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Rachel & Mark's Fairytale Wedding

These two are a complete fairytale! Their wedding was absolutely stunning from every little detail to the ties to each's heritage and culture. These two pulled out all the stops. The groom is from Scotland and the bride is of Mexican decent and they wanted to ensure that they fused everything so perfectly. A piper to start the day and I hear the groom's family say, "it sounds just like home." How lovely. A short and sweet ceremony, filled with nothing but HUGE smiles from the bride & groom to the sounds of mariachis entertaining the guests between courses of dinner to a reception filled with dancing. Their fairytale was complete magic. lezuphotography.2017_0604

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Gilded & Glamour

The moment you've all been waiting for! The shoot I did in partner with Modern Luxury Weddings, EnVogue Events & Hayley Paige. Gilded & Glamour Wedding Show, November 30th.

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More contributing partners:

Venue: The Astorian Boutique: Now & Forever Bridal Boutique Hair & Makeup: Studio A Salon Video: Ama by Aisha Khan Models: Neil Hamil Agency

Let's get foxy!

Ladies!!!!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner & I have the perfect gift for you to give your man!!! Jaw-dropping photos that he'll cherish forever!!!

What woman doesn't want to feel sexy & watch her man droll over photos that show a little more. I can promise you one thing, neither of you will be unsatisfied. ;)

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FAQ's
Will anyone ever see these photos?
-Nope photos will stay completely private, unless you wish to share them yourself. 
Where do the photos take place?
-ANYWHERE!! Its all up to you! But I do have a private studio to take pictures in.
Can I host a party?
-Heck yes you can!! Its always awesome to get a group of gals together, gab about our men & get some sexy pictures while you're at it!
Im not confident in my body, I really don't want to show to much.
-Shut the front door! You're beautiful! God made curves, embrace them!! I do! 
What do I wear?
-Whatever you want! Anything goes-sexy lingerie, comfy sweater, mans button down, favorites jersey, nothing at all! Its all your call!
Where do I book my session?
-EPPPP!!! Go to the contact page && fill it out!! I'll be on the other end waiting!! :D
 LET'S DO THIS!!!!
Mohanad & Wafa - Henna

Okay so funny story this one. This is my soon-to-be brother-in-law & his beautiful (now) wife!!! Its been a while since I've blogged so that why you see the Christmas decorations. Any who, my now fiancé (then friend) called me up saying they needed a photographer for one of his brother's pre-wedding parties. I never say no to a good party!

Arabic weddings are one big party, with a bunch of parties leading up to the big day. This party was the henna party & my new family definitely knows how to throw a party because I had a blast!! :)

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This is my then friend, now fiancé ;) & I at the end of the night. I'll be posting our story in a couple of days so be on the lookout. :)

 

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Three Nails Workshop ~ Alice in Wonderland

Two weeks ago today, I was wrapping up the last day of the Three Nails Photography workshop. I can't put into words how amazing the experience was and how invigorating it was to learn from so many talented people, especially Hunter. Hunter is one of my biggest inspirations and I LOVE his work, being able to learn from him was truly amazing. I met so many talented photographers at this workshop and we all instantly clicked which was wonderful! I hope I get to work with them all again during my journey as a photographer, until then Im going to work my butt off fulfilling my dream and ever lasting desire to be a world class photographer.

Here are some sneak peeks at the various shoots that we did.

Engagement session:

Bridal Session:

Best Man & Maid of honor from the wedding portion:

This workshop would not have happened without: Hunter Leone of Three Nails Photography with his creative vision & direction. Makeup artist, Meka with Meka with Motives without her talented hands everyone would look plain & blah. Kirstie Kelly Collections for the amazing wedding dresses. Untamed Petals for their gorgeous headpieces. Pursing Eden for the set design and props that adorned our table. Rampage Farms in Hooks, TX, for hosting & allowing us to use their stunning property.

Jihan & Rafe's Wedding ~ Houston Wedding Photographer ~ Le Zu Photography

This beautiful couple tied the knot a little over a month ago and I have to say I was very honored to have photograph their wedding. It was so sweet and special! Jihan & I became great friends throughout the time of talking about her wedding and awaiting her big day! I even photographed her Mehndi (Henna Party). Even though this post is short & sweet, it was definitely one of the most special weddings I have have the privilege of photographing.

