Matt & Heather | Austin Proposal Photos

I know I have “new favorite things” all the time. Elopements, backyard weddings… but seriously, I think proposals are my new-new favorite. Matt contacted me about his backyard proposal to Heather a little last-minute, and we worked it out. My biggest challenge was to discreetly photograph this moment in a yard with only two people in it, without her noticing me creeping around the corner. Luckily, Heather was so preoccupied with Matt’s touching readings and declaration of love that she didn’t notice me until after she had said yes.

Though the vantage point is pretty singular (I was hiding behind the side of the house, sniping with a long lens), I think Heather’s emotional reaction is one of my favorites!

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Austin Capitol Elopement on New Year’s Eve

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Seven people, and myself, set up in a small alcove of the Texas Capitol Building to witness Caitlin and Tanner’s tiny, impromptu wedding. It was bitterly cold for Texas that New Year’s Eve — near freezing — so the couple scrapped their plans to exchange vows on the Capitol lawn and instead chose a spot on the third floor. The Capitol is not an official wedding space so there were no additional decorations (not that they needed any; the ornate building is full of character). And though people peeked at us curiously and took photos with their phones, for the most part Caitlin and Tanner were wed in quiet peace.

This short and sweet pop-up wedding was a dream. I hope you like the few snippets I’m about to share…

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Other credits: Perry’s Steakhouse (reception); Chez Zee (cake); Central Market (flowers)

Austin Wedding Photographer | My 2014

When I went into 2014 — rang in beautifully at midnight at a 2013 New Year’s Eve wedding — I wasn’t sure what to expect from the year. I traveled to Cabo, Marfa, and Montana for the first time; re-visited San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tulsa, and Japan; joined two book clubs; attended four different weddings for friends (as a guest) and shot 20 more; became addicted to lipstick; loved my husband and kitties harder than ever, and changed my hair color three times (lavender, pink, blue).

In past years, I separated my “best of” portraits from my “best of” weddings, but this year I just wanted to lump them all together. This is my 2014 — weddings, engagement sessions, a few peeks of boudoir, and personal travel, all sprinkled together into non-chronological, organized chaos.

Onward and upward. 2015, you have a lot to measure up to.

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