This 17 year old senior is very special to me! She is my grand daughter - Merritt.I have taken pictures of her ever since she was a baby. Last week, on the beach, it took my breath away as I looked through my lens to see the beautiful women she has become. It's not that I had not noticed how she was maturing over the years - I did. It's just when I aimed my camera and studied her features and movements - I gasped at the marvel she has become. And, as if that is not enough. Her insides match her beautiful exterior. It makes my heart soar with pride to post pictures of this wonderful young adult.
I love you Merritt!
Photographer: Kim FrancoisVenue: Destin, Florida Parents: Michelle/Dave
Imagine a beautiful bride, handsome groom, an outdoor wedding, thunderstorms with torrential rain and a motorcycle get away vehicle.RIGHT! That is exactly what I was thinking that afternoon when I photographed Shauna and Chris's wedding. How is this going to work?
Apparently, I was the only one worried about this because both Shauna and Chris seemed thrilled to be getting married and ignored the obvious impediments. So I packed up a dozen umbrellas and called Shauna to meet me under the MOPAQ bridge along with her wedding party for pre-ceremonial pictures. She did. We did. The results were beautiful soft pictures with a surreal mossy background. Who would have thought this possible standing on the only dry surface under a highway bridge. But it worked. And everyone stayed dry. At least for the moment.
The ceremony was a little trickier. Fortunately, the rain paused for about 10 minutes while friends and family gathered around under umbrellas while Shauna and Chris recited their vows and committed to a life of love together. It was very sweet and intimate. And then it rained - hard - sending everyone running for shelter inside the Clubhouse. Again, Shauna and Chris were unfazed. They danced in the rain to their hearts content and later departed on Chris's motorcycle. AMAZING!
Thank you Shauna and Chris for letting me be apart of this heart felt event and for being such amazing people.
Venue: Zilker ClubhouseEvent Planner: Linda CooperDecorations: Chris Kinningham and friendsPhotographer: Kim Francois, Francois PhotographyDJ: Kyle Clark, DJ MotivateCatering: Two Chicks CateringBand: Trent Turner & the MoontownersFlowers: Central MarketCake: Amanda DickinsonHair & Makeup: Kayla Rieger
Some people have it all!Beauty, promising careers, a loving family, great friends and a spouse that loves them dearly. That is Tristan and Shane. On March 4, they surrounded themselves with friends and family to witness their union of marriage. Tristan's closest eight friends (yes, I said 8) dressed in delicate pink, matched by Shane's eight buddies in formal black tuxedos, accompanied the couple to the alter. All together they created a human wall that extended from one side of the patio to the other.
It has been said that it is good luck to have rain on your wedding day. I think that expression was made up by a wedding coordinator trying to pacify a bride. However, this time the misty, mossy green, soft light impact of an overcast sky was beautiful. We moved the ceremony from the lawn to a covered patio and all of the wedding party and family pictures were done under a covered portachere. Use of this indirect light source was perfect. I was wet, they were dry and I was totally happy.
My favorite part of this wedding was the "First Look Session" where the bride and groom spent 30 minutes with each other prior to the ceremony. I like to recommend a pre- ceremonial meeting between a bride and groom for two reasons. I find it calms their nerves allowing them to be more in the moment for the rest of the day. And, it gives me a chance to photograph them with favorable lighting - especially during the winter or early spring when the sun sets so early. Some couples resist this concept because they want the first time that they see each other to be when the bride is walking down the aisle. I always say: "There will always be a first time that you see each other on your wedding day. The question is, do you want it to be a private moment or public one?" When you put it that way, they frequently see the merits to the advanced meeting. With Tristan and Shane, I could tell they were both nervous that morning and seeing each other was exactly what they needed. I set them up back to back and told them to turn around. When they did, I witnessed their amazing love. They just lit up. I could tell they were both in love and best friends at the same time. They beamed. Capturing this moment was a privileged and I felt honored to be apart of such an intimate moment in their lives.
Thank you Tristan and Shane for allowing me to be apart of your most special day.
