The Refinery

I am so excited to be sharing about my shoot with The Refinery today! My friend and former coworker, Hayley Swindell, is opening The Refinery this Fall in downtown Austin. In her own words,

“The Refinery is a creative coworking and event space offering local makers, chefs, photographers, e-commerce retailers, bloggers, creatives agencies and local tastemakers a place to work, connect and grow in the heart of downtown Austin. Our private studios, dedicated desks, open work tables, event space, photography studio, styling closet, catering kitchen, and shared retail shop offer a true blank canvas for doing what you love!”

As a creative, I love the vision that Hayley has for this coworking space. Sure, there is no shortage of coworking spaces around the country and in Austin, such as WeWork, Owen’s Garage, or Impact Hub. However, The Refinery fills a huge gap in the coworking space by giving creatives not only a community of like-minded creators to innovate and collaborate with, but providing them with the tools they need to be successful, such as a photography studio and retail shop.

The space is at 612 Brazos Street, right next to the historic Driskill Hotel. The interior design is by Claire Zinnecker, whose commercial work at places such as One Eleven East and her own Hyde Park Bungalow has inspired my own home decoration (soon to come on the blog).

I can’t wait to see how this space will further catalyze the creative community here in Austin and I’m so excited to be a part of it!

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Surprise Downtown Proposal

You guys…I’m gonna go ahead and warn you:



Here’s the story: my longtime friend, Pearce, texted me and asked if I was free for a surprise proposal shoot for his friend, to which I always say, “HECK YES!” His friend Tanner was planning to propose to his long-time girlfriend, Meggie, after she graduated from UT-Austin that Saturday morning.

Can we just pause here and collectively appreciate Tanner’s rad love for Meggie?? I mean…talk about wanting to plan the best. day. ever. for the love of your life. But back to the story!

I was told that Tanner would be proposing at Winflo Osteria (yum, y’all) after the graduation ceremony, and since I had never met either of them, I could sit as close as I wanted to take the candid shots! The whole team from Winflo was in on it too: Tanner had painstakingly created a photo-book for Meggie showing pictures of them during their time together, and the team from Winflo was to bring it out just as the check arrived.

Everything went according to plan! They entered, I creeped at the bar next to them, they ate great food, then he got down on one knee right there in the middle of the restaurant and asked for her hand in marriage! When she said yes, the entire restaurant erupted in applause (so sweet)! We took a few shots with their complimentary champagne, then headed outside for a few scenic pictures.

It was such a great day and I’m so happy for you two beautiful humans!*

*Meggie, you are a legit model and should let me know anytime you’re up for a styled shoot 🙂

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Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions // Spring 2016

A few months ago, I was on a walk around my neighborhood (Mueller-where the Old Airport is). I looked to my left and saw this field with an incredible amount of bluebonnets, and it was only February! I almost couldn’t believe my eyes…but was super excited to take advantage of the blooms while I could! Bluebonnet Season in Texas is a magical season where every Texan heads out to nearby (or faraway!) fields to get the best pictures of & in the unique flowers. Taking pictures in bluebonnets in Texas is as Texan as eating BBQ, two-stepping, or sweating in August. It’s just what we do!

So, I was of course excited to offer Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions to families in my neighborhood. What was even more exciting about these sessions was that families didn’t have to travel way out to Highway 360, or on 290 on their way to Houston. The flowers were right in their backyard!

I loved getting to meet so many families in the Mueller area! There were 8 families (phew! what a day!) and they all had such interesting stories. One couple were both college professors, one family had a husband in the Army and only had a small amount of time left in Texas, and one little girl started her own lip-balm business at the age of FOUR! These families were all so sweet, and their kids were THE CUTEST. I mean it…I’m pretty sure we have the cutest kids in Austin over here!

Check a few of them out below–and remember to contact me next bluebonnet season!




SXSW 2016

I had the honor of working with Sun Radio Station for the week of SXSW 2016. Sun Radio is a totally solar-powered Americana radio station in the Austin hill country area. My uncle/godfather, Daryl O’Neal, and his son, Denver, started Sun Radio out in Dripping Springs after decades of experience in the radio business. Sun Radio was recently on the cover of The Chronicle  and are expanding rapidly (which is so exciting, yet so crazy!). We hosted our own “SXSW” out in Bee Cave at The Sonesta Hotel’s rooftop lounge (um…yes, please), as well as at The Backstage at El Mercado on South 1st Street.

Every morning, we’d be setting up and sound checking before the sun even thought about rising (thanks, daylight savings…). We’d be at Sonesta until 10 AM then head over to El Mercado for the afternoon & evening shows. There were over 50 artists who graciously partnered with Sun Radio to provide quality, home-grown, music to hundreds of listeners who came out to the shows. The radio station also broadcasted all the sets live from the venues, which was super cool!

Here are just some of the great shots I was able to get of artists that inspire me and so many others to pursue their dreams of creating art.

Some of my personal favorites:

  • The Roosevelts
  • Carson McHone
  • John Fullbright
  • Hayes Carll
  • Band of Heathens
  • Bob Schneider

I also included shots of a separate concert I snuck off to at Swan Dive with a few favorite bands of mine: Penny & Sparrow and Judah & The Lion!

Check them out below!


Matt & Rachel // Wedding // Dripping Springs


Y’all…what a JOY this was!

I met Matt (Matthew) Sanborn in high school! We were both the type of kids who were interested in religion and good music and talking about real things, and it was a friendship that continued into college when we both started at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas in 2011. Matt and Rachel started dating their sophomore year at Trinity and it’s been a story of sweet college romance ever since!

Matthew and Rachel wedded on a very warm January day at Memory Lane Event Center in the hill country of Texas. The day was about friends and community and most of all, family. Rachel’s grandfather had been very sick, so they decided to move the wedding up so that he could attend. It was the sweetest of times to see Rachel (and the other women of her family) get to dance with her Gramps. The reception was filled with fraternity and sorority loyalty as well as the best Tex-Mex around (shout out to Maudie’s Catering)!

So without further ado, I give you…Matt & Rachel.


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