Jen + Nate :: Sneak Peek | Austin Engagement Photographer

Jen + Nate :: Sneak Peek | Austin Engagement Photographer

What a sweet, sweet couple!

I think I am a magnet for couples who have mastered the long distance relationship.  Not everyone can do it, not everyone can handle it.  Jen and Nate’s circumstance is slightly different, though.  You see….these two cool cats met online.  They talked on the phone for a few weeks and then Nate decided to take a leap of faith and fly down to Austin to meet Jen face to face, and in Jen’s words: “the rest is history!”.  Nate has now relocated to Austin and it’s blatantly obvious that these two are really happy together.  We spent a few fun hours together this past weekend to shoot their engagement photos.  I can’t wait for their wedding in December!  Here are a few favorites from their session. Enjoy!

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Amy + Allen :: Sneak Peek | Austin Engagement Photographer

Amy + Allen :: Sneak Peek | Austin Engagement Photographer

I find that I am meeting more and more clients who are successful in the whole long-distance-relationship thing.  It didn’t used to be this way.  I think with the advent of the internet and free long distance on out mobile phones, what used to be difficult to sustain is now a thing of the past.  That’s where Amy and Allen come in.  They’ve been in a LD relationship for nearly seven years.  YES! SEVEN!  If that doesn’t break ya, nothing else will.  How incredible is that?  Well, we shot their fun engagement pictures this past weekend and I wanted to share some of my favorites with you.  Thanks for stopping by!

And to symbolize all the time spent talking on the phone while separated by a whole country….

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  1. Sep 01 2010

    Francis, these are great! Love the image you shot through the tunnel. Definitely my favorite! 🙂

  2. Sep 04 2010

    Hey Francis this is some lovely work! +1 to Magan on the tunnel shot; outstanding.

Lauren + Tristan | Destination Wedding Photography {Penn Yan, NY}

Lauren + Tristan | Destination Wedding Photography {Penn Yan, NY}

When I received the email from Lauren and Tristan saying that they wanted to hire me to photograph their wedding, I was ecstatic! I was excited about the wonderful opportunity that I was chosen for. I was thrilled that it was at Lauren’s Parents’ lake house in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York.  Lauren and Tristan knew from the start that they didn’t want a traditional wedding ceremony.  They chose to begin the wedding with a slide show of pictures from their childhood as well as pictures from their experiences and journeys together as a couple, followed by a thoughtful and caring poem about the couple, read by Lauren’s best friend.  Next came some emotional stories and words of encouragement from their parents and siblings.  Then they each tied a knot at the ends of a rope to symbolize the strength of their relationship and the bond of their matrimony.   The ceremony concluded with the exchange of their vows and rings.  I had never photographed anything like it before! I was gushing with happiness and excitement.  Overwhelmed with joy.  If you want to know what truly makes a wedding celebration so beautiful and unique, it’s the people.  It’s all about the people.  I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a lot of time with Lauren, Tristan and their families in the days before the wedding as well as after the wedding.  It was during this time spent working closely with them that I noticed how much love they had for each other.  It was genuine.  It was honest.  It was apparent.  How did they develop such a love?  Where did it come from?  I knew where and how.  I saw it right away.  Family.  Both Tristan and Lauren have AMAZING parents and siblings.  Their the kind of people that you would want to adopt you, should you need adopting.   Remarkable individuals who helped shape a wonderful and special couple.  Here are their pictures.  I hope you like them.  Thanks to Eric for embarking on this awesome journey with me.

We started off with an engagement session type shoot the day I arrived

The day of….

Now on to the first look.  These are some of my favorite moments in a wedding.

Time for our first photo walk of the day.

And now the ceremony…

Photo walk # 2

And finally, the day after session.  We started at a late 19th century cobble stone chapel.

Eric and I stumbled upon a gem earlier that day.  We snuck into an abandoned winery and cellar.  Interestingly enough, we were caught by the owners, but they were nice enough to give us a brief tour and history of the place.  They also let us come back to do the session later that evening.

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  1. Aug 30 2010

    love these! great work as always Francis.

  2. Csanad
    Aug 30 2010

    These images are wonderful. i have so many favourites: bubble shot, ring shot, the shots at the abandoned building. you really did an awesome job capturing the whole event…

  3. Aug 30 2010

    Amazing! You two rock the house!

  4. Aug 30 2010

    So nice, I esp like the engagement shoots!
    I went to school at the fingerlakes region, it is a gorgeous area.

