Amanda and Matt were already married, actually but they didn’t get to have the formal ceremony they always wanted so what better way to celebrate their two year anniversary than with a vow renewal dressed to the nines? Even though it was the coldest day we’ve had in Austin in probably years, Amanda and Matt’s friends and family rallied and made for an incredibly intimate and special ceremony at Chapel Dulcinea, one of my favorite wedding venues here in Austin. It was especially awesome that their (gorgeous) son got to be there to witness all the love. Here are some of my favorites.
This was such a fun shoot, y’all. I love, love, love capturing all the milestones in my clients’ lives and this was such a sweet one. Millie Ruth is transitioning over to her big girl room and, yea, it’s a pretty big deal.
I can remember picking out the girliest, most cotton candy-like pink paint for my room and literally squealing when the first stroke hit the wall. Sleep overs with my cousins on my trundle bed were under Beauty and the Beast sheets and Strawberry Shortcake Comforter, staying up way too late talking about who knows what (I would love a transcript from 1989 between 4 girls ages 4-7) and when we woke up, my dad would have a huge box of Dunkin’ Donuts waiting downstairs. Mine was always pink frosting with sprinkles.
What I remember the most though, like, in my bones, was feeling that this was my corner of the world where my thoughts and secrets were safe. This is where I wrote in my diary, said my crush’s names out loud because I liked how they sounded.This is where I prayed, danced and sang my little heart out to Toni Braxton to the patient audience of my mom and dad (thank goodness my mom is deaf). This room was where I got to try out different versions of me (like that one week I went goth or when I attempted dreads) to see what stuck. This room was where I became who I am.
And now, as a parent, when I think about what this transition means…. ahh, I’m crying. It’s overwhelming. We build our nests for our babies first in our bellies and then in their nurseries (remember how strong that pull was when you were pregnant and nesting?). And then before we know it, we start the process of pushing our baby out of the proverbial nest so they can, well, fly.
Here are my favorites of Millie girl and her sweet momma, Ashley, in their new world. May you own your space so you can own yourself.
It’s so wonderful to have the opportunity to blend my background of documentary, editorial and lifestyle photography into one shoot. Add a brand new, gorgeous baby and her two dog siblings… well, I’d say I’m living the dream. Here is a preview of my recent shoot with the Noecker family and their 1 week old daughter, Berklee at their South Austin home.