It is always more challenging, creatively speaking, to bring a new idea to fruition, as we recently did with this ad project for the Austin based office of Sensory Interactive, a design firm that designs and builds high-profile projects that range from master planning, to digital urban experiences, interactive exhibits, large format digital art, sports arena displays and urban spectacles such as those found in Las Vegas and Times Square. As a photographer, I would always rather photograph in new places than in the same locations repeatedly - it is more creatively inspiring to seek out inspiring backgrounds than to return to the same old standbys as you do when returning to the same locations again and again. These challenges force you to trust in your experience, knowledge and ability to pull off a successful shoot. Read more about our design and my creative process as an Austin commercial photographer here.
Whether you’re needing a new LinkedIn headshot or an entire suite of branded photos for your company site (or even a publication feature!), these tips will help you nail the vibe you’re going for. If you're wondering how to prepare for your headshot sessions, the most important piece of advice I give for professional business portraits comes down to one main thing: don’t wait until the last minute to prepare for your session! Give yourself time to find a couple outfits that you not only look good on you, but that feel good, too.
I've been extolling the benefits of revamping your headshots on my blog and instagram for quite some time but thankfully, Matt and Melissa already know the value of a quality headshot. It's important to infuse a bit of your personality into your headshot and this is where an environmental portrait comes in. Your professional headshots in Austin, TX can involve the neighborhoods and backdrops that you do business in or identify with the most. If you're interested in a Austin headshot photographer, you can see more of their Austin headshot session here.
Nailing down the perfect packages to offer your clients doesn’t have to be rocket science. As a photographer, you offer way more than just awesome photos, and crafting packages that value your talent and expertise is the best way to draw in your ideal clients. Here are a few things for creatives to consider when putting together packages that work for both you and your clients. In other words, sell smarter, not harder y'all.
I walked into Heather and Evan's Sand Harbor microwedding not quite knowing what to expect. It's one of my favorite ways to roll into a wedding day: with a little bit of mystery and excitement over the unknown. When I arrived, I gauged from their friends and family that were already gathered EXACTLY what the day was going to be like: full of relaxed laughter, good natured ribbing, and rapidly flowing alcohol. They were my kind of people. Read more about their intimate wedding on the shores of Lake Tahoe here.
If you or your clients have requested “candid” photos, this one’s for you. When we think of candid photos, we think of the perfectly relaxed, comfortable, effortlessly beautiful people laughing or looking at each other, as if they never knew the camera was there. And it’s cute to think these photos are actually candid, but they’re not (sorry to burst your bubble). When clients request those staple “candids,” it’s more than just showing up and randomly catching the perfect frame–there’s a lot that goes into the perfect “candid”: lighting, posing, and more. It's my job to make you look effortless and at ease and that takes just a little bit of work.
Thunderbird Lodge is an incredibly special place: it's located on the north east side of Lake Tahoe, near Incline Village. It’s one of the oldest estates on the lake and the original owner was eccentric, to put it mildly. The estate is one of a kind, both in story and physical presence. It's one of my favorite places on Lake Tahoe to photograph weddings and I'm overjoyed to revisit this gorgeous and classic Thunderbird Lodge wedding from 2018.
It's been a weird ride since Covid started, we all know it, but January was particularly hard on me as I grappled with the realization that for the third year in a row, running my business is going to be a significant challenge and that I am unlikely to have enough work to sustain me. Thankfully, I had the fantastic opportunity and freedom to head up to Spokane to work on Allen Stone's Allen-Tines Day Special. Having something to do for a week, a reason to get out of bed each day, and a group of hard working people around me was so creatively fulfilling. The energy of being on set with a bunch of hilarious, creative musicians with a wacky vision and a crazy idea was so rewarding. Allen-Tines Day Special features Allen Stone, Teddy Swims, Julian Gavilanes and Tom Cantillon as the pop sensations Round’N 3rd, who reunite decades after they broke the band up. They will sing 90’s R&B magic like ‘U Got It Bad’ by Usher, ‘ Back At One’ by Brian Mcknight and many more and I can say with certainty - this shit is lit. Read more about my experience working with this talented group of musicians and behind the scenes photos here!
Having grown up in Texas and having lived a good portion of my adult life in Austin, it comes as a frequent surprise to people to hear that I had never taken a West Texas road trip and explored all that our state has to offer, and in particular, Big Bend National Park. Now that I've made the effort to explore the area, I can say for certain that I've been missing out. Marfa, Alpine and the Big Bend region of West Texas have a huge amount to offer for anyone who is looking for a languid pace, an artsy influence, and a cold beer on a porch in the Texas twilight. The West Texas mountains are singing your name: here's my suggestions on where to stop, what to eat, and what to do while on a West Texas road trip.
Seven years after meeting, my best friend Kelly and her love Andy were wed in a Fort Worth Civil Ceremony at the 2nd District Court of Appeals. We managed to keep it a secret until the very last second as it was attended by immediate family only and myself, which made me feel very special and as we all know, it's all about me. It was a wonderful way to start the holiday week and I am overjoyed to see my friend so happy.
It’s no surprise that couples who have moved (either by law or by choice) their wedding dates are looking to elopement and microwedding options, especially around Lake Tahoe. Still not sure what’s the best fit for your day? Here are some tips for planning your elopement or micro wedding, whether you’re planning far ahead or scrambling last minute.
Like many couples, Sam and Bree faced challenges when planning and de-planning their wedding in 2020. Instead of postponing or cancelling, they decided that they would have an intimate ceremony for just immediate family, officiated by their best friend at their beach that has been in their family for generations. Their Carpinteria Beach micro wedding was relaxed, simple, and full of laughter and plenty of IPAs.