I’ve known these two cuties for quite some time now! I think I met Michael probably shortly after he was born—our families live down the street from each other and have been friends ever since I can remember. We get together every year on Christmas Eve for my favorite tradition of game night! Maddie and I go pretty far back as well—we actually cheered together in high school before she and Michael started dating. Like my husband and I, these two are high school sweethearts and were long distance in college, too! So of course I have a soft spot in my heart for them and their sweet relationship!
My brother proposed to his now fiancé, Hannah, a few months ago in NYC and I got to finally see and celebrate with them over the 4th of July! They’re such a down to earth and fun-loving couple, I was thrilled when they asked if we could sneak away from family time for some engagement photos in the neighborhood we grew up in.
I met Megan last fall through a women’s group here in Austin. She’s a talented artist and asked me to help her create some fresh content for her social channels. Megan specializes in customized glitter art of comic book characters. We had some fun getting creative with figuring out how to best capture glitter at the golden hour—when the sun is behind a big cloud! My favorite shots from our session below.
One of my best friends, Kelsey, visited me so we could attend The Good Fest in Austin together (which by the way was INCREDIBLE! Check out her recap of our experience here). Kels started a blog called The Intuitive Swan a few months ago to share her journey with lyme disease. Her daily life with a chronic illness often feels so foreign to me, but her vulnerability to share her own experience and what she’s learned is a true inspiration and makes me so proud to be her friend. Kels has taken her diagnoses as something that has shaped her, but does not define her. A few of my favorite shots from her visit below!
A few months ago I shot with Shannon of Shannon Dolan Fitness. I first met her in the fall through a women’s group here in Austin. Shannon is such a bright light and full of positive energy—I instantly gravitated towards her! I love her 360° approach to holistic health through being a personal trainer, health coach, pilates instructor, and holding a degree in nutrition. If you’re not local to Austin, she has a free meditation, mindfulness & gratitude guide (I’m all about this!!) as well as an 8-week guide to strengthen your mind & body.
I was introduced to MaryKate of @froyotofitness through one of my friends a few years ago, and she has continued to be such an inspiration for living a fitness-forward life. After documenting her own fitness journey on instagram, she launched a 12-week guide and later a 6-week challenge full of workouts, nutrition tips, and more. Her story is truly amazing and she’s created an amazing community empowering women to live their best & most fit lives (her client transformations are incredible, too).
When David & I first moved down to Austin, we were thrilled to hear an old high school friend of ours relocated here with her boyfriend a few years prior. Naturally, Ellen & Scott were our first double date once we got to town and we’ve had so much fun together since!
Ellen has always been super creative and entrepreneurial—I even bought one of her purses she made out of vintage fabrics from a boutique in our hometown, years ago. Now, Ellen runs a year-round resort wear label called Elliette.
I just came up on the anniversary of my first real photo shoot ever (ya know, one of people you don’t know!), Beth & Matt in Lincoln Park 4 years ago. They wanted some photos in Chicago before they moved to Austin (small world, right?). When their photos came up on her facebook timeline a few weeks ago, they coincidentally popped up on her mom’s timeline, too. Enter the amazing power of facebook.
David & I took a quick 4-day trip to Grace Bay on Turks & Caicos in August. We both took some time off in between jobs and before packing up for our mov to Texas, so we thought we’d do a trip to celebrate the close of one chapter and the start of the next. David has always wanted to do a vacation to ‘really clear blue water’ and we’d heard Grace Bay is perfect for that. My goodness did it deliver! This trip was easily both of our favorite ‘relaxing’ vacations we’ve ever taken—highly recommend!
Last month I had the opportunity to go to Round Top Antiques Show for the first time! I had been wanting to check it out, but the 22 miles of antiques sounded completely overwhelming so I was thrilled when I got this photo gig to take it on with seasoned vets, Object Limited (a shoppable antiques app and podcast launching soon) & Claire Zinnecker (a fabulous local ATX interior designer)! If you want to know more about the show, Claire wrote a great guide for Domino last year! You can check it out here.