Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Plan B?

Click to enlargeWe were set to do engagement photos for Amanda and Eric on a day the weather forecasters preedicted 100% chance of rain. They reside in League City and were just up in the Austin area for the day so re-scheduling was not an option. When Amanda called that day we came up with a "plan B". We told her we would meet at a Gilleland park in Pflugerville Texas that has a large picnic pavillon and woould bring a portable studio including background so that we could keep them dry but still get that outdoor feel...plus, we'd be able to use our big camera lens (a 70-200 zoom) to get the greenery of the park all soft behind them even in the rain. The plan was set.

We arrived at the park a little early in case we would need to set up the studio. It was overcast and humid but no rain, thunder or lightning. We lucked out. Amanda showed up all ready to go in a beautiful multi-colored sundress and Eric was in a pale gray suit with. The overcast day was perfect for photos lending that special saturation of colors to all of the photos. The park was green and gorgeous. After the first 5 minutes our happy couple was relaxed and playing and having a fantastic time. Towards the end of our shoot Amanda even got out to play in the water of the creek and ended up completely soaked. All in all they had a great time and ended up with some unique photos

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Country Couple

Bubba and Lakyne are a deep down country couple. They were both from Thorndale and loved the close knit town and easy going feel. This love of country style was found for their engagement portrait session out at Ten Roc Ranch in Salado where we had loads of fun with them on rock walls, in cactus fields and even in a paddock with a cow and calf. For Lakyne's bridal portraits she wanted the same feel but a different location so out we went to the beautiful Star Hill Ranch. The contrast of the rough wood walls and her satin dress were wonderful. The day of the wedding was a lovely central Texas Spring day and we scoped out bluebonnet fields on our way to St Paul's Lutheran Church in Thorndale. Thorndale boasts a population of 1278 and about a third of the town was at the Fireman's Hall for their fun reception which included the Grand March led by the family of another of our wedding couples (thinking of you Jeff and Anna) This dance is more a procession of everyone who attends the wedding. It flows into patterns like the tunnel of love and and arm in arm, side by side line. It is wonderful fun for all to participate and culminates in the guests lining the dance floor while the bride and groom share their first dance while the guests "rush" them in groups. Desserts included not only the traditional wedding and groom's cakes but also cakes and pies and more provided by family members. After a tequila toast by the groom, groomsmen and fathers and lots of dancing and fun they staged an early sparkler exit where they ended up running between the door and the car three times to give all the guests time to light and wave their sparklers. Back they went in to dance some more and welcome the new day as husband and wife.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Texas Tradition

Girls in BluebonnetsWell, it's that time of year again. Here in the Austin, Texas area it is what's known as Bluebonnet season. The sight of these spire type blooms mark the start of the Texas wildflower season. Winter 2009 was perfect for Bluebonnets with rain and some freezes to crack their outer shells and they are blooming everywhere. On the side of roads, by mailboxes, near fences, and even in cow pastures. For those who don't know the Bluebonnet is the Texas state flower. It is a member of the Lupin family. Other states have Lupins but not usually in this color or quantity. The bluebonnet is deep blue almost purple spire with a white tip and sweetly scented. It is a Texas tradition to take photos in the Bluebonnets no matter your age. So if you are driving along and see people milling about on the side of a freeway or crouching down on a hillside they are probably out taking photos. Pull on over and get out your point and shoot camera, your cell phone or call us and we'll take care of it for you. Just enjoy them while they are out.