Outside of an uninvited storm that attempted to crash our wedding, the day had gone off without a hitch. One minute we were both restlessly waiting to see one another, the next we were sharing our first dance as a married couple, and in the blink of an eye the day was over. Everyone we loved raved about each detail we had chosen, and to our great surprise even our “negative relative” had only nice things to say about the wedding. In the following weeks, we settled into married life and were anxiously awaiting the photographs from our wedding. When our photographer finally finished, we were completely taken aback...
by how terrible our photos were.
We took one look at our photos and agreed, as photographers, we could never let another couple feel like we did.
Putting frustration and disappointment aside, we decided to put our photography degrees to good use. We moved back to our home state of Texas and started our own photography business together: R and M Bledsoe Photography. Our passion for our work is reflected in the smiles of our clients and we rarely end a day having only been photographers. We are there for you each step of your journey, and though we never know were your day will lead, we will find out together. We hope to not just become your friends, but part of your family. Your wedding is your unique story and we cant wait to be a part of it with you.
We met at Sam Houston State University in 2010 while getting our degrees in Photography.
We are nuts about coffee (maybe moreso about caffeine)
'Total and complete nerds' is a good description of us. We know everything about both Star Wars and Trek and love tabletop gaming
We have three beautiful/handsome goofball cats: Mo, Darwin, and Opie. They are our kiddos and mascots but are totally camera shy
Fresh flowers are to die for and might be our favorite thing to photograph at a wedding. We love to keep fresh flowers in the house
You can often find us sitting on our porch sipping a cup of coffee and just enjoying being outside. Outdoor weddings with natural light are just the icing on the wedding cake for us!
Oak trees are so gorgeous, how can anyone not love them! If we would get married again, our one wish would be to have it under a pair of big beautiful oaks
When I was around 13, my father allowed me to borrow his Pentax SLR for a school trip to a wildlife preserve. I was excited about the field trip, but what I recall now is how important it was to me that my father lent me his camera.
I imagine I looked quite bizarre that day, toting my little red lunch-kit and an over-sized camera bag around my shoulder. I was so enamored with the zoom lens and I carefully chose and scrutinized each frame. I was so excited to return home from the trip and show my father what I had shot. What I had not anticipated were the results: Grey and blurry. Completely black.
These were not photographs I had taken, these were something different and terrible! I was so disappointed as I looked through the prints, until I came across an image I had taken from the top of a little waterfall that overlooked some trees. The photo would never be anything special to someone other than myself, but it was clear and crisp and bright and I found myself connected to it. Looking at it, I felt something I doubt I understood, pride in something I had made.
While studying photography at school I was fortunate to meet my now-wife, who helped me improve myself more than any other factor. We fell in love with one another and found a deep connection in our photography. After our wedding we chose to do become wedding photographers.
When I take photographs now I am reminded of the intense focus I had the first time I held a camera, of how important it was to capture something special.
Imagine this; a nine year old girl on a family vacation full of questions, wonder, and sugar. I am sure when my father handed me his Olympus SLR camera to take photos that day it was more to placate me than to instill a lifelong love and passion for photography. Little did he know that this one simple gesture would become so meaningful to me. I saw the rest of that vacation through a lens and from that moment I was lucky enough to not only capture the moments of my life, but of others as well. I studied photography in High School and when my passion led me to pursue photography in college, I met someone who daily inspires myself and my work. I am now fortunate to call this person my husband spend my life with his, following and experiencing our dreams of becoming wedding photographers.
We don't quite remember exactly when we felt that we became “professionals” and maybe there was not one distinct moment when it happened; we just kept doing what we liked and what was fun and suddenly we found ourselves beyond where we had been before.
When we started shooting weddings, it was amazing being invited into someone's life and being entrusted with capturing every moment a wedding entails. Now that we are experienced in photographing weddings, we know that while every wedding is different though they all share one thing, they go by so quickly. Your wedding goes by fast and we are there in the thick of it right with you. We help smooth the edges of your beautiful, hectic, perfect, crazy, wedding day by through experience, reassurance, and a little bit of our own fun.
One of the most fun parts after a wedding, for us, is looking at all the photos and immediately knowing who took which image. Richard loves capturing the big picture, showstopping wide-angle shots that show your wedding as a whole. Michelle loves capturing concise moments and delicate close up details. Where Richard is more wondrous, Michelle is more precise; little secrets that complete your wedding experience. Our photographs together compliment one another and become whole. This is what weddings are, a prefect joining, and we can only hope to be a part of that journey with you.
We were unfortunate in our wedding to have trusted someone who let us down with our wedding photos and now, we want to give every couple the classic, timeless images we never got. We did not become photographers to give our clients photos they will never show their family, never print, never create an album to pass on for generations. We want to give you something that you and yours will cherish for a lifetime.