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5 Tips for the Perfect 1st Kiss Photos - Corpus Christi Weddings

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There you are in your fancy gown, the love of your life staring lovingly into your eyes. Your closest friends and family there to bear witness to your commitment of life and love. The officiant proclaims "I now pronounce you husband and wife, you may kiss your bride."  At last!  

Your FIRST KISS marks the beginning of your journey into married life.  Brides love to have this iconic moment to share on social media, announcing their marriage officially.

Here is a list of photographer approved tips to help you ROCK your first kiss and get the perfect first kiss photos.

* Make sure your hair is out of your face - nothing ruins a 1st kiss photo like not being able to actually see the kiss!  The bride traditionally stands on the left side which means the right side of your face will be to the camera.  Be sure to ask your hair stylist to keep any hair that will be down to the left side.  If you will be having an outdoor ceremony don't forget the possibility of WIND. I highly encourage my outdoor brides to have their hair styled up or half up.

* Have a 2nd photographer - there are a plethora of reasons having more than one photographer at your wedding is important and your first kiss is one of them. Having a photography team means more angles to choose from. This moment happens so quickly we only get one shot at catching it. Which brings us to the next tip.

* Take it SLOW - take a moment before going in for the kiss... take a breath, move in slowly, and kiss longer than 3 seconds. Not only will this help your photographer get to take a couple more shots but your guests will be taking pictures as well and cell phone camera shutter speeds are much slower. You will get clearer sharper photos if you limit moving in and out quickly!  If you aren't comfortable with a long slow kiss with such a large audience, opt for a 2nd kiss or a 3rd. It is your wedding afterall!

* Just the 2 of You - Before the ceremony ask your officiant to move to the side before the kiss. Having them in the photo doesn't always ruin it but many times if they stay behind we end up with unidentified limbs coming out from behind the kissing couple.

*Mind your hands - the most successful 1st kiss photos have the couple with their hands purposefully placed. Hands grabbing the face always looks romantic in the movies but in the real world and for photo purposes they look much better when gently placed on the hips, upper arm, or chest of your significant other. Keeping them away from the face ensures we get a clear shot of that marriage sealing kiss.

I hope this leaves you feeling confident and ready for YOUR 1st kiss. Don't be scared to practice. I'm sure your fiancé wont mind.

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5 Tips for Successful Children's Sessions - Corpus Christi, Texas Photographer

5 Tips for Successful Children's Sessions - Corpus Christi, Texas Photographer

If you’re preparing for a photo session with your children, you may be feeling a bit apprehensive. Children aren’t always cooperative when it comes to a photoshoot, which is why the below tips will definitely come in handy before your upcoming sessions.

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

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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)


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.