It’s #ThrowbackThursday on our Instagram feed today, and this photo is worth sharing on the blog!

In 2007, we made an out-of-the-blue decision to start our own photography company. Our friends and family were leery of the idea, so we bought our own cake to celebrate. We even wrote a caption for ourselves: “Congrats on our Canon.” Ha!

We’d just made our first big photography purchase… a Canon 20D. (Because we figured… if we wanna start a photography company, we’ll probably need a camera). It was the least expensive “professional” camera on the market at the time, and we had just the ONE camera for the TWO of us.  Didn’t matter… We were excited! And nervous. And a little freaked out.

When this photo was taken, we were deciding between two names for our new company: “Bend the Light Photography” or “Head Over Heels Photography.” We eventually decided on “Head Over Heels”. It was fun and cutesy… and yeah… we thought we’d picked a winner. We hired a designer and they created a few girly, hot-pink logos for us to choose from. Annnnd we realized we’d made a huge mistake. Shortly after, Bend the Light Photography was officially born (and the pink went away forever).

When we started our company, we had NO idea of the amount of work it would take to make a name for ourselves. But we were brave (and willing to work our butts off). Ten years later, we’ve had success that has surpassed our wildest dreams (with the help of the best clients on the planet). 💗

This photo makes me smile. As cheesy as it sounds, it reminds me to keep dreaming. And to eat plenty of cake. -Kaylinn

PS – To see more throwback images, follow us on Instagram or search this hashtag! –> #BTLFlashback

 

You guys may remember Susie + Nick’s downtown San Antonio engagement session from a few months back (who could forget their adorable pup, Sadie?) For their wedding, they took a break from the big city and headed to Sisterdale Dancehall in Boerne, Texas. Sisterdale Dancehall weddings are some of our favorites. It’s a laid back venue with sooo much Texas charm. Complete a rustic dancehall (AKA the “Opera House”), a cute covered porch with a red swing, and a bridal suite packed full of little antique details. :-) We love every Texan detail. It was the perfect backdrop for Susie + Nick’s big day.

As much as we love Sisterdale Dance Hall, we love Susie + Nick even more. These two are super adorable and so in love (which makes them so much fun to photograph!) Here are our favorite images from their wedding. Enjoy!
-Jenn & Kaylinn

Susie and Nick wanted to get to their cocktail hour as quickly as possible, so they decided to see each other before the ceremony. We were able to take all of the “must have” portraits beforehand, so they were able to mingle with guests immediately after they tied the knot (instead of taking lots of photos!) We love first looks! It’s such a sweet, intimate moment between the bride and groom where they can have a few minutes of alone time and calm their nerves. :-) The photos above are a few shots from the moment Nick and Susie first saw each other. For more info about doing a first look at your wedding, click here.

(Above) my favorite image from the day! I loved the way Susie’s nose scrunched up when Nick made her laugh!

Susie, you are absolutely gorgeous!

If you follow our Instagram story, you may have seen my post last week about trying to choose favorites for this blog post (it was sooo difficult, y’all!) I posted my 3 favorite images and asked for opinions. The image above (right) was the overall favorite, and it’s easy to see why. Pure joy!

Susie’s Grandfather, waiting to walk her down the aisle. Love these two photos. ❤️

Susie + Nick, a HUGE congrats to you both!! Thank you for sharing your day with us! We wish you all the best! :-D

See more weddings at Sisterdale Dancehall and Opera House in Boerne, Texas here: http://tinyurl.com/BTLsisterdale

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Wedding Ceremony: Sisterdale Dancehall, Boerne TX
Wedding Reception: Sisterdale Dancehall, Boerne TX
Bride’s Hair/Makeup: On Location Hair & Makeup
Bride’s Dress: Allure Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulu’s
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein
Floral: HEB Blooms
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Bend the Light Photography specializes in wedding photography and engagement portrait photography in San Antonio, Texas and surrounding areas. San Antonio Wedding Photographer.

