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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Do you ever feel like you just *get* someone immediately? From the very first inquiry to meeting for local beers at Easy Tiger, I got this feeling I had known Leah & Dan for years. I thought maybe this would be my favorite and possibly best wedding from 2017.

I wasn’t wrong. Leah and Dan’s sunset Wildflower Center wedding was cozy, laid-back, and full of laughter. Leah, originally from Austin but now living in Chicago, wanted a nature center wedding that reflected all the things she loved about living in the hill country.

After a friend set them up together at her own summer camp wedding in the Adirondack Mountains, they took a chance at a relationship. Flash forward to November and the same friends were able to fly down to enjoy warm Austin evening, drink some Austin Beerworks Pearl Snap and enjoy re-living some more embarrassing life moments.

I hope I can show you just how special this wedding was to me as a by taking a look at these photos. Leah and Dan’s sunset Austin Wildflower Center wedding was special. And it had a great band (friends of the groom).wildflower center library getting ready getting ready at the lady bird johnson wildflower center first look at the wildflower centernatural light portraits at the wildflower center candid and real wedding photography at the austin wildflower center ladybird johnson wildflower center wedding portraitsnatural light portraits at the ladybird johnson wildflower center in austin texas leah and dan at their wildflower center wedding in austin black and white candid of a groom and his mother laughing together at an austin wildflower nature center weddingaustin beerworks beer detailsunset wedding ceremony at the austin ladybird johnson wildflower centerblack and white photographs at a night time wedding at the austin texas wildflower center sunset wedding ceremony in black and whitefirst kiss outside after dark groom shows off his new wedding ring mom examines her son's new wedding ring moments after the wedding ceremony austin wildflower center wedding photography candid austin wildflower center wedding photography couples dance under string lights at an outdoor austin wedding ring shot at the wildflower center fall wedding at the wildflower center in austin black and white photograph of a couple dancing under the lights at the wildflower centerLovely Day Events – Kierstin Schupack

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This West-Texas inspired indie wedding was a dream to shoot.

Gorgeous, relaxed bride in a stunning, high-neck sleeveless lace dress that reminded me so much of  a modern 1970’s macrame. Cerulean long, bridesmaid dresses paired perfectly with the deep, bold florals perfectly designed by Visual Lyrics Artistry. I’m so in love with this wedding day style!

Thanks to Forever Photography for letting me second shoot this beautifully laid-back intimate wedding at The Greenhouse at Driftwood.getting ready room in the greenhouse at driftwoodbride laughing while her bridesmaids get her dressedbride getting ready detail photograph at the greenhouse in driftwoodaustin wedding photographer at the greenhouse at driftwood outdoor ceremony photographsgroomsmen smiles at bride during his best friend's wedding west texas inspired details of flowers and a painting at wedding at the greenhouse at driftwood, visual lyrics artistry floralsmodern glass and cerulean blue table decor at an outdoor wedding in austin texas wedding toasts outdoors under string lights