Welcome Back, Welcome Back, Welcome Back

Helloooo there! Yes, I'm still here. Yes, I'm still alive. Yes, I'm still taking photographs.

And yes, welcome to 2013! In news from the past three months, I'd like to post photos of all the amazing families who did holiday card shoots this year, as well as one of my favorite families who were my LAST shoot of 2012 AND my first shoot of 2013 (holla, Watsons!), since they did a maternity/family shoot and then were kind enough to have me back to take newborn/family photos with their adorable new addition. I'm loving newborn shoots these days, since babies seem to grow overnight!

Here are a few from their session... and I'll do a quick teaser that I'm changing some things up in 2013. Be on the lookout! A few hints: film, film, and more film. :)

Melissa and Carl in Dripping Springs

There are a lot of things I could say about this wedding, and probably none of them would actually do them justice. Melissa and Carl are a fun, hilarious, adventuresome couple and let's just start with the fact that they chose to get married out on their land in the Hill Country, and that Carl built a deck/porch for them to get married on. And I was thinking "oh, a deck. That's nice." But no, people. He built a DECK.

It was not small. (Also, the groom does back flips. More on that later.)

In any case, their wedding was filled with moments and hilarity and people who loved them, and I'm so glad they asked me to be a part of capturing that day.

Congrats, Melissa and Carl!

 

Kate and Micah: Sneak Peek

I had so much fun at Kate and Micah's wedding that I seriously wished I was a guest, rather than the photographer. Their families and friends were AMAZING, Mercury Hall was gorgeous, there was Salt Lick Barbecue and CoolHaus ice cream sandwiches(and keg stands!)... well, I could go on, but this is just the sneak peek. So I'll save the REAL wordiness for a full post.

Kate and Micah, congrats!!

Sarah and Jonathan: Sneak Peek

Sarah and Jonathan had one of the most beautifully intimate weddings I've seen... it was essentially a fantastic dinner party at which they happened to get married! It was a joy to be there with the people who love them both so much, and there was so much happiness for these two in every speech, look, handshake, and hug. More to come later, but for now, enjoy a sneak peek of Sarah and Jonathan's wedding!

Congrats, you two! Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness.

Michael and Anabel

I love sessions where I get to see how kids have grown up... I got to shoot some holiday photos of Michael and Anabel several months ago, so it was so fun to see how they've grown since then!

Michael just turned one, and Anabel is turning four soon, so we met up for a shoot in a new-to-me park near Wells Branch. Thank you to their mom, Monica (fun fact: we've known each other since high school in New Orleans!) for getting them all dressed up and ready to play!

Sneak Peek: Whitney and Matt's Wedding

Remember Whitney and Matt from these photos?

Well, I'm happy to be able to say that I got to be a part of their wedding day, too, which was such a fun and fantastic day! They were married at the Church at Horseshoe Bay, followed by their AMAZING reception at Spicewood Vineyard. My fantastic second shooter, Jessica, and I took a TON of photos, so I'm still going through all of them, but here's a sneak peak in the meantime.

Congrats, Matt and Whitney!!

//Vendors //

gorgeous flowers by Petals, Ink.

stellar coordination by Yellow Umbrella Events

awesome music by Josh at Penguin Entertainment

lighting done by Intelligent Lighting Design

catering by Southern's Fine Dining

ceremony// The Church at Horseshoe Bay

reception// Spicewood Vineyard

second shooter// Jessica of Just Expressive Photography, Houston.

Lupe and Brian at Memory Lane

I don't even know where to start with Lupe and Brian... from the moment we met, I felt like we had known each other for years. They're so comfortable to be around, and so happy together that it's impossible not to be happy around them. They're also one of the strongest couples I've ever had the pleasure of meeting; Brian's story is an inspiring one, and he and Lupe are an amazing reminder that you can never give up. (You can see more about Brian and his cancer battle on his website.)

Their wedding at Memory Lane Event Center in Dripping Springs was a gorgeous celebration of love, family and friendship, and I was so lucky to be there to witness it.

Lupe and Brian, thank you so much for trusting me to capture your wedding day... I am so happy for you both!

The Davidson (extended!) Family Sneak Peek

This past weekend, I had the good fortune to meet up with a fantastic family. Joyce, who is the mother and grandmother of this beautiful family, contacted me a few weeks ago; though she and her husband Rex live in New Mexico, they were going to be in Austin visiting their children and grandchildren and wanted to have some photos taken.

Well, as you'll see, I couldn't STOP taking photos. How fun is this lovely family?!

