Keli + Boone | Austin Maternity Photographer

I’ve been waiting so long to share this post! Boone & Keli are two of our closest friends; in fact, Boone and Marlin have been friends since the 6th grade. They’ve been friends through moves, through college, and they still play on the same softball team every week. They’re so much alike it can be a little scary sometimes.

Keli & Boone walked down the aisle in 2009, five months to the day before our own wedding. We’ve been waiting for news of a little one ever since, and this summer over dinner at Chipotle, we finally got the good news! Little Langston will make his appearance in Februrary and we couldn’t possibly be any more excited.

So last month we spent a Sunday afternoon at a nearby park with my camera and had so much fun. What an honor to document such and exciting time in the lives of two people we love so much. Boone & Keli, thank you for letting us share this special time with you, and thanks for being such incredible friends! We know you’re going to be even better parents.

Langston, we positively cannot wait to meet you.

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What an adorable couple!

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White Family Christmas | Austin Family Photographer

I couldn’t wait to take these photos for one of my favorite families, and of course the morning we woke up to meet it was cold and raining outside. I’m a natural light photographer; I don’t have a studio, so instead I have to have a Plan B. I’m so thankful these guys were flexible and willing to drive all the way into town and venture out into the rain with a toddler and without knowing where we would end up shooting. They have so much fun together that it doesn’t matter where they are or what the background is. Their joy is undeniable.

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The rain slowed down for a few minutes so we stepped outside and got as many as we could before it started again. Little T, you’re such a trooper for posing in the cold!

I love this one below. In the frame I took just before it, they were both looking at their son, and in this one I caught them smiling at each other. I love spending time with people who are so in love!

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I’d like to personally be there one day when you guys show this one to T’s first girlfriend.

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We quickly moved inside and had a nice warm, dry place to shoot, with much thanks to the Renaissance Austin Hotel .

I love this tender moment between Mom and son. Krista, it’s so clear how much you adore him. How lucky this boy is to have you as his mother.

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Oh, and this one, too! Krista, I could shoot with you all day. Your expressions are so genuine and your happiness is contagious. I love how the real you just shines through the camera.

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Let me just say here how much I admire child photographers. Those little ones are so fast and their expressions are always changing, it’s a real trick to get the one you’re looking for. But man, when you get that genuine smile, it’s so worth it. Little T Man is in his Papa phase right now; you can just see how much he adores his dad.

Again, thanks to the Renaissance Austin for the lovely tree in the front atrium!

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Adorable baby reading a book? Makes my heart melt!

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We’ll end here because it doesn’t get much better than a father/son moment. Thank you so much to the lovely White family for always trusting me to let me capture your life and growing family on camera. It’s an honor and a privilege, and you’re so supportive of me, I can’t thank you enough. We just love you guys!

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Sneak Peek: White Family Christmas Session | Austin Family Photographer

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Two Years

As this day has been getting closer, I’ve been thinking a lot about the past two years. All that we’ve done, all that we’ve been through, all that we’ve accomplished and all the places we’ve been. I think about the good days and the bad days…and realize, thankfully, that the latter are few and far between. I think about the times we’ve cried, all the times we’ve laughed, and the hundreds of mornings that were made instantly better because I woke up with you by my side. Most importantly, I think of all the lessons I’ve learned.

For instance, I’ve learned that you like to kick your shoes off in the doorway as soon as you get home. You like to sweeten your coffee with chocolate milk. You can do a full load of laundry for only your burnt orange t-shirts. You can keep up and keep score with all seventeen football games that might be on t.v. at one given time. You don’t have much to say in the mornings, but you’ve always got a wink in your eye and a compliment on hand. You don’t always feel like you have the right words to say to me, but you always know how to make me laugh, and that’s even better. No matter what I make in the kitchen, you’ll always find a way to take it up just one more notch And you make an awesome breakfast.

