Lewis & Morgan {Downtown Houston Engagement Session}

So many people ask me why engagement sessions are important (additionally, why does it should it to be with the photographer you'll have at your wedding)  - which is a legitimate question.  When you're on a tight budget you have to cut where you can, which I completely understand!  I ALWAYS encourage engagements, however, because they really do make a difference to your images on your wedding day!  Let me explain.  Even if you've met me before (over coffee or at a wedding show) you still don't know me - you don't know how I work and what to expect. 

I love this time with you because we can get to know one another!  It's so important that you, as a bride or groom, are comfortable with me - because I'll be with you on one of the most important days of your life.  And often - I'm with you getting dressed (for brides :)) and encourage you on your wedding day (for both!)!  I want you to be comfortable with me and trust me in this process and on this day!  In addition, this time is low stress versus the wedding day - you learn some great poses while you're not rushed so IF we are rushed on your wedding day you know what to do! :)  Usually I see nervousness when we get to your location and by the time we leave we're laughing and having a great time!

I also love this time getting to see the chemistry you two have!  As you can tell these two have such great chemistry and it just lights up on camera!  I love to see the love between you!  We spend our hour (or more, depending on changes of clothes/location!) laughing, talking, learning about one another, and even discussing some of the wedding day!  It's important that I know which side is your "good side," what makes your groomie laugh out loud (I love those images!), or if I need to adjust the closeness I see when I say 'look at each other!'  

Another great question is about props!  I think it depends on your personality and style!  I've seen a lot of Pinterest inspired props for sessions and I've also seen the simplicity of no props. Both sessions were incredibly unique, and should be to the couple- if you have to have them, use them - but if you like the simplicity of just you and nature, that's great too!  

If you do have props, however, I would recommend having props that really mean something to you - are they meaningful to how you two met or what you guys are loving?? If so, LET'S USE THEM!  In 10, 30, 50 years will it have meaning to you?  That's the important part!   You'll see Lewis & Morgan's props included in their session that are meaningful!  They both have a love for the game of soccer and met that way too!  So we added these for fun (Ps. ISN'T HER RING GORGEOUS?! I love adding a fun picture of your ring too!)

Also, I will say, these two braved the HOT weather and just glistened in the heat!  I can't wait until the cool weather hits (hopefully, close to September 16th? Right Lewis and Morgan??) and these two will enjoy beautiful weather on their wedding day!

If you'd like to see more of their session, just click here

xoxo,

Lida

PS: I'm excited to start a blog Q&A series on important questions to get the most out of your wedding photography!  What kind of questions would you have about engagement sessions?  

Sylvia & Cody {Watermark Church, Dallas}

Oh these two.  Seriously.  I can't get over them!  Their love for the Lord and their love for each other!  We were introduced by Cody's cousin, my beautiful friend - Whitney from The Archibald Project (if you've followed me for a while, you know I went with them to Romania last year!) - and this April I was blessed to photograph these two!

I cannot WAIT to see how their marriage shines a light in this world!  They took their time as to become the best as individuals before they became one!  Their ceremony was about the true love that is promised when we believe!  It was beautiful, intimate, and fun!  Enjoy the fun details throughout their day!  Enjoy their beautiful colors, special prayers and gorgeous smiles throughout these images!

Sylvia & Cody! I wish you the best, I adore you so much, and PLEASE have babies soon so I have an excuse to come back to Dallas and photograph ya'll again! :)

xoxo,

Lida

P.S. Loved my time at Watermark Church

How sweet is this Lovishly heart necklace?  All the girls wore one for S&C's special day!  Every necklace purchased gives a gift to children dealing with long term illness.  In addition, Sylvia wrote 100 days of prayer for Cody in multiple journals as his gift on their wedding day!

How sweet is this Lovishly heart necklace?  All the girls wore one for S&C's special day!  Every necklace purchased gives a gift to children dealing with long term illness.  In addition, Sylvia wrote 100 days of prayer for Cody in multiple journals as his gift on their wedding day!

                                How sweet is their prayer time before their wedding? :)

                                How sweet is their prayer time before their wedding? :)

                                                How beautiful are all these girls??!!

                                                How beautiful are all these girls??!!

                           These guys kept me laughing all the way through their pictures!!!!

                           These guys kept me laughing all the way through their pictures!!!!

                                        Ya'll.  Can't you just see the love between them?!

                                        Ya'll.  Can't you just see the love between them?!

                                       Want to see more?  Click here for the entire gallery!

Oh Beauty | Bridals {Houston, Texas}

Reasons why I love bridals:

  1. You cannot feel anything but GORGEOUS in a bridal gown
  2. You get to break in your shoes before the wedding day
  3. You can do your trial hair & makeup run! <-- THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!
  4. It's an hour and 1/2 of featuring you and the dress you'll only wear one other time!
  5. Sometimes on the wedding day these images just don't happen and you'll want them!
  6. It's inexpensive decor for your wedding day!
  7. UM. You+GORGEOUS gown+fun time+friends who can fluff your dress+me with a camera...what could go wrong? :)

Here's Steffany in her gorgeous gown!  We took these at Sam Houston Park in Downtown Houston!  Makeup and Hair by Roberta at Helloo Beautiful Salon in Humble, Texas!  

Isn't Steffany beautiful?? Check out the rest of the images and her wedding photos at The Overlook in Atascocita!  Click here

Alayna & Dustin | Married! {Natchitoches, Louisiana}

So grateful to be a part of Alayna & Dustin's wedding in March!  In the midst of torrential downpour in Louisiana, they kept their spirits high!  I'm so proud of them for being so flexible and in such great spirits!!!  This is my first of hopefully many features on my blog of weddings that I'm a part of!  Each and every one is so special to me!  

Here's some fun personality from their day!  

  • Alayna's super fun reveal with her bridesmaids who hadn't seen her dress yet- isn't her dress just a perfect mix of class and sophistication??  I feel like this dress fits her perfectly!
  • Dustin's fishing lures as boutonnières!  What a fun mix highlighting what he loves!  Check out his cake too - I love it!
  • Check out those sweet babies - oh my goodness! SUCH SWEETHEARTS!
  • Alayna's first look with her Dad.  She threw him a softball with the words "forever your little girl" - cue my tears!
  • Personalization from tees to glasses! :)
  • Loving their balloon exit! Super adorable!

A special thanks to Chelsea, second in command at Tademy D&P, for shooting with me!  She's my favorite Louisiana gal!

Hope you love this sweet feature! Alayna & Dustin, wishing you the absolute best in marriage and life!

xoxo,

Lida

I'm pretty sure Dustin had to catch his breath here as he saw his bride coming down the aisle!

I'm pretty sure Dustin had to catch his breath here as he saw his bride coming down the aisle!

The truth about what your wallet looks like when you are the parents of the bride! :)

The truth about what your wallet looks like when you are the parents of the bride! :)

To see more of their fun filled wedding day click here!

 

 

Welcome!

Welcome to a little piece of my heart!

Post Romania I decided that my current website wasn't reflecting my heart so I changed it!  And here it is! I want you to feel at home, loved, and encouraged by my website.  I want it to reflect me!  I'm thrilled you are here and if you just found me - I'm thrilled that you'd want to be a part of our lives!

Owning a small business is no small feat.  It requires LONG hours, hard work, and perseverance.  I'm not saying that to brag at all, I'm saying that if I can do it - YOU CAN.

Praying as you enter this small piece of my heart you'll know that you are enough and you are beautiful!  

I'm excited for you to be here!

xoxo,

Lida