  5. Aug 30 2010

    Outstanding session, and you totally did this truly awesome couple justice. I LOVE the shot of them with the board and that last shot – the lighting is amazing – great job!

  6. Aug 31 2010

    What a cute couple! Really loving what you’ve captured of them and especially the winery in the day after session!

  7. Aug 31 2010

    what a magical looking wedding, you really took advantage of every interesting piece of scenery available to you, which is what a good photographer will do. Congrats the couple must love these shots.

  8. Aug 31 2010

    Super-cute, too many great compositions to count. I love brides that can rock glasses.

  9. Aug 31 2010

    WOW! You have such an eye for wedding photography. Amazing work!

  10. Aug 31 2010

    Loveeee the vineyard shots as well as that last shot. They’re all great!!

  11. Sep 01 2010

    Very well done. These are fantastic. Digg’n the Chucks.

  12. Sep 04 2010

    AMAZING! The 6th and 7th are my favorites, although I really enjoyed your attention to detail through the entire post. Wonderful job!!

  13. Sharon and Ed Kuznick
    Sep 05 2010

    Dear Lauren and Tristan,

    The pictures are beyond description. We re-live the day each time we look at them. Francis and Eric did a great job capturing the moment. Beautiful couple, wonderful families, great friends= a long and loving life together. Enjoy and love each other forever!

    Mom and Dad Ku.

  14. Dec 08 2011

    Amazing photos. So romantic and so lovely, zou did really nice work, thanks for sharing.

Alexis + Steven :: Married | Austin Wedding Photographer

Alexis + Steven :: Married | Austin Wedding Photographer

They say the right side of the brain is dominant for visual imagery and music, while the left side of the brain dominates in math and logical abilities.  That couldn’t be any more evident than it is with Alexis and Steven.  By day, Alexis is a highly trained Violinist, sharing her knowledge and skill through teaching others how to play.  She even performs at the occasional wedding gig!  Steven is a calculated and precise Engineer who’s working towards building a bigger and better world.   Opposites really do attract, and these two are no exception.  You can see it in the glow in their eyes, their gestures and affection towards each other.  LOVE. Pure LOVE.  The kind of love  that you can’t fake.  The kind of love that just needs to be shared and expressed.  It’s such a wonderful sight to see.  They exchanged vows at an intimate antique chapel, Decker United Methodist Church and celebrated their unity at one of the most beautiful venues in town – Barr Mansion. Here’s my visual story of their gorgeous day. Thanks to Eric for 2nd shooting this one with me. Y’all enjoy now, ya hear?!

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  1. Aug 24 2010

    Francis, I love LOVE that umbrella sunflare shot! The whole thing is beautiful. Great work!!

  2. Aug 24 2010

    Very nice!! I like the creativity on the last shot, and the 3 reflections of the bride getting ready is awesome! well done!

  3. Aug 24 2010

    That three-mirror shot is amazing.
    I love the group shot of the wedding party on the huge wraparound porch…
    And the final shot with the name written in fire? fantastic.

  4. Aug 24 2010

    That last shot must have been hard to co-ordinate! Well done!!

  5. Aug 15 2011

    Fantastic photos. The wedding cake is very nice, very colorful. Nice work.

Featured on Ruffled Blog | Julia + Matt

Featured on Ruffled Blog | Julia + Matt

Wow, I am so excited and honored for the wonderful opportunity of being featured on Amanda’s lovely wedding blog – Ruffled Blog. Amanda runs and operates one of the most popular wedding blogs in the industry that provides an inspiration for the stylish, sophisticated and savvy brides planning their big day. As soon as I posted Julia and Matt’s First Look, I was contacted by Amanda saying she wanted to feature the wedding on her blog. I am happy to oblige. Anyhow, without further adieu, a look at the blog feature!

You can click HERE to check out the complete post. Thanks, Amanda!

Ruffled Blog, Villa Antonia, Julia, Matt

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  1. Aug 19 2010

    Congrats! Very exciting (and the images are very feature worthy).

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  3. Aug 19 2010

    Congrats. The images look fantastic.

  4. Aug 19 2010

    Congratulations! The photos look beautiful.

  5. Aug 20 2010

    Congratulations on the feature. Those are some really nice images.

  6. Aug 20 2010

    Congrats on getting featured! Those are some really nice photos. Love the 1st look pic

  7. Aug 20 2010

    Congratz! Fab images!