Bull Creek Engagement Session |Sammy & Cole|

Bull Creek Engagement Session |Sammy & Cole|

Sammy and Cole are getting hitched this December at one of our favorite venues, Pecan Springs Ranch! First comes love, then comes….an engagement session! This one took place at Bull Creek area in Austin, TX. This area is so diverse as you can see. Picking a location with a few different “scenes” can bring a lot more variety to your gallery than just swapping outfits. I loved using the water towards the end of the shoot, and this couple didn’t mind getting their toes wet (and a dirty) for a good photo. Can’t wait to see these two say their “I Do’s!” Four months and counting…

Lana & Jake |an Austin, TX Engagement Session|

Lana & Jake |an Austin, TX Engagement Session|

My goodness! Lana and Jake were the perfect distraction on this particular day in the Tank home. The morning of this session, Travis had a little (honestly, an ambulance was involved…not so little) episode where he learned allllllll about the seriousness of dehydration (lets be honest, I thought this was something that affected celebrities, ha!). A few weeks prior, Travis photographed a wedding with what we thought was the flu, however we learned at the hospital that he was actually suffering from a bad case of mono, which was a complete blessing considering I thought he was having a seizure/stroke/heart attack just hours before. WHY AM I EVEN TELLING YOU THIS? To shed some light on how important our clients are to us, the first words out of his mouth to the specialist at the E.R. was “I have a shoot in four hours, I need to get home.” and then the conversation between us went something similar…like “Nina, email Lana right now and tell her it will be you photographing.” “TRAVIS, I AM NOT LEAVING YOU LIKE THIS.” “Yes you are.”

So there I was, having one long continuous panic attack, with the two most patient and kind clients one could as for. We strolled about this park in central Austin (LOVED this location, neither of us had been there before!) and they truly were such a perfect ending to one of the scariest days of my life. All in all, Travis is healthy, I survived and these two slayed their engagement session and were so easy to photograph.

Check out these love birds, below:

Lexington, TX Engagement Session |Kelsey & Juan|

Lexington, TX Engagement Session |Kelsey & Juan|

Kelsey & Juan. They are tying the knot this summer in the Dominican Republic but that didn’t stop me from jumping at the opportunity to photograph these lovebirds. I have known Kelsey since I was in 8th grade, when my family bought a ranch and moved to Lexington, TX for a few years. Our families are still great friends and Kelsey and Juan are PERFECT together…he made her continuously laugh throughout the session and it made my job behind the lens so effortless to capture their happiness. When couples are clueless as to what setting and location they have in mind for their session, I can easily give them a list of locations and examples but I ALWAYS suggest to think about a location thats personal to the couple. Somewhere that brings back memories or has a special meaning (where they met, where he proposed, etc.) so it was a no-brainer when we decided on her families sprawling acres just an hour outside of the city. Check out their engagement session taken on Kelsey’s families Ranch in Lexington, TX:

Rancho Mirando Engagement Photography | Ashley & Derek|

Rancho Mirando Engagement Photography | Ashley & Derek|

These two get married this weekend! WE CAN’T WAIT…I mean just look at their chemistry. These guys were so much fun to photograph at Rancho Mirando and we will be back there this weekend for the big day. Look at their sweet pups- we might have gotten a few forced smiles out of him, ha! This venue has such epic lighting, greenery and such a vast amount of sweet spots to shoot in.

Check out their session:

South Congress Engagement Session |Rachel & Alex|

South Congress Engagement Session |Rachel & Alex|

At every consultation with a new client I try to express just how important an engagement session is. Not only is it the only professional photos you will probably have done while you engaged ( and to most couples the only professional photos they have of them together ) it is a great way for the couple to work with us before the day of the wedding. It can be so stressful having your photo taken and on the day of the wedding you want to feel so comfortable you forget we are photographers! Sessions like this justify all of my beliefs, that having an engagement session before can really help calm nerves on the wedding day.

 

“I am not good at taking pictures” is something I hear from almost every single one of our Grooms. I get it, I hate having my photo taken too ( Travis might disagree ) but most of the time it’s not having your photo taken that is the bad part but how you feel while having your photo taken. Thats where we step in and do our thing, if we do it right you feel like we aren’t some photographer you found because you are getting married but someone you have known for a long time who is invested into your relationship. Alex and Rachel are getting married this coming April and I can tell you for sure we are going to have a great time with these two! See you both soon!

 

 

McKinney State Park Engagement |Erica & Alex|

McKinney State Park Engagement |Erica & Alex|

Nina and I have been in Austin for almost our whole lives! Well, she was born and raised here and I “came as quick as I could” when I was 10 but I feel like I’ve grown up here. This place is our home and as it has grown we have seen more and more brides coming from out of town! I remember when Austin only got busy during SXSW but now it seems like there is some festival every weekend and its popularity has skyrocketed! Seriously cranes have become a part of the Austin skyline, and out of town clientele has become a huge part of our business. Erica and Alex came all the way from Washington D.C for the bluebonnets and their session couldn’t have been better. With crisp sunny skies and a very blossoming bluebonnet season, everything was in place to create this beautiful session: