Trinity Vineyard Staff Headshots

A few weeks ago, I was asked to do headshots for the Trinity Vineyard Church’s staff.  I jumped at the opportunity to photograph these wonderful people.  Full disclosure?  I go to Trinity Vineyard in Cypress.  And when I say these people are wonderful it’s because I really know them!  They are a big part of my community.  So without further ado, here are the photographs!

This is Mike, our senior pastor.

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And his great wife, Amber!

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Adam is our associate pastor

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Geraldine works with our events

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Tim is over our worship team

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This handsome guy (who also happens to be my awesome husband, best friend, and baby daddy.  Hehe.) is over tech and media.

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Weldon works with our community groups

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Hernando and Kathryn are over youth and Katheryn rocks our children’s ministry

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And Jodie is our children’s coordinator.

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So headshots aren’t my usual thing but I liked doing something different!  I hope you enjoyed these.

With love,

Rachel

Remember This.

Today you were having a tough time falling asleep. I knew you were tired so I curled my body around yours. I held your hand and reassured you that you were fine… You were just sleepy.  As you drifted off into sleep I realized I want to remember all of this.

The way my hand can hold your whole forearm in it and still have your fingers wrapped around just one of my fingers. How, when I’m not holding your hand, you have moments of light sleep where your hands reach up to your face and open and close repeatedly.  The way your eyelashes gently touch your chubby cheeks. How your wispy hair tickles my arm. The way you smell and feel.

One more week where I’m here for all of your naps, your cries, your contagious smiles. I know I’ll still see these on a daily basis, just not as much.

And while I sit at my desk at work, I’ll remember.

I’ll remember this.

Morley/Weber/Page/Butler Family Session

Some families have a lot of life in them, you know?  I’ve known this family for as long as I can remember.  Rebecca is a few months younger than me and it seems we’ve never completely lost contact.  Now, she and her husband Ben are in our Pajupper Club (Yeah…  Pajupper Club is a supper club where everyone wears pajammas.  It’s pretty much the greatest thing ever!) and we love spending time with them.  Now when they approached me about doing an extended family session while their dad, Chris was in town, I was really excited about the prospect.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to photograph these beautiful people?  And can we just stop real quick and say what stinkin’ cute kids these people make?  Goodness.  Without further ado, here are the photographs!

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We started out in a park near their house for the more “formal” images.

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A proud dad with his girls.

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Is it wrong that I love taking photographs of kids when they cry?  Because I love it.

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Then we went back to the Weber’s house to make cupcakes.  Something everyone could enjoy.

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So in this photo, Atticus is looking at his uncle Ben.  I adore this photo.

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How cool is is this giant Jenga set?  You have to roll dice to see which color to get.  It was a great hit with the kids.  I’m pretty sure I want a set when we don’t live in an apartment.

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Gotta end out the session with a little extra cuteness. 

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Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Here’s a quick favorite from Saturday’s shoot.

Hao Family Narrative Session

Oh goodness, this family makes me happy.  Claire and David are so in love with this little baby.  And little Hallie just soaks it up – all of their love and attention.

You may notice most of the photos they are looking at their new addition to the family.  And that’s great!  That’s the stage that they are in as a family.

 

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I mean, check out those peepers!

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Hallie, totally milk intoxicated.  Look at those little fingers!

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I met Claire back in 2011 while we were both working at Star of Hope.  I loved her joyful spirit and her hard work.  When I met David, I knew why they were together.  They are both so passionate and loving.

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I hope you enjoyed these photographs as much as I enjoyed being a part of their lives for a day!

Rachel

Our First Anniversary Photographs – Photographed by Jenni Westbrook

For our First Anniversary, I commissioned the fabulous Jenni Westbrook to do a little photoshoot for us.  I thought it was a cute idea for the traditional “paper” anniversary.

The photos are important for us for a few reasons.  For one, we feel it is really important to have personal photographs of the two of us.  We have to ton of photographs of ourselves individually or the really classy photographs where one of us holds the camera and we squeeze our faces close together (you know which ones I’m talking about!  Just imagine doing it with a DSLR that weighs a little lot more than your iPhone).  The following are photographs from our anniversary trip to Asheville, NC.  The first two are taken at the Biltmore Estate.  The photo of the two of us was taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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For two, so often once people get married, they stop taking pictures!  This is the man that I love so much.  That I got to choose to live the rest of my life with.  And he chose the same thing (woohoo!)!  I want to document our love as it grows and matures.

