Every year I end up at the annual WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) conference in Las Vegas. Since moving back to Texas, I still make the pilgrimage in February to Las Vegas to see the expo and learn as much as I can during the 3 days. This year I will only be attending the expo since I am taking a trip into Utah with my bestie and shooting an engagement session in the Utah sand dunes... soooo exciting!
As far as downtown Houston locations go, engagement sessions at Sam Houston Park is one of my favorites to shoot at. You can get the outdoors look with the Houston skyline backdrop, and then a quick walk you can have more modern look like the white marble Shell Gas building.
I've shot many weddings at Agave Estates, but Daniella and Gage's wedding was by far the most creative way I've seen the space turned into a boho style, burgundy fall wonderland. The bride's friend is a designer and created everything by hand from the macrame backdrop behind the bride and groom's sweetheart table to the paper flower wall behind the cake. The flowers were amazing earthy tones with flower crowns and boho vibes throughout. Though Agave Estates is more of a Spanish mission style venue, it really transformed the spot.
Chateau Cocomar is like a dream come true! Bridal portraits inside this French chateau nestled into north Houston is jaw dropping and can be rented out for bridal sessions. I was super excited when Paulita chose the venue for hers... see for yourself what a fairy tale the Chateau is like!