Wildflower Center

Fall Weddings at the Wildflower Center

by Eric Hegwer on 19 September, 2009

I don’t even know where to start to describe this wedding. Jessica Moore with something to Celebrate came to me 8 months ago and said, “do you want to do another wedding at the Wildflower Center with me”? Of course I do. How many times do you get the chance to do a perfect fall wedding with one of the best wedding designers in Austin? She told me the bride was on a budget, but there would be a lot of details – and when I hear that I know that means the families would do a lot of the work and there would be tons of personal touches. And there were. From the cupcakes, to the hand painted wedding signs, to all the flower arrangements – there were personal touches everywhere! Just check out the photos to see for yourself.

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Umbrellas in your wedding photos

Bridals at LadyBird Johnson Wildflower Center

by Eric Hegwer on 12 September, 2009

Today’s the day!  It’s my second wedding in a row at the LBJ WFC , and again the bride and I did a bridal session a couple of weeks ago.  As usual she didn’t want me to show the photos on line so her fiancée wouldn’t see her in her dress before the big day and I always respect the wishes of  my clients.  But since today is the wedding day, I can publish this post these wedding photos on the internet and share them with the world.

She came with her mother, and was all ready for the session when I arrived.  Looking absolutely perfect in her Monique Lhuillier wedding gown, she had a sample bouquets and her grandmother’s parasol as props.  We spent about 40 minutes walking around some of the most beautiful areas in the Wildflower center. I used a combination of film and digital cameras during this session, can you tell which ones are which?  I think it’s pretty clear.  (hint:  look at the skin tones – the warm, creamy, natural colors are real film).

If you are looking for a great place in Austin for your portraits, the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower center is hard to beat.  In fact just the other day, I was reading that Austin is becoming a great destination wedding city – kind of strange, but true.  I never thought about destination weddings in Austin, but now that I do, the Wildflower center is one of those incredible outdoor venues that is all the rage right now.

Of course bridals are included in all of my packages, and I also offer stand alone (ala carte) bridals if you are interested. All sessions come with a CD of the original files, and a print release, AND a framed 11×16 print that you can display at the wedding, too. Contact me for more info.

The nice backlight highlights her hair and gives the photos an angel glow.

The nice backlight highlights her hair and gives the photos an angel glow.

Warm, natural skin tones like this can only be captured using Fuji Film.  I know because I've tried everything else.

Warm, natural skin tones like this can only be captured using Fuji Film. I know because I've tried everything else.

One of my the best places in Austin for Bridals is the LBJ WFC

One of my the best places in Austin for Bridals is the LBJ WFC

Traditional bridal portrait poses include a full length portrait

Traditional bridal portrait poses include a full length portrait

I just love the light angle and look in this bridal shot

I just love the light angle and look in this bridal shot

Bridal pictures in Austin

Bridal pictures in Austin

Props are fun to incorporate in photos -

Props are fun to incorporate in photos -

Bridal pictures in Austin, by Eric Hegwer, an Austin wedding photographer

Bridal pictures in Austin, by Eric Hegwer, an Austin wedding photographer

The strapless Monique Lhuillier wedding gown is accented with an antique parasol and gold ribbon tied around her waist.

The strapless Monique Lhuillier wedding gown is accented with an antique parasol and gold ribbon tied around her waist.

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Bridals at the Wildflower Center

by Eric Hegwer on 5 September, 2009

Every one of my standard packages includes a free bridal session. It’s just how I roll. I believe that couples are paying a fortune for their wedding, the last thing a wedding photographer should do is nickel and dime them to death.  So in addition to all day coverage, free engagement sessions, and a DVD with the original digital negatives, my clients also get an hour long on location bridal session and framed 11×14 fine art print with the edited picture of their choice.

As my regular readers know, I love to blog.  In fact some clients hire me specifically because they want to see their wedding pictures on the internet.  Of course I also have those clients that want their wedding to be a more private, personal event, and their wishes are completely and fully respected.  That’s why you sometimes see gaps in wedding postings on my blog.

Either way, blogging bridal pictures takes a special touch.  Most brides don’t want their fiancée’s to see them in their Bridal dress before the wedding.  To ensure that doesn’t happen I don’t blog any sample bridal sessions until after the wedding.

These bridal dress sample pictures are of a lacy, full length, beaded gown, with a medium train.  She has a bouquet of wildflowers freshly picked from the side of the road.  We did these Austin Bridals at the Widlflower Center one evening towards the end of the bluebonnet season in late spring.

A bouquet of freshly picked wildflowers

A bouquet of freshly picked wildflowers

bridal pictures in a field of bluebonnets

bridal pictures in a field of bluebonnets

Interesting camera angles make for better bridal photos

Interesting camera angles make for better bridal photos

Traditional Bridal Pictures - Full Legnth

Traditional Bridal Pictures - Full Legnth

By the way here are some bridal photo tips- when you are choosing your photographer take a look at their sample bridal gown pictures – you want to make sure you can see all the detail in the gowns. Because the wedding dress is usually white, it is very easy to over-expose the wedding pictures, and all the beautiful detail on the dress gets blown-out. What that means is you can’t see the lace work, or the beads, or the intricate stitching. Since everything is usually white, there is little room for error, and if the picture is blown out, not even Photoshop can recover the image.

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