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  • Depict Photography


    My business is something that has grown more than I could’ve ever anticipated. In the general sense, photography has been a passion of mine since high school, maybe even earlier. It is the simple things that catch my eye, the unseen so to speak. The “unseen” moments evoke real emotion: the stolen newlywed kiss or the child’s tiny hand reaching up for mom and dad... together these images string together a beautiful story that is original and authentic. Whether it is a wedding day or every day, that story, that moment that may have been forgotten, is now there to hold onto.


    I approach all photography sessions with a light heart and keen eye. Every wedding day is unique, and it stays that way when it unfolds organically (as much as a fully planned wedding can anyway; a little structure and timeline never hurt). I don’t force anything or get pose happy and hold to the belief that a little encouragement and direction go a long way. Emotions are a big part of capturing a wedding and while I work hard for my couple, I am also happy for my couple! Being a photographer means I calm nerves, find tissues, and even shed a few tears myself! The romance and love in a wedding day creates a wonderful whirlwind. I feel fortunate to be part of these milestones and to capture something so special.

    Wedding4 Wedding5Wedding7I have had Depict Photography for over four years and the last twelve months or so have been a huge turning point. I was able to take that big first step when I decided to stay at home with our first child. It was the push that I needed to make Depict what I really wanted and it has been tremendously rewarding. I keep things really interesting by not only shooting weddings and couples but also families, babies, high school seniors, headshots and boudoir. It is an endless opportunity to do something new and different.Wedding6

    I am thankful for this amazing job where I am constantly inspired by my clients, other industry colleagues, and simply driving down the street provides with creative options for a new location for a shoot. I’ve learned a ton about myself, about this amazing industry, about my limits and even learning how far I can actually go. I can only imagine (which I do often) what else this amazing passion has to offer.

    RELATIONSHIP: Basic Invite Partner COMPANY: Depict Photography WEBSITE: SOCIAL: facebookblog

  • Cassie Madden Photography


    Cassie Madden Photography

    I have a passion for imagery and portraiture; I’m romantic about the fact that I get to photograph people the way they are, the way their life is that very day. I’ve always thought of myself as a storyteller, but there is a reason I’m not a novelist. I grew up writing anything and everything, but seemed to lack the patience for a full-blown Harry-Potter-caliber series. I love the way my camera enables me to work quickly and differently. I’m forever grateful to my clients for trusting me to tell their stories in 1/60th of a second.

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    I became a Dallas wedding photographer out of a fascination for encompassing thousands of emotions in a photograph. To me, a wedding isn’t merely two lives and one day: it’s many journeys’ meeting for the celebration of love. Because of this belief, I find it incredibly important to document each and every detail. My most favorite photographs are those that invoke an emotion in the viewer, and call attention to scenes, details, moments that might otherwise have been overlooked.

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    Each of my weddings holds a special place in my heart because of the people and story that come with it. Tom and Charli were married in the city of Laramie, Wyoming, and chose to host their reception at the Historic Railroad Depot. Their venue, like the rest of their wedding, was the perfect representation.

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    Tom, a Polish-born-Canadian-raised man found himself in Laramie attending the University for Grad school when he and Charli met for the first time. Charli, always a Wyoming girl, had recently moved back to the city for work when they met at a get together through mutual friends. Over the course of several years and a few chance meetings, they agreed to meet for drinks and never looked back. You can read their full story here. (Can we link to my post about them on the “here”?)

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    On a beautiful fall day, Charli readied at their home in Laramie; making the experience all the more personal with her mother and sister by her side. Tom, with his best man, awaited Charli’s arrival at the church where they were to be married.

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    Once the vows had been given and the kiss complete, Tom and Charli made their getaway from the church with a sea of bubbles and thrilled family and friends. Charli’s Father helped them into her Grandfather’s Chevy, an old car he had himself refurbished and given to the couple as a wedding gift.

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    Their different geographic upbringings paired with guests whom traveled far and wide to join in celebrating their big day, Tom and Charli used their Railroad Venue, well placed maps, luggage tags, and vintage suitcases to support their theme.

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    It would be hard to pinpoint just one reason why I love what I do. I love witnessing a genuine love story and having the privilege to photograph it. I love the little things. I love the clients who nearly always become good friends. I love it all.


    RELATIONSHIP: Basic Invite Partner COMPANY: Cassie Madden Photography WEBSITE: SOCIAL: facebooktwitterbloginstagram


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