Gary and I had been in Texas for about 4 months and I realized that I really wanted to dive into photography.  I didn’t want it to just be my hobby, I wanted to pursue it with the hope of one day having it be the only thing I do for a living.  So I started asking friends if they’d be guinea pigs for me and then actually started booking sessions.  I realized though that I didn’t want to just do portrait sessions, I really wanted to do weddings and events too!!  So I started googling photographers in the Richmond/Houston area that are wedding photographers.  I’d look at their work and then look at their pictures (I know you can’t judge a book by it’s cover but I at least wanted to see what they looked like 🙂 ).  So I stumbled on Janine’s website.  I simply shot her an email (not even thinking she’d respond) asking if she let photographers tag along with her to weddings or anything like that.  Well guess what, SHE RESPONDED!!!  🙂 I was soo happy, and I was even happier when she said she’d love for me to join her at a wedding she had coming up.  So the day came and I met her at the wedding and I felt like we just clicked (I don’t know how she felt… she was probably like, who’s this crazy girl that won’t stop asking me questions!).  After that wedding she’d shoot me emails asking if I wanted to tag along or 2nd shoot with her and if I’m not doing anything I jump at the opportunity.  Janine is an awesome “mentor” (if that’s what you want to call it)… and she’s an awesome friend.  I love joining her at weddings.  I love to see how she does things, but I also love just hanging out with her.  She’s a lot of fun and I’m so glad I took the risk to shoot her an email.  Janine thank you for EVERYTHING you have shown me and for being a great friend!!

Janine ended up giving my name to Scott who’s also a wedding photographer in Houston.  He asked me to 2nd shoot for him a little over a year ago, and I’ve now 2nd shot a handful of weddings with him.  Scott has been a huge help/resource and I have bugged him to death with questions :).  Scott thanks for putting up with me!

A few weeks ago the three of us met up downtown Houston to snap a few pictures of one another.  We had so much fun and I can’t wait to do it again.  Here’s a few shots of Janine and Scott from the shoot…

I owe a BIG thank you to these two!!

May 13, 2010