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Maura

Most of all, I remember... Maura had something specific in mind for her bridal portrait. Instead of  carrying a bouquet, we  focused solely on highlighting her beautiful art deco style complemented by Laguna Gloria's gorgeous architecture. We collaborated, creating  portraits that were timeless that at the same time felt very "her." In Maura's non-bride life, she's an M.D.,  working hard to take care of others. Although she wasn't used to being the center of attention, she patiently held different poses and tried different expressions.  The whole experience was fun and so special for us, from creating the portraits to seeing the finished framed art pieces displayed at her wedding. Thank you to Maura and Matt and to their families for this wonderful time with you all!

-Jenn

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Rachel & Sam

Most of all, I remember... We don't always have the chance to create engagement portraits, but even with Sam and Rachel's busy schedules--including Rachel training for and completing The 2017 Boston Marathon (!)--we got to spend some time together making these.  It was an incredible Austin evening and we were able to incorporate both their love for downtown Austin and LadyBird Lake. While we made sure to get those classic portraits with Rachel and Sam looking at the camera,  it was the moments that Rachel and Sam were after, and the moments between them that got me as well. I'm sharing a few of my favorites below. Are you considering an engagement session? Why or why not?

Jenn

 
 

Robin Choban Han's Bridal Portrait

Most of all, I remember... You might recognize Robin--gorgeous inside and out--from the opening image of our new website. Her wedding was also featured on Grace Ormonde and on Carolina Herrera's  site! When Robin decided to book the Commodore Perry Estate for her bridal session, I knew we would have fun creating a beautiful bridal portrait for her. When she selected a full length image taken in the corner of the wood-walled room at the Estate, we were excited. (The famous portrait artist Irving Penn has a series of his portrait subjects in a corner, which I love.) Then, seeing her bridal portrait printed, framed, lit and on display at the historic Driskill Hotel left me almost speechless! There's nothing quite like seeing an image go from your computer screen to becoming a piece of wall art.  I'll never forget the wonderful time we got to spend with Robin as she married Jeff and became Mrs. Han!

-Jenn

Dress - Carolina Herrera, Earrings - Mikimoto, Hair Comb - Carolina Herrera, Shoes - Jimmy Choo, Hair and Makeup - Adore Makeup Boutique and Salon Floral- Coby Neal/ The Flower Studio Event Planning: Platinum Weddings  Wedding Ceremony and Reception: The Driskill Hotel, Austin

 

 
 

Shanti & Jon

Most of all, I remember... Jon proposed to me in Lake Como, Italy! He took me to Northern Italy because my family is from there. We started in Milan, Italy, and our plan was to work our way further north to Switzerland. But just four days into our trip we were in Lake Como, Italy, and Jon had reserved a private antique wooden boat for us to take around the Lake.  We had a personal driver who only spoke Italian and a wonderful spread of cheeses, salami and Prosecco.  The driver took us in front of the most amazing lush estate I have ever seen called "Villa Balbianello." It is absolutely gorgeous.

Jon knew that was where he should propose so he had the driver take us around the lake for a few more laps and then we came back to this beautiful Villa where he proposed on one knee! Later that evening he had a back-up plan in place just in case "Plan A" didn't work out. So we had a private dinner, poolside, looking at the hillside of Lake Como with our very own saxophonist.  I was on Cloud 9; he really made me feel like a Gem!

-Shanti

 
 

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

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The Readings' Fall Family Session with Twins, Aiden and Daughtry

 Most of all, I remember... Jim and I got to be with and photograph Kate and Marcus when they married several years ago at a family ranch in Fredericksburg, Texas. Because they are two of the sweetest people you could ever meet, the time we spent with them was unforgettable and wonderful. Seeing two people you like and admire get married is a complete experience in and of itself, but getting to see Kate and Marcus as parents to their beautiful twin boys, Aiden and Daughtry--and spending time with them during our family photo session--was also deeply fun and meaningful! Thank you, Readings!

-Jenn and Jim

 
 

Wendy & Ray

Most of all, I remember... looking into the eyes of the boy who won me over in the back of his blue pickup truck when I was just 16 years old.  Even then he was kind, gentle smart and thought I was beautiful.

We were a very young couple, in love, getting married at the Denton courthouse with a few friends present. Our life has progressed with many amazing accomplishments and a few snags In the road as well. All the while, our love for one another has never been in question.

In fact, after 42 years it's kind of taken for granted, although I realize how lucky I am to love so deeply and be loved back with the same passion.

I have to say that I had no idea what an impact seeing the pictures would have on me. I did not realize how important they would be for me not only looking back, but more importantly, also looking forward.

One day---hopefully when we are much much older--we will no longer be together. The pictures are so "us" that I will forever see and feel Ray's love, conjure up all the millions of small moments that has made our life so meaningful and full of smiles.The years that have passed seemed to stand still.

-Wendy

 
 

The Bentley Family

Loved getting to do this wintry family session last December with the Bentleys! It was featured recently on the beautiful "Grey Likes Baby" blog:  http://www.greylikesbaby.com/photography-2/fabulous-family-in-open-space/.

Not only are the Bentleys  the sweetest family you could ever meet, Trina happens to be the uber talented founder of the graphic design firm: Make and Matter.

We love photographing families, and have 2 slots open in September and 2 in October. Those months are a great time to start thinking of holiday gifts and cards, before the holiday rush sets in, and there is no time left to do much of anything except breathe and wrap presents! Call or text me at 512.576.2889 for more info about our family sessions and to reserve a slot.

Thank you,

-Jenn

 
 

The New Mrs. Shands

We are so happy for Elizabeth and Rob! What an incredible celebration and couple! Here are a handful of our favorites from Elizabeth's recent bridal session.

-Jenn

 
 

Almost married!

It was great to be able to fit in an engagement session with Sydney and Scott at The Four Seasons, Austin, last month. I cannot wait for their wedding!

-Jenn

 
 
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