Many times couples ask for suggestions of where to take their engagement photos in Austin. I have a detailed list of about 20 locations in and around Austin that I think make great locations for engagement, bridal and portrait photography. A number of the photo shoot locations in the downtown Austin area are walking distance from one another, and I give my photo clients the option to shoot more than one location during the photo session.
Early in 2011 I was contacted by a young, newly-engaged couple living in Austin to be their engagement photographer both on 6th street and at the capitol in Austin. The couple were from out of state, but while falling in love with each other had also fallen in love with the City of Austin, with its weirdness, busy night life and friendly population. Although their wedding would be held back in their home state, they insisted that their engagement photo session be photographed downtown.
Downtown is one of my favorite places to photograph couples because of the variety and spontaneity that urban Austin provides. There are downtown Austin elements such as historic buildings, painted murals, beautiful landmarks and an energy that you just don’t find anywhere else in Texas – all adding to the mystique and individuality of the photos.
Now more than ever, when I photograph a couple I try to get to know the bride and groom to be. I’m always curious to know the special story that brought two people who are in love together. But I also find that the intimate conversation that I have with my engaged clients allows them to express their feelings about one another, which brings about the wonderful feelings they harbor for one another, something that ultimately gets captured in their photos. They enjoy being the “celebrity” for the day, as their personal photographer follows them around snapping photos. And I get to be there, capturing the passion and the love that they have for one another, documenting it with my camera. Being a photographer is not a bad job; in fact, most days it is a joy and a pleasure! 🙂