Selecting an outdoor portrait location: by Mindy Ravines

August 4th, 2014

First rule of ‘Fight Club’…..oops!

Establishing an outdoor portrait location is the first thing on my ‘to-do’ list. Typically, the family is thinking ‘What will we wear?!?’ I like to determine the best ‘location’ look for the family based on what interests them.  This family knows me & I know them so it’s always easy finding a good fit ‘portrait backdrop wise.’ Monica had a few suggestions too (which I LOVE–I had no idea there’s a South Austin woman who painted her fence with cool Octopi Arms + a spaghetti monster!).  The boys loved it!!

My favorite location was the infamous ‘Hi, How are you?’ wall in Austin, TX. I LOVE the fact that Addison assumed the frog position…the imagination of a child is absolutely priceless! I find moments like that when a child feels comfortable to play & pose himself/herself the most rewarding for me!

Enjoy! XOXO

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Beautiful Brooke at Mayfield Park in Austin, TX by Mindy Ravines Photography

August 1st, 2014

Brooke is 6yrs old….It overwhelms me with emotion to see how much she has grown since we met (around 4 years ago). She traded in her building blocks for shiny shoes & ‘blue sparkle rainbow unicorns…..’

Being a girl, having a girl gets complicated. I love each & every pose Megan Brooke threw at me. Her playful personality shines through! XOXO

 

P.S. I threw in a random photo of one of the peacocks. Did you know people come by bus loads to see the peacocks?!? Straight up witnessed it….

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Mindy Ravines Photography visits Yellowstone National Park

July 16th, 2014

The trip was amazing: white water rafting (in Jackson Hole), horseback riding in the mountains of Victor, Idaho, a private tour of Yellowstone, coffee in the morning mountain air & fun games with loved ones. If your family hasn’t played Ellen Degeneres’ new game “Head’s Up” you need to. Immediately. Wait….if your family isn’t overly expressive…or doesn’t laugh out loud & come *this close* to an adult accident…don’t play! We had a blast! I wish I had ‘Rick’s’ dancing moment on video….oh my gosh….it will forever live in my mine, but OHHHHHH how I want to share that moment with you right now.

The memories we made will last  a life time! There was even a brief snowball fight….bison hair…elk crossing…good times! We did have the extreme joy/thrill of seeing a grizzly bear—the park ranger was present to ensure I didn’t take a step closer…I was drawn to him (gorgeous, fascinating creature—not the park ranger). I was enthralled with its beauty. Don’t get me wrong….we did have bear spray. Don’t go into a bear’s home base without it. You are a visitor in his/her world. Miguel Gaviria was our guide (through Alltrans/Graylin Yellowstone Park Tours) & I can not say enough about him. His knowledge & enthusiasm kept kids (ages 9-17) on the edge of their seats for 10 hours. The stories he told us were amazing…inside stores about bear attacks, the Yellowstone fires & the geysers. My IQ increased by simply knowing Miguel.

Take a look at our pics & let me know what you think….xoxo, Mindy!

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Senior Portraits at the Baylor Street Art Wall in Austin, TX by Mindy Ravines Photography

July 3rd, 2014

Senior portraits can be so much fun! Thinking about certain looks & locations that each individual relates to gives me the chance to do some creative thinking. I knew Megan liked the idea of the infamous ‘graffiti wall’ also known as the Baylor Street Art Wall at 11th & Baylor, but that was it….My creative juices took over & we were quite thrilled with the results (side street to an Austin Law Office as well as an alley with a lonely staircase). Everywhere you turn in Austin there is a cool ‘this’ or fun ‘that’ to use as a backdrop.  I had specific instructions from her momma: get her to smile. Frankly, the full on smiles weren’t my favorites…I love Megan’s sly, clever grin any day! Here are some of my favorites:

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Introducing baby Wyatt! by Mindy Ravines Photography

May 31st, 2014

Look at this sweet boy! He was welcomed home a little earlier than expected & it was such a thrill to see him home with mom & dad. I love to see new families at work. They look like they’ve been doing this ‘baby’ thing for years! Welcome to your wonderful family Wyatt!!

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Asleep in mom’s arms.

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For some reason I LOVE this one….

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Sweet dreams!

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Sweet little monkey!

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Lab-nation! Pet Portraits by Mindy Ravines Photography

May 1st, 2014

I absolutely love the personalities of Labrador Retrievers! Sweet, loving, obedient, fun-loving, fast-paced-full-throttle loving-life dogs….throw in some water & they are over the top fun! A face that screams ‘Happiness!’ A tail that won’t quit!! Our black lab, Molly, once sprang her tail swimming in Lake Austin…..she used it like a boat rudder.  She was an amazing dog!! Black labs will always be my favorite because of ‘her’….last Sunday  I met “Maggie.” She’s adorable & her partner in crime, “Logan,” reminded me of Tucker…just a bit. Be warned…you *might* want a lab after viewing these photos….

