M & C McKinney Falls Couples Session | Go West Photography

When the threat of rain was in the forecast, I gave this couple a chance to reschedule. When they declined to reschedule and then told me that their first kiss was in the pouring rain, I have to admit, I was super excited to shoot these two! It's so awesome shooting with a couple who isn't stopping to check hair and makeup, but just living IN THE MOMENT! Creating real moments and real memories is my favorite! It gives me the opportunity to photograph their love, not just their clothing. I loved getting to hear their story of how they came to be ( the best stories always start with a challenge or two...am I right?!) .

At the end of the day, M & C 's love story inspired me and it didn't surprise me that they chose to shoot in the rain...they are going to face all of life's challenges, all of life's rainstorms together. Nothing is more special than that! The world needs more of this!

M + R Austin Couples Session | Go West Photography

This gorgeous couple had such a sweet loving vibe that was hard not to find totally charming! They met up with me at McKinney Falls State Park for my summer of love mini session and we chased the prettiest light to capture some gorgeous images that I hope they'll print and frame to love forever!

S + D Hill Country Couples Session | Go West Photography

I like to get to know my couples during our sessions so I ask a lot of questions like how long they've been together, what did you think when you first saw him/her, and how'd you meet. When these two told me they met at a bank robbery, I have to admit, I secretly wanted one of them to have been the bank robber.. LOL...but alas, they are both police officers who responded to the same crime. Not Bonnie and Clyde but still so romantic. I love good stories like this! They invited me to their beautiful home in the Texas hill country for a mini session and I can see why it was basically love at first sight. These two burn for each other!

J + J Hill Country Elopement | Austin Elopement Photographer

This bride contacted me and said she wanted a bohemian/southwestern Austin vibe type of wedding, I'm immediately all over that! I knew it would be a small wedding/elopement which is what I love to shoot as well. Sometimes you don't need to spend a ton of money on an elaborate wedding; it's just enough to wear a beautiful dress, walk down the aisle and marry the love of your life!

Venue: Chapel Dulcinea

J + K Wedding | Round Rock Intimate Wedding Photographer

I'm finally getting around to blogging some highlights from this super fun wedding that took place in May at The Ranch House in Terravista ( Round Rock,TX). This couple ( who actually went to crossfit before their wedding!) has such a cute love story that they've both documented through saved text messages, fun pictures and sweet love letters. It's like they KNEW they would mean something one day. I love that!

Best Wishes to K and J for a long and happy life together!

J & J | McKinney Falls Couples Session | Go West Photography

I got the chance to spend a short evening with this amazing couple at McKinney Falls State Park in Austin. Judy and Jules have a beautiful lil daughter named Wilder Love ( cutest name, right?!) but tonight they opted to have some much needed couple time and spend part of their date night with me! While all parents love their children, it's important to remember that your relationship is always  a living breathing thing that needs to be maintained and cared for. I love my job and love creating beautiful images for couples to remember what started that fire! Not to mention that as kids age, they LOVE seeing photos of their parents together throughout the years. 

Much love to this lovely couple who just made the evening fun and totally not boring ;)

Wildhearted Words Branding Photography | Go West Photography

Judy Tsuei really is a woman of many talents. She's a writer, a motivator, a strategist, a yoga instructor, a mother, a wife and a friend to many! Her website www.wildheartedwords.com is a place for her to connect with female entrepreneurs who need help with strategies to grow their businesses. Her tag line is "Make your story beautiful". By this she's not just referring to your visual images but to your journey. I love that! I'm a part of her facebook group and I can honestly say that when her videos or facebook live videos are on, I'm all ears! I love her energy, her honesty, her enthusiasm and her willingness to be REAL about what challenges face women entrepreneurs.

Judy contacted me awhile back to create some visual social media content for her website as well as instagram/facebook. When I met her, she just had such a great energy and was just so flexible and chill. It was obvious that we were vibing each other so hard. We actually hung out for an hour or so after we were finished shooting.

Planning her shoot: Judy emailed me a mood/vision board prior to her session so I could really get a sense for her brand and her vibe. Having moved here from Hawaii, she gravitated toward a more beachy and zen type of feel ( which I LOVE!). She said she didn't want her photos to look like everyone elses ( which I absolutely adore!). We did a bit of shooting at Zilker Botanical Gardens to get those greens and tropical vibes, then headed to the rooftop of Whole Foods and finally to Butler Park to get that gorgeous Austin cityscape as her backdrop as the sun was setting.


