I am giddy over Ashley and James.
Ugh they're so cute. And this is one of my fav shots. Butttt I love the one below too.
They are fun.
They are kind.
They are happy.
And they love each other.
Their December wedding at Peach Creek Ranch is sure to be beautiful, and their engagements at the venue were a sweet taste of what's to come. I laughed so much with them.
I was already really enjoying their engagement session,
AND THEN WE FOUND A FIELD OF WILDFLOWERS.
I love this one because James is cheesin so dang hard, haha ^
Also there's a firetruck in the field.
Also they brought their pups. :)
Peach Creek Ranch has so many pretty spots!
And shout out to Texas for awesome sunsets and ridiculously pretty country colors.
Also shout out to James and Ashley for being *supa* fun humans.
I'm looking at the photos and writing this post and I literally miss them haha. Can't wait until I get to take Ashley's bridals (MY FAV) in the fall, and then hang with these two again for their wedding in December!
Paige and Ryan are so. cool. Paige loves horses. Ryan loves outside. They love each other. Boom.
They were up for an adventure for their engagement session and drove out to my neck of the woods to find some awesome, secluded spots for their shoot. Their cute smiles kill me. What is it about guys smiling at their girl? Gahhh.
Also, we found a pink tree. A PINK TREE.
This is one of my favorite shots ever ^
Thank you Navasota back roads for your gorgeous country scenes. Could pass on the pot holes though tbh.
They laugh a lot and I really love that.
I reminded them they're getting married and this is what happened ↓
I'm so excited for their wedding in March that will now doubt be even more smiley and happy and fun! YAY.
Oh my gosh these two are good people. Their July wedding at Hus Encampment is going to be sweet and quaint, like a big happy family reunion but with dancing and a pretty white dress.
We ventured to downtown Bryan for their engagement session which made it really fun, because not only was it gorgeous, but I saw several friends while down there which made it feel even more small town homey. Bryan/College Station is such a cool area because though it is growing, it still has managed to retain that kind, friendly small town Texas feel.
Aren't they sweet? They are just so excited to be a family.
I love me some urban vibes, but you know we had to head to the nearest park to catch some nature scenes.
And I'm really glad we did, because then this happened:
Also we saw ducks, which is always an upper.
Ben and Krystal suuuper love each other and I'm so excited to shoot their Caldwell wedding in July!
I interrupt this feed of weddings, engagements and seniors with a gorgeous event I got to shoot back in April. People, get ready for whimsy.
All this and more is what colors the experience of Susie Davis's (aka my cute mom) Acts 246 Dinner, where women gather to break bread and seek Jesus.
Susie loves people through beauty, and this wouldn't be her event if it wasn't basically all white everything with touches of pink Geranium blooms, vintage linens, vintage china and silverware, and candles in abundance adding a little glitter to ambiance.
It also wouldn't be my mom's event if a local Austin artisan wasn't included and spotlighted in some way. She used these little turquoise ring dishes as parting gifts, which were made special for the dinner by the talented Julie Spako.
But once the tables were set and the candles lit, the real fun began when the guests began to arrive. My mom has childlike exuberance, and I think that makes people feel super loved and valued.
Little sister Sardy (Sara Regan of Davis Music) got some of those welcoming genes too.
Soon though, everyone has arrived and it's time to gather together, share a meal, and share our hearts. There was laughter. There were tears. There was joy, healing and encouragement. It was Acts 2:46.
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.
Though the sun eventually went to bed, we stayed late into the evening celebrating community (and birthdays) and worshipping under the stars.
If anyone out there needs a worship leader for their event, you can't do better than Sara. She can lead full band sets for huge DNow group. She masterfully ushers the Spirit into a room with a handful of women. She's gifted and anointed.
Being part of this event reminded me of the immense importance of community. I left grateful to have met and photographed so many women who deeply desire Christ-centered connection. Differences like age, interests and home addresses didn't matter. Regardless of it's packaging, every heart in attendance was seen, loved, and held gently in the arms of acceptance, encouragement and understanding.
I also left so grateful for my Mom, who cares for people deeply and loves Jesus with all of her being. If you'd like to get to know her better, I'm willing to bet the feeling is mutual. Encouragement and joy just explode out of her, and if you'd like to get some of that in your life, she hosts a podcast that is guaranteed to leave an impact. She also blogs, writes books, and is better at Insta than I am.
If you'd like to be part of the next 246 event with Susie, she has them regularly and would love to have you! Head to her website for more info.
When was the last time you heard someone use the word "affable"? Well, you're about to hear it because that's exactly what Ben is - affable. This is the most kind-hearted, fun, amiable senior guy out there. He's incredibly easy to talk to and so much fun to spend time with. Honestly, as a married woman in my twenties who spends her spare time home decorating and snuggling a bunny rabbit and taking baths anytime it gets below 80 degrees outside, my ability to relate to senior guys is pretty low. But that really didn't matter when I went over to Ben's home on Lake Travis to take his senior portraits. What you see is what you get with this one. Doesn't his smile just make you warm and happy inside? That's exactly what it's like to spend time with him. I left this session with a smile on my face, thanking God I get to do this for a living. Congrats Ben!
