Archive for October, 2009

Spotlight :: Delysia Chocolatier

October 28th, 2009  |  Posted in vendor spotlight

I recently had the privilege of combining two of my loves, photography and chocolate. Last week I got to spend some time in the kitchen with the lovely and talented Nicole, owner and chief chocolate maker at Delysia Chocolatier.

Nicole says it all on the Delysia website:
Every occasion and every day should be exceptional. Whether it is a girls’ day out, a family gathering or your big moment, there is always a reason for chocolate. It is not just about the chocolate. It is about the way you feel, how you bring friends and family together, and the memories you create.

I couldn’t agree more! Nicole’s gorgeous handmade truffles are simply divine. A box of Delysia chocolates would make the perfect wedding favor, holiday gift or special treat for your favorite photographer. Place your holiday orders now!!

I’ll have a lot more to share with you in the near future. Until then, here’s a little tease.

You won’t find any mass production at Delysia. Every truffle is handmade by Nicole.

Custom designed chocolates. Yum! Yum!

A beautiful box of goodness.


Vacation :: U2 Mini Tour

October 20th, 2009  |  Posted in personal

Despite his day job in the corporate world, my husband Rick’s passion is music and it’s a love we share. You might recall we made a trek to Cincinnati last winter to see one of our favorite bands, Over the Rhine. Last week, along with some friends, we indulged in a mini U2 tour, seeing the band in concert on Monday in Dallas and in Houston on Wednesday.

Rick has a funny story about his first U2 concert. It was the long awaited teenage rite-of-passage, his first live concert and his friend’s brother was taking him and his friend to see the J. Geils Band. They arrived late and only caught the last couple songs of the opening act – the Irish foursome, U2. He was hooked and I think he’s seen every tour since!

The concerts were simply awesome. In Dallas we had special tickets and got rail side floor spots, without the all-day wait in line. In my opinion, Houston was a better show. You could tell they were having a lot of fun and just jamming on stage which made for a really cool show.

Take a peek at some photos I snapped.


Rick and me before the Dallas show. I won’t show the Houston before photos. We look a little scary after waiting all day in the sun.

Houston. I include this because of all the media photographers shooting Bono. I was able to shoot the whole show and still party while they only got a couple songs and then were kicked out. I love relaxed camera restrictions!

The Edge in Houston. If you like music or storytelling you must see It Might Get Loud – a great documentary featuring The Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White.

Adam Clayton in Houston.

Houston. I loved the Second encore when Bono came out in a LED jacket and swung around on a microphone hanging from the center of the stage. Oh how I was longing for my long lens!

Until next Tour!


Featured on the A Regal Affair blog

October 14th, 2009  |  Posted in vendor spotlight

When I first met Jennifer Jasiczek with A Regal Affair I knew (hoped!) it would be the beginning of a long friendship. Not only does Jennifer produce stunning events, from intimate destination weddings to spectacular over-the-top Texas affairs, but she is just plain funny and fun to be around. I was thrilled when she asked to feature us on her blog. Thanks Jen!

Texas Wedding Photography – Wendi Poole

Today’s Texas Wedding Photographer feature is of Wendi Poole of Thompson Poole Photography. The talent in Texas is amazing. Wendi considers Austin and San Antonio her wedding home base, but recently has expanded into the Houston market. Be sure and visit the Thompson Poole website and blog

You can reach Thompson Poole by calling
Denise Cornell, Owner / Client Relations 512.484.1523
Wendi Poole, Owner / Photographer
Follow them on twitter:
@thompsonpoole (Denise)
@wendipoole (Wendi)
Email: denise {at} thompsonpoole {dot} com

I love your company name, Thompson Poole, how did it come to be?
Thompson is my maiden name and Poole is my married name.

I know this is cliche, but how would you describe your style?
Storytelling. I am a working photojournalist and I photograph weddings like I do any other editorial assignment; I tell the story of the event.

What is your favorite aspect of the job?
Meeting people and watching families come together. I love knowing that the photos I take have meaning and will be cherished and shared for generations to come.

