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Afterall, I am a photographer. How hard can this lifestyle picture taking thing be? Of course I have no experience whatsoever in selfies much. I mean I photograph people, not myself. Hello! I’m BEHIND the camera. But I do like getting ideas about what to wear and I learn so much from these accounts! It’s like a community of people that work from home and share a part of their life. So, I decided for about the last 30 days to photograph what I’m wearing. It’s all about the effort, right?
Here’s some things I’ve learned after following several influencers for a while.
They are mostly young moms. Many have young kids and this is their life. So, while I’d love to follow older lifestyle bloggers, many of my generation just aren’t sharing their lives like that. And if they do, they don’t buy the clothes I buy. They are much more about the prints and the florals and just weird stuff I could NEVER pull off. (Although there is one I’m sharing below that I follow for her hair alone.)
They love to video themselves trying on clothes. I think they call them “style sessions”. This is where they share one staple from their closet, like white skinny jeans and literally show you 5 ways to style them. It’s a thing people. And at first I thought it was “cray cray” and narcissistic, but now? Not so much. When these girls share a deal, it’s a MAJOR deal. You get ideas on how to wear things and what works and what’s good. One time a girl tried on ALL the skinny white jeans that are out there in the universe and rated her top favs. That’s a time saver folks.
They share more than just clothes. They share what they buy for their home, what they cook, what they drink, etc. It’s a bit obsessive yes, bur remember folks, I work from home. With a dog, by myself. These are my work mates.
They know about good lighting. YEP! Some of them do anyway. They look for the clean backgrounds, good natural light, and definitely know about the good angles and what to bend on their bodies to create a good clean line. LOVE this about following them.
Most share way too much make-up and hair care products then I’d ever need or want in years and years, but I think they get a lot of crap for free so this is how they get paid. Maybe? I do know every time you purchase something they share through a link, they get paid. I don’t really care, everyone deserves to get paid for their job. Right?
Most lifestyle influencers love dogs. Yep. They do. And you guys know how I feel about my Kanga. It’s a love/hate relationship, and I think it is with lifestyle influencers as well.
So, here's my top 10 accounts I follow on Instagram.
She’s my fav by far! I love her style and just how simple it is. Of course, she’s young, most of these girls are, but the clothes and outfits she’s share are more my speed. Nothing too fancy, very good quality and her color schemes are kind of my color schemes as well.
This TEXAS girls is a working mom of 3 and has a sarcastic funny sense of humor that I can totally relate to. She lives in Austin, so much of what she shares clothing wise is geared for Austin Life. I seriously want her curly hair and obsess over what she wears all the time.
She’s quickly become one of my most favorite! She shares total deals on amazon and even though she’s the size of my thigh, I love what she shares! Some of it’s way too young for me and some of it totally works. She also shares good finds at Target and home stuff she finds for their remodel.
Maddy is a plus size influencer from NY and is AWESOME! She shares great finds and isn’t afraid to put herself out there int he world. If you are a large person like me, go follow her and get an idea of what works on your body type and what doesn’t. She’s one that shows makeup tutorials and hair more then I care for, but I just tap past that in the stories.
She' shares a lot about her kids, her food and her clothes! LOTS. But I love her style and she’s into pink which is one of my favorite colors to wear. When you rock short hair like me, and you love PINK’s music, PINK is a staple in my wardrobe.
Erin and her husband are so dang funny. They are currently working on a kitchen remodel and covering this well in their insta story. I obsess over everything in their house people!!! It’s so pretty and so well done. She doesn’t share much in the way of clothes, but if you are a Bachelor Fan, follow her stories for their play by play commentary alone. IT IS SO GOOD. Her hubby and her sit on their fabulous couch in their fabulous living room and watch and comment and it’s witty terrific and addicting.
John and Sherry
Young House Love is a long time “insta friend” for me. I have both their books, I’ve followed their blog for YEARS people, like 10, and they are total nerdy good people that have a great feed. Sherry is a child of the MTV generation, as am I and I get the jokes and puns she shares on her stories. They also have a podcast that comes on every Monday and it’s awesome as well.
Arrows and Bows I found through the tiny home addiction on you tube I currently have. Remember I warned you about working from home ALONE. Yep. I’m Kristin and I have a tiny home addiction. It’s real folks. So, they used to live in a tiny home with 3 kids but recently bought a house and have remodel it to perfection. So, go follow and let me know if you figure out how they do their dance party videos. I’m dying to do one! I don’t dance worth a crap but hey, it’s fun and who cares. Life is short, LIVE IT.
Natalie Kolter/Vintage Porch
I found Natalie after researching AIP diets somehow. AND she’s HILARIOUS. She keeps it real. Sometimes very real which I love and appreciate because REAL is dang funny. She’s got a great attitude about life and kids and husbands and even though her style is way more vintage then me, I love her home and her dog Chester.
Chic Over 50 is pretty darn cool. Way cooler then me and rocking a better bod than me. But goals, people. Goals. Everyone needs them. And I love her hair. She’s super cute and shares more in her feed then she does in her stories, but I love her style just the same.
Who do you follow? Let me know and I’ll see you on the “socials”.
