A Texas Tradition

There is a long standing tradition in Texas to have your family photos done while our state flower, the bluebonnet, is in full bloom.  They blanket hillsides for miles around, and you’ll often see cars pulled over in the best spots getting those precious snaps.  Ironically, a little-known fun fact is that rattle snakes also love bluebonnets!  Thankfully we didn’t encounter any on our recent mid-day shoot just outside our south austin neighborhood. 😉

 

A Cup of Sugar

I met up with my dear friend and talented baker Angela Cruz last weekend for a little baking extravaganza! Her cookie designs via her business A Cup of Sugar have been delighting eyes and tastebuds in Austin for several years now.  Made with a cup sugar and a lot of love, here are some shots from our cookie magic-in-the-making photoshoot!

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It’s A Family Affair

My husband, aka. Paco de la Familia, is really serious about music.  We have a room dedicated to his records collected over 25 years that span funk, soul, jazz, house, and many other genres across decades.  He pretty much always has one earbud in his ear as he searches for new musical tracks that stand the test of time.  His party, Family Affair, is a celebration of not only of all-vinyl music, but of family (kids joined in from 4-8p), friends, great food, and all around good vibes!  This was the second Family Affair party he hosted, this time along with the talented Leonard Trujillo from San Antonio.  Decorations were over the top, and the food, top notch sound set-up, and music selections did not disappoint!  I only had my camera out for a short while, but here are some images from the party.

Under the River and Through the Woods

Last weekend our family joined another clickin’ mom and her daughter to explore the seemingly magical Sekrit Theater in East Austin. This little venue is a photographer’s dream!  Many little nooks and crannies to explore and catch some wonderfully playful moments.  Here are some of my favorites from our shoot, which included some fun headshots for my husband who is also the talented DJ Paco De La Familia!

 

Austin’s Newest Human

Last weekend I had the pleasure of photographing one of Austin’s newest little humans, baby Lucas!  His brother was clearly very excited about the new arrival, although their dog Bella was still undecided (but she did grace us with a quick appearance for the camera).  Here are a few highlights from our shoot, which included the beautiful rainbow blanket that Grandma knitted for big brother and the book “Dragons Love Tacos” (that title just cracks me up).  I always like to include items that are special to the family as it helps tell the story of this special time in their lives.

 

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SoCo & a Little Bling

I met up with Vanessa of Aurora’s Blush handmade jewelry and the lovely model Grace Gloria on Austin’s funky South Congress strip last weekend.  We were there to shoot Vanessa’a new line of hand engraved jewelry.  Her bohemian and elegant pieces worked perfectly against the gritty and colorful background of South Congress, and Grace donned them beautifully.  Here are some highlights from our shoot!

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…And we can’t forget the beautiful designer!

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This Girl Knows Her Power Tools!

A few days ago I met up with the lovely and talented Vanessa Nicole, the designer behind Aurora’s Blush jewelry.  She is about to launch her new line of very chic and boho pieces, so we were scouting locations on Austin’s iconic South Congress strip for our photoshoot. Her signature hand-etched look is created by using a variety of rotary power tools, so each tribal and henna inspired piece has a unique look.  With a mix of precious gems and glittering druzy gemstones, these lovelies are hard to resist!  Here are some of our location shots.  We were looking for a mix of Austin urban with pops of color and light.

 

Not Yet of This World

Last week I had the honor of photographing one of the newest humans alive – little Ruby at just 5 days old.  Even for those of us who have children of our own, we quickly forget what a newborn is like.  Their eyes open occasionally and just search for all they know, their mother’s face.  Their thin limbs move wildly while they are awake, simply wanting to be held tightly as they have been in the womb their entire life.  They really aren’t yet of this world!  Such a reminder of how fragile and beautiful life is…

 

 

Capturing the Unspoken

In my quest to become a better photographer, I have been thinking a lot about how to capture that special something.  It is often a moment between a father and child, man and woman, or nature and human that really touches something in us as relational beings.  It is also in the light from the sky, whether it’s sun on the face, shining warmly on one’s back, or shimmering in the eyes.  Capturing that life-giving light in a still image can inspire a feeling like nothing else…  How does it make you feel?

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