love, romance, and wild flowers

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'romantic' is not a word i would use to describe him. gentle, playful, caring - all perfect words - but romantic... no, not really.

as a wedding photographer, i am constantly surrounded by love and romance. and last year i started to get bummed out when i realized that our last truly romantic night together was the night kevin proposed to me. it was under the fireworks on the beach of the 7 seas lagoon in disney and couldn't have been more perfect for me. so when i got ancy for some romance, i brought up my concerns with kevin and he decided to work on it - problem is, he didn't really get it. he started doing the laundry, washing my car, vacuuming the floor... now don't get me wrong, all those things are extremely helpful, but a folded shirt doesn't exactly make my heart skip a beat. ::sigh::

well, i am happy to say that over the past couple of weeks, something clicked and *POW* - suddenly i have a romantic husband. we had planned a trip to san antonio - photography to come of course - and he didn't just book any old room. he booked a historic hotel room overlooking the alamo and only a block from river walk. perfect. he also started this thing where he orders for me at restaraunts - "and the lady will have the..." love it - i know it's cheesey, and maybe even a little degrading for some women, but i'm a business woman all day long. when i'm home, i just want to be taken care of.

last tuesday, however, kevin topped them all and stopped by the side of the road to pick me wild flowers on his way home from work. he walked through the front door with a glum face and said "i picked you wild flowers, but it wilted by the time i got home..." i put the flowers in water anyway, and the next morning they were full and lively again - and it kind of reminded me of marriage. sometimes, the neccessities are neglected - the romance, the i love you's, the long kisses just because. but with a little tender love and care, it springs back, more beautiful than it was before.

J.Vallecorsa Photography | Houston Wedding Photographers

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houston engagement photography - emily and michel sneak peek

oh my poor blog - between destination weddings, boudoir photography, and studio shopping, my blog has been neglected. i do, however, think that we found a great photography studio right in downtown houston and we absolutely adore it! i signed papers yesterday to put in an offer on a historic loft-style space, so keep your fingers crossed that our offer is accepted! as a boudoir photographer, it would be so much more convenient to have studio in a central, downtown houston location so clients don't have to prepare their home or get a hotel room for their photo session.

until then, here is a sneak peek of emily and michel's engagement session downtown. this had to be one of the most fun (most fun... funnest... what is it??) e-sessions yet - they were both so laid back and up for anything... not to mention how good looking they are!

J.Vallecorsa Photography - Houston Wedding Photographers

J.Vallecorsa Photography - Houston Wedding Photographers

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sometimes, common sense escapes me - the secrets of a wedding photographer

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i graduated with honors from high school with a 3.75/4.0 taking AP classes. i was inducted into National Honor Society as a junior, sat as the co-editor of yearbook, and participated in nearly every club in the high school. i went on to get a degree in computer science at Kent State University, received scholarships, and graduated cum laude with a 3.55/4.0. i worked at NASA for my internship and calculated the optimal speed of electrons for a satellite signal. i'm not a dumb girl. but... sometimes, common sense escapes.

right before christmas my mom came to visit and do some last minute shopping, so i went to the airport to pick her up. she was arriving at a new gate so i was a little unfamiliar with that area, but how different can it really be?? so i get into the elevator and press the floor for baggage claim. elevator goes down to my floor and then just sits there. i'm standing there in a still elevator with a set of closed doors in front of me. so i press the button again, nothing. i press the 'door open' button, nothing. what the heck - i'm trapped in the elevator! so i turned around to see if there were instructions on what to do somewhere. guess what i saw. another set of doors, open, with a group of people staring back at me. sometimes, common sense escapes me.

a few weeks ago i pulled into a parking garage in downtown houston. ground level is full so i go up the ramp to the next level, and up, and up, and up. as i'm driving i'm thinking "that is so weird, every time i come around the corner in this section of the garage, there is always a white car there! how funny". so i go up some more, wondering at which level the parking spots start to open up, and i see a white car again. then the light bulb flickered a little and i stopped my car, looked around, and realized that there was only one floor above the ground floor! i was driving around that same darn level for like 9 laps!!! that's the day i realized... some parking garages go up... and some parking garages go down... sometimes, common sense escapes me.

it's never anything important, it's just ridiculous. i can calculate the speed of electrons and write nearly any software program you could need. but if you ask me which way is north my brain turns to "you mean on a map? it's up. north is up..." sometimes, common sense escapes me...

