Been a bit of a whirlwind this summer with assignments and shoots around the big state of Texas. And truth be told this engagement session in Dallas had me a bit nervous. See, Antonio is a photographer himself and has high expectations. Michelle’s older brother turns out to be a running friend of mine. So we had a bit of pressure on either side to turn in something fairly epic. The shoot itself took place mostly in the Arts district in downtown Dallas and finished in a secret parking garage to get twilight skyline views. The pressure went out the door the moment we pressed the first shutter. Tonio and Michelle are just a riot to work with; funny, smart, charming and a very beautiful couple. We had a bunch of fun playing with water, light and lines in ways to tell their love story. My favorite is the last photo in yellow… comfortable in front of the camera much?
Running to a wedding near you in October Jared & Megan decided to have a bunch a fun on their engagement session and only moderately thumb their noses at no trespassing signs. We started around Barton Springs and the Zilker Hillside Theater for the open aired natural feel of the first photo in this post. We made a quick jaunt over to the Welcome to Austin postcard on Annie Street because Jared and Megan are both from out of state. And then the real fun began. Jared and I discussed how cool the new boardwalk around town lake is and wouldn’t it be nice to get some photos on it. After 2 or 3 false starts, and some gentle fence hopping we found a spot that gave us a great new view of downtown Austin near sunset. I think it will be a hugely popular spot once it opens in June.
The last section of our photos made me giggle too, because Jared reps Asics and Megan reps Adidas so they had a little competition to see who was faster and better looking, Meg won on both accounts for the record.
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You might have already seen Ivy & Dan from their Soaked Section of their engagements. We figured that today would be a good time to show off their “normal” downtown Austin and baseball themed parts to our morning engagement portraits. Downtown Austin was chosen based on Dan not being from around these parts, and the baseball because they met on a baseball field!
Normal is never a good description of anything that Ivy and I take part of, so we had to add some silly photos into the mix. Exhibit A is the Darth Vader Choke photo with Dan getting at least 4 inches of air time. Exhibit B is the tackle on the basepaths, I don’t think jumping on the shortshop is in the rules of the game. But mainly what we got to capture was their love and warmth for each other. Above all that to me is what stands out when I view their photographs.
Linda is a soon to be graduate of Cedar Park HS preparing to play volleyball as a setter for the University of Missouri. We love working with athletes like Linda. Uncomfortable at first but with a bit of coaching and mirroring Linda was using her athlete knowledge to pose and move to produce some stunning results. Of course it helped that she could flash her big wattage smile on cue, much harder to get her NOT to smile!
We had a great time using just one light and only 2 locations to produce a variety of photographs for Linda and her family to choose from. We love to provide a diversity in our work in terms of lighting, styling and composition. We feel that this is one of our hallmarks as professional photographers is to provide stylish photographs with our clients inputs. Linda and her mother knew they wanted casual feeling photos so we spent the first hour getting open shade and ambient with a slight mix of our softbox to pop her from the frame just a bit. Linda told me she also wanted a more Urban feel to a few of the images. We popped over the Castle Hill graffiti wall to get harder, edgier more contrasty photographs that fit the scene and mood. We utilized harder light modifier and placed them at steeper angles for graffiti set.
When choosing us for your photographer be sure and let us know the feeling and style you are trying to exude, and then you can be a star like Linda.
Regan is a Senior at Round Rock McNeil High school with many talents: playing ukulele, tumbling, backflips, harmonica, and apparently quick change artist. We did more outfits in a couple hour session than I wear in a week. Our first location was at the big rock in Zilker Park. This provided us with a nature-y background and an urban background with good views of the sky to boot with out pesky telephone wires. From Zilker we headed to South Congress armed with more outfit changes and a reflector. The natural grace that Regan possesses is best served by broad naturalistic lighting. A slight departure from the normal photos we post but for rational reasons. Walked about South Congress searching for light, background and attitude. Super fun afternoon!
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Before I get started on my experience, first let me give a huge thanks to my buddy Gordon Poon for making this possible, he is a good guy and a great pilot (because he landed).
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