✨What excites you & keeps you working until 2 am? Whatever that is, do more of that! 👊🏻 . I spent so many years chasing what other photographers did.🤦🏼♀️You look to other photographers for inspiration and guidance and somehow feel like you have to be doing exactly what they’re doing if you want to succeed. I don’t know about you, but for me, it’s a dangerous rabbit hole that always leaves me feeling inadequate!😿 . My why is to help others create a legacy, whether that's through their family photos, wedding photos, or helping photographers build their business. If it weren't for Kellan, I swear I'd still be working for free! It's not about the money for me. I just love helping and making people happy #peoplepleaser lol 🤪 . Once you define your why, you can seriously feel the freedom! The freedom to run your business how you want to run it, shoot like you want to shoot and stop chasing everyone else. . If you are feeling a little lost on how to find that “why” of yours, dig deep and ask yourself why you are doing this! What gets you up in the morning? What excites you? What keeps your head spinning as you fall asleep? . You can always reach out to us as well! We are here to help! 💕 You got this, friend!🙌🏻(photo by @reedgallagherphoto at our little/freezing workshop last month) . . . .
There are days I feel like I'm straight up failing at life. My baby won't nap. My business to-do list is paralyzingly long. I'm on day 3 of dry shampoo, I think 😳. I can't remember the last time I exercised. 🤦🏼♀️ Not to mention, I have been on 1 date with my husband in 9 months. ONE. #wifefail ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But I have to say I'm incredibly grateful for our sweet #cottoncouplesinlove like @miaburatow & @gburatow here who are patient, kind and giving me so much grace as I navigate these new waters as a business owner & a mom. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! . . . #houstonengagementphotographer #houstonengagement #houstonweddingphotographer #engaged #cottonweddings #weddingphotographer #weddingsinhouston #bridesofhouston #houstonweddingphotography #wedding #bridetobe #bride #isaidyes #houstonweddingphotographer #destinationweddingphotographer #couplesgoals #engagements #stylemepretty #romanticwedding #engagementphotos #theknot #gettingmarried #goingtothechapel #thatauthenticfeeling
I know Aly and Rachel are busy photographing their little hearts out for these two cuties! 💕 Happiest of wedding days to @lhamms & @brett_boots !!! I can’t believe it’s finally here!! 🎉 Check out stories for a little BTS from @spellevents 💕🙌🏻 #dreamteam @blushworthytx @plantsnpetals @thecorinthianhouston @pelipelihouston #cottonbyrachel #cottonbyalyssa #houstonweddingphotographer #houstonwedding #thecorinthian
It’s all for you sweet girl. It’s all for you. 💕 The late nights, the hustle, the hard work. We want to show you that you can do anything if you work hard enough. 👊🏻 💕 #ourkinseygirl 📷by our love @rachelstubbephotography #wearethecaldwells #houstonfamilies
👰🏻Bridal Babe Tip 💍: Can't decide if you want a bridal session? Well, here are 3 reasons why you totally should have one! 👇🏻 . 💕 It serves as a trial run for your hair & makeup and even your florals! Not feeling something? Now you'll have time to adjust things for your big day! 💕 It saves time on your wedding day! We don't have to worry about setting aside 15-30 minutes for bridal portraits and that means more pictures of you and your beau! 💕 It helps you ease your nerves about being in front of the camera! Come wedding day, you'll be a total pro! . Venue: @ashtongardenswest | Floral and decor: @maxitflowerdesign | Coordinator: @bethrwerner with @keely.thorne.events | HMU: @sunkissedandmadeup . . . . #bridalbabetips #bridetips #bridalportraits #bridalstyle #bridalbabe #engaged #cottoncouplesinlove #weddingphotographer #houstonwedding #weddingsinhouston #bridesofhouston #houstonweddingphotographer #houstonweddingphotography #wedding #bridetobe #bride #austinweddingphotographer #gettingmarried #texaswedding #bridalportrait #wedding #theknot #gettingmarried #keelythorneevents #texaswedding #weddings #weddingdress #theknottexas
Planning a wedding is a whole new adventure in itself so when our sweet, experienced brides give future brides-to-be some advice - we're all for it! 