1st Annual Mini Sessions | 2017 | Mayfield Park | Austin Wedding Photographer

MINI SESSIONS were a hit this past Saturday, September 23rd!

1st Annual Mini Sessions at Mayfield Park – Austin, Texas – September 2017

Last weekend I held my first annual mini session event at Mayfield Park. This was a single day event, and clients (both new, and returning!) were able to choose a time slot and book a 20 minute session. Each client received 10 images in an online gallery (with free download and printing rights included!), and because there was a limit of 10 photos I tried to make sure that everybody got a good variety of images incase they wanted to do something like this.

It turns out that nobody really wants to do their family portraits in the middle of the day, while the lighting is harsh and the sun is hot (duh), but my morning and afternoon/evening sessions were completely booked up! (plus ONE daring middle-of-the-day couple haha).

Missed This Year’s Mini Sessions?

I have big plans for NEXT YEAR’S mini sessions!

2018’s mini sessions will be Christmas Card sessions (non-themed), and will happen sometime in late November, after Thanksgiving. I will announce the date for these on my Facebook Page sometime in the summer, and then in early fall I will create a Facebook event with details/location/available times and officially open up booking.

This time, there will be morning and evening sessions ONLY, but there will be WAY MORE OF THEM!!

Follow me on Facebook so that you don’t miss the announcement! 🙂

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Mini sessions are great for a quick and easy update of your family portraits, or for kids that don’t have the best attention spans. But keep in mind that these types of sessions are very limited in many ways, and not able to be as in-depth as a full portrait session.

Austin Family Photography

While I specialize in wedding photography, I do offer portrait sessions with families and children, high school/college seniors, etc. A typical portrait session takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour, and produces roughly 50 final images so that you have plenty to choose from to display in your home, in an album, or however you decide to use them!

For more information and pricing for portrait sessions, you can see my portraiture pricing here, and feel free to contact me about any questions, or if you are interested in something that you don’t see listed!

Jennifer + John | Engagement Session in the San Marcos Square | Austin Wedding Photographer

This was actually part-2 of Jennifer + John’s engagement photo session, but these photos taken in the Downtown San Marcos Square are what I’m most itching to share, so the other part will have to wait a little longer!

Engagement Photos at the Downtown San Marcos Square – San Marcos, TX

Something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately are new ways to get my clients moving, relaxed, and showing off their unique relationships. These guys made it too easy!

I loved getting to play with the cool shadows from the sun setting through the buildings and the trees, and I’m so in love with the overall emotion and feel of this engagement session! They absolutely rocked it.
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Engagement Photography in Austin, Texas and the surrounding area.

I can’t stress enough how beneficial it is to have an engagement session done before the big day. I’ve personally seen time and time again how much better the wedding photos can be when we’ve warmed up to each other a little before hand, and had a chance to “practice.”

Need engagement photos, or to book me for your wedding photography? Email me (preferred) be clicking this link, or call me at 512-831-1900!


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Misty + Roy | Engagement Photos | Zilker Botanical Gardens | Mayfield Park | Austin Wedding Photographer

I met with Misty + Roy for this beautiful evening engagement session at the Zilker Botanical Garden and Mayfield Park in Austin, Tx.

Engagement Photos at Zilker Botanical Garden – Austin, TX

We started our photoshoot at the Botanical Garden, and it had so many amazing spots! I kept trying to make our way to the pretty little bridge on the other side of the park, but I had so many photos ideas on the way to it that we wound up running out of time (the gates close at 6) and had to head over to our second location. Keep scrolling to find our shots at Mayfield Park, too!
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Engagement Photos at Mayfield Park – Austin, TX

After the Botanical Gardens closed for the night, we headed over to our second planned location: Mayfield Park!

I love Mayfield Park, because it’s one of the first places that I shot at when I first started doing photography professionally. I love many pretty backdrops there are in such a concentrated area, especially when it’s hot and we don’t want to have to do t00 much walking.
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Austin Wedding and Engagement Photographer

I highly recommend having engagement photos done, because of the benefits of getting to know each other and have a chance to work with other before the big day!

Interested in booking me for engagement photos, bridals, or your wedding? Contact me by email (preferred) by clicking here, or call me at 512-813-1900.


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Lisa + Steve | The River House Wedding, Gruene, Texas | Austin Wedding Photographer

Lisa + Steve were married on September 10th, 2017, at The River House (formerly The River Haus Tea Room) in the historic district of Gruene, Texas.

