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Travel // Monterrey, Mexico

It was December 28, I think. No plans were yet made with my close-knit circle of friends in Austin to celebrate ringing in the New Year, and there was a little bit of buzzing about a house party… maybe Marfa/Big Bend. Camping – yes! I’m in. And then I get a phone call from one in the group – “Hey, what do you think about Monterrey?” And so we did it. 8 of us packed into 3 cars, stayed a night in Laredo, and hopped a Greyhound bus for Monterrey at 6am.

The weekend was more spectacular than I ever could have dreamed, and I’m still pinching myself at the time we had. We stayed at a wonderful little hostel in el Barrio Antigua, and walked everywhere we wanted to go. I took one camera – a new-to-me Canon AE-1, with a couple rolls of Portra800, and Ilford HP5 400 (b/w).



Kim + Missy // Enchanted Rock Wedding

In the place where their relationship began, Kim and Missy tied the knot 8 years later at Enchanted Rock surrounded by their best friends. After a intimate (sob-fest for me behind the lens!) wedding with a clear view of the granite dome, the group of us spent the afternoon hiking around this gorgeous Texas Hill Country landmark. Honored, humbled, and so grateful to share the day with these beautiful women. Big hugs to you, Kim, Missy & Crew!

* We even got one group photo with me in it – self timer for the win!




Claire Sommers Buck :: Lanna Collection // Austin Brand Photographer

If you haven’t already heard of Claire and drooled over her work from this post, take a break. Go to her site now, if only to peruse – but I encourage you wholeheartedly to support local artists. Claire is one of my favorites, and I wear the art she makes with her hands every. single. day.

We did most of the shoot with perfectly filtered light in a home while it rained outside. Claire brought a tapestry she acquired on her travels, and as you’ll see – I (easily) also convinced Lauren to get some shots outside in the rain, showing off some more of Claire’s intricate metalwork.

You women inspire me – thank you, thank you, thank you.

Claire Sommers Buck :: Lanna Collection // SHOP or take a peek at her LOOKBOOK