So... whatcha need? - An engagement session? Bridal session? Photos of your family? Baby bump? Newborn? Are you about to graduate? Did you just get a new puppy? Whatever reason you can think of to take some awesome photos, we've got you covered!
Real moments, real laughs, and real feels... one colorful frame at a time.
We've got your back (and your good side too)
A few things you can stop worrying about: 1.) These photos are great, but my family could never look like this. Actually, they can. And they will! 2.) We have nothing to wear. No worries! We'll provide styling tips for every family member. 3.) We can’t do this. Big breath. We’ll show you exactly how… hand-holding is always included.
Keepin' it real (because realness > perfection)
Our goal is always to get a few "picture perfect" shots of your family, but we also want to capture this exact time in your lives. You know that snooty face your daughter makes when she's pouting? We wanna get that. Or the way your son holds your pinky instead of your whole hand? We'll get that too. And we definitely wanna capture the belly laughs when your husband tells his terrrrible dad jokes... Realness is greater than perfection (and it's way more fun too!)
The best of both worlds (fun... and traditional enough)
We know when to step back and let the magic happen, but also when to give direction to keep things running smoothly. Your gallery will be filled with real, candid moments (and perfectly-posed ones too.) Get ready for a fun photo experience with a little bit of posing and a whole lot of PLAY!
Everyone is photogenic (yes, even you!)
Being in front of the camera can be awkward. You know it, and we know it. (Glad we got that out of the way.) No worries! We know exactly what to do to help you relax so that your real self, your silly self, can peek out from behind the nerves. We are expert goofy-face-makers, kid-calmer-downers, and funny-joke-tellers.
Mini Portrait Session
• 20 minutes, 1 outfit • Easily shareable online gallery with 10 images • Digital download of all photos (edited, ready-to-print, in color and black+white)
Please note: Mini session dates/times/places are pre-determined and spots are limited. Please contact us for info about current mini session dates or to join the waiting list.
Sweet & Simple:
• 1 hour, 1 outfit • Easily shareable online gallery with 40 images • Pre-session consultation with location and wardrobe guidance • Digital download of all photos (edited, ready-to-print, in color and black+white)
All the Feels:
• 1.5 hours, 1-3 outfits • Easily shareable online gallery with 60 images • Pre-session consultation with location and wardrobe guidance • Digital download of all photos (edited, ready-to-print, in color and black+white) • $150 print credit
(Our most popular package!)$875
• 2 hours, unlimited outfits • Easily shareable online gallery with 100+ images • Pre-session consultation with location and wardrobe guidance • Digital download of all photos (edited, ready-to-print, in color and black+white) • $250 print credit
Included in all collections:
Online proofing + ordering gallery All portrait collections include an online photo gallery where you can view, share, and download your images. Wanna make your own prints or post your faves on Insta? Go for it! Print 'em, email 'em, tag 'em! Spread some photo love! Bonus: You'll receive all images in color and black+white! BOOM!
Good-side finding & double-chin hiding Finding your "good side" is kind of our thing. And that imperfection you're worried about? We will work our posing magic to make it disappear!
Unlimited hand-holding Not sure where to go or what to wear? Kaylinn (our Studio Manager) will be there, helping you every step of the way. From the wardrobe to the location, we’ve she’s got you covered! Highly scientific research shows that cases of photo session overwhelmed-ness are greatly reduced simply by working with her. Think of her as your personal photography concierge!
Portrait a-la-carte options (click to view) *A-la-carte items can be added to any collection
Additional People : $30/ea. • Our portrait collections include up to 4 people. Wanna bring more friends or family members? The more, the merrier! Additional people can be added for $30/person.
VIP Photo Turn-Around : $75 • Jump the queue! We’ll edit your images and deliver your final gallery within 3-4 business days!
Keepsake Books *Pricing includes 20 pages • 7x7 Coffee Table Book : $275 • 12x12 Coffee Table Book : $375
After BTL photographed our wedding 7 years ago, we knew they would be our photographers for life. It is now a tradition — 2 months before our daughter's birthday, BTL takes our photos, and we use them in her birthday invites. Our walls are now covered with beautiful photos, and we've become great friends with the BTL team!
Carolyn Phelt & family
Word on the street
We absolutely adore Bend the Light! They gave our engagement photos every ounce of their attention. They have a gift for working through every detail as you are planning the session, and they are beyond talented on the day of. My friends keep commenting on how the photos look like they should be in a magazine. I couldn’t agree more!
Alana & Shannon
Word on the street
We LOVE Bend The Light. We've used them 3 times and are always amazed at how beautiful the pictures turn out. They are able to capture an instant in time so perfectly. This is particularly impressive given that we have a very active two-year old son! Their professionalism, communication, and overall product is top-notch. FIVE STARS!
Jan Lee & family
Word on the street
I was IMMEDIATELY comfortable with the girls from Bend the Light, which was huge because Che and I are NOT comfortable in front of the camera. They made our session fun and easy. Most importantly, they made us look our best! One session with BTL, and they'll become your go-to photographers for life.
