I love these guys, Ryan is a rocket scientist (did I spell that right ;) he recently wrapped up an internship at NASA. Kate is a 3rd grade teacher at Matthews Elementary, right here in Austin. She has got a arm load of 3rd grade jokes that are actually funny with her precious and childlike delivery. We had such a fun time. Their dog would do almost anything for a snack... Plus, they let me pick the location. So I did little location scouting in my neighborhood and picked an ideal warehousy type of location. It was great, it had several offerings for ideal set-ups. I have my next location already in mind. Thanks for trusting in me guys. And thanks for such a wonderful time.
Man, am I ever super pumped about this weekend. We are shooting 2 engagements sessions and meeting 3 new couples. What a great weekend, I'm really excited. Plus I have a bridal coming up that I am putting some inspirational material together for. What do you think?
So I shot a bridal session with Nancy and her mom on Sunday and of course I'm not allowed to share any of them with you guys, just yet. Her wedding is on October 3rd so you can bet I am going to race to get them up on October 4th. In the mean time I was so moved by the images that I sent them all around to my favorite wedding inspiration websites and 1 of them has decided to repost them a week after Nancy's wedding.
Lolliblog will be doing the reposting. I am super excited to be included, based on her past posts, I will be in perfect company.
Remember to pop by on October 4th to see them first.
The towers fell out of a crystal clear, blue September morning sky. Just 5 months after I started dating my husband. Just 6 years after I moved to New York. Just 25 minutes after I left my house that day. Just 40 minutes after I missed the call from my Mom asking me "What the hell is happening out there?"
She had heard already the plane had hit the first tower, while on her business trip to Chicago. I didn't even know it was going on until after the 1st tower fell. I was headed to a meeting and they all knew it, I called Steve from their landline and screamed into his phone, terrorists are attacking the WTC. I asked his to call from his land line everyone we knew to tell them we were fine. On my way home I passed some construction workers who were briskly walking toward the river, proclaiming "the next one is going to hit Time Square," I lived at 43rd between 9th and 10th. For you non-New Yorkers that is about 3 short blocks from Times Square. I ran home to my apartment and ran up the stairs and my first familiar face was Miguel who gave my first hug of security that I craved after all of this. We ran into our roommates room who had a TV, the TV was pointed north and the window we watched from was pointed south. So we watched it live and live on TV as the second tower came crashing down. We were sending emails home to family as fast as we could and I was convinced it wasn't over, I told my sister I loved them and I would miss them. My best friend Rhonda worked in an office building on Spring Street and Varick, she could see from her desk, tiny figures dropping out of the windows. I'm sorry she has to live her life with that memory.
I lived in a building with a number of artists we all laid on the king sized bed on the 1st floor all 5 of us watching the news, that clip of the plane hitting the second tower as the first tower was burning, over and over again it played.
About 40 minutes after the towers fell, I heard my Mom's voice for the first time, she still had no idea if I was alright, she was in full on panic mode. Some strange man answered her phone and called out to her, he told me that she has been waiting to hear from me. She picked up the phone and I could sense the bottom dropped out from under her, she was so scared. About 1.2 hours after the towers fell Rhonda walked in the door after walking the 2-3 miles home from her office (the subways were closed.) She was covered in dust and soot and I remember hugging her and thinking that we might make it through this. About 4 hours after the Towers fell Steve called and and told me that my mom called him and said they opened the Subways and that I should get my ass to Brooklyn with him and safety. The subway ride was surreal, it seemed normal but everyone knew it wasn't. I got to his apartment and he met me at the door. In that hug I knew that I would be alright. We stayed awake all night watching that image on the tv over and over again. 36 hours after the towers fell we went to Philadelphia for a Ben Fold concert, by way of the Verrazano bridge, the same bridge we took when we moved away from New York, 5 years later. There was a great plume of smoke coming from ground zero and the rescue effort was far from over. We saw the Liberty Bell that day. I love Ben Folds for not canceling that show, it was the best distraction I could think of, though every loud noise or low flying plane, anything like that would strike me for years with paralyzing fear. We drove home only to pass the lower part of Manhattan once more, this time it was just blackness and hazy from the smoke. For weeks after, every time you were in the subway you were struck with the images and words from families missing their loved ones, walls and walls, miles of missing persons signs haphazardly scrolled on paper, desperate for answers. Heartbreaking. For years after, every time you were with a group of people at a party, concert, restaurant, anything. The conversation would always end with where were you?
