Kelly Tarleton's portrait

Welcome to my blog! I am a Houston portrait and wedding photographer,
and I also custom design wedding and special event stationery.
This is where I share photos of my latest portrait sessions, design assignments,
and personal projects. Take a look around to see what I've been up to and
be sure to let me know what you think. I love comments!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

My accidental assistant

Barley inadvertently became my photography assistant the other night while I was editing wedding photos. I looked over to see her sprawled on the bed and thought it would make for a good photo, also thinking I had to move quickly because surely she would wake up. When she didn't, I used it as an opportunity to test different lighting angles. The photo on the left uses flash light bounced off the side wall, and the photo on the right uses flash light bounced off the ceiling. I prefer the left photo and the light cast from the side.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Prepping for Kim & Nick's wedding

All bias aside, Kim & Nick's wedding was by far the most beautiful, thoughtful, and fun wedding I've ever been to! To think she planned it almost entirely from Australia is amazing. I took several photos of the prep-work leading up to the ceremony, and then left my camera in the hotel room to have a great time. So enjoy the details shots below, because I left the rest to the professional photographers.

I can't remember the story that caused this reaction, but I think we were grilling the hair and makeup artist on whether she had ever had any bridezilla clients or not.

Jordan Temple made all of us beautiful, she really is amazing!

I loved the light that slipped through the blinds as Kim prepped her veil and snapped a few shots.

Kim's bouquet : something borrowed, plus something blue.

The invitation I designed and the photo I took just the night before at the rehearsal dinner. They never had time to take any formal engagement pictures while they were in town. Of course I was saddened by this.

A closeup of the final monogram on the water bottle favors and the invitation. See the other monogram designs I designed here.

Kim told me that, as part of her "Urban Garden Party" theme, the florist would have tree limbs for the seating cards to hang from. I thought it would be a great idea to make them into a dainty shape. I am so grateful my coworkers helped me cut them out to execute my vision!

The reception entrance.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Extreme Makeover : Blog Edition

I've taken a break in posting to redesign my blog and after hours of staring at code in an effort to understand XML, I've finally finished it! Thanks to the templates available at, most of the work was already done for me.

I've been in awe lately of the professional photography blogs out there, most notably at how large the images preview within the blog. My favorite of the moment is my sister's wedding photographer (no bias, I promise they're amazing), Serendipity Photography. I started following them as soon as Kim booked them and I've watched their blog transform over the past few months. I primarily love the moments they catch, but also appreciate the saturation in colors, and storytelling composition. I'll be following them for awhile.

I still have a few tweaking to do- none of the pre-2009 images have been increased in size yet, but I'm excited to share the new style!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

April steals the spotlight

My cousin's baby stole the show at Kim's bridal shower. We had a little photo session after the guests left and as you can see, I had some trouble choosing just a few to share.

Kim's Bridal Shower

We all had a great time at Kim's shower the weekend before her wedding. I planned a kitchen shower for her and asked each guest to prepare and bring a favorite dish with the recipe to start Kim's collection of recipes. I designed each detail: the invitations, recipe cards, favors, and custom recipe book complete with tabs and slots for each card.

I wanted the invitation to resemble a tiled kitchen backsplash.

Everyone brought the most delicious dishes! I'm going to make a digital recipe book with the recipes.

A gift for Kim: handmade dish towels

The custom favors: the recipe and cookie mix for Kim's popular fudge cookies

Completed recipe cards

The recipe book

About Kelly Tarleton

I've always been a creative person, and the one who always had a camera on-hand at a moment's notice for any occasion. Photography and graphic design dominated my life in school and I loved every minute of it. I miss that constant creative outlet and want to share more of it with my family and friends through this blog.See more of my work at my website:

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