Most importantly, I’ve learned that even though you’re perfect for me, our marriage is so much more than just what I get. It’s the chance to really get to know each other; the good and the bad…and the bad hair days. It’s building a life together, day in and day out, whether we’re spending a night on the town or just relaxing on the couch. It’s being the one you talk to, the one who gets to encourage you, support you, and annoy you (sometimes all in the same day if I’m really on a roll). It’s about learning to love someone as you love yourself, or more. It’s about giving the best of yourself, even on days when you don’t feel like it. No, it’s not about what we get, but who we get to be for each other. Thank you for letting me be that special someone, your partner and your cheerleader. I’m so honored.

Happy two year anniversary. Here’s to all the lessons we’ve learned so far and to the many, many more still to come. I love you.

Back during our engagement; just a couple of kids

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Meet Carli | Everyday Portraits

Yesterday my sister-in-law took me to see downtown in the little North Carolina town where she lives. We took our cameras because she’s a photographer and I wanted a tutoring lesson (she won’t call it that, but that’s what it was for me). Not only did I get to watch her work with posing, lighting,exposure and the impromptu wind storm that blew in, but I got to shoot with her 35mm 1.4 lens. I was so smitten, if I wasn’t already married I would have given it my number.

There’s definitely something to be said for practicing and learning with someone who’s (a) not paying you, and (b) doesn’t really have any expectations and understands the pressure of being behind the camera. Carli was so patient with me and so open to share anything she knew without being the least bit intimidating. Carli, can you please move back to Texas so we can shoot together every weekend?

I’m proud to share a few of my favorite shots with you, partly because I’m pretty excited about the progress I made, but mainly because I’m just so proud to know this girl and she was workin’ it so I want to show off her killer modeling skills.

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I’m in love with this wood door and the brick pavement surrounding it. Would have shot with her all day in that same spot.

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 This might be my favorite picture that I’ve taken of anything. Ever. Can you believe those eyes?!

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Um, are you serious? I’m pretty sure this is what God meant for me to look like, and something happened somewhere along the way.

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On gratitude, pain, and blessings

Today I am thankful. I could give you a list of everything I’m grateful for, but you’d get bored long before I got to the end. This week I’ve been texting back and forth with an old friend…each time we think of something we’re thankful for, we send a message and tell the other one. It’s put me in a great mood all week, and it’s fun to hear what someone else appreciates in their own life.

Dinner prep has been going on all morning. Later today, we’ll fill our plates, refill our plates, watch some football (you’re going down, Aggies…yea, I said it), and probably refill our plates again. On days like today, I’m acutely aware that I have more than most, and most certainly have more than I need or deserve. In this go-go-go world, it’s nice to take a day to breathe, spend time with the people (and the puppies) who make our life worth living, and just be content knowing that God is good. I’m also acutely aware that not everyone is having a great day like I am. There are people I love dearly and people I’ll never meet who are hurting today, and if you’re lucky enough to be smiling today like me, it’s our privilege, really, to take a moment and think of those going through hard times, and to send up a little prayer on their behalf. We’re all in this together.

So wherever you find yourself today, I hope your day is blessed in some way big or small. I hope that you get to experience gratitude for something, because it just really doesn’t get any better than that.

Ashley Terry 2011

 

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Sneak Peek: Carli | Anytime Portraits

Greetings from Tar Heel Country! We’re celebrating Thanksgiving in North Carolina with my father-in-law and sister-in-law this year. This morning Carli and I took a tour of her small town and brought our cameras along to practice posing, lighting, and well, pretty much everything.

If you happen to live in the North Carolina area, check out Carli’s website (or even if you don’t live there; you’ll be glad you did). She’s a pretty fabulous picture-taker herself.

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come:

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Set apart

Tonight I want to talk about purpose. Mainly because it’s been something that has been weighing on me for months, but also because I want to know what you think.

I believe in purpose. I believe that I am here on this Earth because there is some contribution or difference I am supposed to make that only I can make. I believe that’s why you’re here, too. I believe that we all have different talents and personalities and viewpoints because we are intended to make the mark that only we can make. And I believe, as Oprah has said, that it’s my job to figure out what my purpose is and get about the business of fulfilling it.

