the one with the DQ Date

the one with Whitney, Melissa SENIOR 2014

It’s so pretty outside right now.  Like a gorgeous spring day pretty.  You can feel the warmth and the breeze, and it just feels pretty.  It’s SENIOR time!  I have another session tonight and several announcements “to get out the door”, but first I wanted to share Miss Whitney from Melissa.  She will always be a Cooper girl to us around here, but she’s forged a name for herself in Melissa, Texas and since I was so close this past weekend, I just drove on over to her place and snapped a photo or two.  HELLO!  Have I ever just snapped a one or two?  NEVER. She’s all grown up and looking good!  Enjoy your sneak peek, Whitney! Love does, Kristin

the one where Matt + Holly get married

Did anyone else realize that I mistakenly blogged Matt + Stephanie instead of HOLLY in my last blog post?  I’ve since corrected it, but you know?  You may need to slow down a bit before you hit the send key once in a while, Kristin.  LOL  Too funny!

I got back from Matt + HOLLY’s wedding yesterday afternoon.  I stayed an extra day to photograph a senior in Melissa, Texas.  I’ll blog those soon, Miss Whitney, so stay tuned.  But in the mean time, I just had to get these AMAZING photos to Matt + Holly and their friends and family.  Super fun time!

They got married at The Wellington, in Wichita Falls, Texas which is a venue right beside our hotel.  HELLO!  Very simple and easy for me the photographer.  My car hardly moved all weekend.  Okay, so it went to a bar with a bunch of guys, but for the most part, didn’t move.

The weekend consisted of many, many laughs along with quite a few tears.  Mason, the groom’s twin bother had the house in stitches with some talk of Woody, and we ain’t discussing Pixar’s Toy Story picture.  Get me drift?  He also made everyone cry during his “best man” speech with the tales of two brothers and how close these two were.  It may have dragged on just a bit, but I still loved it!  Thank you, Mason.  Yes, it was several typed pages long, but those were good pages!  And I enjoyed every single word.

These two are very well loved.  It showed in how much effort family and friends gave to make sure they had a wonderful day!  And they did!  We all did.  And I should mention that this wedding was way over a year in the planning.  Holly made so much of the details herself.  From the Photo Booth backdrop to the moss covered letters, every where you looked, she left her touch.  Well done, my lady!

I woke up Sunday, worn out and exhausted and almost a bit bummed.  Kind of like the depression that hits after Christmas?  Yeah.  Like that.  And I realized it’s because it’s over.  All over.  I’m so very thankful we sat down in Chili’s all those days ago and you chose me as your wedding photographer.  I LOVED working with you.  Hanging out with you.  Sticking my foot in my mouth several times like I always seem to do and you not getting mad.  I’m going to miss it.

Thank you, Matt + Holly.

Enjoy your sneak peek!

the one where Matt + Holly rehearse

I’m inWichita Falls for Matt + Holly’s wedding.  It’s starting off stressful, as Matt’s baby sister is undergoing emergency surgery and his Dad could not be here.  Everything’s up in the air still, depending on how she’s doing, and even though we are close to Dallas, which is where she is, nothing in Texas is close.  So prayers please!  You plan these things for months and then things happen.  There will still be a wedding! It just might not have all the key members you had hoped would be there to witness it.  PRAYERS!

The weather is cooperating though and in West Texas you can NEVER plan for that.  LOL  Wonderful moment with the ring bearer right below.  Such a cutie!  But I’m not sure he was quite ready for his walk down the aisle with that cute flower girl!  His reaction when hearing the news below.  You can just hear him behind those hands, “A girl?!?!”  LOL
Holly is gorgeous!  Sunny and bright and beautiful!  Plus she has lovely shoes.  I always check out shoes folks.  Even though I can’t work in heels or wear them much anymore, I check them out!  They are like trucks and wheels to small boys.  LOVE a good pair of heels!The couple above?  Bux + Gayla.  Some of the MOST fun people on the planet and I’ve known them since I was Texan.  Holly and Bux are siblings.
She beams!  I love the way she smiles and laughs.  In fact, now that I think about it, there’s not a human being that I don’t like smiling and laughing.  And check out cute flower girl below.  I think she’s really trying to understand all this vow stuff.  That face!
We all ended up here.

