Christine Roberts’ Branding Session at Rambling Rose Ranch

I love a good branding session. Being a business owner myself, I know the importance of doing these, and keeping them updated. A branding session is not just a headshot or casual photo of you. It’s the face, the person behind your business … a reflection of who you are.

In reality, it’s someone’s first impression of you.

As a professional, you want to create connections and build relationships. The best way to do this is to be authentic, show who you are and what your business represents, and build trust.

Show the world the real person behind your business and passion!

Christine Roberts

This beautiful lady and I met in 2017. Her marketing team hired me to photograph her branding session. At the time, Christine and her family were embarking on a journey across the U.S. together and stopped in Florida for a quick session.

Christine was working hard on her passion: being a life coach and helping others live purposeful lives. And she continues to do so! She is “energized more than ever to inspire other women to change their mindset and make their personal goals a reality.”

Four years later, Christine was coming to Dallas to be a key speaker. She reached out to me to coordinate a branding session at one of my favorite venues, Rambling Rose Ranch.

Branding Session

We chose Rambling Rose Ranch for its vast variety of backdrops, privacy, and beautiful lighting. Our goals: to capture Christine’s upbeat, motivating, warm, loving, and strong personality.

Branding Session at Rambling Rose Ranch in Austin TX.
Rambling Rose Ranch in Austin TX
Branding Session at Rambling Rose Ranch in Austin TX.
Branding Session at Rambling Rose Ranch in Austin TX.
Rambling Rose Ranch in Austin TX
Branding Session at Rambling Rose Ranch in Austin TX.
Branding Session at Rambling Rose Ranch in Austin TX.
Rambling Rose Ranch in Austin TX
Branding Session at Rambling Rose Ranch in Austin TX.
Rambling Rose Ranch in Austin TX
Rambling Rose Ranch in Austin TX
Branding Session at Rambling Rose Ranch in Austin TX.
Branding Session at Rambling Rose Ranch in Austin TX.
Rambling Rose Ranch in Austin TX
Branding Session at Rambling Rose Ranch in Austin TX.

It’s crazy how time flies! When she arrived onsite, Christine looked the exact same. But then her daughter opened the car door … and it felt way more than four years ago! Out popped a teenager who is learning to drive. I mean, whaaaaat?! This little girl is not little anymore!

Christine’s daughter is now a young lady and had come to support her mother in her business and branding endeavors, as well as to do a girls’ trip. So, of course, we took a few moments out to photograph this mom-daughter duo!

Branding Session at Rambling Rose Ranch in Austin TX.
Branding Session at Rambling Rose Ranch in Austin TX.
Branding Session at Rambling Rose Ranch in Austin TX.
Rambling Rose Ranch in Austin TX
Rambling Rose Ranch in Austin TX
Branding Session at Rambling Rose Ranch in Austin TX.

Ingenhuett on High Wedding in Comfort, TX

This Ingenhuett on High wedding is a long time coming. Like so many, AJ and Ryan kept pushing plans for their wedding due to Covid-19. But everything works out exactly as it should when it should, and they were able to have their dream wedding with all of their family and friends.

AJ and Ryan

Ryan, an ultra runner, and AJ, a dancer and engineer, love the great outdoors, playing games, watching movies, and sharing some good bourbon together.

They originally met nine years ago at a 5k race in Philly. These two dated long distance for two years before Ryan accepted a job in Austin, Texas. Two years later, they bought a home together. Shortly after, Ryan proposed to AJ while on a riverside job during their Thanksgiving vacation in Philly/New Jersey. And, of course, AJ said, “yes!”

And although they had to plan their wedding four times over the course of 4 years … the process brought them even closer and stronger as a couple. They ended up having an intimate ceremony in New Jersey in 2021. A year later, they’re celebrating their big Ingenhuett on High wedding.

It was a blessing to have been a part of their reception and love story. These two have such big hearts and so much love they share and give, all which was reflected in their big day. It was such a joy to be able to capture all of it!!

Ingenhuett on High Wedding

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Austin Texas Wedding Photographer
Ingenhuett on High Wedding | Austin TX Photographer
Ingenhuett on High Wedding | Austin TX Photographer
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Ingenhuett on High Wedding | Austin TX Photographer
Austin Texas Wedding Photographer
Ingenhuett on High Wedding | Austin TX Photographer
Ingenhuett on High Wedding | Austin TX Photographer
Ingenhuett on High Wedding | Austin TX Photographer
Austin Texas Wedding Photographer

Because AJ wore her wedding gown when they eloped, there was no need for a first look. So we went straight into their couples’ portraits:

Ingenhuett on High Wedding | Austin TX Photographer
Ingenhuett on High Wedding | Austin TX Photographer
Ingenhuett on High Wedding | Austin TX Photographer
Austin Texas Wedding Photographer

Anyone else so obsessed with this venue?! Plus, how beautiful is this koi pond?!