Hill Country Couples Session | Go West Photography

While the greater Austin area surely has it's own beauty, I'm certain that it can't possibly compare to the Hill Country off to the west about an hour. I come from the Rocky Mountains, I grew up taking the magnificent beauty of the mountains for granted. Being so young when I left, I yearned for city life but now I'm dreaming of when I can get back to my beautiful Wasatch mountains, even just for a visit. Getting out into the hill country is definitely helping me cope with my loss of such beautiful scenery. When we got to this shoot location, even though I'd been here before, I thought " Now THIS is Texas". The sunsets at Ink's Lake State Park are just glorious and seem to last much longer than when you're in town.

I was so happy when I found out that Lacey and Daniel were willing to go the extra mile ( literally) and shoot here! I don't think they even were sold on it until they got there. But they trusted me and I'm so glad they did!

About my couple: Lacey is a talented beautiful photographer ( yes, shooting other photographers is something I LOVE to do) and her long time boyfriend Daniel ( who is currently a student) moved to the Austin area a couple of years ago. They were so fun to shoot and just willing to try and do whatever to get a great set of images. Who else here thinks Lacey should just add "professional model" to her resume? Raise your hand!

Irena + Bobby = Felix

" For all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you"

Irena and Bobby are new parents to this absolutely adorable lil man, Felix. We met up on the shore of Lake Travis for a seriously sun drenched cuddle sesh. All the love shown in these photos was not an act, nothing forced. This is truly the love they share for each other. Totally authentic. In the moment. Enjoy.

Irena has a beautifully curated Instagram devoted to fashion and travel - follow her HERE!

The D Family

As a mother of five kids myself, I guess you could say I'm a fan of large families. I first met this family last year and was immediately impressed by their well behaved and adorable children (three of them back then!). I was thrilled when they asked me to photograph their family again now that they have this precious new addition, a baby boy! We really didn't plan for a bluebonnet session but since they were in bloom so early this year, we decided to just go for it!

(All images edited with my custom preset "northern pine" available soon.)

Shannon + Nicholas

One of the biggest concerns I get from my in-home clients is where to shoot in the home, how to clean up and get photo ready. Here's a quick solution for you: Check into an air bnb for the night! First of all, many of them are decorated ADORABLY and modern!  Travelers Shannon and Nick were taking a break from their snowy New England winter to bask in the Texas sun. Shannon is a former Austin-ite who bar tends and runs her own vintage clothing store , MOD AND FANCY  and Nicholas is a touring musician in multiple bands.

Having a fun photo shoot while you're on vacation is kind of the perfect way to commemorate a time when you didn't have to wake up early to go to work, when you could drink wine out of a coffee cup at 10am, when you didn't have to clean up your messes and when you got to snuggle up with your sweetheart in a new city!

Kristy + Jerry

Photographing people in love is easy!

Think about all the common photography clients questions!

  1. Question: "Where do I put my hands?" Answer: All over your sweetheart. 
  2. Question: "Where do you want me to look?" Answer: Deep in your true love's eyes. See?!

Kristy and Jerry had literally no problems placing their hands all over each other :)  This beautiful couple is set to marry in May and guess who gets to capture their special day? This lady! I'm so very excited and honored to be a part of their honest, passionate, well-earned love story! Here are a few of my faves from their engagement session!

Congrats Kristy and Jerry!

The J Family

This family! First of all, the mama let me know that they haven't had any family photos done. Like ever. So...challenge accepted! Like most people, she was nervous about having a photo session done and wanted to be sure to nail it. She was SO great about following wardrobe recommendations and really listening to me and being a part of the creative process. I HEART clients like this!

..and can we talk about this ADORABLE lil girl they have? What in the heck?! Not only is she cute, but she's so smart ( I credit the parents for this!), adventurous, independent and even does yoga ( mama is a yoga instructor).

Thanks to the J family for letting me capture them so naturally and lovingly!

Kristin and her girls

I had the pleasure of photographing these adorable sisters and their gorgeous mother. I love being able to give couples or families these emotive photos that describe their lives to their older selves. Years later, I want a family to look back at the struggles of having young children...and smile. It was all worth it.

The H Family

I've been proudly photographing this sweet little family from it's beginning!  Warren Hood, renowned fiddle player ( http://www.warrenhood.com/bio.htm  ) his amazing wife Ashley and their year old son are just about as beautiful as they come! This trio joined me out at McKinney Falls State Park in Austin for a super quick mini session and I'm SO glad they did!

Nikki and her littles

Love them while they're little!

Having small kids can be such a chaotic whirlwind and then before you know it, they're in school and growing up so fast. Most moms are the family photographer, which unfortunately means that she's hardley IN the photos. I'm so glad Nikki took some time to bring her sweet lil crew and take some photos with her children!