Terr Adorna with Modern Whimsy

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A little while ago I had the pleasure of photographing a yoga shoot with one of my favorite Austin wedding coordinators, Mandy of Modern Whimsy. We’ve worked together at Liz and Steven’s wedding as well as Michelle and Klark’s wedding, but what some folks don’t know is that Mandy is an amazing yoga instructor (you can often find her at Black Swan Yoga). Mandy now offers relaxing day-of-wedding yoga with her clients to center them before all of the wedding festivities begin! We decided on Terr Adorna, an absolutely gorgeous wedding venue with a wall of mirrors that echoed a dance/yoga studio feel, to be the backdrop for this session.

I had so much fun with these ladies and I would love to shoot a wedding at Terr Adorna someday! I’ve included a few shots of this Manor, TX wedding venue because I can’t get enough of that modern/industrial feel… and that light. Amazing!

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We Will Be World Travelers (Pt III)

In 2008, I had just graduated and had started my state agency job. Around the same time, my grandfather died. Being that he was on the opposite side of the world with a rather large ocean and a prohibitively expensive planet ticket away, I didn’t have the time or the means to visit. I missed seeing him after he had been diagnosed with cancer and before he died; the last time I’d been in Japan was late 2005/early 2006.

It is what it is.

Next month, my mother, sister, and I will be going on a trip to visit our Japanese family. We will be out of the country for about two weeks, which is relatively short for a visit but all the time we can afford to spend now. I have weddings bookending the trip and my sister just started a new business and can’t take too much time from it. My mother will be staying on a little longer and will fly back separately. It was a real bear trying to align our schedules so that we could make this happen. For the longest time, Chieko and I talked about going to Japan to have our husbands meet our families, and we kept putting it off: “We’ll do it in 2014,” we promised each other, and now our grandmother’s health has provided a pretty great fire under our butts to get it done — even though our husbands actually can’t join us.

Things I’m excited about:

  • Seeing family after 8 years of being away. Eight?! Can you believe that 2006 was eight years ago?!
  • Immersing myself in the language. I don’t practice talking in Japanese enough and my vocabulary has sadly waned to a third-grader’s level.
  • Eating, eating, eating.

I just wanted to say, I’m really grateful for this job. My hours at the state agency were such that I would have been forced to work 2 years consecutively without taking a vacation day in order to take these 2 weeks off. With working for myself, I just had to check the calendar and find a chunk of time where I could fit the trip. Thank you to my clients and the continued support from friends, family, and past couples who keep spreading the word about me; I couldn’t have done this without you. Honestly.

2014 looks like the year of travel for me. In a few short weeks, I’ll be taking the long drive to Marfa for a wedding. With April comes Japan; I’ll be flying to California three times this year for weddings (two as a guest; one as a photographer), and there are a few teensy trips as well: Fort Worth, Houston, who knows where else. My schedule is still being decided.

Here are a few photos from my 2005/06 trip.

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Maeve & Jesse | olive & june Engagement Session

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Eyes twinkling, Maeve snuggled up to Jesse and steered her nose close to his. They whispered conspiratorially together, and as I was looking at them through my viewfinder, her in a black sheath dress, he in a sharp grey suit, surrounded by the gold and white of olive & june’s interior, I was struck by how effortlessly classy they were. Maeve and Jesse chose their favorite restaurant as the backdrop for their engagement session, and they were so comfortable I let them steer the session. Which turned out to be an amazing idea, as you can see by the ensuing photos.

We finished our session at the Austin Greenbelt and it was pretty much perfect. I’m so excited about their brunch wedding in October. Maeve is a graphic designer so I can’t wait to see all the gorgeous touches at their Barr Mansion wedding!

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