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Shay’s Giraffe Bridal Portraits in Uvalde

We love a crazy idea. When Shay asked if we would go to Uvalde to make some epic bridal portraits, we said yes. I’m not a big fan of the word “epic”, but I think it is appropriate in this case. We started off searching the ranch for the giraffes with my truck. We didn’t have to look for long. One of the giraffe’s and her calf were hanging out near the front of the property among the mesquite trees.

Austin Giraffe Bridal Portrait - Austin Wedding Photographer - Epic Bridal Portraits

Austin Giraffe Bridal Portrait - Austin Wedding Photographer - Epic Bridal Portraits

Austin Giraffe Bridal Portrait - Austin Wedding Photographer - Epic Bridal Portraits

If you ever need to make friends with a giraffe, just bring a bag of carrots, or maybe a bridal bouquet. She seemed equally interested in eating either.

Austin Giraffe Bridal Portrait - Austin Wedding Photographer - Epic Bridal Portraits

Austin Giraffe Bridal Portrait - Austin Wedding Photographer - Epic Bridal Portraits

Austin Giraffe Bridal Portrait - Austin Wedding Photographer - Epic Bridal Portraits

Storm Cloud Bridal Portraits

Austin Giraffe Bridal Portrait - Austin Wedding Photographer - Epic Bridal Portraits

Austin Giraffe Bridal Portrait - Austin Wedding Photographer - Epic Bridal Portraits

Austin Giraffe Bridal Portrait - Austin Wedding Photographer - Epic Bridal Portraits

Austin Giraffe Bridal Portrait - Austin Wedding Photographer - Epic Bridal Portraits

Check out Shay and Jason’s Inks Lake engagement photos.

Hannah: Lone Oak Barn Bridal Portraits

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We just wrapped up photographing Hannah & Charlie‘s Wedding this weekend, so now we can share her fantastic bridal portraits from Lone Oak Barn. Lone Oak Barn is one of our favorite venues so we had to work hard to show off all of it’s potential. The wind had a mind of it’s own and presented us with 25 mph winds for the duration of the shoot. We started off inside to keep Hannah’s long locks in decent shape before we ventured outside to see what drama we could add with the wind. We ended the session with lensbaby 35 for some crazy light bending in the courtyard at blue hour. We hope you enjoy, and keep watching for their wedding post too, a guitar playing-singing groom?

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Stephanie: Camp Lucy Bridal Portraits in Dripping Springs

Camp Lucy Bridal Portraits

Stephanie’s bridal portraits from this summer were one of our hottest portrait sessions of the year. Temperatures were hovering around 108 degrees when we started our shoot. We definitely did what we could to utilized the air conditioned areas first, stayed hydrated, and then finished off with the outdoor sections a bit later in the day. I also remember laying on the cool concrete patio to keep my temperature down during the breaks in action. How Stephanie managed to look so radiant is another reason I will never fully understand the secrets that women hold.

Thanks to Camp Lucy for being accommodating during our session, we had a great time there for the bridals and for the ceremony. In case you missed them, here are Stephanie’s engagements on our blog, and her ceremony on our blog.

Camp Lucy Bridal Portraits

Camp Lucy Bridal Portraits

Camp Lucy Bridal Portraits

Camp Lucy Bridal Portraits

Camp Lucy Bridal Portraits

Camp Lucy Bridal Portraits

Cathie in Gruene: Bridal Portraits

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We have had tons of fun prepping for Cathie and Andrew’s wedding. Their gallery of photographs includes a Mad Men themed engagement session, a film engagement session, and now this Bridal session on the banks of the Guadalupe River in Gruene, Texas. So much gorgeous to photograph! Cathie brough along her mother and maid of honor to help with the props, the change of shoes, and make sure the dress stayed clean and dry as we positioned her in various spot around Gruene. Special thanks to Gilded Petals for their Floral Crown for the fairy image at the top.

Stay tuned for the wedding photos and as we took those last night and need a little bit of time to process them, hope these stunning bridals tide you over until then!

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Bella by Sara Style Shoot: Kiara & Bouquets

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We had the privelege of working with Bella by Sara Event Floral Design on a styled bridal shoot displaying a few of their new bouquet ideas. Leena with Singar Studios provided the hair and makeup for our bride for the day, Kiara, at a private residence in Dripping Springs. More of these photos will be used in Bella by Sara’s website and marketing in 2013, but we had to show off a couple of these today! Which bouquet is your favorite?