And final reason?  Our apartment complex had just informed us as we were about to leave on our trip that we had one month to find a new apartment.  I loved our first apartment and the great first year that we spent there.  We wanted to document a little of that before it was torn down (probably to make way for some ugly condos.  Currently it’s just a flat lot with nothing on it.  So sad!)

Jenni is a great friend who you might remember from our blog post where her fiancée Alex proposed.  You can see some of her work on her Flickr site.  I’m only posting a few of our favorite images.  If I wanted to post all of our favorites, this blog post would be way too long.  Jenni shoots a lot of film.  I’m so impressed with that because film kinda… scares me!  I don’t get the instant gratification of seeing if my images are good, if eyes are closed, etc.  Maybe Jenni will give me some lessons in patience and film shooting.  For our session, she shot with a Nikon D300s and some of her crazy cameras.  I don’t even know the names…

Okay.  Too much talking (err. Typing, I suppose).  To the photographs!  We broke out my wedding dress for a few shots.  I still love this dress, but I don’t think I’ll be keeping it.  Anyone know someone who needs a wedding dress who is about my size?  :-)

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I almost just wrote “favorite” in front of all of these.  I’m ordering a bunch so they don’t just sit on my computer forgotten!  Thank you so much Jenni for the amazing photographs!  I’m so thankful that we were able to make this happen.

If you are way overdue for couple photographs, please let me know.  I’d love to give some of the same joy that we got from seeing our love in print form.  Jenni is, of course, available too and I’d love to get you guys in contact with her!

With love,

Rachel

Miller Family Narrative Session

The Miller’s are a family that I have known for a long while.  When I first met them Anna (their youngest – now ten!) wasn’t born yet.  Kris and Tori headed up the young adult group for most of my college years so they have known Matt and I since we started dating.  I remember going on double dates with them and asking them dozens of questions about how we should date well, live life to the full, and how to do so with purpose.  They have plenty of stories about us that are hilarious, I’m sure!

Matt and I trusted them because we lived in community with them.  And when you live in community with someone, you get to see their heart for the people around them and for God.  Seeing their marriage working day by day with small children and job changes and all that life could throw at them, we had hope for a great marriage for us as well.  When Matt proposed, all I knew is that we should have Kris to officiate the ceremony.  He and Tori had been with us through thick and thin, leading by example, and helping when asked so who else to help us in celebrating?

A few Saturdays ago, Matt and I spent the day hanging out with the Millers.  The kids got to show off their skills, they played together as a family, and we took a few photographs.  I am loving these Narrative Sessions we’ve been doing.  It really lets the family’s story shine through because we don’t just spend 45 minutes at a pretty park taking photographs.  It’s hopefully getting what being a family looks like.  It’s finding what makes your family different and unique and capturing that.

Kris and Tori will be celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary this Wednesday!

Enjoy the photographs

Kris and Anna

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Anna showing off her soccer skills

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Kollin is a great guitarist.  He and Matt played together for awhile while I was outside with the girls playing volleyball.

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The beautiful Tori

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Kris attacking Tori.  Don’t worry, this is normal!

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Watching the girls doing something silly

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The whole crew

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Anna!  How cute are these striped pants??

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The awesome Molly

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The gorgeous Noel

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Kollin

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Kollin brought his very sweet girlfriend along for part of the photoshoot.  Aren’t they cute?

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Moving from one cute couple to the next…

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I know I posted this one on my Facebook Photography Page, but I couldn’t resist posting it again.  Love this…

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At the start of the session, Kris asks us, “I need a professional photo for speaking engagements, do you think you could get one of me?  Please?”  Of course!  Here ya go, Kris!

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I hoped you enjoyed this little peek into the Miller family.  Their gallery can be viewed online, but you must have the super secret password.

With love,

Rachel

To book your own Narrative Session, please feel free to contact me!

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Jenni + Alex = Engaged!

