Archive for 2011

Kenia’s Bridal Portraits

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

A few weeks ago we photographed Servando & Kenia’s wedding. You can see it here. Before the ceremony began we were privileged to spend some time with Kenia and her brides maids. Following are a few portraits & candid shots from those moments.


Can you spot the photographer?

She had some of the most fun we’ve seen any bride have before the ceremony. We love this moment just before the ceremony. High fiving everyone. :) The best.

After the ceremony the wedding party met for water before portraits. I saw the bride sitting alone enjoying the moment and took the photo.

I’m married.

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Servando & Kenia’s wedding day

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

When a man marries a woman, they begin a new civilization. All things are new. And there is a lot of joy. We love weddings and consider it a pleasure to be a part of so many. The following pictures are from Servando & Kenia’s wedding day. We hope you enjoy!

The dress was purchased at Milan Bridal.

The venue was Agave Road. Absolutely beautiful.

You had to be there to appreciate these kids. They were just going on about the rose petals… they were too cute!

The Mariachi band!! Being a big fan of world music this was a treat. They were Mariachi Origen Y Tradicion. Very professional & good musicianship.

It was a fun & beautiful wedding. Praying God’s best for Ser & Kenia.

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Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

The adventure continues. Blogging this because I love it.


We fully planned on being up before sunrise the first day at Big Sandy. Didn’t happen. Really stiff. Everyone did eventually roll out of their tents. We ate breakfast and planned the day. Strait up to the Cirque. Half of us planned on staying up and exploring that area. I wish I had stayed… but there are no real regrets. Just being there was amazing.

Rested & fed… We’re off!

Schiestler Peak.

You can see the pass here. From Big Sandy to North Lake. North Lake absolutely rocked. The sign had seen better years. Adds to the coolness.

Another photo of Schiestler Peak. You can click on these for larger images.

Along Jackass Pass.

The initial climb was mostly worn trail. Easy. Then the trail became, well, disappeared.

Being there is no visible trail with large rocks and boulders everywhere you have too watch for cairns, or trail markers. I had no idea what they were at first. Just thought some hikers had a lot of time on their hands. #cityboy

Anyways, it got a lot harder. Climb, hop, stretch. My Salomon boots were absolute winners.

I don’t know what flowers there were but they were everywhere. Really, this was the second week of August and it looked and felt like spring.

The “trail” then got rough. It went on like this for some time. Until we hit North Lake.

A big blessing was the permanent snow. I don’t think it ever totally melts away. I could hear running water beneath it which had an immediate effect on how I walked. Gingerly is the word.

This is where it got really cool. Lots of tiny Christmas Trees. We were nearing the timberline. My heart rate never dropped below 200. I am sure. It was all fresh & clear up there.

The following picture is I believe War Bonnet Peak.

We arrived at Arrowhead Lake which is just before the climb of death. (my name for it… about a 400 ft climb at about a 45 degree incline. Serious cardio.) Here we mapped our direction, drank water, and rested a moment. You can’t drink while gasping for air.

The lake was beautiful & desolate. Surrounded by rock & snow.

Again, the snow was so cool.

Arrowhead Lake.

We began a serious ascent to the pass. It started just after Arrowhead Lake.

Bryan & I stopped more than once on the way up. It was brutal.

The reward was so worth the effort. Below is the Cirque of the Towers and Lonesome Lake. I had no idea at the time. Just on the other side of the Cirque are maybe 5 other lakes. It just goes on & on.

Saved for the visit. My wife snuck this into my boot before I flew out. :)

I could have stayed there all day.

Doug, Bryan, & I stayed for about thirty minutes and began our descent to Big Sandy. We would have stayed longer but were concerned about losing daylight.

I’ll leave with that. I thought I could blog the entire trip but there will be a third post on Wyoming.

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Have to quote this again:

Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Psalm 90:2

Big Sandy Lake

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

These were taken our last full day in the Bridger Wilderness.

Everlasting to everlasting

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Psalm 90:2

Bridger Wilderness – Popo Agie Wilderness

Monday, September 26th, 2011

There are some places that need to be seen to be believed. Last month I set out with some friends to Wyoming. Our destination was here. The Cirque of the Towers in the Popo Agie Wilderness. I knew it was going to be memorable but had no idea, really. We flew Southwest into Denver, CO. Really cheap, $186 round trip. There were five of us in our group. We rented an SUV and drove from Denver to Cheyenne via 25. Then took 80 from Cheyenne to Rock Springs. The sky was big out there. The terrain wasn’t so much flat as it was rolling. So wide open. Took 191 from Rock Springs to Farson. And then 28 to CO RD 108 (or Farson Little sandy Rd. which eventually becomes Big SandyElkhorn Rd.) This took us to Elkhorn cutoff Rd. to Lander Cutoff Rd… to Big Sandy Opening Rd. And FINALLY to the trail head! If this had been our destination. I would have been happy.


