South Congress Family Photoshoot--Austin, Texas

Spent my morning with Courtney & Bradley and their sweet little one walking up and down South Congress. We stopped for a brunch break down at Cafe No Se, walked all around the South Congress Hotel and stepped into Big Top Candy Shop for a few minutes. I photographed Courtnie and Bradley’s New Year’s Eve wedding almost 4 years ago now and I’m so grateful to be here to capture their family as it grows. It’s always good catching up with old friends and watching them thrive.

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Pesoli Wedding 2018

Catching up on blogs and remembering this backyard wedding. Backyard weddings are wonderful— more people should have them. I photographed a book release party for Christina a few years prior and then a few months before her wedding, I received an email from a mutual friend because Christina was asking if I might be interested in photographing her wedding day as well. It was wonderfully relaxed and a true celebration of their love and the life they have built together. Also, their cat, Dulce, was the best man and if that’s not enough to melt your heart then I don’t know what is.

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Just for fun.

I’m the most grateful that I have friends who let me take pictures of them all the time and they never get tired of me asking. It’s a real blessing.

I chose to leave the raw edges on some of these film scans. Film… it doesn’t have to be perfect to be fun, right?

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{In-Home Family Session} Sydney, Michael and Olive

After our last Mommy and Me shoot, Sydney asked me to come back and take a few more family photos. I, of course, said HECK YES. This sweet little family gives me all of the heart eyes in the world and I am so lucky to have been a part of this little moment in their life.

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{In-home family session} Spitzer-Hanks Family

I’m running out of fresh blog ideas lately, so I figured I’d flash back to this one.

Thomas and Stephanie were just about to pick up and move from Austin to a new town. Stephanie reached out to me a few months prior and asked if I would photograph them in the house where they had become a family. And I must say, I felt honored to do so. They are sweet and genuine and hilarious and I loved every moment of the afternoon we spent together.

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Going to the Mardi Gras

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Aaaaand for those who have asked—

Here are some recommendations:

Panola St. Cafe — delicious local breakfast. Crawfish etoufee omelette, anyone?

Cafe Beignet — (slightly) easier to get into than Cafe Du Monde and just as delicious.

Carousel Bar— GREAT bar in the Quarter.

Pirate’s Ally Cafe and Absinthe— Pretty near Bourbon St. but in a nice corner of the Quarter. Also really good selection of Absinthe if you’re into that kind of thing.

Superior Seafood— Best damn happy hour specials in all of North America? .50 cent oysters, y’all!

Jacques Imo’s— Great food. Great service. Great bar.

The Columns Hotel—Good for a lunchtime snack and a quick drink. Really near the streetcar as well, easy to get to.

Verti Mart— a little (read very) pricey… but a really delicious po-boy to take along with you while you wander the French Quarter.

The Garden District— You could wander the streets for hours looking at all of the amazing homes and stopping to look around the historic cemeteries.

Audubon Park—Duh!

Zotz for a funky, friendly coffee adventure or Rue De La Course for a more main stream coffee experience. Both have delicious coffee and pastries.

Jackson Square on a Saturday— for all the tarot readings you could ever dream of.

Of course wander the Quarter (during the day… unless you’re a party hard type)!

Take the streetcar as often as you can and travel by foot. It’s easier to stop and explore— hop into a bar or store.

{{Wedding}}: Kate and Sam tie the knot

Was it a cold, wet day? Yes. My hands felt like both fire and ice. Was it one of the best most beautiful and loving ceremonies I’ve ever been to? Also yes. I only cried a lot. Kate and Sam tied the knot one month and 6 days ago and I’m still swooning over how pretty it all was. The ceremony was officiated by one of their very good friends under an arbor that Sam built. It was in a quiet wooded area and they were surrounded by those closest to them. It was an honor to be invited.

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