Ashley and I have had the pleasure of attending Friendsgiving’s the past few years.
Last year, one of our couple friends were living in Houston. We ventured down there and had a great time together.
This year, and luckily for us, they’re living in East Austin now and wanted to host again!
I was so freakin’ impressed by the effort that went into this year’s dinner party.
From the printed menus, to the assortment spread of starters, the beautiful florals and the delicious apertif, it was all a quite lovely treat.
Oh and the one of the best parts??? They wanted us to bring our pup, Chuy! He was a very good boy.
We’d never been to Eberly Ranch in Chappell Hill, Texas. I had heard of it in another life, when I was an engineer attending an industry happy hour. Alas, I hadn’t had the chance to visit.
We planned our session as any other, starting our research of the venue via their website and social media. During the planning activity, I also take a look at the surrounding area using Google Earth. As a very visual thinker, its an amazing way to get the sense of a place.
For a place as large as Eberly Ranch, something around 1,300 acres, we realized we could have at least two distinct looks; the hay field and the ranch’s beautifully set water feature.
We arrived about an hour and half before our bride. We found the two main areas of interest pretty quickly and while making our way back to the clubhouse area, we met up with the caretaker.
The caretaker took us on a quick tour all over the property. He event let us feed the fish! And of course, like many of the elder Texans we’ve met, he had a million stories to tell us.
As determined story tellers, there was no shortage of inspiration here.
A bride is always enough.
When you’re given so much to work with, it makes any direction we turn into a question of whether we have enough time before the sun has set.
Our bride, Diane was so relaxed and ready to create something beautiful together. We were also joined by my dad, who helped with the lighting and moving our equipment around; and Diane’s parents, who acted as chauffeurs and let Diane largely avoid the Texas summer heat as we moved between locations.
We’re so excited to photograph Diane and Alejandro’s wedding in November.
Almost two years ago, Raudel took some 1st birthday portraits of his good friends Inti and Michelle’s son, Azul. You can see some of those photos here.
During our Engagement celebration in March, Raudel mentioned to Inti that he would love to take a few portraits of their newly joined dogs, two rescues from Austin Pets Alive.
So with Azul’s third birthday fast approaching, Inti and Michelle decided to take Raudel up on his offer. Little did we know, besides wanting to use our short mini-session for updated family portraits (featuring the new pups), they also wanted to let Azul know he was going to be a big brother in a few months!!
I may be biased, I mean, of course I am but still, I just have to say that we have some of the most thoughtful friends and family anyone could ask for.
We wanted any celebration to be simple and kept fairly local. We didn’t want to impose on folks living across the state/country with a huge travel commitment for just a little celebration.
But a few folks did travel and Ashley’s sister happened to be in town from NYC, which was absolutely amazing timing on her part.
Just about every part of the planning was done for us and it turned out just incredible.
As spring really gets going, everyone’s calendars quickly fill with commitments and we wanted to let people know “Hey stop by for some lunch or one of Ashley’s cookies, or hang for 5 hours and drink a bunch of beer/diet dr. peppers with us.”
Anyways, from the food, to the entertainment to the pool/firepit afterparty it was an amazing day for us and hopefully for those who joined in on the activities.
Ashley and I were absolutely blown away at all the love and support that was given to us this weekend.
Thank you everyone involved!
At this point in the life of our small business, we receive most of our clients via personal referral. We’re thankful that we have folks out there who love us and our work so much that when a friend, a work colleague, or a family member is in need of a photographer, we are highly recommended.
We try our best to make sure any referral is met with our sincere thanks and send a small token of our appreciation – it’s usually coffee-related, but sometimes we also send a print or other small gift, it really depends what we think they will like most.
In this case, our work on social media led Lisa and Will to have us photograph their engagement session. Haha, thank you Instagram! (follow us @lovedelfoto)
We had been itching to do a couple’s session in one of our favorite local parks, Commons Ford. The Austin Parks and Recreation department have done a great job over the last couple of years trying to restore the prairie land that lies at the park’s center and makes up a large part of the parkland.
If you’re interested, you can read more about the quiet park off Commons Ford Road and their restoration efforts in another blog post here (Prairie Restoration at Commons Ford).
It’s an absolute pleasure when we have a vision that a client wholeheartedly shares with us. Lisa and I exchanged ideas and inspirational content for months leading up to the session.
All the planning in the world does go far but sometimes the stars align and we find ourselves in a scene out of a dream. We had decided on a sunrise session and it turned out to be such a magical morning. The weather was perfect with lingering fog drifting through the tall grass and the energy and dynamic between Lisa and Will was electric.
We made a fast connection with Lisa and Will and they quickly became complete naturals in front of the camera. We think their love together came through amazingly well in the photos but I will let the photos speak for that, check them out below.