Duke + Gabriella // A McKinney Falls Dream

Duke + Gabriella // A McKinney Falls Dream

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A little over a month ago, I put out a “model search” for a shoot I wanted to try. Considering it’s summer break, the free time was making me antsy and I just needed to get out there and do something adventurous! I wanted to play with lighting and especially try out water photography. I’d seen a few other photographers I love do it, so I had t try it out to! But the big question was who would be willing to wakeup at the butt crack of dawn for a sunrise shoot, drive almost an hour south, wear a formal outfit in the 90 degree summer heat and then get soaked in the creek!?

I almost didn’t put myself out there because I was worried I’d get no responses, that people would be like “Um Catie who do you think you are?” so for a few days I just sat on the idea until my brain couldn’t handle the day dreaming anymore, and I finally took the leap in asking people online if they’d be down!

And y’all, I got more responses than I’d ever anticipated! Gabby just happened to be the very first girl to respond and be like ME ME ME! But don’t worry, I plan to do these more often because practice is something I CRAVE and if you’re up for an adventure then watch for the next one!

Gabby and I began to scheme about what to wear and outfit choices and different poses they’d be down for, and my heart was racing, I couldn’t have been more excited about this. I love how they turned out, but after looking through their gallery and noticing small details, I see so many different things I could’ve done better. I see lighting that could’ve been altered, a few that are blurry and a handful that just came out funky with whatever angle I was trying. But I’m so thankful for these mistakes, these errors are helping me LEARN and Gabby and Duke couldn’t have been the best models for me! They were so patient and willing to do whatever I asked, which helps because sometimes practice means taking a few risks JUST to see how the photo would come out.

They are seriously the best, and I hope you love them as much as I do!

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Robert + Katie // Downtown Round Rock Engagement

Robert + Katie // Downtown Round Rock Engagement

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The first time Katie laid eyes on Robert, he was wearing ripped jeans and a backwards hat and she thought he was so cute. Everyone was gathered around the volleyball court one Friday night soaking up the gorgeous springtime air. We were all just standing there talking about him because he was a new guy who’d just been invited to the church, and I remember mentioning we’d have to make sure his heart matched the outside, meaning he may be a good looking guy but if he doesn’t love Jesus then BYE FELICIA.

Luckily for Katie, he was definitely a man after Gods own heart and had a desire to grow in his relationship with his Savior. Soon after that, Robert asked her out on their very first date. He cooked up spaghetti and salad, took them to a park nearby where they had the sweetest little picnic. After dinner they played a few rounds of mini-golf and that marks the beginning of a story they had no idea God was going to continue writing!

Katie told me, “I’ve never felt so cherished and adored!” I think that’s what every girl dreams of saying after a first date.

Katie has been a single mom the last several years of her life, and despite some hard bumps along the road, God has been so faithful in growing her passion for Him and teaching Kaylee to do the same. She’s a phenomenal mother, a woman who chases after Jesus with her life and has proven to be a role model for other young women in our church community. Robert is a man who has pursued her heart in a way that’s honorable to not just Katie but to her family. He has shown patience and such a big servant heart choosing to love Katie AND Kaylee, striving to be a noble leader and provider for the both of them.

I’m sure I’ll be a mess at the wedding, God is just too good to us sometimes.

Their engagements were in the sweet little downtown Round Rock where we made a parking garage our dance floor and ran down side walks. Basically we partied into the sunset. Enjoy some of my favorite shots!

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Can’t wait to capture their wedding day!

Stay tuned,

Catie Sas

Mr + Mrs Hinton // a Dallas TX Wedding

Mr + Mrs Hinton // a Dallas TX Wedding

Talk about getting married in the most beautiful enchanted forest. I was up so early the morning dew was just falling off the tree’s as they said their vows, and I’d do this wedding a hundred times over again.

Maggie has always held a special place in my heart. We met through another close friend of ours and after a 2 hour dinner date at Chic Fil A one night, I decided I was gonna make this girl stick whether she liked it or not. She has the kind of heart that loves genuinely and openly. She may think she’s shy, but the second you get this firecracker out of the box she shines like you’ve never seen before.

