Never mix business with pleasure? I have worked with this Bride for over 2 years in another professional role and it was an absolute pleasure to work with her and her fiancé. Mix away my friends, mix away! That said, I try not to pressure my personal relationships into any photography conversation. They are my friends on Facebook and Instagram, etc... they know VERY well I am a photographer. So, when Yesy saw another shoot I did for another co-worker, I was blessed she decided to work with me for her engagement!
We started our shoot at 7:00am to hit up golden hour at Butler Park. This was actually the first time I asked a client (or myself) to get going for a shoot this early. OH, there is a reason for it. The lighting is PERFECT. For this small window of time during the day, you get to capture images with a clear, even , warm light that makes everything look stunning. Even when you shoot straight into the sun, you get beautiful images!
Well, the couple was running a little late (ALWAYS expected, especially at this time of day)! And I tried like heck to find some coffee shop that was open on Saturday morning before 7:00am. I was floored that NOTHING was open! Tried all the places south of the river near or just off Barton Springs road that I know about... NOTHING... I could have gone to Starbucks just over the river.. but eh... trying to keep it weird! As I could not find any coffee, I thought I would see about taking some shots in early light.
I was on top of the Doug Sam Hill Path when they arrived. And we jumped right in to it. As my first time shooting here, I tried to get a whole lot of shots from on top the little hills with a view. We got quite a few good ones, but trying to shoot the skyline and the couple backlit by the rising son was not happening. Not the way I WANTED it to happen anyway. Either way, the first 15 - 20 minutes of any shoot is both me and the clients really warming up to each other and getting comfortable giving and receiving instructions.
They tried like heck to get me to see a vision of an image they wanted to do. Think man trying to run away and being held back by the bride. At least that is way they way I was understanding their request. We got one image out of it... and they couple loved it. So apparently I did something right?!? After that... we explored! I love Butler Park for that reason. Because it has so many angles, views, settings and abundance of scenery!
We headed down the hill towards the pond & fountain. I was exploring at this point as it was my first time shooting portraits in this area... here was the results!
Here are few more couples shots a bit more close up...
When we were all done at the park... we decided to head over to the Austin Graffiti Park. (aka - Hope Outdoor Gallery. Google either one)