Corpus Christi

Fun Classic Family Session in Corpus Christi, Texas

Being a photographer in Corpus Christi, you can imagine I get asked to shoot at the beach a lot, so it is always a nice change to get asked to do a family session somewhere else! Vanessa was certain she did NOT want to deal with the beach and wind and preferred more greenery and trees. Hans Suter Wildlife Refuge, or “Old Faithful” as I like to call it was the perfect spot. I loved how everyone was coordinating in black shirts but that they didn’t completely match with the style of shirt. A little variety is always best. On the day of the session poor little Jonah wasn’t feeling well and was not interested in letting go of his toy truck and his juice. Sometimes we have to just roll with the punches and in this case we all agreed to let him keep hold of those items. After all a toy truck in hand is better than a crying face. We made sure to get different group shots, just Vanessa’s mom and dad, just the siblings, etc. Toward the end of our session, Jonah looked like he was feeling a little better so we tried one last time to get a full group. It didnt go as planned but at least we tried and the photos will be fun to look back at when he is older.

I think we still got some absolutely beautiful portraits that are going to look amazing printed big on the wall. Can’t wait to get the large prints in a hopefully share a photo of it before it gets delivered!

Adrienne + Michael - Art Center Corpus Christi Wedding

Last year Adrienne contacted me looking for a photographer to cover her wedding celebration. She explained how she and Michael had gotten married at the courthouse when he was working out of state. Now her dad wanted them to have a wedding reception so all the family could celebrate together!

Their wedding day was very laid back and simple. They decided last minute that they would have a ceremony too. We started out with a few shots of the beautiful floral details and décor. Then headed to the little park nearby for some family group shots. Being a Corpus Christi wedding photographer has gotten me incredibly used to dealing with wind, but this day was exceptionally windy so we adjusted the plan and continued the group photos at the beautiful staircase in the courtyard at the Art Center.

I asked Adrienne to come up to the breezeway for a few quick bridal photo’s, which she totally rocked! Then it was time for their quick ceremony before moving right on to the party! A sweet first dance followed by mother/son dance and father/daughter dance, then cake cutting led straight into dancing the night away with their friends and family!

It was clear how loved and supported they are by their entire family and such an honor to be able to document their beautiful celebration of love.

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Rebecca + Harry Engagement - Downtown Corpus Christi, Tx

Rebecca and Harry are native Corpus Christi-ans so the Corpus Christi mural done by Sandra Gonzalez on the Caller Times building seemed like a great place to start to their engagement session! The bright beautiful colors are so fun and matched their personalities perfectly.

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Next, we headed over to Heritage Park. This is where we got to incorporate their adorable dog, Grace! As long as the location allows, I always love including those special fur babies in sessions! 

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We ended our session at one of the miradors on Corpus Christi Bay. The sky was a perfect blue with wispy clouds which made a perfect backdrop for a fun wide angle shot complete with a "foot popping kiss" (The Princess Diaries reference)!  

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Kris + Daniel - Cinnamon Shore Wedding - Port Aransas, Texas

Last November I was given the opportunity to 2nd shoot/assist a fantastic husband and wife Video+Photo team, Juan Jose Photography. Juan handles the videography while his wife Rebekah takes care of photography! For this wedding they needed an additional photographer to capture all the details of the day and that is where I came in! 

I was so excited to be able to cover a ceremony at the absolutely stunning Cinnamon Shore in Port Aransas, TX. I absolutely love this venue. We showed up to capture the getting ready and detail shots before the ceremony was to start. The bridal party was staying in one of the luxurious homes just next to the lawn where the ceremony was to be held. 

Upon meeting Kris it was apparent that this wedding would be unique, in the best possible way! I mean how fun is a Steampunk inspired wedding with a slight nautical twist!?!  Florals in pinks and maroon complimented her slightly blush lace gown and sparkling pink bridesmaids dresses to perfection.  Steampunk boots and a feather headpiece brought her wedding theme in to her wedding day attire. To die for!! 

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Before the wedding we headed out to take some bridal party photos with the *drumroll please* Rolls Royce they had rented to take them from the house to the beach boardwalk for their ceremony. Daniel had his crew in navy blue and, veering from the traditional all male groomsmen, had 1 gorgeous grooms-woman. I loved the way she was able to wear the same dress as the bridesmaids while matching the groomsmen in color! 

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Kris's love of cephalopods (fancy word for squid and octopi) was incorporated flawlessly into every detail by Jo Anne with Oh Goodie Designs. From the invitations, to the bouquet, to the favors, and even the cake!! 

