Hi there! We're Luke and Cat, and we're so happy you're here. We hope you'll stay a while! We’re a husband and wife wedding photographer team based in Houston, Texas. Ranchers-turned-photographers, our world is our Craftsman-style farmhouse, coffee in the kitchen, Edison lights on the back porch, and a pair of English bulldogs who are the stars in our sky. Read more...

The Best $5 We've Spent Lately

Jul 1, 2015 / Our Life

Have you heard of Fiverr.com? If you haven't - prepare to have your mind blown! One of our good friends told us about Fiverr about a year ago. The concept is simple - tons of creatives are ready to do 'gigs' for you, starting at the rate of $5. 

We must admit, we were skeptics at first. Before I was a photographer, I worked as a graphic designer, so the thought of graphic designers churning out 'high quality' work for $5 a pop seemed too good to be true. But guess what? Fiverr is great!

Our absolute favorite gig we've ordered has been the designs of our new tee shirts. If you encounter us around town, most of the time we'll be wearing one of our trusty Luke and Cat tee shirts that we had designed several years ago. When we decided it was time for some new shirts, I had a five dollar bill (or balance in my Paypal account) burning a hole in my pocket and chose to hire out the job to Fiverr. We were so impressed with our first shirt (Happily Ever After) that we immediately booked two more gigs (Love & Cupcakes - our email signature, and Home On The Ranch) from the same artist. 

In case you're wondering, the next gig on our wishlist is a custom vector illustration. Our idea? Our bulldog Hudson as a superhero named Captain Tenderheart. Yep, we're those people. 


Love & Cupcakes (Wearing That Shirt As We Speak!),

Luke & Cat

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The Ridiculously Easy Way We Ensure Golden Hour Portraits

Jun 30, 2015 / For Photographers

Have you ever sat down to finalize a timeline for a wedding and realized that the schedule of the day only allowed portraits of the couple during the most unflattering light, or even worse, no light at all? Cue the panic!

In the early years of our business, one of the most common struggles we faced was that we desperately wanted those beautiful, glowy portraits that are taken in the last hour before sunset, but we had wedding days that didn’t allow that time. Therefore, our clients didn’t have those images in their gallery and we didn’t have them in our portfolio! 

What we have realized was that clients need their photographer’s help early on — before they even set their ceremony time ­— to make sure their day allows for the best portraits around.  Your clients want exactly what you want: gorgeous, light-filled shots of irreplaceable moments. They are ready to comply, but they need your help! 

That’s where this information comes in!

Sign up for our list and receive our new e-book, Training Your Clients for Golden Hour Portraits, as a free download and our gift to you!

This free resource is an excerpt from our 74 page Luke and Cat Bride Guide that we use to educate our clients, resulting in an incredible experience for both us and them. Pay close attention to the powerful, strategic verbiage throughout, and start sharing this information with your clients early on so that you can have the time that you need. Happy shooting!

Learning & Creating, (2 Secrets to Success for Any Photographer!)

Luke & Cat

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3 Times The Person Who Is Always Right Was Terribly Wrong

Jun 29, 2015 / Our Life

It’s an ongoing joke around our family that I always think I am right. And gosh darnit, if it wasn’t for everyone having Wikipedia available at their fingertips anytime they want nowadays, most of my ‘always right’ moments wouldn’t be subjected to any fact checking, and then any slip ups would go undetected.

But sometimes, it’s nice to be wrong – especially about little stuff when it turns out good. Here are 3 things I would have missed out on if I hadn’t been wrong.

  1. Modern Family

    About a year ago, Luke was flipping through the channels and stopped at Modern Family. “You know, we should watch this. I’ve heard it is hilarious,” he encouraged. Without missing a beat, I confidently replied, “Oh, I don’t like that show.”

    Luckily, I agreed to sit through an episode, and since that very important 30 minute time period of my life — I’ve been completely hooked.

    Its an unlikely love affair for me, as I haven’t really loved a sitcom since Seinfeld bit the dust. But something about this crew of misfits just makes me love them. By the way, Phil really needs to fix that step. 

  2. Sushi

    Three years ago we were shooting a wedding and after the couples portraits, we hurriedly rushed in to get ready for their grand entrance to the reception. We had a couple of minutes before they made their way in, and we were starving. The hand passed appetizers were some funny looking round discs of rice. 

    But hunger won out, and I grabbed one. And the rest, as they say, is history.

    The first time we actually went to a sushi restaurant, the menu intimidated me. “We just want a sampler with one bite of several rolls, can we just get that?” When our server answered no, I suggested to Luke (mayyyybe in hissy fit form) that we just leave. Later, our rolls arrived and the waiter, aware it was our first time, starts kindly explaining what is in front of us. “This roll is the shaggy dog, over here is the spicy tuna. On this side of the plate is pickled ginger, and over on the other side, here is the…” I quickly interjected, trying to prove how smart I was: “Oh, I know what that green stuff is. That’s guacamole.” Any sushi eaters know how incredibly mouth-on-fire wrong I was! 

  3. Sweetened Condensed Milk

    As a southerner who owns about 5 Paula Deen cookbooks, this is just embarrassing! I avoided recipes on purpose because I assumed this ingredient was disgusting. Canned milk? No.

    Now that I know the error of my ways thanks to a husband who knows good food, just thinking about it makes me want to go make something. Like my all time favorite banana pudding. Or the strawberry cream shortcake that we had last Sunday for our post-church meal.

    Is there anything that isn’t enriched by this heavenly drizzle? Sweetened condensed milk is to desserts what ranch dressing is to vegetables. Amen.

Licking the spoon and continuing to be wrong sometimes,


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