All in Event Recaps

2018: A Year for Love

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.

What Spending 2 Days With Dozens of Doulas Looks Like

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.

Warren's One-derful First Birthday Party

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. 

Cheers to Three Years of BossBabesATX

Three years ago this week, I watched someone I really admire take the world by storm on top of a picnic table in a backyard in East Austin. (Yes Jane, I'm talkin' about you.) Me and a couple hundred other creative women in Austin witnessed firsthand the launch of BossBabesATX, a non-profit that amplifies and connects women and nonbinary creatives, entrepreneurs and organizers.

All sappiness aside–in honor of the organization's three year anniversary, I'm sharing my favorite pics from the #BBATX archive. 

5 Things I Learned at Ladies Music Club's First Panel

Our panel featured Maressa Munoz of Ameritax Austin (my accountant!); Nathalie Phan, founder of On Vinyl Media; and Lauren Trahan, founder of Paper Moon Entertainment. We also had amazing vendors—Silk Club, The Audacity, and Women of Venus. If you wanted to attend but missed it, here's my five biggest takeaways from the panel. (Full disclosure: I didn't take notes since I was moderating, so these were the ideas that were ingrained in my brain!)

Photo Recap: SXSW 2018

This year marked my seventh SXSW—which makes me feel awfully old, despite being just 23. I still remember my first time at the festival. I was 16, I traveled from the Rio Grande Valley with my older brother to Austin for the first time to see the Strokes play at Auditorium Shores. I can visualize perfectly the first time we rounded the corner on I-35, passing the Holly St exit, and catching my first view of the Austin skyline. The weather was idyllic and I got to see my favorite band of all time for free. It's no wonder I moved to Austin just three years later. 

Using this rainy weekend—brought to us by #HurricaneHarvey— to catch up with some website updates. 

Last weekend I stepped out of my comfort zone and attended my first ever photographer meetup. Hosted by Austin Visuals, the meetup was incredibly inspiring—as have the last week as I've checked out all the other work shared by photographers I met. 

I've never actually worked with models before. I'm an event / concert photographer looking to expand my portrait work, so I thought the meet-up would help me learn a few things. It did and also left me feeling incredibly inspired and ready to focus more on growing my freelance business. 

Here's a few of my shots from the weekend. Cheers to future projects, inspired by this day.