Mimi: Seguin Senior Portraits


Mimi’s Senior Portrait Experience took us from the sunny shores of Lake Pflugerville to the neon lights of downtown Austin. Mimi came to us from Seguin, Texas and decided on water and urban as her themes to explore. The Pinterest board she created was full of sunny, hazy photos and lots of water. We took those choices and delivered photographs that could have been taken on any beach not just the 200 foot beach at Lake P. The unique part of the shoot for us was in downtown Austin. We chased the fading sunlight in the west 6th area finding angles and colors. Really excited for how that part of the set turned out.

Good luck to Mimi as she enters the University of Texas in the fall to begin her quest in becoming a doctor. Hook’em!





Scott: Swimming Senior Portraits


Scott presented us with a challenge to photograph his senior portraits underwater. Challenge: Accepted! We have tried to setup a Senior Experience like this for 3 years now so we were excited and nervous at the start of this session. Years of expectations and visions of the final photographs have been dancing in our heads for a while now. The actual shoot did not take place in our head though, for that we headed out to South Austin to the pool where Scott trains, the Austin Aquatics and Sport Academy run by Olympian Brendan Hansen.

Andrew and I divided up the shoot to maximize our limited pool time. Andrew took our underwater housing and photographed Scott from below the surface while I wrangled lights and concentrated on the above the surface photographs. We both played with strong orange/blue color combinations to mimic a strong sunset and cool tones of the water. Scott was a trooper and swam hard in 10 meter bursts for about a 1000 repetitions. Andrew and I are both super thrilled with how these photographs turned out and we hope that you enjoy them too.

Looking forward to following Scott’s progress as he heads up to Michigan to swim in college.

Let us know how we can photograph your Senior Experience!









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City to Country, Business to Golf to Farm. Clay is a young modern man with contrasts and facets in his life. Our Senior Portrait Experience started at the UT McCombs School of Business where Clay will be attending in the fall. Risky Business look? We think so too. From there we headed to Grey Rock GC to photograph Clay in his other passion, golf. We set up our lights to bring a ESPN the Magazine look to the photographs. We ended the day at his home in Dripping Springs to show off the softer side of his nature utilizing the beautiful natural light of the Texas evening.

A big Hook’Em to Clay and thanks for having us photograph your passions









Andrea & Keith: County Line Equestrian Center Engagement

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We always love it when we are able to photograph a couple in a special place. In Andrea and Keith’s case, that was Keith’s family equestrian center, County Line in Pflugerville. He grew up there and it had obvious significance to him. This was one of those shoots that got better and better as it went on. We started with clear skies and had some fun with a few settings around the grounds. As the sun approached the horizon, thunderstorms started to build to the south of us, boiling up into the sunset. Things got a little surreal.

Great couple. Great location. Great weather.

We pride ourselves on making great photos under any conditions (see the Anytime Light Workshop if you want to learn how), but sometimes nature cooperates and we are able to raise the bar in a way that no amount of equipment or skill can match. This was one of those situations.



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Madison & Tom: Chateau Bellevue Wedding


We talk about firsts when talking about weddings that we photograph. We believe that every wedding has something new to see and an unique “first”. Madison and Tom continue that belief in firsts for us. The first bride we have seen use her mother and sisters sorority pins as something borrowed attached to her bouquet. The first exit we have seen that instead of sparklers or lights utilized paper airplanes. Madison is also the first bride we thought was going to spontaneously combust with happiness as she said “I do” to her about to be husband Tom. Madison radiated her joy throughout the evening. Friends and family reflected the glow as a perfect Austin Sunday evening sunset descended upon the happy newlyweds.

Thanks to Chateau Bellevue for being great hosts as always, and thanks to Madison and Tom for having us at their wedding along with their willingness to fly for the engagement photos.




















Kaitlyn: Liberty Hill Senior Portraits, Part 2

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Part 2 of Kaitlyn’s senior portraits was a few weeks in arriving, weather and all being a question. Kaitlyn has been riding horses her whole life so we were thrilled that we could bring that aspect of her life into her senior portraits. Of course we took pretty shots (queue the bluebonnets and sunset), but we also wanted to highlight the more exciting aspects of riding a thoroughbred horse. What better way to do that than to add a little rain to the mix (and never mind the fact that her horse is named Rain too).

This time we took the photo’s at her mother’s riding school, Conner Combined Training in Liberty Hill. Adrian with Revelry Beauty was there once again adding the finishing touches to Kaitlyn’s hair and makeup.

Exciting, yes? We think so.