Their wedding began at 7am with getting ready, the ceremony at 9am, and a simple and sweet reception to follow. She wasn’t super into the wedding “necessities” every other bride might be focused on, she really just wanted to bring people she loved together in one place. She wore a delicate lacey white dress, a handmade flower crown, and Toms. The girl didn’t even curl her hair even when she was pressured to get all done up. She wanted to be as natural as possible and stay true to herself, which I can definitely get behind.

Enjoy some shots of their day!

David + Megan // Austin, TX Engagements

David + Megan // Austin, TX Engagements

Oh man, this was such a fun shoot. Megan and David were one of the very first weddings I’d ever booked back when I was still figuring out how to do this whole photography thing. They’re getting married THIS MONTH and I can’t wait! He’s a molecular scientist and she’s a nursing Major, and they met here in Austin at a science convention a few years back. She’s a free spirited ball of energy and he’s a laid back, reserved kinda guy that brings balance to the relationship. It was SO SWEET getting David out of his comfort zone in front of the camera, while Megan was such a natural. You could feel their adoration for eachother, especially through all of the giggling each time I’d tell them to get closer. I’m so excited to publish these, some of my favorite shots ever are in their session! MGDH-2MGDH-3MGDH-4MGDH-5MGDH-6MGDH-7MGDH-8MGDH-9MGDH-10MGDH-11MGDH-12MGDH-13MGDH-14MGDH-15MGDH-16MGDH-17MGDH-18MGDH-19MGDH-20MGDH-21MGDH-22MGDH-23MGDH-24MGDH-25MGDH-26MGDH-27MGDH-28MGDH-29MGDH-30MGDH-31MGDH-32MGDH-33MGDH-34MGDH-35MGDH-36MGDH-37MGDH-38MGDH-39MGDH-40MGDH-41MGDH-42MGDH-43MGDH-44MGDH-45MGDH-46MGDH-47MGDH-48MGDH-49MGDH-50MGDH-51MGDH-52MGDH-53MGDH-54MGDH-55MGDH-56MGDH-57MGDH-58MGDH-59MGDH-60MGDH-61MGDH-62MGDH-63MGDH-64MGDH-65MGDH-66MGDH-67MGDH-68MGDH-69MGDH-70MGDH-71MGDH-72MGDH-73MGDH-74MGDH-75MGDH-76MGDH-77MGDH-78MGDH-79MGDH-80MGDH-81MGDH-82MGDH-83MGDH-84MGDH-85MGDH-86MGDH-87MGDH-88MGDH-89MGDH-90MGDH-91MGDH-92MGDH-93MGDH-94MGDH-95MGDH-96MGDH-97MGDH-98MGDH-99MGDH-100MGDH-101MGDHMGDHM-2MGDHM-3MGDHM

Jay + Cora // Austin, TX Engagements

Jay + Cora // Austin, TX Engagements

Before this shoot, I’d never even seen Jay and Cora hold hands. I’d never seen them hug, kiss, or even flirt with eachother. So basically, I was crazy eager to see how this would go. I’m a big fan of sweet affectionate shots, so I might’ve pushed them out of their comfort zones a little bit.. which I ain’t too mad about considering the photos you’re about to see.

I remember giggling just as hard as they were each time I’d tell them to get closer, or especially when we played the teeth game. This is where I had them try to touch eachothers teeth, BUT with their own teeth.. Y’all, it was hysterical. Some look very romantic, and some just look straight up goofy.

Watching people crush the awkwardness being affectionate in front of a camera can sometimes bring is one of my favorite things. Enjoy the most adorable couple ever.

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Calvin Jackson Moore

Calvin Jackson Moore

Sweet baby Calvin was so easy to photograph, I mean look at those big blue eyes! His session was 8am Saturday morning and I can’t say I’ve ever had a better time shooting. The second I showed up I was welcomed into the nursery and offered a cup of coffee, which shamelessly I accepted. Keith’s mom was in town, and while Calvin took a milk break, she insisted I sit down and enjoy a warm and delicious plate of breakfast that included eggs, avocado toast, and BACON. Man, the bacon was straight up perfection.

