SXSW, otherwise known as my absolute favorite 10 days of the year, every year, is an annual convergence of technology, film, and music in Austin, Texas. It's 10 days of thriving on adrenaline and chaos. It's a beacon of creativity and innovation. Drawing attendees from diverse industries worldwide, it's unparalleled popularity can certainly be attributed to the dynamic blend of cutting-edge technology showcases, an extensive list of film premieres, and my favorite - the off-the-beaten-path version of its music festival which celebrates and heralds unsigned and new artists. As promised, I'm back with part II in my series on how to survive SXSW like a pro with more SXSW survival tips.
75,000 people are about to descend upon Austin, TX for SXSW, one of the world's premier music, film and tech festivals. While SXSW is mostly known for its music festival, what really brings the money to Austin (and $350 million plus of it at that), is the Interactive portion, which draws a young audience of inventors, investors and risk takers looking for networking opportunities and the next big thing. At any given moment all over the city there are thousands of opportunities to learn, network, workshop and cultivate relationships. For over 10 years now, I've been working for the Sales Department at the event, as a SXSW event photographer responsible for documenting the return on investment for their sponsors. It's exhausting. It's exhilarating. It's incredibly fun. If you're attending for the first time and looking for some answers on how to survive SXSW, I got you boo.
Austin has grown significantly over the past few years, especially when it comes to the world of tech and corporations. Today, it may still be the heart of Texas, but it's also become a premier corporate event destination since its now vibrant business culture sits squarely in a town filled with fun. From live music every night to the vibrant dining scene, Austin is the perfect location to hold your next corporate event. As a commercial photographer who has been working within the Austin corporate event photography space for a decade, I've seen and worked at a wealth of Austin corporate event locations, and here are ten exceptional corporate event venues in Austin that I promise will elevate your meeting and provide you with a memorable and impactful event.
If you're ready to update your professional headshot, Austin, TX offers a wide variety of eclectic backgrounds to suit every personality! Many people automatically think of a traditional studio setting with a plain background and "perfect" lighting when it comes to headshots, but I'm here to convince you that environmental portraits, which are headshots taken on location, can provide more personality and a more authentic feel to your images. In a city as vibrant and diverse as Austin, TX, there are many options for locations that can provide the perfect backdrop for your lifestyle photoshoot - whether it be for commercial marketing content, new headshots, or even family or senior portraits. In this blog post, I'm gonna share with you my top 5 locations for headshots in Austin, TX.
SXSW shouldn't need an introduction, but just in case you don't know me very well (or Austin), here's the short of it: SXSW is a ridiculously large ridiculously amazing festival held annually in Austin, Texas that attracts over 400,000 attendees from across the world. Its focus is large, wide, and all-encompassing, including but not limited to, innovation, technology, music, film, health, gaming, and more. If SXSW 2023 is your first rodeo and you're planning an activation, event, or happy hour to engage and interact with your target audience, I'm here to give you a little bit of advice from a photographer's perspective, regardless of the size of your event.
Allen Stone is no stranger to wacky ideas. Back in 2019, Al and his best friend Julian Gavilanes embarked on a karaoke tour of the United States. This year, they decided to bring it back, bigger and better than ever - a multi-state tour, a full crew, with a polished story, and 100x the fun and hijinks. It was a blend of an acoustic concert, with Allen performing intimate renditions of beloved songs, as well as new material, along with pre-show VIP meet and greets, an audience participation segment (that's the karaoke y'all), games, more than one or two surprises a night, and more! Photos and more from Allen Stone's Texas stops on his 2022 Karaoke Extravaganza.
Stop using stock photography to promote your business and let's work together to create custom brand photography that will elevate your business. A strong portfolio equals more customers and helps you have a streamlined look when you promote your business. Want more inspiration? Here's a great example from Sensory Interactive in Austin, TX of why you need custom brand photos and lifestyle brand photography to boost your social media presence.
Are you having to downsize your wedding because of COVID? Need some intimate wedding inspiration? Look no farther than this perfectly charming and delightful DIY backyard Austin wedding. Quarantine life may be the perfect time to put some muscle into transforming your backyard into the yard of your dreams. Add some simple touches and basic rentals to make your wedding an idyllic wonderland on a budget!
Perfect wedding venue suggestions for your outdoor Austin wedding from Austin wedding photographer Lauren Lindley, also serving destinations worldwide.