Ingenhuett on High Wedding | Austin TX Photographer
Ingenhuett on High Wedding | Austin TX Photographer

Formal portraits:

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Austin Texas Wedding Photographer
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Once upon a time, this venue was “a vital part of the town of comfort as a general store, bank, John Deere dealership, and post office. Traces of the past, such as the bank vault can still be found in the venue. It is the uniqueness of Ingenhuett that truly sets it apart from other venues.”

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Austin Texas Wedding Photographer

AJ and Ryan chose to do things a little differently. They wanted to mingle with their guests before directing everyone for a quick vow renewal. So they spent this time greeting their guests with hugs, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres.

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Austin Texas Wedding Photographer
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Everyone was directed to the ceremony site where the couple’s officiant blessed them again, one year after he married them in their New Jersey elopement.

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Ingenhuett on High Wedding | Austin TX Photographer
Austin Texas Wedding Photographer
Ingenhuett on High Wedding | Austin TX Photographer
Austin Texas Wedding Photographer
Austin Texas Wedding Photographer
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Austin Texas Wedding Photographer
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Ingenhuett on High Wedding | Austin TX Photographer
Ingenhuett on High Wedding | Austin TX Photographer

Reception Time

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Austin Texas Wedding Photographer
Austin Texas Wedding Photographer
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Austin Texas Wedding Photographer
Austin Texas Wedding Photographer
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Austin Texas Wedding Photographer
Ingenhuett on High Wedding | Austin TX Photographer
Austin Texas Wedding Photographer
Austin Texas Wedding Photographer
Austin Texas Wedding Photographer
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Austin Texas Wedding Photographer
Ingenhuett on High Wedding | Austin TX Photographer
Austin Texas Wedding Photographer
Austin Texas Wedding Photographer
Ingenhuett on High Wedding | Austin TX Photographer
Austin Texas Wedding Photographer

AJ, being a professional dancer, and Ryan wanted to surprise their guests with a tango. They succeeded in surprising everyone when AJ met Ryan on the dance floor in a fiery red dress and they rocked the tango!

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Ingenhuett on High Wedding | Austin TX Photographer
Austin Texas Wedding Photographer

It’s the end of the night. The happy couple made a grand exit out of Ingenhuett on High …

To move the party across the street where they rented out a bar and partied the night away!

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Ingenhuett on High Wedding | Austin TX Photographer
Ingenhuett on High Wedding | Austin TX Photographer

Ingenhuett on High Wedding Vendors:

Wedding Planner: Leeding Events ♥ Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero ♥ Wedding Venue: Ingenhuett on High ♥ Floral: HEB Blooms ♥ Catering: Texas Prime Catering ♥ Wedding Band: Royal Dukes Band ♥ Bartenders: Bartenders and Dreams ♥ Rentals: Parties by Design ♥ Photographer: Sweet Memories Photography ♥ Videographer: Farid Zarrinabadi

Nikki and Dustin’s Florida Engagement Session

When I first spoke to Nikki and Dustin, I knew that their love story was a special one. I also knew that their Florida engagement session and wedding day were going to be epic. Little did I know just how epic it would be!

Nikki and Dustin

This couple met at work five years ago. At Publix, Nikki was office staff while Dustin was a produce clerk. Fast forward to a few years later, Dustin proposed to Nikki at the island in Pigeon Forge island. They’re now in the process of planning their Bahia Mar wedding, working long hours, and settling into their place with their fur-baby.

Florida Engagement Session

As most of you know, I moved from Florida to Austin. Now, I use any excuse to go back for a visit (especially when I can sneak in a trip to Disney). And, lucky for me, in my line of work, I am able to continue to travel and photograph love and weddings.

Nikki and I brainstormed quite a bit when it came to choosing an engagement location. At first, they were thinking a ranch, field, and/or horse stables because they love horses.

In the end, we decided on the beach. Even though their venue has direct access to the beach, they are wanting to stay on the other side of the street on their actual wedding day (so as to not get sandy and/or lose too much partying time). So doing their Florida engagement session here presented the perfect opportunity for us to still take photos at the beach.

Plus, Nikki wanted to do some romantic and fun in-the-water photos, which I am always down for!

