The most lovely tartan plaid. Red roses & peonies. Bridesmaids in striped dresses & denim all in a row. Sharp-dressed men gathered around the groom. Family in town from near & far. A warm Fall day in the Texas Hill Country. Dinner, dancing & singing in one of the oldest dance halls in the state. S’mores & laughter by the fire. Enough conversation, togetherness & love to fill the place for days…….this is Alyrose & Mitchell’s wedding day…….
This Spring I was fortunate enough to attend the Sweetlight Collective Workshop which is put on by Skye Hardwick Edmonds who has long been one of my photographer inspirations. When she announced last year that she was holding a workshop at literally one of my FAVORITE places on the planet, The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell, I took the plunge and went for it since I hadn’t been to any sort of photography workshop or seminar for years. Skye & Round Top in the Spring were the magic combination that lured me in and I was thrilled to come home with new photographer friends, some much-needed motivation and plethora of pretty images to play with and add to my portfolio. It was also really great for me as it forced me to go outside of my box by shooting outdoors in the middle of the day in the bright sunlight, indoors with younger models and posing and setting up a styled shoot (which I LOVED!) plus we got to take a mini workshop on senior photography by the fabulous Spanki Mills. Whoa, is she ever amazing and talk about “shooting from the hip”……literally! I’d never seen anything like it yet she creates photographic magic. Just today, Skye announced her upcoming Texas Workshop which is going to be right here in my own San Antonio backyard which made me realize that I hadn’t posted more images from her Round Top workshop I attended yet so here we go…….here are some of my favorites from the hundreds of images I took that weekend. Enjoy and definitely check Skye out, her style is beyond amazing and hopefully you’ll be seeing me with her in Boerne!!
Do you have a high school senior who only needs and wants a few digital images to use for yearbook ads, graduation announcements or wallet prints? Well then do I have the solution for you! I am now offering a quick & painless 30 minute photo session that’s taken in one local location in one outfit and for $200 you will get 12-15 digital images that will come with a print release and can be printed up to an 8×10″ size. I also offer add-ons to these mini session such as wallet prints and gift prints if you would love to have lovely professional prints of your seniors images to display in your home or include in their grad announcements or thank you notes. These sessions are typically great for senior guys and I haven’t had one complain yet that the session was too long or that it wasn’t nearly as painful as they thought it’d be so contact me now to book your senior’s photo session so that will be one more thing that you can check off of your lengthy to-do list!
Ok, so turning 50 isn’t easy. I’m not gonna lie. I was NOT really looking forward to it at ALL even though I normally love it when my birthday rolls around each year but this year? Blah. So……I decided to plan some things for my big day that I actually would look forward to, one of which was a fun photo session. I usually DREAD being on the front of a camera, not behind it as usual, but I just decided that this milestone deserved to be documented even though I’m going through this funky sort of pre-menopausal frumpy bloat phase but what can you do?! I had noticed a few adult cake smash sessions on Pinterest but hadn’t seen anyone yet who had done this type of session for their 50th birthday, mostly younger girls were doing them for their 30th, so I thought “what the heck…..why not?!!” I began to gather up some cute props to use in my shoot, made myself a cute tank to wear, bought a sassy pink tutu from the Junk Gypsies, dusted off my leopard print cowboy boots, gathered up some obnoxious rhinestones and pulled it all together so the next step was to find the photographer. I posted a pic of some props I had found for my shoot on Instagram and posed the question of who wanted to shoot the session for me and thankfully Robbin at http://soblessedfamilyphotography.com/ replied that she’d be happy to shoot it for me! She’s normally the master of newborn photo shoots so doing something different and working with someone who will actually stay still and do what you ask them to do sounded fun and appealing to her so we met up at a park on a warm, I mean, like, REALLY warm, September evening and just sort of went for it and had a blast together! Let me know if YOU would like to shoot a photo session like this to document a special milestone in your life because they’re a blast and a fun reason to get all dolled up! I will even help you pull the props together if you’d like because to me, that’s one of the best parts of something like this. Interested? Intrigued?? Leave me a comment or message me and let’s chat! I’ll forever be grateful to Robbin for being willing to do this for me and that I’ll have these images to document this time of my life when I am happy, sassy, fifty and fabulous!!
One of the most blessed and exciting things I’ve heard in my life was that our sweet niece, Renee, and her husband, Todd, are expecting their first child. After going through fertility issues and heart break, as my husband and I did years before as well, we all rejoiced when this baby was conceived because as anyone who’s spent even just a few minutes around Renee knows, this woman was put on this earth to be a mother. She is the cousin who carried my boys around when they were babies as if they were her own when she would come spend time with us during the summer and the sister who watches her oldest sister’s 4 daughters every Monday on her day off so she can spend time with them. It’s been so wonderful watching her grow & blossom into such a loving sweet young lady and marry the man of her dreams and now it will be just as wonderful watching her become the mama she’s always wanted to be. I was so thrilled that Renee allowed me to take some maternity pictures for them when we flew up to Illinois last week for her baby shower. She chose a local apple orchard as the backdrop for her shoot, which we don’t have many if any of here in Texas, so we chose to make the most of our afternoon there on an unusually warm Indian Summer day. Here are some of my favorites from the day…….enjoy & thanks for stopping by.
The Abbott House in Seguin could not have been a lovelier backdrop for Anna & Emanuel’s early evening Summer wedding! I am still booking a few more weddings for the remainder of 2016 while leaving plenty of availability for my seniors who would like to do Fall or Winter senior sessions. I hope to hear from you!