We started out the day by having their traditional Islamic Ceremony followed by the wedding in the evening. For those of you that don't know much about Islamic Ceremonies, I'll explain as we go. :)

In the SouthEast Asian Culture, women adorned their hands and feet with henna which substituted as gold. It is said the darker the henna, the more blessed your marriage is. If you've ever had henna done you know how messy it gets, so you can only imagine how long you'd have to leave it on for it to be super dark. 

During the ceremony, the men & women are separated. The head Sheikh (Imann) does all of the talking, with a sermon followed by a couple of questions for the groom and the bride's father. The groom has to ask permission right then and there in-front of everyone for the bride's hand in marriage and with the father's blessing they two are wed. 

And now onto the wedding portion...

In order for the groom to enter the hall, he has to "pay a toll". He has a "financial advisor" negotiating his way into the hall. He has to agree to pay a certain amount of money for the bride and once the bride's family agrees, he's in! This was so fun to watch! 

 

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Thank you so much for choosing me to photograph your special day! I wish you two a blessed marriage filled with love, prosperity and an abundance of happiness!!

Photographer: Layla Hillail, Le Zu Photography

Venue: Hilton SouthWest

Hijab: Hijab Couture

My home away from home ~ Studio, Le Zu Photography

For quite some time now all I've been wanting to do is open a studio; a place where I can meet clients, a place to for me to be able to do certain type of shoots and a place to call my own. Reality finally set in a couple of months ago when I found the perfect little spot. You may or may not know, I grew up in the Martial Arts industry and until I started doing photography that was all I knew. My parents opened up their first Martial Arts facility in the Clear Lake area 19 years ago this June and it was mine & my brother's home away from home. As the years went on we opened up two more facilities and our main location in Clear Lake grew, we added more buildings and are still expanding. With our expansion, a few years ago, my parents built a nice size office in the back of our main facility and it wasn't really used much. I finally got the courage to ask if I could move in and without hesitation they both said yes. It was definitely something that I had been waiting a long time to do so I was beyond excited that my dream was actually coming true. I started planning it out in my head back in December and all I had to do was wait for the current tenant to move out completely and I could move in. Once April hit I was ready. I moved in and it became my new home away from home. The best part about it is that I grew up on the grounds where my studio is located so I couldn't be happier about my location. Its definitely my little slice of heaven.

I am beyond blessed that I was able to open up my studio and now have a place to do the things I have envisioned for this next step for my company. I hope you enjoy the tour, in photos, of my studio. You'll definitely need to come visit in person though!

Enjoy!!

Studio hours are by appointment only, if you'd like to come have a private tour don't hesitate to ask! :)

3 years! ~ Le Zu Photography

Hello beautiful people!!!

So with last weeks exciting news, I have some more amazing news to share!!!

Le Zu Photography is celebrating 3 years in business!! Wow!! I can't believe how fast the time has gone and how blessed I have been! I have had some amazing clients over the past 3 years and I couldn't be more grateful for all of the opportunities that have come my way! I want to thank everyone who has helped to make my dreams come true and to everyone whose life I been so fortunate to be apart of to capture memories for many years to come! I absolutely, positively LOVE EACH & EVERY ONE OF MY CLIENTS!! You guys are utterly amazing and I wouldn't be where I am today without you!

In addition to Le Zu turning 3 years old I have decided to do a 2 month special for all of you!! Now just because it's running for 2 months, doesn't mean you need to wait until the last day to book your session. Trust me, my schedule books up extremely fast and I wouldn't want you to miss any opportunity!

For all of you lovely people, I am offering an amazing deal! $300 off any wedding package that I offer AS WELL AS 30% off any event or session package!! HURRY!! DON'T WAIT!! BOOK YOUR SESSION BEFORE TIME & SPACES RUN OUT!!! If you have any questions, feel free to email me at lezuphotography@yahoo.com.

Much love!!! xo Layla

Year in review ~ Le Zu Photography

WOW, what a year!!! I don't even know where to start!! I want to first say that I have been truly blessed this year, my business has grown so much and is still growing! I have been so very grateful for all of the amazing clients I have had over the past year and no session was ever the same. I was exposed to so many different clients and I have been so happy for each and every opportunity that came my way. This year was a very trying year for me and I am happy to say that I pulled through and came out even stronger than before. It has been a lot of trial and error and finding out what works and what doesn't definitely takes time and I think Im happy to say that even though Im still very much learning a lot I think I have finally found what works for me and my company.