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This session is a little bit different from the beautiful weddings and sweet engagement sessions that we specialize in. Chris and I have been friends with Patrick and Michele for many, many years.  I’ve photographed maternity, newborn and family photos of them over the years of our friendship. I’ve watched Patrick as he finished school and worked to become a registered architect. After several years (and awards) working with a large firm, he went out on his own, when he and his wife Michele founded TADA (Total Art Design & Architecture). I LOVE following them on Instagram and watching all the amazing projects come to life. They are one of the most bold and creative couples I know and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them. When they contacted me to photograph the TADA team I knew it would be a special session. Working with other creatives is always an extra dose of fun. Here are my favorites from their session.
-Jenn
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This session is extra special to us because we have known Nicole for quite a few years, through the Hyatt Hill Country Resort. Nicole was a huge part of all the weddings we photographed there. She is such a joy to work with. Since then, Nicole was promoted!! WooHoo!!! Buuuuut that means that she and John have moved to New Mexico (insert sad face). The GOOD news is, they’ll be getting married here in SA and we will get to photograph every second! It will be such an honor to be a part of their big day and a great excuse to spend more time with them. I met up with them in downtown San Antonio for their engagement session. We had a perfect afternoon exploring and capturing their love. I can’t wait for their wedding next year!
-Jenn

John outdid himself for the proposal. I couldn’t resist sharing the whole story, as written by Nicole:

John planned the proposal where it all started;  Near the golf course at the Hyatt Hill Country.  He orchestrated a plan to have my friends and family there.  He even got my boss in on it to help with the plot.  It was the day before thanksgiving and I was waiting for the office to close early.. time went on and hadn’t heard anything.  By now it’s almost 3pm and my boss is nowhere to be found.  I get kind of annoyed and text John saying I will be late coming home.  Then I see my boss and she comes up to me and says “ I have an opportunity for your future”  …”Give me about 30 minutes and I am going to get a call.  So can you sit tight?”  I had already discussed moving up with Hyatt, so I thought that was what it was about!  I got so nervous thinking, am I ready to move?  Leave San Antonio?  All of these thoughts are running through my head.   She gets that call 30 minutes later and makes it short and sweet.  She then asks if I want to go for a walk.  I am like “Oh boy.. it must be big”.  She takes me near the golf area and I squint and see some tall cocktail tables.  I say to her.. “Oh that is nice.. is someone having an event?”  She said…I don’t know. Why don’t you look closer!”   As I approach the first cocktail table I see a framed letter..  I begin to read, “ Nicole……blah blah… love… blah blah.. journey”  then I see, “Love John.”  I tell my boss to “SHUT UP!” and start walking towards the other tables.. there were 6 total.. each with a floral arrangement, and framed picture.  There were all important places we have visited in our lives.  I see John at the top of the hill and I was crying at this point.  I glance to the left in Luckenbach Pavilion and see a blur of people.  He asks me to marry him, I say yes and I turn around.  It was all my friends and family.  My coworkers! My BFF from Dallas!  I couldn’t believe he had planned this whole thing.  We celebrated there with some champagne and had a little happy hour. It was perfect.

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san antonio engagement photography san antonio tx urban engagement photos_0009.jpgOne of their favorite things to do together is grab a drink at one of their favorite local restaurants or check out a new brewery. I’m so glad we stopped by Rosella Coffee for a quick drink. I love adding personal locations to engagement sessions.
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Bend the Light Photography specializes in wedding photography and engagement portrait photography in San Antonio, Texas and surrounding areas. San Antonio Wedding Photographer.

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This spring has been filled with babies of #BTLBrides and I am loving every one. It is such a privilege to be invited into our client’s homes and photograph the beginning of their journey as parents. Christie and Jayson’s wedding was absolutely gorgeous and filled with the love of family, so I knew that their home would be filled with the same love and style. We watched Christie’s Instagram in anticipation of Quin’s arrival. Quin was so excited for his modeling debut that we had to do some big coaxing to get him to sleep. Whether asleep or awake, Quin is absolutely perfect. Here are my favorites from their in home lifestyle newborn session. Thank you Christie and Jayson and congratulations!!!
-Jenn
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san antonio lifestyle newborn photographer llama cactus nursery ideas_0005.jpgChristie has the most adorable Llamas in Quin’s nursery. I was obsessed.
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Bend the Light Photography specializes in family photography and children’s photography in San Antonio, Texas and surrounding areas. San Antonio Family Photographer.

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