Wedding at The River House

Lisa and Steve’s wedding was small, non-traditional, and so so sweet.

We met up the morning of their wedding day for a casual pre-wedding family photoshoot at The Gruene Mansion where they were staying (right down the street), and right away I liked their whole family.  Everybody was so easy-going, friendly, and hospitable, which made my job feel more like hanging out with old friends.  Austin Wedding Photographer | The River House Wedding | Gruene, Texas Austin Wedding Photographer | The River House Wedding | Gruene, Texas Austin Wedding Photographer | The River House Wedding | Gruene, Texas Austin Wedding Photographer | The River House Wedding | Gruene, Texas Austin Wedding Photographer | The River House in Gruene, TexasAustin Wedding Photographer | The River House | Gruene, Texas Austin Wedding Photographer | The River House | Gruene, TexasAustin Wedding Photographer | The River House | Gruene, TexasAustin Wedding Photographer | The River House | Gruene, Tx Austin Wedding Photographer | The River House | GrueneAustin Wedding Photographer | The River House | Gruene, TexasAustin Wedding Photographer | The River House | GrueneAustin Wedding Photographer | The River House | Gruene, TXAustin Wedding Photographer | Family Group Portrait | The River House | Gruene, TexasAustin Wedding Photographer | The River House | Gruene TexasAustin Wedding Photographer | The River House | Gruene Texas Austin Wedding Photographer | Bride and Groom Portrait | The River House | Gruene TexasAustin Wedding Photographer | The River House | Gruene TexasAustin Wedding Photographer | The River House | Gruene TexasAustin Wedding Photographer | The River House | Gruene TexasAustin Wedding Photographer | The River House | GrueneAustin Wedding Photographer | The River House | Gruene, TexasAustin Wedding Photographer | The River House | Gruene TexasAustin Wedding Photographer | The River House | Gruene

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Cake: Sweet Dreams Bakery

Dress: David’s Bridal

Caterer: The River House


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Are you planning a wedding, big or small, and still need to book your photographer? I’m your girl!

Call me at 512-831-1900 or head on over to my contact page to contact me by email (preferred)! 

 

My kids! | Children Photoshoot at Purgatory Creek Park | San Marcos | Austin Photographer

Today I decided I wanted to get out and finally do my own real, outdoors, dressed up photoshoot of my kids for the first time since my son was born. I was impatient and did this at 1 in the afternoon instead of waiting until the evening light, but that’s what shady trees are for, right!?

I realized that I didn’t have anything nice for my 7 month old to wear for the photos, so we took a quick trip to Target first. Big sister ofcourse wanted a new outfit since the baby man was getting one…so $40 and one chaotic wardrobe change in the car, and we were ready for our little photoshoot!

I needed to keep it simple, shady, and easy to access, so we just went down the street from our apartment to Purgatory Creek Park in San Marcos, and used the grassy area out by the parking lot. My daughter was hot and cranky, my baby boy needed a nap, and I really could’ve used another adult with me to help get them looking at the camera…

LUCKILY, I managed to get about 12 good shots in the 10 (or less) minutes that we managed to last hahaha… Here are my faves!:

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Family and Kid Photography in Austin

While I do specialize in weddings and couples, I love to sprinkle some family and children’s portraits in to my schedule as much as I can!

Contact me by email, or call me at 512-831-1900 to inquire about your child’s photoshoot!


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Garden Grove Austin Event | Baby Shower | Austin Event Photographer

by Harper Jones

Usually I’m out photographing weddings, brides, families, and senior portraits, so this wasn’t the usual gig for me; a baby shower!

When I was first contacted to be the event photographer for a baby shower in Buda, I was expecting a little party at a house, or maybe a restaurant. I was not expecting to get to shoot at one of the prettiest wedding venues in the Austin Area: Garden Grove Wedding and Event Venue. 

I have to admit that I got a little camera happy while the guests were busy eating and took a bunch of detail shots of the property. I may have to do a separate blog post of just the Venue to show it off a little!
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Austin Wedding and Event Photographer

For all event photography, I now come stocked with “You’ve Been Photographed!” cards to pass out to your guests when their photo has been taken! These cards include a link to the gallery, with a password, where they will be able to find candid, and any posed family/group photos taken of them during your event. They are then able to download their photos for free, and/or order prints!

