Thirteen

I had to share this. The best part of my time teaching has been hearing, seeing and learning from students and their perspectives. Meet my friend, Bella, which if you picked any number of definitions, they would never come close to defining her.  You can’t put...

San Juan del sur

Beautiful San Juan del sur.  A great small and slow-paced surf town.  Enjoyed our time there.  Here’s a shot from our hike up to the highest point one day....

Senior Season..

It’s the time of year when photographers around Austin are busy taking Sr. Photos for UT Graduates, and High School Graduates.  Almost every weekend, I have been shooting for some of the nicest people.  I enjoy taking photos around town with these young people,...

Gulu & Sister Rosemary

I recently wrote Sister Rosemary a letter, sending photos, dreaming about another visit, thanking her for spending time with us, for how she lives her life and looks so much like Jesus.  She’s a woman that you can’t help but feel changed by when you meet...

Beautiful People.

While we visited the location where the new school was being built, we kept greeting people who lived nearby.  This woman walked up and talked with us and I got a shot of her with one of the men in our group of travelers, Ted.  The way he greeted this woman is how he...

The many smiles of Adeline…

Adorable Adeline.  Headed for The University of Texas next fall, and into ministry with College Young Life.   I was struck by how genuinely sweet, joyful and thoughtful she is, and we had a great time on our outing this day, capturing her in a variety of settings.  ...

The Andrea/Ryan Wedding…

Andrea with her family. There’s so much in a picture.  Watching family interact is often one of my favorite things when shooting a wedding.  The loyalty, love, gratitude and laughter that happens is always fun to watch.   Andrea’s family was special.  Many...

Young Artists…

Last Sunday, I spent the day with Alex, a girl from McCallum High walking (and climbing!) through all  the Graffiti at Castle Hill.  We were trying different types of shots and experimenting with light, and met a lot of interesting people.  In trying to describe this...

Young Life Leader Retreat

A little over a week ago, we were blessed to go alongside the leaders to retreat this year to kickoff the season.  Billy Suess, Andy Baxter and Michael Boone did a great job leading prayer, worship and guidance. The next morning, many of the leaders entered the main...

MLK Speech Day

On MLK Day, at our son’s request, we hosted a MLK Speech Reading in our cul-de-sac.  We made fliers and sent them with the kids to school and walked around our neighborhood inviting everyone for burgers and dogs while they lasted and to come join the reading...

Happy New Year!

This year we went to Hondo to a place Jim’s family has and ‘camped’ in RVs, spending time with his parents and my brother and niece.  We sat around campfires each morning and each night, went on numerous rides in the Kawasaki Mule, wrapped the...

Earnest Wedding

A few shots from the wedding of Kelsey & Daniel.  They had a few shots taken before the wedding with just a door in between them, and these were so fun to shoot.  They kept holding hands and looking at the door, laughing, a little nervous, and excited to walk down...

Kelsey Matschek Earnest

Pictures are currently downloading from our latest wedding, the Matschek-Earnest Wedding. All during the editing process, I kept finding shots I thought the bride would love, which is a good thing.  But since this was the case, I kept texting the bride with pictures,...

Kids. Pandora. Art & Christmas…

a few days ago, we decided to make posters of Christmas words and decorate them.  The kids did this while Christmas music played, and enjoyed the time.  Today, I had to test a few things for a shoot I have in the morning, so I just asked the kids to step in…...

This is Being Thankful…

“This is what thankfulness looks like.”  I saw it several times on twitter as I checked in on our car ride to in-laws for Thanksgiving.  Organizations like Noonday and Compassion International thanking those that make it possible for women to go to sewing school and...

Sarah Schwab

The beautiful Sarah Schwab.  She’s off with her new husband now, living the life of a newlywed, and loving it.  Here’s a few shots from her portrait session before the...

Sisters…

If you have a sister, you can remember how you felt at one point about them when you were younger, and how you may have looked up to them, wished they would leave you alone, or how your life seemed to be measured somehow by who they were or were not.  I watch my girls...

Andrea & Ryan

Each time I take a picture of people I’m close to everything in me wants to share the beautiful part of who they are and how I’m impacted by knowing them.  Andrea & Ryan are very special to me, and in ways I’ll never be able to fully express...

Sarah & Matthew

As I type, the pictures are still exporting in various forms for web and print, and galleries are uploading.  Shooting a wedding for people you love is an interesting mix of wanting perfection and trying not to cry during the ceremony thru my lens as the Officiant and...

It’s that time again.

