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The Parkers of Lakeview, NOLA @ Gulfport, Mississippi

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When your family makes such a photogenic group of kids, they get photographed a lot.  Especially when they live in your second city of New Orleans.   My half nephew James is such a soccer enthusiast that he has convinced his lovely wife to have more kids.  So I figured I better high-tail it over there and photograph the family while they all fit in frame!   Enjoy the gallery as much as I enjoyed the trip!

I want to say thanks to my family for trekking out to Gulfport!   It was worth it in the end as we discovered “The Shed” bbq off of highway 49 and 53 (SO GOOD!!!) and captured the TRUE essence of these tykes in all their glory…

Cory+Josh Wedding at the Taylor Mansion

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Bella Weddings in Central Texas through out this Spring and Summer seasons have been freckled through out my calendar, mixed in with my own clients with whom I have the time, the drive and the experiences between us long before the big day.  These “contractor” or stringer gigs are challenging in that you have to being the person everyone will tolerate with the flashes, posing, shooting all over and around everyone who is trying to do the exact same thing you are doing:  take the best picture!  So it’s up to the photographer to arrive at these events with little more than a quick phone call or meeting over coffee to prepare you to share the most important milestones of their lives.  I was really lucky that this laid back couple and their family were all about enjoying the company and celebration while leaving the photos to me.   Here’s a small gallery of the highlights.  Enjoy!

 

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From the Vault | Megan O’Neill

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Let me be the first to confess that this was nothing more than button pushing.  Don’t confuse this with coyness, I am admitting that this wasn’t a single thing more than aiming my light and camera at one of the coolest ladies in the 512.  Megan is the uber-smiley stylist here in Austin who I have had the pleasure of working with on a couple of random events in the development of my craft.  Additionally, this daughter of a photographer was ON POINT with being relaxed, real, and of course beautiful.  This was an early attempt to grow into the studio space that is now the amazing Pedernales Coop Studio.  With more updates, create changes, new gear and new contributors, it’s vital that I take the time to review the progress of my craft from these early days of single light portraiture to the editorial single-frame stories I capture today.  Your preference?

 

Natalie + Farrell Wedding PHOTO DOJO

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The only thing that I love more than architecture photography is photographing a wedding of architects at a new venue designed by one of my favorite architecture firms in Texas.  Can anyone say ‘dream job?’  I can!  These native Texans returned to the Lone Star State for a rustic wedding full of full, love, and a PHOTO DOJO for the guests!  Check it out, tell your friends, share your favorites.

UPDATE:

We will be finishing the last of the wedding season the August with the booked PHOTO DOJO and then we will be moving away from the service except for preferred client bookings.  This will only be an amenity added to our premium wedding packages for the select and discerning client.

 

 

 

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Jon + Michelle at Hacienda del Lago

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With the return of rain in our Central Texas sky after the crippling draughts of 201o and 2011, Lake Travis has begun its return to picturesque landscapes and lovely, rich sunsets to  on the west rim of Travis County just outside of Austin, Texas.  Amazingly, event venues have survived through the record heat and now are lush with grass, dark green cedars, and glowing dusks as wonderful backdrops to classic weddings such as Jon and Michelle’s celebration of unity at the Hacienda del Lago in Volente.  High on the ridge over looking the lake valley this cozy house hosts ceremonies in the vista aimed into the sunset (quite a challenge for photography! #fillflash) for enchanted wedding images.  Rather than run for the shadows, I used the sun’s blinding light to accentuate this favorite feature of the venue and brought it into the images as a part of this lovely photo story of Jon and Michelle.  A laid back couple assigned to me by Bella Pictures, we first met over a greasy breakfast at Cisco’s in my ‘hood.  I was immediately charmed by Michelle’s natural beauty and wonderful smile which sparkled every time she gazed at Jon’s classically handsome grin and dapper demeanor.  While the affair was an intimate gathering of family, the party was a grand event with white peacocks, home made pies in tiny mason jars, unspeakably delicious bbq, and vibrant personalities that were only matched by the colorful landscape.  Thanks so much to Michelle and Jon for selecting me as there Bella Pictures photographer.

