I know that I personally struggle to really enjoy milestones when they happen, which is why I actually really enjoy the end of the year. It’s important to step back and see how far you’ve come in a mere 365 days.
Jackie and Herbert professed their love and made life-long vows to one another in front of 20 of their closest friends and family on Sept. 15 at the oh-so-beautiful—and did I mention free??—Chapel Dulcinea. I was lucky enough to be their wedding photographer.
In July, I spent an amazing two days in the presence of doulas from across the country, as the event photographer for Doula Training International’s inaugural Born Into This conference.
The conference encouraged attendees to ponder what they’ve been born into—whether it be privilege, marginalization or somewhere in-between—and what they can do as doula’s to help others overcome oppression in the birthing room.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed in the past six months that my account is 50% content created at Native Hostels. That’s because I have had one of the most fun gigs of my year, as the resident photographer for BossBabesATX’s DJ residency at the venue.
At many shows that I photograph around town, I'm constantly asked for venue recommendations. It's kind of funny, because I usually don't think to care about the venue—just the band that's playing! I would follow any artist I love to any venue but I realize that a lot of folks who are either new to Austin or just want to discover new bands, might care a whole lot about how cool the venue is.
Here are 4 of my favorite spots in Austin to document ~love~. Do you have your own secret underrated spots around town? Let me know! (Better yet, take me there so I can take your pictures!)
I recently used the library for the most fitting session ever—new branding photos for local writing consultant and freelance writer, Liz Feezor. A writer, surrounded by books and magazines? It was PERFECT.
This photo essay is dedicated to the Hikes community. The fam that shows up early to shows, embraces one another, and displays kindness to strangers. Who spend their money on tickets, CDs, and merch. Who watch the live streams when they can't make it. Everyone who has made me feel safe to happy mosh, crowd surf, and hold on tight to my loved ones.
Without further ado, meet Talan—founder of PitchAtX, a company that partners with individuals who struggle with making speeches to help them from "presentation ask to mic drop." Presentations are pretty unavoidable in the real world, so I think it's bomb that Talan uses her eight years of speech competing experience (she's nationally ranked, woo woo!) and a Master's in political communication to help others become better communicators.
At the end of June, I flew to Los Angeles to celebrate my nephew Warren's first official trip around the sun! If there's one thing I've learned I really enjoy to do as an aunt, it's taking portraits of my sister with the loves of her life. Last summer, I documented her first few days with Warren, and it seems crazy that lil alien I met last July is the same little boy who just learned how to walk. I envision that Warren will always know me as his tía who loves to take pictures and will know the second I walk through the door that it's photoshoot time.
I booked another flight to Denver in less than a week after I arrived home from visiting in April—so I guess you could say the city left a good impression on me. I visited Denver in June to see my best friend, Devon, yet again and to see our all-time favorite band First Aid Kit perform at the Red Rocks Amphitheater.
Ale and Hector met in Austin, so it made sense to commemorate their love with a little bit of the Austin skyline. We shot at one of my personal favorite spots in the city, the Central Austin Public Library, and we had a blast. Special shoutout to these two because they also hopped into bushes at my request to get some of these shots.