October 6, 2018

Celebration of Life Luncheon

Hey there stranger! I can't believe it's been 3 months since I updated this ol' blog but here I am...slowly but surely eeking a post out. It seems I've been concentrating more on my Instagram page brandi_nellis_photography lately. I've had some pretty amazing photo gigs these past few weeks and this one I wanted to share. I was hired by Waterways Magazine to photograph the Celebration of Life Luncheon hosted by Kendra Scott at the Fairmont Hotel and just found the whole luncheon very inspiring. The lunch is dedicated to raise money for breast cancer research and to continue the fight to finding a cure. When I got hired for the gig the magazine just told me it was a charity luncheon. Well, it wasn't just a charity luncheon but rather a charity luncheon with the most AWESOME fashion show ever!!! As I planted myself at the end of the runway with my camera and watched these cancer survivors strut down the run way full of life, blowing kisses to the crowd, high fiving each other on the run way, punching their arms in the air to Rachel Platten's "This Is My Fight Song" that was blarring through the room and owning the runway and their time in the spot light moved me to tears behind my lens. I could feel all the way to my inner core these women (and 1 man's) fullness of life and their happiness to be alive.
I'm so appreciative and inspired by the people who orchestrate these grand events, raise money, donate their time and put blood, sweat and tears into making charity events happen and to all the people who attend the events and share their time and wealth to donate to these causes trying to help find cures for all these various diseases and essentially trying to help in the process of finding a cure! Kudos to anyone and everyone who has ever helped or donated their time to charity causes. After the cancer survivors walked the run way, "raise the paddle" happened raising thousands of dollars right then and there and beautiful live music written and performed especially for this event. Then, a part 2 fashion show happened which was put together by Julian Gold and Gatsby's and was it a fashion show or what?! I just couldn't help smiling through the whole dang thing! The colors, the drama, the loud music, the models, the attitude...the whole thing was spot on! As I share some photos from the event, I challenge you to think about making a donation or donating your time to something that tugs at your heart strings and go make a difference in this world. This is your fight song. #atxeventphotographer #waterwaysmagazine #kendrascott #fairmonthotel #juliangold #gatesbys #helpfightbreastcancer #wearpink #fightsong

July 29, 2018

The Knittles Family Reunion

I enjoyed photographing the Knittles big family get together out in Drippings Springs. They were up early on a Sunday morning, color coordinated and coffee in hand. I believe Pa-Paw turned 90 which is definitely a reason to get together and celebrate. I heard through the grapevine from some family members that Pa-Paw said he was only going to take 1 photo. I chuckled to myself when I heard this and thought 1 x 50 maybe?! :) Once it was Pa-Paw's turn to get photographed he was the star of the show and didn't complain at all (at least not to me!). I love when family's take the time to prepare to document these important gatherings together. I know that photo shoots can be very daunting to plan but the time and effort that goes into these family photographs are well worth it. Grab your cup of tea and a cookie and sit back and relax and watch how sweet the Knittle's video turned out.

July 2, 2018

Beach Shoots

I will be out of the office in Austin Tuesday, July 3rd-Sunday, July 8th. I'll be doing beach shoots in Port Aransas, TX! If you happen to be down at the beach over the 4th of July and want a beach shoot please email/message me.

June 14, 2018

Ryan Senior 2018

Check out this amazing video of Ryan's senior shoot. Nothing better than a Texas senior shoot that includes climbing trees, long hair, soccer goals & Taco Mama (Tacoma) trucks! Grab a glass of vino and kick back and enjoy the ride!

June 7, 2018

Schultz Family

Wanted to post a few shots from the Schultz family shoot. If you scroll down a few posts, you can see their entire shoot in video. Enjoy!

June 4, 2018

Bailey's New Smile!

What do we have here? Another great smile by Dr. Mai! Bailey recently got her braces off and used her gift certificate from Dr. Mai to get her new smile photographed. We had so much fun doing her shoot in a rustic setting. She looked so cute in her cowgirl boots!

May 30, 2018

Jaxson Senior 2018

These senior sessions are killing me emotionally! I guess because I know a lot of these kids personally and I'm going to be in this exact boat next year when my son will be a senior so my emotions are running high. I have cried like 3 times making and watching this video. The words in this song are heart wrenching. I'm sure Jaxson would've loved a rap song to his senior photos but this song is for his mom and I know she'll appreciate the words like I do. I love these kids that are making their senior sessions their own. Jaxson always wears a hat forward/backwards and if he's playing soccer then it's in a ponytail so these photos show exactly who he is on a daily basis. He's off to Texas A & M Corpus Christi in the fall to do big things. I wish him the best. Grab your glass of wine and a little tissue because you're going to need it and kick back and relax and watch this tear jerker. :) #bowiesenior2018

May 24, 2018

Claire & Daniel Prom 2018

I got to photograph these two last Saturday night before they headed off to their prom. What a couple of cuties! Claire's eyes just popped in that teal green dress and Daniel was looking dapper as ever. Kick back and relax and turn up the volume b/c I really love this song and it's message! #westlakeprom2018

May 21, 2018

Rachel Senior 2018

Another great senior shoot goes down in the books! Rachel is a real beauty and she looks so natural in all her photos. The mosquitos were out in full force during our shoot and poor Rachel was just getting eaten alive. Luckily, you can't tell from the photos but the poor girl was a REAL trooper! Grab your chips and cheese and turn up the volume and kick back and relax and watch Rachel's video.

May 16, 2018

Baby Skylar!

This sweet lil' nugget came several weeks early and she is just the sweetest bundle of joy. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the family and documenting this new life. Renee and Jimmy had some really special ideas of their own about incorporating into the shoot so that is what we did! We got Skylar in the sky on a fluffy cloud, on Papa Duck's 442, a delivery sent straight from Papa Duck in Heaven in the suitcase and a 4 generation hand shot. They were real troopers b/c our weather was just awful with rain but we went ahead and did the best we could do with getting Skylar on the 442 outside! Since I don't photograph a whole lot of newborns, this shoot was a lot of fun and very creative. Grab your cup of joe and kick back and relax and see how sweet baby Skylar is!

May 2, 2018

More Senior Sessions...This Time It's My Nephew!

Caleb (aka "KK") is my nephew who is graduating this year!!! Aaaaagggghhhh! It's all sort of surreal. He's super smart (going to Rice), he's super artsy (writes and directs plays) and apparently he loves Lorde (which I just learned not too long ago). I'm really excited for his future and to see what he ends up doing with his life! :) We ended up shooting around Lamar Union because there's so many great spots to use there and it didn't disappoint. Here's a few shots from his session. #westlakesenior2018
The Cheering Section (my sister & neice)