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Our Austin Engagement Shoot

16 September 2012 3,585 views 21 Comments

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. .

Couch Potatoes

Couch Potatoes

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.

You're My Butter Half

You're My Butter Half

Next up was Federico Archuleta’s “‘Til Death Do Us Part” mural on the Mexic-Arte museum on 5th Street between Congress and Brazos.

'Til Death Do Us Part Mural

'Til Death Do Us Part Mural

And I couldn’t resist a picture in front of the “Greetings from Austin” mural on Annie Street at S. 1st.

Greetings from Austin Mural

Greetings from Austin Mural

Nathan and Amy pointed out these really cool mid-century doors right next to the mural.

Vintage Doors

Vintage Doors

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.

Doug Sahm Hill

Doug Sahm Hill

And then it was time to snuggle in the grass.

Snuggles on the grass

And engage in some public display’s of affection.

Canoodling

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.

Focus on One Point and Let's Pretend We Are Robots

Focus on One Point and Let's Pretend We Are Robots

With the sun setting, it was time for ice cream. We stopped off at the Ice Cream Social bus at Jesse Street Eats.

Ice Cream Social Truck

Ice Cream Social Truck

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.

Ice Cream at The Open Room

Ice Cream at The Open Room

Ice Cream Break 2

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.

City of Austin Power Plant

City of Austin Power Plant

The official photo shoot done, we treated Nathan and Amy to dinner at East Side King at The Liberty, one of our favorite food trucks.

East Side King at The Liberty

East Side King at The Liberty

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.

Hiking with Lucy

Hiking with Lucy

lucy playing

And we got a beautiful family shot that we will treasure.

The Holzband Family

The Holzband Family

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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  • margaret christine

    Awe, girl. These are beautiful! That Nathan Russell is a photog rock star. Happy, happy, happiness for the both…or rather, the three of you!

  • margaret christine

    Awe, girl. These are beautiful! That Nathan Russell is a photog rock star. Happy, happy, happiness for the both…or rather, the three of you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ellacoopercreative Ella Cooper

    I LOVE these shots – hope you have a beautiful and joyous wedding :-) Lots of love yer cuz Ella ;-)

  • Summer Huggins

    Beautiful!

  • Lauren Becker

    great photos!! can't believe the wedding is so soon! Good luck to you both and have a fab time!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ellacoopercreative Ella Cooper

    I LOVE these shots – hope you have a beautiful and joyous wedding :-) Lots of love yer cuz Ella ;-)

  • Summer Huggins

    Beautiful!

  • Lauren Becker

    great photos!! can't believe the wedding is so soon! Good luck to you both and have a fab time!

  • http://Marcos.Kirsch.com.mx/ Marcos

    Very, very nice. Very ATX.

  • http://linda.curious-notions.net Linda

    Love them all but especially the ones with pup!

  • Heather Santos

    I'm already crying! These photos really capture the love you share :) Congrats and best wishes on the big day!

  • Heather Santos

    I'm already crying! These photos really capture the love you share :) Congrats and best wishes on the big day!

  • Mike Seay

    Holy Moly, these are amazing. Ya'll look great, and the photography is supercool.

  • http://www.facebook.com/djgoldgar Debbie Goldgar

    What wonderful pictures. You will love them even more in about 5 or 10 years!

  • http://www.facebook.com/djgoldgar Debbie Goldgar

    What wonderful pictures. You will love them even more in about 5 or 10 years!

  • jodibart

    Thank you all!

  • jodibart

    Thank you all!

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  • Roadhouse Relics

    Looks like the two of you had a good time in Austin…love the engagement shoot. I work with Todd Sanders from Roadhouse Relics and we'd love it if you stopped by the gallery during your next visit. See some of his cool vintage-inspired neon art at roadhouserelics.com

  • Roadhouse Relics

    Looks like the two of you had a good time in Austin…love the engagement shoot. I work with Todd Sanders from Roadhouse Relics and we'd love it if you stopped by the gallery during your next visit. See some of his cool vintage-inspired neon art at roadhouserelics.com