Saturday, February 23, 2013

Lifestyle Engagements-Brian & Bree

It is so much fun to get to photograph people just having fun. That's the way it was for this engagement photo session with Brian & Bree. They were unsure on what style they wanted so I asked what they enjoyed doing together. Cooking was the first thing out of both of them. With a chuckle by me it was decided. Engagements would be in my kitchen with a cooking theme. After an intense cleaning of my kitchen, and clearing some clutter, it was ready.

I brought out a bag of flour, choc chips, bowls, spatulas, etc. When Brian & Bree arrived I staged them in the kitchen as background after having her write their save the date info on the cooking island which had been dusted with flour. They quickly relaxed and had fun with it feeding each other chocolate chips, getting flour on hands and kissing and cuddling. Bree had brought with her a bottle of their favorite wine and her grandmother's glasses so I had them change and then staged an intimate wine and cupcake scene. One of the more interesting shots was from the oven where we had a remote controlled camera inside the oven with them pulling out a baking sheet of cookies.
A fish eye lens lets you see from the oven's perspective... haha, plus it told me I needed to clean my oven.
Then it was time to take Buddy, their Beagle and head to the park for a few outdoor portrait images. Very fun day, very fun, unique photos for this couple and hopefully, a memory of their wedding process they will carry for years.

Feb 2013 Bridal Shows

Heading out 2/24/13 to 2 different bridal shows.  A Vendor showcase at the fabulous Angel Springs Event Center in Georgetown and the Bridal Expo at the Palmer Auditorium downtown Austin.   Whichever side of town you are in stop by to say hello and to sign up for our show special pricing....

Monday, September 24, 2012

Katie & David

You might say Katie & David are legacy clients.  We photographed Katie's brother's wedding years ago and had the privilege to photograph hers at the Doubletree Hotel.  The night was magical with gorgeous flowers arranged by her Aunt, love in their eyes, sparkling lights overhead and a dance floor filled with family and friends.  The little ones especially had a fantastic time and were included in every aspect of the wedding.  There were 6 flower girls and 5 ringbearers.  Talk about wrangling for the ceremony, courtyard photos and then they took to the dance floor.   At one point a flower girl even appropriated Katie's veil and was modeling with it on the dance floor.  Hope to see them soon with news of their own little one on the way.

Travis & Kristin- Villa Antonia

Travis and Kristin are such a great couple. I met them while photographing Travis' Sister Kim's wedding over a year ago and as soon as they chose their venue they gave me a call. They met at a mutual friend's birthday party and discovered that as a couple they are both fun, playful and loud, haha. They began spending every available moment together and it became apparent to both that this was love. Even their little quirks like Kristin's hatred of junebugs(those prickly, sticky legs...yuck) and Travis' dislike of melons (all types, hmmm), his analytical nature and her please everyone attitude are endearing to each other. Hmmm, I think people pleaser tends to describe me as well cause I will do whatever it takes to make a bride's wedding day as stress free and perfect as possible, lacing dresses, wranmgling flowers or groomsmen...whatever.
Travis' romantic side sure came through with his sunset proposal at the top of Mt Bonnell. Then came the venue hunt.  Villa Antonia,  it is a Tuscan Villa with numerous concrete decks overlooking the Hill Country and an onsite chapel. A gorgeous, spacious, beautiful location for both ceremony and reception and, man, a spectacular photo spot. Kristin fell in love at first photo with it as their wedding venue,  We did Kristin's bridal portraits on site and I know it was hard for me to choose my favorite. I am looking forward to hearing about their Honeymoon and future photos with both sides of this great family.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Eileen & Marcus

This bubbly bride glowed from the moment I met her all the way through the wedding.  All during their  engagements at Old Settlers Park and then bridal portraits at the Capital her big blue eyes and gorgeous smile just shone as well as their playful nature.  She and Marcus had met in High School and started dating because she lost a bet over a football game.  They consider themselves as a couple goofy, loveable and like the Honeymooners from old tv.  Eileen says her most memorable moment of their early togetherness was during their high school graduation.  As class president she had a speech during which Marcus yelled "I Love You" for the entire class and audience to hear.  His proposal was on her doorstep at 2am.  She loves that he makes these grand gestures and is never serious.  Love and Fun is definitely in their future. 

Friday, August 3, 2012

100 Units

ADT Help Button - Austin Texas, Raymond at 512-989-6952
Wow, its been just over 6 months with ADT Home Health and sometime this month I will install my 100th unit.  This is a big milestone for me and what a journey this has been.  I have met some wonderful people and have made some new friends along the way.  While I still help Debra with photography on the weekends - Debra has blossomed on her own as a top notch photographer in high demand.  Nice balance / I get to help the love of my life with a passion for photography and I get to work with the senior community on a new journey as we approach our senior years.  What I do with ADT is simple - I sell, service and install the ADT Help Buttons in home and apartments giving peace of mind to family members knowing their love ones are "looked after" 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  I heard a story via our "ADT Chatter" about forgetful client that is always with their cat.  Because the client sometimes forgets to wear her pendant, the caregiver made a collar for the cat with a button attached, I thought - Hey, I can do that - our dog "Daisy" is never far away and would always come when called... Ta Da - Daisy the ADT safety dog. The little white/red button is the ADT call transmitter - held on by Gorilla Glue - I really hope we never have to use this - but it great to know its there should we need it.
Our dog Daisy with an ADT Help Button

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Green Light

Raymond at work with Everafterimages
My new favorite photo Debra Malkiewicz captured of me at a wedding a few months back.  As many of you know - EverafterImages has taken on a new direction.  While we still shoot 95% of our weddings together - Debra has taken on more management tasks as Raymond expands his commitment to the senior citizen community working for ADT in the Home Health division.  This new job is so rewarding- The stories I hear from our senior community.  I have a new "friend" 91 years young in Killeen that just loves to write poetry -  Then I met a man (77) who is so in love with his wife of 54 years (she is in the hospital - His commitment to her happiness is so very touching.

Anyway -  Look for more images from Debra and I'll post some more snippits of life with the senior community from time to time.