I recently had the pleasure of being invited to document Amanda and Watson’s Happily Ever After, post wedding party at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin. It was a beautiful event filled with loved ones from all chapters of their lives coming together to celebrate the newlyweds over cocktails, polaroid selfies, prayer and of course, cake!
Here are some of my favorites of this lovely event. Congratulations, Amanda & Watson!
I photographed the Mueller family at their stunning Austin home, an oasis for brothers Brady and Max who were gracious hosts. They showed me their favorite hiding and playing spots including a classic tire swing and hideaway hammock and were great photo assistants, helping me get mom and dad to laugh for their portraits! Here are some of my favorites from my recent session with this beautiful family.
If you know me, like truly know me, you’ll know that nothing makes me happier than:
- Being given the freedom to photograph without direction
- day drinking
- personal boundaries
This said, Saturday I was in my most happiest of places photographing the Link & Smith Families, who have quickly become some of my favorite people ever for several reasons, not excluding the common interests from the list above.
Brothers, Chris and Charlie married cousins, Kelly and Kim and between them have the sweetest and funniest little boys, Hudson and Charlie, who are some of the most affectionate babes I’ve ever met but when it comes to each other, have very different opinions on personal space (re: personal boundaries, see photos below). As if Hudson and Charlie couldn’t be luckier having the families they do, they share the most wonderful grandparents/great/second aunt and uncles (you still with me)?
I met everyone at Kelly and Chris’ house early Saturday morning, before the sun was high and hot enough to give you the backhand smack that reminds you you’re still in Texas and “seasons” don’t apply here. I was greeted by at least five dogs of all shapes, ages and sizes who eagerly sniffed at me (I was undoubtedly covered in some mysterious gift from Lee) and led me to the front door. Inside, Grandma Molly and Aunt Lisa were taking turns feeding Hudson breakfast and little Charlie wandered into the living room with his hair freshly combed and nose pressed up against his iPad, expertly navigating all the furniture while watching his show, and ends up on the big leather couch where bunny is.
I’ve started shooting and occasionally a dog or new person wanders into my frame. Hudson gives me his signature smile that says “oh, I’m coming your way and we will snuggle” and mid crawl decides to have another go at this whole walking business. Everyone stops what they’re doing to cheer him on. So. Close.
We continue on like this, occupying whatever space we’re in from the house, yard or nearby park, with the boundless energy and determination of an almost one year old who is as equally hell bent on walking as he is on hugging his cousin, a three year old who is hell bent on not being hugged by the aforementioned almost one year old cousin and the adults who keep them from, well, accidentally killing themselves.
As if this wasn’t the most perfect job already, how do we end it? With bloody mary’s and baby snuggles.
Here are some of my favorites of these most wonderful creatures.
You ever look at a baby and say, “I could just eat her”!? Well, girlfriend Coco decided to make it easier for all her fans (myself included) by dressing as the most adorable donut you ever did see. With big brother Eli as an equally adorable Firefighter, it’s safe to say these two are the cutest. Here are some of my favorites from our sweet pumpkin patch mini session in Tarrytown.