🙌🏻💕 . Here's Erin's advice on how she planned her epic winter wedding at @thefarmhouseevents with the help of some amazing #HoustonVendors: . “I’d give vendors a simple idea of what I’d like and they would take that idea and foster it into something way more amazing than I could have put together myself. I quickly realized that letting the experts do their job and listening to their advice & suggestions was usually the way to go. They do this on a weekly basis and as an added bonus it was way less stressful to give those trusty vendors the reigns, all with your design in mind.” . “It can be easy to get lost in all of the small details of planning the wedding day. Just remember that marriage is the focus. Taking a one day class at a local church, reading marriage prep books, or attending a weekly class to discover ways to learn about each other and encourage one another are good ways to start off your marriage on the right foot.” . Planning by: @LeanOnMe_Events | Florals: @lbjfloralevents Dress: @Mikaellabridal | HMU: @JNCoMakeupArtistry . . . . . #brideadvice #weddingplanning #houstonweddingphotographer #engaged #cottoncouplesinlove #weddingphotographer #weddingsinhouston #bridesofhouston #houstonweddingphotography #wedding #bridetobe #bride #isaidyes #houstonweddingphotographer #austinweddingphotographer #couplephotography #destinationweddingphotographer #couplephotoshoot #couplesgoals #engagements #stylemepretty #romanticwedding #engagementphotos #theknot #gettingmarried #goingtothechapel #weddingwire #thatauthenticfeeling
🎉GIVEAWAY ALERT🎉Happy December, friends! You know Christmas is my favorite EVER so in the spirit of Christmas, we are giving away ONE free spot to our February 2019 Workshop!!! 💕 && that special winner is going to be able to bring a friend & give them 50% off their ticket! That’s like giving them a $1000 Christmas present! 💕 SO how do you enter? You can do 1 of the 4 ways OR all 4! 💕 1.Follow @thecottoncollectivetx, like this photo & tag 3 photog besties that you want to come with you! Plus you can be roomies at @thevintageroundtop ! Every 3 friends you tag = another entry! 💕 2.Share this Instagram giveaway post, tag us & tell us why you want to win! 💕 3.Head to the link in profile & enter via the blog 💕 4.Share this Instagram or the blog post on your facebook, tag us & tell us what you are most excited about! It’s okay if your answer is PIE! 😋😋😋 💕 YAY! Remember, the more you do, the more entries you'll get! && if you do all 4, we will give you a bonus entry! 💕 Head to the link in our profile to learn more about the workshop! 💕 (P.S. If you already bought your ticket, don’t worry you can still enter & we will reimburse you for your full ticket price!) Good luck!!! 🍀 💕 Giveaway Rules: Giveaway ends December 12th at Midnight and winner will be announced December 13th. 💕 Giveaway not sponsored or affiliated with Instagram.
Let’s chat about “First Looks” for a sec, k? 🙋🏼♀️ Pinterest, your wedding planner, and heck, even your Matron of Honor is telling you to do a “First Look”, right? We get it. . As photographers, we have to be honest, we LOVE the new tradition too. Cue the waterworks! 😭 It’s a really special, intimate moment with your soon-to-be hubby/wife that you wouldn’t otherwise have. But as much as we love first looks, they aren’t for everyone! On the blog, we've got 5 reasons why a first look may not be right for you - find the link in our stories!! 🙌🏻 #bridalbabetips . . . . . #mcgoverncentennialgardens #firstlook #firstlookwedding #weddingplanning #weddingplanningtips #engaged #cottonweddings #cottoncouplesinlove #weddingphotographer #houstonwedding #weddingsinhouston #bridesofhouston #houstonweddingphotography #wedding #bride #houstonweddingphotographer #austinweddingphotographer #destinationwedding #destinationweddingphotographer #texaswedding #ruffled #ruffledblog #romanticwedding #wedding #theknot
This girl right here is why I stay up until 1 am working. She is my heart and soul, my little bestie and I want to show her she can do anything if she really truly wants it, is kind & hustles her tail off! 👊🏻 💕 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's so hard to balance work and motherhood. I try to keep my phone away when she's awake so I can focus on her 100% and as soon as she's asleep, I'm hustlin' my heart out! 💕⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ One thing that I love & has truly saved me recently is the Social Media Content Calendar by @seedandharvestco! It's a 365-day social media posting guide, complete with caption ideas and photo inspiration for small business owners. It's life changing, y'all! 💕⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you're the type (like me🙋🏼♀️) that thinks Oh Lord help me, what am I going to say today?! You need this in your life! The 2019 calendar is going to be released soon! 💕 Head to the link in my profile if you want to make your life a heck of a lot easier! + use code COTTON25 for $25 off! It's only available until Dec. 31st so don't miss out on saving yourself a YEAR's worth of oh crap what do I post today! 🤪 💕 🙌🏻Lets make 2019 intentional and incredible 😘
In February, this room is going to be filled with strangers that will leave as business besties. That's my prayer! A handful of new friends and incredible photographers ready to take their business to the next level and We. Can't. WAIT! (photo provided by @thevintageroundtop )⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #houstonphotographer #tuesdaystogether #risingtidesociety #communityovercompetition #houstoncreatives #calledtocreate #dowhatyoulove #entrepreneurlife #liveauthentic #girlboss #houstonweddingphotographer #creativityovercompetition #thecottoncollectiveworkshop