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Jennifer’s Bridals at Laguna Gloria in Austin, TX

To put it simply, Jennifer is fun and easy to be around. Oh, and she’s gorgeous and has a good sense of humor. Basically, I was happy to wade through the thick 105 degree heat to photograph her in her awesome wedding dress for some bridal portraits at Laguna Gloria. We met up just a week before the wedding because of alteration issues with the dress and I could tell that she was just ready to be married. Enough with the planning, enough with the details, she was ready to walk down the aisle and get down to business. I have loved Jennifer’s attitude since the beginning and I think it really shows in these photographs. I can’t wait to show her beautiful wedding day!

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michele bowman - June 30, 2011 - 4:51 pm

that is a gorgeous bride!! great use of fabulous light!!!

Sachin Khona - June 30, 2011 - 6:05 am

One word.


Tenielle - June 30, 2011 - 4:41 am

That light is just delicious, you’ve captured her at such a happy stage in her life, I bet she’ll treasure these :)

Marianne Taylor - June 30, 2011 - 4:20 am

The light! Oh, the light is just perfection.

Deepa - June 30, 2011 - 12:14 am

Great light and and I love the green yellow backdrop of these frames.

luis godinez - June 29, 2011 - 11:56 pm

Love the portraits. Looks super fun, but yet sexy. :)

Lisa Novakowski - June 29, 2011 - 9:28 pm

These are stunning! She is beautiful and the light is sublime! Not to mention the talent behind the camera :)

Lyn Ismael-Bennett - June 29, 2011 - 6:50 pm

I’m in-love with that black and white portrait…so beautiful!

ALMA - June 29, 2011 - 6:13 pm

Yewwww…awesome lighting!

Lani - June 29, 2011 - 4:56 pm

Oh Leah… I love the first and last shot. Pretty Bride…Pretty Pictures!

Amber Hughes - June 29, 2011 - 4:46 pm

Absolutely stunning – I don’t think I could pick a fave if I tried! Also, I ADORE her shoes! lol ;)

Victor Saidov - June 29, 2011 - 3:49 pm

Such a great looking bride! You did an amazing job!

Caroline Ghetes - June 29, 2011 - 1:45 pm

I agree, I am loving this light. Beautiful bride too!

benj haisch - June 29, 2011 - 11:38 am

some really really great light here.

Terry & Ayman’s Engagements at Austin Pets Alive in Austin, TX

As soon as I met Terry and Ayman, I knew that I should be a part of their day. They are happy and in love and it genuinely shows, something that I am a firm believer in. Terry has been beyond excited about the photography aspect of her day since our first e.mail exchange which makes my job 100 times easier. As soon as we started talking engagements, she wrote me an e.mail that went a little something like this-

“Hey Leah, I have a very odd request, that I’m not even sure can be done, but figured you’d know better than I would. Ayman and I rescue EVERYTHING, dogs, cats, birds, people, EVERYTHING. Our friends commonly refer to the condo as the half-way house for all things strayed and hungry. We wanted to know if one of the locations for our 2 spot photoshoot could be at an animal shelter? It would be fun, playful and kinda symbolic of what we do as a couple. “

I honestly didn’t know what to do. I’d never heard of pictures at an animal shelter before, especially engagement pictures. I thought about it a lot, talked it over with Lindsey and my husband, and then decided that I wanted to do whatever I could to give Terry the most important pictures possible that would mean the most to her. We spent the first half of our session wandering around a path and finding hidden little treasures of spots and from there, took off to, Austin Pets Alive!

Austin Pets Alive was so excited about having Terry and Ayman take pictures there. Their staff was insanely helpful and friendly and the animals were as cute as could be. Every time Ayman and Terry picked up a new dog or cat to hold and cuddle, I could tell that they wanted to take them home with them. It really was a special thing to be a part of. Now I should let the pictures speak for themselves:

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anggi - April 9, 2012 - 4:36 pm

Great session, I really love the processing! :) Keep up the great work

ronnie - April 9, 2012 - 4:33 pm

wow fantastic couple on the story about pet i like it . verry cool n smoothh

levitra - November 29, 2011 - 3:01 pm

Красивые фотки, мне нравятся собаки. :)

Heather - July 6, 2011 - 9:05 pm

That is some stinkin’ awesome work!! I adore that first shot out in the bamboo- the expressions are perfect! :D

Julie Cope - July 5, 2011 - 9:44 am

Very cute! I love animal lovers. You’re pictures are beautiful.

