Richie & Lindsay: Wedding at The Mansion in Austin, Texas


Our team was transported in time for Richie & Lindsay’s wedding at the timeless Mansion/Federation of Women’s Clubs. Between the classic Chuck Taylor’s on the Bride to the barbershop quartet of Richie & The Groomsmen (yes, I have dubbed them so) to the amazing reception entrance with the bride and groom serenading each other like something out of West Side Story, we had to feel our smartphones in our pockets to remind ourselves that the year was in fact 2015 and not 1955.

Thanks to Richie & Lindsay for having us there to capture their singin’ & dancin’ shenanigans, the faces of the crowd told the story of the love you share with each other. Also, sparkler exits are scary!

Thanks to the great vendors that give us so much to photograph and film:
Planner: 11:11 Events
Venue: The Mansion
Florist: Bella by Sara
Food: Chi’Lantro
Band: Skyrocket














Megan & Shepherd: Wedding


Looks and Love. Megan and Shepherd are a couple who Look at each other and you can feel the Love they have to each other, how no matter the storms surrounding them they are their own island of happiness together.

The wedding itself took place at Vintage Villas in Austin, Texas on a day that was tempting to become a storm but like their love for each the storm clouds receded and the weather and day turned magnificent. Music and Dance filled the day from the harpist to the mano a mano dance off’s in this crowd of professional dancers. The music played and their bodies told the stories of the songs. Was something like photographing an music video with all the pops and locks the cool kids were doing. Shepherd even surprised his new bride with a musical serenade, that took courage!

Lots of fun touches on the night but my favorite was the sugar rush of a candy buffet they had during the reception. We felt that was a fun place to take a photograph of the wedding bands against the candied backdrop.

We even ended the night with one of our sparkler lit scenes seen in the photo above. And yes we did this in one shot. Mainly because that is all the sparklers we had left.

Congratulations to Shepherd and Megan, may all of your days be filled with Dancing, Music, Love and the Looks you give each other.

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Jonnie & Jim: Engagement Photos in Zilker Park

Love Bugs on the Zilker Lawn

Love Bugs on the Zilker Lawn

We love couples that come to us and say, “We love your work, make us look good, we trust you with the rest!” We mixed up some traditional looks and posing with dramatic one light techniques to get you the variety you see in the post. We also mixed in some natural light, slow shutter speed and for one set a tight spot grid on a big strobe. Lots of looks in just a few hundred yards of real estate and 2 hours.

Jonnie, how cool is that for a woman’s name!, wanted the traditional and the experimental. We can do that. The Zilker Park area is perfect because it’s beautiful, has downtown view and is the outdoor soul of Austin. That is challenging when we want to focus on just two people though. So for one of our “experiment” shots, we slowed our shutter speed way down to blur the hikers, bikers, and runners on the trail to focus on the stability of the couple.

Love is Tranquil, Everything else is Chaos

Love is Tranquil, Everything else is Chaos

We also played with the cool gazebo at Lou Neff Point, utilizing the graphic element of the lattice work against the sun in the sky. We have a bunch of silly ones from this area as well, but those will have to appear sometime later. But check out the blingy jeans Jonnie has on, sassy!

Dancing Dip

Dancing Dip

The next photograph is maybe my favorite from the session. Between the serendipity of the flock of ducks in the top of the frame, the leading lines of the old fence, to the expression on their faces. This photo just makes me smile on many levels.

Sectioned Skyline

Sectioned Skyline

For this last image I put on a long lens and tight spot grid (15 degree) on my big light. I told Jonnie and Jim to just play and dance and be involved in each other. Look at the way the highlights and shadows play with the rocks and the water. The spotlight highlights the couple at the top of the frame. Real fun to make this one happen. Hundreds of people passed by while taking this set but you would never know from how Jonnie and Jim are looking at each other.

Alone in a Crowd

Alone in a Crowd

Super fun couple, looking forward to photographing their wedding at a new to me venue, Peacock Ranch in Gatesville, Texas.

Wendy – Round Rock High Senior Portraits

Sunny Folklorico

Wendy and I have been planning her Senior Portraits since last year when we photographed her sister Haide’s. Wendy said she is more adventuresome than big sister and was she ever. We traipsed up a rickety staircase with gaping holes while she wore a floor length evening gown and played the violin. Then we went to Lake Pflugerville where she donned her Folklorico dance costumes in front of about 100 people. She danced in and out of the water with the sun setting until she could dance no more. And I just love the photos! Here are a few more.
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Anna & Anil – Wedding First Glance

So much love and energy in the air, not to mention an impending honeymoon departure to New Zealand, that I just had to get a next day preview of my favorites from Anna & Anil’s Wedding Day. We were there for Anil’s Ganesh Puja with a very nice Indian lunch all the way through the bubbles that Anna and Anil ran through with their intrepid guests. We loved the couples speeches. One of our photographers might have cried a little bit (yes, me). The family, the dancing, the hugs, the great details, and outpouring of love from everyone in attendance made for a super special day.

A quick shout out to Kirra and her crew at DNA Events for the any-hour-of-the-day updates and information. And we do have photographic proof of your dancing, uh, skills.

The second big thanks goes to Leena Bajaj at Singar Studios for her Henna detail work, 2! Bridal looks and for the fact that she brought a double sided reflector to the ceremony. Our photographer friends will appreciate that nugget.

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Alex the Dancer – Austin, TX

Think "California" was the inspiration for this shot

What a fun and energetic photoshoot with Alex last night. She needed images for her Dance tryouts in L.A. toward the end of the month, so we covered a few different styles of clothing and dance.
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