Time for school, for schedules and a great need for priority in our lives.  It’s Young Life season again, kicking off Monday, September 12th.  With collectively 28 College leaders mentoring our middle and high schoolers, NW Austin Murchison (and area private...

It’s never too late to come home.

I just learned today, that a friend in Mexico was baptized.  Daniel at Casa Bugambillia, a clinic in Mexico, has been cared for and loved well by these people. When we met, he was paralyzed from a gunshot to the neck. His road has been long and anything but easy.  I...

Laguna Gloria meets Katie Maennle

I remember this shot.  We took hundreds of shots this day of the brightest designs by Katie Maennle, and we hit Laguna Gloria as our second location.  Movers brought furniture to move furniture around for us, and two girls in from New York did an amazing job styling...

Revisiting Guatemala

Looking back at our time in Guatemala with team of photographers, I came upon this photo.   One mentor with us there talked about taking your place in the mix of things and waiting.  Waiting and watching.  That’s how this photo came about.  I was alone in the...

The Power of a Picture…

As we walked the streets one day with our friends in Mexico, we came upon this scene.  I love the story of a single photo…  In a state of severe poverty is how we found her, living next door to another family we were visiting.  Dirt floors, no plumbing, but some...

Missing Z and the People of Mexico

Today and within the last several days, I’ve been reading through drafts and looking through photos for the book project for a very talented writer, Audra Outlaw, and remember our many adventures as she interviewed many that have impacted our own stories. As she...

Meet Claire Fields…

Walking into Beehive, you immediately see how unique this place is.  Claire greets me and already has a plan in mind.  She wants to be photographed in her grandmother’s chair.   Beautiful and creative, she’s got amazing style.  I loved this place and loved...

Pure Joy…

As we anticipate the CRAVE book this fall, time to put a few shots out there for Austinites to meet some of Austin’s greatest women.  Possibly Austin’s most colorful and unique toy store, Toy Joy, is not only an escape into playtime, but the owner’s...

Who Won?

So last week, we enjoyed the LAST game of the season for our son’s baseball team.  Ever notice how they never end the season as they began it?  They always end much more courageous and bold than they started out, even though many of us parents had to drag our...

Are we home yet?

So I know there are no perfect days, but today was fantastically close.  Oddly for a perfect day as today, I started it out way early … and arrived at Butler Park at 7:15 for a shoot for a book releasing at the end of summer…   Great people, great shots,...

Snow in Austin…

Snow came in the wee hours Thursday night declaring a snow day on Friday…  Work and School both canceled, and off we went with our sled to the neighborhood hill where the community meets one time a year, if we are lucky.  The entire day was pretty glorious...

Brooks & other Outlaws

Sweet Baby Brooks…  His two big brothers and Mom and Dad Outlaw are in complete and blissful love…  I was able to photograph the family last week.  We started the day with family photos in PJs in Mom and Dad’s bed, and worked our way to a series of...

Day with a Cowboy…

I spent a day with my father and my 95 year old Grandfather at our ranch in New Mexico. An amazing day of riding in a truck with my grandfather and him telling me stories of his life way back as a teenager on to now, and how he misses my grandmother, Ruby Faye, more...

Thankful for her…

I think a lot.  Sometimes too much, but nonetheless my DNA is to reflect, consider and think and then think some more.  It’s not in a bad way, and usually not in a worrisome way, but sometimes, I know my epiphanies, convictions and passions may be a bit...

Vogue Bride…

Mrs. Emily Heger, Vogue Bride.  That’s really all I need to say.  Just look at her!  She’s amazingly beautiful but has a heart to...

Weddings! Weddings!

I had an amazing privilege of photographing a wedding at the Mansion at Judges Hill with the MOST beautiful flowers I’ve maybe ever seen at a wedding, along with the gorgeous bride.  I thought part of the sweetest things at this wedding was how obvious it was...

Scott Lambie

As we entered the Experience Africa night with Wilson Bugembe and heard his story, we made our way over to Scott Lambie afterwards.  Scott moved to Africa not too long ago from Austin, and was visiting Austin for various reasons.  We had previously sent his wife, whom...

Wilson Bugembe

Yesterday, after cleaning out my car full of crayons, drawings, Star Wars figures and water bottles, I drove over to pick up Audra, then on to pick up our new friend, Wilson. Having met Wilson the night before to hear his story, this was a very quickly planned outing,...

Austin Icon, Broken Spoke…

  During the workshop last weekend, we spent a long time shooting at the Broken Spoke with models.  Lighting is insane.  It’s terribly dark and we did everything manually, which in turn is the only way to go.  I had a great time, made some friends, and...

