Hidden Treasures

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.

 

 

Following a Calling

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!

Let Her Eat Cake!

With their daughter’s first birthday right around the corner, I met this sweet little family to capture some fun images of them together.  As a mother of two myself, I certainly have a special place in my heart for one-year-old’s and birthday celebrations!!  The shoot of course wasn’t complete with out a cake to mash those precious little hands into.  I think it’s safe to say she enjoyed it ;).  Happy birthday little lady!

Making the Leap

For the last several months I’ve been eyeing Canon’s website to snag one of their refurbished 5D Mark IV cameras.  This is the latest of their legendary 5D series that is used by a large majority of professional Canon shooters.  While my 6D has provided me with stellar image quality over the last year, I really wanted a better auto focus system (these kiddos move so fast!).  Turns out those refurbished cameras are actually new cameras returned from retailers because they don’t have the new c-log added (more of a video feature).  What a deal! I finally pulled the trigger, and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

ps. Congrats to the Rankin family on their beautiful baby boy!!!  Thanks for letting me help capture all this sweetness.

 

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.

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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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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Buda Renewed – A Fun Location

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!

Red Bud Isle Park

Despite the sprinkles, we paid a visit to Red Bud Isle Park off Lake Austin Blvd to catch some more fall colors before they fade.  The cyprus there are a beautiful honey color, and the few sycamore are also looking a lovely shade or orange.  It was a bit muddy, so we’ll have to head back for a longer stay very soon!

 

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