 

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And Sophie makes it a foursome…

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Emily and Maiya are as much energy to have around as if they were each hurricanes blowing in from the Bahamas.  It’s no wonder we get some of the most fun-filled photos from this mommy-daughter duo.  Cousin Christen made it to the studio for some maternity photography last fall and now has added her beautiful baby girl Sophie to the photo sessions.  What’s great about knowing amazing people is that we get to share beautifully fun milestones together with the camera.  This session at the Pedernales Studio Co-op was a wonderful effort of timing, feeding, burbing, Oreo cookies, and tutus.  With a couple of strobes boxing in the babes from the flank, I kept it colorful for the two baby butterflies.  Enjoy!

 

JWG Photography is now booking Easter, Newborn, Spring Wildflower, and Senior/Grad portrait sessions.  For more information about our portrait service, please contact us via the website.  All contacts from the website receive a complimentary 11×14 custom print from their retained photo session this spring!

 

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At long last, I have my session with Suzie!

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Holy JEEZ I love it when I get to work with amazing people!  For the much anticipated (and delayed) bridal shoot with Suzie Jurado, I was blessed to have my A-Team onboard to assist.  Originally planned to be at the Lustre Pearl, this shoot was the brainchild of Suzie herself.  When we first began planning this shoot, I had nearly begged Suzie to let me try and impress her with my camera.  I former co-worker, Suzie was familiar with some of the high-quality-yet-standard-and-uniform youth sports portraiture for All American Photo, our short run as All Star Photo, and a few PHOTO DOJO photo-booth images.  So when I had the opportunity to show her the creative style of my work while maintaining the Austin-shabby-chic soul of her idea, I jumped at it.  Not long after we began working on the shoot, we were met with some challenges.  First, Lustre Pearl got a little big for their britches and went ex-comm about the scheduled shoot.  I HATE when people just stop responding to business inquiry.  Hate it.  So it didn’t take me long to toss my hands in the air and go location scouting (one of the best facets of my job).  I discovered with many other people the Swan Dive at Red River and 7th.  It was a great location downtown, close to Suzie and me both…

We had a couple of schedule snafu’s, dress failure (thanks Anslee from coming through in the clutch!) and a new policy to charge the crap out of people to shoot there.  All of this was taken in stride, but the delays provided one last obstacle.  This month’s Austin Monthly magazine featured Andrew Chan’s photoshoot with the gorgeous Hippie Hannah (loved working with her for Austin Fashion Week!).  Other shots there were being published, so I decided we would push the shoot back further to put a little separation between me and the other photographers shooting and publishing from that venue.

 

 

 

With the great help of Anna Alvarez on style and Lauren Garcia’s make-up skills (both ladies taking your appointments NOW at the Salon at the Domain), we had Suzie all dolled up and looking cuter than I had ever seen her.  Still to come, photos from the intimate affair that was there wedding.  Talk about STYLE!  Suzie’s creativity bleeds well beyond the borders of her amazing web design.  Check it out.   And thanks for readying, mom!

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Style Forward at the Swan Dive

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We had been meaning to shoot at the Swan Dive once again for a more… publishable shoot for some time now.  Shortly after the release of Austin Monthly’s great spread by Andrew Chan at that venue, we decided to push it back and rethink lighting just a bit.  I decided to go with a much higher key composition than I first thought so that these would stand out.  With me is the beautiful and talented Anna Alvarez who is at the Salon at the Domain (book.  her.  now.) for hairstyle and a new collaboration with Allison Schingle on make-up artistry (also styling at the Salon at the Domain, so bring a group!), and a new talent, Mayra Veronica Gonzalez (MM# 2329198).  Dig these now and look forward to more work with this team in the Spring!

 

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Jodi, Doug, and Baby in Single Light.

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A cool night under the carport with a strobe and a black sheet:

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