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People ask me all the time, “what is your favorite thing to photograph?” And it’s hard to pick just one thing. Each session is a new adventure, and it truly is. But if I had to pick just one thing, I think it would be a bridal. It’s so cool getting to pose them, play with their veil and ultimately make them feel beautiful! It’s seriously like playing with Barbie except she can bend great!
Madi, the bride in these pictures, is Jennifer’s daughter and we used to scrapbook together down at Take One Video when we had the back room. I got to know her and even photographed her wedding when she married Robbie. Now that little girl in the photos is all grown up and getting married! We got together a couple of weeks ago and photographed her bridal portraits
I got a call on Monday about a wedding that Thursday. They were engaged and didn’t want to wait. So, why wait? Parents are all here in town, let’s do this! Karsi and Cole were married on Valentine’s Day. And I was the lucky girl that got to photograph it.
There’s something about “intimate weddings” that are quickly becoming my favorite. I think it’s the closeness of the people that are there and how the details of the day are not important. It’s the commitment, the love, the emotions. All my favorite things rolled into one day. I was so happy!
After the ceremony we spent a few extra minutes together just making some lovely images. They had allowed some time afterwards before they met with family and friends. I loved that! It doesn’t take much to make a lovely memory. Just some love and light.
Best wishes to Karsi and Cole! May your have a wonderful like together filled with TONS of laughter and love!
If you are planning an intimate event wedding, click here to learn more about what I offer. It’s so important to have these images to remember your day!
I’m still processing the title up there. Sydni is getting married. SYDNI IS GETTING MARRIED! I’ve known Sydni her entire life and I could NOT be happier right now. Her momma, Keri is one of my life long friends and Sydni is the same age as my daughter Summer Zoe. They’ve literally grown up together, as in right down the road from each other. She fell in love with Braden and they are planning a July wedding. Guess who gets to photograph it? YEP. ME. I’m the lucky photographer.
How did you two meet? High school 💗
How cute is that? High school friends that are now getting married.
Who kissed who first? I kissed him first 😎
Girl made the move and it totally paid off.
The moment you “knew” you found the one? Braden would say when I cooked for him 💗
Okay, now I wanna know…what did you cook? And I don’t think she’s ever cooked for me. Hello! Now her momma has and she’s a great cook! Cooking is important. One of you should be able to do it.
A song title that describes your relationship? Or your favorite song. Hmmmmmmmmm let me think.
What do you do for a living? We both are in the real estate industry. Flips, buy and sell, Buying a property management company this month.
That’s some major “adult-ing” right there. IMPRESSED.
What do you secretly wish you did for a living? We both LOVE real estate and plan on doing this forever!
I would have answered Victoria’s Secret Model. Jut so I could have the body. But then I’d totally be in love with myself.
Favorite thing you do together that I can talk about on my blog? Ummmmmmm our ideal night is to sit at home cook dinner and chill on the couch watching tv :)
Love + Laughter,
This picture above makes me feel so warm and fuzzy inside. Does it you? That feeling when you find someone you simply enjoy and love being around? And then, when you decide to commit and spend the rest of your lives together? Well, that’s just icing on the cake. These two? They are TOTAL icing!
I just love photographing people in love. It is the BEST job! Meet Kolton and Kayleen. This precious couple is getting married this summer and I’m so in LOVE with the two of them! For one, I’ve watched Kolton play ball out at Cooper and have photographed him many times. Then, I got to meet the girl he wants to marry and I fell in love with her sense of style and those LONG LONG LEGS she wears so well. HELLO! I’m totally #jelly. I feel like long legs make everything look better. Don’t you? And she looked AMAZING!
When I prepare for engagement sessions, I always requests pics of planned outfits. It helps me decide colors and areas that may compliment what the couple is wearing. Also, I scout locations based on weather and yesterday? WIND. What else? These two were troopers about it though and we found areas tucked away from the wind.
Another part of engagement sessions that I love is when I found out a bit more about the couple and how well they can tease and laugh together. These two? No exception. We photographed for a couple of hours, but it only felt like minutes. There was some football game being played last night, I think? Right? We wrapped up our session just in time to make it by half time.
Enjoy the sneak peek!
Another Gregory girl is graduating!!! The baby of the family is a senior at LCHS and YES! The girl plays some ball. Like some major bad ass ball. I love that about her! I’m super excited because I get to photograph her game tomorrow night. Lately, I’ve been so busy with work and helping out at The Bull Stop, that I haven’t had time to catch a game. And I HATE that. Here’s hoping the team goes DEEP in the playoffs so I can watch MORE games. Let’s go Lady Pirates!
Okay, so I know she plays ball, I know she plays well, but she also kicks butt in the modeling game. Normally, I have shots in my head ready to try and help work a pose. Not necessary with McKauley. She totally worked it like a pro. And I love how these turned out! Scroll away and if you’d like to see some more of the Gregory Girls? CLICK HERE for Payton and CLICK HERE for Avery.
Another great session for Kingsgate Magazine! How cute are these two?
Why, hello there Kingsgate Family of the Month! Do you know the Lewellan’s? They are so much fun! AND they like the University of Texas. I do, too!
