our christmas photo shoot | "black tie texas"

Merry Christmas from Austin! We don't normally post photos of ourselves on the blog, but I wanted to share a special photo session we did with Houston-based wedding photographer Kimberly Chau. Styled Christmas Shoot // Akula Kreative // "Black Tie Texas" // by Kimberly Chau Photography

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The theme :: "Black Tie Texas" formal clothes, boots, and light-hearted hunting props in a pretty outdoor setting

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Andrew wore a traditional black bow tie and suit, and I got to wear the dress from our wedding rehearsal dinner. (Perfect excuse to break it out again, right?)

Of course, I got carried away prepping the props...

I made the banner above with black chalkboard wrapping paper, chalk pens, and painted gold sticks. (It doubled as a Christmas decoration in our house.)

Styled Photo Shoot // "Black Tie Texas" Hunting Theme // Akula Kreative // by Kimberly Chau Photography

I debated whether or not this took things too far, but I still thought it was funny. We found this pop-gun at Cabela's and I decided it needed to be a part of this.

Styled Christmas Shoot // Akula Kreative // "Black Tie Texas" // by Kimberly Chau Photography

For the fox mask, I used a mask form, sheets of felt, and hot glue. What's funny is that you can't see ANYTHING when the mask is on...so I guess it's for the best we didn't use it for Halloween. Andrew cut and sanded a branch to make the slingshot in his pocket. (So handy!)

Merry Christmas from Austin! Huge thanks to Kimberly Chau Photography of Houston, Texas for our fun outdoor session...the light could not have been captured more beautifully!

Ahh, the portraits. Andrew looks quite cute and charming in this one. As for me...well...I'm the most awkward poser ever, but this one is ok because it highlights the gorgeous gold head wreath Chris Ching made for me! I asked her to create something "woodsy yet formal" and she crafted the most beautiful twiggy headband I've ever seen.

Styled Photo Shoot // Akula Kreative // "Black Tie Texas" // by Kimberly Chau Photography

I love this photo because it shows the real "us." I'm laughing at Andrew and Nani is staring at (i.e., stalking) another dog across the park.

Styled Photo Shoot // Akula Kreative // "Black Tie Texas" // by Kimberly Chau Photography

Huge thanks to Kimberly for driving all the way to Austin for our fun outdoor session...the light could not have been captured more beautifully! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and wish you a very Happy New Year!!

-xo-

Akula Kreative

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"What does the fox say?" // DIY Fox Mask

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custom jewelry for a type-obsessed designer

Custom gold ampersand bracelet with rough cut diamonds by Chris Ching Jewelry [pinit]

 

Posting something fun today... If you've read this blog or checked out our portfolio, the name Chris Ching might ring a bell. Chris is a jewelry designer based in San Diego who makes lovely, one-of-a-kind pieces with gold and glittery stones. When I requested an ampersand bracelet, this arrived a few weeks later! It's so delicate and it fits my little wrist perfectly. I love it.

To see more (or to request a custom piece of your own), go to chrischingjewelry.com.