Dallas Arboretum Motherhood Session | Dallas Film Maternity Photography

So thrilled to be sharing this film maternity session I shot for my lovely friend Liz, at the Dallas Arboretum. Liz brought along her 1.5 year old little one for part of the session and she was so cute. Busy and curious, as any toddler, she ran around exploring and laughing, but was more than happy to give her baby sister, kisses and her mama, hugs.

Having a second child brings a whole new set of changes to a family. You already know to expect the sleep deprivation and the constant needs of a newborn, but you don’t know how you’ll manage that and the previous life with your first born. Liz’s composure and peace about this new little one is so inspirational. It is such an honor to photograph motherhood and families. What a gift a new life is and I can’t not wait to meet this little one! 

Nasher Sculpture Center Wedding Inspiration | Dallas Wedding Photography

It is so overdue that I finally share this stunning wedding inspiration shoot on my blog! We had the honor of being published on Grey Likes Weddings a few months ago, so I can FINALLY share this here! This past fall I had the honor of shooting at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Since I moved to Dallas I have frequented this art gallery and enjoyed not only the art, but the clean, bright aesthetics of the interior and the lush green gardens. So it was high time that I organized a wedding shoot here to assemble the perfect modern wedding inspiration for this space.

I worked with the amazing Kristen of Ivory and Lace Events to assemble the team and details. Kristen took care of sourcing so much of the shoot and I loved collaborating with her on something that we were both passionate about! We really wanted to create inspiration for the modern, chic, urban bride. Our bride was an art lover so it was important to keep our details clean and minimal in order to not compete with the pieces of art. I also find that in the simplicity there is so much elegance. The columnar Houghton gown was perfection! The lines are clean and straight, but it lays just perfectly and so elegantly.

We worked with a killer team on this shoot and they really helped to bring the details together to make the shoot cohesive. One of my favorite details was the hair styling by Andrea Lozano Beauty. This braid is so cool and I really want to rock this look myself. It was the perfect complement to the dress!

We used contemporary pieces mixed with lots of lush greenery on the table to reflect the gallery space. The invitations also brought in the organic greenery, but kept it clean and the font modern. The stunning baguette ring from Shapiro Diamonds was the perfect final detail. I loved the horizontal orientation of the diamond. It’s timeless but a little surprising. I hope you enjoy my favorites from this shot and that my future brides at the Nasher Sculpture Center are inspired by this!  If you want to see more, click here

 

Stylist  Ivory and Lace Events | Florist Vella Nest Floral | Jewelry Shapiro Diamonds | Rentals Beautiful Event Rentals | Invitations Eliza Co Designs | Hair & Makeup - Andrea Lozano Beauty | Model The Dragonfly Agency | Bridal Gown a & bè 

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Black and White Portrait Session | T-Max 400 | Dallas Portraits

One of my creative goals for the year was to try out new film stocks and to test out pushing film stocks, so that I could have a better understanding of how different film works in different lighting situations. My first successful attempt (you won’t see any of my attempt at shooting HP5 pushed because there was a light leak and a lot of missed focus) was shooting medium format Kodak T-Max 400.

I really didn’t know what to expect out of this film because I shot this in my bedroom in front of a black velour backdrop, which I’ve never done before, not even on digital. I metered at 800 and planned on pushing it one stop, but when I sent the film in I forgot to tell the lab! So, I was very pleasantly surprised that these came back this way. In hindsight, I think my metering should have been for the light falling on her face, not the light directly in front of me, since there was a lot of side light going on. The bright Dallas sun was pouring into the window and bouncing off the floor and my white bed, so I think that all that sunlight must have made my metering inaccurate.

I had so much fun working with only a model on a simple backdrop and I'm so pleased with how these turned out! I can’t wait to shoot this film again in different lighting to find out how it reacts!