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Bluebonnets & babies by Mindy Ravines Photography

April 13th, 2014

Bluebonnets are everywhere this time of year! Austin’s crop is just outstanding. Julia & I discussed many locations & decided on Brushy Creek. We caught some sweet moments between her & her sweet baby Molly. This was a bittersweet meeting…we met before a few years back where Julia & I discussed our ‘Mollys’ while I photographed hers. My sweet Mol went to heaven about a year ago. I’m so happy Julia still has hers to cuddle with. Pets bring so much unconditional love to our lives. The sweet wag of her tail says it all….I’ve missed you, I love you to the moon & back! Much love to you Julia & your sweet Mol!! XOXO

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Birthday portraits by Mindy Ravines Photography

March 2nd, 2014
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I’m amazed looking at these photos….she looks so grown up…and she’s only 10 years old! She is mature for her age & holds herself well (meaning: her poses were captured here-her poses/her style). Here are my favorites…beautiful young lady that my son referred to as ‘beautiful!’ Oh dear…..

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Holiday portraits by Mindy Ravines Photography

January 20th, 2014

Holiday portraits are my favorite! Everyone is dressed up & excited about the holidays. Mom is thrilled to get everyone together, done A LOT of work getting everyone scrubbed & looking their best, and has everyone bribed to the fullest to be on their best behavior icon biggrin Holiday portraits by Mindy Ravines Photography Been there…done that! Plus I absolutely love the fact that I get to see the final product….the creative holiday cards that are the end result of a lot of effort. I get so excited handling each & every card to see the magic that lies hidden in each festive envelope. As a photographer I do honor my clients wishes to keep his/her session photos hidden until they have a chance to get their cards in the mail…that said…it’s torture for me! I want to blog immediately because I love each & every face I see on my computer screen! I am the luckiest girl alive to get to capture moments that fill my heart with such joy!

Each face *here* warms my heart. These children have been a part of my life since, well…since they were in the womb. I’ve seen  such amazing transformations from adorable, super chunky thighs…to the super intelligent young people they are today. I love to look back in my wonderful ‘mind rolodex’ of images of each of them  as babies & compare them to today’s look….Lucy still has her amazing curls! Wyatt’s smile is still super infectious. Sean’s once shy personality is now ever so charming…Serena’s love for her children is evident in each hug…she is an outstanding mother! When her babies are married & discussing their childhood…..their photos will say it all….mom played with them & was in love with them more & more with each passing day.  Thanks for letting me be a part of your family memories. XOXO

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Santa Claus came to A-town! by Mindy Ravines Photography

January 3rd, 2014

My little darling asked, “Does Santa ever bring puppies for Christmas?” My response, “Good question. All I know is that I never received a puppy from Santa Claus.” All the while knowing that this Christmas Santa would deliver the best gift ever! I was giddy with delight to see my little one’s excited faces to appear down the staircase. The look of complete & utter awe. The squeals of delight…I couldn’t wait! Both kids lost their minds for 5 seconds…then the fighting began, “Let me hold him!” After they each had ample cuddle time & the pup passed out from too much cuddling we all went back to bed. Thank goodness for naps because having a puppy is a lot like having a newborn baby. He was hungry, needed outside to pee, & back to sleep before I knew it. This cycle went on ALL NIGHT LONG. I was Christmas pooped! Too much Christmas fun & excitement. He’s 8 weeks old now & sleeping through the night! We take him on 2 walks a day to make sure he gets his exercise (aka make sure he sleeps through the night). We do not allow him in the neighbor’s yards or dog parks…he’s too young & susceptible to parvo. “Hank-the-Cowdog” is growing to love the little pup.

I asked Santa to send me any photos he had of the sweet boy prior to joining our family here in Austin, TX. He sent a few photos of him from one week old-3weeks old (that’s my story & I’m stickin’ to it!!!). Lola likes to sing Roscoe ‘jingle bells’ & other songs he probably heard while living at the North Pole. Little minds blow me away sometimes! She’s so in love with her little Roscoe! Thanks Santa for the special delivery XOXO

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One week old

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Sure you can use me as a pillow

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I LOVE this!!

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Wish I could take them all home with me!!!

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Uhhh, is that a dog on your couch?

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Ole blue eyes

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Merry Christmas!

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#bigpaws

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Why, yes…that is a dog on my couch.

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Sleep much?