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The Cotton Collective | Launch Day!

I can’t believe The Cotton Collective launch day is here, y’all!  We have dreamt of merging our two businesses for some time now.

Lifestyle and Wedding Photography Together Again!

First of all, we started Michelle Able Photography in 2010 for lifestyle, family, & wedding photography. Because Kellan (the hubby) and Alyssa (the best friend) joined the team and we began doing wedding films, it seemed like it was time for a change.

We created Cotton Weddings in December 2015 and poured our heart and soul into weddings.

Chateau Cocomar Wedding Photographer

I continued to photograph families and businesses over at Michelle Able Photography. But in some way, it became my neglected stepchild.

I loved every minute of it but I never shared all the sweet families –

Beckendorff Farms Photography Owner

– the beautiful seniors –

Houston Senior Photographer

– or the amazing creative businesses that we photographed over the last 2 years.

The School of Styling Creator

Some of our wedding clients didn’t even know we did family photography. Break my heart why don’t you! Watching our Cotton couples grow their family might be the best part!

Now, it’s all about to change! Yay!


The Cotton Collective Launch Giveaway!

To celebrate The Cotton Collective launch of our new website, we decided, what better way to celebrate than giving something back to our sweet friends and clients that have supported us from the beginning?

Everyone loves a good gift but what’s better than one giveaway? FIVE! Each day next week, we will give away a unique, fun gift! 


Monday’s Giveaway: 1-on-1 Instagram Consulting Call with Cake & Confetti

Cake and Confetti Marfa Photographer

If you live in Houston, you probably know Houston’s It Girl of Instagram! Meredith, owner of Cake & Confetti, has taken Houston by storm with her bubbly personality and gorgeous colorful photos! She’s a pink obsessed content creator, a creative cheerleader for the Houston community, and one brilliant stylist if you ask me!

Meredith is not only one of our besties (and pretty much our lifestyle cover girl) but also, she’s our go-to guru for all things Insta-land! Somehow, she seems to know every trick before everyone else.

We’ll be giving away a 1-on-1 consulting call with Cake & Confetti to help answer all your questions and teach you how to grow your business the same way she has!

You can choose the topic – anything from how she built her styling business, how she monetizes her Instagram feed, growth tactics and more. You’ll have a one hour video call via google hangout and once you finish you’ll receive a recap and her top Instagram or styling tips and tricks!

Be sure to check the blog this Monday, July 3rd to enter!


Tuesday’s Giveaway: Florals with F. Dellit Designs

F. Dellit Florals Houston Photographer

Fawn, owner of F. Dellit Designs, might be the sweetest person you’ll ever meet! Seriously she brings a peaceful calm over everyone that surrounds her. It’s no wonder almost all of our Cotton couples book her! She also happens to be one of Houston’s best kept floral secrets.

We’re giving away one floral arrangement or 4 floral crowns with this creative genius!

Whether at your dinner table or for your wedding, she’s sure to impress you with the stunning, organic blooms in her arrangements!  Everyone loves floral crowns adorning your flower girl.  Also, crowns for your bride tribe at your bachelorette party are always a bonus. Plus, working with Fawn is a dream!

Be sure to check the blog this Tuesday, July 4th, to enter!

** Note: Winner must pick up the florals from the F. Dellit Studio in Houston, TX. Gift must be used by Jan 1, 2018. The one floral arrangement can’t be used in combination with another florist for your wedding day. (Trust us, your contracted florist would not be okay with this.)


Wednesday’s Giveaway: 1-on-1 Photography Mentor Session

We love our ever-growing community of photographers here in Houston! One thing we are passionate about is sharing any tips and tricks we can to help others. #communityovercompetition

(photo above by LeZu Photography from a Tuesday’s Together meet-up that we spoke at)

We will be giving away a mentor session with us! You’ll have 4 hours with us to go over any business or photography struggles you might be facing. From shooting in manual to mastering Lightroom, we are completely open books.

Maybe you want to know what it’s really like to add video to your photography business. We will walk you through any aspect of our business that you want to know about.

We’ll do a complete website, Instagram & blog audit and send you on your way with the tools to master your photography business.

Be sure to check the blog this Wednesday, July 5th, to enter!


Thursday’s Giveaway with A Fine Flourish

Houston Calligrapher A fine flourish PHotographer

Jenny (our sweet friend & our new neighbor, yay!) is the owner of A Fine Flourish. As one of Houston’s absolute best custom invitation and calligraphy design studios, this girl has the penmanship of an angel!  What I wouldn’t give to write like this goddess!

We are giving away custom calligraphy of your wedding vows! This will turn your vows into pieces of art, y’all!

If you aren’t engaged or married, you can still enter and receive a $150 credit with A Fine Flourish.

Tune in Thursday, July 6th, to enter!


Friday’s Giveaway: A Lifestyle Photography Session

cake and confetti

Last but not least, we want to give away a Cotton photography session! 

This can be used for anything: family, senior, lifestyle, brand, engagements, bridals, you name it. We just want to serve you!

This will also include all the edited high resolution images to a private online gallery for downloading, printing & sharing.

Be sure to check the blog Friday, July 7th to enter the final giveaway!

Phew!  Well, if you made it this far in the post, I owe you fresh chocolate chip cookies for sure! Thanks for your love & support over the years and for sharing in our excitement with our Cotton Collective launch.

We love you guys with all our hearts!


Michelle, Kellan & Alyssa

  1. Connie Wible says:

    Wow the website is totally awesome and worth all the time and effort you put in it. I love it! Glad you got to launch for all the world to see now!

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