Halley & Carter | Engagement Session at Home

Consider having an engagement session at your home

Halley met me at the door of her and Carter’s Hyde Park apartment with a huge grin that showed off deep dimples. Traipsing up the stairs to their beautiful living space bathed in natural light, strewn up with homemade cards, and featuring a comfy couch, I was immediately even more excited about Halley and Carter’s at-home engagement session. It’s been a while since I’ve photographed a couple in their home, and I think it’s wonderful — I always ask my couples if they have any ideas for their engagement sessions, and suggest they pick a location that is significant to them: their favorite date spot, the place where they decided to get married, and so on. Well, the home is the most significant place there is! And I love that they wanted to feature their neighborhood as well. For this lady from Boston and this gent from New Orleans, it’s beautiful that they’re making a life here in Austin.

We got rained on a bit in the neighborhood, but I think it was perfect. :)

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Are We Human, or Are We Dancer?

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It’s been a couple of months since attempting my first “dance” experience, and I have learned that I am not a dancer. I honestly don’t know what I was expecting — it was difficult enough when I was 13 trying not to fall over my feet as my jazz teacher showed us how to do a kick-ball-change, but now at 29 maybe I thought I had gotten used to my gangly legs. Mm, not so much.

I am not altogether uncoordinated, and learning ballet positions bit by bit is fun because they are isolated exercises — I can get my foot to point and my leg to extend and it’ll look somewhat like it’s supposed to, but add in the other leg, or add in arm movements, and everything falls apart. When more than one limb is involved, I can feel the disconnect between my brain parsing out what I should be doing, and my arms and legs that are just flailing, and I realize, oh, dancing is hard. It feels like the buzz in the back of your head when you’re trying to solve a math problem that doesn’t make sense yet. Except, for me, the problem cannot be solved.

It’s funny — I thought that taking beginner dance classes would be freeing, like, Look! I have taken the first step to becoming a real dancer! Instead, it’s shown me that my strengths are elsewhere. I will probably never be able to present my creativity physically and gracefully. And this isn’t a defeatist attitude! Not at all! I’m still going to go to dance classes because, if I don’t take it too seriously, it’s fun and thoughtful and my mind is flexed in ways that it usually isn’t. But it’s also grounded my dreams very quickly (and somewhat harshly).

Have you ever done anything that’s outside of your usual comfort zone? How did it go?

Painting: The Rehearsal by Edgar Degas

Marie & Rohit | Lakeside Indian Fusion Wedding

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The drive from Missoula to Woods Bay (near Big Fork, Montana) was a beautiful one: mountains and rolling hills, a hint of water, and suddenly — that gorgeous, expansive lake was alongside us, and with that sky…! 

Marie and Rohit brought me along for their amazing Indian-Western fusion wedding just a stone’s throw from Flathead Lake, and it was gorgeous. It was shimmering and colorful, with the warm, excited noises of family getting to know each other and revisiting old acquaintances.

Clouds rolled in during their rehearsal and mehndi ceremony, as buckets of water sloshed down on their rented cabin. The same weather threatened their outdoor wedding in a cherry orchard, but luckily the good weather held, and we were rewarded with a glorious, roiling sunset before their day ended. I hope you enjoy these photos of Marie and Rohit’s wedding — just a small representation of the color, joy, and happiness that occurred that crisp August day.

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