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We met Adria & Shawn in Sundance Square for their engagement session and sweated our faces off.

I shot Adria’s sexy session to give her soon-to-be hubby… and sweated our faces off.

We shot the wedding at dawn on a beach in the Dominican Republic. Guess what? SWEAT.

And since then, a couple family portraits, a TON of nights on the McG patio, parties, and fairly constant communication.

Basically, this is another example of my job bringing me a bestie.

Adria & Shawn became parents to Alexander Thomas last week, in a room that was actually COLD most of the day, which was a welcome change in our relationship. 😉

I was so glad I could be there not only as a friend for support, but as a photographer. And I was beyond honored that when it turned into a c-section delivery, I got to capture every second of that, too. His first breath, when his parents held him for the first time, when he met his big sister… So special.

I don’t get the chance to photograph many birth stories, because it’s obviously a hard thing to plan in advance, and the McG schedule is BANANAS. But when my dear friend checks with me before picking an induction date, even though I call the kid Xander instead of Alex… well, I wouldn’t miss that for the world.

I can’t “talk” through the whole set, because I’ll cry my face off. Suffice it to say, this is how I saw Xander’s birthday.

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Adria, you’re a beast. Carrying that HUGE healthy baby, being so healthy yourself during a pregnancy that kept you from being very active, making hard decisions on D-Day… you’re crushing this mom thing. And Shawn, you’re an adorable first time Dad. And Emily, you’re already an awesome big sister. I have no doubt you’ll make sure Xander knows all about our magical world.

Xander, I love you already. I’m your Aunt Chelsea, and I will always have gum.

  • Adria - Perfect, perfect, perfect. The photos of Emily meeting her brother and holding his hand smash my soul into pieces in the best way. Thank you again for loving me and for capturing this magical day.

  • Bethe - Oh my goodness – these are so beautiful! Congrats Adria on your precious baby. And way to go Chelsea… I wouldn’t mind seeing more of these birth pics on the blog!

  • Halley - Congrats to Adria and Shawn! Can’t wait to meet him! Thanks a lot Chelsea! Now I’m at work crying because I looked at these. Will I ever learn to check your blog in the comfort of my home so I can cry in peace?!?! Probably not!

  • Brianna - I’m glad you didn’t put any words between the pictures, because it would have sent me over the edge in tears. Even though this isn’t your niche, you KILL birth sessions! I’m a little bias, but your work is amazing Chels. Congrats Mom, Dad and big sister!

Malisa & Gren have been one of our favorite things about the past 12 months. Every single interaction we’ve had with them has been fun like we could never have planned for, and when they left for their European honeymoon, Mack and I talked about how bummed we were that “home” was back in San Francisco, and not near us. We are blessed year round with amazing clients, but once or twice a year our jobs put us in a place to meet new FRIENDS. Every time it happens, we’re grateful, and we’re crazy grateful for Malisa & Gren.

I’m also grateful, professionally, that Malisa and her mom Brenda put together such a fantastic wedding. From the vendor team to the timeline and everything in between, Malisa picked professionals she trusted, asked them what they recommended, and then let them do their job. And that, ladies & gentlemen, is the number one best way to get top notch service. Let creatives CREATE.

On May 14th, 2016 at the Laurel in Grapevine, this bride & groom walked in as single people and drove away as Mr. & Mrs. Grenville Lewis V. And we danced and sang and cried and had an absolute blast doing our job… and that’s really just best case scenario for everyone.

Special thanks to R.Love Floral, Beauty & the Blush Makeup Artistry, Marc Roberts Videography, In10city Band and a bunch of other fabulous teams I’m sure I’m forgetting. We love working with an all-start crew, and you guys were definitely that.

I might have over-selected for this gallery. #sorrynotsorry

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Are you familiar with ManCrates.com ? If you weren’t, you should be now.

You’re welcome.

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This is one of those friendships you can see across the room.

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We only had a handful of minutes for portraits in quickly fading light, so we didn’t do too much directing. Luckily, they don’t need it.

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In10city Band KILLED IT. So much fun with this talented crew.

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It happened, guys. You got married. We had such a blast with y’all, and we’re actively petitioning for you to get back to Texas so our friendship isn’t just text-message-based. Can’t WAIT to see more honeymoon pictures!!!

We photographed Mika & Nick’s wedding in Odessa 6 years ago this past May 7th… easy to remember, because it’s my birthday. Funny story, I actually didn’t even remember that it was my birthday when I booked their wedding! Mika called about two weeks before Dorothy was born, so I was in this foggy exhausted haze. I just knew we had the date open, chatted, and booked it.

Mack had to tell me a couple months later, “Oh hey, did you mean to book a wedding on your birthday?”

Well, I hadn’t meant to, but I didn’t mind at all. We’ve loved staying in touch with this awesome couple over the years, and we were so stoked to get to shoot yet another set of anniversary portraits for them. And since Mika & I planned for a pretty cool session this time, on a background as drool-worthy as the Cotton Mill in McKinney… let’s just say it was pretty delicious.

Check out just a sliver of the lovely…

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Mika picked the PERFECT dress from Rent The Runway… seriously shows her off, and compliments her handsome hubs in his custom suit. SLAY.

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Swooooon, y’all! Give me MORE sequined dresses and steamy glamour. Y’all CRUSHED this! Can’t wait for you to see the full set soon!

Victor & Roxanne are one of our summer couples this year, and we’re excited their wedding gives us another reason to shoot at The Brooks in Weatherford. Sweet people, great venue… nothing wrong with that!

The couple came out here to the country to see us last week and we tromped through grass and swatted at mosquitos and just generally got to know each other. Could have done without the mosquitos, but watching how Victor & Roxanne interact as a couple was wonderful.

Here are a handful of favorites…

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So happy we got to hang out with y’all some before the big day… and we’re right there with you, can’t believe it’s coming up so fast. See you SOON!