Kacey Musgraves is one of my new favorite artists. Her voice is so beautiful and her song lyrics are pretty brilliant.
I highly, highly recommend you check out the entire album, but Back on the Map is my personal fave.
Happy Spring. xx
Posted in 2013, Editing Soundtrack, Music, Personal, tagged Austin, Country, editing, female vocalist, Her Side Project, Kacey Musgraves, Lyrics, melody, Music, Photography, singer on March 20, 2013 | 2 Comments »
I must say, the following post is HOT. In two ways. Allow me to explain.
Not only is this couple extremely good-looking, we took their engagement pictures when it was 103 degrees outside. Do you have any idea how unbearable, uncomfortable and insane that kind of heat is to be in for two hours? Let’s just say I’m still a bit delirious from heat stroke as I type this post. We almost didn’t make it out alive, y’all.
Oh but this couple, two of my very favorite friends/people in Fort Worth, they fooled the camera. They look incredible: cool, calm and collected and not the slightest bit uncomfortable. I’d like to give a special shout out to the A/C in Jack’s truck, a small towel on hand for touchups, and the shade found on the streets of Fort Worth for making this photo shoot possible (and a success). I’d also like to thank Ashley and Jack for being so cooperative, obliging and excited at all times.
Ashley: What can I say about one of the nicest, most fun friends I’ve had the privilege to know? I’ll start with the basics: loyal friend, dangerously incredible dancer, Mexican food lover, lifesaver (both in terms of friendship and career – she’s a nurse), sweet & southern, beautiful and fun to be around. I met Ashley through my roommate in Fort Worth (Brooke) in 2008. We quickly became fast friends when Ashley was one of the first befriend me when I was new to their social circle. She went to see SATC in the theaters with me, even though she’d already seen it the very same week. She was a familiar, friendly face during my first TCU fraternity party experience. She was always ready and willing to hang out, even if it was just to sit by the pool and talk. I always looked forward to spending time with this wonderful girl when I lived in Fort Worth, and I still look forward to seeing her when I make it back up to the DFW area from time-to-time.
Jack: He and Ashley make the perfect pair. Jack is tall, I mean – really tall (6’5”), also a lifesaver (nurse – yep, you guessed it, they met at work!). He’s also funny, a good conversationalist and a country boy with city swagger (Jack, you know it’s true). When Ashley introduced me to Jack, I could tell he really liked her and I always noticed how well he treated her. I remember the beginning when he’d pick her up for first dates and watched their relationship progress as they became more serious and hardly left each other’s side. As my good friend became close to this awesome man, I couldn’t be happier for the two of them.
After getting engaged this year, Ashley told me she wanted to hire me for engagement photos. So, the first chance I got, I drove to Fort Worth and spent the evening with them all over the city (everywhere from TCU, the Stockyards, downtown and a country field!) They came prepared with several outfits for each setting and also brought a special guest for a few photos: Chester (their adorable dog).
Ashley and Jack are preparing for a beautiful destination wedding this February in the Carribean. With a little luck (and a whole lot of planning), I hope to attend! I’m excited to see what the future holds.
We may have trampled a few flowerbeds, almost run out of gas en route to the country field and cursed the Texas heat, but it was all worth it. I think these photos capture the essence of Ashley and Jack as individuals and a couple. Ash & Jack: I hope you look back on these pictures for years to come and remember exactly how you felt in these moments.
Posted in Animals, Businesses You Should Know About, Colleagues, Current Work, Documented Events, Family, Katie Was Here, Personal, Scenery, tagged City girl, Cooper's BBQ, Country, Goats, Horses, Llano, Ranch, Road Trip, Target practice, Texas Hill Country, TX on March 30, 2011 | 14 Comments »
There’s something special about spending time in the Texas Hill Country. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a city girl through and through, but nothing compares to the moment I’m in a wide open space, breathing fresh air and basking in the quiet. My troubles miraculously disappear and I can simply live.
Sometimes I don’t realize when I need a break. That said, at the beginning of the month of March, I was absolutely aware I needed one. Between the rush of the city, a busy travel schedule and a series of commitments (both professional and personal), I wanted to get away – if only for a day. Before I could begin brainstorming ways to get to the hill country, my cousin Audrey invited me to accompany her to our friend Hendrika’s ranch. Two hours outside of Austin, and just seven miles from the town of Llano, H’s family homestead awaited.
We hit the road early Saturday morning, coffee in hand, blasting old favorite songs and feeling the cool, crisp air as the windows were rolled down. Part of me didn’t want the road trip to end, but as soon as we got closer to the ranch, I began to get really excited.
I mean, this is a real ranch, y’all. With horses and funny donkeys and goats and dogs and miles and miles of acreage and it was wonderful. I explored various aspects of the land with Audrey and Hendrika, stopping to take pictures of the animals, the scenery and anything else that peaked my interest.
For hours we didn’t have a care in the world as we drove around the property, listened to country music, fed goats/horses and explored a cave.
I even did a little target practice. Yes, me, who shot a shotgun once in 1999 and haven’t tried it since, handled a pistol and a revolver like a champ. I didn’t like the revolver, it was too difficult to shoot, but I loved the pistol. Hendrika’s stepfather even told me I was a good shot. I honestly believe it’s because I’m so used to aiming with my camera (which sounds kind of funny, but there’s really no other reason for me to be good at it!) PLEASE NOTE we were only shooting targets, not actual animals! I would never, people, never!
But she might…
Ten thousand pictures, seven hours and one sunburned Katie later, it was time to head home. Audrey and I reluctantly loaded up her city Volvo (a big difference after spending the day in Hendrika’s truck!) and hit the road back to Austin. We made a quick detour at Cooper’s – so, so good – but before we knew it we were back in the city limits, good memories intact.
A day in the hill country was exactly what I needed, especially with good friends like Audrey and Hendrika. H – thank you so much for having me and giving me a glimpse into the life you knew growing up. It is wonderful and I sincerely hope to come back one day.