I hope to continue to grow my company more and more each day and be blessed and honored to photograph more beautiful faces along the way! I can't wait to see what 2013 brings and hoping that it brings everyone health, happiness and prosperity!! It has truly been an honor to work with all of the amazing people I worked with over the past year. I started off last year with a 50th wedding anniversary for one of the sweetest couples I have ever met and I will be ending it today with a family session! Below are just some of the sessions I shot over the year, if I put all of them up you guys would be here too long. ;) I definitely grew a lot as an artist and can't wait to grow even more!

I will be starting off 2013 with some personal projects and a wedding!!! Im super excited and can't wait! Im ready to share with you all the next chapter in my life as well as in the people that I meet along the way.

I hope you all have an amazing New Year and live each and everyday as it was meant to be lived, to the fullest!

I want to leave you all with this: Smile every where you go, laugh when unnecessary, cry when needed, hug a little harder even if its too tight, kiss those whom you love longer and just be YOU! The world needs more people like the one you are. Happy New Year Everyone!! xo~Layla

Bridal Session with Image Lifestyle ~ Le Zu Photography, Houston, TX ~

I have to say this was one of my favorite sessions, the light was perfect, the models were gorgeous and the girls with Image Lifestyle are fabulous!!! I want to thank the ladies with Image Lifestyle for choosing me to help build their portfolio! I had such a great time working with you ladies!!!

Enjoy these gorgeous faces!! xoxo~Layla

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Cha-cha-cha-changes!!!!!! ~ Le Zu Photography, Houston Lifestyle & Fashion Photographer ~

Hello beautiful people!!

Its been way too long since I've written a blog for you guys. Fair warning...its going to be a little long. :)

Now I know I've been a little MIA lately and just been teasing with photos here & there but I promise that's all about to change! Im going back to blogging and  sharing all of the goodness that is Le Zu Photography! So expect to see a lot more blog posts from me in the near future!

I am also adding a few things to my company! Im super excited about the new additions!

Biggest news is..... I am adding CUSTOM PHOTO BOOTHS!!! That's right! You can now book me for any upcoming event you may be having, put yourself in front of my camera & act a complete fool with feather boas, extra large sunglass and tiny hats and not be made fun of because everyone is going to be doing it! Go spread the word, gather some friends, throw a party & book a photo booth with me! I promise you wont regret it! :)

Secondly, I am going to be doing a lot more fashion/editorial shoots! I am really excited about this one! If you don't already know I have an extreme amount of passion for fashion photography. I live and breathe it more than most people know, I have an addiction for fashion magazines...its pretty bad. It has always been a dream of mine to have my photos featured in a magazine, you'll see one day I'll be posting about it. I love doing different collaborations and expanding my portfolio, if only there were enough hours in the day to photograph gorgeous faces. If anyone wants to get behind my camera & be a model for me let me know, I am pouring with ideas right now!

Now that the holidays are coming up its time to start booking holiday portraits! I am going to start opening up more days to do sessions. Right now, due to my full-time job, I only shoot on the weekends. That's all changing, I am now opening up a few days a week for sessions along with shooting on the weekends. :) This time of the year is one of my favorites to do shoots because it has the most amazing light and the weather is often pretty nice outside so no one gets all sweaty and sticky from the wonderful Houston heat. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT WHILE IT LASTS!!

There are going to be a few more additions and subtractions along the way, but everything is for the better. Owning a business is pretty tough, its a constant learning process and I have to say I have learned so much in the last two years with running my company. I'm still learning what works & what doesn't and how things could be improved. It has been such a dream to capture the moments I have and I can't wait to capture so many more. I have a lot of goals for my company and I am hoping to share them with you all soon! I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch!

I do have to thank all of the secret lovers of my work out there. I am constantly receiving praises of my work when I see people face-to-face and I absolutely love it!!! Now if only the secret lovers would share my work, I'd be even more grateful!! Hint, hint..when you "Like" something on Facebook it shows up in the news feed & ticker, so when people go to stalk you they'll see you stalking my work and then they'll go stalk my work...its a never ending vicious cycle that rocks!! So don't be shy share & hit the "Like" button, I promise the people in the picture will love it as well! ;)

I think that's enough ranting for one blog....more to come soon I promise! And, just to give you a sneak peek a what's coming here's a few images from the past few months that will be hitting the blog very soon!

For now- bear hugs, smiles & best wishes!! Until next time! :)

xo~Layla