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!
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.
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.
So I have a confession. A very embarrassing and shameful confession.
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!
Janell and Edward let me take some shots of them just DAYS before the wedding because I felt like I needed to get them in front of my camera before hand.
And let me tell ya..
Waking up for this sunrise shoot was SO WORTH the sleepy eyes and exhaustion. I tried a few new camera settings I’ve never experimented with and the photos came out better than expected. These two were clearly so easy to capture, and it was so sweet watching Edward snuggle up to Janell the way he did. Have you ever been around those guys that just clearly make their wives feel like they truly are the most beautiful girl in the world? I mean what girl doesn’t need that kind of affirmation?!
It was so refreshing. It’s so clear how much they adore eachother in these.
Peace out girl scouts.
Grace and I became friends pretty instantly, and we only got into arguments when she forgot to put smiley faces in her text messages (; The second she realized I was basically just another version of her husband, David, she took me in and planted me into her life quicker than I’d anticipated and I’m a better woman because of it. Grace is the kind of friend who will STRAIGHT UP tell you like it is, she rarely gets her feelings hurt, and is literally one of the hardest working women I know. She is a working momma of two, a nursing student, an amazing wifey, and one heck of a solid and loyal friend. Like will stand by you through it all even if she may wanna punch you in the face a time or two kind of loyal.
The woman is a fierce work of art.
I’m privileged to know her, to be known by her, and to call her a best friend for LYFE.
The Prindle’s have my heart. Here’s to taking WAY more photos of Nolan and Corwin for the rest of their lives.
Basically, capturing everyones love for sweet new babies is sweeping me off my dang feet.
Oh Clara Rachel, you’re precious.
When we first met the Avances, we’d just started leading our own community group and I was a major rookie at this whole thing. Lauren is such a caring, inviting, and wise woman of God that (if I’m honest) was slightly intimidated by when we initially started getting to know her and Alex and Elise, their sweet baby girl. We seemed to have pretty different personalities and I was worried we wouldn’t really mesh, mainly because she knows how to have her life together while I’m over here just finding bobbi pins in my hair from last week.
But then God made her friendship one of the most meaningful relationships in my life and He’s used her to grow me in so many sweet ways. So Lauren, just know, you’re stuck with me forevz. Ryan and I love you guys too much. Thanks for taking a leap of faith on us newbies and making our little community group family just that much sweeter.
Getting to watch you guys go from a family of three to a family of FOUR is seriously so fun, and I can’t wait to be your forever family photographer! Here’s to all the life you guys bring and the way God uses you to love us! Looking at Clara’s pretty self while editing was the easiest job ever. The best part of the shoot? When Elise came over to give Clara a high five. Like.. she’s gonna rock this big sis thing.
Thanks y’all, can’t wait to show more sweet babies soon!