Styled Shoot // Part One :: The White Sparrow, Quinlan, Texas

It was such a tremendous joy to organize and host a Styled Shoot at The White Sparrow.  Not only was this my first styled shoot, but it was also my first time shooting in Texas, and arranging details from 1,097 miles away was sometimes overwhelming and tricky.  (Thankfully, I’ve been back to the lonestar state since for photographic reasons and I’ve come to loooove the big, open sky!)
I was so glad to have Christy Anne helping me as we plotted and planned, shooting for the stars. (Pun recognized and intended. 😉 )  Sometimes, dreaming big and being an over-achiever can get me into trouble, but usually, it works in my advantage.  I love trying new things, and if it scares me, I will probably do it just to spite the fear inside of me.  This was a huge *first* for me, but definitely not a last!  I can’t wait to create some more magic with all of these amazing vendors!

 If you are a Dallas bride, you won’t want to miss these reccommendations!
Venue: The White Sparrow
MUA: Stephanie Nelson Makeup & Hair
Gown & Veil: Gowns of Grace
Florals: Fox and the Fleur
Decor: Party Crush Studio
Baked Goodies: The Rosemary Bakery
Calligraphy: Scribbles & Swirls


Stay tuned for part two! … *hint hint* … Full of GORGEOUS Bride & Groom Portraits!

Kris + Tiffany :: Dallas, Texas

These two look like newlyweds, but don’t be fooled! 

Let’s all face it … Kris and Tiffany are one of the most adorable married-for-eight-years-and-have-three-little-boys couple’s that you and I have ever seen.  If it wasn’t so cliche, I would definitely label them as “couple goals.”
I know that I am unable to talk from experience, but after witnessing my parents 28 years of wedded bliss, I also know that marriage is supposed to be fun.  Kris and Tiffany kept me laughing with their impeccable humor.  Well, actually, Kris was the one who kept making the jokes and dishing out the humor, while Tiffany and I laughed. 😉
 The way they related to each other was priceless, and I found myself once again so grateful for another beautiful example of Biblical marriage in my life.

I have decided that I am a huge – make that HUGE – fan of shooting at coffee shops.  And when I say “coffee shop”, I don’t mean your local Starbucks.  To be fair, I have spent many, many hours in Starbucks, editing and sipping my caramel macchiatos and that works quite well for a business woman.  But when I am shooting in a coffee shop, I look for the character and personality that only the locally owned, hometown coffee shops provide. Most of them smell amazing, and their vibe is perfect for my coffee-loving clients … and who am I kidding, me as well 😉

Speaking of personality, this coffee shop had enough charisma to pack a few punches.  When I pulled in, I noticed the string lights and ivy first.  I walked around the building, and stopped dead in my tracks when I saw the old bus.  Even better, there was no rope or ‘keep out’ sign, HALLELUJAH. I immediately texted Tiffany and said,

I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Kris and Tiffany had some good natured chuckles over my text, but when they pulled in, they too were blown away by all the cute options we had to work with!  And while I’m back home wishing I could be there shooting again, I am sure they will be visiting and smiling at each other over their coffee in my absence.  Totally understandable.  I’d be back in a hurry!

For those of you who ever visit Dallas, you should add Davis Street Espresso to your sightseeing list!

This photograph is one of my ultimate favorites.  Not only does the B&W make it feel so classy, but it also encapsulates all of my favorite things in life … laughter, love, tenderness, hearth + home, family, sunshine, and pure values.  Okay, maybe I am letting my imagination run a little, but I think J.R.R.Tolkien summed it up beautifully when he penned,
“If more of us valued food (read, coffee) and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

When Tiffany told me that their style was more hipster, and that they would love to have that kind of vibe in their session, I was over the moon excited. Their outfits were on fleek, and not only complimented each other, but their locations as well!

Never underestimate the power
of a black and white photograph.

It can turn just another beautiful photo, in a source
of tears, joy, and nostalgic memories for generations.

Upon seeing this cool wall, Kris immediately asked if we could stop and utilize his find.  I love their spontaneity.  They are by faaaaar one of the easiest couples I have ever worked with, and I could shoot their adorable faces every week.  Plus, they have three cute boys to boot, so we are working on getting them in front of my lens as well! I foresee another Dallas trip soon 😉

Kris and Tiffany, the pleasure is all mine.  Can’t wait to meet again, and talk oils, health, coffee, little boys, and all things love stories! Thank you for your friendship – you guys are one in a million!

XOXO, Olivia Marie