New Rules

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of working with a great group of female creatives on a pool shoot inspired by Dua Lipa’s New Rules music video. Below are a few photos from the fashion shoot.

Makeup and Styling: Anastasia Miller, Rachel Gonzales

Models: Grace Davila, Jazmyn Griffin, Jessica Spellman

Photography: Francesca Neely-Dickey (Francesca Blue Photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clements-Geib Wedding

Between moving my website to an entirely new server, updating my photoshoot packages, and working with a lot of new (and amazing!) clients, I never really had the chance to dedicate a blog to this beautiful wedding on my new website. It was a truly magical day and it would be a crime not make a post about it!

I shot the bulk of this wedding on my 35mm lens. I’ve always felt the most connected to this lens. Partially because I began learning photography with film cameras and 35mm lenses. I just love how much it reminds me of film. I also love how lightweight and versatile it is, which is a common perk I hear others rave about all the time.

 

I’m also a pretty big advocate for prime lenses. They’re usually a little cheaper and also require more intimacy when you shoot. Literally. You have to “zoom” the photo by picking up your own two feet and moving closer to the subject. There’s something much more special about actually being in the moment.

 

 

If you’re looking for an old school shooting experience, get a prime lens. They’re a lot fun.

 

 

I’m gearing up for more weddings this fall and I’m so full of new ideas I can’t wait to try. By the way, if you’re planning a ceremony for the fall, don’t bet on it being cooler outside. I have a very strong feeling October is going to be scorcher (it was last year, too).

 

 

Oh, Texas weddings. I love them so.

 

 

 

 

Golden Era of Photography

Many of you who are familiar with my work probably already know I have a thing for the 1970s. I started slowly collecting vintage when I was 13, then losing it because I was 13, then collecting again until I had a small vintage shop in my own home. To this day, thrifting and garage saling are two of my all-time favorite activities aside from taking photos. Although many of my photographs mimic the style of the 1970s, I am more interested in the eras preceding it — the late 1950s through 1960s.

It’s hard to clump so many years together and say that’s what I like. So much was happening during that time, especially in the 60s. An overwhelming amount of fashion trends got their roots in the 1960s, but since there were so many trends happening at once, the era ultimately is diluted to “mod” or “bohemian.”

If I had to pick one of the above trends to explain why I love that time period so much, it would be mod. It was fun, flattering, and rebellious. Besides, who can deny the form-flattering A-line dress?

Over the last few years, the photography world has championed 1970s-inspired photographers and fashion brands. As someone who loves vintage, this excites me. However, I’m already noticing this trend is beginning to fade. It won’t be long until the fashion world moves onto another era. I’m excited for this change, I just hope the popularity of film photography is here to stay.

 

Check out my Instagram for more throwback fashion photography.

Beautifying Spaces with Articulture Designs

Last week, I finished up a website about Beautification Projects in Austin. I had the opportunity to meet with one of the creative organizations that was beautifying popular buildings and businesses in the city, Articulture Designs.

I had a great time touring the space, so I thought I’d share a few photos from our session.

You can see more work from Articulture Designs at their website.

 

 

When a Photo is Life Changing

HELP US BATTLE CANCER + PAY FOR MEDICAL EXPENSES: DONATE NOW. 

Last month, a caring and committed psychotherapist felt something shift in her body. She couldn’t pinpoint it just yet, but she knew something was amiss.

She told her doctors, they said all was well.

She felt it again, this time in a dream.

Her next doctor’s visit she knew a great journey was manifesting. This time she was right.

Last month, my aunt was diagnosed with Stage 4 Head and Neck Cancer. It all still feels raw, like a wound that won’t heal. She’s made a voyage with the love of her amazing tribe down to one of the best cancer centers in the world, MD Anderson in Houston.

We are willing to sacrifice a lot for this kind of treatment. She’s an extraordinary woman that deserves the best care.

Unfortunately, her insurance doesn’t agree.

Now more than ever, it’s important that we take a step back and think about the things that really matter. Photos are not meant for likes, they are meant to preserve precious memories and bright moments in our lives.

Giving Back

I want to take a break from the usual. I want to make a difference with my photos. Starting now, all proceeds from photoshoots will go to my aunt Denise’s Cancer Fund. If you don’t want photos, please consider opening your heart to giving the old-fashioned way: Donate Now.

New website!

Hi all,

I’ve been busy working to provide a more user-friendly website. While the website is currently functional, some pages are still being updated. Feel free to comment below if you have any issues.

I can’t wait to make 2017 beautiful – spring deals coming soon!

 

With love,