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The End of Summer - Grace Heritage Wedding

The End of Summer - Grace Heritage Wedding

September is only hours away and most of us get nostalgic, if not a little weepy as we say goodbye to our days of summer to memory. And for this bride, who had an early summer wedding at Grace Heritage in Georgetown, you picked the best summer day to get married - those stunning pink heritage roses were in wild summer bloom all over the place. 

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From Kansas to Georgetown - A Glamour & Makeover Senior Session

From Kansas to Georgetown - A Glamour & Makeover Senior Session

Meeting Emily was certainly a highlight of this summer. In town to visit her grandparents, this small-town Kansas beauty absolutely lit up in front of my camera. As always, from her hair and makeup makeover to the final portrait reveal, we carefully planned her wardrobe, directed her posing, and sustained her with lattes to give her a true portrait experience. 

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Tactile.

"tac·tile"

ˈtaktl,ˈtakˌtīl/
adjective
of or connected with the sense of touch.
See also: tangible, palpable, 
material, physical, real, substantial, corporeal,solid, concrete

When I go shopping, it doesn't matter whether I'm "just browsing", or hellbent on finding a particular item: I let my hands graze the clothing, feeling the sensations of each fabric, the differences in stitching of each garment, stopping and pausing at the silks, the satin, the leathers, the gauze.

We are human, therefore we are tactile. We communicate through touch. We connect through it. We love someone - we touch them. We comfort someone - we hold them. Images are the same way. In this world where we can shout into the virtual void and create untouchable acquaintances in the abyss of the internet, and turn out instagram-after-instagram of stomach-turning falsities, it is more important than ever to hold our most precious memories, our families, and our likeness in tangible heirlooms. So that we and our friends and family can interact with the images. Hold the weight of them in our hands. Feel the substance in the pages, watch the sheen of each turn, smell the raw leather or nubby linen. 

Creating keepsake albums for proud coffee-table display is my deepest passion, and I can finally offer that to my clients. These are my pride and joy. 

The larger album is my 10x10 leather in "Baby Elephant", and the smaller album is my 8x8 linen in "Caribbean". All of the albums are 40 pages but we can always add more :) I bring the 3 swatch sets to each consultation so that you can get a feel for them at the start. All of the albums come in a custom canvas bag and wooden keepsake box for safe-keeping.

*happy sigh* these are my babies. I love them so much, and I promise, you will too.

 

Sisters

IMG_0122-EditThis was a darling shoot I had the pleasure of doing in Oklahoma City while I was visiting last weekend. These two girls are some of the closest sisters I've ever known and I wanted to bring out the sweet relationship between them, and how they've grown close in so many ways as they've stepped out of childhood and into this teenage molting, these two fresh beauties, dipping their toes in life. This shoot was a step of personal growth for me as well - trying out new techniques, new looks. My work has evolved so much, yet when I look at it, it's still me. It's still my thoughts, my visions coming to life before me. Creating is in my blood, very literally (we were a handsy-sort-of family growing up - always crafting or making or glueing or hammering or painting. The need to MAKE, to CREATE, to FORM is a strong one for us.). Nothing brings me as much joy as being able to create beauty and to bring it out of people. I actually COULD NOT WAIT to get home and finish the final product on these.

PS: enjoy the cameo by Ash, the kitten :)

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This is what makes us girls.

Wait," I said. "You booked a flight for which weekend?" Post elopement/honeymoon, sometimes things get lost in translation, and my trinity of friends all booked their flights for the April weekend before my wedding reception, following my hazy affirmation of plans. However, in their true Romantic fashion, they turned tragedy into triumph and we enjoyed a perfect girls weekend in Austin, sipping wine, sharing memories and stories, tasting new foods, people watching, taking hikes, making friends, hammock lazing, baby-playing, enjoying late night jazz (all dressed up) finding breweries (yes, still dressed up), eating giant pizzas in the country, hunting for tacos.

There were more pictures than what you see here (captured digitally) but alas, I am still acquiring the hang of film photography and it seems my little film camera wasn't actually taking pictures. Grateful for the 21st century and my trusty DSLR :)

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S.M.A.R.T. Orchestra Benefit and Gala

On Saturday I had the immense pleasure of photographing the San Marcos Artist's Retention & Training Orchestra Benefit and Gala. Red carpet and everything. I photographed probably 150 people (some of them multiple times!) before the gala, during intermission, and after the performance - so in maybe an hour and a half? I learned so much about people and how they interact with photography, how they pose, how they are comfortable or uncomfortable, how they want to be seen, etc. ...

But the biggest lesson I took away is that people want to be photographed. We want images created of ourselves, lasting representations of who we were in a moment. We pass these images on to our friends, to our family, down through the generations. We hang on to newspaper clippings of grandparents and frame them. What do we do when the new boyfriend comes along? Yank out all of the dusty photo albums and show them our heritage, our family, our moments.

People want to be photographed and have their memories documented. I came away realizing on an even deeper level what it means to be a photographer - to have the key to creating lasting memories, quality products that will last lifetimes is a worthy, honorable profession I am thrilled every day to have chosen.

Just A Little.

There's something about babies. You know? Something incandescent, fleeting, priceless about their little beings. The tiny, stretching hands, the round little bellies, the full trust. The littleness, yet the magnitude. I'm not a mom yet, but someday I'll get to understand what this it's like to create magic.One of my favorite newborn sessions was back in October, with little Leo, and recently I got to photograph this little one as well. So much preciousness. Or... maybe my friends are just trying to give me baby fever. Whichever. I'm not complaining.

 

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Ballet Tap Jazz Portraits in Austin & Georgetown, TX

Last year I got to do some recital portraits for a local Austin dance company and it. was. the. best. All these cute little girls in their cute little costumes and little dance shoes and little dance poses. I mean, some of them are barely out of diapers and had only been dancing 6 months, and gosh, these faces. BONUS: an older dancer is featured at the bottom! They have some pretty serious dancers, too! On a more technical note, up to this point last year I'd been a bit intimidated and put off by studio lighting, but once I tried it, I was hooked - the idea that you can create light in a dark room and manipulate it do what you say??? Pretty freaking cool. So I took these.

Tarrytown Dance Portraits 2014
Tarrytown Dance Portraits 2014
Tarrytown Dance Portraits 2014
Tarrytown Dance Portraits 2014
Tarrytown Dance Portraits 2014
Tarrytown Dance Portraits 2014
Tarrytown Dance Portraits 2014
Tarrytown Dance Portraits 2014
Tarrytown Dance Portraits 2014
Tarrytown Dance Portraits 2014
Tarrytown Dance Portraits 2014
Tarrytown Dance Portraits 2014
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Coffeeshops & Nurseries | an Austin engagement

Amy and I had the chance to meet each other when I first moved to Austin nearly a year and a half ago (!) and I think we both realized we had a lot in common (right, Amy?!) - we were at the same place in life, with similar interests and aesthetics, both artists, both tall, both blonde (ha...), both bloggers (check out Amy's blog here!), both wanderlusts. It was only fitting that we got engaged within a month of each other! On a Wednesday in November, Kurt asked me on top of a hill, and then 3 weeks later, Justin asked Amy, on a Wednesday, in a small, historic theatre in the balcony.

I died when Amy asked me to photograph their engagements and wedding (coming up in a few months!) and I'm so excited to share these two and their tenacious love.

Bonus: Amy let me take a few snapshots of just her at the end of our session, which are included at the bottom! Keep scrolling! Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin EngagementAustin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin EngagementAustin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin EngagementAustin EngagementAustin EngagementAustin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement Austin Engagement