If you’re going to work outside on a Texas Summer Day there is no better way to do it than shooting a Texas Weddin’. Last week we had the pleasure of doing just that! It was such a joy to work with Jamie, Craig and their friends and family. It was a gorgeous day full of quaint country decor and laughs and good people. Rock Lake Ranch was the perfect spot for Jamie and Craig to unite their families. We really and truly always feel so blessed to be able to spend time with our brides and grooms and feel so honored to be a part of their special day.
This weekend my daughter and I traveled to Fredericksburg, TX to attend a workshop put on by the DPPA guild and The Little Red Schoolhouse. The theme of the event was Pinups, Planes and Classy Dames and the event was held at the Hangar Hotel. What a cool location for this type of event. Ashley has a love for all things from the 1940′s so we decided to get up early on Sunday morning before the program and get in a few shots. We used a two light setup with a main light and a fill light and no modifiers. I love how bringing in additional lighting makes for a FABULOUS look when shooting something like this. This totally would not have looked the same if we had just used natural light. Photography is a two dimensional art form but you want your images and your subjects to look three dimensional and I really think we achieved this look.
It’s always great when you have beautiful models to work with, but what makes it even more special is when you get to photograph your children. I am blessed in so many ways but I do consider it an honor to work with my children and grandchildren and of course, I think they are the cutest and the prettiest and the most handsome. But hey, they are! I hope you enjoy the images.
I’ve really gotten behind on some of our other client’s posts so I thought I would share an album that we designed for Chase and his mommy. Chase was a part of our Bebe Program and at the end of the first year of being photographed by us, the parents can chose to have a press printed book done to show off some of the images we took during their child’s first year of life. Albums and press printed books make for a wonderful way to remember the first year…it’s ups and done and all the changing your little one does between their birth and the day they turn one year old. We actually wound about having to shoot Chase a little after his was one year old because his mommy is a very busy school teacher and life gets hectic when you are the mommy of two very cute little boys. Here are some pages from Chase’s album.
Fooled y’all. I bet you thought this would be another fun post from the very funny and witty, Ashley Wallace. But no! I had to hi-jack the blog back from her to post our latest custom designed wedding album. I love designing albums and wedding albums can be so much fun. We encourage all our couples to consider purchasing a wedding package that includes a wedding album and to be honest with you, we don’t have a package that doesn’t include one! That’s how important we think it is. Ashley and I were discussing this the other day and we both agreed that when the wedding day is over, the most lasting memory that you take away from your wedding is your wedding album. We design each album to reflect your unique personality and hope that shows through!!!
Calli and Collin! We can’t say enough about how much fun we had at your wedding. You had an AMAZING wedding with the largest wedding crowd I’ve ever seen. You certainly were our largest wedding party!!! The details at your wedding were nothing short of FABULOUS and your guests were SO MUCH FUN! I swear at one time, I think there were probably 300 people out on the dance floor. I loved meeting both of your families and I hope we can be a part of the next chapter in your lives! So for all blog peeps and Facebook peeps…enjoy Calli and Collin’s wedding through the pages of their album.
Photographers: Robert & Kathy Norwood of k. Norwood Portraiture
Bridal Gown-The Bridal Rail, Moulton, TX
Ceremony-Sts. Cyril &Methodius Catholic Church, Shiner, TX
Reception-The Venue, Cuero, TX
Catering- Andy’s Catering, Shiner, TX
DJ/Band-Your Big Day DJ-Central TX
Florist- Laura’s Floral, Shiner, TX
Bridal Consultant-Hailey Michalec-Steinaucher, Central TX
Videographer-Rick Lemens, Victoria, TX
Bride’s Cake Mrs. Clara Kloesel, Moulton, TX
Groom’s Cake-Mrs. Erin Labuhn, Gonzales, TX
Hello k. Norwood Portraiture blog followers! It’s Ashley again and I’m back to talk about my first Magic Hour Foundation session! ::there will be no tears, there will be no tears, there will be no tears::
A couple of weeks ago Alysa with The Magic Hour Foundation sent out a request to another photographer and I to do a shoot in Sugar Land. It was a “whoever responds first gets it” deal so, as you probably guessed, I wrote back the MOMENT I got the email and that was that. I was put in contact with Braedon’s mom and we set up our shoot for April the 7th in Sugar Land. I was very nervous because the foundation’s standards are high and the work I’ve seen from the photographers is phenomenal! I know I have a lot to live up to do this foundation justice and to bring what I can to the table. After speaking with Braedon’s mom I did a little research on the Sugar Land area and decided on two spots to have the session. She requested more of a city feel and a little less nature so we set on Town Square and then a bridge over a pond across the road. Kristin, Braedon’s mom, was a delight to talk to and was just so thrilled to be getting Braedon’s pictures done. They’d had a long hard journey and not a lot of time for photo shoots. So – Internet People, meet the adorable Braedon and his beautiful mother Kristin! And here is a bit of their journey that they shared with me.
Not too long after Braedon turned three he was having flu-like symptoms and his condition was deteriorating quickly. He was sent to a bone and joint clinic to have a cast put on a fractured ankle. In the three weeks that the cast was on three year-old Braedon was losing weight, bruising easily and lost a healthy color. Kristin relayed that there were days that she would simply pick him up and he scream because he was in pain from head to toe. He should’ve been able to walk with the cast but he would not and soon he stopped talking, too. Kristin knew, as most mothers do, that something was just not right. When they went to have the cast removed they were sent to Texas Children’s hospital. There Kristin and Braedon were quickly seen and they explained that Braedon had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). While most toddlers are walking, talking, playing, and learning Braedon was going through Chemotherapy, spinal taps, countless needle sticks and numerous procedures for three years. On March 9th, 2010 Braedon went into remission and is now considered a long time survivor of cancer! The love between Kristin and Braedon is so visible and you can tell that they are each other’s heroes.
For just the short time I spent with them Braedon was quiet at first and then quickly warmed up to us and was doing the mummy walk and making faces. Some of his best smiles were when I told him I’d make his mom tickle him if he didn’t smile. And when it came to the serious “model stare” he was a pro! He was non stop energy, so respectful, polite, and tried to take ducklings home in his pocket (kidding, though I’m sure he would have if his mom would’ve let him)!
I am so thankful to have been invited into their lives for a brief moment and get to know these two courageous and beautiful people. Thank you Kristin and Braedon!