THROWBACK. I shot this couple's session back in early spring, before trees had color and the air was warm. Posting it today to remind myself to be grateful for heat because it brings such vibrant colors! However, winter offers a gorgeous landscape that I really love, too.
Cynthia and Cody are hilarious and fun and they love to play as you'll see below. Yes we did talk about Lord of the Rings the almost the whole session and no I do not regret that. It was a treat to spend time with these guys and find the beauty in a landscape right in the middle of a transition from winter to spring!
When spring arrived and the redbuds bloomed, I couldn't get my camera out fast enough! Small town Texas sure makes for a quaint background, doesn't it? All these old trees and pretty streets, not to mention the amazing churches, paint such a romantic backdrop for a gorgeous couple's session. Having great models helps too. :)
When Kenton and I moved to Navasota in the fall of 2015, we began to pray for friends. We knew maybe a handful of people in our new area, and soon found ourselves quite secluded in our new normal. One year later, God answered so faithfully with Heather and Joe. We laugh about how God ordained our friendship is. There are numerous overlaps in our lives. They were exactly what we needed in that season, and we were exactly what they needed in that season. God is faithful, and when we get dry, he gives us rivers in the desert.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
I can't even count the "new things" God has done in me and Kenton since he brought Joe and Heather into our lives. We are truly different people than we were before we knew them. We're new. And we're so much more aware about the extreme importance of community. God used the season of isolation for good. But when he brought these two into our lives, we grew and sharpened.
As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another.
We love these two SO MUCH and we thank God for them constantly. Years from now, when our kids ask about our life before they came along, Kenton and I will say this:
"Well, we lived in a pink brick house in a teeny, tiny Texas small town named Navasota. Bowie was just a puppy then but his precious personality hasn't changed. For a few months we drank a lot of slurpees. We both regret and don't regret this. Mom had just started doing photography and Dad had just started his job at camp and was killing it. And we prayed and prayed for new friends, and God was faithful, because that's when we met your Aunt Heather and Uncle Joe!"
Thank you God for your faithfulness and for awesome humans like Heather and Joe!
Get ready to get sick of the word dreamy, because this senior portrait session was DREAMY DREAMY DREAMY DREAMY.
We danced to Ed Sheeran.
We laughed until our bellies ached.
We frolicked in wild flowers.
We found golden hour.
We let our hair down.
We enjoyed succulents in abundance.
I accidentally dressed like a cowboy.
Ashley and her sister Abbey (a cute friend of mine from Camp Allen) drove to Navasota for Ashley's senior portrait session and basically made March 31, 2018 a spring day never to be forgotten. I don't need to elaborate any more - I'll let the photos do the talking.
Congrats cute Ash! You and Abbey come to my neck of the woods any time and we'll do it again, but next time we'll step it up even more with BEYONCE and BLUEBELL, what!?!?!
I really hit the jackpot with getting to photograph some amazing senior guys this spring! Jakob's session was such a joy. If people don't want anything to do with high school guys, thinking that they're anything but good company, it's because they haven't met Jakob. This young man is kind, respectful, thoughtful, and sweet. He was so patient and enjoyable during our session, even though spending an hour taking photos was probably low on his list of interests for that day. And at the end of it, I know he actually had a great time! We walked around Bull Creek, enjoying the amazing landscape of one of Austin's finest public parks and had great conversation ranging from his hopes and dreams to his plans for next year and everything in between. I'm always amazed when I meet seniors who plan to pursue a major that will involve math and science, and let's just say that this smart cookie may be helping you with your taxes one day... or helping me for that matter! Actually that would be great. Jakob, call me when you graduate and you can use your awesome brain to assist me with all things numbers and spread sheets! Congrats!
I don't think I'll ever recover from this couple or this small town Texas engagement session. Honestly, Hannah and Alex are the most amazing people and I feel so blessed to get to be their photographer during their engagement season and wedding! Hannah and Alex, are, first of all, basically out of a book they're so good looking. Second, they're completely down to earth, funny, and love Jesus. Plus they'll soon be a family of three with sweet Katherine, and I'm pretty sure she's out of a book too.
We started in my front yard because I'll never get over what happens when I tell people to stand inside redbud trees. Then we drove down the road to one of the most beautiful, historic houses in Navasota, which just happens to be the offices of Fultz & Fultz here in town. When I went to ask permission to use the house for the session, their sweet receptionist not only greeted me warmly, but also gave me a tour of the house, which was built over 100 years ago! Navasota might not have HEB or Chick Fil A, but we do have crazy pretty historic homes. Then I took Hannah, Alex and Katherine to another of my favorite small town scenes, a sidewalk that is draped with redbuds and nestled between blooming wisteria and spirea bushes. Yeah, this is real life people. But as if the setting weren't magic enough, sweet Katherine flitted around collecting blooms for bouquets... one for her mom, one for herself, one for me - she even put a flower in my hair. This family is, simply put, whimsical. And this was just their engagement session! I truly can't wait for their wedding day in June! Please enjoy all the whimsy and pretty and lovely love in this small town Texas spring engagement session.