about us

we hope you'll join the family

Since 2008, Mustard Seed Photography has been creating authentic, organic images full of life and natural beauty. Our passion is to capture the laughter, embraces, tears, and little moments occurring throughout your wedding day - we strive to create photographs that reflect the beauty that exists in the world around us, and to embody an aspect of fine art that each family would be proud to pass down from generation to generation.

Photography captures moments that might only last a second, but documents them for a lifetime - those are the moments that we want to capture! The ones that emerge effortlessly and are filled with authenticity. Mustard Seed approaches all of our photography organically - editing our images as minimally as possible, creating beautiful photographs straight from the camera and capturing the moments just as they unfold before us.

Our style is very natural, limiting the number of staged photographs. And in this way, we can focus on creating images that are individual to each couple. 

We love shooting in gorgeous light and in natural settings. Our sessions are fun and adventurous, and allow our couples to feel comfortable in front of the camera by removing the distractions of the busy world around us. Laughter, fun, authenticity and joy... all of these words describe the experience that we try to create with each and every click of the camera.

The inspiration for the name originated from Luke 13 where Jesus described Heaven to his disciples: "It is like a mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air came to find rest in the shade of its branches.” These words describe the experience we want to create with every single client we photograph - a restful experience where our focus is on capturing moments in lives that are ever changing and growing. Like a mustard seed, this company too started small, and has grown to be a tight-nit family of talented artists working side by side. We'd love to have you join the Mustard Seed family too!

YOU CAN SEE images captured by our team PUBLISHED IN MAGAZINES AND BLOGS AROUND THE WORLD: INCLUDING MARTHA STEWART WEDDINGS MAGAZINE, THE KNOT MAGAZINE, STYLE ME PRETTY, SOUTHERN WEDDINGS, brides of houston AND MORE. LEARN MORE ABOUT EACH MEMBER OF OUR family BELOW!

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Our photography team is comprised of seven on-staff photographers trained in the romantic and natural style that is Mustard Seed. Collectively - our team has over 40 years of experience in capturing portraits and weddings. This allows us to effectively navigate a wedding day and form the best judgement calls based on each situation. With a blend of unique personalities and skillsets, our team collaborates as a whole to make each of our couples feel comfortable, at ease, and in great (and fun) company.

You can learn more about each photographer in our family by scrolling through the following images.

team photographers

In 2008, Kat founded Mustard Seed Photography after nearly a decade of dedicating herself to her photography craft. Since then, Mustard Seed has photographed over 300 weddings in our 13 years of business across the US and overseas. She is a wife of almost 15 years to her high school sweetheart (check out their Fiesta Vow Renewal on Style Me Pretty) and momma to the sweetest (and sassiest) 13 year old daughter! When she's not photographing beautiful weddings, she's out on date nights with her hubby enjoying a salty margarita or exploring new restaurants over the weekend! She prides herself on being able to bring a smile to anyone's face and has never outgrown her childhood dream of some day owning a pony!

Kat Theis

 photographer

Co-owner and team photographer, Jess first got her Pre-Med degree at the University of Houston in 2014. But life took a different turn when she realized her calling the same year within the creative arts.  She joined Kat as co-owner and with that brought her infectious level of joy to the team, as well as her incredible talent! She is married to her high school sweetheart and mama to the most ADORABLE 4 year old boy named Rhys... to say she is obsessed is an understatement! She loves traveling, spending time with family & friends, and a good laugh (the kind that are so good it hurts!). Her passion to artistically capture moments and true emotion that couples and families will cherish for decades is what continues to inspire her daily. 

Jess Hoffman

 photographer

With an Art degree from HBU and a photography degree from the NY Institute of Photography, Allyn started her journey into the world of photography in 2011 and hasn't slowed down since. She is a former Pre-K and Kindergarten teacher, and has used her experience to capture the most perfectly candid moments at weddings! A mom to FOUR kiddos (yes, you read that right) and a wife to her high school assistant principal husband - she spends her downtime reading novels and experimenting in the kitchen with Food Network recipes! She truly has a heart of gold and absolutely loves to serve others any opportunity she gets!

Allyn Childers

photographer

After graduating from Texas A&M in 2012 with a degree in Food Science and Technology, Logan quickly realized after joining the corporate world that her passions lied in a more creative field. She pursued photography in 2013 and fell in love with capturing the emotion and love shared between couples and families, as well as the beauty of wedding days. In addition to being a ton of fun, she brings to the team a vast amount of experience and true artistic authenticity to our Mustard Seed weddings. She is a wife to her high school sweetheart and momma to two littles, quinn & benjamin. She loves spending time with her family, running, being adventurous, and (of course) is a lover of all things sweet!