Nikki and Dustin's Florida engagement session.
Nikki and Dustin's Florida engagement session.
Dustin and Nikki hanging out on the rocks at the beach.
Nikki and Dustin's Florida engagement session.
Nikki and Dustin's Florida engagement session.
Dancing in the sand.
Perfectly manicured nails and a blingy ring!
Nikki and Dustin's Florida engagement session.
Nikki and Dustin's Florida engagement session included running into the ocean!
I can't wait for their Bahia Mar wedding!
Nikki and Dustin's Florida engagement session.
How cute are Dustin and Nikki?!
Love the golden hour when the sun hits the couple perfectly!
Nikki and Dustin's Florida engagement session.
Nikki and Dustin's Florida engagement session.
The beach is always a fun place to take engagement photos

My favorite photos are the series below when Dustin sweetly kisses Nikki before throwing her into the water!

Dustin throwing Nikki into the waves
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Nikki and Dustin's fun and romantic Florida engagement session.
Nikki and Dustin holding hands at the beach at their Florida engagement session.

I love using the natural surroundings of wherever a session takes place for a good macro ring shot. In this case, I am obsessed with the algae and wet rocks that were sitting by the water. With the low tide, I was able to utilize the area and texture for this picture (without the fear of losing the ring to the ocean):

Nikki's engagement ring at their Florida engagement session.

Congratulations, Nikki and Dustin! I absolutely cannot wait for your wedding day!!!

Kalea’s Senior Portrait Session

Kalea is graduating early so she can get a head start on her future! And to kick things off, she wanted a senior portrait session at Commons Ford Ranch in Austin, Texas.

This senior has spent a lot of her life moving around from school to school. When her family finally settled in Austin, she was ready to graduate and start a new chapter in her life. So she is doing just that!

Senior Portrait Session | Austin, Texas
Senior Portrait Session | Austin, Texas
Senior Portrait Session | Austin, Texas
Senior pictures at Commons Ford Ranch in Austin.
Senior pictures at Commons Ford Ranch in Austin.
Senior pictures at Commons Ford Ranch in Austin.
Senior pictures at Commons Ford Ranch in Austin.
Senior pictures at Commons Ford Ranch in Austin.
Senior pictures at Commons Ford Ranch in Austin.
Senior pictures at Commons Ford Ranch in Austin.
Senior pictures at Commons Ford Ranch in Austin.
Senior pictures at Commons Ford Ranch in Austin.
Senior pictures at Commons Ford Ranch in Austin.
Senior pictures at Commons Ford Ranch in Austin.
Senior pictures at Commons Ford Ranch in Austin.
Senior pictures at Commons Ford Ranch in Austin.
Senior pictures at Commons Ford Ranch in Austin.
Senior Portrait Session | Austin, Texas
Senior Portrait Session | Austin, Texas

Senior Portrait Session

I absolutely love senior portrait sessions! Not only is it an exciting time in the senior’s life, but it’s also just a fun session in general! Getting dressed up and celebrating this life stage and new milestone, before moving onto the what’s next in their life …

Plus, these sessions are perfect for the parents. It’s a way to memorialize their little boy or girl growing up and entering adulthood and independence. I mean, it’s because of the help and support from their parents that these seniors are ready!

Not to mention, you can use the photos to update photos around the house, to use on graduation announcements, and/or ‘thank you’ notes. Or, even better, to dedicate a page in their yearbook and fill it with ‘then and now’ photos like my parents did. Of course, my parents had to use the most embarrassing photos of me as a kid … 😳

When planning your senior portrait session, I recommend:

• Choosing a fun location, like a local park, an urban landscape, or even your home! Wherever your senior feels the most comfortable. Kalea was deciding between Austin murals or doing an open field. In the end, logistically, it made the most sense to use Commons Ford Ranch. She and her parents liked the idea of a field, tall grass, and neutral backdrops. The easy and free parking were extra perks!

• Pick at least two outfits. I recommend one casual look and one more formal one. This allows for versatility and variety!

• Use props! Whether it’s your cap and gown, a faux diploma, furbabies, bubbles, confetti, balloons, a chalkboard, etc. it’s always fun to have a little something extra to play with! Just keep in mind that depending on your location, you need to be aware of rules and environment. I always check out the venue’s website for what is and isn’t allowed on property. If I’m unsure, I’ll give them a call to confirm. The last thing you want is getting kicked out or having to pay a hefty fine!

• Lastly, know who to bring. If you are shy or uncomfortable around others, then it’s best if it’s just you and the photographer. If you prefer having a friend or a family member around, let them come along. But please keep it to two persons max. Any more than that can get distracting and chaotic!

Other than that, have FUN!!! Be yourself and celebrate all of your accomplishments and the exciting adventures that lie ahead!!