To inquire and book me for your wedding, party or event, contact me by email, or call me at 512-831-1900! 


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Baby Adaline | Cake Smash Photoshoot | Austin Photographer

I went out to Driftwood, Texas to take some photos of this sweet birthday girl. A Cake Smash photoshoot is such a fun way to celebrate your baby’s 1st birthday! I’m totally going to do one for my baby boy when he turns 1.

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Do you have a little one getting ready to turn one, and want an adorable way to commemorate the occasion? Schedule a Cake Smash photoshoot with Harper Jones Photography! 


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5 Cheap Wedding Venues in Texas

by Harper Jones

There are a few reasons you may be hunting for a free or cheap wedding venue in Texas. You and your fiancé may have a low budget due to limited funds, or you may have simply decided not to spend too much on your wedding in order to save for your future.

If you’re planning a wedding in Texas and need to keep costs down, here are 5 free or inexpensive wedding venues in Texas:

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1. Chapel Dulcinea

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Ofcourse I have to make Chapel Dulcinea, the FREE* Austin Wedding chapel, the first on this list. This is a beautiful rustic chapel, perched on the edge of a cliff in southern Austin.

The chapel can seat about 12 on its permanent stone benches, but if you need more seating, Chapel Dulcinea has white wooden folding chairs that can be added, increasing the capacity to 50! (Up to 100 outside of the cover of the chapel’s roof)

A separate covered pavilion is available on the cliff side for a short mini-reception if you choose, where you can have a quick cake cutting ceremony and first dance.

*This venue requires a $200 “no-show fee” to schedule your wedding for a Monday-Thursday, or $400 for weddings on Fridays-Sundays. As long as you check-in at your scheduled time on the date that you have booked, you get that money back.

2. Lake Bastrop South Shore/Osprey Point Hall

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Here is a wedding venue option that I never would have known about if I hadn’t had the lucky opportunity to photograph a wedding there.

Lake Bastrop South Shore is actually a camp ground, but in this camp ground are two small event halls which can be rented out, one of which is called Osprey Point Hall.

Osprey Point is equipped with a full catering kitchen (you bring in your own caterers), a large stone fireplace (a perfect spot to place the alter for an indoor ceremony!), and comes with the option to rent out tables and chairs.

My clients held their ceremony outside of the hall, with the lake off to the side of them. They strung fairy lights from tree to tree, and brought in a wooden alter and folding chairs.

After the ceremony, Osprey Point Hall was lightly decorated in woodsy accents, and twinkle lights.

The Hall can seat 80+ people, and is only $175 to rent out!! You can call the park office for more information at 512-498-1922.

3. The Charles S. Cock House (San Marcos)

This cute little cottage, built in 1867, is located in San Marcos, Texas, near the historic downtown square.

This is a unique option for a small, intimate wedding, as the house features 3 separate rooms which seat 12-16 people each.

Rental of the house is only $100 for 4 hours!

Outside of the house is also an ornate white Gazebo, which offers another option for your ceremony. The only downside to this option is the traffic noise.

4. Landa Park Gazebo (New Braunfels)

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Another spot that I had the luck of shooting a wedding in; this amazing intricate wooden Gazebo is made from polished branches, and sits beside the crystal-clear waters of Landa Lake.

The rental fee for this ceremony space is only $75 for one hour, and can fit up to 50 guests.

You do need to bring in your own chairs, and there is no reception space available. It’s also important that you make sure you are reserving the gazebo on the lake, and NOT the gazebo next to the park’s administrative building.

Reserve a nearby restaurant for your reception dinner, and this amazing gazebo is a perfect place to hold an intimate ceremony!

5. Marriage Island (San Antonio)

Marriage Island is a one-stop wedding venue located on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.

This venue offers a range of packages, but the most basic one (Marriage island rental + officiant) is only $431.55.

I have my first wedding at this riverside venue later this summer, so keep an eye out for photos of it here on the blog, and on my facebook page!

Texas Wedding Venues for Small Budgets

Weather you’re planning an intimate wedding by choice or necessity, these 5 cheap wedding venues in central Texas are amazing options that you may not have known about!

Are you looking for an affordable wedding photographer in Austin for your small intimate wedding? I offer affordable wedding photography options for couples on a budget, by offering hourly packages at a minimum of 2 hours (OR ask me about payment plans!)

Call me today at 512-831-1900, or contact me by email to talk about your wedding plans and book me for your wedding!


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