I have moved forward like so many others never got the chance to do. I've been married and had a baby. The lesson I learned was that you never take for granted what is most important. My family.
She is the event coordinator and mastermind behind Weddings Unveiled night out in Austin.
She was married just last year and found that an intimate affair at the Allan house among other brides was an ideal situation to dream up and make plans for a wedding. In the course of making plans, she found that other options like this were too overwhelming and thus came up with her plan. An evening out at a local venue with a small number of local vendors, other brides, cake and wine was just the ticket. So far there have been 5 unveiled events and another is planned for every 6 weeks. For a nominal fee, just $5, you can have access to a number of excellent vendors, delicious food and spirits, and live entertainment. For that matter if you sign up early you can skip the fee all together. Visit their website for details.
The vendors at this event are among the best of the very, very best and not to be missed. Plus, we'll be there next month!
"Wedding planning as it should be... fun, inspiring and memorable."
This is a shot from my first wedding ever and a source of inspiration for me. I love this image. Anna is my bride and her mom is right behind her and her dad is preforming the service. It was very touching. As always, I cried ;)
I have been working on a little project here in my office to keep my mind fresh and agile.
My inspiration wall.
Every day or so I look online or take some pictures of life experience that will give me a unique perspective on the everyday, so I can have a clearer, sharper point of view. It frees me to put ideas and concepts in my head before each and every wedding. So I have been taking a variety of pictures from movie clips, a screen shot from the TV, in movies such as Cadillac Record and The Reader. Or pictures of the museum I am in love with. Even children's play time can lend itself to rounding out my vision. I want to share it all with you. Mind you, not all of these images are wedding related or even couple related, but my first choice is. I am a huge Ellen fan, with her wedding passing, recently, she often shows images from their event. Beautiful images all. But there is this image, this simple and elegant image, that carries the weight of tremendous sensitivity and intimacy. I LOVE it. It was used in a gag about Aretha's hat, so sans the hat, this image is wonderful.
I searched all over the net to find the photographer who shot this to give her proper credit, I think this is it. I'm not sure, so if you know better than me, please send in a comment and correct me.
This weekend Bishop, Steve and I went to this amazing museum in Waco, on a lark. The description in the travel guide made it sound comically random, but it was one of the best museums I've ever been to. It's called the Mayford Museum it's just a hop off 35 we spent hours there and were like kids in a candy store in their 2nd floor, specifically for kids, learn by touching exhibit area. We took the snappy so we have some shots of the place. I like to think of them as inspirational. It gets me out of my head and in a more creative place.
So we shot this fun little editorial at the beginning of the summer, May I think. As you know, you can't post any editorial content until the embargo is up, so it finally ran, in the September issue of Zoom Zoom Magazine. I wanted to show these off, they were super fun. So it's a convention for Mazda Miata owners and drivers. 300+ Miatas converged in Grapevine, Tx for the 2nd annual event. Now you may not know this about me, but I am not much of a car person. I mean I can look at those little Miatas and appreciate them for beginning cute and shiny but I just don't give a flip about what's under your hood. But being on the track at Texas Motor Speedway was exciting, I have to admit. It felt like a place where few had stepped before us, it was special. While my opinions of cars have not wholly changed, I have a new appreciation.
I was married just 3 years ago in April and from that moment forward, I was taken with everything wedding. I started shooting weddings last year and I am madly in love. Steve (He - my husband) a designer by trade and myself a commercial and editorial photographer fuse a seamless union at home and at your wedding. We LOVE what we do and couldn't possibly be happier doing anything else.
Thank You for looking.