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.
I’ve known Ame for a really, really long time – from way back when my samples were a dozen 8 x 10s in an envelope. I was thrilled when she called and told me she was getting married and they had selected me as her photographer! I met her awesome husband only on the day of their engagement session, like a week to the wedding, and we really hit it off. Ame got all jealous because I immediately started taking sides. We had fun at the session, and the wedding, coordinated by the lovely Nosa of Elegant Nuptials, was beautiful – and I always get all nostalgic when a wedding is at A.D. Bruce Religion Center, at the University of Houston, as that’ s my Alma Mater. Enjoy.
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!
This is probably the most random post I’ve ever had on here, but I just had to share. A couple of weekends ago, there was a baby shower at my house – it was really cool, and quite different from other showers I’ve been to / seen. It was like non-alcoholic cocktail hour with a pregnant lady. The super cool thing was the onesie decorating station – everyone got to make a custom onesie for the baby, and there were all sorts of special markers, paint, iron-on appliqués and stuff that made all the onesies so very cool. These baby shower onesies will be amazing keepsakes for the baby later on. Maybe I should start a new section for baby shower ideas…
Asabe and Papa are getting married out of the country so they decided to have a party for all their friends who might not be able to make it. It was a great idea and a fantastic party. I got hired to shoot this at the last minute, so I didn’t get a chance to meet the clients until go time. I’m always nervous about having to ask who the client is when that happens, but when Asabe showed up in her gorgeous shimmering dress, I knew it was her for sure! It was coordinated by A Conceal Affair and the catering was great. Every time I turned around, there was a different hors d’oeuvre going by. As you can see from the pictures, the couple were lots of fun and there was this pretty cool game they played I had never seen before. Fun times.
Networking is about being connected to the right people, and timing is important too. Luckily I know Nosa Oyegun of Elegant Nuptials, who knows The Wedding Guys who know Randy Fenoli of Randy To The Rescue & TLC, and I got to shoot the behind the scenes of his new show. This happened last year, but I haven’t been allowed to talk about it, let alone blog about it until after the show aired.
I had never heard of Randy until I met him on set the morning of the shoot (like a 7am call time), and at first I felt bad about that – I think that was good though because I didn’t walk in with any preconceived notions about him. Being behind the scenes, I got to spend time with him and the rest of the crew and Randy was the exact same incredibly warm and genuine person backstage as he is on TV. It’s the little things. I’ll never forget a moment where he was in the middle of a conversation and his handlers came to rush him along to his next to-do and he insisted on completing the conversation before he moved on. Class act.
The show was lots of fun to shoot – I was asked to do it my way, which I always appreciate. It was so much fun to be around all these excited real brides who were really there to hopefully find their wedding dress. They were accompanied by friends, family and loved ones and it was truly a great day. I got to meet other wedding vendors there, including Emily of Emily Clair – who makes some very unique bouquets. I just watched the show – I missed it when it aired so I bought it on iTunes – it was pretty cool to see all the people I had photographed and met on the show. Anyway, on to the pictures.
Also, here’s a link to the proofing system where you can see all the pictures from that day. You didn’t think they’d all b eon my blog did you? Also be sure to click the little categories button at the bottom of that page when you get there.
Chinenye and Chike’s big day started bright and early out in Montgomery, Texas – the same place we shot their engagement portraits. It was awesome to walk in and meet my cousin, the incredible Tokini of Lyzadora Beauty. The wedding day was absolutely beautiful, and was co-ordinated by Chioma Nwogu of Dure Events. As usual, it was really, really nice. One of the things that struck me is that the getting ready portion of the day, at least for the bride was very relaxed – the bride got ready in her own villa and the bridesmaids were elsewhere. This made it much easier for her to get ready without a crazy amount of activity going on around her. Great idea! I was really excited to discover that Keisha’s Kreations did the flowers for this event – they did an amazing job as usual. Many grooms struggle with this, but Chike got that bow tie on like he does it every day! Check out the beautiful images we were able to create!
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!