Photographer: Events, Weddings, Portraits – Austin, Texas

Archive for October, 2010

Fun Friday Fotos: A Visit to the Pumpkin Patch

Recently the family took a visit to a local landscaping nursery in north Austin (Red Barn Nursery). They always have great fall events going on and this year was no disappointment. There was an animal petting zoo, face painting and pumpkins as far as the eye could see. Ok, there weren’t really pumpkins as far as the eye could see, but still, there were lots of pumpkins. I personally am not a fan of the cliche’ family and childrens photos in the bluebonnets here in Texas, but for some reason I can’t explain I always enjoy photographing our son amongst the pumpkins. Unfortunately this year he made it a little tougher than last year because this year he is very mobile and can run away (whereas last year he couldn’t even walk). Anyway, here are some shots from our visit to the pumpkin patch. Happy Halloween!

Downtown Austin Engagement Session

This past week I photographed a couple’s engagement in downtown Austin, which has been all-the-rage for some time now. Some of the wonderful elements that downtown has to offer are texture (which can be seen on brick walls/doors), skylines (imagine buildings stretching into the blue Texas sky) and murals. These were the things that I had in mind when I ventured downtown with Andrea and Taylor, and they made my job pretty easy.

Another concept that’s popular these days among both photographers and those being photographed alike is post processing of images – particularly contrast-y, grainy, saturated (i.e., heavily edited photography). And one of the great things that shooting digital allows is capturing the image as it is and then making copies of the image during post-processing for conversion to something different and artistic, which is what I’ve attempted to do here. The result means that I can provide my photography clients with a photo of what our shoot looked like (more/less) on the day we shot and also a version of the same photo that has been “artistically rendered”, shall we say.

Downtown Austin Engagement Session

Downtown Austin Engagement Session

Downtown Austin Engagement Session

At any rate, there’s lots to see in downtown Austin. If you frequent downtown only at night then I recommend coming downtown on a Sunday evening and taking a walk down the same streets you usually visit (during the daylight). You’ll be pleasantly surprised by what there is to see. And we all could use a little exercise! 🙂

Downtown Austin Engagement Session

Til Death Do Us Part - Downtown Austin Mural

Downtown Austin Engagement Session

Downtown Austin Engagement Session

Military Wedding Photography

In the years that I’ve been photographing weddings it has been my privilege and honor to be the photographer at a number of military weddings. And they are a lot of fun to photograph because they are a part of what Austin Americana is: The American Spirit of Tradition.

Military weddings typically have lots of pomp and color, which adds a certain sort of mystique to the images captured on the big day. Military traditions such as the saber ceremony, cutting the cake with a military sword and more are exciting and fun. But hidden deeper amongst the fancy uniforms and display of tradition are strong beliefs like unity and commitment, which are frequently in short supply these days. Getting to know my brides and grooms has allowed me to be able to see the dedication that a soldier has, even on a day when he or she isn’t really required to be a soldier.

I suppose making these observations about U.S. military personnel didn’t occur to me until later in life, when I married my wife. I guess you could say that I chose to look at things from only one vantage point until I fell in love with a soldier. My wife completely changed my outlook of what it was like to be in the military and the experience that military families have when their loved ones are working. In fact, my wife is the one who inspired me to offer a military discount for active military service men and women who get married and need a photographer.

At any rate, I just wanted to share some fun and beautiful military wedding photographs that I’ve collected over the years. A number of these weddings occurred at places such as: Villa Antonia, Zilker Botanical Garden, Star Hill Ranch, Rural Central Texas and more. Enjoy!

Central Texas Military Wedding

Couple Posing at Zilker Botanical Garden

Military Groom Chats w/ Groomsmen at Star Hill Ranch

Military Wedding at Green Pastures in Austin, TX

Military Wedding at Villa Antonia

Political Fundraiser Photographs

In Mid-October I was given the opportunity to photograph something a little different from the typical weddings that I shoot: a political fundraiser and celebration. The event was held in downtown San Antonio at the historic Spanish Governor’s Palace. I don’t normally photograph celebrities or high-profile clients, but this event had a number of well known Texas faces.

The event location and timing was fantastic. Since I’m from Austin and don’t often get the opportunity to visit San Antonio I didn’t really know what to expect at the Spanish Governor’s Palace; but it was a treat photographing here. The event location is laid out like an historic mission corralled by plaster and stone walls which creates a open air garden/courtyard in the middle, where the event was held. The courtyard was filled with plants and full-sized trees and the ground was lined with brick paths leading around a water fountain.

