austin graduation portraits remaining dates for spring graduation

Austin – area seniors!

It’s time to schedule graduation portraits for 2018 spring commencement.

If you wait till the last day to schedule your session you’ll be with every other graduating senior in your school. There are lots of opportunities to get unique session images that aren’t like every one else’s!

Email me and let me know what kind of look you’re going for. All sessions include a free what to wear consult!

The remaining dates are listed above and going QUICKLY so don’t hesitate to get in touch today. Text your mom and let her know you want graduation portraits done by April!

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Have you met many 2 year olds who can talk for over an hour straight? Lila can and boy is she a pro chatter. I spent around an hour getting to know her during our Mommy and Me session at home here in Austin not long ago.

Over the winter I decided to work on more personal projects, photographing my friends I thought were the coolest and needed to be in front of my camera.

Caitlin (professional baker / owner of Wyeth Patisserie) and her daughter Lila were first on the list. How could you NOT want to photograph these two beauties? She graciously welcomed me in on a dreary, cold February morning where her and Lila baked muffins together, something so sweet and perfectly, honestly, truly them.

It was really nice to hang out for just a few hours in Caitlin’s home, no fuss, no pressure or stress to pick a perfect location. I think Miss Lila liked having another person with a camera to ham it up.

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How do I begin to describe what visiting the high desert of  Texas is like? I’m sure by now everyone knows ~Marfa~ for the Prada store, Beyonce visiting and the intriguing art scene. But the desert, the desert is the biggest part of it and to take that 7 hour drive (from north Austin) you really get to know yourself (and your car pal).

Miles upon miles of wilderness, open land for your mind to just wonder about how you’d make it to the nearest grocery store (like how do you Amazon Prime to a non-existent address?) and wander across the scrubby mountains taking in all the landscape for what it offers.

In October, my friend and fellow wedding photographer Elissa R asked me to be her road trip buddy to a wedding she had to photograph. Since I wasn’t the hired photographer, I decided to do a technical challenge and photograph my trip using only my iPhone 6s and a Holga. A Holga is a toy film camera that is famous for creating light leaks and low-fi, dreamy slightly blurry square photos. You basically have rudimentary exposure settings  (sunny, partly sunny, cloudy, single person and group of people) and no way of knowing if it’ll turn out so you kinda just guess and hope for the best.

My particular camera has a huge chunky light leak area that I haven’t quite figured out where I need to tape it better so you’ll see the same white blob in all the photographs. Sorry.

I decided to make this a black and white only post and save some of the color, iPhone shots for a different day. Something about the format/aspect ratio all being the same make my visual planning self happy. Enjoy.

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The cool thing about a manual advance camera is trying double exposures (meaning you shoot two photos on one shot/frame). Above and below were what I call “great idea in theory — somehow not working out in practice”   prada marfa portraits in black and white with a bohemian bride Holga wedding portraits outside prada marfa in west texas

So much love for this sweet, simple, heavy on the laid-back DIY feel, wedding at one of my favorite central Austin venues, Mercury Hall over the summer. What a joy it is to be a part of intimate weddings where the couple is able to ~actually~ socialize with their friends and family.

Details like the small bud vases with pink flowers and the intricate macrame ceremony backdrop really set this wedding apart from the rest. Thanks to Elissa R for having me along and having me photograph this special day.

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