LOGAN HOWARD

photographer

Lauren joined the crew in 2019 as a lead portrait and wedding photographer. She brings both attention to detail and an amazing level of skill! She is a serial creative who has always felt called to be a photographer. With a background in communications, Lauren comes from a long line of creative women! She is a daydreamer, story teller, and Christ-follower above all else... it was only natural that she would fall in love with people and telling their stories. When not behind the lens, you can find her watching the Astros with her husband, playing with the light of her life - her son, layne, or hanging her adorable dog,  Moose. We are so happy to have her as part of the Mustard Seed crew!

LAUREN McRAE

photographer

an amazing and talented photographer, reagan joined the mustard seed family in 2020. After graduating from Texas A&M with a background in business management, Reagan initially joined the corporate world but quickly realized her true passion was in the creative realm.  she always knew her career would ultimately be in the artistic world - so we feel very fortunate to have found her. She is a kind soul, a DEVOTED Christ follower, a true thrill seeker, a travel junkie and (last but not least) a proud wife & dog mom. when she isn't traveling outside of texas, she's enjoying life with a glass of wine in hand!

REAGAN HLavINKA

photographer

You’d be hard pressed to find a harder working gal out there than Lauren Pettey! Our beloved “Lolo” has a passion for early childhood &  education which she studied at the University of Houston Clear Lake. she brings those same skills for people management to each and every wedding. a constant source of creative support and encouragement to the team, lolo is always keeping us on time and on task - all while capturing the most beautifully candid moments happening behind the scenes. She is committed to health and fitness (definitely the most self-motivated gal we've ever met), and when she isn't behind the camera you can find her at her beloved pilates classes. she is truly a treasure and we are beyond lucky to call her part of the Mustard Seed family.

lauren pettey

photographer

we ventured into expanding our client services in 2018 by adding videography to our REPERTOIRE. since then, we've focused on growing the team to two incredibly talented cinematographers (who double as equally talented photographers). 

ash & allison bring an unmatched creativity to each wedding they capture. blended with the same style as our photography, their videography feels both intimate and journalistic. focusing on raw moments, they work seamlessly with our photo crew at each wedding to ensure a unified approach to documenting each client's wedding day - in both a well rounded & RESPECTFUL way. learn more about ash & allison in the next slides! 


videography team

Ash joined the team in 2020 right before getting married herself. instilled with a creative spirit since childhood, she began experimenting with videography using her dad’s camcorder when she was 5! Since then, she’s developed an incredible passion and skill for videography (as well as photography) and uses those talents to serve others. Because she is still fresh to marriage, Ash has a special connection to our brides that makes her talents even more unique.  When she isn’t serving our brides, she is busy finishing her marketing degree from Texas A&M and running her own marketing consulting agency. She’s also spoiled with a husband that cooks amazing food and flies drones for fun - a true match made in heaven!

ash ebert

videographer

Allison joined the crew in 2020 as a videographer & staff photographer. with a degree from texas state in Computer Information Systems, she brings a whole new level of technological skill to the team. while She had always had a knack for capturing special moments in both her & her friends' lives - she opted to turn her skill into a career last year and began focusing on growing her video and photo abilities. She is a creative at heart and loves documenting moments that take people back to relive their happiest memories. a recent bride herself, when she isn't spending time with her family & 2 perfect dogs - she is busy preparing for the arrival of her first little (a girl!) in late 2021. We ARE SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE HER ON OUR CREATIVE TEAM!

allison resendez

videographer

so much of our team's success is due to having an amazing support staff behind the scenes. In addition to our large team of photographers - we also have a dedicated studio staff who help facilitate all of the ins and outs of managing the crew, our clients and our work.

On staff, we have a dedicated studio manager who assists with all of our client's needs and events.

Additionally, we have a dedicated photo editor who handles color correcting and more for every wedding and session we photograph. you can learn more about these wonderful women and all they do in the next few slides! 


studio support

With over seven years of experience in the wedding industry, our studio manager Ashley brings an intimate knowledge of planning and client relations to the team that is truly unparalleled! After working personally with her as an event planner for years, we knew that her background in weddings and passion for design would be the perfect fit for our Mustard Seed family. With a degree in Mass Communications & Public Relations from UST, Ashley is a true go-getter who always puts the needs of our clients as a top priority! When she isn't running the Mustard Seed studio for us, she's busy keeping up with her two kids, planning Disney vacations (her favorite place on earth) or executing events at TwoBeWed!

ASHLEY JOSEPH

studio manager

From a very early age, Bethany has always been drawn to photography and color! Before she could even talk - she would grab her grandfather's camera. She learned color in the darkroom and studied art photography with Joe Johnson. She is addicted to the sight of raw moments unfolding and loves to capture this in her photography.

This translates to an incredible attention to detail with her color correction and editing! She strives to ensure each image embodies an organic and natural tonage that is signature to the Mustard Seed style and applies her creative touch to each and every image she processes.

Bethany jones

photo editor