Mimi: Seguin Senior Portraits

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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!
–JB
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Stephanie & Jason: Quirky, Cool Austin Engagements

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Love our engagement sessions! Stephanie and Jason are quirky and cool and fun to hang out with and then I get to take their pictures too? Just about an ideal afternoon for me. Our first stop was the graffiti park on 11th and Baylor to appease Jason, because the evening part of the session he was dressed according to a character on the show Justified, so we threw him a location bone. Our second stop was to the east side dive Sputnik. The light at the one booth we used was fantastic, the doorway was providing a giant softbox shaft of light for Stephanie and Jason to arm wrestle in. Apparently they bicker like an old couple, but I never personally witnessed it over the 4 hours we shot together. And lastly we hit up the apparently hidden location of Lake Pflugerville to simulate their upcoming beach wedding locale. Thanks to Furbish Vintage Rentals for providing this pitch perfect vintage couch on short notice, helped to finish the look. They look live a movie poster right?!

Looking forward to photographing yalls beach wedding on Memorial Day!
–JB

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Ashley T: Pflugerville Senior Portraits

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One of the joys of being a photographer in Pflugerville is seeing friends referring friends and then trying to top each other with their portrait sessions. Ashley is a referral and she has helped me out on shoots over the last year so it was a joy to photograph her Senior Portraits because she knew exactly what was coming. This fun filled shoot started with lollipops and ended with the stench of pumpkins behind the Methodist church but we will get to that.

We started at the coolest toy shop in Pflugerville, Toy Time, to get a few with the ring flash and her batman shirt. We bought a mask there so Ashley could be the batgirl of her dreams. We also might have rode a toddlers racy car but I am neither confirming nor denying that. From Toy Time we headed over to a field of round bales to get Ashley in the hay and the iconic Pflugerville water tower in the background. A new spot for me to shoot and a new angle on the water tower. Ashley had her cowgirl dud’s on, wearing boots, cutoff jeans and a big belt buckle plus those cool shades.

The middle portion of our session had us in one of my favorite Pflugerville photo spots, the waterfall on Gilleland Creek. Played around with shutter speed and a gridded flash to keep Ashley still but the water moving while still showing off some rare fall foliage. Ashley got soaked, I got soaked and the camera got wetter than I hoped, but the photographs turned out and that’s what matters. Our last stop is another place that I have driven past hundreds of times thinking that it would make a good photo spot and sure enough the old cotton gin near the Methodist church on Pecan was a great backdrop to Ashley’s smirk. The only issue we had was the rotting pumpkins from the halloween sale fermenting in the field next to us. Not pleasant.

And thus we have our tour of Pflugerville senior portrait session. It’s a fun feeling cruising Pflugerville making cool portraits. Already scouted some new spots so be sure to book your session soon and tell a friend!

–JB

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Wendy – Round Rock High Senior Portraits

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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 – Engagement’s in Pflugerville

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Anna & Anil aren’t what they say. On the phone discussing locations I heard about awkwardness, shyness, and not being photogenic. Liars! They are super fun, not afraid of anything, had us laughing and took great photos all around Pflugerville! We hit up a few spots in Cele, TX and then at not really a lake, Lake Pflugerville. We are looking forward to their wedding day in December.Continue reading

Miss Swamp Thang – Pflugerville, Texas

I am dangerous when my mind wanders as I run. I know this. On one of my morning run’s around Lake Pflugerville, I noticed a cool spot of land – kinda swampy, but shallow, and from there my imagination took off. I enlisted the help of several of my friends to pull off these photos, so let me get to crediting them first.

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First up is Flower Child Design, my partners in crime for a lot of my photoshoots this summer. I go and talk to Beau and Louis, and say, “I need swampy flower turned into wearable part for a couple of models.” I come back in 2 weeks and they have made bracelets, headbands, rings, sashes, belt and belt buckles all made of flowers, including my favorite, the starfighter lily. Seriously, this is not FTD stuff that they do, it is a meld of technical skill and a creative spark. My kind of people!

Kim applies the makeup to Megan at Flower Child Design

Second is Kim Salicki of Ashton Sterling Photography, she and her husband Greg have been doing a 365 project that I follow on Flickr. Kim had a few weeks where she painted her face up pretty wildly, so perfect for this project! She graciously did the makeup, and then turned around and got in the water with us to model as well. Thanks Kim!

Megan, Chelsey, Courtney and Kim get Growly

Third, my model crew. This was not one of those scorching Texas Summer days. More like chill of the autumn in October evenings. But my gang of Megan, Chelsey and Courtney, plus Kim, stood in swampy water, slightly shivering, for over an hour with questionable footing and fishies swimming past. Thanks yall!

Swamp Thangs!

We lit the scene with 4 lights. 2 small 430ex’s firing in the distance to illuminate the shadow side of the fence and reeds in the background. About 1/8 power, zoomed to 105. The main light was a AlienBee 800 in an octobox powered with a Vagabond (no explosions this time), planted safely in dry land on the boat ramp. Then I had a Canon 430exII in a 24inch EzyBox up close in 2 feet of standing water for edge or fill depending. The sun, what little we had left was the backlight.

Court Lookin Fierce!

My main directions were “fierce” , “growl”, “snarl”. I wanted them to be organic creature rising from the swamp, and not being too happy about it. This of course caused lots of laughter as I would growl back.

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And then, of course, I asked them to dunk their face almost all the way into the water – hat tip to Joe McNally on this one.

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Again, thanks to everybody who helped make this shoot a reality!