lifestyle photography

summer in photos, a personal post

I don't often borrow my own blog for personal purposes, but I do LOVE to round up my favorite images of summer. There was a post going around recently, saying something to the effect of "you only get 18 summers with your kids" and so I think I'll love these posts even more as they age. (and as an FYI-this post is always a mix of iPhone and camera images)
This summer was an awesome one! We traveled a bit more than we usually do and that proved to be very fun and very exhausting. To kick things off, we went camping with friends, then King went to Washington, D.C. with his grandparents, and I went to Portland, OR with a rad group of ladies for the Dear Photographer Elevate + Grow Workshop: making art, honing my craft, meeting new friends. We went glamping for the first time, and to Houston to see my mom and family. King broke his arm, and in a separate incident, had to have the Heimlich maneuver administered.  I was hired for a family session in Naples, FL so we spent a week hopping around Florida and then spent a weekend at the Frio River, had a family reunion on Lake Travis and snuck in time to rest and to play with friends all way through. Here are my favorites memories from summer 2018... 

(some sights in washington dc as documented by Kingston's grandmother, Marme)

a new baby sister, in-home newborn session in austin tx

A lot of the times, when I'm heading to a session, I've never actually spoken to them in person. We've communicated via email and text, but not face to face or even over the phone. This can be for varying reasons, the most of those being that I am such an introvert that sometimes the thought of speaking on the phone makes my armpits sweat. (just keeping it real! if you are a phone person and would rather do that, it's ok! I'll wear extra deodorant! lol) Anyway, so I get some butterflies when my people are new to me, but 9 times out of 10,  I am made to feel so very welcome and comfortable and I can only hope that I do the same for you. 
I walked in and the big sis of this family had a huge smile on my face in about 3 seconds. I ADORE KIDS, Y'ALL! From outgoing to shy, rambunctious to meek, GIVE THEM ALL TO ME. I absolutely loved meeting this gorgeous family and I love the images we created together to document some of baby sister's first days at home. Have a look! 

the sweetest family session at Austin Central Library

Let me tell you about my friend, Kacie. Both she and her husband Tim are people that I look up to. They are the kind of people that after being in their presence, I feel like I have been afforded a special privilege. They are incredible parents, and amazing humans. And if she's reading this, she's either blushing or rolling her eyes at me. Anyway, maybe you follow her on instagram (@heymamacase & @skinnyjhorts for Tim), or you may know that she used to sling the coolest tiny tees, which is how I ended up meeting her, after finding out that our husbands worked together for a stint! They have 3 of the most gorgeous children and they are an all-around rad family. So, when they let me tag along to explore one of their favorite spots, it was a no brainer. Have you been to the new Austin Central Library? If you haven't been yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?? No, seriously-it's worth it. The architecture, the vibrant colors, the gorgeous patio views, the people-watching, the artists doing watercolor stills, and the books! 

I absolutely loved my time there with them--I didn't interfere too much, just observed and captured them as they were. The love, the patience, the beauty. 

All Aglow {Austin Lifestyle Maternity Photographer}

I had the fantastic opportunity to work with an extremely talented friend of mine, Misty at Glam Studio by Misty Rockwell for a maternity shoot with a gorgeous first time mama. It just so happened that they had planned a weekend getaway in Austin at the Hotel Saint Cecilia. Can you say FUN?!  From the  moment I arrived to shoot, (Ok, after a little camera battery snafu...so nauseating), we got into a groove and it was just SO RIGHT. There are so many neat places to shoot at Hotel Saint Cecilia! And Monica made it so easy. She's absolutely stunning, fun, and so easy-going. Hanging out with these gals didn't feel like working at all!

Achieving Healthy with Abbey Corbett {austin lifestyle photographer}

When I received an email from Abbey, I was excited and flattered! We connected on Instagram (hello, my FAVORITE app!! find me @angela.doran) yet I didn't know she lived here in Austin. Turns out, she is new to this area and needed some updated images for herself and her business, Achieving Healthy.  

We did her sessions in 2 parts: the first part was at one of my favorite spots to hang and hike around, Bull Creek. 

isn't she gorgeous?! 

isn't she gorgeous?! 

those eyes...

those eyes...

doesn't even look like Austin! 

doesn't even look like Austin! 

I feel like we were old friends as soon as we officially met in person. She is such a bubbly beauty and I just know that she will be a success in all that she does! In addition to being a health coach, she's also a photographer! 

The next part of Abbey's session was held at Boggy Creek Farm, and let me tell you, we were both wowed by this little gem nestled inside the city limits. Established in Austin in 1992, it was one of the nation's first urban organic farms. We spoke with Carol Ann and not only was she incredibly sweet and accommodating, she is very informative and a pleasure to speak with. It is truly a must-see here in Austin. 

This farm is incredible! We were able to explore the grounds, see where some of the produce is grown and of course, shop! And they don't just offer produce! Fresh meats, dairy products and fresh canned goods as well. 

Do me a favor, and check them both out! Achieving Healthy and Boggy Creek Farm 

fresh goods

fresh goods

in a sea of okra! 

in a sea of okra! 

Abbey, I loved hanging out with you! I can't wait until we can get together again! <3