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Austin Engagement Photography - Sarah & Ryan

In 2015 I was very fortunate to document the wedding of a friend of more than two decades. 2016 is hoping up to be the year of weddings of friends of more than three decades. Ryan's family moved in across the street from mine when I was around five years old. He, his older brother, and I walked to elementary school together, swam competitively together, and played countless games of baseball in our front yards.

During this engagement session I finally had the pleasure of meeting his fiancé Sarah, as we traipsed around McKinney Falls State Park, South Congress Ave., and South First Street.

Sarah & Ryan
Sarah & Ryan Engagement
Sarah & Ryan
Sarah & Ryan

Austin Wedding Photography - Sarah & Cameron at The Allan House

A lovely midsummer wedding surrounded by friends at The Allan House in downtown Austin. Rain threatened early, but it relented without incident for a beautiful ceremony followed by a crazy dance party. Congrats Sarah & Cameron!

Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron

Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

The week leading up to Fourth of July weekend I was fortunate enough to take a family vacation to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. Even after spending over week there, I wanted to go back immediately after returning home. Swimming at the foot of the Teton mountain range in String Lake, eating dinner on the shores of Elk Island in Jackson Lake, Old Faithful at sunset, really too many unforgettable experiences to list. If you ever get the chance to visit either of these parks I can't recommend it enough.

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park

Dripping Springs Family Photography - The Browns

Outdoor photoshoots have been a challenge to schedule in Central Texas—or really the entire state—for the last few weeks. But the third time turned out to be the charm with the Browns this past weekend. We were finally able to sneak in some time before yet another batch of rain. This is the second time I've had the pleasure of documenting this growing family and it was really great to see them again.

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.