I have known Justin and Brandi for years. I actually knew Justin before he and Brandi had got together and he was a fresh faced young man that came down to Houston from Oklahoma, where his sister Amberly lived and to be a part of Ecclesia church. I think he must have been about 18 at the time. I was around when he first met Brandi, and you could tell that she was “the one” for him. My family even went to their beautiful wedding at South Main Baptist Church and Bammel Gardens. I remember them being so patient because my daughter Maddie was just in awe and must have asked to dance with them a million times! She thought Brandi was Cinderella 🙂
I took their first maternity portraits when Jonah was about to be born and at this time I only did fine art photography, in fact I think they were probably my first commissioned portrait! They just had their third child a few months back and Miss Betty is almost 4 and J0nah is now 6! They have also planted a church in Brenham, which started out with the two of them a few years back and now they have about 100+ members, which is quite an accomplishment. It has really been great to see their beautiful family grow.
For this portrait Brandi wanted to get some photos in the Bluebonnets. But she did not want those typical cliche bluebonnets photos, so we tried to go with something a little different. She picked out an awesome wardrobe and we grabbed a couple of vintage chairs from Casa de Hyde on the way out. She actually did the scouting for me and we came to this great, secluded field in Chappell Hill. There was a little climbing of fences involved. I had actually driven through the area the weekend before and was AMAZED to see the bluebonnets and wildflowers along the side of the road. It was truly awesome! I was even more amazed to see the sheer amount of people pulled over on the side of the road taking photos! I have lived in Texas most of my life, and I have made this drive many times, but I guess I missed out on bluebonnet season. Now I can say I know what all the fuss is about! In our field there was not a plethora of photographers, but there was one lonely painter going at it with his oils!
Anyway, I really want to thank you guys for choosing me to document these times in your life. You have one awesome family and it has been an honor.
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