In 2012 Wade and Brittany retained Austin Classic Limo to provide “General MacArthur” for their wedding reception getaway.
Now 5 years later, this still happily married couple decided to return “to the scene of the crime” and do a photo shoot with that same car (back in 2012, we weren’t regularly capturing images of our clients, so there were no photos of the initial celebration.
Most of our work is at night, but on occasion I get to enjoy my clients during daylight hours. I like this, because it gives more opportunities for photography, and what better place to take photos than the beautiful spots around downtown Austin?
Such was the case on a recent balmy Fall day, when 3 siblings celebrated one of the sister’s birthday (with girlfriend completing the group). It was such a pleasure to hang out with such a cheerful and fun loving group, and to show them my favorite places in Austin!
Over the years I’ve observed that the historic Driskill hotel on 6th and Brazos is definitely the number one choice for wedding night stay. And, for good reason… the Driskill is right in the heart of the vibrant 6th St. district, for further partying if desired, and has an elegance unmatched in downtown Austin.
On occasion I am fortunate enough to be able to capture a priceless bride and groom image in front of this venerable facade:
There are few roads more inspiring and scenic than “Creek Road”, a beautiful paved 8 mile stretch beginning right smack from downtown Dripping Springs, and terminating at FM 165, or what we locals call the “Blanco Cutoff”.
Creek Road follows meandering Onion Creek, a year-round tributary which has a number of small dams along this stretch, creating beautiful expanses of pastoral water scenes.
This relatively unknown-to-outsiders and sparsely traveled road is a favorite place of mine to unwind and reflect.
Thus it was a few months ago when I decided to take “Nigel” out for a little early morning run and chose Creek Road as my destination (or journey).
It was fortuitous that I had thrown the old Nikon in the back seat, because when I reached my favorite bridge, I found the early-morning pond to be shrouded in fog. Where else could you park your car on a one-lane bridge and spend 15-20 minutes snapping away without fear of intervening traffic?
Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m a Car Guy, through and through. Always have been, always will be, that’s what enticed me into the classic limousine business.
So when the opportunity arose for me to tromp around the grounds of Willard Partin’s unusual collection of auto-art and automobile memorabilia (located somewhere in the wilds of Central Texas), I jumped at the chance.
On occasion I find myself near the UT campus on football night. On this particular evening, the ‘Horns were off giving the boys from Ole Miss a royal drubbing, leaving a relatively quiet campus behind.
Since my bride and groom’s reception was near the campus, I thought this would be a great opportunity to swing by the famous fountain (currently non-operational.. budget crunch I guess) and get a few shots of the newlyweds with the Texas Tower looming in the background.
Thankfully, the passersby were limited, and we were able to get some good shots for the memory book:
Sure, daytime weddings are great, but let’s face it, you can’t have a really get-down, no-holds-barred wedding reception unless it goes into the wee hours of the morning!
I’m basically a night person, so to wake up “Nigel” or “General MacArthur” for a midnight run is right down my alley. There’s something mystical, yet peaceful about being out at night when many people are already in bed and asleep. It’s almost as though the whole world belongs just to me and my passengers!
My wedding clients are always in a state of natural euphoria, yet generally exhausted from the excitement of a long day. It is a great pleasure to be a part of the genesis of a new, life-long relationship.
The city offers an incredible array of lights and photography opportunities. And I’m not one to be bashful with my camera.. always looking to capture that one last image at the end of a successful and exhilarating celebration. Here are a few of my favorites:
I am not averse to traveling longer distances to serve my clients. Engagements the past year have included trips as far away as Waco and San Antonio. In both cases, the bridal couples had the opportunity to travel the entire distance with me to or from Austin.
There is nothing I like more than providing transportation to a teenage couple for prom night. Usually this type of engagement consists of picking up the lucky couple at one of their homes, proceeding to a nice restaurant for a pre-prom dinner, delivery in grand entrance style to the prom location, and then finally returning at the end of the evening to get the party-goers back home safely.
Of course, I never go anywhere without my trusty camera, and there are always worthwhile photos to be had: