If you’ve ever visited Austin, you know that one of our town’s signature areas is South Congress. It’s a funky mix of old (think Lucy’s in Disguise Costumes) and new (think boutique hotel San Jose) like so much of Austin is. I met a dear (and very talented baker) friend and her family for some fun portraits, and this area didn’t disappoint! After stopping here, be sure to check out her amazing and delicious cookie creations on insta!
I recently met a sweet family at one of my favorite natural spots in Austin. It has been a record fall for rain in central Texas, so I knew the creek would probably be up. I was not prepared for what we found though – a literal river off a ledge that is normally dry! It was quite a sight. Luckily this family was up for a little water play and didn’t mind the puddles. We even got some hints of fall thanks to some sycamore trees at the water’s edge.
With the weather starting to cool, our little family headed west to the charming town of Wimberley, Texas. We staid at Montesino ranch, which is an active farm while also hosting guests and weddings. When we first arrived, the kids headed towards the beautiful garden. A man there introduced himself to our son as Farmer John, and promptly showed him how to pull a carrot from the ground. He was delighted to see what was at the end of those green tops! After that we couldn’t keep him out the garden (luckily Farmer John didn’t seem to mind). There’s nothing like some time in the wide-open outdoors to really help you slow down and enjoy what’s right in front of you.
A dear old friend recently contacted me about a session for her family. Our friendship actually goes back to 5th grade, many girl scout camping trips, marching band, and even freshman year of college (we were roommates)! It was wonderful to meet her sweet family and hard to imagine how much life has passed since we last saw each other! Here are some favorites from our shoot.
Recently I met up with a sweet friend and her babe, who I had the pleasure of photographing as a new born. The setting was one of Austin’s many hidden treasures, a tranquil spot along upper bull creek. I couldn’t help myself and snapped a few shots of this darling duo. I have such a soft spot for mamas and their little ones! Looking forward to seeing this little lady continue to grow.
A friend recently shared with me that God has called her family to start an electric bike company for our area. After a number of events/conversations that were too many to call coincidence (and could only be confirmation), she and her husband took the plunge and purchased a fleet of electric bikes. I went for a spin on one with them a few weeks ago to capture some images for their new business as well as their family. I’d never ridden on one before, and it was so much fun! We took a spin across Mo-Pac outside of the Travis Country neighborhood and down the new pedestrian bridge that crosses the scenic greenbelt. They will be officially open for business this fall, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for their little enterprise!
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?