Rachel- Senior Portraits

I love doing senior portraits, especially when they're with former FCA campers who are gorgeous and don't mind being a little adventurous!  Oh wait, that perfectly describes Rachel.  We had an awesome time exploring and playing with the lights around the square, even after the sun went down.  Rachel is so sweet and talented, it was awesome to reconnect with her after being her counselor a couple of years ago!

Georgetown, TX senior portraitI love that we got to take advantage of the incredible green grass at Southwestern's golf course.

Shelley Elena Photography senior portrait

This was my first time to really play with twilight/streetlights, but I love the gritty feel of them, and the colors turned out so beautifully!

Beauty in black and white

“When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes. When you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls.” -Ted Grant

This morning I completed (for now, at least) a display of photos at the Cianfrani coffee shop on the square in Georgetown.  You should go see them!  Since most of my time photography-wise is spent taking and editing work for clients, I loved the opportunity to revisit some of my work that simply came from my love of travel and people and beauty.   In particular, I fell in love again with a few black and white photos from over the years that I wanted to share.  The first, I took at a 70th wedding anniversary party in Austin.  Last year I won Southwestern University's Brown Symposium photo contest on conversation with the photo and still love the connection you can see between these old friends.

The photo of the soldier is from Munich, where I traveled with my family and brother's soccer team in 2008.  Since I had only had my Canon Rebel Xti for a month or two, I can definitively point to that trip as the first time I really fell in love with light.  I was so blessed to have Michael O'Brien offer his wisdom about photography and life during the long bus rides through Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic and take so much inspiration from the way that he relates deeply with everyone he photographs.

The slightly creepy old house sits just off of Highway 29, east of Georgetown.  Every time I need to remove myself from the concrete and city life (it's a city compared to where I grew up, ok?), I drive out east and can lose myself for at least an hour exploring the country back roads.  This house is one of my favorite finds and I've photographed it several times.  One of the color prints is in Cianfrani, as well!

The last two are from my mission trip to Tanzania in 2010, an eye-opening trip in so many ways.  The poverty broke my heart and reshaped my view of the America Dream, as I expected.  What caught me off guard was how easily I could related to the joys and struggles of the people I met, despite our vastly different life experiences.  The children started off being super shy, but after we talked to them through our translator  and started to play games, they wanted to know everything about us and my fancy camera.  In a different village, I talked to this woman for a long time, hearing about her very hard and lonely life.  However, it was sad to see how she had turned in her loneliness to alcohol, the smell of which emanated from her strongly.  What was even more wrenching was the fact that I knew we were going to have to drive away and not have the chance to show her the love available to her, despite any tragedies in the past.  I'm so thankful I had a chance to connect with her even for that brief time, though, and capture a glimpse of her life in a photograph, which is essentially why I love each of these photos: they're a brief glimpse into another life, another time, another soul.

Emma is a Senior!

I know that I'm getting old, because I keep telling people like Emma how weird it is that they are driving or graduating, because I remember when they were just a little squirt.  Ok, so I don't use the word 'squirt', but I'm sure that Emma is getting tired of me exclaiming over the fact that she's a senior!  Seriously though, I've known Emma most of my life and I loved spending time with her wandering around South Congress and Barton Springs.  She is a beautiful person on every level.  Since I'm living in Georgetown now I don't get to see Emma as much as I used to, but luckily we run in the same circles when it comes to Christmas parties, so I've gotten to keep up with her over many games of fireside Rock Stack :) See what I mean?  Gorgeous.  The light couldn't have been better!

I loved all the pretty blue walls to show off Emma's pretty blue eyes!  We then wandered over to Barton Springs and got some AMAZING shots showing Emma's dance skills.  Even though it was about the fifth time I said, "Wait, I have one more idea," our sunset silhouette photos were totally worth sticking around a little longer!

See what I mean?!  Ahhhhh I love my job!!!

Sarah's magical sunrise shoot

Yes, I said magical. I've done a lot of wonderful shoots, but I don't think I would have ever called them magical. So imagine soft golden sunlight pouring into a field of long grass and twisted oaks, the sound of lilting harp melodies floating through the air and and a beautiful friend to photograph. Ok, now picture a deer and it's two baby fawns frolicking in the field with you. Yep, magical. Sarah plays harp for weddings and special events, so I took some photos for her publicity. I couldn't be happier to photograph a girl with so much grace and beauty shining through her.

Kim's bridal photos!

I love exploring new places to take photos, but the Dunvegan Keep certainly wins for the most unique.  With a variety of interesting sculptures and doors and gateways, we were kept quite entertained during Kim's bridal shoot.  It felt a little like we traveled through time and around the world, all the while in a residential area of South Austin.  Her lovely bouquet from A Matter of Taste in Georgetown added a nice touch to the shoot, but ultimately the photos turned out beautifully because Kim is gorgeous! I'm so glad that I can share a few of these now that she's married!


I've met a lot of awesome people at Southwestern.  These are some of the best of them.  They also happen to be a really talented band!  Check out BeFound's website to listen to some of their music, including an original song.  I know they look all cool and serious, but don't worry, they're actually some of the funniest people I know.