South by Southwest 2018, Live Recording of Natch Beaut Podcast with Guest Rachel Bloom

South by Southwest 2018, Live Recording of Natch Beaut Podcast with Guest Rachel Bloom

Each year, South by Southwest (SXSW) invites popular podcasters to do live recordings of their shows in front of a SXSW audience. This year (2018), they invited Natch Beaut with Jackie Johnson to take over the stage, and since she's my sister and I more or less "manage" her, I tagged along with my camera to visually document what happened.

Emily's Senior Portraits in Deep Ellum

Emily's Senior Portraits in Deep Ellum

Emily wanted someplace funky, someplace fresh for her senior portraits.

She was tired of the same ol' thing she'd seen over and over again.

So I went back in my memory of what was cool when I was 18--Deep Ellum. And you know what? It's still cool.

Have a creative holiday.

My husband and I met in advertising. I was a copywriter. He was an art director. Together, we made beautiful things (long before we made our beautiful little baby). Anyway, with the series finale of our favorite show, Mad Men, which oftentimes felt a little too biographical, we thought of our annual holiday card.

With the kiddo and busy work lives, we had far less time than we would have enjoyed to get the shots, however I think we didn't do too bad. Here's our Xmas card for 2015 along with the inspiration. We hope your holiday season is as cool as ours is.

DIY Portraits

You don't even have to shoot in manual to have control over your photos. It can be done, but you need to know how to use your camera.

After all, wardrobe and those cute props you  made from Pinterest won't matter if your picture is blurry and strangely orange.

That's why I offer photography workshops at your convenience. Gather some friends, get a fruit tray from the grocery store, and host a How to Use Your Camera Workshop in your home.

 

Kevin + Larry at the Interfaith Peace Chapel

My husband says I get this look on my face when I edit wedding photos. He can't really describe it, but there's a smile and a misty-eyed quality. Well, going over Kevin and Larry's big day as I uploaded files found me with that blissfully dopey look. I absolutely loved their ceremony. The Interfaith Peace Chapel in Dallas was bursting with love, even though there were less than 10 people in the building.

They chose to have an intimate and private setting for their nuptials, and I always loves those types of celebrations. Big weddings are great, too, but the small weddings that I have attended always have a different effect on me.

Anyway, it was fun helping out where I could in addition to shooting pictures. And the ceremony was absolutely lovely. And Larry couldn't have been smiling any harder if he had tried!

I adore this couple. And I'm so honored that I was given the opportunity to attend, let alone document, their wedding.

Terra & Megan

Terra and Megan brought one of their babies along for the session, and if you haven't looked at the photo thumbnails yet, know "baby" is code for "dog baby."

He stole the spotlight, that's for sure! I love putting pups and other pets into photos. They're family, after all.

But doggie aside, I had a great time with Terra and Megan. Perhaps one of the coolest parts was discovering that Terra and I went to the same high school, although at different times.

Anyway, once again, I chose White Rock Lake for the session, but we stayed relatively close to Mockingbird Point Dog Park, so their little one could swim and play. We walked across the bridge, took some shots in the blistering sun (or whatever shade we could find) and dodged bikes on the path. It was adventurous, but never dangerous!