How many people shoot for Thompson Poole?
I am always the lead photographer. We also have a pool of working photojournalists that we use as second shooters.

What is the starting investment for a wedding?
Wedding coverage starts at $4500

Favorite part of the wedding day?
Oh, this is hard. I love it when the bride and groom first see each other. I also like it when the couple leaves the reception and everyone is saying goodbye. And, Dad’s first dance with the bride is always awesome; the way he looks at his daughter is priceless. I could go on and on.

Greatest length to get the perfect shot?
I’ve been in cherry pickers, waist deep in water and even in the operating room for an open heart surgery — but not at weddings! For weddings I’ll climb, crawl and squeeze into weird places to get that perfect shot…but usually without anyone, especially the bride and groom, seeing or hearing a thing. I love it when a bride declares, ‘How did you get that shot? I didn’t even know you were there!’

Anything else we should know about Thompson Poole?
I like sweets and baked goods and if you get me talking about food you might regret it.
Jennifer says: I hear you are quite the baker, I accept baked goods any day of the week.

Childhood Ambition?
I grew up in Pensacola, FL, home of the amazing Blue Angels. So first I wanted to be a Navy pilot then an astronaut, but getting eye glasses in high school dashed any hopes of being a military pilot. I then turned my focus to journalism and soon learned that I write like I talk — ramble, ramble, using a thousand words to describe a moment that could have been captured in just a few. At the urging of my photographer father I picked up a camera and discovered I could capture those same moments in a heartbeat — in my pictures. I knew immediately I had found my calling and off to Photojournalism school I went. As they say, the rest is history.

Dream Vacation? I love to travel and explore new places. Some of my top destinations are: England, repeat my honeymoon trip to Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the Bahamas.

Favorite animal at the zoo? I LOVE Penguins!

Can’t live without? God, candy, my Husband

Hidden talent? I am a mean pinball player. I bet I could take on Tommy.

Best compliment ever received? This note to one of our brides from her brother made me blush. “THOSE ARE THE BEST WEDDING PICTURES I’VE EVER SEEN!!!! Do you know if Thompson Poole has a time machine so I can have them do my wedding five years ago???”

If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be? Let’s see, a doctor, a pilot, a pastry chef. I think that covers it for this week. Check back next week for an update.

Describe your perfect day? Any day I can smile when I wake up and when I go to sleep. It also helps if chocolate and cake are involved.

Contact A Regal Affair for your wedding and event planning needs.
Jennifer Jasiczek
boutique {at} regalaffair {dot} com


Capturing the Moment :: Texas Wedding Photographer

October 5th, 2009  |  Posted in weddings

Sometimes the moment is best told in more than one photo. The photojournalist in me loves it when our brides choose to do a framed series like the ones below.


Fun Food Friday :: Bohanan’s Prime Steaks & Seafood

October 2nd, 2009  |  Posted in fun food friday, published work

Steak. It’s what’s for dinner! I had the pleasure to photograph Bohanan’s in San Antonio for San Antonio Magazine. There are exciting new things in store for Bohanan’s and this month should usher in the opening of their new bar located below the restaurant along Houston Street. The bar is modeled after the great cocktail bars of New York City and will the first of its kind in San Antonio. There will also be a special bar menu that makes me hungry just thinking about it.

Left to right: Clover Club Cocktail: gin, lemon juice, egg white, sugar, raspberry syrup; Bohanan’s Signature Cocktail: mescal laced glass, Pernod, sugar, Peychauds bitters in an orange zested glass with an orange twist; Pisco Sour: egg white, fresh lime juice, Pisco Brandy and sugar.

Seared Tuna

Seared Hudson Valley foie gras with braised duck and a cherry brandy sauce.

And then there is steak. Chef Mark Bohanan insisted that I needed to see the raw steak to understand the quality of the meat. So I thought I’d show you both raw and cooked. This is a 16 oz Allen Brothers bone-in filet mignon. Pretty cool to see them side by side.

Don’t forget to check-out the new bar opening soon and you might just see me there sipping something delish.