Problem is, I have no idea what that is.

Now this never happens to me, but tonight I sat down to open up my book of devotionals and the scripture for September 8 was this from 1 Peter (4:10):

“Each of you has received a gift to use to serve others.”

Clearly Someone knows that this has been on mind. In the book, Max Lucado adds his own thoughts:

“Blessed are those who recognize their God-given responsibilities. Blessed are those who know what on Earth they are  on Earth to do and set themselves about the business of doing it.”

So if you don’t know what your responsibility is, how do you discover it?  God told Jeremiah, “before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” Wow. “Before you were born I set you apart.” This is a lot for my human brain to grasp, but I know enough to know that if God set me apart from all the rest of His miraculous creations, there must be a good reason.

What do you think? Do you know your purpose? Your calling? If so, how did you finally come around to understanding it?

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There will be healing

Our cable is out right now so I haven’t seen the news, but I’ve been checking the updates online and skimming through photo galleries of the terrible wildfires that destroyed so many homes in the Austin metro area yesterday. This morning we woke to what should be a refreshing and welcome breeze in the air, but with this dry, brittle land that’s been suffering a drought for so long, it seems like just a threat waving in our faces, a reminder that another fire could break out anywhere, at any time.

In times like this we are reminded of just how helpless we can be, especially when it comes to Mother Nature. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always loved sitting on the porch and watching the clouds when a storm rolls in. The crash of the thunder reminds me of God’s ultimate power, and just how strong He really is. Oddly enough, I really like storms (until they become damaging, of course). I feel like it’s God’s way of showing his power and I always feel safe knowing that the Creator of the storm is the same God I carry all my cares and concerns to. He controls the clouds and the thunder and the rain (umm, of which we could use anything that you have to spare, by the way); the wind and the sun and the heat.

This is not a post where I explain why natural disasters occur or why God lets them happen. Your guess is as good as mine. I know how big God is and I don’t pretend to know all the reasons behind what happens here on Earth. But in that same respect, I know how big God is, and I know that if He controls the wind, He also controls the rain. The rain that will come, and it will come…eventually. There will be healing in this land. The grass will grow over where the ashes are today. The water will fill the lakes and everything will be renewed again, and stronger for what it has overcome. If you’re in Austin (or anywhere in Texas, really) I know it’s hard to believe right now. Especially if you’ve lost your home. I don’t have answers, but I do know who is in control, and His power is greater than any we’ve ever known. Don’t underestimate what He can do.

On a side note, if you’ve been evacuated from the fires in the Austin metro area, Austin Christian Fellowship church in River Place (near 620 and 2222) is providing shelter and food, and pets are more than welcome. They are also collecting information on specific needs and sharing it with members on Facebook so that our community can do whatever we can to help our neighbors. 

 

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It’s that time again

Ladies, it’s that time again. If you live in Texas and you’re married, dating, have friends that are guys or well, if you know a man, you know what I mean.

It’s officially college football season.

This is the time of year when everything around our house changes. Even the air is different. Marlin wakes up early on Saturdays just to sing along to the opening sequence of ESPN’s Game Day show. The dog days of summer are gone and the next few months belong to football. He’ll be watching games until his eyes are glued in that crazy position. He’ll turn the rally cap when things get tough, and he’ll make snide remarks under his breath to anyone who dares to make a negative comment about their own team…because you just don’t do that. He’ll argue stats and trivia with anyone who has enough false confidence to go up against him. But let me just save you the time; you’re going to lose. He’ll pretend to listen to me when I talk about anything else, but he’ll actually be running stats in his head, and strategizing who will make the championship run this season. At least he’ll smile and nod his head so he thinks that I think he’s really paying attention. But we both know the truth.

It’s alright; I’ve made my peace with it. I’ll sacrifice full conversations for my husband’s greater good, because this is the time of year when he really comes to life. It might as well be Christmas.

So to all of you ladies out there who understand my plight, just remember. Things will be back to normal soon enough. Like in February.

P.S. Don’t tell anyone, but I might even have a little fun myself. Hook ’em!

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