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Houston, Savannah, New York, and Las Vegas Wedding Photographer - for photographers

in a world where social media is booming, it is easy for photographers to get lost in the excitement of becoming known by others in their industry. we use twitter, facebook, and blogs to stay in touch and promote the industry. this all comes at the expense of our time - time that is taken away from other tasks. now i'm not saying that social media isn't important - it gives our clients an understanding of our personalities and what to expect. it also helps us learn from one another and improve our image quality. it's *extremely* important. but it needs to be balanced in order to keep our skills sharp and to continuing learning. after all, our client is the #1 priority.

i wrote an FAQ post about gaining inspiration from other photographers and have since had a couple of e-mails asking who i follow. i tend to follow people who have a similar, but not exact, style as mine. i learn something different from each of them and it has shaped my own unique style in the process. all of these photographers have also achieved the balance between networking with other photographers, and providing quality service to their clients.

locally, for Houston wedding photography, i regularly meet up with Jenna Dee and Grant Detro of Stuio|Detro, Kris Fulk, Alex Garza, Deji Osinulu, and Christine Tremoulet... mostly at First Thursdays. they are all AMAZING wedding photographers and i know i could count on any of them in a pinch.

i also follow a couple of other photographers nationally who i think are absolutely incredible...

Donna Von Bruening - Donna is a Savannah wedding photographer and holds a special place to me. she is who i selected as my own wedding photographer in 2008 and inspired me to follow my 6-yr long dream to become a photographer. she started her business after the loss of her father and, ever since, she has been capturing those sentimental moments experienced by a family during a wedding. she is playful, warm, and extremely talented. she may be one the busiest people i know and her strong work ethic inspires me to push harder each day. here are a couple photos from her most recent wedings.

Savannah Wedding Photographer

Savannah Wedding Photographer

and if you're on the edge of your seat wondering what my photos looked like, i'll just happen to provide the link to the blog post! oh yeah... for my wedding, my mom begged me to dye my hair closer to its natural color (dark blonde) so you won't find any firey red haired bride here... the secret is out!
engagement photography
wedding photography


Susan Stripling - Susan is a New York City wedding photographer and has some of the best use of light i have ever seen. some of her photos are absolutely breahtaking. i love that i can read her blog, and be moved by each wedding she has shot. i followed her blog before i was even a wedding photographer and have always loved her work - it has gotten more impressive every year. here are just a couple of examples of the beautiful way Susan uses light.

New York Wedding Photographer

New York Wedding Photographer



Chelsea Nicole
- Chelsea is a Las Vegas wedding photographer who i just recently stumbled across. i emailed her to ask about a few of her photos and received a response the same day... she's an open book and i love it. she has an incredible portfolio filled with images displaying sharp, saturated colors. so many photographers use a shallow depth of field to blur out a dull background. instead, chelsea embraces her surroundings and finds the background that is going to add excitment to the image. these are the two images on Chelsea's blog that made me immediately fall in love with her work.

Las Vegas wedding photographer

Las Vegas Wedding Photographer



***UPDADTE*** 
i just heard back from Erin of Fuller Edge, the last of the 4 photographers i follow religiously, with permission to post a photo, so i had to be sure to add it to this post.

Erin and Chad of Fuller Edge - Erin and Chad are a husband/wife team for Calgary wedding photography. i started following them when i was branding my business... i would meet with graphic designers and always described my desired brand as "edgy". i got a lot of weird looks followed up by "what does that mean?". so i looked to google for some examples, and came across Fuller Edge when i typed in 'edgy wedding photography'. it was like love at first site - their saturated colors and sharp, grungy backgrounds reminded me of a magainze page pulled out of its publication and pasted into the web.
although their main focus seems to be weddings, their maternity shoots are phenominal. when i eventually decide to have kids (in like... 15 years... yeah, that's about right...) i will be flying to Calgary for photography. partly because they are amazing, and partly because i want to see them work. ;) here is a fabulous photograph Erin sent me one of their weddings - *LOVE*

Calrgary wedding photographer

thanks ladies (and Chad!) for permission to use your pics on my blog! you're fabulous photographers and i'm honored to be a part of the photography industry with you.

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i'm famous

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ok - maybe that's an exaggeration. HOWEVER, traffic to the site has gone up 102% over the past 2 weeks. wow! i'm not sure what i did differently all of the sudden, but i'm excited to see new fans. yesterday, i finally set up a business page on facebook and i hopped on the twitter bandwagon. i really don't expect anyone to be interested in what i'm doing everyday, but i figured it was about time i stopped boycotting it... i am a technology guru after all. so if you want to follow me, just click on those little links in the top right corner of this page.

i've also been doing some brainstorming about expanding the site... the homepage will be changing soon to something a little more modern and edgy. i also thought about writing some posts geared towards other photographers. if there are other topics or functionality you would like to see, just let me know in the comment section below! comments motivate me to keep blogging. :)
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