Jason and Shay: Inks Lake Adventure Engagement in Burnet

The Texas hill country is full of beautiful locations to explore and we love it when couples say yes to exploring them during their engagement session. Jason and Shey met us for an Inks Lake Adventure Engagement. Check out (and I don’t normally get to say this) Shay’s adventure giraffe bridal shoot.

Reflective Inks Lake Adventure Engagement

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Inks lake is a beautiful natural location for engagement photos. The rugged landscape fit Shay and Jason’s adventurous spirit perfectly. Thanks to some recent rain, there were even reflective puddles on the granite.

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Starry Engagement Photos

The stars were big and bright over Shay and Jason. They said yes to hanging out and waiting for full dark. Then the fun began.

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Jonathan and Lindsay - Austin wedding photographer - Prospect House Wedding - DIY Wedding

Jonathan and Lindsay: A DIY Vintage Prospect House Wedding in Dripping Springs

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I’ve known Jonathan for a long while through the swing dance scene and later met Lindsay the same way. I’ve often found them efficiently making things “just work” as a part of Austin’s booming dance scene. They are a couple that make a great team and are also really cute together.

Given how their engagement session went, I wasn’t surprised when their wedding was heaps of fun too. Lindsay and Jonathan applied their dance scene skills to their wedding and made it work flawlessly. They DIY’ed all their decorations to turn Prospect House into a setting that perfectly reflected their playful sense of style. Lindsay made hundreds of gorgeous paper flowers, cute place settings for each guest,  and a lot of nice small touches to help the guests enjoy the wedding.

Congratulations Jonathan and Lindsay!  Thanks for having us as your photographers.

Decorations & Wedding Party Accessories: Lindsay Jow
Dinner: East Side Kings
Cake & Cupcakes: Sugar Mamas Bakeshop, Austin Tx
Venue: Prospect House, Dripping, Sprints Tx
Band: Jonathan Doyle Swingtet
Photo Booth: Bootheasy
Lindsay’s Dress: Fancy Bridal NY
Lindsay’s Shoes: Remix Vintage

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You might remember Kristina & Britt from their engagement session session where Josh got soaked stepping too deep in a lake. And with Austin’s weather this spring threatening rain everyday we lucked out for the wedding ceremony with a calm day and a wonderful sunset (our favorite). Everyone in attendance enjoyed the wonderful views of Lake Travis at Vintage Villas and we all managed to stay dry for the wedding. The weather gods appeased, we were treated to a night of heart rending toasts, ecstatic dancing and a blending of families and cultures. The last part is the aspect of weddings that we feel are the most compelling. Families coming together to witness and share in the love of an union such as Britt & Kristina.

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Ale: Mystic McKinney Falls, Austin Senior Portraits

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Ale, a long time friend of AzulOx, contacted us to do her College Senior Portraits. She knew what we were all about and wanted to use our expertise to craft images that told a story of a young woman who wasn’t so approachable, a woman in nature with maybe a bit of magic to her. We chose the setting of McKinney Falls in south Austin to add a touch of history and a feel for the story of Austin. The water around the falls was really running strong so we started there with time slowing techniques to capture Alejandra with an infinite feel, like she had always been there. The sun was peaking around the clouds here and there and for a moment it felt like we were in another Continent with the way the light was bending.

We finished when the light from the day was almost entirely gone and the clouds were at the most dramatic. We took one of the darker portraits and took it a step further with a few crow composites to really drive home the magical feel of the evening. What type of magic can AzulOx conjure for your special portraits?

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Emily: Water Skiing Senior Photos in Seguin

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On a boat! Emily’s Senior Portrait Experience featured the first time we have ever used a ski boat as a movable platform for our studio lights, or photographed a cap and gown on water skis! When Emily’s mother contacted us, we knew we were in for a special assignment. The conversation started with cheer-leading photographs and maybe around downtown Seguin in her Aggieland outfit, but the talk turned to Emily loving to waterski at Lake McQueeney and could we take some on the boat too. Well of course #teamblue was ready for that challenge. Josh was on the main boat with his flash on the chase boat where Andrew was stationed shooting with a flash back on the main boat. Team shooting allowed us to get different angles while Emily cruised around the water on 2 then on 1 water ski.

