June 23, 2016

Hello Hawaii!

Back in the spring, I got to take a trip to Hawaii to visit my college room mate who lives there. I never had a chance to blog about it because I was in full blown wedding season when I got back so I've decided when I need a little pick me up I'm just going to post a few photos from my trip! Holly was THE best tour guide you could ask for! She always had a plan for us and she kept me moving and grooving so I could see and do as much as I could while I was there. This particular day, she took me to the North Shore and there were lots of clouds and some rain at a couple of the beaches that we went to so she took me to this little river where we could do stand up paddle boarding. It was amazing! When we paddled up the river, we saw 10 HUGE sea turtles sunbathing on a tiny beach. She said she had never seen that before which was way cool. This was my first paddle boarding experience and what a way for a first...in Hawaii! I do think I was gripping my board with my toes too much (hanging on for dear life) because on our way back down the river I went into full blown foot cramp mode and had to sit on my board and massage all my toes and arch until it finally stopped. This getting old stuff really sucks! :) The river actually feeds into the open water with a huge current that will sweep you to the left if you're not strong enough to paddle hard to the right so we opted NOT to attempt that on my first day of paddle boarding! Haha! Holly and I have had a rough few years with both of us going through long,exhaustive divorces so when I see myself in these photos I look happy. It's the beginning of a fresh start for me and this trip was one way to help bring back my smile and start to feel like I've got the world at my finger tips again.

May 5, 2016

Another Beautiful New Smile by Dr. Mai Orthodontics!

We had so much fun at this shoot! We had a bubbly, happy teenager, a colorful location that definitely screams Austin funk and a beautiful new smile with no more braces...what more could a photographer ask for? It all came together so perfectly. Enjoy this fun little video I put together.

April 26, 2016

A little Sneak Peek of Photos of Monica & Oleh's Wedding...last Thursday night!

Oh what a night! I was sweating bullets about our weather for the day. I woke up to huge thunderstorms but as the day progressed the sun peeked out and gave us a beautiful day and sunset. I always enjoy documenting the getting ready process of a wedding so I met them at their hill country get away where they were staying for the weekend. There's always a hustle and bustle of people scurrying around finishing up the last minute to do's, a bit of stress in the air, a lot of excitement and anticipation and I enjoy watching the final details come together. Once we arrived at the venue, Monica and Oleh mingled with their guests before the ceremony while we waited for the sun to drop and the light to soften. The bagpiper played loudly to cue the guests that it was time to move toward the chapel and the wedding ceremony was one of the most creative I've ever seen. The chapel was an open air chapel overlooking the hill country and Monica walked herself toward the chapel and down the aisle. At the beginning of the ceremony, the rings were passed around to every friend and family member so each person could bless them, they wrote and recited their own vows to each other which were so moving and special. Their children were included in the ceremony and after they were announced husband and wife they invited all their guests to sing along together to the Beatles song "All You Need Is Love". Flower petals were thrown as they ran down the aisle and arms were raised with joy...and they lived happily ever after! Congratulations you two and thank you so much for letting me be a part of your day and documenting the memories.

Love Can Be Messy.

The Rowleys Get Messy!

This was such a clever idea that Haley had! She wanted to do a "messy" shoot with the kids and so we brainstormed and she went out shopping and bought the goods for the shoot. I couldn't be more pleased with how the entire shoot turned out. Matt is leaving for Afganistan again for 9 months and she wanted some fun, happy photos with him and the kiddos. I think we did it! Grab a drink, kick back and watch the happy begin!

March 29, 2016

Happy Easter!

Here's a few pics from our Easter celebration. The teenage boys are droopy dogs and too cool for the egg hunt anymore but then we've got Miss A who is 8 years old and is more competitive now than ever. It's funny you can see her ripping past the boys in the pics with her hair flying behind her trying to get more eggs than anyone else. My son was motivated at his early morning egg hunt at our house where the Easter bunny hid only one "Golden Egg" and it was not easy to find. I hope you all had a wonderful Easter holiday and feel as blessed as I do that Jesus died for our sins. Hallejuiah!

I call this one Happy! Happy! Happy!
This one is titled "Ecstatic"

And She's Off to The Races!
Look Out Sloan! She's On The Move!
No! That One's Mine!
Cute Cousins!

Where's My Egg?

This One Makes My Heart Smile!
Plum Tuckered Out!