Melissa & Che
Word on the street
There is no one I trust more with our memories. They have captured all of our big "life moments,” (including our wedding in 2011). On top of being extremely talented, these ladies are kind, professional, and fun. And as soon as you meet them, you feel at ease. I feel so lucky to have stumbled across their website all those years ago.
Lauren Green & family
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We are lifestyle photographers, which means we photograph couples and families at all stages of life. Engagements, bridals, families, maternity, newborns, seniors, and just-because-you’re-awesome sessions… you name it!
If you have an out-of-the-box project or idea, you’re in the right place. Believe it or not, we have photographed giraffes, airplanes, Storm-Troopers… the list goes on. We’ve also worked with the team at Kens 5 Eyewitness News, the Great Day SA Morning Show, and other high-profile clients. Send us a message and tell us about your project… we can’t wait to brainstorm with you!
Where are you located?
We are based in San Antonio, Texas and shoot most portrait sessions in/around the San Antonio area. We’re also down to travel to the hill country or a neighboring city for your session! Shoot us a message and we’ll send our travel rates!
WE'RE HAVING A DESTINATION WEDDING OUTSIDE OF TEXAS... CAN WE STILL BOOK YOU FOR AN ENGAGEMENT OR BRIDAL SESSION?
Yes, of course! We would love to shoot your engagement or bridal photos here in San Antonio (no matter where you are getting married.) Let’s do this!
WHERE CAN I SEE MORE OF YOUR WORK?
If you’ve already browsed our portrait galleries, our blog should be your next stop! You’ll be able to view recent portrait sessions, read helpful tips for clients, and even peek into our daily lives. We update often… so be sure to bookmark the blog, stay up-to-date, and don’t forget to say hello!
I'M NOT "PHOTOGENIC" AND I'M NERVOUS ABOUT BEING PHOTOGRAPHED. CAN YOU HELP ME?
Yes, of course! Having your photo taken is nerve-racking… we know! Maybe your keto diet hasn’t gone as planned (or is that just us?), or you’re not a fan of your recent haircut, and that’s got you a little freaked out about this whole taking-photos thing. After all, you wanna look super cute in your photos but you aren’t sure what to wear or (worse) you’re worried the photographer will pose you in a way that highlights your insert flaw here. (Double chin, anyone?!)
We’ve been there. And we’ve got your back.
We’ve been at this for over a decade. In that time, we’ve developed a natural/relaxed shooting style that ensures you will look comfortable —and cute— in your photos. We will coach your poses to minimize the flaws you want to hide. We’ll tell silly little jokes and keep the conversation moving to help you relax. By the time we’re finished, you’ll be an old pro (and we promise, you will LOVE your images!)
I WANT MY PHOTOS TO BE 100% AMAZING! CAN YOU GIVE ME SOME TIPS?
We sure can! Our blog is packed with helpful info for clients. Here are some of our favorite posts to get you started:
If you already have a location in mind, that’s awesome! We love shooting in new places! If you’re stumped on the location, that’s ok too. We know lots of great spots and will be glad to make suggestions.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO SCHEDULE A MATERNITY SESSION?
We typically shoot maternity sessions when mama is 30-35 weeks along. Around that time, moms-to-be have an adorable baby bump, but aren’t so far along that they are uncomfortable. Contact us early on in your pregnancy to get first dibs on available dates!
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO SCHEDULE A NEWBORN SESSION?
We recommend taking newborn photos within 4 weeks of your baby’s birth. It’s best to book several weeks before your baby arrives so that we can leave space on our calendar for the session. If at all possible, we ask that you let us know your baby is here within 3 days of delivery. This will help to ensure that we’ll be able to photograph your baby during the ideal 30-day window. We can’t WAIT to meet your sweet new addition!
ARE MY KIDS TOO YOUNG FOR THIS? THEY WON'T SIT STILL!
We have yet to come across a child that will! We have kids of our own, so we understand that kids will be kids (and that’s A-OK!) During your session, we will encourage you and your kids to move around, play, and interact. It will feel more like a play date than a photo session. Just plan to go with the flow and your session will be awesome! Your kid’s quirks will shine through, which will make your session uniquely you.
WHAT CAN WE DO WITH THE DIGITAL FILES THAT ARE INCLUDED IN OUR COLLECTION?
Prrrretty much anything! Wanna have prints made? Share on social media? Send out a photo Christmas card? …yes, yes, and yes! Go ahead… Print them, post them, tag them! Spread some photo love!
BTW… If you’d like to order prints through us, you can do that too. We use an awesome professional lab that produces AMAZING prints that can be ordered directly through your online photo gallery.
WILL OUR PHOTOS BE EDITED?
Yes! All of your photos will be edited, color corrected, and ready to print.
Bonus: You’ll receive all images in color and black+white. BAM!
I still have questions!
We’d love to hear from you! So send us a message and drop those questions like they’re hot! Then, head over to our blog to get to know us better, view our recent work, and read through helpful tips for clients.