Daphne show the complete spectrum of her personility. From sweet, silly, adventrous, to stunningly beautiful. Francie made it a great day, and the photos are fabulous!

Kingwood Family Photographer – An Amazing Family

Grab a cup of coffee this is a LONG post and I think you will enjoy the journey…

When I first met Donna, she was the meeting planner for a bride of mine.  We clicked immediately.  I think my quirkiness could see her quirkiness and I just knew I liked her.  She was very open about her children and the challenges they had faced all of their lives after being diagnosed with autism.  She had never had professional portraits made of her children.  She asked if I photographed families and if I would be willing to work with her and her children.

I love all kinds of people.  My goal as a photographer is to photograph not what you look like but to photograph who you are.  Who and what your essence is.  Some people are harder to reach in this way than others, but I have yet to have a client whom I could not see that special part of them.

Donna was really anxious the day of the shoot.  While her children were willing, as most teenagers they are not thrilled about walking around with mom have some person they do not know stick a camera in their face.  So we sat and chatted a bit.  I find if I open myself completely, children and teens can see my flaws.  If  I find a point we have in common, everything clicks.  With Donna’s daughter it was my images of grave yards.  She is fascinated by what many people are afraid of.  She thought it was okay that I liked some of the same things she did. And with her twin brother, it was his instant ability to see light.  As a photographer seeing light is critical – it sometimes takes years for photographers to see the changes in light; he saw it instantly.  Each time the light changed, he let me know.  I told him what a gift that was, as most people never notice the tiny subtle changes in light.  We had a bond from that moment.

Both the twins are amazing violin players.  To see them play is breath taking.  This was a beautiful shoot with an amazingly quirky family.   I hope you can see the beauty that is truly them.

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I normally just let you view the images, but for this post I’m going to make some comments about shooting and why I chose to do things a certain way.  This is a shift in my style and I think I may be on the precipus of moving in a new direction.  I would love to hear what you think in the comments section.

First up is Kat – she is an intense young woman.  Uniquely herself.  As you can see from this first image she is beautiful and very cool with her purple red hair and bracelets.

This next image came at the end of the shoot.  She was doing a matrix move with her violin and she fell.  Her mother said your going to kill yourself… so I said say on the ground we are going to get you as a fallen player.

Two different perspectives… both of which I really like

These next two images were about the idea of walking though the woods and coming upon a young girl playing clasical music in the woods.  Something romantic that you read about in a Louise May Alcott book – with a 2011 spin on it of course.  When shooting this I loved the dappling of light thought the trees but wanted to light her a little move to give a selective light feel.  The old master painters did this with precision and brilliance and I was inspired by that idea.  I just love the feel of these two images and I imagine them as 60 inch wall portraits on canvas.

What I love about this image is the selective focus.  I focused on the violin between her hands.  The rest of the image is soft focused going completely out of focus.  I like the idea that she can pierce the focus with the intensity of her gaze and it give the image an ethereal feel and look with simple posing.

The final image of Kat is a stunner… hard to believe she is a freshman in high school.  She is a natural when it comes to posing – she just knows what’s going to look good…

Tristen is Kat’s twin brother… no they are not identical… Yes their mom gets this question all the time.  Tristen is sweet, interesting and loves bugging his sister.  He too plays the violin.  First up is the his Abercrombie look… Just love this background and thought it was perfect for a studio look outside.

Tristen is also a violin player and love the depth of field in the first image and the intensity of his eye contact in the second.

One hot Mama… nothin’ more needs to be said… take a look.

This family is self described as “quirky” and they really wanted an image of their feet which showed their personality so we captured that.  I especially love the second image where they were just hanging out for proper lighting.

As the title states this was an Amazing family.  Here are a few of my favs of them together… in different pairs and groupings. This first image is one of my favs as I love the look which is ery and almost fantasy based.

The final images are of a family on a new path with the past at their back and the future looking bright.  It was a really wonderful shoot and I look forward to working with this family for many years to come.

 

December 10, 2011 - 3:34 am

Shine - Francie – these are AMAZING. You are so talented – words can’t describe it. I enjoyed all your words, your insight, and feeling like I was going through it with you. LOVE to see all of your work.

December 10, 2011 - 3:54 am

Tricia Henry - your work is amazing. No words to discribe.

December 10, 2011 - 5:22 am

Rose Purifoy - Donna, Honey these pictures are totally awsume. You are still the beautiful lady with all the confidence in the world. The twins are 2 beautiful to even find the words. I always knew, ALWAYS that great things were in store for you. I love you child. God Bless you and your wonderful heart..And last but not least, HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS. you are truly a treasure. Rosey