Elizabeth’s Bridal Session

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This is my beautiful sister-in-law who just got married a few weeks ago!  She was a beautiful bride and I was so happy to be a part of their wedding day!

I hope you enjoyed!

Rachel

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Mely and Fransisco’s Newborn Narrative Session

Everyone!  Meet Yoalli!  Gosh this girl is a cutie and has such a great family.  I’ve known Mely for three years and we work together at Star of Hope.  She is such a joy and I have missed her so much as she has been on maternity leave.

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This is Samuehl.  He is in love with his little sister.  Aren’t they both so cute?

 

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I love how much this family loves each other…

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I hope you enjoyed all these photographs!   

Rachel

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Introducing Claire! The Houghtaling’s Newborn Session

New Hair!

By now, many of the people I come in contact with on a regular basis have all seen my new hairs.  I was getting tired of the “mom ponytail” and decided just to take the plunge and just chop it all off.  It’s amazing how a haircut can make you feel differently and give some confidence.  If you are thinking of cutting your hair or changing something for a time, go for it!  You only have one life to live… Sometimes a haircut can inject a little extra joy into your daily life.

 

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If you need a great haircut, Roots in Montrose does a great job (Rita is my personal fav)!

 

With love,

Rachel

 

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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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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

Ashley + Thomas = Married!

Sometimes I get the amazing joy to photograph a wedding of people that I truly love and cherish.  Ashley and Thomas’ wedding was one of those and I’m so excited to share some of the many many images I took on March 24, 2012!

The beautiful bride!

Now, this bridal party will probably always be some of my favorites.  First, it contains my previous roommates (Ashley, Heather, and Sara) and I knew the rest of the bridesmaids through Ashley!

The handsome groom, Thomas!

As we were walking over to the church from the hotel the girls got ready at, Ashley decided to recreate the scene from Bridesmaids.  And of course, I needed to share it here!

One of the many things that I loved about this wedding was how much of an emphasis was placed on putting God first.  The guys prayed together, the girls prayed together, and the wedding party prayed together right before the ceremony.  You shall see more later…

Ashley and TK didn’t want to see each other until the wedding.  This didn’t stop them from praying together though before the ceremony.

The girls praying.

Could there be any cuter ringbearers?  They forgot the pillows walking down the aisle, but I don’t know if anyone noticed!

There was a time of worship before their vows.  Matt and I played this song at our wedding.  I actually walked down the aisle to this song so it has great meaning for me.

First dance.

Father Daughter Dance.

Couldn’t help but get a photo with my previous roomies!  I love these ladies!

They had lavender there for people to throw as they were leaving.  It smelled SO GOOD!

All in all, it was a great wedding with some great people involved in it.  Thank you Ashley and Thomas for trusting me to photograph your beautiful wedding.  I love you both so much!

Rachel

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