Voyeuristic View of Political Fundraiser Attendees

Since the event was held in the evening, there was a beautiful, orange light that cascaded over the walls and through the trees onto the attendees and greenery inside the courtyard. The temperature lingered in the mid-seventies underneath the shade trees, along with a light breeze, making for a comfortable and enjoyable evening.

Although I enjoy lots of styles of photography including portraiture and landscape, I always cherish the freedom and creativity that is bestowed by photojournalism. And this political event allowed me to simply capture truly candid images of the crowd of politicos and supporters while walking amongst everyone. These quiet moments to one self, photographing people and things without being disturbed is both gratifying to me and an opportunity to truly tell a story from an artistic viewpoint.

Beautiful Orange Sunlight Spreads Amongst the Trees at Spanish Governor's Palace

Attendees and Staff Look on as Speaker Addresses Crowd

Staffers Assist Guests in Signing in

View of Arch & Gates at Spanish Governor's Palace

Live Music

Judges Gavel on Display, Along with Photos and other Momentos

Austin Americana Photography Studio Chosen as Official Portrait Photographer For The 2010 Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Austin Americana Photography Studio Chosen as Official Portrait Photographer For The 2010 Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Austin, TX (October 25, 2010) – We are pleased to announce that Austin Americana Photography, a popular portrait and wedding photo studio located in Austin, Texas, has been chosen as the official portrait photographer for the 2010 Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. December 17 & 18th, from 6-10 pm, Austin Americana Photography will be on hand at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar offering free portrait sessions to all attendees.

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar Background. A beloved Austin cultural tradition for over 3 decades, the Armadillo Bazaar has celebrated Austin’s unique cultural identity since 1976. The show is renowned as a treasure trove of original, one of a kind art and gift items made for you by the very best local and national artists and artisans. This year the Armadillo is proud to present 29 musical performances by great new bands and Austin legends alike. This year at the Palmer Events Center, we continue the popular emerging musicians in our weekday lunchtime series. This year (2010) The Bazaar will be held from December 15-24 at Austin’s Palmer Event Center.

Founder of Austin Americana Photography, Martin Whitton, stated, “We are proud to be a part of the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar’s long-standing Austin tradition of holiday fun and art.”

In January 2010, Martin Whitton, the founder of Austin Americana Photography was chosen as a winner of the prestigious annual 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards™ by WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company – representing the top five percent of all vendors in the WeddingWire Community, which includes over 100,000 wedding professionals across the US and Canada.

In 2008, Martin Whitton was selected for the 2008 Best of Austin Award in the Wedding Photographers category by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA). The USLBA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

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Fun Friday Fotos (Baby Hands)

I was just looking at some older photographs that I took some time ago of my sons hands. These are really some of my favorite photos…

Trash The Dress: Tubing On A River

Ok, so I’m not sure if this qualifies as trashing the dress, which has been all the rage for the past few years, but it was definitely one of the more fun shoots I’ve had as a photographer in the past few years. And I think it’s a great idea.

Julia and Rick, who were married at Chapel Dulcinea in 2008 are featured tubing down the Guadalupe River here in Central Texas. A lot of brides tell me that they wouldn’t be willing to “trash” their wedding dress just to tube the Guadalupe River. But my bride and groom were more than excited about tubing in their wedding attire. And I have to give them credit for getting up relatively early on a spring morning to hop into a tube on the icy-coldGuadalupe River!

I knew this would be the perfect photo-op for my newlyweds, given the history of how they met. Julia and Rick met on a tubing trip to the Guadalupe River with friends – a trip that would eventually lead them both down the aisle together. So when I pitched the idea of the shoot to them they were surprised and excited.

As a result of the great images we were able to capture of Julia and Rick tubing in their wedding garb, the two became minor celebrities. Several of the photos from the event were featured on my Wedding old Website and at my old display at David’s Bridal here in Austin. Frequently when I meet with new clients they ask me about the shoot of the bride and groom on the river, which always brings a smile to my face…

Oh, and I’ve been holding on to a great *NEW* and fantastic idea for a “trash the dress” session, so if you’re interested let me know. Email me at

Bride and Groom Tubing on the Guadalupe River

Tubing Down The Guadalupe River

Black & White Photo of Bride & Groom Tubing


Tubing Bride & Groom