Rebecca P. - June 25, 2011 - 6:29 am

GREAT idea, Terry and Ayman, and beautiful photos! For a couple that’s been together NINE years it’s amazing how you two seem like you just met… So happy you found each other: proud to call you my cousin, Terry, and after finally meeting you finally Ayman, so happy you’re joining the family! :)

Julianne Markow - June 24, 2011 - 12:40 pm

looks like such a genuinely happy couple. You can really see that they have big hearts, so cute with all the animals. The first one where they’re surrounded by bamboo and you can see the sun above them is such a priceless shot!

Caroline Ghetes - June 24, 2011 - 12:02 pm

Okay that last one? Brilliant : ) Love these!

Darko - June 24, 2011 - 11:44 am

Awesome set – some really cool locations!

Sally - June 24, 2011 - 11:12 am

Love this session – and LOVE the shots on that bridge!! So cool!

Brad Ross - June 24, 2011 - 10:43 am

I love the simple backgrounds in the opening series. Really lets the subjects stand out and give me a sense of their personalities.

Marie Lloyd - June 24, 2011 - 6:01 am

How cute is there dog. I love the first location. Lovely set of images.

Shyann - June 24, 2011 - 1:09 am

Great session, I really love the processing! :) Keep up the great work

Kyle - June 23, 2011 - 10:51 pm

Oh my gosh! This couple is SO CUTE. I love that when he hugs her she smiles and scrunches up her nose like that. Too adorable.

Ashley Terry - June 23, 2011 - 7:00 pm

Oh my gosh, Leah, I love these! What a unique idea, and a great way to promote such an important cause. Leave it to you guys to do something like this, just completely different.

michele bowman - June 23, 2011 - 5:42 pm

these are adorable!! i love the animals at the end. such a great idea for a fun session!

Kellee - June 23, 2011 - 4:47 pm

This is such a beautiful idea! Gorgeous photos :)

kristi wright - June 23, 2011 - 2:01 pm

Quite possibly one of the coolest sessions ever. They look so happy and Terry looks beautiful!! Great job, Leah!

Mary’s Maternity Portraits on South Congress in Austin, TX

When Mark, Mary, and Mia walked up to me at our shoot, I knew that I was going to like the family. All decked out in Coverse shoes and dressed as stylin’ as could be AND wanting to start their shoot at a candy store? Yes, please! Mark and Mary are soon to be welcoming a little boy. I asked what “M” name they had picked out and surprisingly enough, they are switching it up! I can’t wait to meet little Jude and to see how perfectly he fits in with his awesome family. He sure is lucky.

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Gen - July 11, 2011 - 5:41 pm

Your lens flare is amazing…and Austin is such a fabulous city. You’re very lucky. Please have some Taco Cabana for me. :)

Heather - July 6, 2011 - 7:16 pm

Funest maternity session ever! I love the first set in the shop, there is SO much detail to draw the eye!

Christa Donald - July 6, 2011 - 7:55 am

Love this maternity shoot…so fun and colorful! The photos of mom and dad’s feet with baby’s booties between them just made me grin. Great job!

nadine - June 23, 2011 - 9:41 am

freaking adorable!

Rachael Muller - June 23, 2011 - 5:52 am

What a bright, warm, loving shoot! great work! i love the stripey top!

Anton Chia - June 22, 2011 - 8:05 am

First of all, maternity shoots in my area are all studio-based, looks the same, boring and fake. Your maternity sessions will put them all out of business if you move here. Great work!

Becca Dilley - June 22, 2011 - 7:58 am

These are just the kind of fun and emotive images that I would want if I had a maternity shoot – they are so fun of energy and laughter. Congratulations on an awesome set that this family will cherish.

Kara - June 22, 2011 - 7:55 am

Love this fun session!

