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 looks like this: a Craftsman-style farmhouse; our newborn, Knox, in our arms; coffee in the kitchen; Edison lights on the back porch; and a pair of English bulldogs at the foot of our bed. Read more...
 
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Love & Coffee #3

A LIST OF THIS WEEK’S ‘LOVES’ MADE OVER MONDAY MORNING COFFEE

Nov 6, 2017 / Our Life

ABOUT THIS SERIES: Besides being the signature to Luke’s email, this blog series features the things we’re loving as we start each Monday morning with gratitude and coffee!

View previous editions here:
Love & Coffee #1
Love & Coffee #2

Here’s what we’re discussing over our morning coffee on this week!

  • Steaks, steaks, and more steaks! We have spent almost every day for the past week thawing, cooking, and photographing some of the best beef in the world! Triangle B Ranch commissioned Luke to come to their ranch in Oklahoma last summer to build their image gallery for advertising, but they also needed photos of their actual beef products! So last week, they sent us over 75 pounds of beef to photograph! Wagyu beef is some of the finest beef around. Lets just say, we've been eating steaks that are worth several hundred dollars every day for a week - all while standing around our kitchen in tee shirts. Fine dining, indeed!


  • Workshop mode! Our first Life & Craft Workshop (the workshop we host for photographers) in over a year starts exactly one week from today! We're hosting this one in a brand new 'venue' - a house on the ranch. We've been going over daily working and prepping. Tomorrow, we're headed into Houston to finalize a few rentals we need for the Farewell Fiesta. That may need to include margarita sampling!
  • Time Changes Are Worse When you Have Children. I used to love "fall back" because that meant we got an extra hour of sleep. But little Knox, who is already a great sleeper and sleeps from 7:30 pm to 7:30 am, awoke at his normal time on Sunday morning... except that that was 6:30 with the new time! He's back to normal though already. Thank goodness!
  • Speaking of Knox, he's rolling over like crazy now. Yay (and whoa) for mobility! He's 4.5 months old now, and we're excited to start feeding him his first 'solids' next week! Any tips for us? Leave it in the comments. We're nervous!
  • This is Us brought us to tears again. Maybe it's just us, but the past couple of episodes just hadn't seemed as wow-worthy as Season 1. This past week though, that all changed. Who is your favorite character? Ours is Randall.

Have a great week!

Love & Coffee,
(Join Us In Praying That Buttered Pecan Creamer Is Not Seasonal!)

Luke & Cat

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Luke & Cat's Playlist

November 2017

Nov 1, 2017 / Our Life

It's that time again! We realized last month that releasing our playlist at the end of the month wasn't the best, so we skipped October so we could be ready to share our favorites for this month at the beginning! Without further adieu, here's our November playlist

Highlights/Standouts:

  • Moneytalks by AC/DC makes me feel like Luke's girlfriend again! We listened to this song all the time back in about 2006 when we first started dating!
  • Thunder by Imagine Dragons has been our 'get stuff done' anthem lately!
  • Ends of the Earth by Lord Huron is one of 'our songs.'
  • Always have to throw in a little 80s flare, so there's some Peter Cetera on the list!
  • Covers worth knowing are Out of the Woods by Ryan Adams, With or Without You by Scala, and Young Blood by Birdy.
  • Luke and Becka have been playing Beautiful Trauma by P!nk for weeks! 

If you like our taste in music and want to see our previous playlist, check it out below!

Join us next month for a list that is sure to be filled with Christmas music! Ho ho ho!

Lord Huron and Coldplay.
(Screen door open kinda music if you ask us!),

Luke & Cat

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Love & Coffee #2

A list of this week’s ‘loves’ made over Monday morning coffee

Oct 30, 2017 / Our Life

About this series: Besides being the signature to Luke’s email, this blog series features the things we’re loving as we start each Monday morning with gratitude and coffee!

View previous editions here:
Love & Coffee #1

Here’s what we’re discussing over our morning coffee on this week!

  • We had our first ever family photos taken this week! Becka (our studio manager here at Luke & Cat and portrait and wedding photographer at our sister company Our Little Ranch Photography) took us out on the ranch and took photos of the 3 of us as well as just me and Luke! We hadn’t had professional photos taken of just the two of us in quite a long time! We are saving the family photos until we send out our Christmas card, but here’s one of the ones of just the two of us!


  • These sticky pecan cinnamon rolls have been both the joy and bane of our existence. I had the idea of ‘jazzing up’ canned cinnamon rolls, which led me to finding this recipe. Four gooey-uncooked attempts later, we finally had a successful run with these! We halved the recipe and cooked it 30 minutes covered and then 10 minutes uncovered.
  • Cat’s family’s cattle ranch hosted an educational summit for cattle ranchers on Friday. We were invited to speak about how ranchers can use photography (both professional and DIY/iPhone) to connect with their customers and help them to sell more cattle. It was an interesting merging of our two worlds, and we loved it! Did you know we live on a working ranch
  • The Astros! We’re officially bandwagon jumpers. Several years ago, we were die hard Astros fans because one of the ranch’s customers was on the team. We went to tons of games to watch him play and had a blast. The past couple of years we’ve kinda been off the Astros fan grid mainly because we were super cheap and cut our TV package way down and didn’t get the channel anymore! But we’re loving watching the World Series and rooting for our hometown team!
  • We about spit our coffee out when we saw that two of our fall editorials from our past Life & Craft Workshops were featured by Southern Living. It's such a treat whenever an older shoot resurfaces with new press. Thank you to Two Be Wed for their work in getting these national features for the Ralph Lauren Ranch and Romanticism Revisited editorials! 
  • We have no heat! We made it through the coldest October night since 1923 (36°) with no heat! The backstory: when Knox was less than 1 week old, we smelled gas in our house. The gas company found a tiny leak under our home, and protocol was to pull the meter and turn off the gas. We thought the only thing that was using the gas was our hot water heater, so we bought an electric hot water heater and never turned the gas back on. Last week, our heater wasn’t working because (surprise!) it is a gas furnace. The gas company stood us up on Friday, leaving us Friday (44°) and Saturday night (36°) with no heat. We had a ceramic space heater going in Knox’s room while Luke and I survived with a fluffy white down comforter on our bed. We’re hoping to get heat today. Until then, I’m working with ear warmers on my head!

Love & Coffee (Buttered Pecan Creamer is everything!)

Luke & Cat

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