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In lieu of a normal (and maybe boring) guestbook, guests signed an insanely cool globe lamp. A series of Edison bulbs glowed down the head table, which had me obsessing and wishing I could go back in time and have Edison bulbs at my own wedding!  Topping off the steampunk theme was the coolest pyrotechnic display ever! Gears shot awe inspiring flames into the night sky every so often. It was really an incredible sight.  I can not be more grateful to have been a part of capturing such a truly unique and incredible celebration of love and marriage! I can't wait for the next Cinnamon Shore wedding I get to cover.

Whether you are having a unique wedding or something more traditional, I'd love to be the one to capture your day. Every detail! I know you work hard on it all! Send me a message and let's chat about what you want out of your wedding photography experience!

Whether you are having a unique wedding or something more traditional, I'd love to be the one to capture your day. Every detail! I know you work hard on it all! Send me a message and let's chat about what you want out of your wedding photography experience!

Kristin + Juan - Corpus Christi Engagement Session

Sometimes in life you click with a person before you even meet them. Everything aligns and you just know you are meant to be together.  That was the case for Kristin and me. You thought I was going to say Kristin and Juan didn't you! LOL …  from our first email she and I both knew that I was meant to be their photographer.

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We planned outfits, coordinated dates, talked mosquito repellant, and worked through the man phenomenon that is the sunglasses tan line before we ever met. When their session date came around I was so excited to finally get to meet Kristin in person. She hopped out of the car and we greeted each other with a hug like old friends before we headed down a trail to our first photo location. We quickly realized we underestimated the mosquito problem here in south Texas and had to abandon the trail. THOSE THINGS ARE WILD.... AND EVERYWHERE! It was okay though because we found a little shady spot with some gorgeous greenery for a background before heading to the boardwalk area. I jumped right into getting them all snuggled up and cozy. 

Hazel Bazemore engagement session

What says "engaged" more than lovey dovey cuddles? Nothing. They rocked everything I asked them to do despite the swarms of mosquitos. They danced, they kissed, they strolled all while being attacked and you would NEVER KNOW IT! 

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I just love the images we captured. I think they really portray their relationship. There is an obvious and easy love between them. The kind where you don't have to try too hard. Where you are each other's best friend and can laugh and be completely yourselves. I am so honored to have been able to do their engagement session and can't wait for their wedding next year!

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Digital Files vs Prints: Why You Should Print Your Photos - Corpus Christi, Texas Photographer

Digital Files vs Prints: Why You Should Print Your Photos - Corpus Christi, Texas Photographer

We live in a digital age, our lives are completely centered around technology, and that has permeated the photography industry. Digital cameras have replaced film; Photoshop and other post processing programs replaced darkrooms.  The way we capture and create these portraits has evolved, mostly for the better. The end game is still the same though isn't it? What is the purpose of hiring professionals to capture your memories if you aren't going to display them?

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Proposal at Tortuga Cay

I was so excited when Alec contacted me about capturing the moment he propose to his girlfriend, Kelsey!  As a photographer I am all about "MOMENTS", and this is a BIG one!  Guys, trust me, hire a photographer to get those photos! (cough cough)

The BIG MOMENT!!!

Alec had already been to the aquarium and scouted out the perfect spot. Seas turtles are Kelsey's favorite animal so obviously it had to be Tortuga Cay at Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi! We got everything set in stone as far as where he would be, when he would be there, and who to look for and I stood in wait until it was time!

As I saw them coming down the stairs toward the turtles my heart raced with excitement and I had to remind myself to "act natural". They passed by me without a second glance (nailed it) and I was able to capture him getting down on one knee and her obvious "YES" and happy tears! Awww,  it makes me smile just thinking of it!

Sea turtles, dolphins, and starfish. Oh my!

Sea turtles, dolphins, and starfish. Oh my!

After giving them some time to just enjoy the moment and make all those important phone calls to family we met back up and took off to get some fun posed shots around the aquarium. Kelsey was such a great sport and let me take her brand new beautiful diamond ring and stick it in the touch tank with the starfish!! How epic of a shot is this?! I wish I had a picture of my ring on a cool sea creature!

Alec and Kelsey are both in the Navy so of course we had to get some shots with the USS Lexington in the background.  Taking their photos on this important and memorable day was such a pleasure and honor. They are truly some of the sweetest people and so blessed to have found each other. I wish them all the happiness in the world and hope to work with them again in the future!!

Do you have a fun proposal story? I'd love to hear yours, share in the comments section!!