Projects like this are what AzulOx is known for, taking a normal senior portrait session and turning it into a Senior Portrait Experience with 2 photographers, assistants, and lights firing all over the waterfront. What can Team Blue do for you?!

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Stephanie and Daniel: Old Town Kyle Engagement

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Central Texas is full of beautiful texture and color. Stephanie and Daniel live in Kyle, a small town that is no exception. We decided to have a little fun with the travel theme and the old railroad depot and caboose and then just enjoy the texture and nice weather.

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Audrey: UT Senior Portraits in downtown Taylor

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Audrey channels Audrey. Audrey and team AzulOx have been discussing a shoot like this for at least a year now. Late nights working weddings together usually yields some strange ideas but the Breakfast at Tiffany’s Audrey Hepburn and graduating from Texas Audrey seemed to merge for a hour or so in downtown Taylor. Sassy, Funny, and a little quirky our modern Audrey nailed her transformation. A quick outfit change combined with the speedy hair and makeup change by Revelry Beauty and we were on our way to a Brigitte Bardot 1960’s romp against and old Cotton Press. And what AzulOx shoot wouldn’t be complete without a sunset shoot with a sparkly gold dress.

We are excited to see what the future holds for Audrey UT 2016 graduate, she has already mastered the 1950’s and 1960’s, let’s see what the 2010’s have in store.
–JB

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Joseph and Sara Horseshoe Bay Wedding, Horseshoe Bay Resort, Quail Point, Austin Wedding Photographers

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We have been eagerly anticipating Joseph and Sara’s wedding.  Their Hill Country Engagement shoot was fun, relaxed, and resulted in some of our favorite images (and moments) from last year. Unsurprisingly their wedding had the same vibe, a small ceremony on the patio over the lake surrounded by family and friends, some tasty BBQ (mmm… Sticky Bones…), a little dancing and some chilling by the lake (thanks to a great planner: Karla McNeil). Really, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect day for Joseph and Sara’s wedding.

Stay tuned for a coming soon video from their wedding day. For now, enjoy the pictures and congratulate the couple.

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Jonathan and Lindsay – A Vintage Austin Engagement

Jonathan and Lindsay are people I’ve known a while through the Lindy Hop community, but that is only one facet of their personality. Jonathan is one of the biggest foodies I know and Lindsay is really into 40s, 50s and 60s vintage. They have both been bitten by the entrepreneurship bug too. They definitely have their own style. And I spent most of their engagement shoots grinning ear to ear and chuckling.

Planning engagements is always fun. Sometimes we just do pretty pictures but we really enjoy finding something a little more personal, something that really speaks to the couple’s personality.

Lindsay asked if we could do part of their engagement at Sawyer & Co in East Austin. A quick call to the manager and we were good to go. Not only was Sawyer & Co really nice and the decor cool, but the food was great too. The restaurant made a nice backdrop so I decided to have some fun and tell a little visual story through the session. Enjoy!

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Kristen & Sam: A Match Made in Austin

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Kristen & Sam kicked off our first wedding of 2016 with a big bash at the elegant Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin. Their wedding certainly set the bar for the rest of the weddings to come this year. Kristen is low key and up for whatever photo ideas we had, and Sam just made us laugh the whole day. Perfect combination of fun, silly, and mad/made for each other. During the first look Sam pulled out his cellphone to throw Kristen off her romantic game. I started to shout to him that Kristen was coming through the door, then realized he was trying to prank her. He made up for it for weeping a bit at how beautiful Kristen looked in her wedding gown. Andrew made sure to capture it from across the sheet in the parking garage.

