Our Austin Engagement Shoot
Adam and I are blessed to have connected to the most amazing photographer for our wedding, Nathan Russell. We admired Nathan’s work on my friend Kathryn Hutchison’s blog, and we were thrilled that Nathan and his wife Amy agreed to capture our wedding celebration on Oct. 6.
An “engagement shoot” was part of our photography package, and I was relieved that we would have the chance to get to know Nathan and Amy before the big day, and also get some practice in posing for photos together. We got together after work one evening back in June. Instead of limiting us in terms of amount of hours to shoot, Nathan and Amy were totally open to hanging out with us for a while as we dragged them all over tarnation to get photos in some of our favorite places.
We started, appropriately, on our couch, where we spend an embarrassing number of hours, sitting next to each other, on our computers, with the TV on in the background. Lucy usually relaxes on her bed or at our feet. The shot below took some treat-related coaxing to get. .
Next up was a mural that Adam discovered while looking for engagement shoot ideas online. It’s on the back of the Austin United Way building, across the street from Bennu coffee in East Austin.
Next up was Federico Archuleta’s “‘Til Death Do Us Part” mural on the Mexic-Arte museum on 5th Street between Congress and Brazos.
And I couldn’t resist a picture in front of the “Greetings from Austin” mural on Annie Street at S. 1st.
Nathan and Amy pointed out these really cool mid-century doors right next to the mural.
And then we hopped in the car and went to Doug Sahm Hill in Butler Park. Nathan must have done some creative cropping and post-production work on this photo because Austin wasn’t deserted, nor was it sundown yet when we posed for this one.
And then it was time to snuggle in the grass.
And engage in some public display’s of affection.
In keeping with the mural theme, we walked over to the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge to pose in front of the “Focus on One Point and Breathe” and the “Let’s Pretend We Are Robots” graffiti on the train bridge behind us.
With the sun setting, it was time for ice cream. We stopped off at the Ice Cream Social bus at Jesse Street Eats.
And before our ice cream could melt in the 90+ degree heat, we high-tailed it over to The Open Room, where we had hosted an ice cream social last summer as a way to thank everyone for voting for me to win the Foodie Fantasy Trip to Europe.
The Open Room is right next to the old Austin Power Plant, and I’ve always loved the Art Deco font, so we snapped a few pics.
We were in awe when we saw our photos. Nathan and Amy made us and some of our favorite places in Austin look amazing!
But they weren’t done yet.
Later on in the summer, they offered to meet up for another photo shoot so that we could get more photos with Lucy. After all, she is the “dog of honor.” We met them on a trail near the Mueller development, where Lucy sniffed, frolicked, and put up with our attempts to pose with her for pictures.
And we got a beautiful family shot that we will treasure.
Thank you so much, Nathan and Amy. We can’t wait to see what magic you capture and create in just a few short weeks!
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