I must confess to thinking this place would be OK.  You know OK.  It fills the belly, tastes OK and works for what you need it to.  But I was pleasantly surprised at just how OK the food was.  Very tasty!  Lots of options for veggie lovers and some cucumbers that were to die for! Not sure what they did to those bad boys, but my mouth was happy.  Very happy.  The drinks?  OK.  I’m not crazy about blue margaritas.  But they tasted good.  Just put off by the color.  Oh, and when serving yourself the soft serve ice-cream?  Be sure and push that butter pecan button.  TO DIE FOR, folks!  I inhaled it!Matt + Holly are getting married on Matt’s Paw’s birthday.  So we had cake.  It’s always a good time when you have cake involved.After some quick poses, I said good night and headed back to the hotel.  From the looks of facebook, some headed out to Krank It, a karaoke bar.  How fun!  I would have loved to wail to some good tunes, but needed to get some rest before our big day!  I’m headed out to meet the girls in just a bit.  Happy Wedding Day, you two!

the one with the track meet, DISTRICT

See that?  That above?  Yeah.  It’s a butt.  Mister.  I don’t now your name, but when you walk out on a track in front of a gaggle of photographers who just happen to be photographing the finish line, THIS IS WHAT WE DO.  We plaster your booty on facebook, the internet, our blogs, etc.  So, if anyone recognizes this butt, tag it on facebook.  I posted pics on the LCHS Athletic Booster Club Page as well.

So, on to my blog post.

Summer came home yesterday and quickly changed clothes and then headed out to the track meet.  I had no idea we still had one.  I thought I missed it when we went to Austin earlier this month.  Turns out it was simply prelims, but hello!  I wanted to to go and photograph.  I was missing me some Pirates.

So, this blog post is dedicated to just how awful I am at track photos.  Keep in mind this was my first track meet since Kalyn and Boo back in middle school.  Lord!  That’s a long time.  2007 to be exact.  I looked it up here on  my blog but the pictures aren’t loading.  That’s because a server went down and I haven’t linked back up.  Yes.  It’s on the “to do” list with tons of other stuff.  I’d rather talk track.  So, no links.  Only words.

Okay, so you can see the finish line and with a large aperture (or f-stop) it was fairly easy to get everyone in focus and accounted for.  Notice though that this was made AFTER they crossed.  Yep.  Intensity lost.  But I did better the next race.  See Hollie’s face?  Yep.  This was made a pre-second before they crossed.  Improvement!But in between races I saw emotion EVERYWHERE.  It was a beautiful day!  Lots of sunshine and you could feel the energy of the kids getting out of school.  Mixing together.  Only a few short weeks and summer would be upon us!  So, in between races, I found the faces.And then the guys…And of course, the wind!  HELLO!  It’s West Texas.  It blows during track.  We were just thankful it wasn’t a brown out.  LOVED seeing alumni on campus!  Summer, Payton Hurst, Adrian Smith AND Ashley Parr.  Who is now coaching at Cooper!  WOO HOO!  Go ASHLEY!  I asked her how?  I mean, we all know Ashley as sweet, adorable smiley Ashley.  And she is that!  AND more!  So, she has a coaching face as well I’m sure.  I’ll have to go and photograph her in action next year.  That would be fun!More faces.

This part of a track meet I’ve got down.  I know how to do this.  It’s the other stuff, running, hurdles, knowing where to put myself I needed practice on.Running…Got it. But judging from my shot below, take offs, need some work.  HELLO!  Chopped another head off.  But a few pans, I had it down.  Tongues and all.The faces always drew me back in.  So many stories to tell during a track meet!  I wish I could go back on Friday for the rest, but there’s no way.  I have a wedding to travel to.  This guy was fun to watch. He’s the guy that starts the race.  The one with ear plugs in, thank goodness and a smile on his face.  Or is it a grimace?  Who knows?
And a Coach Bridges!  LOVE watching him!  Always expressive!Yep.  PAIN.  When your lungs are burning as well as your thighs…this is what your face can look like.I started photographing the hurdles front on.  Which is fine.  But then I wanted to try something else.After more faces.A different angle.  I like this.  But my timing wasn’t always good.  You had to prefocus and then move the camera away from my face and watch the runners to anticipate when to press the shutter.  I got pretty good at it after a few mistakes.  Okay, lots of tries and mistakes.  But that’s how you learn and get better.   KEEP PRESSING THAT SHUTTER.All in all, fun day at the track meet.

Love does,