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Curacao Wedding

wow….it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. I can’t even begin to post all the sessions but I just have to share some of what’s been going on. I’ve been excited to post this wedding since I was hired to do it last year. Kelley and Henderik are beyond awesome people. They are so nice and fun – and their friends and family are nice and fun (from the Netherlands and the US)- and being a part of this wedding was just such a great experience. It was in Curacao – the island by Aruba and Bonaire, and well, you can see – was beautiful. Add in two beautiful people in love and it’s not shabby having my job 🙂 Kelley and Henderik – thank you both!

Many thanks to my amazing assistant (and amazing husband) Daniel – you were a lifesaver!

Kelley's sister also does hair and makeup- a very good job of it too!

These sweet little nieces had a great time all weekend, even though they don't speak English, made friends with everyone. One guest commented that he had never seen real life cherubs before, ha! so true, they are little angles.

Stunning…

The flowers and plants around the resort were cool…

I love this picture!

Although confused when putting on the tie – looking good all put together. Great suit, great tie, good looking guy – I think these look like suit ads!

The girls walking down to the ceremony, check out the little ones’ shoes!

I think he was a little nervous 🙂

Trying to get the girls to walk down the aisle, they needed a little direction.

I just think she is so pretty, such a gorgeous bride.

Apparently Henderik thought so too. I love getting the look on the guys face when he sees his bride for the first time. It doesn’t always happen, and it’s not the best quality pic, but I don’t care, sometimes it’s about capturing a moment.

Just love. All over the place. So cool.

How cute is this? I love her little smile and him just watching her. In the middle of their ceremony with everything going on. I think maybe this should be my new banner for this blog…

More awesomeness between the two of them.

Check out the guests – those are his parents on the front row, I think they are happy for the new couple 🙂

And yes, kissing again, but I like this picture so you get to see them making out some more. haha.

And again. They weren’t making out the entire time I promise, but I think this just looks like a final pic. Like the back of an album even.

And we’re done – love it guys! Y’all are awesome. Congrats!

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We were a little worried the morning of Yael’s shoot as the weather was gloomy and misty, but the rain held off and we had a great shoot – totally wearing out their 2 year old and me! Problem with shooting in a big open field – lots and lots and lots of room to just run run run, but so fun and worth it when the pics come out!

This first pic, I’m 110% crazy about.

I love her sailor shirt, a fun addition to the pics. Gabe is testing out the belly, and not so sure yet…

We tried and tried and tried to get Gabe to settle in for a pic but he was just not having it. But I love this more than any posed pic anyday.

We also got some more ‘serious’ pics… with a little edge I like to think.

This was a great session 🙂 Thanks guys!

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Baby on the way!

I had a session with Lindsey a couple of weeks ago and just loved how some of these turned out. She is like the tiniest little pregnant girl ever – such a cute little belly and she’s due in less than a month when these pics were taken!

I love the simplicity and casual/fun feel of these.

Rocco is going to be a big brother… we’ll see how that goes 🙂 Some of their friends are also expecting their first and have a dog as well. The mom-to-be said “What do we do if the dog and baby don’t get along?” and the husband responded, “Well, we can’t return the baby”. Ha, husband rationale.

Both of these, so simple and so cute.

I love the red shirt! And yes, these are her regular jeans. Of course she can’t button them, but she can put them on! I’m impressed 🙂

I really love this shot, it shows their totally fun personalities. I like that they were up for some joking around – makes the session fun and the shots more personal.

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Temporary parents

We had our nephew Will for Saturday and Sunday. It was so much fun hanging out with him! But we for sure enjoyed our quiet house after we dropped him off.

We took him to the park and wore him out! Then he crashed in the car on the way to the next stop, the bar. We used YouTube on the iPhone and monica’s earbuds to entertain him, he did very well. Then he crashed again in the car.

We all slept over 11 hours Saturday night, great weekend. Pics taken on our iPhones.

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Jealous?

I am! All the pics from this shoot look so great and that’s not a compliment to me – but to the model. Christi was amazingly easy to work with and shoot. We spent the entire day driving down to Galveston, spotting locations on the side of the highway, pulling off onto the shoulder, putting on the hazards, then laughing as we set-up some really fun shots. Ideas were flying and we ended up with some really cool pics. This is my favorite shot from the day. In the same field where we found an old red tractor which I think was Christi’s favorite find. Totally fun day.

