Best of 2017: Portraits

2017 was full of amazing photographic experiences for me. I got to work with so many great clients, from my spring and fall seniors to local bloggers, and document some really memorable experiences of my own. I am so excited to be able to share my favorite portraits from this past year all in one blog post! (Stay tuned for travel photos, coming soon in a separate post.)

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Real talk: senior portraits are my bread and butter. It’s what I first started shooting three years ago, and it still makes up the bulk of my work! I have so much fun shooting with my fellow Longhorns and every graduation shoot makes me even more excited for my own this spring. This year I also incorporated some more work with couples, which has been a really fun change!

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I also wanted to include some of the amazing collaborations I participated in this year. For those of you that didn’t know, I actually got my start in photography as a blogger back in the day. (Surprise!) Shocking, I know, since I currently can’t be bothered to wear makeup, do my hair, or wear anything other than workout clothes. Still, I always love working with local fashion and lifestyle bloggers. Enjoy some of my favorite shots from shoots with bloggers and brands below.

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I shot these product images for Love Your Melon and Sume Jewelry, two businesses that make products that I absolutely love. (LYM also benefits a great cause!)

I met Jesse Coulter¬†towards the end of the year, and got to shoot some winter and holiday outfits with her. She’s so funny and spunky, and I loved her style!

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Next up is my friend Jane, who is talented, genuine, and much more fashionable than me. Shooting with her is always such a pleasure, and I’m looking forward to more sessions as she builds her blog!

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Over the summer I also had the opportunity to shoot with Rachel Spross (a Longhorn alum) for the first time. I loved her outfits, and I would definitely recommend checking out her feed if you ever need style inspiration!

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Working with bloggers is something I’m looking to do more of next year, especially after I graduate college! If you’re a local blogger (or know someone who is), let me know! I would love to work with you.

And that wraps up my favorite portraits of 2017! It was such a great year for me, in that I had plenty of new experiences and got to push myself to learn new skills and further develop my style. I can’t wait for what 2018 has in store!

Didn’t get enough from this post? Part two is coming soon, with the best of my travel photos from 2017. Stay tuned!

 

 

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Summer Elopement | Desiree + JP

Ahh, Texas summers. Summer is the season of scorching heat and blinding sun, and surprisingly, a lot of weddings. When Desiree contacted me about photographing her intimate summer wedding at Chapel Dulcinea, I jumped at the opportunity. There’s something about simple ceremonies, with just close family and friends present, that connects with me. I love how the day is focused so completely on the couple and their love for each other, and their transition into a new life together.

JP and Desiree were staying in the guesthouse of a charming South Austin home, and I met them there to photograph them while they got ready. Everyone then drove to Chapel Dulcinea, a beautiful outdoor chapel that sits atop a cliff that overlooks the hill country. The chapel is especially unique because it allows couples to get married there at no cost.

Desiree put her finishing touches on, and then headed down the path to the chapel.¬†JP and Desiree exchanged the vows that they wrote, slipped on their rings, and were married. In Chapel Dulcinea’s signature tradition, they got to ring the chapel’s church bell after the ceremony in celebration.

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Special thanks to the talented Alyssa Jarae Photography for second shooting.