So… this is NOT an engagement session. It’s a we’ve-been-married-for-years-and-have-kids-and-we’re-still-awesome session. You might remember Omonele and Chima from their family session a little over a year ago. Well, this time they decided to ditch their beautiful kids and come out to keep it sexy. And they did just that.
This session happened on an unbelievably busy weekend – I had just come in from out of town, but we had to do it that weekend as Taiwo had just moved to Houston from London, and they’d been really busy. They were pretty easy-going and fun to shoot. Their wedding was a full Nikkai ceremony, which I had never done before – I’ll be posting that soon as well. Enjoy!
I got to shoot Chinenye at a beautiful private residence in Houston with the most magnificent decor and grounds. It had to be an impressive location to match up to the incredible dress. We had an excellent session, and I can’t wait to shoot the wedding in a couple of weeks.
As usual, it’s been a busy summer and we had trouble scheduling this engagement session – especially because it was at the beautiful La Toretta resort out in Montgomery, Texas. It’s quite a hike from Houston so when we all got our timing together we made an evening of it and got some great evening light. Oh, and I love it when we have props – we had a whole picnic out there! We shot the wedding very shortly afterwards, so it’s a big triple post, including bridals and the gorgeous wedding!
During the holidays, many families get together and eventually the conversation turns to “We haven’t had family portraits taken in a while”, and that’s when things get busy. I’d been trying to do a session with Omonele and Chima for a couple of YEARS, and they’ve actually popped out an extra kid since we started talking about doing pictures. Good thing we waited, because now she’s the cutest one in the family 🙂
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Whew – we had such a hard time getting our schedules together, we ended up doing not one but TWO sessions less than 2 weeks before the wedding – we also had weather issues, but we ended up rocking it out and having a blast. We got to make some of these images at their wedding venue, Safari Texas. I had no idea they had that much space, even though I’ve worked there a few times before. Look out for part 2 of this, featuring their extra-cute son.
So, we’re finally at the third of our trifecta of IB & Mike pictures. We’d been trying to set up this session for a while – I’m still getting caught up from my crazy busy summer, and they’ve been busy with, well – whatever pregnant people are busy with :-). We finally found a time that worked for everyone – and just in time, too since the baby is due SOON. As usual, these nutjobs acted out and I was just there to photograph it. And as usual, it was awesome.
Tope called me up last week and reminded me that we never did shoot her bridal session – they’re an out of town client and we could never get it scheduled. We had quite a time trying to schedule me + them + hair + makeup + weather all at the same time, but we finally managed it. It was initially meant to be a bridal session, but the night before Tope asked if her husband could come along and be in a few images. I was delighted, and he was in almost all of them! We had a really great time, despite the heavy rain right before, and a little rain during, and a lot of rain after the session.
One super cool thing that happened was as we were shooting on a sidewalk in downtown Houston, a gentleman was walking by and he photobombed us and then asked where else we were shooting. He insisted that we shot in his building, and he let us in to an amazing 100 year old building where we had the run of the place, including the private terraces where we made some of my new favorite images. We had a blast. I think I’m going to be suggesting these sessions a LOT more often. It was great not to have to worry about the dress too, since we were shooting after the wedding. Everyone was much more relaxed.
I shot Yinka and Sola’s wedding back in 2007 – I didn’t get to shoot the birth of their first child, but this time Yinka’s timing was perfect! They live out in Dallas and on Thursday morning I got a text saying that she had delivered her second baby. The following morning, I surprised her with a phone call to let her know I was on my way to Dallas to shoot a wedding and I would be happy to stop by and take her new daughter’s first portraits. She was quite pleased, and that make me all happy too. So on Saturday morning, bright and early, I went out to meet the newest member of her family. She’s beautiful.
This couple’s schedule was unbelievably tight. Even though they booked me almost a year before the wedding, we had such a hard time getting our schedules together. We finally ended up a couple of weeks before the wedding, trying to get the shoot done – it rained and since we couldn’t find another day before the wedding to shoot, we went anyway – and I’m so glad we did! I’m almost hoping for another rainy session…