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Motocross!!

OK, how cool is this shoot!? When they contacted me for a family portrait, I got excited as I always do for a shoot. But then she said, “Well my family rides dirt bikes and we’d love to do them at the track.” What!? Sweet! So I rented a super zoom lens, did some research online and showed up the track, ready to get dirty.

After the tour of the track I planted myself in a great location by one of their favorite jumps and started snapping away – nerves flying as these dirt bikes were ripping around me. Then the track security cart came up and told me I needed to move because the spot I was standing in was where 99% of their ambulance calls came from. Scare tactic: success. I moved and hid behind a tree. Still got some great shots though!

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Lucky Thirteen

Yup, a family portriat with thirteen people! Big group, lots of fun. We got everyone in their clean, white tops, snapped a few pics, then it started to rain so we ran inside. Then it started to pour. Then it started to HAIL. Yeah, hail, it was crazy! So then we attempted shooting 13 people inside – while the kids had a great time jumping on the bed and running crazy around the house for photos, I think we’ll be doing this one again – outside, with no hail 🙂

Thanks to everyone for being so patient (and fun!). Looking forward to Session II!

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Daddy Juice

You’re hanging out with your kids… they grab for your beer or wine or alcohol of choice beverage and you say “no, no – that’s daddy juice.”  That makes me laugh.

So, last week when I was talking to Eric and Meredith about their upcoming shoot, BOTH told me Eric’s smile was more of a ‘grin and bear it’ – I was worried. Normally a drink or two will loosen up the best of them. But we couldn’t have ‘daddy juice’ at their shoot – it was only 9am! Little did we know the smile would be great – without any daddy juice needed.

We had alot of fun at the park yesterday morning taking pics and goofing off. In a grand effort by me to ‘keep busy’ since my fiance left on Thursday for a month for work – I edited all their pics and had them posted for review in one day. THAT IS NOT NORMAL. I usually expect 2 weeks for the full set. Maybe I’m just getting that good… hahaha, jk, it’s the distraction thing. Lucky for Eric and Meredith!

Hope you enjoy the pics. The youngest with that red hair is just adorable and the oldest, she was great at helping out and offering up her own poses.

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They’re crazy.  Those fools who ride from Houston to Austin ON THEIR BIKES. But hey, I’m one of them and so is my fiancé. In fact, that is where we first met, last year at the half way point in La Grange. What can I say, me he asked for my phone number after meeting me the first time when I was wearing spandex bike shorts, sun burned, no make-up, sweaty and exhausted after riding 70 miles – let’s just I’m excited about the standard set on how much time I need to spend looking good for him! That was my second MS150, it was Daniel’s seventh.

 

In 2008, the MS150 raised over $15 million to find a cure for multiple sclerosis. It’s a fun weekend. It’s a GREAT cause.

 

So call us a pair of fools, we’re doing it again this April.

 

We each paid our $100 entry fee and now we are each set to raise $400 for this great cause and would love your help. Every donation, every amount, is greatly appreciated. Our entry fee covers the costs of the race, your donations go to research a cure for MS.

 

Click here for my donation page (thank you!)

 

Read more about the disease and the research for a cure going on here.

 

Thanks for your support!

~ Sara

 

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Houston Bicycle Museum

Joy Boone, owner of Boone’s Cycles in the museum district(http://www.danielboonecycles.com/), and my friend Mark Chance (bicycle enthusiast) have teamed up with other local bike icons to start up Houston’s first bicycle museum. The only thing cooler than the bikes they have stashed away in attics, storage rooms, garages – are the stories they tell. It’s a fun group to be a part of.

 

To get things rolling, we had a photo shoot with some of the bikes that will be featured in the museum. For now, they are only a few displayed here, about 30 on my flickr page http://flickr.com/photos/saracatherine/sets/ , and soon many more on the museum’s web site (currently under construction).

 

We need volunteers to help with every aspect of starting a museum from cataloguing bikes, to PR, fundraising, etc. Contact me if you are interested on more information, would like to join the team, or just want to stop by if we ever pull out more awesome bikes to play with – or add yours!

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