Hutto, Texas | Portrait Collaboration | Paige

Paige is one of my absolute favorites to collaborate with! She has the best sense of style and I am always super jealous of her outfits (um… those heart jeans!!) You can check out her blog for more awesome outfit ideas. She is constantly putting together killer outfits and giving great advice on how you can have killer outfits, too. Her Instagram is an absolute must-follow. Trust me. If you’re not following her you’re missing out…

Austin, Texas | Commercial Headshots | Erica Vargas

Shooting with Erica is always a fantastic time! She is such a natural in front of the camera. She has the biggest happiest smile of all time ever. You can feel the joy in her soul in each photograph. When she contacted me for updated headshots, I was so excited. She wanted to do them in her beautiful home and I am so thrilled we got to shoot there! Her home is gorgeous and made for the perfect backdrop! You really get a sense of who she is as a person in these photographs and I am so in love with them.

Linwood, Kansas | Wedding Photography | Mr. and Mrs. Johnson

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Johnson! We had such a fantastic day with them both and their wonderful families! Their wedding day was so beautiful and it was hard picking just our top favorites for the blog post. There were so many details that made their wedding day so genuinely the two of them. It was a perfect celebration of everything that makes them an amazing couple. I hope you enjoy looking over these photos from their big day!

Thank you to their vendors who helped to make their day perfect:

Planner - Heather Lane Events

Hair - Chelsea Rich Hair

Makeup - Maria Morris Makeup

Florist - Couture Wedding Flowers

Videographer - Drew Rich Media

DJ - Impact Productions

Catering - Beaux Hawg BBQ

Venue - Countryside Chalet

Bartender - Simply Sipped

Officiant - Jeremy Hinton

Hutto, Texas | Portrait Collaboration | Lauren

Lauren was kind enough to come to Hutto to our in-home studio to work on some new lighting techniques! We got these colored gels and wanted to do a little testing on them before we take them out of the studio and into our portrait sessions. I think they look pretty good, but I’m excited to see them used in an outdoor session where we have a little more room to play around. They’d be especially fun in another cosplay shoot, too. Excited to use them again!

Kansas City, Missouri | Engagement Session | Jessica and Zach

We had such a fun session with Jessica and Zach. They are so hilarious and playful together that the entire session was a posing dream! They barely needed any direction and were naturals in front of the camera. I can’t wait for their wedding day! I am so excited to share a few of the images from their session with you!

Austin, Texas | Wedding Photography | Amanda and Michael

Amanda and Michael’s day was nothing short of perfection! The views at Vintage Villas are just absolutely stunning and to top it all off, the clouds helped to create the most gorgeous sunset you’ve ever seen. These two are just so perfect together and I am so blessed that they chose to have us be a part of their day. I am so happy to share my favorite photos of their day with you!

Special thanks to all the Vendors who helped make Amanda and Michael’s Day Perfect:

Wedding Planner: Trademark Weddings

Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery

Venue and Caterer: Vintage Villas

DJ: Complete Weddings Austin

Florist: Romantic Florals

Austin, Texas | Cosplay Photography | Ally Lucas' Link Barbarian Armor from Breath of the Wild

We got to shoot something a little different last week!  We have done a few projects with Ally Lucas and when she mentioned she was doing a cosplay set from Breath of the Wild we knew we HAD to be a part of it!  Breath of the Wild was one of my favorite games from 2017, so it was really fun photographing cosplay I was really familiar with.  I have been wanting to try out some creative cosplay photography for a while now, so this was the perfect opportunity.  We met up at Austin's Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park to give us a backdrop that was reminiscent of the BOTW series. I am really proud of how this set turned out.  Ally will be at a few conventions this year in Austin, so if you see her be sure to say "Hello"! :)

Cosplay and Accessories: @Allymarialucas

Costume: Beverly Perez

Mission, Kansas | Wedding Photography | Mr. and Mrs. Sanderson

Mr. and Mrs. Sanderson had the most beautiful wedding day at Mission Theater.  Their whole day was absolutely full of joy.  The Mission Theater is a gorgeous venue, and it provided a beautiful backdrop for a fantastic wedding.  These two are so absolutely in love.  One of my favorite parts of their day was the first look.  These two had been waiting all morning for the moment they'd be reunited and you could tell that the moment they first saw each other again they were overjoyed just to be together.  Their friends and family all told us stories of what amazing people these two were, and we are so blessed to have witnessed them joining together as husband and wife.  I am so thrilled to share these images with you from their day.  

A special thanks to all of the vendors involved in creating their perfect day will be listed at the bottom of our post.