Kyra and Vincent’s Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding

This romantic and love-filled Dripping Springs backyard wedding is the wedding to beat! Yes, believe it or not, this is a family home, not a venue, with views to die for! It was also the most amazing celebration celebrating the love between two beautiful souls.

Meet the Couple

Kyra and Vincent met freshman year of high school on the very first day, in their very first class.

It took about a year and a couple of months before they started dating and were together until senior year.

That’s when these two took a break but quickly rekindled the relationship in their freshman year of college.

“Being a young couple, we went through our crazy times with our parents, and with what we were going to do with our lives. But reconnecting in college and helping each other through our dark spots, knowing we will always be there for one another no matter what is what makes us such a strong couple today.”

Although they have been together since high school, they “always find time to learn something new about each other.”

She Said “Yes!”

These two went through a lot to become engaged and did everything together, including picking out the ring.

And being the homebodies that they are, it was only perfect and appropriate that Vincent proposed in their living room. It is such a special story and moment that they get to share together.

Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding

After many years, Kyra and Vincent are ready to tie the knot at their Dripping Springs backyard wedding!

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Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer
Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer

The bride got ready in the coolest airstream, located at the back of the property:

Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer
Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer

Not only was Kyra’s sister her matron of honor and best friend, but she was also the wedding planner (the beautiful lady pictured to the right of the bride)! The owner and lady behind Emerald Events, Haley helped to plan and execute this perfect wedding for her sister and did such an amazing job doing so. Plus, her daughter is just the cutest!!!

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Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer

The ladies having a moment before the first look with Kyra.

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Kyra and her sister couldn’t help but shed a happy tear. Meanwhile, the other ladies couldn’t get over how gorgeous the bride looked, and had huge smiles plastered on their faces.

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Next up: the first look with the groomsmen …

And lastly, a first look with her daddy:

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Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer

The Ceremony

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Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer

I am in love with their four-legged groomsmen:

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The couple chose not to do a pre-ceremony first look, so Vincent was shocked when his beautiful bride came out of the airstream. So shocked, in awe, and in love, causing him to shed a tear (or two).

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Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer
Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer

Seriously, could this ceremony site and lighting be any more perfect?!?!

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Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer
Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer
Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer
Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer
Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer
Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer
Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer

A first kiss as husband and wife, and it’s official! They did it – they are MARRIED!!!

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A celebratory shot is in order:

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Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer

Post-Ceremony Portraits

Because I want my couple and their family to be able to enjoy their day, I recommend putting together a list of no more than 15-20 posed shots for formal portraits. This is perfect for lighting (we don’t want dark or no-sun photos) and for photos of just the couple.

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Poor Case …. not only was this furbaby not a fan of all the noise and people, but then then the flower girl was determined to love on him!

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Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer
Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer

Can’t miss out on taking photos with their sweet baby boy:

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The perk of having a Dripping Springs backyard wedding? The views, of course! Then add in Kyra and Vincent, it is absolutely amazing!

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Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer
Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer
Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer
Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer
Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer
Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer
Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer

Wedding Reception

January weddings in Texas can be quite cold, which was definitely the case for this wedding. The ceremony was warm, but once the sun went down, we were definitely feeling the winter weather! Luckily, the couple came prepared! They had hand warmers for their guests, fire pits and electric heaters to stand next to, and warm food to fill everyone’s bellies with!

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The new Mr. and Mrs. Roberts!

Kyra’s father gave the welcoming toast and blessing before dinner:

Leading to the couple’s first dance:

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Parent dances:

How beautiful is this cake and doughnut stand?! All baked by the bride’s talented aunt. And all of it tasted as good as it looked!

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Let the partying commence! The guests danced to a variety of live music, from classic rock to pop and country, thanks to Us and Her Band. Fun fact: Kyra’s mother used to sing with this band!

In fact, as a special surprise to the couple and the guests, Kyra’s mother had an outfit change and stepped up on stage to sing with the band!

And had each of their children partake in a little live karoake!

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The end is here and what better way than to send off the couple with a bit of drama!

Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer
Dripping Springs Backyard Wedding | Austin Photographer

With a wave from their truck, off the newlyweds go!

Exiting their wedding in their truck!

Congratulations to these high school sweethearts! Thank you so much for trusting me to capture your love and sweet memories 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕

Wedding Dream Team

Bridal Boutique: David’s Bridal ♥ Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal ♥ Wedding Planner: Emerald Events ♥ Hair and Makeup Artist: Hair and Makeup with Nicole ♥ Wedding Venue: Private Residence ♥ Photographer: Sweet Memories Photography ♥ Catering: Via 313 ♥ Band: Us and Her Band ♥ Rentals: Peerless Events and Tents