Venue: Austin Country ClubPhotographer: Kim Francois, Francois PhotographyAssistant Photographer: Cat MattinglyEvent Planner: Samia JosephMinister: Judge Bob PerkinsMake Up: Avery AllenHair Stylist: Dannan Patrick, Mint SalonFlorist: Kimberly, ParkCrest Floral DesignPhoto Booth: ShutterboothDisc. Jockey: Josh Wilkerson, Penguin EntertainmentBakery: Olga P. Lee, Polka Dots
What do you call two love birds and a dog? The perfect wedding.Last Saturday, I photographed a wedding where the bride was beautiful, outgoing and tons of fun. She was exuberant in everything she did. She posed with sophistication. She lavished affection on her groom, friends and family. She giggled, wiggled and folded with laughter. It was intoxicating to be around her. I imagine she is like that all the time. I had a blast photographing her and all her charm. The handsome groom was much more reserved throughout the day but revealed his propensity for theatrics when he took to the stage during the reception to sing songs to his new bride. And he was rock star good too. Of course it helped that he was singing with the AMAZING 3 time Grammy Award winning talent - Drew Womack and his band. They were so good they should have charged admission to attend the event.
Mitch's daughter from a previous marriage is ten and her name is Violet. So naturally, violet was the color of the dress she choose to wear at the wedding. Cute as a button, she fit right in and contributed to the fun, fanfare and enjoyed the celebration. And then there was Tank - the silver Labrador. He got his 15 minutes of fame when he was invited to participate in the "First Look" portion of the wedding event. Wild with enthusiasm one minute practically tackling the bride and a masterful poser the next. A lot of showmanship in this family. They belong in the movies.Thank you Louise and Mitch for allowing me to share this special occasion with you.
Venue: Lakeway Resort & SpaEvent Coordinator: Alexandra FoldenPhotographer: Kim Francois, Francois PhotographyPhotography Assistant: Shauna MoraEntertainment: Drew Womack - 3 time Grammy Award winnerFlorist: Magpie Blossom BoutiqueCake Balls: Cute SweetsOfficiant: Adam McIsaacBridal Gown: Vera WangHair and Makeup: Austin Wedding Hair and MakeupDog: Tank - Silver Labrador
Sometimes you meet a wedding couple that sweep you off your feet from the very start. That is how I felt with Laura and Phil.
Jenny Stone of Jenny Stone Event Designs - a fabulous event planner - introduced me to Laura as she felt I was the perfect person to photograph her November garden wedding at Laguna Gloria. This was a second wedding for both of them so Laura wanted the wedding to be one big party and play down the traditional elements of a wedding. Her vision was more like a celebration than a wedding. I instantly connected with Laura and we began to personalize the event to be more reflective of their party concept. The weather did not cooperate with their garden wedding plans. So Jenny added a tent, purchased tons of lanterns, strung lights in dark places, rented heaters... The event became even more perfect. Laura and Phil 's wedding was absolutely a riot - just ask their guests. The bride and groom were goo goo eyed all night, danced up a storm under the tents with their friends and paid no attention to the rain and biting cold. Laura wore a couture vintage bridal gown made by Austin's premier fashion designer Linda Asaf. To make sure everything stayed in place, Laura had her personal stylist, Edie Henry, attend the wedding to "fluff, blot and re-apply" what ever was needed all night long. Such a smart idea. The groom, Phil, being the dapper English gentleman that he was, selected his own attire featuring a bright yellow vest and matching yellow tie under his gray wedding suit. Together with their flowers provided by Central Market - they were stunning. Jenny and I had so much fun working with Laura on her wedding that we have already meet for happy hour to reminisce the event and look at pictures. It's couples like this that keep me in love with my job. Thank you Laura and Phil.
Key Players: Venue: Laguna Gloria, Austin TexasPhotographer: Kim Francois, Francois PhotographyEvent Planner: Jenny Stone, Jenny Stone Event DesignsCatering Service: Eddie Bernal, 34th Street CateringTents: Marquee RentalsFlorist: Central MarketDJ: Jeff Hudson, Spacecraft EntertainmentMusician: Ryan Cotner - guitaristOfficiant: Jennifer MeadorGown Designer: Linda Asaf, Linda Asaf DesignsHair Stylists: Nikki Haley, Swoon SalonMake up: Arlene Tucker, Neiman MarcusStylists: Edie HenryTransportation: Vintage Bently