An Austin Proposal Photography Session for Chris and Sara
Maybe proposals are my favorite. The one Chris planned for Sara was incredibly special. Incredibly personal. Incredibly sweet!
Chris got in touch with me to capture the big moments and let me know that it was going to be pretty simple. I like simple but there are still many little details that go into something like this. So we worked to make sure that nothing was left to chance and every bit of the emotional moment would be captured.
One of the things they love to do together is grab drinks near the Long Center and then they talk a stroll on the way to a certain bench. Somehow, through the time they were dating this particular bench became theirs. They’d sit and talk for a long time and just enjoy each other’s company. It just had to be the spot where Chris would propose.
And it worked like a charm! Chris was brilliant: the ring box he had especially made for Sara was hidden in his right boot. A pack of tissues was stashed in the other. Boots are practical footwear, you guys! I imagine—well, I’m pretty sure—his mind was all about Sara and her reaction as they walked toward their bench. They sat and talked for a while and Sara was already a little emotional. When Chris bent down to get the ring, it was clear she saw what was coming. And it was the sweetest thing! They both got so emotional and incredibly happy. There was so much kissing and hugging and there were tears.
I let them alone for a few minutes before we did a few portraits for them. A moment like this needs some time to process alone together so I made sure they had that. After time for more portraits, more happiness and lots of pretty light, they made sure to get in touch with family and friends to make their announcement. I can just imagine how happy everyone is for these two!
i want to give a big, giant thank you to my friend, Simi, for being there for me and serving as an epic decoy! I can’t wait to share her photos with you.
Noah’s Austin Senior Portrait Session at Downtown Austin
I loved this session so much because I love this guy so much. He’s ours and I can’t believe he’s a senior and graduating class of 2017.
Was it just yesterday we were hanging out at the park and we were playing on the slides? When he was playing drums with the tupperware and chopsticks? When he gave his first public concert at his fourth birthday party on our fireplace hearth? When he was putting holes in the knees of his pants playing Hotwheels?
Now he’s making music in the studio he paid for on his own and continues to teach himself how to work amazing things with sound. But it’s been even more gratifying, as his parents, to watch him grow in his own faith and walk in the Lord. God has blessed Noah with a generous spirit and a heart to serve Him with his gifts. He’s an amazing person and we can’t wait to see where God will take him.
I wanna say more, but it’s a bit on the tough side. I need tissues. Love you so much, Noah.
Kristyn’s Austin bridal photographer session at Austin’s Vintage Villas
The bridal portraits are certainly a southern US tradition but, in my humble opinion, it’s a lovely tradition that can stand to be adopted elsewhere!
Kristyn’s mom, Karon, got in touch with me to do her bridal portrait session at the last minute. It was so fortunate that I was available and got the chance to meet them. The portraits were photographed at Austin’s Vintage Villas where the wedding would be taking place. It’s not hard to see that Kristyn has a sweet and engaging personality and a ready laugh! Let’s have a look, shall we?
Why do a bridal session? Just a few thoughts on bridals from an admitted fan:
Bridals means more gorgeous photos of you in your dress.
Enough said, right? Who wouldn’t love a few more to pick from? A wedding day can offer only so much time for portraits that you could get from a dedicated session. Think of how fun it would be to have the luxury to do a dream photo session in your gown? And as a photographer—one who clearly enjoys this sort of thing—I get to play with poses to see what works and also learn from your mom how to get you comfortable and be yourself. By the way, thanks mom!
You get to wear the dress more than once.
True! How fun is it to get to put it on and get the warm fuzzies in anticipation of your Best Day Ever? If you do the session around six weeks before, you’ll have a chance to check for any last-minute adjustments and alterations that might be needed. Doing a bridal session means you get to do more than stand there for the seamstress to pin the dress. You move in the dress, sit in it, spin in it, and get to have a real good feel for where things may need any changes.
Hair and makeup test run opportunity.
Like getting to wear the dress more often, it’s kinda fun to get all made up, don’t you think? It’s great way to get to check and make sure your hair and make up artists are on the same page as you and request any changes if needed. By the way? I’ve got names of some hair and make up artists that I love to recommend because they’re just amazing.
Just a few thoughts but maybe you have ideas of your own to share? I’d love to hear about them. If you’ve decided on a bridal session of your own, let’s make it happen!