 We camped at the trail head the first night. The mosquitoes were thick. They seem to knock off at sundown though. Wish the mosquitoes in Houston would do the same. Barbarians.

We started the trail around 11 a.m. 10 of us altogether. The entire hike is was beautiful. That’s a huge understatement. I just do not have the verbal skills to describe what we saw. That’s why I like photography. A great way for verbally challenged to communicate. :)

Made new friends on this trip, and strengthened old friendships. Fellowship.

The trip up, about 6 miles, was one grand view to another.

V Lake. Or  · · · –  Lake.

Most of us bought our packs, boots, & gear from REI. Being a city boy most  of my life I had never heard of this store. Wow is all I can say. We are a member now. Wasn’t born a country boy but getting there as fast as I can.

Below was our first clear view of Schiestler Peak. 11400 ft. The peak is 1600 feet from it’s base. We hope to return & climb it, and take pictures from the top.

Base camp. I believe the mountain in the background is Haystack Mountain.

This was the first leg of our journey.  Part II in a week or so. It will cover our ascent to The Cirque.

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Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Psalm 90:2


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Paul & Amy Bodie’s Wedding

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Every wedding is special. When a man & woman say “I Do”, the possibilities are endless. It’s the beginning, I’ve heard someone say, of a small civilization. A family. This years weddings have been rich. By rich I mean full of life. Our most recent wedding, Paul & Amy’s, was extra special. I’ve known Amy’s family for 20+ years. Watched her son grow up and become a man. And now to see her marry a man who so obviously loves her with abandon is a crazy blessing. Following is just a snapshot of what happened. Enjoy!







This surprised me & Mr Cooper. Ha!

Thank you Amy & Paul for the blessing of seeing you united in marriage. Praying God’s best for you two.

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Lamar & Casey Mueller’s wedding

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Lamar and Casey Mueller were married on July 30th. You can tell when someone is in love. Look for it in the images that follow. You’ll be blessed!


black and white wedding photography

The reception venue was at The Meridian. It was lovely.

The following pictures are from our photo booth. This was our first attempt! We had been wanting to offer this as an option for awhile and Casey e-mailed us about two weeks before the wedding asking if we could do it. Well, it rocked.

 Above was the flower girl. She was the queen of the photo booth.

We always are always learning, even on the job. One of the notes from this wedding was bigger photo booths. The groomsmen were a riot.

And the bridesmaids were brilliant!

We REALLY ENJOYED being a part of Casey & Lamar’s wedding day! Yes, we say that about all weddings. We love our job!

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Houston Wedding Photographers

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Casey Mueller’s bridal portraits,

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

A number of months ago we did a portrait session with then Casey Singer. She is now Mrs. Casey Mueller! The bridal session was fabulous! Helen and I were trying some new ideas. Following are a few images from that evening.



The following image was taken as she was climbing some stairs. I liked the texture of the veil & the way the light was falling.

Partial silhouette.

We will end with laughter. This bridal portrait session was a blast. Part of the joy of portrait photography is the making of new friends. It was a pleasure to get to know Casey & her family. Their wedding pictures are soon to follow.


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Noel & Justin, Semper Fidelis

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Last week we had the privilege of hanging with Noel & Justin for a few hours. We took some pictures and she shared how they met. Following is their story and some photographs. Hope you enjoy!


“I’ve know Justin since high school.  He was a senior, I was a freshman. He was my first crush, and of course he did not know this. He joined the Marines after graduating. While in the Corps (4 years) God transformed Justin’s life.”


“Justin received orders to Ellington Field at the end of four years. Moving to Ellington was a big blessing for him and his family, they live in Dickinson, Tx. After his move he began attending  my church, Calvary Chapel. This is when we reconnected. : ) We would talk & share stories from the past four years after church every Sunday. “

“…the more we shared what God was doing in our lives, the more we fell for one another. Now, we did have some help. I was at my best friends house and Justin’s sister was there. I mentioned to her how I had a big crush on her brother when we were in high school. I said this to her with strict instructions not to tell. She told him, and added that if he did not ask me out he would be making a big mistake. At the same time, my best friends mom said Justin was a great guy and we should go out. He asked me out.”

“I must say, like most girls I had a list of what I wanted in a guy and he met most of them. The important ones. He is a Christian. Check. He loves his family and gets along with them. Check. I later added that I wanted him to want to pray with me and read the Bible regularly, or a Christian couple book. I prayed I would not be the one to bring this up, that he would. I prayed this while dating Justin. And, in no time at all, Justin looked at me one day and said, “hey, if we want our relationship to truly be stronger… I believe we should pray together every day before we part, even over the phone. We also need to set aside time to do a devotional.” I was speechless. To this day we pray together and are studying through ‘Crazy Love‘ by Francis Chan.

Justin has decided to be a career Marine.

They are a perfect fit.

“I’ve never been more confident, this amazing man, God has placed back into my life after four years away, is the one.”

“I will spend the rest of my life with him.”

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Joseph & Helen

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