Monday, August 2, 2010

Clayton and Blair's Wedding Day Whirlwind!

I must confess... I'm about a week late on this blog post, sorry guys! I thoroughly enjoyed taking these pictures. I went to UMHB with Blair and Clayton and while I haven't been able to spend much time with them as a couple since they started dating after college, but the little bit I had I knew how comfortable they were together and how relaxed they would be during the wedding. So of course I said I would love to be a groomsman and stand up for Clayton on his behalf… Then they asked me to be their photographer. 

Now as a photographer, you don't pass up opportunities to capture moments for your friends, it's just how we show our love. To make sure that special things/events they want to remember are well documented. But that would mean giving up being a groomsman right?? Weeeellllll, not so much. Me and my big mouth said, I don't see why I can't do both? This is where the "whirlwind portion of the title comes from. While Clayton and Blair were fairly relaxed and calm about the day and enjoyed the ceremony and all the festivities at the reception, I added a little bit of a whirlwind to the day. 

Started by, taking pictures of Blair and her bridesmaids getting ready, cleaned up myself, grabbed my second shooter to head off and get pictures of Clayton and the groomsmen as well as jump in a couple of pictures myself, to then rush over to where Blair and her girls were to get pictures of all of them in their dresses (all while I'm fully dressed in my tux) and then off to the church. This is where I got a little bit of a breather. A few shots with both sides of the bridal party at the church, and then I got to escort my bridesmaid down the isle. Waited till Blair walked down the isle and was received by Clayton from her dad, a short prayer by Father Ed and I snuck out of the groomsmen line to start taking pictures with my second shooter. Maybe you're thinking - Tyler this isn't really the best plan, groomsmen don't usually step out of line on stage - well not by choice anyways. But then again I'm not your usual groomsman. I made my rounds, got the shots I wanted and then snuck back in line after Clayton and Blair walked up the isle as Husband and Wife for the first time to escort my bridesmaid out of the church.

A quick post-ceremony execution of rounding up family and bridal party for church photos and we were off to the reception, via a sweet covered trailer and a ride around downtown West, Tx where many a local were happy to honk their horns in honor of the happy couple. A sweet detour at a local watering hole for a brief toast and more brief dance on the bar top and we made our entrance to the ceremony.

Let me tell you, there were more people at the reception than there were at the ceremony and rightly so, because while the ceremony was about hour, the reception went strong for 8 or 9. This included about a 30-45 minute wedding march with all attendants and guests around the entire reception hall, inside and out. The Bride and Father dance, that may or may not have had judges from the hit ABC show Dancing with the Stars, unparalleled speeches, and singing and dancing that never stopped. "Eat, Drink, and be Married", was exactly what we did per our instructions on cozies that were given to all. 

It wasn't just a wedding, but a fun filled weekend shared by two families uniting in the marriage of two of their finest. Friends and Family sharing in laughter and helping one another, as God showed us best, in all that it took to pull this incredible weekend off. My congrats to the happy couple, it's just the beginning - but what a way to kick it off!

These are just a few of the countless many that were taken, many more to share on Facebook and with the Bride and Groom.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

BRIDALS! Sheridan Rainey... Officially Sheridan Parker

Oh snap! Sheridan and Derek got hitched this past Saturday and I can finally post these so everyone else can enjoy them too.  Sheridan, her Mother, her Mother's friend, and I had an absolute blast taking these portraits! I kid you not, Bridals are pretty fun. Especially when you can incorporate fun locations like local Georgetown sweet spot, Galaxy Cupcakes and the San Gabriel House Bed & Breakfast. Thanks so much to Dee and Neil Rapp, the Innkeepers at San Gabriel House, for allowing us to shoot in their gorgeous house and going above and beyond to assist the ladies and myself to achieve the best portraits possible. If you're ever considering a fun location to visit in Georgetown or need a stay-cation away from your own home in central Texas, please give them a call: (512) 930-0070 and check out their webpage to see just exactly what I'm talking about - Also thanks to Emily at Galaxy for getting the a-ok for us to shoot in their fun little shop off the square in downtown Georgetown. Seriously boys and girls, Georgetown is where it's at! And one more special thanks to my friend Mrs. Donette Birkelbach for allowing us to invade her awesome backyard full of fun decor to take sunset shots. 