Tera - June 22, 2011 - 6:09 am

I love maternity shoots that are not all hands making hearts and belly kissing. This is fabulous!!! My favorite one is her tummy through the ice cream case.

Shella - June 22, 2011 - 12:21 am

What a super cute family!! That balloon shot is fantastic – my fave!

benj haisch - June 21, 2011 - 10:28 pm

totally dig the frame right beneath the ones with the airstream trailer. great session overall for sure.

Kyle - June 21, 2011 - 8:16 pm

These are the CUTEST belly shots I have EVER seen. Such a creative session!

Keith Daigle - June 21, 2011 - 7:26 pm

Adorable! Very cute pictures. Love the sunflair.

jessica lorren - June 21, 2011 - 6:51 pm

very cute fam shots! good job

Daniel H. - June 21, 2011 - 5:54 pm

These are amazing. Love these types of family portraits. So real and beautiful.

Preston - June 21, 2011 - 4:35 pm

Well aren’t they the cutest family ever! I wish them the best of luck with their growing family!

Kathie - June 21, 2011 - 4:30 pm

Holy love. Although I’m biased since I’ve been friends with Mary for 10 years now. She’s just as cute now as she was back then. Such an awesome location and adorable family.

Caitlin - June 21, 2011 - 3:09 pm

omgoshhhh!!! those little shoes are ADORABLE! LOVE IT so much!!

James Dvorscak - June 21, 2011 - 3:00 pm

So cute! I love the little-shoes-on-the-path shot! Lovely work! :)

Jessica & Jorge’s Chapel Dulcinea Wedding in Austin, TX

Jessica and Jorge are as lovely as can be. If you look back, you can view their courthouse wedding from a few months ago. I was so excited to reunite with the couple at a larger, but still intimate, celebration of their coming together. They kept it simple and lovely, opting to only be surrounded by their closest friends and family. The ceremony was at the beautiful Chapel Dulcinea with the reception held afterward at the delicious NXNW. My absolute favorite part of the day was when Jorge’s older sister gave a toast in her family’s language, Spanish. Even though neither Jessica or I could understand it, I could tell that the sentiment was loving and welcoming and as I looked at Jessica with tears in her eyes, I knew she could as well. Sometimes even a language barrier can be broken through.

I was so thankful to be a part of their day and so excited to see what comes next for this cutie family.

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vencanice - July 21, 2011 - 1:35 am

Beautiful wedding. This wedding is so gorgeous, we can feel love. The bride is so happy. Good work.

Heather - July 5, 2011 - 7:24 pm

What a gorgeous couple!! I adore that shot of them leaving the ceremony. Fabulous!

jessica lorren - June 20, 2011 - 5:06 am

love love love that portrait lighting. perfect.

Tab McCausland - June 17, 2011 - 2:54 pm

Colors are great and you rocked it!

Walter - June 17, 2011 - 2:18 pm

Great photos. I love the bride and groom pictures you took on the path!

Sam - June 17, 2011 - 12:12 pm

You did it again, I don’t know how you did it again, but you blew my freaking mind again. I mean seriously, how can you do it again. Basically I am giving you Aero bars just to keep providing this fantastic service, because it is so so so so so worth it!!!!

Ryan Brenizer - June 17, 2011 - 10:53 am

Great wedding! I really liked how much you worked one location for the portraits, getting lots of different looks without the bride having to walk around in the dirt. Great job.

Geoff - June 17, 2011 - 7:30 am

Love the details and the warm colors. The portraits of them are very intimate.

AdonyeJaja - June 17, 2011 - 7:25 am

Beautifully capture wedding, great job guys! her bouquet is awesome!

Marie Lloyd - June 17, 2011 - 7:20 am

What a fab looking couple! They really seem to match each other so well and you did them proud with these photographs. x

Anton Chia - June 17, 2011 - 5:28 am

Beautiful portraits of love and life. The journalistic shots are fantastic too, you rocked the dance floor photos.

Shella - June 17, 2011 - 5:03 am

Beautiful coverage! What a sassy bride too! :)

Eliza - June 17, 2011 - 3:37 am

I love the dancing shots so much! They’re so great. And agree with Amber, that bouquet is just gorgeous.

