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The Wonder of Lightning Bugs

This past weekend we took a camping trip to Blanco State Park for Mother's Day. One of the nice things about being out in nature this time of year is of course lightning bugs doing their things. This is likely the first time my daughter has had an opportunity to see them in any real sizable number and she was appropriately in awe. So amazing to experience the world through her eyes. This was taken just after one took off from my wife's hand after she'd caught it to show our daughter.

Austin Backyard Wedding Photography - Kristin & Bill

This particular wedding was a real special thing for me. The groom and I go way back, almost two-thirds of my life back in fact. When they approached me to document their intimate, backyard wedding how could I say no?

After the ceremony at their residence, we moved to Olive & June for a cocktail hour and dinner reception with some amazing food. And not even the sudden, torrential, almost apocalyptic rain could dampen the spirits of this couple. Congratulations Kristin and Bill!

Kristin & Bill

Portraits in Bluebonnets

When in Texas, if you have children—or even just pets really—you're basically required to take some portraits in bluebonnets every spring. It may even be a legislative mandate (it's difficult to say, the Texas constitution is very long and has numerous amendments amending other amendments).

Naturally, as a photographer I feel it is my duty to help others comply with this mandate. This past Saturday—despite some soupy weather—I got to spend some time with these two munchkins. They were great sports.

Northern Idaho for the Holidays

My sister-in-law lives in Northern Idaho, so this past Christmas we took a trip up there to visit in hopes of experience some snow for the holidays. Unfortunately there was no snow to be had, except of course on our way to the airport to return to Texas. Fortunately the lack of snow was accompanied by some truly spectacular weather.

Hauser Lake, Idaho

Austin Wedding Photography - Jessica & Josh at Stonehouse Villa

This could very well have been the easiest wedding shoot of all time. I'd had the pleasure of meeting Josh & Jessica while shooting a few other weddings, which meant lots of familiar faces. Combined with an amazing Hill Country evening at Stonehouse Villa food from East Side King and music provided by three bands (all of which Josh is part of), it was truly unforgettable.

Jessica & JoshStonehouse Villa, Driftwood Texas.

Austin Wedding Photography - Crystal & Adrian

I had so much fun shooting this wedding for former co-worker/friend Crystal and her husband Adrian. A church ceremony followed by a rooftop reception on South Congress avenue with just about the nicest late April weather you can possibly imagine. There were semi-choreographed dances, push-up contests, and food from Eastside King. What's not to like?

Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian
Crystal & Adrian

Austin Wedding Photography - Megan & Jonathan

Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan

What it looks like when you taste snow for the first time.

My wife and I took H. up to northern Illinois to visit her great grammie—my grammie—and thanks to the polar vortex she was able really play in copious amounts of snow for the first time. This is what happened when she inevitably tried to eat it.

Austin Family Photography - The Godfrey's

Enjoyed some unseasonably warm but improbably perfect weather over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend for this shoot at Butler Park with some new Austinites by way of Illinois.

The Godfreys
The Godfreys
The Godfreys
The Godfreys
The Godfreys
The Godfreys
The Godfreys
The Godfreys
The Godfreys
The Godfreys
The Godfreys
The Godfreys

Austin Wedding Photography - Grayson & Matt at The Inn at Wild Rose Hall

A few weeks ago I had the honor of documenting the wedding of these two kind folks with my friend Erica. All through the morning and into the afternoon the weather forecast didn't look good. It looked even worse as I drove through a downpour to get there.

Upon my arrival at The Inn at Wild Rose Hall however the rain stopped, the clouds eventually parted, and the sun came out leaving the ceremony to take place amongst the trees instead of indoors, and cooling down the late September evening nicely.

Congratulations to Grayson and Matt!

Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt

Splashpad Fun

In the heat of the Texas summer you've got to cool down any way you can. For a 16 month old year old, there are fewer places better to do so than a splash pad.

Austin Wedding Photography - Kelsey & Chase at Casa Blanca

Sure there were severe thunderstorm warnings and flash flooding throughout central Texas, but that did nothing to dampen the spirits of this bride & groom and their guests at their wedding ceremony and reception at Casa Blanca in Round Rock. This wedding was shot—as usual—in support of the multi-talented Shauna Autry Photography.

Kelsey & Chase
Kelsey & Chase
Kelsey & Chase
Kelsey & Chase
Kelsey & Chase
Kelsey & Chase
Kelsey & Chase

Gina Tonic

Gina TonicGina Tonic competing in the final of CLAWstin 4 at Bar 96 in Austin, Texas. CLAWstin is/are a loose affiliation of superbad women arm wrestling each other to raise money for women-initiated causes.

My friend "Gina Tonic" participating in the final round of CLAWstin 4 at Bar 96 in Austin, Texas. CLAWstin is/are a loose affiliation of superbad women arm wrestling each other to raise money for women-initiated causes.

Turn learn more about CLAWstin be sure to check out their Facebook page.

Austin Wedding Photography - Amy & Gerry's Wedding Reception

I had the pleasure of shooting the intimate wedding reception of Amy & Gerry this past weekend at Parkside in downtown Austin following their private, family-only wedding captured by Shauna Autry Photography  Speaking of which, you may spot my regular wedding photo partner in crime in a few of these images as she got to enjoy the evening as a guest!

Amy & Gerry's Reception at ParksideAustin, Texas Wedding Photography. Wedding reception at Parkside on 6th Street.
Amy & Gerry's Reception at ParksideAustin, Texas Wedding Photography. Wedding reception at Parkside on 6th Street.
Amy & Gerry's Reception at ParksideAustin, Texas Wedding Photography. Wedding reception at Parkside on 6th Street.
Amy & Gerry's Reception at ParksideAustin, Texas Wedding Photography. Wedding reception at Parkside on 6th Street.
Amy & Gerry's Reception at ParksideAustin, Texas Wedding Photography. Wedding reception at Parkside on 6th Street.
Amy & Gerry's Reception at ParksideAustin, Texas Wedding Photography. Wedding reception at Parkside on 6th Street.
Amy & Gerry's Reception at ParksideAustin, Texas Wedding Photography. Wedding reception at Parkside on 6th Street.
Amy & Gerry's Reception at ParksideAustin, Texas Wedding Photography. Wedding reception at Parkside on 6th Street.
Amy & Gerry's Reception at ParksideAustin, Texas Wedding Photography. Wedding reception at Parkside on 6th Street.
Amy & Gerry's Reception at ParksideAustin, Texas Wedding Photography. Wedding reception at Parkside on 6th Street.