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Make sure and check out their work! These are vendors we have worked with repeatedly and love their execution of artistic ideas.

–JB

Cindy’s 10 year Bridal Portraits: Austin, Texas

Searching amongst the trees

What a blast we had last weekend photographing Cindy and her husband for their 10 year anniversary photos! I think this is a tradition that more couples should pick up because we all have a great time and the photos turn out super terrific. One of the fun parts is that the dress doesn’t have to look good in front of 100’s of people in the next few weeks, so we can get a little more adventuresome with our placements of the bride. Not that the we have ever been accused of being boring. We headed down to the Long Center area of Austin to get a few with downtown skyline views and then a few more nature feeling spots. We also knew that we would get wet at some point (although it was a bit cold for our semi-planned Barton Springs section) and there is a great fountain to play with next to Doug Sahm’s Hill. We also had a super cool Cypress tree that was just asking to be photographed. Trees are very demanding in Autumn.

Also, shout out to my conspirators at Flower Child Design for the bouquet, always stellar work.

Let us know in the comment section with of these is your favorite. And if you are married and have an anniversary coming up, these make great gifts! wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

Skyline views, but I only have eyes for you

Dancing near the arches

Playing in the fountain and maybe controlling the elements

–JB

Alyssa’s Bridals

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We finally get to share Alyssa’s Bridal Portraits! Been holding off on this post since early January. We ventured to the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio for their varied grounds and scenery. The place was just amazing to photograph at because we never had to move more than 100 yards for all of our photographs. Places like the McNay are great for stimulating the senses with Contemporary Artwork around the grounds.

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Chelsea – Trash the Dress Session – McMurtrie Farms, Pflugerville

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If you have followed my blog in the past year or so, you know that I love our local Pflugerville wedding venue McMurtrie Farms. Great facility that is continually getting better. The owner, Chelsea, had mentioned to me that she wanted to be a part of a shoot sometime and that “oh, yeah, I can fit in my wedding dress better than I did 10 years ago should we use that?”
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Wedding Shoot for Blushing Veil at Dunvegan Keep – Sneaks! – Austin, Texas

It's all about the 5 inch red heels


Just finished loading up the 700 or so shots from today’s photoshoot put together by Ms. Kristie from Blushing Veil Events staged at Dunvegan keep and a few downtown. My co-shooter today was Mr. James Griffith.

We had a great cast of talented models, willing volunteers, almost co-operative weather, fashionable stylists, wonderful hair and makeup, and a super cool venue.

Makeup Artists today included
Lana Johnson-Peter from 987 Beauty
Lori Green from Lovely Looks by Lori
Kaylin Johnson from KaylinJohnson Makeup Artist

Flower from my boys at Flower Child Design for their always impeccable work

On with the photos!
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Emily’s Bridal – San Antonio Bridal Photos

Emily at Woodlawn Park

Emily’s Bridal Portraits went awesome Sunday’s in San Antonio. I was assisted by my longest-time friend, Russ. Emily brought along Kate.

First off, the sky was beautiful, some wispy clouds, but otherwise blue. The wind continued my streak of Lubbock-like breeze patterns, hard and often. Undaunted, we set off on to the Deco District in San Antonio near Woodlawn Park. We roamed up and down the streets utilizing the funky architecture to fit Emily’s personality and wedding style.

Second, Emily is fantastic to work with. She claims to be shy, but I never saw that. Continuing another streak, she learned her model moves from America’s Next Top Model. That is a streak of 4 clients in a row for me, I had to confess again to watching it for the photography/modeling as well. Doesn’t help with the man card, but it helps with the photo card.

Em has a neo-funky dress which fit her awesomely, can’t show the dress yet, don’t want the groom peaking too much. Some traditions still hold and this is one I like.

Our favorite background is the one that Russ is modeling here.

Monroe Wall with Russ the Model

We went with an Orbis Ring Flash as the single light here. When Emily was in the frame, we used a white sheet as a scrim to block the sunlight and bring the ambient down some so that we could carry an aperture and get that ringflash look. If this makes no sense, head over to strobist.com .

Once the wedding happens in May, I will give it the full blog treatment with lots of pretty pictures!

— JB