& if i have a faith that can move

but do not have

i am

mountains

love,

nothing

1 Corinthians 13:2

We are two best friends dreaming big, laughing even bigger and working along side each other to serve sweet families, high school seniors, and brands we love! At the end of the day, we believe love is the only thing that truly matters.



As photographers that love the Lord, we love because He loved us first. We know the way you love and how you make people feel is truly the greatest legacy you can leave behind. 

Creating fun, lifestyle photos for you, your family or your brand is so important to us, but creating a community of clients who also have a heart for serving others is a blessing beyond measure! A portion of our Cotton profits go toward Memorial Assistance Ministries, an amazing local organization that helps families in need. By hosting an annual party and clothing drive every January, we're able to celebrate all of our wonderful Cotton clients while collecting clothing for MAM’s resale shop. This is a tradition that we look forward to every year and gives so much more meaning to the name Cotton.  
 


our mission

"From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked."

Luke 12:48

Love is our legacy

best friends & boss babes

meet michelle

meet alyssa

People ask us all the time how it is working with your best friend and to tell you the truth, I couldn't do it any other way.  

We've been connected at the hip since high school so it's a dream come true getting to spend our days together!

Pronounced uh-lee-suh, but don't worry, you're not the first to get it wrong! I’m a Houston native who’s always had a pretty serious case of wanderlust. That sense of adventure led me to Colorado for a few years where I fell in love with the mountains, the crisp, bright air, and snowboarding, of course. Eventually, I discovered that my friends and family back home had my heart and Texas was where I wanted to be!

When I’m not busy in the Cotton office, I’m usually having a Harry Potter or (insert HBO show here) marathon whilst drinking craft beer or cold brew and dreaming up my next travel adventure. In all seriousness, it is a huge blessing to work on this team with my inspiring best friend and her husband doing something so beautiful and meaningful. Plus, I get a front row seat to watch these two lovebirds (or Michellan as I call them) do this crazy thing called newlywed life!

alyssa

right hand woman

my absolute faves are ...

Hi lovebirds! I’m a pie-making, Texas gal with a little avocado, salad loving, California heart. I’ve spent about half my life between both states. After graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, I never knew this is what my life would hold.

I’m guess you’d say I’m the creator of the little Cotton poof. But in reality, I know none of it would be possible without 1. My sweetheart of a hubby who is my greatest encourager and incredible business coach and, of course, 2. My bestie, Alyssa, my right hand gal pal of 15+ years. I like to call her my Siri since she seems to know everything! I couldn't have dreamt up a sweeter scenario working alongside my two favorite humans encouraging and loving our clients. 

Once we become friends, you should know, I'm in it for the long haul. Nothing is more important to me than my relationships. I live for Sundays, flipping on our trampoline, snuggles with our pup Elli, Thanksgiving (my perfect excuse to make a ridiculous amount of pies) with our family and dinner dates with our best friends! 

michelle

cookie making machine

my absolute faves are ...

i love ...

destinations

and all things travel

I haven't been everywhere yet, but it's on my list! I have wanderlust in every sense of the word!

Up next, England, Scotland, Barcelona, Budapest and finally, southern France! Check out all our destination sessions and weddings!

Are you an adventurer too? Want to collaborate on a fun photo shoot in a unique and gorgeous place? #willworkfordestination! I'd love to chat about it! 

Send us a note on our contact page or at hello@thecottoncollective.com


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Hi lovebirds! I’m a pie-making, Texas gal with a little avocado, salad loving, California heart. I’ve spent about half my life between both states. After graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, I never knew this is what my life would hold.

I guess you’d say I’m the creator of this little Cotton poof. But in reality, I know none of it would be possible without 1. My sweetheart of a hubby who is my greatest encourager, CFO & incredible business coach and, of course, 2. My bestie, Alyssa, my right hand gal pal of 15+ years. I like to call her my Siri since she seems to know everything! I couldn't have dreamt up a sweeter scenario working alongside my two favorite humans encouraging and loving our clients. 

Once we become friends, you should know, I'm in it for the long haul. Nothing is more important to me than my relationships. I live for Sundays, flipping on our trampoline, snuggles with our pup Elli, Thanksgiving (the perfect excuse to make a ridiculous amount of pies) with our family and dinner dates with our best friends! 

michelle

BOSS BABE

meet alyssa

snuggling with the hubby
(and pup!)

When Kellan comes through the door, I pretty much transform into a koala. I bet he'd say he's a bit over snuggled but to me, he is the best part of my day! 

Baking is my love language! Seriously, it's becoming one of my great loves. I'm on a mission to create the recipe for the world's best sugar cookie!

Any excuse to bake for
people I love 

Sometimes all we have to do is look at each other and we burst into laughing fits! I guess that's what 15+ years of friendship will do for you.

The daily laughing fits in the office with my bestie

my loves

I’m a Houston native who’s always had a pretty serious case of wanderlust. That sense of adventure led me to Colorado for a few years where I fell in love with the mountains, the crisp, bright air, and snowboarding, of course. Eventually, I discovered that my friends and family back home had my heart and Texas was where I wanted to be! Who can resist working alongside your best babe everyday and photographing couples on the happiest days of their lives!

When I’m not busy in the Cotton office, I’m usually having a Harry Potter or (insert HBO show here) marathon whilst drinking craft beer and dreaming up my next travel adventure.

Most of all, it is a huge blessing to work on this team with my inspiring best friend and her husband doing something so beautiful and meaningful. Plus, I get a front row seat to watch these two lovebirds (or Michellan as I call them) do this crazy thing called newlywed life!

alyssa

right hand woman

doing anything creative

I find such joy and delight in creation. Learning is always really exciting for me (woodworking is next on the list!) and one of my favorite pastimes is to paint with one of my best friends, Caroline!

my loves

I haven't been everywhere yet, but it's on my list! Up next, England, Scotland, Barcelona, Budapest and finally, southern France! Check out all our destination sessions and weddings!

meet michelle

i love ... 

destination & anything travel

Photographing people is always fun, but sit me down with a box of pretty little details and I'll be happy for ... well, it'll be a long time!

details, details, details!!!

enough about us!

our clients

One thing's for sure, every one of our Cotton clients have hearts of gold! They win our hearts over and become part of our Cotton family immediately. They are passionate, whether with their family or in their business, and have a heart for loving others well. Click through to see what our clients love.

you'll fit right in the cotton family if you love ...

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Our Cotton moms-to-be prayed for their little one long before he or she came along.

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little bebes

Snuggling their darling babe and soaking in that sweet new baby smell.

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Cotton families live for Saturday morning cartoons, homemade biscuits and snuggles on the couch.

OUR COTTON FAMILY LOVES

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senior-itis

Our happy & kind-hearted seniors can't wait to graduate and conquer the world! 

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slobber monster

To treat their fur babies as actual babies because they're a part of the family too!

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Entrepreneurship

Putting their heart and soul into every aspect of their business, aka their baby!

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weekend getaways

Little surprises, family vacations and weekend getaways to escape life's hustle and bustle.

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small business

They love lifting each other up with a #communityovercompetition mindset! 

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Totally ready to be a part our Cotton family? Perfect! We can't wait to hear about you, your family, or your business. Tell us everything!  We can't wait to serve you! 

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