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...
 
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What Once Was

May 28, 2015 / Our Life

Just a few days ago, our family (all 7 of us) loaded up on the Kawasaki Mule to drive through the ranch and survey the damage from the storms. Most of the roads had water over them, and more than a few times we all thought we were stuck in the mud. While on the drive, we spotted one of the casualties - our Cypress tree had fallen victim to the previous night's lightning show. Majestic and beautiful - in a ranch that spans thousands of acres, it had always stood out in a sea of Live Oaks and Pecans as the only of its kind. 

Several years ago we took some bridal portraits and it was in the background. And now, it's gone.



Friends, the weather here in Texas has been rough this spring. We've had more rainy days than sunny days, spent our mornings clearing downed tree limbs from the yard instead of drinking coffee, and frequently questioned our decision to save a little money and skimp on the four-wheel-drive when we bought our SUV. 

As it relates to our business, our engagement sessions are all shot outdoors on our beautiful Texas ranch. If Mister Golden Sun is our lighting guy, think of Mother Nature as the one in charge of our set dressing. And Mother Nature has been going a little avant garde for our tastes! We've spent a lot of time rescheduling this spring - so much so that not one single shoot has actually happened on the scheduled day we chose.

I saw a graphic floating around on Facebook saying that it's been raining in Texas every since Blue Bell stopped producing ice cream - coincidence? 

Looking At The Forecast & Craving Sunshine,

Luke & Cat

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Amanda and Remy's Engagement Album

May 27, 2015 / Engagements, Our Life

Today we're doing one of our favorite things: packaging up and delivering a beautiful album to our clients! Our couple Amanda and Remy ordered a beautiful album of their engagement session here on the ranch from earlier this spring. While it fills us with pride and joy to think about their children and grandchildren looking through this book in the years to come, we have to admit, we're a little sad to see this gem leave our office today! 

Love & Craftsmanship (2 things this book is made with!),

Luke & Cat











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Home Sweet Hot

Apr 28, 2015 / Our Life



Sunday night we were working on our weekly routine of church, lunch with our family afterwards, then home to change in to our comfy clothes before heading over to our friends' house for our Sunday afternoon tradition of playing the marble game and watching Game of Thrones.

After a wonderful evening with our friends, we were turning out of our friends' driveway when my phone alerted me that I'd received a message from our neighbor who lives across the street. As I read her words, a nervous ball formed in the pit of my stomach:

"Do y'all have power? We don't."

As we turned right into our own driveway, I could tell by the looks of our house that we didn't have power. When we unlocked the door to go inside, the stuffy, dark, un-airconditioned world of our house with no electricity greeted us.

After reporting the outage we decided to make the best of it and just try to go to sleep. As I laid my head on the pillow, I thought about the comforts of my normal sleeping environment that I have taken for granted:  the ceiling fan above our bed with the annoying rattle we can't quite find out how to stop, the air conditioner set on a chilly 67°, my own personal fan on my side of the bed. If you haven't followed the clues, we like to sleep cold.

I had a plan to help stay cool. Of course, we would be sleeping on top of the covers. I was trying to stay as still as possible as to not move around and get hot. I was saving the 'cool side' of my pillow for the exact moment where I'd become too hot to continue.

But if I'm being honest, I was hot and miserable.

I tried to remind myself of the hotel we stayed in last fall in Indianapolis with a faulty air conditioner. As if I were giving a pep talk to myself, I thought, "That room was warmer than this, and you made it all night." If I could only go to sleep, when I woke up, surely the power would be back on.

Around 1:15 AM, I opened my eyes to the cool blue glow of the DoTerra oil diffuser that's on Luke's nightstand. First thing I thought was... AIR CONDITIONING! It had only gotten warmer since I'd managed to fall asleep. On cue, Luke jumped out of bed and went to turn the AC on as well as turn off a few lights we didn't even realize we'd left on.

As he crawled into bed, I giddily said, "I'm so glad it's going to cool off in here. It's like a sauna! What did the thermostat say it had gotten up to in here?"

He dryly answered: 71 degrees. 

Did I mention I have a tendency to over react?

Lights Are On & Crisis Is Averted,

Luke & Cat

 

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