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Meet the Kindred Team. #Texas

Hello, Texas!

Allow me to introduce our team and give you some back story!  We’ve been in Texas for 11 months now, having moved down from Indiana!  We have finally gotten to know the area, and we LOVE it!  We are a 2 person photo and video team:  David Tillett and Carrie Bower.

I (Carrie) met David through church and ministry projects 7 years ago.  We worked on so many things as a trio with my husband Josh- like children’s church, puppets, Bible club, VBS, a mission trip… That when David approached me about videography and weddings, I already knew he was trustworthy and fun to work with.  David quickly became a good friend and adopted little brother to us (don’t worry we tease him plenty as a good brother and sister should lol).  David has a rescued Beagle mix named Annie, and he loves water and anything outdoorsy.  In his time away from Kindred, he works for John Deere (as does Josh- so they see each other quite a bit!)

Josh and I have two kiddos, Maddie and Jude, and a daughter who waits for us in Heaven, Miss Lila Grace.  We also have a pug named Tessie and two goats, 13 chickens and 3 cats.  (It’s a full time backyard farm here, lol)

As a group we all love to kayak in our spare time and spend as much time as possible outdoors.  We’re so thankful for the chance to serve Texas clients (other states too!), God has been so good to us!  Collectively our team has 180+ wedding experience.

We’d love to get to know you too!  Do you live in our local area?  Drop us an email and say hello!  We love to collaborate!




Go pro kayak shot of all of us on Thanksgiving kayaking in Tyler, Texas.IMG_4402

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We loved doing this session in Kilgore, Texas!  It was the perfect day with a gorgeous golden sunset.

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For Brides: Why hire Kindred?

We are excited to answer this question because for Kindred – it’s not about us- it’s about YOU.

These are your most important moments, and you can be sure we want to hear exactly how you envision every detail!  Other photographers may claim this, but check their pricing and reviews before hiring!  We have over 165+ wedding experience and knowledge of both photo and video.  (And we shoot manually with full knowledge of our equipment – we are not shooting on automatic and letting our cameras choose the settings! )

We aren’t out to get rich – we do this job because we are passionate about preserving memories.  It’s more of a love than a job!

We don’t have set hours, and we are excited to be a part of your day!  We’ll talk with you about your needs, your hopes and your budget and tailor a package to suit all of that.  No hidden fees or pop up surprises later.  We’re just a two person, honest team that loves to serve happy couples.  Whether it’s a traditional church wedding or a backyard event, courthouse wedding, even a destination, we are thrilled to be a part of it!

Please feel free to call Carrie (219) 208-5282 to discuss your day.  You can text too!  We don’t mind a bit!

We’ve been in Texas since March and are excited to be serving Texas and beyond!!

Looking forward to hearing from you!




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When We’re Not Working..

Creativity is the spice of life.  (<<Yeah, we rewrote the quote, lol)

When we’re not working, we still find ways to create things and find inspiration..

((Sorry for the iphone photos!!)

Here’s the Lego play table that my kids love dearly!  I used to cut & weed vinyl graphics so my Father and Husband made this lighted table for me by cutting out the center of the table, inserting two lights and putting beadboard under the opening.  Then they ordered a custom piece of super thick glass to cover the top.  Now, we’ve repurposed the table (shortened the legs with a saw) and filled it with my kids’ latest paper mache diorama.  The diorama is made from watered down elmer’s glue, old magazine strips, acrylic paint  fake and real moss and hot glue.  Oh, and glitter, we can’t forget the glitter!  To add depth and character we have a chicken wire frame beneath.  The rocks are the final touch.

My daughter had the fun idea of adding a treasure chest (or two) to inspire more fun lego dramas they could play out.  We used a lego treasure chest and basket with hot glue and beads and findings from Hobby Lobby.

Now it may be impossible to pull my kiddos away to help set the table, but at least they are playing imagintively and less interested in their tech gadgets.  (Score!)

I decided to also throw in a photo on this post of the kids’ lego soap dispensers.  This has helped reinforce handwashing in our house.  (Whatever works!!)  All you do is toss legos into a dispenser and fill with your favorite color of soap.  Leave us a comment if you like these, or feel free to repin on pinterest or share with friends!



Alice in Wonderland

Miss Kayleigh makes a perfect Alice, doesn’t she?!

Kindred East Texas Wedding Photography Videography Kilgore Overton Tyler Longview

We are Kindred Photo and video serving East Texas and beyond!  Our local zone covers Longview, Tyler, Kilgore and Overton with no travel fees.  We’ll tailor a quote to your needs!

K + I {Engaged}

I could just go on and on about what an awesome day we had in Dallas yesterday!  The weather was total perfection- golden sunset, green grass, no wind…  And Kaylee and Ivan are SO MUCH FUN.  Here is just one part of their engagement session.  We did rustic backgrounds, water, and for fun we headed down to Deep Ellum for after dark shots.  We’ll try to get a preview of those up here later this week!


Just a fun behind the scenes shot from Courtney Payne.  Thanks, Courtney!!  This is literally how most people see us on the job.  Haha!  DSC_8862.jpg

Erica + Brock

1,800 must be Kindred’s special number because we keep ending our editing sessions with about that many photos for each couple.  Yes, it happened again, and yes- that is A LOT OF PHOTOS… But who wouldn’t love to have all these moments captured from their most important day?!  Big shout out here to Courtney Payne for being our trusted second shooter and capturing lovely shots!  We are so thankful for her!

Here is just a quick preview of those 1,800.  It was hard to choose what to share because we had so many great memories from the wedding.  Though it was cold outside, Brock and Erica’s crew were all troopers and posed like it was perfectly toasty outside.  We loved this wedding party and their spirit.  Both families are equally awesome too.  We are thankful we could be a part of this magnificent day.

Congrats to this happy pair!


T+M {Louisiana Wedding}

Taylor and Mark are the cutest.  Seriously, they love to laugh, totally enjoy each others company, and they treat their family with so much gratitude and respect.  You couldn’t ask for a sweeter pair than this one.  We were thrilled to be a part of this day, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.

There are over 800 photos, wish we could share more- but this amazing family will be receiving them in the mail very soon!


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