Family Session Style

I recently had the pleasure of working with the Alaniz family for some family portraits! This was pretty special because they were a referral, of a referral, of a referral, of a referral! WHAT?! Seriously, it means the world to have people that I have worked with enjoy their session and photos so much that they send other people they know to me!

As soon as they hopped out of the car I noticed this family is a great example of coordinating without "matching"!  Gone are the days of family portraits where everyone has jeans or khakis and the same white polo shirt.

A statement piece - like the plaid vest - adds visual interest and can be a great jumping off point for choosing a color palette!

When Planning for your family session there are a few key points to keep in mind that will keep you and your crew looking and feeling your best!!

  • DO pick a color palette - Ideally 3 or 4 colors that coordinate - think neutrals tans and creams for a dreamy look - or-  black with some white and one or 2 fun colors for a bold look.
  • DON'T be afraid of bold colors - choosing one bold color for one or two family members with small pops of that color in others accessories adds fun drama.
  • DO go for various textures - a furry vest, lace dress, leather belt or ribbed sweater will photograph beautifully and add some dimension and interest to your photos.
  • DON'T try to think of everyone's outfit at once - Pick 1 person/outfit that speaks to you and build from there. Usually mom or a young girl's outfit is easiest. Pick colors from that outfit to dress everyone else!
  • DO Accessorize!! -  A fun hat, soft flowy scarf, or statement jewelry adds visual interest. Guys can go for a tie or leather jacket.  Not only do they look great but they can be fun to play with during the session for some more unique posing and images.
  • DON'T go pattern crazy - while patterns are fun and interesting not everyone should wear a pattern. Choose One and then coordinate by using the colors within the pattern.
  • DO think CLASSIC - the idea is for these photos to be displayed in your home and passed down for generations. Choose colors that will coordinate with your home décor and will also stand the test of time. 

 

Hopefully these tips will have you feeling calm, cool, and confident for your upcoming family session!  If you still aren't sure where to start check out Pinterest by searching "family photo styling"  - OR ask your photographer for help!

A simple solid dress is taken to a new level with the fun texture and bold color of the plaid vest.

A simple solid dress is taken to a new level with the fun texture and bold color of the plaid vest.

Grey, Navy, and Red are carried through each outfit perfectly for coordinating looks in any grouping.

Grey, Navy, and Red are carried through each outfit perfectly for coordinating looks in any grouping.

Beginnings are usually scary...

Beginnings are usually scary, endings are usually sad, but it's the middle that counts. You have to remember this when you find yourself at a beginning. Hope Floats taught us all this important bit of advice. I reflect on these words as I find myself at what I feel is the true beginning of my photography journey.

In the new year there will be a lot of changes coming for Kirby LeAnne Photography and while they are a little bit scary for me (mostly in the form of legalities and mounds of contracts and preparation) I am so excited for what this means for my clients!!

I am going to be starting the new year as a FULL SERVICE photographer...

And I know you are going to love it! 

I will no longer be taking your images, spending hours fine tuning them to look their very best and handing them over for you to figure out the rest.

Instead, you will receive a complementary pre session consultation where we will discuss your vision, and all the details of your photo session! I will get to know you and the subjects of these photos so that I can capture the UNIQUE you. 

On the day of your session, you won't stand there and 'say cheese'... we will have fun. You will snuggle up with your loved ones, or celebrate a new event in your life, tell silly jokes. And this will make your photo's amazing. YOU. The REAL you doing what you love with the ones you love!

After our session, I will hand edit and choose a set of images that are THE VERY BEST and you will get to have a reveal appointment! You will see your images for the 1st time and I will be there to help you choose and design products that fit your needs, you will purchase as little or as much as you want. Products will be designed and ordered from the BEST Professional labs that work exclusively with photographer's and use the highest quality materials. So not only will the products you receive look better than ever before, they will last for years to come (think passing them down to your grandkids and great grandkids!)

 Imagine walking into your home at the end of the day and seeing a gorgeous canvas hanging on the wall with an image of your family. Imagine sitting down with guests and flipping through your professionally designed album from your wedding day or photo's of your new baby! 

We spend money on the newest technology, biggest tv, fanciest cars... but if you ask anyone what the most important thing in the world to them is... most will say their family... their children!

When you hire a photographer you are investing in your family. These years are flying by and the memories you keep from now deserve better quality than a Facebook upload or drug store print.

It is my commitment to my clients to give these moments you allow me to capture my very best care from start to finish!

I know you will LOVE these new changes and I am so looking forward to my "middle" in this journey. 

-- Kirby LeAnne Photography --