Thursday, May 29, 2014

Susie & Nosa's Backyard Wedding Bash

My favroite kind of wedding is the hand-crafted, cozy back yard type. Don't get me wrong, we love a posh wedding in a big venue, but this home-made type just really hits a home run for us.

My personal favorite part of any wedding is the time when I get to photograph all of the special little details. I take my time and really get creative with the presentation of everything from the rings to the flowers.

Susie and Nosa were married on a beautiful, sunny afternoon on May 10, 2014, and we were invited to capture all of the festivities. The flowers were beautiful, the cakes were made from scratch, the colors were lovely, the music was awesome, and... And... And... We could just go on!

Nothing makes a Dad more proud than walking his beautiful daughter down the isle to her soon-to-be-husband.

Everything from the teary exchange of hand written vows to the big first kiss was just perfect!

The home owner has a bee hive and a collection of vintage letters that created the PERFECT spot for group shots.... Until we broke the picnic table. Whoops! No one was hurt, and now the whole bridal party has a great story... (And so do we!)

Before the wedding I had an opportunity to do Susie's bridals. Since Nosa hails from Nigeria, his mother had beautiful clothing made just for the occasion. I am in LOVE with her dress... ( and that HAT! )

Dirty Dancing doesn't have a thing on these two- Their lift had everyone cheering!

Everyone pitched in to make this day special for the happy couple. Two very talented friends sang a beautiful song and the speeches had everyone laughing and crying. Cheers to everyone!

I have been waiting with baited breath to share these bridals! Now that the couple has officially tied the knot, here they are for all to see!

I'm in love with this lace bohemian dress- It was beautiful and comfortable, and really stood out from the standard poofy white gown tradition.

#congratulations to Susie And Nosa! May your lives be filled with adventure, love, and music.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Keeping it C14ssy with Kamri- Oakrige High

Graduating from High School is one of the biggest milestones we encounter, and what better way to celebrate it than with AWESOME photography?

We met Kamri out in Hermann park and did some exploring of the new art installation by Patrick Dougherty.... It was incredible!

Kamri is a natural in front of the camera, and this was one of those sessions where we just couldn't wait to get home for edits! 

I like to go fast!

Recently SHUTTERWHALE was invited on a collaborated shoot in Dallas with Texas Motorcars! (

It was a Dodge themed shoot- consisting of a fancy schmancy Viper and a top of the line Challenger. After taking the cars on the freeway, through an airport tunnel and getting kicked out of a garage we ended up with some great shots!

As much as we love to photograph people, the change to superfast car mode was a pleasant one. While photographing we used a combination of studio light for the parked shots, and natural light for everything in motion. We suggest for all shiny fancy things to point your studio lighting down onto the subject. This will give you the cleanest look, while showing off all of the curves. This differs from people in that shooting your light down onto a subject can give you that "raccoon eyes" look.

The originals in this tunnel were a mess! We did some tweaks in Lightroom to clean up the color and exposure, then followed up with Photoshop to make the red pop.

You can find the vehicles (for now!) on and find a selection of our favorites at