We had a great gang of vendors to work with, and one unique vendor type that we haven’t seen at a wedding yet. Personalized poems for wedding guests from Typewriter Rodeo, what a cool idea!
Venue: Driskill Hotel
Florist: Coby Neal/The Flower Studio
Video: New Road Videography
Hair/Makeup: RAE Cosmetics
DJ: ATX DJ
Planner: Lydia Smith
Poems: Typewriter Rodeo
Photobooth: Booth 66

Congrats to Kristen & Sam, a Match made in Austin, with adventures in store to carry them far and wide!
–JB

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Year in Review: Personal Photographs

TL:DR – When not photographing Weddings this is what I photograph

Andrew posted a great writeup of his favorite shot from each shoot. I will let him keep that idea and focus on the photographs that I shot for myself in one way or another. Most are personal photographs or photographs where I am stretching my boundaries in some way. Going through my 2015 archive I felt melancholic. I was both amazed at how many places and the cool things we covered this year and I was simultaneously sad/frustrated that I didn’t focus enough on my personals stories that roam through my head. I endeavor in 2016 to bring more focus to my personal work and let those techniques flow into my client work. Read the captions to the photos, I wrote my feelings about each image. Love to hear any feeback you might have.

Colton sinks Proud of my oldest son for getting his head underwater after great spring swim lessons. He is a ham and I am proud of him.

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Proud of my oldest son for getting his head underwater after great spring swim lessons. He is a ham and I am proud of him.

No fear Dash. My youngest after spring swim lessons. He is a water baby through and through. Shown here practicing a "handoff".

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My youngest after spring swim lessons. He is a water baby through and through. Shown here practicing a “handoff”.

First use of the silver extreme PLM. the balance of the natural light on the background and the deep black of the ambient light combined with Trevor's power

First use of the silver extreme PLM. the balance of the natural light on the background and the deep black of the ambient light combined with Trevor’s power

Testing out small LED's for a startup. Elizabeth against downtown with lights in close.

Testing out small LED’s for a startup. Elizabeth against downtown with lights in close.

LED testing with Katie this time. At night against the Austin Skyline. I need to know what she was thinking right here

LED testing with Katie this time. At night against the Austin Skyline. I need to know what she was thinking right here

Love this for creating what wasn't there. Long drag shutter and powerful lights transformed a strip mall gym.

Love this for creating what wasn’t there. Long drag shutter and powerful lights transformed a strip mall gym.

Stars in California. Astrophotography and Landscape aren't my thing as normally photographed. Been grappling for years on how to make my landscapes more "mine", so I added a bunch of big flashes to the foreground to balance with the stars in the background. Getting close to my ideal of "landscape lighting".

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Astrophotography and Landscape aren’t my thing as normally photographed. Been grappling for years on how to make my landscapes more “mine”, so I added a bunch of big flashes to the foreground to balance with the stars in the background. Getting close to my ideal of “landscape lighting”.

Workshop Model. Leah framed against a Terradorna sunset with a cactus in the foreground. Energetic and a wee bit mysterious

Workshop Model. Leah framed against a Terradorna sunset with a cactus in the foreground. Energetic and a wee bit mysterious

Jenny Lynn in different era's. Steam punk clothes wiht 1960s sunglasses. From a personal project out in the desert.

Jenny Lynn in different era’s. Steam punk clothes wiht 1960s sunglasses. From a personal project out in the desert.

Team Mad Max Energy, crazed maniac, #teamblue all around. We even convinced Adrian to model which never happens. Great adventure

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Energy, crazed maniac, #teamblue all around. We even convinced Adrian to model which never happens. Great adventure

Liftoff, from a photowalk in Marion, Texas. Need to do more photowalks

Liftoff, from a photowalk in Marion, Texas. Need to do more photowalks

French Water We usually go big every year with mermaid portraits and this was from one of those shoots but it was a quieter moment with the B-Camera to find an enduring portrait

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We usually go big every year with mermaid portraits and this was from one of those shoots but it was a quieter moment with the B-Camera to find an enduring portrait

Color Shift Finally used some of Frank Doorhoof's techniques to shift color in strange ways in camera to produce more cinematic effects. Need to explore this and Nick Fancher's work more.