Hit up the website and Facebook to see more fun portraits we took from that day. Congrats Sheridan!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Derek & Sheridan's Engagement Fun

Engagement Session: Derek & Sheridan
I met Derek and Sheridan through a mutual friend of Sheridan's mom and immediately hit it off with them. I knew the session would be a blast! We started off the afternoon with some fun shots of them playing basketball together. It was just fun to hang and watch them play, they really made it easy on me and were troopers for hanging in there while Texas brought down 90˚ heat on us. 

In case you didn't notice, Derek likes basketball.

We headed back in to Georgetown and perused around the square where we found some great locations to duck in and take some pictures. Thanks to Down the Alley Bistro and Landmark Tavern for allowing us to use their facilities.

Derek and Sheridan are super fun so I also wanted to take them to some cool eclectic spots in Austin and really let them play.

I just love the shot above! The first one you take is usually the best. Get ya some Derek! :]

Seriously these two are awesome!! Love this moment where Sheridan is looking to see how much Derek is committing to mimic the poster and starts to crack up.

And of course the Oasis was packed on a Saturday night so we had to wiggle our way to an "empty" spot, but we got a couple that I think captures how much these two love each other. I had a blast guys, thanks so much for allowing me to share in the fun!


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Kites O-Plenty!

Sunday was Austin's Kite Festival in Zilker Park. It was ridiculous the amount of people that were out flying kites. For every one person flying a kite there was at least 1-2 people lounging and watching the kites fly. But it was fun nonetheless. Here are just a few from the perfectly breezy day.

Austin is packed full of unique little events like this all year. Good places to check for such events are,,, and So pay attention and get out there and enjoy the great weather!

Have a blessed day!

Friday, March 12, 2010

UNO UNO UNO UNO UNO... by Lauren Clark!

The FINAL GIVEAWAY with UNO by Lauren Clark

The FINAL GIVEAWAY by UNO is only one of the ultimate giveaways this year and it's only March!!! As a photographer you grasp at what you can achieve, stretch to grow and be creative, and learn from those that have come before you. Lauren Clark is UNO of the best portrait photographers out there right now. A chance to learn under her wing would be UNO-believable! A BRAINWASH by Mrs. Clark is exactly what I need. To do so I get to tell you all how I got into photography.

When I think back on life, I've always been intrigued and had a passion for photography, but the primero UNO thing that pushed me over the edge to go from amateur/pleasure picture taking to entering the professional realm would be the first wedding I photographed for a friend. They decided to have the wedding in Florence, Italy and haphazardly said if you'll take the pictures we'll fly you over with us. Uh let me think about that... (I did not need UNO second to think about that) even if I knew absolutely nothing about photography the answer is always YES when someone overs to take you to Italy!

When I look back a year and a half ago to that trip, there was not UNO things but a lot I could have done differently. However, I think I did fairly well with the equipment and experience I had to work with. This UNO event, the experience and amazing-ness of being in stinking ITALY of all places taking pictures, ignited a fire under my butt to learn all I can to become a better photographer. I haven't had the excitement and pleasure I get from photography in any other job I've ever had. It's not a job, it's accepting payment to play and give joy with a photograph.

So that's how I got into photography. UNO chance I took, with UNO-believable rewards. The Lord has blessed me immensely! Here are a few pictures from that first wedding in 2008.

And here is UNO of my favorite pictures from the last wedding I did in 2009.

Someone is going to shoot skittles from their pores from the sheer excitement of winning the UNO contest with Lauren Clark! I really hope that's me :] To learn more about Lauren Clark, UNO, BRAINWASH, and all the amazing photos she is taking check out the following links. She is also in my photographer's blog I read daily at the bottom of my blog. Keep up to date, you don't want to miss her stuff. Side note: she is really focusing on kids portraits, so if you are close to Lubbock or Stillwater (OK.), definitely look her up!

Have a blessed day!


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