Life in iPhone photos

Like half the world, I'm a little obsessed with Instagram. In January I did the Photo a Day Challenge, but for some reason I felt like it was getting to be too much of a chore towards the end of that month, so I haven't done it for February or March. These are the shots that I get of our everyday life, since I don't carry the big camera around for errands or just hanging out in the yard (though I'm trying to get better about that!) The phone's biggest YES factor is simply convenience, and whenever I look back at these photos, they make me smile.

Whitney and Matt

It's obviously been about 4 months since my last blog post, and while I didn't make a New Year's resolution to post more, I really should have. Fortunately, I've had lots of photo fun happening lately, and I'm excited to share it!

One of my recent favorites is Whitney and Matt's engagement shoot. The funny backstory here is that Casey and Whitney work together, and he's the one who gave her my contact info for photos, but once she and I talked, we figured out that we actually knew each other from college! Small world. :)

After a couple of failed attempts (it actually rained in Austin!) we met up late one Sunday to get some shots.

Thank you so much, you two... can't wait for your wedding!!

Anabel and Jason

The fall is definitely busy season for portraits... holidays, back-to-school photos, and lately engagements have been crazy! I had the best time last weekend with Anabel and Jason down on South Congress for their engagement photos... the session just kept going because not only were we all having fun, they were up for anything! We started at Jo's, made our way to the food trailers, headed back up by Homeslice and finally finished near the beautiful trees at Academy and Congress. They were great sports. Anabel and Jason, thanks so much for letting me hang out with you for the afternoon!

 

Karena and Roderick

I've been sitting on this entry for awhile because I haven't really had the words yet to process what an amazing day this was. I was introduced to Karena and Roderick by our mutual friend Laura, and I can, without a doubt, say that this was probably one of the most special weddings I'll ever have the honor of capturing.

Karena is a strong, charismatic, hilarious woman who has been fighting her battle with ovarian cancer with grace, style, and an amazing network of friends and family behind her. Before I got to meet her, I was able to spend some time with Roderick, and it was clear from everything he told me about her that he thinks she hung the moon. As he should. :) They chose to have their wedding at the Horner Family Chapel at Baylor Health Center in Dallas, where Karena has had treatment and where her cancer support group is based.

The beautiful bride...

And the handsome groom.

All of the color details of their wedding were teal, which is the color that represents ovarian cancer awareness. Some of the guests even showed up wearing teal, which was fantastic!

Karena's "something borrowed" was her earrings.

Her bouquet was hand-felted by a friend, and the bridesmaids had matching ones in teal. Fabulous!

Thank you, Roderick and Karena, for allowing me to be with you on this amazing day. I wish you luck and love in your marriage... congratulations!

 

Kyle

I had the best time this past weekend. I shot my first wedding solo (more on that in a later post) and then got to spend some quality time with my lovely friend Jennie and her family. I got to know Jennie through the internet (which seems fairly standard these days!) and I love that even though we've only met in person three or four times, she was totally ok with me crashing at her house for the night. We stayed up way too late talking about everything under the sun (truly... we went from Matt Damon to husbands to worrying about how to raise our kids to be good people) and then in the morning, I got to take some pictures of Jennie and her adorable son Kyle. Her husband Mike had a race that day and so he had left before we started picture time, but beware Mike! My camera will get you next time. ;)

Kyle was so funny and happy and cheerful, and he let me take a bunch of photos... here are a few of my favorites of the two of them. Thank you, Jennie!

 

Eliot and Family

My lovely friend Catherine contacted me not long ago about taking some photos at her home, where her family had a celebration planned for her son Eliot's baptism. I LOVE shooting in people's homes (I guess if I were being all business-y I would call it a "lifestyle shoot") and I'm especially in love with Catherine and Rob's home. Rob remodeled it himself and it's such a cool, open house with lots of natural light. I had a great time following Eliot around and getting to see him surrounded by all of his cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. He is such a loved little boy. Kitty, thanks for letting me be part of his day.

(Side note: isn't Catherine creative? I loved these little favors she put together.)

(Eliot REALLY loved the icing on the cupcakes. Like, a LOT.)

The McGinnis Family

Elena and I have been close friends since we met in college, so hanging out with her this morning and getting some photos of her family was wonderful. Evan and Wesley are so excited about their new baby sister, and Carson was super-baby all morning.

Thank you, Elena and Davin! (And thanks for the granola bars, too... I actually got to have a couple before the girls gobbled them up.) 

 

 

Rocco

I got to meet up with Diana and Rocco this morning at Mayfield, and we had a great time! The temperature started out in the mid-70's but slowly climbed while we were there; while the grownups were feeling the heat, Rocco was completely relaxed and chilled out.

Here are a few quick shots from today... thanks, Diana! (Don't be surprised when I show up to borrow Rocco next time Adele asks for another sibling. Ahem.)

(I love the expression on his face in that last shot... the mama and baby peacocks were walking right past him! He was definitely interested in the birds.)