A couple weeks ago, I got to work with the lovely ladies of Cove Boutique on their most recent lookbook. We shot at the Hotel Ella - a stunning boutique hotel in downtown Austin. If you are in Austin and haven't checked out Cove's beautiful store on South Congress, I highly recommend it! Our talented model, Sanetra, made my job super easy, as always. Here are a few of my favorites from the shoot:
I love that my job allows me to capture such special times in peoples lives. I am honored that Mochi + Jon asked me to document part of their anniversary trip to Austin! We only spent an hour together, but I was able to witness such a wonderful level of love, comfort, and respect that radiated from these two. They were kind and funny and a joy to photograph.
We had another shoot location in mind when we originally planned the shoot a month ago, but with the recent storms, we had to adjust and they just so happened to be staying at one of the most beautiful Air BnB's I have ever seen. I think this place worked out just fine!
Thank you to Moch + Jon for being so wonderful and for making my job so easy!
There are several words I could use to describe this shoot, but I think the one that stands out the most is therapeutic. In the midst of a really tough week, it provided a safe place. A place to create, even though my mind was not at full capacity to create. A place of no judgement. A place with friends + inspiration. I am so thankful for the few hours where I could escape reality and remember why I love what I do, why I am passionate about it, and why I have the best support system in the world.
As a borderline control freak/ obsessive planner, this week has rocked my world + shown me there are just some things that are out of our control. As a human being with an infinite amount of feelings, this week has devastated me. I am keeping this a little vague because I believe in a little bit of mystery, BUT what I am not going to hide is my love for my community. My love for the people who have rallied and brought me joy in a time where it seems a bit limited. My routine and life was changed in an instant recently and my heart was broken, BUT, one truth I can cling to (although it takes a lot of daily reminding) is that God is good + He is FOR my good.
This shoot was a concept dreamt up by my close friend, Travis Hallmark and I, a few weeks ago (before the above mentioned incident) and I am so thankful that we followed through with it. I am so thankful for a creative friend that lifts me up, challenges me, and really took creative control of most of this shoot, while I was not in the mental capacity to do so. He was ok with me just showing up and going from there. Travis is a talented food +lifestyle photographer + I am a fashion photographer - we wanted to come up with a concept that meshed the two worlds together. We both love coffee and neutral color palettes. We started a Pinterest board and the rest is history. Travis picked up fruit, coffee, + croissants the day of the shoot and we went to town. He styled the food and I gave as much direction as I could from my distracted mind. I am so inspired by the photos that were taken, but this shoot will always mean more than just pretty pictures. It is a sign of progress; a sign of not surrendering to desires to stay hidden when things get tough; A sign that there are people who will always have your back and want whats best for you; A sign that even in the midst of heart ache, you are stronger than you think.
While my 'routine' is going to look a little different from now on, I am still the same person. I still have the same passions: showing people how wonderful they are through photography, loving others, building community, playing soccer, traveling and many other things. One event doesn't define you, right? It's how you rally. Its your actions that follow. I am so honored to be surrounded by people who help me to go + do, even when my bed is calling my name (because trust me, some days, leaving my bed seems impossible). When I look back at this situation, I want the way I handle it to be described by one word, graceful. Because if the God of the whole universe can show grace to me, why should I be incapable of showing it?
I am absolutely not looking for pity - I believe in the power of sharing and sometimes it helps to know others are going through stuff, too. You aren't alone. I hope all of these words made some sort of sense. and if you got to the end of this, props to ya! If you haven't gotten anything out of it, keep scrolling - hopefully the pictures make up for it!
D A Y 1 // D o w n t o w n
We love spending the first day in the city just walking around and familiarizing ourselves. Here is a list of all of the DT spots we wandered into!
D A Y 2 // C o l u m b i a R i v e r G o r g e
We headed inland to visit as many waterfalls as we could! We stopped at Latourell Falls, Multnomah Falls, + Wahclella Falls (our favorite). Then we continued its to Hood River where we stopped at pFriem Family Brewers for lunch. We also hung out at a park by the water and were amazed by the talented wind/ para surfers!
L A T O U R E L L F A L L S
M U L T N O M A H F A L L S
W A H C L E L L A F A L L S
D A Y 3 // T h e C o a s t
We drove through the beautiful mountains and ended up at Cape Kiwanda. This place was stunning and the weather was perfect. Oh, and we saw WHALES!! Probably one of the best parts of the day. We ended up eating lunch at a small bakery in Pacific City where we got sandwiches the most delicious coconut-white chocolate-macadamia nut-cookie!
After exploring Cape Kiwanda we headed up the coast along the Three Capes Scenic route and ended at Cape Meares. Then we headed back to the city for dinner at Bamboo Sushi. I really loved being able to walk from our hotel to dinner.
D A Y 4 // P O R T L A N D Z O O + J A P A N E S E G A R D E N S + C A T H E D R A L P A R K
Surprisingly enough, I didn't even take my camera into the Zoo or the Japanese gardens. It was nice to just enjoy those places with Michael , walking hand in hand, really observing everything. I think as a photographer, I feel this pressure (although a lot of the time I don't mind it) to be capturing every moment. There are some times when I feel bad if my camera isn't glued to my hand, like I'm missing some sort of opportunity. I am thankful to have a handsome guy that helps bring me back to reality and remove some of that pressure. However, I do have a handful of iphone shots for documentary purposes!
Later that day, I took my camera out at Cathedral Park and got this shot:
So excited to share these photos from the Slumlove Sweater Co. SS17 shoot! They are launching their new line of comfy tees and they are perfect. This is a brand that is very dear to my hear and I am happy to be a part of their journey and honored to called the CEO + designer, Ava, a dear friend. Head on over to their website to check out the new pieces and read about their story.