I recently met a sweet family at one of my favorite natural spots in Austin for family portraits. 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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
…And we can’t forget the beautiful designer!
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…
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?
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!
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!