When I initially met this couple I knew I would have a blast photographing their wedding. He’s an architect & she’s an attorney. They compliment each other completely. He’s funny, smart, super silly & she’s down to earth, a natural beauty, & a bit brilliant. Their wedding venue was spectacular. I had never been to The Plant in Kyle, Texas, but I would LOVE to go back! This venue had it all: kitchen for staff to prepare & serve, outdoor swimming pool to enjoy, upstairs loft area with a super fun oversized swing to cuddle with your loved one on…I could go on & on, but just look at the proofs & see what you think….
I’ve learned a lot during my years as a professional photographer. If you ever become stale or stop learning-change your life-STAT. The continuation of growth & new life experiences is a must! I was recently asked to photograph a masters student at the University of Texas. Hmmmm….I had never considered photographing college seniors about to graduate & wanting to capture this moment in time. Genius! This is one of those times in your life when you think “I TOTALLY should have thought of that years ago!!!!” When I arrived at the infamous UT Tower. There were at least 10 other UT senior portrait sessions underway. One photographer followed us around…using our backdrops & our poses…awkward! I kept thinking “what is his client thinking?” Regardless, Ruth & I had a blast! I loved our time together & she loved her forever memories of her huge accomplishment. Thank you Ruth for keeping me on my toes & allowing me to be a part of your memories!
Have you heard of the McNeil Mavericks? My children will one day be Mavericks. AND I have enjoyed each senior I’ve photographed from McNeil High School in Austin, TX. This senior was totally laid back & wanted to do a quick 30 minute portrait session. I picked a location & we started chatting. Most of the time he was not aware I was shooting. I wanted him to feel relaxed & not so ‘in the spotlight.’ We accomplished all goals & mom was thrilled with the results. Here are my faves:
Social media is an interesting beast. Double edged sword. On one hand you painfully watch some friends spiral down in an ‘adult fit’ for everyone to see/read…while simultaneously watch the majority of your friend’s lives evolve & change in such wonderful ways. I try to ignore those in breakdown mode & enjoy the ability to keep in touch with hundreds of friends, ex-coworkers, & family members via one online source. Facebook has allowed me to reconnect with some cherished friends. Sarah & I go back to Junior High. I loved her carefree spirit then & now love to see it flourish in her sweet, beautiful, & highly intelligent daughter Ava. We picked up right where we left off so many years ago. Just as true friends so often do. She is just as radiant today as she was back in ’86 when we tried out for cheerleader together. Thank you for the wonderful memories yesterday, today, & tomorrow! I can’t wait to see our girls play together & hope Max doesn’t look to closely at sweet Ava’s beautiful smile. XOXO
I am a dog girl. Cats just don’t do it for me. I’m not a fan of litter boxes & I would worry if my kitty got outside….dogs are just as playful as I am. That said, here’s Inawei, a good friend’s new puppy.
Guess what? Anisa is 9 yrs old! I remember when she was little bitty! She and my daughter, Lola, danced together at Joyce Willett School of Dance. Seems like yesterday, but actually it was like 4 years ago! Anisa is growing up so fast & is turning into a beautiful young lady! This year we decided to head down to UT for some shots & end up with a special treat at Hey Cupcake! Here are some of my favorites from our latest shoot:
A good friend of mine asked if I would be interested in photographing his daughter with her bunny for Easter. He mentioned it to 2 other friends and we instantly had a mini portrait session lined up for Easter. The bunny & children were adorable!
I could easily have taken any of them home & introduced them to my family as theirs. My children would prefer Nutmeg….who wouldn’t want a pint sized bunny to snuggle with? Megan is one lucky girl to have Nutmeg to cuddle with–thanks for sharing Nutmeg with us Miss Megan! XOXO
First let me say that neither Monica nor I live in Georgetown, but sometimes a location speaks to you. In fact I want…wait…I *need* to shoot in Salado, TX sometime in the near future…..I saw a location I must use!
Anywho, Monica contacted me for a family portrait session & I had a location in mind. She was up for the drive…believe it or not NOT every Austinite is up for the 20 minute drive to Georgetown for a fun, colorful location.
Monica’s boys are a hoot! They were so much fun & loved the location. We did some fun shots of the boys, let them throw some rocks in the water (what boys doesn’t like that?) & then they invited me to dinner….I SOOO wanted to go. It’s hard to say no to such a sweet invitation, but I was supposed to meet my family at my MIL’s house….maybe I’ll get another invitation from the boys next shoot-maybe!
Meet Cuddles…she is a Maltese puppy. She is absolutely adorable. Too cute to not hold in your arms 247. Now…I want a puppy. I have issues….Sometimes I fall in love with my client’s pets…what can I say?! I’m a pet lover!!
The sweetest thing arrived in December of 2012.
I met Shannon in 1998….she knew then that if she had a baby girl she would name her Lily. She & Travis opted to NOT know what the sex of the baby was….What?!?! Who does that?!!!! And Why?!?! I was the kid who secretly opened her Christmas gifts with a letter opener & then taped them closed so NO ONE would know. Sorry Dad & Brenda….
Needless to say, I was completely frustrated not knowing the sex of her baby I love to shop for baby clothes as gifts & waiting to shop was hard! In fact as soon as I received the text “Baby Lily has arrived!” Guess where I went? Gymboree. They have the cutest baby clothes.
Back to Lily: She is the sweetest thing. Perfect in every way! She was a doll during our photo session. When I arrived she was asleep on grandma’s chest….adorable! I’m in love & dying to see her again…they grow so fast! My baby girl can’t wait to meet & hold Lily…she loves her too & hasn’t even met her yet! Love is such a wonderful thing!