Through a promotion that Austin Americana ran a few months back on Localiter, I had the privilege of meeting Angelica and Cesar, a cute couple with a great story and a lot of affection for one another. They met while she visited Chile (he is from Chile, she from Texas) and fell in love. Now they both live in Austin and love the South Congress area (SoCo, as it is lovingly referred to by locals).
To them, SoCo represents all that is weird and fun about Austin and it’s a place where they’ve had some special dates together. And what else could a person want? There are resale shops, famous hotels (Hotel San Jose), festivals/First Thursday, pizza (Home Slice), Ice Cream (Amy’s), and so much more. So naturally the couple decided that South Congress should be where they get photographed for their engagement session.
We all met up on a cool, windy December afternoon and strolled down South Congress after meeting up at Guero’s Taco Bar, probably one of the most well known attractions in SoCo. Angelica and Cesar had a few things/spots in mind that they wanted to capture in their engagement photo session. These included Amy’s Ice Cream, Home Slice, The Virgin Mural, and some shots of them crossing the street. I think we were able to capture some great stuff. You be the judge…
December 2010 has been the busiest holiday season for photography that I can remember. We’ve been photographing weddings as usual; but we’ve also mixed in some engagement sessions, individual and corporate photo sessions, 2 days of portrait and photojournalism at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar and a family photo session. Needless to say, it’s been difficult to balance family and holiday activities with the needs of everyone in Austin who needs to be photographed. But I think we can safely say that December has turned out to be a success, with lots of happy clients and lots of photo opportunities for me and the talented photographers that I have been given the pleasure to work with here in Austin, Texas.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful clients that I’ve had the honor to work for in 2010. Thanks for believing in Austin Americana Photography and for having faith in the work we do as photographers. We will be back in action for 2011, hopefully capturing more amazing and wonderful moments for our wedding, portraiture and other clients. Thanks for allowing us to do what we love: photograph you!
Austin Americana Photography humbly offers our best wishes for your holiday season and toasts you in the upcoming new year! May yours be happy and prosperous!
Some holiday photos from Christmas 2010 at our home here in Austin. My son got a new puppy!
Happy Holidays and may your new year be a prosperous one!
These are the final Armadillo photos that we’ll post for the year 2010. These beautiful images were captured by my good friend Jason Wang. Enjoy!
Here are some more snapshots from the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, which is going on until December 24th at Palmer Event Center. Some photos are from the photo booth that we hosted on Dec 17th/18th and some are of vendors/work offered at the event. There were some really amazing artists, writers and musicians at the event, and hopefully we were able to capture some of that Armadillo magic!
In the past few weeks Austin Americana Photography has photographed many events. Recently I was given the opportunity to photograph some new friends at a location that has some personal significance to me: Austin’s French Legation. The French Legation is significant in many ways; in 1839 France recognized The Republic of Texas as an independent nation and entered into an alliance treaty with the new republic. France soon sent a special envoy to Austin, Texas – Jean Pierre Isador Alphonse Dubois de Saligny with the special title of chargé d’affaires. He wasted no time contracting the building of the French Legation to Texas, which still stands in the hills just above downtown, east of IH-35.
The French Legation is also significant to me because my family assembled there years ago for a special family photo, which was a special occasion for me because not only was my entire family included in the photo (including myself), but I was also the photographer. Using a tripod and a timer switch, I was able to pose my own family on the steps overlooking the carriage house and open area at the French Legation. It’s one of my favorite family photos, even until this day.
This week I had the pleasure of being able to photograph a family at the French Legation. They selected the location from my “Recommended Austin Locations” list that I share with clients and they loved the place. It has great views of the city, plenty of greenery (and in this case, colorful fall/winter leaves too), as well as the historic houses which have been standing for 100+ years.
The staff at the Legation, Franke and Sarah, were super friendly and helpful. They are always eager to share information, discuss history with you and give tours and the designated hours of operation. I highly recommend stopping by for a tour of the French Legation. You can also become a “Friend of the French Legation”. Austin French Legation Website: http://www.frenchlegationmuseum.org/
Thanks again to everyone who visited Austin Americana’s Photo Booth at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar on Friday and Saturday. Jason, Ali and I enjoyed interacting with so many fun and entertaining people. As promised we’ll be posting all of our photo booth snapshots at www.mwwphoto.com/portraits . Don’t forget to go by and see over 150 amazing and one-of-a-kind artist/vendors at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar which continues until December 24th, from 11am-11pm