Sometimes you just know.  When Alex caught glimpse of Jenni while dancing at our wedding, he came up to Matt and asked, “Who is that girl over there?”  He thankfully didn’t hear my new husband tell him that he thought she was seeing someone, but went and talked to her.
I feel blessed to be able to have seen their relationship grow from a new friendship with shared interest to romantic love shown by mutual respect and deep caring.  When we heard that Alex was going to surprise Jenni by taking her on a nice date and then proposing, we were so excited.  And then… we got to help set it up and photograph it!

They started out the night with dinner at The Bird and the Bear and Alex told Jenni he wanted to go on a walk from there.  They ended up in front of Bethany Christian Church on Westheimer (where Matt and I got married almost a year ago) and happened upon a courtyard lit with white Christmas lights and our living room floor lamps.  He asked if he could have the dance that he missed out on the night they met (cue the “awww”s) and they spent a minute or so dancing.
From there, he led her to a bench that had a basin with a towel and a jar of water near it.  Just like Jesus showed his disciples that he came to lead with a servants heart by washing their feet, Alex washed Jenni’s feet.  And with tears in both of their eyes, he asked her if she would spend the rest of her life with him.  Cue the kissing and hugging and laughing and such…  And now they are engaged!  And I have photographs to prove it!

 

I hope you enjoyed these photographs.  I’ll be posting the rest of them all on my Facebook Page in the next couple of days, so check back!
With Love,

Rachel

Gabri and Matt’s Narrative Maternity Session

I think I’ve started this post over three times.  I can’t decide exactly what to say.  Do I start out saying happy Father’s Day to the newest dad I know?  Do I start talking about how part of my heart is definitely here in Houston, but another big part of my heart is in Kentucky where my two best friends live?  Because truly, I feel that way.  One of those best friends, Gabri, just had her first baby, Emma Rose.  I was so blessed to be able to visit Kentucky this year on Gabri’s birthday and see her beautiful baby bump.  Now I desperately want to visit to see Emma!  I’ll have to wait a few months, I suppose.  Without further ado, here’s the photos of one of my bestest friends in the whole world, her husband Matt, Wendy their dog, and the baby bump.

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Wendy reminds me of a muppet.  I’m not always the biggest fan of dogs, but I found myself missing Wendy.  She’s a pretty fantastic dog!

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I love how Gabri and Matt love each other.  You can see it in the way that Gabri looks at him, in the way Matt prefers Gabri.  It’s good when seeing another relationship makes you want to love and care for your spouse more.  That’s how I feel after spending time with Gabri and Matt.

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We might have gone a little crazy buying cute little baby girl clothes. If you follow me on Instagram (RachelHPerry), you might remember all the cute clothes I posted…

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Gabri and Matt, I love you guys.  I am so excited about your little Emma and I know you both will be great parents.

With love,

Rachel

Morgan + Jeremy = Engaged! – Rachel Hope Photography Narrative Session

When two people love each other, you can see it in the way they look at each other.  In the way they talk.  In the way that they touch.  Morgan and Jeremy show their love in little ways seen in their actions.  When asked how others might explain their relationship Morgan said, “They would say that they see us as best friends who already seem to be married.  We have a lot in common, are mutually respectful and loving.”  Both Matt and I could see little glimpses of that throughout their narrative session.

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Morgan and Jeremy have been dating for over 5 + 1/2 years.  After dating long distance for a few years after college they finally live in the same city again.  Love it!

For my long time blog readers, you may have noticed that I’ve started writing about doing Narrative Sessions.  I have been wanting to find ways to accurately portray my clients through my photography.  Matt and I have been working on focusing our photography business into what we really wanted to be photographing.  The sessions that have meant the most to me have been sitting in people’s homes where they are the most comfortable.  A Narrative Session is a way to spend more time with a client and seeking to tell their story.  A narration of a part of their story is what I am seeking to create.

Morgan and Jeremy were awesome enough to let me and Matt into their cute apartment to photograph them.

This also gave me the chance to meet their cat – Romeo!

Some of the pretty things on our nature walk…

Morgan and Jeremy, thank you for allowing Matt and I to come into into your lives at this exciting time.  I loved spending time with you guys at the park and in your home!

Rachel

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