Wes and Sara’s Marriage Proposal at Hamilton Pool

Athletic man proposes to his girlfriend on one knee in front of a natural pool in Austin, Texas

When Sara’s sister contacted me to see if I’d be down to hide out at Hamilton Pool and capture Wes’ marriage proposal, you can bet I jumped at the chance.  Hamilton Pool is one of the most beautiful places in Austin (and probably Texas), and my family has been going there for generations. Anywhere else, and an outdoor February proposal by the water might be a nightmare, but here in Austin, we got a beautiful early spring morning.  Maybe a little too cold to swim, but perfect for short sleeves at sunrise. Wes included his and Sara’s families in the planning process, and had secretly brought them in town for the proposal.  Sara thought she and Wes were just taking […]

Truly Unique Austin Wedding at Voodoo Doughnut

Bride and groom looking at each other

The wedding couple When Cheryl and Jason first reached out to me last summer to see if I was available for a wedding at Voodoo Doughnut, I jumped at the opportunity. When I found out that they are pro-level cosplayers, then I knew I was in for something very, very special. Cheryl and Jason, who are just as sweet as can be, share a love of cosplay, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Dr. Who, and doughnuts. They don’t take themselves too seriously, and it made for an incredible wedding, with Voodoo rituals, flickering lights, invocation of spirits, audience participation, and sprinkles (yes, sprinkles). The wedding ceremony Cheryl walked toward the stage in her self-crocheted, TARDIS-inspired wedding dress, to the dulcet […]

How to Speed Up Your Lightroom Editing with a MIDI Fader

Close-up of BCF2000 Fader MIDI control panel used to edit photos in Lightroom

MIDI Fader + Lightroom = Heaven The Problem with Editing in Lightroom My photography workflow is probably a lot like yours. In Lightroom, I import my photos (say around 2,000 per wedding, more or less), cull them to a more manageable number (around 500), do all my basic edits, such as temperature, exposure, contrast, etc., then export to Photoshop to finish everything out. Your workflow may be slightly different, but the point is, as photographers, we spend a ton of time in Lightroom. Which is great, since Lightroom is an insanely useful tool for organizing and RAW editing. That said, clicking and dragging Lightroom’s plethora of sliders to fine-tune your image is wildly time-consuming. Maybe not in the short-term, say […]

Aleina and Ben’s Wedding

Bride and groom sitting together in a tree swing

We had the pleasure of heading out to beautiful TerraDorna in Manor, Texas to photograph Aleina and Ben’s sweet ceremony and reception earlier this month. We were treated to a much-needed break in the rain, and so the dancing, cornhole, and giant jenga continued long into the night. Ben and Aleina are the sweetest couple you could ask for, and we had an absolute blast capturing their special night.

Matt, Margo, and Gracie’s Engagement Session

Fiancès Matt and Margo in silhouette in front of a sunset.

I started setting up and testing my light around 4:00 at the “Butter Half” wall in East Austin.  It was a beautiful day, especially for the winter, with the sun just starting to turn everything golden and the breeze starting to have a bit of a nip to it.  Still, any February day in short sleeves is a good one.  The wall, on the side of the United Way building, isn’t private; it’s tens of feet from MLK Blvd, with the beginnings of rush hour traffic rumbling past.  That said, it’s a really cool piece of graffiti, and a bit more out of the way than some of the other more popular areas. My wonderful assistant and second photographer, Jessica, […]