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Finally used some of Frank Doorhoof’s techniques to shift color in strange ways in camera to produce more cinematic effects. Need to explore this and Nick Fancher’s work more.

Gold. Love working with Livia from All Dolled Up and Najatt, our model for this Bond themed shoot. Mesmerized by how the gold shimmers in and out of focus. You should see this on a metallic paper print. Would look great on someone's wall!

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Love working with Livia from All Dolled Up and Najatt, our model for this Bond themed shoot. Mesmerized by how the gold shimmers in and out of focus. You should see this on a metallic paper print. Would look great on someone’s wall!

Natasha and the Storm. Unfinished meta project with Leah Chyma from the graffiti park.

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Unfinished meta project with Leah Chyma from the graffiti park.

The Phoenix This photo represents teamwork to me. What you don't see are the 6 people around the Phoenix working to make this photo happen. Maybe the best distillation of my ideals into one photo from 2015.

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This photo represents teamwork to me. What you don’t see are the 6 people around the Phoenix working to make this photo happen. Maybe the best distillation of my ideals into one photo from 2015.

Another from a photowalk, this one in downtown Austin. Notice the way the white negative space frames the tree, but just barely

Another from a photowalk, this one in downtown Austin. Notice the way the white negative space frames the tree, but just barely

Reflections of a Mermaid. Second coldest shoot of the year in the San Marcos spring fed River. Danni shows amazing aptitude for her first time as a mythical mermaid. We pushed hard this year to make our underwater work a new notch higher than yeas previous. I am proud of how Andrew and I problem solved this shoot.

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Second coldest shoot of the year in the San Marcos spring fed River. Danni shows amazing aptitude for her first time as a mythical mermaid. We pushed hard this year to make our underwater work a new notch higher than yeas previous. I am proud of how Andrew and I problem solved this shoot.

Langtry Love From a style shoot in the desert working with more ambient light than my normal workflow. This photo appeals to me because it encapsulates the environment into the story more. I like the subtle leading lines and the contrast of warm and cool.

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From a style shoot in the desert working with more ambient light than my normal workflow. This photo appeals to me because it encapsulates the environment into the story more. I like the subtle leading lines and the contrast of warm and cool.

Enchanted A spur of the moment adventure engagement. Photos like this are where are work is heading as more and more couples take us on adventures that we document. Lit by the moon mostly with a little bit of flashlight at the top.

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A spur of the moment adventure engagement. Photos like this are where are work is heading as more and more couples take us on adventures that we document. Lit by the moon mostly with a little bit of flashlight at the top.

Father and Son A shadow selfie with myself and Colton as he accompanied me to photograph a trail race in Burnet. I love being able to share with him what I do.

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A shadow selfie with myself and Colton as he accompanied me to photograph a trail race in Burnet. I love being able to share with him what I do.

Interesting Face I don't know this guy's name, and I only took 3 frames of him. I was setup to do something else but felt compelled to speak up and make a picture with him. I love that jaunty hat.

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I don’t know this guy’s name, and I only took 3 frames of him. I was setup to do something else but felt compelled to speak up and make a picture with him. I love that jaunty hat.

Yoga Salutation. 1 speedlight and a talented Yogi combined with different editing lead to one of my favorite fitness sessions of the year. Michael at Venice Beach.

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1 speedlight and a talented Yogi combined with different editing lead to one of my favorite fitness sessions of the year. Michael at Venice Beach.

Zuma Sun The warm California sun, from our August on the west coast. I actually brought a tripod with me and used it. I am terrible at landscapes but I shot more this year than I have in a long time

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The warm California sun, from our August on the west coast. I actually brought a tripod with me and used it. I am terrible at landscapes but I shot more this year than I have in a long time

Noir Stacy in Burnet. Look at the mystery and messiness to this photo. We strive so hard for perfection and the messy ones usually end up speaking to us.

