Lindsay and Jim’s Pearl San Antonio Engagement Session

Scene at Pearl District San Antonio during Jim and Lindsay's engagement session - San Antonio Wedding Photographers

There was no reason to ask me twice if I wanted to shoot a Pearl District San Antonio engagement session. Lindsay and Jim are both architects and have designed their own home for themselves. I mean…they’re living the dream, if you ask me (but then I spend too much time looking at home plans). They’re the sweetest to each other! Lindsay’s fun-loving attitude and Jim’s ready smile were just a joy to witness.

It took us a while to not only land on a date but the right location for the session. The rain caused us to cancel a couple of times but we pushed through though the forecast was ominous. It turned out perfect! And it was a lovely excuse to get to discover a part of San Antonio I’ve never seen. Hey, I’ve been on a river boat cruise a bunch of times so I assumed I’d seen everything on the Riverwalk. Turns out that the Pearl is a real sweet spot for dining and people watching. And picture taking, of course.

They are getting married really soon and we are so looking forward to their celebration with friends and family.

Scenes along the San Antonio Riverwalk during Lindsay and Jim's Pearl brewery San Antonio engagement sessionJim and Lindsay show their playful side during their Pearl San Antonio engagement session Lindsay and Jim get close during their engagement session at Pearl in San Antonio ~ Austin Wedding photographers Gorgeous backdrops for a photograph at Pearl district San Antonio TexasScenes and vignettes during Jim and Lindsay's engagement session at Pearl, San Antonio Texas They get really sweet and intimate during their engagement session at Pearl in San Antonio, TX ~ San Antonio Wedding Photographer They get really sweet and intimate during their engagement session at Pearl in San Antonio, TX ~ San Antonio Wedding Photographers

Naila and Jamil

Jamil prepares for Naila to arrive

Photograph a proposal in Austin? I’m there. These are the kind of assignments that, forgive me, make my heart go pitter-pat. When Jamil emailed me about his idea to propose to his girlfriend—now fiancée—Naila, I couldn’t help but want to photograph it! His plan was to lead her in a scavenger hunt through favorite places in their hometown of Seattle followed by a plane trip to Austin. Why Austin? Naila spent a few years living here and collecting fond memories so it was a perfect place to propose.

Normally, I’d recommend a proposal later in the day however, Jamil’s plans didn’t just involve a scavenger hunt that spanned two states. Jamil not only arranged for both of them to fly to Austin separately but he also surprised Naila by flying in both of their closest friends and family. Seriously, how could she not say yes? Everyone they loved dearly in one place and then a meal together to celebrate afterwards. It was the sweetest gesture and I am seriously impressed. Aren’t you? Jamil put so much thought and heart into the whole thing.

After taking the time to enjoy everyone and celebrate their new fiancée/fiancé status, we got to take a little time and shoot a few engagement portraits. Of course we had to hit spots that they both loved and are iconic Austin. They’re the dearest couple and it was so sweet to get to spend time with them.

Naila makes her way to the last stop on the scavenger hunt - Austin proposal photographer

Jamil gets down on one knee - Austin proposal photographyJamil gets down on one knee to propose - Austin proposal photographers

 

Naila says yes to Jamil - Proposal photographers in Austin TX

Naila and Jamil - Zilker botanical garden portraits

Naila and Jamil suprised by family at their Zilker Botanical Garden proposal

Naila and Jamil suprised by family at their Zilker Botanical Garden proposal

Naila and Jamil's SoCo Austin engagement photo session - Austin engagement photographer

Naila and Jamil's SoCo Austin engagement photo session - Austin engagement photographer

Naila and Jamil's SoCo Austin holiday engagement photo session - Austin engagement photographers

Jamil and Naila's engagement session at Roadhouse Relics ~ Austin mural photos

Jamil and Naila's engagement session at Roadhouse Relics ~ Austin mural engagement photos

Jamil and Naila at the Austin postcard mural during their engagement session

Blue hour portraits for Naila and Jamil on Congress Avenue, Austin TX ~ Austin Wedding Photographers

Austin Business Portraits

I absolutely love a well-done, proper headshot for conveying professionalism and the right kind of connection with your audience. But sometimes, you want to go a little bit beyond the standard. Sometimes you want to convey a bit more of your personality and get a deeper connection with not just any audience but specifically your ideal clients.

A good business portrait shows a little bit more of your personality and makes you more relatable to those folks who are your target market. They are also an opportunity to showcase a little of your brand, not just your personality. A headshot is a formal, straightforward representation of you but a business portrait tells a bit more of your story, of who you are. And with a little bit of context, a good business portrait can also illustrate what you do.

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to join a styled shoot workshop and part of it involved exchanging headshots. I had the awesome opportunity to do a few for a couple of vendors as well as other wedding photographers. They’re wildly different results but that’s because they’re for wildly different personalities. How awesome! I took the time to also do some “at work” photos that include a lot of context. I love it when it’s not just a straightforward portrait but more of a story: how someone works, how someone communicates, a little character. Here are a few of my favorites:

Brooke Blodgett is a brand strategist at Ichor Creative. Ichor’s goal is to help small businesses and influentials make a difference with intentional branding and relationship marketing.

Brooke Blodgett of Ichor Creative ~ Austin Business Portrait Photographer

Ronnie Izon of Ronnie Bliss Photography is a wedding and portrait photographer inspired by idea of preserving seasons and moments in photographs as a legacy for future generations. She loved these shots of herself in the yellow and I’m personally partial to the one in black so I had to share it. Her laughter is infectious!

This is Elyse Herman, cofounder and cocreative at Bark and Beam. I don’t know that you’ll find anyone as hard working—and as creative—as her! Her floral arrangements are beautifully effortless in their feel. It takes a lot of time and care to get everything to look just so and she takes a lot of pride in what she does.

Elise Herman of Bark and Beam ~ Austin Business Branding Photography

This is Melody of Melodic View Photography. This girl! She’s living the dream! Melody travels to weddings through out the United States working in her mobile office. The only thing she loves more than photographing weddings and portraits is traveling to get there! She’s also a big nature lover and enjoys spending time at national parks. She has a real joie de vivre that I loved seeing in my camera.

Melody of Melodic View Photography ~ Austin Business Portrait Photography

Flavia Watkins had her own studio for a time but is now a full-time associate producer for Rebecca Chesney Photography. She requested a really moody black and white with her hood on. The others are a couple of my favorite. I loved getting to shoot these for her, especially executing the black and white one.

Flavia Watkins of Rebecca Chesney Photography ~ Austin Business Portrait Photography

Business portraits are a perfect option for small business owners, startup companies, realtors, bloggers, creative entrepreneurs, makers—any enterprise where good personal communication is a core value. If you’d like a way to bring greater connection with your ideal clients, business portraits that convey you and your brand might be just the thing.

I’d love to connect with you and make amazing images together. Get in touch with me at smile@mercedesmorgan.com. Tell me about yourself and your brand, and let’s show all that off in real, lovely pictures!