CTE Loves Amy Karp Photography

We write this blog with giddiness because we get to talk about one of our most favorite event professionals of all time, Amy Karp Photography!  Not only is she a great friend of ours and an wonderful person, she is also an insanely talented photographer.  She is extremely passionate about what she does, but always keeps it fun and exciting for her clients’ which puts them at ease during their sessions with her.

When interviewing Amy for the blog, we wanted to know how it all started for her.  Here’s what she said: After a stroll down memory lane of some of Amy’s armature photography work from college; her husband, Jon, encouraged her to peruse her dreams of capturing beautiful images and lasting memories. And thus Amy Karp Photography was born.

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While her career started in office management, HR, and accounting she has always had a sweet spot for artistic outlets such as drawing, painting, DIY projects, and designing. Amy still enjoys her DIY projects, gardening and most importantly spending time with her husband, Jon, and their son, Sam. She even has a new found love for Cross-Fit.

For a while Amy was maintaining a full-time job and shooting in her free time. Any spare time left she was gaining experience by working with local photographer’s whose work she admired and respected. Amy was focused on soaking up all the knowledge she could to be an amazing photographer.

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Her amazing style is portrayed through her pictures! It is modern yet traditional with an editorial flair keeping her images timeless and memorable.

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In 2006, after shooting her first wedding she was officially hooked on photography! “I loved the type of storytelling and loved that weddings have so many types of photography fused into one…you must be well-rounded in your craft and be quick to shift gears when needed” says, Amy.

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In 2009 Amy decided to take a leap of faith and jump into her craft full time as a professional photographer. And let us tell you that leap of faith paid off! By the end of her first year Amy was nationally published in Southern Weddings Magazine.  Since then she has been published in so many more magazines and blogs such as Weddings, Texas Wedding Guide, World’s Best Wedding Photographers by Junebug Weddings, and more.

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Amy’s favorite thing about photography is being able to create beautiful images in strange places and playing with different lighting. She’s also a daredevil and loves to shoot underwater photography! While she would love to spend more time perfecting her underwater craft; it’s not for the faint of heart and requires an adventurous client.

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We asked Amy to tell us about her proudest moment in her photography career so far. We couldn’t help but to be proud for her as she told us, “I was named photographer of the year two years in a row by AACWP (American Association of Certified Wedding Planners). That was a great honor to be recognized for my work and customer relations!”

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When asked what advice she would give a bride to help choose her wedding photographer; Amy gave us a few pointers, “Try to picture yourself and your style in the photographer’s portfolio. Try to get a feel if your personalities mesh well together. And when meeting with your potential photographer, make sure they make you feel at ease. And also look for a photographer that has experience with natural and artificial light.”

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We cannot get enough of Amy Karp, her work is both breathtaking and fun! When you meet Amy in person to talk about your wedding or next big event, you’ll be sure to fall in love with her bubbly personality. And make sure you tell her we sent you!!

All images used are courtesy of Amy Karp Photography and a great mini-showcase of her talent! 

CTE Loves Jennefer Wilson Photography

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Jennefer and Michael. Where to begin with them and their photography…

Their photos are flooded with beautiful natural light and capture the most intentional of moments that serve as precious memoirs for their couples.

We met Jennefer & her sweet husband, Michael, when working with them on a wedding from this summer. Her work from that wedding was absolutely stunning, to say the least. Jennefer & Michael brought such an awesome energy when photographing Jourdin & Chris’s big day. They had the whole group laughing and really brought out the fun & precious moments of that day, and the photos really showed for it.  You’ll be seeing this wedding when it hits the news stands this coming spring.

Not only are their photos gorgeous, but their hearts are even more beautiful, because it is what inspires their vision.

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Jennefer & Michael currently reside in Dallas. Jennefer grew up in Midland, TX and Michael in the Houston area. Their journeys crossed four years ago, just as Jennefer landed her first wedding photography gig, Michael joining her.

Jennefer: “I received a call from our first ever bride on the Monday before her wedding when she called me in a hurry to ask if I would shoot my very first wedding. I was sitting next to my brand new boyfriend in his Ford Explorer, accepted the job and then proceeded to ask him if he would want to shoot it with me. Little did I know that that boyfriend would be my husband and that that last minute wedding inquiry would bloom into something we love and are so blessed by, that we both do it full time.”

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However, photography wasn’t always in her plans. In fact, when she went to college she had plans of pursuing a music business degree but soon realized that God had other plans for her. Jennefer would then switch majors to Graphic Design, take a photography class as an elective, start getting hired to take portraits for friends and the rest is a beautiful history.

According to Jennefer, their style of work could once be described as simply being editorial journalists of their clients wedding days, but when Michael & Jennefer married two years ago, their view changed completely once Jennefer was on the brides side of the wedding spectrum.

Jennefer: “We do our very best to capture our clients wedding days through the eyes of the bride. Nothing shines as much at a wedding more than it does through the brides eyes. Her hair has never been more perfect, her gown more romantic, or her place settings more classic. Ensuring that the day looks as close to the bride and grooms memory is how we do what we do. This mindset keeps us so honest and intentional; I wouldn’t change our approach for the world.”

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One thing that separates wedding photographers from others, are their inspirations, what inspires their work. If you know what inspires their work, you can understand their vision. If those match up with yours as a couple looking for a wedding photographer, then it can truly be a match-made in wedding heaven.

Jennefer: “I am inspired by kindness and joy. The sunlight on your skin, grass between your toes and a fall breeze are all reminders of God’s kindness. And to be completely honest, nothing inspires us or makes us love what we do more than a bride and groom who radiate that kindness and joy. The ones who love their family and friends so evidently, who take the time to care for and love on those people. They make our job the best in the world.”

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Michael & Jennefer love a good journey. They love working with clients who aren’t afraid to dream with them!

Jennefer: “The brides and grooms who run with an idea and invite us on the journey, those are projects are the ones we live for and pray for more of.”

As a couple, choosing a photographer for both engagement and wedding day photos is one of the biggest decisions & emotional investments they’ll make during the wedding planning process. So, what is the best advice for couples looking to hire a photographer?

Jennefer: “My best advice for couples looking to hire ANY portion of their wedding team is to make sure they love the person behind the work. Especially in the case of photographers & videographers. There is no one who a bride will spend more time with on the day of their wedding, so it is IMPORTANT to love the people you hire! There is no better freedom on your wedding day then to be able to sit back and enjoy your day because you know in your heart that the people you hired love you and are more than able to make your wedding vision come to life.”

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Aside from their photography life, Michael & Jennefer’s regular day is never complete without cuddles from their two golden retrievers, a homemade latte and snuggles on the couch while watching 30 Rock. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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If you’re a future bride reading this and you’ve fallen completely in love with Jennefer Wilson Photography like we have, you can find Jennefer & Michael here. Please go take a look at their gorgeous work, contact them & tell them we sent you! Oh, and don’t forget to stop by their blog. It is sure to fill that heart of yours.

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Jennefer Wilson Photography :: Website, Portfolio & Blog

Michael & Jennefer’s Photos Shown :: Gabriel Ryan