Downtown & Flower Crowns

I had the best time with lovely Kimbell on this lifestyle, portrait shoot. We chose Zilker Park because of its versatility offering both an urban and park setting. Kimbell wore a gorgeous burgundy dress that was the perfect choice to create this airy, woodlands feel. 

A few things to keep in mind when prepping for your shoot: 

1) Wear something that makes you feel like YOU. It's important to pick an outfit that is your style and you feel comfortable in. Keep your location in mind - if it's a park, you might consider a pop of color or a pattern to add a dynamic element. If the shoot is in a downtown area, you might consider neutrals or solids to not compete with the surrounding signs, lights and urban culture. I love consulting on outfits, so don't hesitate to reach out before you shoot and we can brainstorm.

2) Consider bringing a prop! I always love when clients bring props like Kimbell's sunflower crown. Is there something meaningful to you or your family? My husband and I brought a canoe to our engagement photos, because our first official date was boating on the same lake. Every time I walk by those photos in our house, it takes me back to our beginnings.  

Prop Ideas: balloons, flowers, wooden letters or numbers, a blanket, chair, guitar, suitcases, pack a picnic, pendant/streamers, Chinese lanterns, sign, books, coffee mugs, chalkboard, hats, confetti, & sign, pumpkins and plaid (in the fall), vintage car, bicycles. 

Jack + Milo + Bugs, Sticks and Rocks

Let boys be boys. All they need is a tree to climb, a bug to catch, or a park to run in for hours of endless entertainment. Jack and Milo and I had a blast getting some fresh air on this woodsy photoshoot. We wished on dandelions, spun around, laughed, explored and investigated. 

What a great reminder to get outside this summer! Sometimes it's the littles that know best. 

What are your favorite outdoor spots in Austin? These are our top 5: 

1) Lady Bird Lake - This is one of my favorite places in the entire city. Walk, run, bike, people watch, take the dog, the kids or both. This. is. Austin. You'll get a great view of the city, Zilker Park and the river. There's easy parking on the street by Austin High School or under the Mopac bridge. 

2) Mozart's Coffee Roasters - Grab your favorite dessert (there are so many to choose from) and coffee beverage and watch the sunset over Lake Austin on the patio. This spot has a special place in my heart - growing up here it was where I went for late night desserts with my high school girlfriends. Who knew back then that one day I would meet my husband here! 

3) Our Neighborhood - I've lived North, South, Central and everywhere in between in this City. One thing I love is exploring right where I live. You might be surprised that there's a lovely neighborhood park right around the corner (that's where this photoshoot happened!). Maybe it's putting a picnic table in your front yard and chatting with your neighbors. I love finding a few spots right around the corner that are easy to get when you are tired after work. I'm always surprised how refreshing a little time outdoors in the evening can be. 

4) Mount Bonnell - Grab your favorite plaid blanket, pack a picnic and take a short hike up Mount Bonnell. You can see for miles and miles in every direction. I find myself so often zoomed into the tiniest details of life. I love these places that make you zoom out and literally see the bigger picture. I highly recommend. 

5) Turkey Creek Trail at Emma Long Park - I love this trail for many reasons, but mainly because I am a crazy dog momma and our golden retriever Finley can hike with us off leash. We did this trail last fall while the leaves were changing. It's easy to forget you are in the middle of a city out here. It is just out 2222 off City Park Road. 

Milo + Jack, thank you for the reminder to spend more time outside. I hope all of your dandelion wishes come true.

Eat Donuts for Breakfast

I absolutely LOVED this lifestyle photoshoot. It's these shoots that capture REAL LIFE that make me feel alive. The ones that capture life as it is: crumbs on the table, chocolate on little faces and maybe a little bit of spilt milk. Add some matching striped PJs, spring tulips and some deep belly laughs for some framers.

These little moments in life sometimes just pass us by, another trip to the grocery store, another meal, more dishes to do...There is more. May each one of you embrace what may seem like the day-to-day today. Hold on to those moments, because theses "day-to-day" moments add together to create something far, far bigger. 

Love for Lydia

I couldn't be more excited to share the news that my brother and sister-in-law are in the process of adopting Baby Girl Lydia from China. They asked me to take some photos to capture the process. Of course, I jump at any chance I get to photograph my nephews. We can't wait to bring Baby Lydia home to Texas and I couldn't be more thrilled to be getting a niece. Read more about their journey at www.loveforlydia.com 

Christmas (in Texas) with the Farris Family

I met my curly-haired friend Jillian in 8th grade. We soon became close friends, playing high-school basketball together and the rooming together for four years at Texas A&M University. She's got a cute curly-haired girl of her own now and a new little arrival who I bet will have those pretty curls too. Jillian and Joel invited me over to capture some holiday photos of their family of four. Of course it was December and 75 degrees, so they are sporting some cute white tees and denim.