But it wasn’t just the delish breakfast that made it one of my favorite shoots, it’s because I feel like I’m finally getting the hang of things. I’m learning a lot more about lighting and angles I love, and I think this was the first time I didn’t feel completely awkward making my way around the room and moving his precious little arms and legs to where I wanted them. I also aim for natural, not super posed. And I used to feel like that wasn’t a good thing, that no one wants that and posed teeny babies is what everyone wants… but if you know anything about my style, know it’s very unposed. Regardless of the shoot I’m doing.

Plus Erin looked so pretty while still staying comfortable and natural, which I was excited about. I want the real version of your family, not the “oh crap I need to fix my hair..”

Even if I show up and the house is a mess, you’re in yoga pants and a messy bun, I’m still gonna ROCK that shoot capturing the authentic life you live. I would hate for you to stress about what to wear, how to do your makeup, or even clean a dish in the sink for me. It ain’t no thang, y’all, just be you.

I hope you enjoy baby Calvin! I know I sure did, the kids a beaut.

 

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Gabriela Rivera // Austin, TX Bride

Gabriela Rivera // Austin, TX Bride

So I have a confession. A very embarrassing and shameful confession.

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I was an hour late to Gabriela’s bridal session.

Now don’t panic, it was totally fine. Epic, really and more than I could’ve ever expected. It was a Monday, and it had been a true Monday kind of day. I was exhausted, ready to be off work and head out. When I’d finally gotten on the road, I was dreaming of my couch and a glass of wine. Once I’d gotten home, I’d realized I’d missed a phone call and a text. One was from Gabriela and another from my mother in law, Debi. Her text would hold the sentence that would cause my heart to physically sink.

Hey Catie, Gabriela just asked me if you were on your way to her bridal session..”

AND I REALIZED I’D SCHEDULED HER BRIDALS FOR THAT DAY AT FIVE. Guess what time it was right then? it was 5:08, y’all. I was freaking out. So I instantly call Gabriela back, and ask if she was already at the location, where she then says she was at the venue. And then I was super confused because I thought they were at Brushy Creek… so I’d just experienced a DOUBLE FACE PALM. So I then start to head to the venue during rush hour (are you kidding me) and called Debi back to just try and calm my spazzed out self down. I’m on the highway, on the phone with her, and because I just wanted to make sure I was exiting correctly, I asked “I exit 360, right?”

She pauses and responds with, “To get to Antebellum oaks? Um.. you should be on 45… why are you taking 360?!”

Y’ALL. I was on the wrong highway going the OPPOSITE DIRECTION. During rush hour just to remind you. SO I then have to exit, get all turned around, find my way to the right highway, and FINALLY head to the venue.

With all that to say, I was expecting Gabriela’s family to take my head off. I was sure they’d ask for a refund, a discount, or just something to claim justice for my HUGE inconvenience on their day. I finally roll in around 6:03, and even after apologizing profusely on the phone earlier, I meet her outside the venue and begin apologizing EVEN MORE. And wanna know what she does?

She shakes her head and gives me a hug, tells me to not apologize, that it’s totally fine and she is just excited about her session. Her parents were absolutely amazing, laughing and cheering us on the entire time, helping me with whatever I needed whether it was carrying Gabriela’s train or fluffing her veil so it would fly in the wind. They were SO unbelievably kind the session, and I just felt God’s grace rush over me, reminding me of the love He provides when we make mistakes. He used Gabriela and her sweet family to remind me of his sovereignty, the way he cares about the details because THE LIGHT WAS PERFECT. The way the sun was in the right place, just shining through my lens was such a HUGE blessing. An hour before? It wouldn’t have been that perfect. And I can only give all the credit to God, I couldn’t have planned that outcome.

And I’m blown away with how her bridals came out, they were beyond perfect and I couldn’t have come up with a better way to spend a Monday evening. To top it all off? Her dad ended up giving me a tip as I walked to my car. He sent me on my way with a generous gift and kind words, expressing his gratitude for coming out for his daughters photos. I got in my car completely floored at the mercy I’d just been given.

God is always good, y’all, and He is IN every detail. And now I get to publish her bridals on my blog, sharing the testimony of His work in and through me. I can’t make this stuff up, y’all. Hope you love her as much as I do!

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Sincerely,

Catie Sas