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. 😉
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!
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?
A friend and fellow photographer and I met over the weekend to get some some shots of the kiddos and practice our skills. It was an overcast, moist day, but we were lucky to get a little glimmer of sun close to sunset. With some fall colors hanging on and a few props (thank you husband for bringing the bubble machine!), we got some keepers.
Our plans for a sunset maternity mini shoot got rained out, so we opted for plan B- portraits at the historic Driscoll Hotel in downtown Austin. The Christmas tree was beautiful, and despite the afternoon tea happening in the hall, we were able to get some shots that included one wild little toddler. Baby Ruby will be here any day now!
My sister had at the great idea to do a photoshoot with the cousins as a gift for the grandparents. We had to meet mid-day, so we needed somewhere with lots of shade to create even light. My husband suggested the newly redeveloped Buda Mill & Grain. Some landowners that he knows through his work at Hill Country Conservancy played a big part in helping to restore this historic location. It created an interesting backdrop, and the kids had a blast with the balls, hats, and glitter!
Our friends the Tidwells joined us for some fun out at our place in Mason this week. I’ve been wanting to take a stab at formal family portraits, and was excited to use some of my new knowledge on posing families in a natural and fun way. I’d say, over all I’m happy with the images I was able to capture, and I also learned a ton in the process! It was late in the day, the weeds were thorny, and the kids were tired, so we only had time for a few poses in one location. The setting sun and the fall grasses were just perfect though!