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Emily & Joey: Travis Heights Engagement

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We are loving a new trend in our engagement photography, to stay in the neighborhood of our clients and photograph in the places that are meaningful to the couple. For Emily and Joey’s Travis Heights engagement session we focused on areas that Emily found on her running routes from her house. We started with the uber-Texan Mockingbird and Bluebonnet graffiti wall off Riverside, found a great tree on a corner street (that was gone a week later!), utilized some huge agave plants near little Stacey Pool, and then finished up by strolling around St. Edwards at sunset. We hope to see this trend continue because we think it adds to the intimacy of the photographs to have meaningful locations as a layer in the final images.

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Spring Bliss Bridal Cover Shoot


We’ve been waiting excitedly for the spring edition of Bliss Bridal Magazine to hit the shelves so we could share some of our photos from the cover shoot. The shoot was a fun mix of country details with a sprinkling of city sophistication.

Magazine: Bliss Bridal Magazines Spring Issue
Venue: The Terrace at Salado
Models: Jamie Blanek
Photo + Video: AzulOx Visuals
Florals: Ginny Swalley Creative Innovations of Salado
Gowns: Georgio’s Bridal
Planning, Design & Rentals: Confetti Rentals
Cake: Simply Sweet Bakery
Hair & Makeup: Fascino Beauty
Stationery: Studio W Designs

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Kaitlyn: Liberty Hill Senior Portraits


Excited excited to be sharing the first set of Kaitlyn’s Senior Portraits from Antebellum Oaks. We have big plans for parts 2 and maybe 3 if the Texas weather ever cooperates. Kaitlyn wanted something different from the norm and knew that we could deliver on her ideas that started with classic portraits and ended with an antebellum picnic reading classic books.

Kaitlyn is exactly the type of client we love, she has stalked our website for years now, knew all the crazy things we have done in the past and we are planning to top a few of those concepts for parts 2 and 3. She rides a horse named Dancing in the Rain if that gives you an idea of where we are headed.

Special Thanks to Adrian with Revelry Beauty for the three looks and a huge thanks to Antebellum Oaks for being gracious hosts!











Noah & Vanessa: Laughing Around Austin Engagements

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Laughing around Austin is seriously all we did for Noah & Vanessa’s engagement session. Our goal was to hit up fun spots around Austin while staying away from the cliche spots (I am looking at you Jo’s Coffee Shop). We managed to get 5 locations in 3 hours and only had to slide through one chain link fence to get our East Austin Skyline photographs. We all were laughing the entire shoot, even when I broke one of my flash tubes, or kept losing my balance. Vanessa and her infectious Jennifer Garner smile kept us all in good spirits. Noah you have your hands full with that one I tell ya. Truly one of the nights when I didn’t want to stop shooting, if only to stop and have a beer and hang out with this super fun couple.

We are excitedly looking forward to their August wedding with reception at Brazos Hall, all planned by one of our fave event teams, 11:11 Events.

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Anne + Kristen: Austin Fitness Shoot


2015 is a year for us to build back our fitness portfolio after taking a year off to focus on other areas of our business. We are super excited to work with Anne and Kristen from Rogue Athletic Club on these portraits. They are both phenomenal athletes that have put in countless hours to build their fitness both mentally and physically as they attempt to qualify for the Olympics. At the time of the shoot Kristen had just returned fromhttp://www.usatf.org/News/Team-USA-dominates-at-2015-Bupa-Great-Edinburgh-Cr.aspx Edinburgh, Scotland where she represented winning Team USA in the 2015 Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country Race. Anne photographed with us this day and two weeks later for a super secret chilly session, more on that in later posts.

I love these photos because it shows the strong women doing their thing both as teammates and individuals. At times, the running is lonely and the ancillary workouts are isolating but then you come together as a team to work side by side.

We can make you look Olympic Level too, give us an email at josh@azulox.com to schedule your own fitness shoot.



Michelle & Todd: Union on Eighth Wedding in Georgetown

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What a way to close out 2014! I know it seems like we posted only the pictures of Michelle and Todd smiling, happy and looking lovingly at each other, but all 2000 photos are like this! As always we believe that weddings are a day of firsts, first kiss, first look, first night as a married couple. Here are some of the firsts we observed at this last wedding of 2014.

First reception we have seen where an octogenarian led the dance floor. I believe she is 83 and she had more fun than just about anyone. I hope to dance with that much enthusiasm when I am 38 in two years! This was also the first wedding where Andrew tested out his tintype process. There will be more advancements in this process as it grows and changes materials but we think it’s a cool analog memento of the wedding day. The other big first was this was our first time photographing at the super cool Union on 8th wedding venue. I remember seeing the building as a mechanic’s garage 4 years ago on a photowalk and thinking it would be an interesting place to photograph, now with the renovations and the conversion to an event venue, wow, a newly refurbished place with an old vibe. Love it.