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Stacy in Burnet. Look at the mystery and messiness to this photo. We strive so hard for perfection and the messy ones usually end up speaking to us.

Jessica Superhero. Jessica and I went to high school together and am amazed at the transformations she has made. Thinking Black Widow here. My groove with green and cinematic lighting this year.

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Jessica and I went to high school together and am amazed at the transformations she has made. Thinking Black Widow here. My groove with green and cinematic lighting this year.

Bend in the River Maybe the most photographed spot in Austin, happened to be there with a fisheye lens and a great sunset. I could hang this one in my house to remind me of good Austin days.

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Maybe the most photographed spot in Austin, happened to be there with a fisheye lens and a great sunset. I could hang this one in my house to remind me of good Austin days.

Old Timey Collaboration with Amie to bring an old time feel to her childrens portraits. Limited myself to fairly low shutter speeds and black and white emulations. I need to limit myself more to get creative with solutions. More good work comes from that than bringing the entire kitchen.

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Collaboration with Amie to bring an old time feel to her childrens portraits. Limited myself to fairly low shutter speeds and black and white emulations. I need to limit myself more to get creative with solutions. More good work comes from that than bringing the entire kitchen.

Liftoff, from a personal fitness shoot I commissioned with Rogue AC gals Anne and Kristen. Love strong women

Liftoff, from a personal fitness shoot I commissioned with Rogue AC gals Anne and Kristen. Love strong women

Summertime The cobblers kids need shoes too. A reminder to photograph those nearest and dearest to me.

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The cobblers kids need shoes too. A reminder to photograph those nearest and dearest to me.

Tahoe Panorama Pretty sure the only panoramic I photographed this year. From a hike with the family to get a view of Lake Tahoe. Testing out the photomerge feature of Lightroom.

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Pretty sure the only panoramic I photographed this year. From a hike with the family to get a view of Lake Tahoe. Testing out the photomerge feature of Lightroom.

Golden Bridge Sacramento Met up with family in Sacramento and then took about a 30 minute walk by myself and my camera when the light got good. Testing out the photomerge HDR in Lightroom to create DNG of merged raw files. Just a cool supsension/elevation bridge on the American River.

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Determination Colton stands against the relentless Pacific Ocean mud dripping from his clenched fists. My boy will go far with this attitude

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Colton stands against the relentless Pacific Ocean mud dripping from his clenched fists. My boy will go far with this attitude

Ophelia. This photo will always remind me of the intense rains we had in the spring of 2015. With rain we could count on I convinced Carrie to venture out into bull creek and play the role of Ophelia. I like the feel of isolation and greenness to this image. My images tend warm/organge as habit, working to shift where my colors flow.

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This photo will always remind me of the intense rains we had in the spring of 2015. With rain we could count on I convinced Carrie to venture out into bull creek and play the role of Ophelia. I like the feel of isolation and greenness to this image. My images tend warm/organge as habit, working to shift where my colors flow.

Reflections of 2015. Photographed after my almost last session of the year. 2016 has big shoes to fill even though I wasn't 100% satisfied with 2015.

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Photographed after my almost last session of the year. 2016 has big shoes to fill even though I wasn’t 100% satisfied with 2015.

Andrew’s 2015 – One from Every Shoot

I (Andrew) originally wrote this for my personal photo site AMadTrip.com, but we thought AzulOx fans might enjoy seeing it. These are photos I, Andrew, took this year. Josh shot some of these same things, and many others besides. He shot more for the company than me and I shot more “personal” stuff than him (at least it feels that way). Maybe he’ll do one of these at some point so you can see all the stuff he shot (much of which doesn’t make it here otherwise). In any case, enjoy.

This year, I decided to pick one picture from each and every shoot, love it or hate it, and share it. I’ve been lucky to have been at so many happy events, and luckily only a few unfortunate. As a working photographer, I get hired to shoot all manner of things and I do whether they interest me or now.