My blog is a journal of my photo work. It’s a place I share my work and what I’m thinking of. Okay, so I also use an app called Day One, but still. I like sharing photos . So, here’s Jake. He lives in Orchard Park and is the Jr. Achiever chosen for the magazine for this month, February. Cute kid for sure. Oh, to have that head of hair! And those long legs!!!
Okay, so the kids in the photo above aren’t looking at me or the camera. Does that bother you? Because it doesn’t me. This was taken 2 days after Christmas and they were honestly “not having it”. You know what that it. Right? Not having it means they don’t give a poop about me and the photo and only really want to run around, hug mommy, play anything other then photos. The Hoidays are HARD. HARD people. HARD
but, they are so worth it. Keep scrolling and you’ll see an array of laughs and love and most of all, memories. Family is important. Document it and don’t put so much pressure on yourselves to take the perfect photo. Instead, create YOUR photos by simply enjoying each other.
Thank you, Nichols Family for sharing your family with me. I LOVE how these turned out!!!
Mans if you are reading this and will have your family all together sometime soon, call me. Let’s plan your next family session.
Love + Laughter,
Mary Catherine lives in one of the neighborhoods that I photograph for a local magazine. It’s super rewarding work that gets me out of the house and involved in people’s communities. I’ve met so many wonderful people that I never would have known unless I had this opportunity! I LOVE IT!
One of the segments in the magazine is called Achievers. It’s local kids that are go getters, cool kids, someone other kids could look up to. This girl is definitely one of those! I won’t say much, because her article hasn’t released yet and I don’t want to give anything away. I want you to actually read your magazine! That is the purpose, after all.
Thank you, MC! I loved working with you!!!
One of the perks of magazine shooting is meeting all kinds of people.
and the pets that live with them.
Look who’s in Oakmont Magazine? I’m ready to go back and photograph them again! They are so much fun!
Fran and David celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a big celebration at Caprock Winery. Their family and friends came out to celebrate despite the cold and icy roads and they filled the room with love! I was invited to photograph the event and was so happy to do so!
Congrats you two on a lovely celebration and better yet, BEST WISHES FOR MANY MORE YEARS OF LOVE AND FUN!!!
Here they are to save your world! Okay, so that’s baby Jesus that did that, but here’s some help this busy Christmas season for sure! HELLO! I have Christmas Card designs ready to go and ready for your fabulous KICK-BUTT photos! Simply click that link below to preview all the designs and read on.
Here’s how you order.
choose your design. You can favorite the design you love by clicking the heart icon. This way, when I log in, I can see your name and email and know the design you love. Kind of why we annoyingly ask for your email. It helps me with so much on the back end.
choose your images. Some card designs only feature one photo, others a few. Choose your images in your gallery and again, that little heart helps. If you’ve lost your gallery link, I can send it again. No problem.
count up your family and friends! How many cards do you need? Also, the info you want printed on your card, like correct spelling of names, etc. AND your shipping address. I’ll need that info as well. Email works great for this.
approve your card design. I will send you a preview by email with your card design with your fabulous photos. Once you “sing off” on the design, you’ll receive an invoice for payment and get your cards ordered and shipped out ASAP! My lab prints and ships to your door in 48 hours.
How cool is that?!? Now for some quick details.
minimum card order is 25
you can order any amount over 25. Say you need 48 cards, no problem.
you can have your return address printed on the envelopes for just $10 extra.
Cards are $2.50 each with bulk pricing discount for any amount over 75.
Of course I’m always here to help. Any more questions? Just pick up the phone and give me a call. 806-789-2673
Payton played basketball with my girls at Cooper. That’s how I know her or rather how I met her. I got to know her because she became a very good friend of our family. Yes. She’s drop dead gorgeous, but she’s also a total goofball who’s so sweet and funny that you only want the best for her. So, when she fell in love with Colton and he proposed, I of course, wanted to meet him. You know, to make sure he was the BEST. Well, after spending a lovely afternoon with him, I’m convinced. He is the best for her. These two are lovely to look at, lovely to be around, and so dang fun together!
How cute is this little cowboy? OMGEEEE!!! I photographed his Aunt and Uncle’s wedding a couple of years ago and he wasn’t even born yet. We all go together in the cold wind of West Texas and I met them at Kitalou Gin to keep us all warm. I’m loving the light there and photographing there. They are AWESOME!
Photographer’s if you are reading this, contact them on their website. They are now offering day shoots for those times just like this. When it’s windy, or cold, or you simply need a cool place to photograph a bride or a family. It’s a wonderful venue that you will totally fall in love with! A great resource for West Texas.
Meanwhile, enjoy this sneak peek of this beautiful family!
I first met this family last year when I had the pleasure of photographing them in their home for a magazine they were featured in. I quickly realized they were “my kind of peeps” in that the love to have fun together and aren’t afraid to let their goofiness show. It only makes everyone love them all the more! Their oldest, Grace was home on Thanksgiving break, so we took the opportunity to photograph their family for Christmas Cards. THEY ARE AWESOME. That’s all I can say. Just scroll through these images and tell me you don’t want them to adopt you.