As always thanks to 11:11 Events for planning and coordinating, you make our days easy.

Big group hug to Michelle & Todd on their nuptials. We loved being there to document your wedding day (and your awesome engagements) and we love the way yall laugh with each other. Keep on laughing

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Jenny Lynn in Red: South Austin Creative Portraits


Sometimes it just all comes together. The weekend of this shoot had us in the possession of a 50 Megapixel medium format beast of a camera called the Pentax 645z. We had it in our posssession for about 36 hours and determined to make the most out it. Saturday night we took it out to Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet for astrophotography, Sunday afternoon we photographed a wedding with it, but Sunday morning I called together a small team that I like to use when testing out something new. My friend Jenny Lynn (I think I am the only one who calls her that, reminds me of an old fiddle tune Jole Blon) has been a muse for me since we met. We struck up a quick conversation about Avedonand Suzy Parker and now she is always first to go when I am trying out new toys such as really expensive cameras.

This little creative project called for red. Red walls, red apple, red hair, red lips, red dress. Jenny Lynn scouted an area not far from her house in South Austin that held promise with red brick walls, aluminum cutouts and other little touches. Adrian with Revelry Beauty arrived at the happy in the morning time of 6am to get started on hair and makeup. I arrived too after shooting star trails the night before. My voice sounded like an old diesel starting up. Adrian however was chipper and awesome as always. After good amounts of caffiene were imbibed off to the location where we had 45 minutes of decent light before Jenny had to go to work and I had to go photograph a wedding.

But sometimes when you have the right creative team, it all justs comes together. Even when the pc sync cable is it’s unreliable self, even when the hotshoe is giving your radio triggers trouble. You just make pictures. And let me tell you, the files from that beastly Pentax 645z are outstandingly detailed and fabulous. We pulled 4 stops of shadow detail, and the dynamic range I feel truly shows off the combined beauty of Adrian’s work on Jenny Lynn. If you ever get the chance to shoot with a camera such as this, you better bring your checkbook with you because it’s going to be hard to give back. I feel bad that these are downsized version, because the originals are 6 times larger! Really impressed with the Pentax. Good menus, well built, weatherproof, and not as heavy or bulky feeling as it looks. We really enjoyed our time with it, putting it through the paces. I hope the lens choices improve in the near future to truly be a complete system.

Back to the photos after that little technical tangent. Most ended up being natural light that you see on the post because we had good morning light filtering in through the trees and privacy fence creating natural “cookies”. On the strobed photograhps we utilized a silver beauty dish for sharp contrasty light. One of the great parts of having working with Jenny Lynn so many times is her ability to find the light. Love models that pose with the light instead of the camera, makes for dynamic photographs I believe.

Well we hoped you enjoyed this little detour into one of our side creative projects. Hoping to have a few big ones this year as well.







October Mermaids: Underwater Series in Austin


The thing about mermaids is, you never quite know when they will show up to haunt you. Our ongoing project of photographing mermaids in the wild stretches back over 2 years now and we are just now refining our process to capturing these rare and unforgiving creatures. This set of photographs captures 3 sessions from one not so warm October day in 2014. Our first set features Kari and David in either a mating dance or perhaps an underwater turf battle. After the two of them swam furiously away, we found a mermaid in bright orange and yellow mysteriously floating across the surface of the water. We could not divine her intentions, so we simply snapped a few photographs of Nicole and awed at her grace. Lastly, we found Jennifer underwater and coaxed her into letting us take a few portraits of her, much like one does as a tourists in a faraway land. After she had her fill of us, off to the school of fishes to retrieve her young.

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Lauren & Joe: Bella Springs Wedding in Boerne, Texas


Beautiful fall wedding in the Texas Hill Country at Bella Springs in Boerne featuring the softball playing Lauren and the newly shackled Joe (see the groom’s cake?). We love our couples who have fun and don’t take themselves too seriously. Lauren was spotted laughing, smiling and showing her gamut of facial expressions. Joe’s highpoint, besides Lauren saying yes, was the custom built mini-bike getaway vehicle. In the ring photo below take note of the family built custom inset crosses the rings rest upon, just one example of the family support this couple will enjoy.

Make sure and scroll down to the sunset photos, they are some of our favorites. And the coming soon trailer is a hoot too, find out who forgot the rings!
















Jared & Megan: Inn at Wild Rose Hall Wedding in Dripping Springs


Happy Sunday Wedding Dance Party. Jared and Megan’s wedding was the perfect expression of two fabulous people coming together as one. The positive energy, the lightness in the mood, the smiles on guests faces are all the aspects that I will take away from this wedding. The venue, http://www.theinnatwildrosehall.com/, provided a fantastic backdrop to the day with the little touches here and there, the nooks and quirks that provided the Austin in the Hill Country vibe. The day went off without a hitch thanks to the planning and preparation of 11:11 Events. The floral designs from Sixpence Floral tied in so well to the theme and feel of the day.