Those aspects are what made picking one photo per shoot hard. Sometimes there is only one option; often I work for hours to produce a single photo (e.g. startrails). Other times, a single shoot is filled with images I love (e.g. my days at Joshua Tree and also many of this years weddings). Picking one image from those sets is very hard.

I’d like to tell you that I had a favorite or two in every shoot, but the fact is that picking these images was very hard. Some shoots did not include any images I’m particularly fond of or interested in. At the end of the day, both types of shoots (and everything in between) are represented here the same way: with a single image.

These images are not the best image from each shoot, the most liked or even the most technically perfect. It is simply the image I liked the most today as I picked them out.

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Andrea and Keith – It’s All About the Moment

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Some weddings have elaborate decorations, food, and proceedings. Andrea and Keith’s had all those things, but they had something you can’t hire. It was the sort of wedding where my face was sore because I couldn’t help but smile the entire time. You could feel the happiness radiating from them as a physical warmth. When the DJ played Kermit the Frog’s “The Rainbow Connection” for Keith and his mother and then they called Andrea and their son over, it got hard to take pictures. (No really, I wasn’t crying. I just had something in my eye… both of them…)

Venue: Kindred Oaks
Catering:
Southerns Fine Dining
Flowers: Zuzu’s Petals
DJ: Top Choice DJ
Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery
Coordinator: 11:11 Events
Hair & Makeup: Revelry Beauty

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Dustin & Rachael: Denver, Colorado Wedding

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Finally a wedding Dustin couldn’t sweat at. Dustin is a former Austinite now living in Denverite wedding cinematographer. He joked during the reception that in the near freezing temps of his own wedding he finally wouldn’t sweat through his shirt. Funny guy. No really, he laughs and makes everyone around him laugh most often including Rachael his now wife.

The venue, Meadow Creek B&B, provided a gorgeous snow filled meadow for the ceremony and a cozy lodge for the reception. There was even amazing on location wood fired pizza food trailer, Basic Kneads Wood Fired pizza.

A few of the first for us as we are wont to describe. First wedding we have photographed in Colorado, who is going to be our second? First wedding where I used a white balance over 100,000 Kelvin, photographers, you know what I am saying. First wedding that altitude became a problem. Pine Colorado is near 8,000 feet in elevation.

So excited for the lives that Rachael & Dustin will be living. Y’all make a fantastic couple! Thanks for having us!
–JB

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Rachael and Kevin - Day after Wedding Portraits - Raab House - Round Rock Texas -

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Sometimes the world conspires against you, or it seems that way…

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Rachael wanted a bridal shoot before her wedding and we scheduled one for the week before the wedding right after the dress would be done. That morning we had to cancel. The area got 10 inches of rain and there was widespread flooding and road closures.

Flash forward to October. The wedding is over and the wedding photos are long done (including some epic weather on their wedding day too). We regrouped and tried again in the cooling fall weather only to have the second major rain event of the year happen that day… More flooding and road closures. Scratch attempt 2.

Attempt number 3, and this time we missed the rain by a day and had beautiful weather. As a bonus, Kevin tagged along and we turned the shoot into a “day after” couples shoot and had a lot of fun. We started off at Rabb House in Round Rock and then used the open skies at Old Settlers Park for some night sky shots.

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Julie & Garrett: Hotel Alsace Wedding

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Care Bear Attack! Because really, what is scarier than Share Bear coming after the wedding party to rain down hugs and warmth. Garrett is a bit of prankster and wanted to have dinosaur’s or king kong chasing the bridal party. We had to raise his joke one more level and go full Ghostbuster style in photoshopping in the Care Bears.

Julie, Garrett and their families went over the top DIY on the decor for the wedding, even going as far as making polished wood stands for the floral vases. Friends and family came and pitched in to help setup and break down the venue as fast as any wedding we have seen. Warmed our heart to see the social fabric wrapped so tight around Julie & Garrett.

Thanks to the Hotel Alsace for hosting us on a great fall Saturday.

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