Amber Ford - June 16, 2011 - 9:13 pm

Beautiful bride…beautiful chapel…and amazing pictures! Oh, and one of the loveliest bouquets I’ve ever seen. :)

Joanna - June 16, 2011 - 6:05 pm

wow. texas is beautiful. i’m missing out.. :) love the last frame and also all of the details and the getting ready shots. everything feels so real and natural.

Elissa - June 16, 2011 - 6:05 pm

I love how bright and warm and loving these photos are!

Daniel & Brittany’s 5 Year Anniversary at San Gabriel River

Daniel contacted me when he was trying to think of special ideas to surprise Brittany with for their five year anniversary. They hadn’t had “real” pictures taken together since their wedding day and they revealed to me that their wedding pictures were not the best ever. I was SO happy to be able to do this for them. Brittany kept saying, “We don’t know how to do this…” “We aren’t used to taking pictures…” but MAN, you can’t tell from the photos. Brittany and Daniel are super sweet together and have been that way for the past ten years, starting their relationship off in high school.

The day we did our shoot, I had just gotten over a two week long rash that I had gotten from taking pictures in trees. I told them the story as we walked through weird plants and joked that I better not have another reaction. Three days later, Brittany sent me a message saying that she had caught the worst bout of poison ivy she’d ever had from our time together. I felt SO bad for her. Hopefully when they look back at these pictures in five years, they remember how happy they were and not the awful poison ivy that happened:)

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Nick - July 19, 2011 - 11:47 am

Love the shots! What was the name of the font you used for the number 5? It’s perfect!

Heather - July 4, 2011 - 5:41 pm

These are GORGEOUS and OMG I love that “5″ sign idea!!!!

Joanna - June 16, 2011 - 5:28 pm

LOVE that light in the last few! simple beautiful!!

michele bowman - June 15, 2011 - 3:10 pm

well, these two are super adorable!!! you did a beautiful job capturing how much they love each other!

Heather Curiel - June 15, 2011 - 1:23 pm

Pretty! Their outfits are cute! Matching just enough :)

Joshua Gull - June 14, 2011 - 2:13 pm

I love anniversary shoots so much, and this is no exception. Beautiful work (and a beautiful location + couple to boot) Leah. Great job!

jessica lorren - June 14, 2011 - 12:40 pm

very sweet, great stuff.

matt stanton - June 14, 2011 - 11:42 am

Love this, what a great way to celebrate! Those sun flare shots are superb, excellent work!

nadine - June 14, 2011 - 8:29 am

beautiful light! and i like the rock formations in some of those photos, makes a great background. Nice series!

Grandmother & Granddad Wheeler - June 14, 2011 - 6:24 am

These pictures are the greatest for a wonderful couple. they will be even more valuable to you when you are married 61 years like us. Keep showing your love for each other.

Brian Davis - June 14, 2011 - 6:08 am

I love the beautiful, natural feel to these. The colors are stunning. Great work.

Johnboy - June 14, 2011 - 3:38 am

I think you’ve really captured the atmosphere and love that these two have, that last shot is really cool x

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Kellee - June 13, 2011 - 9:01 pm

Really very beautiful!

Grandma Marie - June 13, 2011 - 6:51 pm

These pictures are wonderful!! (And the poison ivy is pretty much in focus, too) You are so photogenic…and so in love!! We love you, and are so blessed to be your grandparents! Congratulations again!

jaimzh - June 13, 2011 - 2:14 pm

aww some wonderful moments there, i love your use of warm tones in the pics! Great work

Sam - June 13, 2011 - 2:09 pm

So freaking beautifullllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love these so much, lovely

gabe aceves - June 13, 2011 - 1:41 pm

so awesome! your photos are killer leah. i really love the last few shots.

Karen - June 13, 2011 - 1:32 pm

Cute! I love the ones at the end with the back-lighting!

Porter - June 13, 2011 - 10:38 am

so cute! that last shot is brilliant and love that frame they brought, awesome job!

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Nessa K - June 13, 2011 - 7:09 am

These are gorgeous, Leah!!

Tall - June 13, 2011 - 6:56 am

Beautiful. Love the sun peeking through on the last ones!