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!

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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How to Get the Best From Your Wedding Photographer

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Are you worried about how you’ll look in your wedding photos? Maybe you tend to feel like you just aren’t photogenic, or you aren’t sure how your wedding photographer will pose you to hide your insecurities.

You’re not alone. The number one thing I hear from my new clients after their first photoshoot is how nervous they had been beforehand (and how relieved they were to find out how easy it was)!

You don’t need to worry, as long as you’ve chosen an experienced photographer with a portfolio that speaks to you, but there are things you can do to get the most out of your wedding photographer! Austin brides, read on to learn some helpful insider tips!

5 Tips to Getting Better Wedding Photos

Obviously, the first step to great wedding photography is an experienced, skilled, and creative professional wedding photographer. But what else can you do to help your photographer capture the best possible images of you, your partner, and your love?

1. Meet with Your Wedding Photographer Before You Hire Them

I can’t stress enough the importance of finding a photographer for your Austin wedding that you and your partner have chemistry with.

You may love the work of an artist, and come to realize that you simply do not click well together. It’s going to be difficult for the two of you AND your photographer to bring out your personalities and capture the joy in your relationship if you’re feeling awkward.

Things you can do to make sure you and your photographer are a good match are:

  • Ask to call and get to know them a little bit before booking. A simple 5-minute conversation may be all you need to judge whether or not you have chemistry with this person.
  • Ask for a free in-person consultation. Bring your partner with you and sit down to talk about your wedding plans. This gives you a chance to warm up to each other, and decide whether or not you are a match.

2. Take Engagement Photos

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Think of an Austin Engagement Session as not only a chance to capture your relationship before you begin life together as husband-and-wife, but as a chance for you and your photographer to get to know each other better.

Another major benefit of taking engagement photos is…

It’s a Test-Run for Your Wedding Day: Unless you frequently use a professional photographer, you may discover after you get your engagement photos back that there were things you wish you had done differently, like allowing yourself to smile more naturally, or stand up straighter. You may notice small things, like the way your lipstick looks on camera vs. real life.

This can help you to catch the small things you may want to fix, before it’s time to take your wedding photos on the big day.

Engagement photos can be retaken, but for most people your wedding photos are a one-shot thing.

3. Relax

You never want to look tense or unnatural in your wedding photos. But how can you be the best model you can be, while still looking genuine and relaxed?

Crinkle Your Eyes: When people smile for a photo, instead of as a reaction, they tend to lack that sparkle that they’d normally have. Why? Because they’re not crinkling their eyes! A contrived smile tends to be stiff, smooth, and too focused on keeping the eyes open, while a genuine smile has a little bit of eye-squinting. Ways that your photographer may attempt to bring out your natural smile:

  • By having you smile at the end of a countdown (“3-2-1-SMILE!”)
  • By making you laugh

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Straighten Up…But Not Too Much

You want to try not to have terrible posture in your photos, but you also don’t want to be too stiff. Try standing (or sitting) as straight as you can, and then relaxing just a tiny bit. This is where you look your best.

4. Trust the Photographer

If you’ve chosen a professional wedding photographer who has plenty of wedding experience, good reviews, and you feel that the majority of their photos seem to be flattering captures of the people in them, then you can feel confident that you can trust your photographer to make you look your best.

  • Don’t Worry Too Much About Modeling, because most likely your wedding photographer is going to position you in ways that will make you look great. They will tell you were to stand, what to do, and how to do it.
  • Don’t Worry About Coming Up with Photo Ideas. This is the photographers job, and you can count on them to have plenty of ideas for composition, and creative poses. There is no need to send your photographer a list of photos that you want to recreate in order to get a variety of beautiful and striking captures.
  • It is, however, a good idea to tell your photographer your preferences regarding posing styles (playful, quirky, romantic, etc) so that they can give you more of the types of photos that you will be the most excited about.

5. Focus on Each Other, Not the Camera

You may find that your absolute favorite images are the candid ones, where you and your partner were having a genuine moment together. These are the images that truly capture your relationship, and the way you feel about each other.

You won’t be getting many of these kinds of photos if you are too focused on the camera. Try to ignore the camera as much as you can, especially while your photographer has you in a contrived pose. This can produce amazing half styled-half spontaneous images. This is where the magic really happens.

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Follow This Advice and You’ll Love Your Wedding Photos

No matter what, you’re not likely to be disappointed when you hire a good wedding photographer. Austin, luckily, is full of plenty to choose from, all offering a wide range of styles and package options. You just have to find the photographer that best fits your style, personality, and budget!

If you’re searching for the right photographer for your wedding, I would love to be considered! Contact me asap to talk about booking!

 

Juliet + Grant | Lady bird Johnson Wildflower Center Wedding | Austin Wedding Photographer

Juliet + Grant were married on 4/30/17 in a wildflower themed wedding at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.

Wedding at The Lady bird Johnson Wildflower Center

First off, this wedding was absolutely beautiful and incredibly fun to get to be the photographer for.  Juliet wore a gorgeous simple sheath gown with a wildflower veil to match the theme, and her groom, Grant, looked so handsome in blue.  The Wildflower Center was stunning, and was absolutely inspiring to me as a photographer;  I wish I could shoot there everyday.

To top it all off these two were obviously a great match and an adorable couple.  Their vows were some of my favorite I’ve heard, and were hilarious, too.  Congratulations, Juliet and Grant!


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Yesenia + Carlos | St. Albert the Great Catholic Church Wedding | Abel’s on the Lake Wedding Reception | Austin Wedding Photographer

Yesenia and Carlos renewed their vows in a beautiful Catholic wedding ceremony at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church in Austin, TX, followed by a reception lunch at Abel’s on the Lake.  Yesenia looked beautiful in her gown from Nordstom, and she wore her original veil from their original wedding.  St. Albert is such a gorgeous venue.  The chapel is flooded with streams of natural light, and I had a blast playing around with the moody shadows.  🙂

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