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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.

Music Monday: The 7 Best Venues to See Live Music in Austin

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. 

Couple Session: Ale and Hector

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. 

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!)