Let’s talk about some of the firsts as we like to do because we believe every wedding has something we have never seen before. This was the first and probably only wedding in the near future that we photographed using the medium format Pentax 645z. The files took a bit longer to process but wow the detail in the photographs is just astounding. This was important to us because Jared’s father is a photographer from Georgia and I wanted to have something special for their day as a nod to his efforts.

Our favorite little moment occured when a three old guests took the mic during the reception and belted out Let It Go from Frozen. The entire crowd cheered her on, pretty neat few minutes.

Make sure and scroll to the bottom to see what our Coming Soon trailer for their wedding film and get a sense of what all the dancing was like!














Madison & Tom’s Engagement Session in Austin


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When discussing Madsion’s engagement session, she mentioned that she wanted to do something a little different, music to my ears! I have had an idea of photograph where the bride to be was floating through the air while the fiance anchored her down. Madison and Tom were perfect for this because Madison is a dancer and aerialist and had the needed body control to pivot off the unseen ladder. The weather cooperated as well, giving us the soft and gloomy light of a British countryside at the rolling hills of Commons Ford Park. The couples outfits added that last great element of posh, country elegance with a three piece suit and a red dress. I felt like they could have left a formal afternoon tea to take these photographs.

Our second setup of the day was interesting as well. Smores around a fire pit, Madison’s favorite pastime. Sounds easy enough, but I knew the light would be harsh just coming from the flames. To fix the harsh light we used three LED panels gelled orange and red to smooth out the light on Tom and Madison’s face and to give a bit of edge lighting to separate them from the dark background. We cooked marshmellows and burned a few until we got what we needed.

Looking forward to their wedding at the Downton Abby-esque Chateau Bellevue in the spring of 2015.






Nicole: Commercial Fitness in downtown Austin

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We are rebuilding our commercial fitness portfolio during this fall and winter. Photographing Nicole at the Thinkery parking garage is our first step in that process to update our fitness genre portfolio. We loved the geometry and color of the parking structure as a complement and a contrast to Nicole’s long lines. Part of our passion in the fitness genre is to showcase strong people, especially women, to serve as a better projection of what we can acheive. Nicole told me she had been doing two a day workouts for the month leading up to this session to get her body in the best shape she could. Love that passion and commitment.

If you are interested in showcasing your fitness this winter please contact us. And if you have a great story behind your achievements even better!







Bliss Bridal Cover Shoot at Hyatt Austin


Love our styled shoots with Bliss Bridal Magazine because we get a chance to connect and work with new wedding vendors. For the Fall issue we were at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Austin, Texas for the opening of the Hyatt’s new Zilker Ballroom. Part of our photographs were to show the scale and usage potential of the new ballroom. We had 2 model brides running around the Hyatt on a hot Texas August day to showcase the views and angles of the Hyatt property. Our video below walks you through the design process from the creative directors viewpoint so give that a watch too. Thanks to everyone who made these photographs a success!

Magazine: Bliss Bridal Magazines Fall Issue
Venue: Hyatt Regency
Models: Jill Love & Tiffany Chan
Photo + Video: AzulOx Visuals (www.azulox.com)
Florals: Arthouse Florals
Gowns: Blush Bridal Lounge
Rentals: Unique Events and Design
Cake: Baked by Amy’s
Hair & Makeup: All Dolled Up
Lighting & Lounge: Universal Sounds and Entertainment

We filmed our cover shoot for at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Austin.









Kelsey & Sean: Pearl Stables Wedding in San Antonio


Kelsey and Sean were married at Faith Lutheran Church in Seguin and the reception followed at the Pearl Stables in San Antonio. Now, where to begin on the fun stories of the evening. We started the day off by making the groom and his guys take photos in the pre-school room at the church. The mother of the bride was my pre-school teacher so we had to bring it full circle for this family affair. Continuing the family affair, the Orange Poppy (Josh’s Sister) was the florist for the evening and produce their usual brand of client specific floral pieces.

The reception was at an amazing new to us venue called Pearl Stables. The former home of the 60 odd horses that the Pearl Brewery used has now been fit and finished out to be a spectacular venue. It took us awhile to take in all the details before we could show it off photographically. Just so many details around the building with a history that is rarely seen in most modern venues. Inside the Stables was laughter, camradarie and a dance party to celebrate Kelsey & Sean. Spy the red headed boy doing the worm!

We are so happy for Kelsey & Sean and were honored to take part of their wedding day!