Usually when I meet with brides prior to their wedding and we discuss their wedding photography needs, I tell them that Austin Americana Photography photographs weddings in a photojournalistic-style. And what that means to me as an Austin wedding photojournalist is that the photographs and images that I capture at their wedding should tell a story.
Another thing that I tell brides is that we photograph the unfolding wedding story as it happens, unrehearsed, throughout the day or night. And when we finish, we take a special selection of these images and put them together into a group of wedding photographs that tell a one-of-a-kind story about your wedding day.
Wikipedia defines photojournalism as,
“A particular form of journalism (the collecting, editing, and presenting of news material for publication or broadcast) that creates images in order to tell a news story. It is now usually understood to refer only to still images, but in some cases the term also refers to video used in broadcast journalism.” – Wikipedia.org
Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines photojournalism as,
“Journalism in which written copy is subordinate to pictorial usu. photographic presentation of news stories or in which a high proportion of pictorial presentation is used.”
Names of photographers or images of well known photographs come to mind when thinking of the word “photojournalism”. Nineteenth and twentieth century photojournalists such as Robert Capa (World War II), Henry Cartier-Bresson (international street photography) , Matthew Brady (U.S. Civil War), Margaret Bourke-White (Great Depression), Alfred Eisenstaedt (World War II) and others created iconic images that graced the pages of mainstream magazines and newspapers, inspiring multiple generations of photojournalism students and photographers. These photographers prided themselves on telling an honest, objective story with their photographs.
But as a modern wedding photojournalist, I don’t just stick the strict photojournalism principles that are used for capturing news as it happens in a purely subjective way. Austin Americana Photography attempts to add an additional layer onto telling the story of your day: Magic!
The truth is that much of what happens in our daily lives is often trivial and boring. Our lives are frequently habitual and routine, and unfortunately this can occur even at the most important events of our lives, including weddings. That’s why it’s up to the story teller (me, the photojournalist) to add some magic and excitement to what is happening, so that the images captured on wedding day have some pizzazz and intrigue.
As an Austin Wedding Photojournalist and Photographer, I want to create an air of energy and excitement to the “getting ready” photos of a bride prior to the ceremony. There should be some emotion and intensity that can be felt when viewing photos of a wedding ceremony. And hopefully a level of celebration and joy can be felt in images from the reception. Creating some emotion and stirring feelings in the viewer of a photograph is what Austin Americana Photography does and what makes the wedding special.
In Round Rock, just east of IH-35 on Hairy Man Road there’s a beautiful little estate called Casa Blanca on Brushy Creek. Casa Blanca is a large plantation-style home situated on Brushy Creek within the Round Rock countryside. It can accommodate large groups or small groups for just about any event. It features a large ballroom with floor to ceiling windows overlooking a green pasture and a river, private rooms for bride and groom, a large pavilion for ceremonies/parties, acres of lush, green space for outdoor ceremonies/events, plenty of parking and more.
When I first photographed an event at Casa Blanca I fell in love with the place and had difficulty finding fault with it. My first impression was visiting Casa Blanca and meeting the owners, George and LeAnne, who were very kind and welcoming. They take great pride in the facility and enjoy being a part of every event held there.
Casa Blanca offers lots more than just beauty and majesty. They also offer many conveniences, such as in-house florist, DJ and more. Pricing is reasonable and you’re sure to enjoy all the conveniences offered in the city, available in the countryside.
These are photos from the last wedding I photographed at Casa Blanca: Monica & Eric’s Wedding. It was a joy to be a part of their big day and it was easily one of the more memorable weddings that I’ve photographed.
In downtown Round Rock, Texas there’s a beautiful little wedding venue called Bella Notte on Main. If you’re looking for a wedding venue that is still in the city but has a quiet, small town atmosphere, then this is the place. The building itself where Bella Notte stands was built around 1900 and is beautifully decorated in turn of the century décor and style. It has high ceilings and a candle-lit atmosphere.
Bella Notte can accommodate up to 200 event guests and provides catering service, DJ, set up/take down, security, bartender and more. I can tell you that from personal experience the staff were friendly and professional. In the Spring of 2010 I photographed Maria and Seth’s wedding at Bella Notte (see photos). It was a beautiful, relaxing night full of joyful tears and special moments. And although my favorite thing about Bella was interacting with the friendly staff, I have to say that I was glad that my drive home was a short one, thanks to Bella Notte’s convenient location to IH-35 and Austin.
Bella Notte gives you the option to choose from 2 large onsite ballrooms for your wedding, reception or event, both of which are elegant and spacious. Bride and Groom quarters are located on separate floors (bride upstairs, groom downstairs). There’s a quiet garden patio behind the historic Bella Notte building where guests can wait and relax or attendees can pose for photos. Parking at the facility is plentiful and free, thanks to the parking garage located next door.
Bella Notte Video Tour: http://www.bellanotteonmain.com/video-tour.htm