Vendors who made Mr. and Mrs. Sanderson's Wedding Day absolutely perfect: 

Wedding Coordinator: Christine Darden

Florist: April Cremer

Cake Artist: Jan O'rouke

DJ: Platinum KC

Makeup and Hair: Amanda Sledd

Limo: Legacy Limo KC

Backdrop: Ultrapom

Wedding Gown: Bridal Extraordinaire

Catering: Jack Stack Barbecue

Venue: Mission Theater

Austin, Texas | Wedding Photography | Mr. and Mrs. Talamantez-Graham

Brook and David had an absolutely stunning wedding day on Brook's family's farmland.  The day started with each of them spending the morning with their bridesmaids and groomsmen in the family's gorgeous cabin.  Their ceremony was made extra special with the addition of Brook's father acting as officiant.  It made their ceremony feel cozy and genuine.  I felt like every little detail put into their wedding day showed you something personal about them.  Their time abroad together, their love of books, and Studio Ghibli.  All of their friends and family made us feel like a welcomed addition to their day.  We were so blessed to have been a part of it and we are so thrilled to share our favorite images with you all!  

Estes Park, Colorado | Personal Post | Family Vacation

Finally edited my photos from my trip to Estes Park and Denver with my sister and her family! We got to spend almost an entire week of quality time with them.  It was a much-needed vacation to catch up and hang out with my sweet little nephew. We went to the mountains, shopped in the cute little downtown, went to the Stanley Hotel, and checked out a few of their local breweries.  It was a fabulous weekend and my sister will be happy to see that I *finally* got these photos of her climbing this big ol' rock edited and posted. :) 

Austin, Texas | Photography Tutorial | How to Build Light to Create An Outrun Style Photograph

I was recently inspired by the Subreddit, /r/Outrun.  For those of you that are not familiar with it, the community describes itself as "a general community dedicated to the synthwave music scene, a revisionist 80s music style of synthesizers and pulsing beats, and the retrofuturist 80s aesthetic of fast cars, neon lights and chrome."  I put together a few projects using this bright theme and I have had so much feedback on them that I thought it was about time to put together a tutorial on how I achieved this look.  When working with artificial light, we use a method of "light building" and I am going to do my best to teach you the best way to achieve this look.  Perfect for portraits, pets, and shiny objects. :) I will have a list of all products used at the end of the post.  So if you're interested in creating your own you can see everything I used! Be sure to tag us in your creations if you use this to make a work of your own.  This will be a more advanced tutorial, using DSLR equipment. If you're interested in a more beginner tutorial, let us know! If we get feedback we'd love to make a beginner version of this tutorial.  

Most importantly, have fun creating! :)

The very first step in light building is to set your ambient light.  What this means, is, typically your background.  For these images I wanted a really dark background with just the light on Joshua as the focus.  Our settings are ISO 50, f/4 and 1/160 sec.  I am using the Nikon D750 and a 50mm f1/4 lens in a room with an 8' ceiling at about 8'x10' (aka, my office). If you're shooting on a crop-sensor, you'll probably want a 35mm (or less) lens for this size of room. (or, a bigger room).  Also, I would like to note that it is best to shoot in a room where you have as little outside light as possible.  So close the curtains, turn off all indoor lights, and shoot in the dark like a weirdo. :)

Once you get your ambient settings where you like them, you'll start adding your first light.  For me, this was the green light at Joshua's back right (my back left).  Below is what this setup looked like (the blue line at the bottom being the curtain behind Joshua).  At this point you should not be adjusting your camera settings anymore.  Just your light! So if it's too bright, turn the light down, if it's too dark, turn it up. Move it, put it closer, further away, etc, but do not change your camera settings!  Get this where you like it.  For me it was making it bright enough it showed the detail on Joshua's face, but was not blowing out as white. I also took special care to make sure my light was catching on the curtain behind him as little as possible.

Green Setup.jpg

You'll probably be messing with the light quite a bit for each of these steps.  Further from your subject gives you a softer light, but it will spill out on to your surroundings a bit more (the curtain).  Closer to your subject keeps your light more direct, but you'll have a much harsher shadow).  You'll get better at finding a place for your light, the more you practice.  But once you get a green that you like, you'll be ready to move on to the blue!  The second step is very similar.  This light will be placed at the front of Joshua, so some spilling onto the background is going to be kind of inevitable. But don't worry about too many shadows, because the last layer is going to help smooth them out quite a bit.  Just focus on keeping your green green, and your blue blue.  Try not to blow anything out into white. This gives you a very funny looking little blueberry husband. :)  But thankfully he's a good sport and lets you post funny blueberry photos of him on  your blog. (wives, dogs, cats, cars, and other shiny objects are a good substitute if you do not have a patient husband available! ;)