Beauty in Everything…

I had the pleasure of spending a portion of my Spring Break last week at Casa Bugambilia, located in Matamoros, Mexico. I spent time there capturing the great work Casa B does for the people of Mexico.  They provide needed health care, they house residents with...

Engaged. Happy. Beautiful.

I had the best time last weekend photographing the sweetest couple.  2nd street, 4th street, the footbridge and the 360 cliff were all locations we hit.  This couple holds a special place in my heart.  Mark and Emily are immersed in ministry with high school kids,...

Z. One story, big impact..

If you’re lucky enough to meet someone in your life that can change your perspective, count that as a blessing.  From the outside looking in at our relationship with Z, it would appear we’ve nothing in common, but he has become a dear friend.  We were...

Children of Matamoros

While wondering the streets with our new friend, Larry, at Casa Bugambilia, in Matamoros, we traveled across some children.  I spent some time talking with them, and taking pictures of them, trying to make them laugh and smile.  We were told the area where they live...

Family in Need…

We visited a family on the last day of travels in Matamoros while there working on a book project, and bringing needed items to a wonderful clinic there, Casa Bugambilia just a day earlier.  When our friend, Ryan, found this family, they were living in a shack,...

Tidbit Girls….

Some of the nicest girls I’ve ever met, really.  The girls of Austin Tidbits were a joy to work with, and aside from the fact that they are beautiful and the camera loves them, they are incredibly gifted at what they do.  Here’s a shot I liked of Amy....

Mayan Ceremony – Last day in Chichi

Our last day in Guatemala certainly was one of the most culturally rich events.  We took our shuttle with our new friend, Julio, to Chichicastenango.  As we headed into Chichi, we saw Chicken bus drivers drinking Tecates in the drivers seat conversing with other bus...

Panajachel

I’m in Panajachel alone today while the others are in Santiago where they caught a boat this morning. I’ve been editing all day and listening to music I understand, and having just a little bit of time alone. At this very moment, I’m looking out a...

Long days, but wonderful. Guatemala day two

It’s been so nonstop, I am just now getting to write.  Our days are so full of experiences, it feels like we’ve been here so much longer than we have in a good way.  Here’s a bit of yesterday so you can experience a taste of it all.   We started out...

Guatemala – Day one

I have found wireless!  Thank Goodness!!  Still can’t call home so purchasing an international phone today for 15$ American dollars or 150Q. After landing in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Sarah and I walked out into a large crowd of Guatemalans waiting on loved...

Sofia

  She’s the greatest sport about modeling for our class, and she has so much more to offer the world than her striking eyes and beautiful smile.  She’s actually a great student photographer.  You can learn a lot by seeing through someone else’s...
Mariel

Mariel

Every once in a while, you meet someone really brave.  I keep meeting people like that here in Costa Rica.  Consider being a High School Senior, having your life changed, and being willing to share your story to not only your community, but also saying yes to sharing...
Gabriella

Gabriella

She’s as lovely as she appears.  And she’s off to UNT this Fall.  I met her when she was born.  Close with her parents, she came into our lives and I came around often to see her, hear her sing songs, attended birthday parties, and I felt like...
Capernaum, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Capernaum, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Here’s a few pictures from our time here with Capernaum (Special Needs) Young Life.  The kids and their leaders put on a talent show in Alajuela, Costa Rica. Jimmy, the kids and I had a beautiful time with these sweet kids, their leaders, and the community.  These...
Beautiful Anissa

Beautiful Anissa

Beauty & Boldness follow this girl wherever she goes.  She’s a crazy mix of mischief, love, spirited humor, all smiles, laughter, boldness, honesty even when it’s hard & so many other things that will indeed lead her to great places. Five years...
Katie Kime

Katie Kime

  Can’t think of anyone I’d rather trek around Austin with.  The Beautiful Katie Kime.  Her designs are lovely as she is.  Look her up!...
ACF Northwest Baptism

ACF Northwest Baptism

Recently, many gathered at an ACF family’s home and watched as 4 kids demonstrated something big in their lives.  A friend of mine said it’s like demonstrating to the world something that’s already taken place in you. I so enjoyed being a part of it,...
Fellow Photographer & Friend.

Fellow Photographer & Friend.

Recently at EAST, East Austin Studio Tour, many of my friends had their work displayed at Soma Vida on Rosewood.  I believe some of it will continue to hang until the end of the year.  If you get a chance, go by and check some of it out. One of the photographers,...