Bianca’s little ones

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Austin Portrait Photographer | Kelly Wendt

Here is Bianca’s little guy celebrating his 1st birthday with the coolest onesie she found on Etsy!  After crawling around Butler park for a while he and his 3 year old sister got to enjoy huge cupcakes made by their mom, they were super professional looking!

You can see more here: Bianca photo gallery

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Suong and family

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I really enjoyed photographing this little family at Mueller Park.  The leaves and flowers were not yet out but we made the best with the weather.  This family is super duper A+!  I think I even offered my babysitting services for the baby because she was such a doll for the entire time.  After the shoot they even bought me lunch at a food trailer in Mueller Park!  Can you say amazing and thank you?!

You can view more photos from this shoot here: Soung Portrait Session

 

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Bohemian Tea Party Shoot

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This shoot holds a special place in my heart! I had a vision for over a year to do a stylized shoot like this and finally put it out there to see if anyone would like to collaborate. Not only did I get a response but I was lucky enough to work with such an amazing, talented, and FUN group of Austin ladies!  Each one worked their tush off to produce the look I had envisioned.  I am in love with the look and I hope you enjoy it as well.

Credits for the shoot:

Photographer: Kelly Wendt
http://kellywendtphotography.com

Models: (red queen) Trinity Reign Montgomery
(Alice) Elizabeth Lestina

Set/Table design: Sophie Parrot, The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party Co.
http://marveloustea.com

Food/Pastries: La Patisserie/Luxe Sweets
http://lpaustin.com/

Hair: Thelma Sifuentez, Divaz Fabula
http://divazfabula.com

Makeup: Trisha Vail
http://512newdo.com

Floral Design: Sara Mulder, Bella by Sara
http://bellabysara.com

Jewelry Stylist: Kristen Ellis, Stella & Dot
http://www.stelladot.com/sites/kristenellis

Photography Assistant: Chloe Puckett

Wardrobe: (red dress) Rare Trends ( http://raretrends.com), (white polka dot dress) Crowned Bird ( http://crownedbird.com ) , (white lace dress) Vintage

Location: Travaasa Austin
http://www.travaasa.com/austin/

Austin Fashion Photographer Kelly Wendt

 

Austin Fashion Photographer Kelly Wendt

 

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My first styled shoot with new editing

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This was the first stylized photo shoot I did almost 2 years ago.  I thought I would play with some of the editing and give a few images a fresh, artistic face lift.  I’m working on another stylized shoot this month that I just know is going to be so fantastic simply because of the uber talented people I am working with.  My goal for 2014 is to have at least 5 styled shoots this year, I just love them so much.

Clothing: Wanderlust Boutique (now Golden Bones) Models: Taylor Ellison (now CW Austin Star), Callisto Griffith, Sanetra Stewart

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We have a winner! 8 x 10 metal print

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Through a randomized name generator we have a winner of the free 8 x 10 metal print:

Angie Joyner!!!  

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Now offering your own mobile photo album ‘app’

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Here is a screen shot of my iphone…besides the fact that I have to answer some Gmail emails you can see 3 ‘apps’ that I have created for clients.  It is a wonderful way to have your beautiful images with you at all times to show friends and family (plus it’s pretty cool to see your photo as an app icon on your phone!) There is an easy share button within the app where you can share to your social media.

Below you can see more of what it looks like when you click on your app and when you click on a photo to enlarge.  If you are interested in your own mobile app, please let me know.

 

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Happy Holidays from Kelly Wendt Photography

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Happy Holidays to all of you!  I have had an amazing year personally and professionally.  I continue to grow and learn about my business and what my clients (present and future) need and want from their photographer.  I am even more excited for 2014 and all it will bring to Kelly Wendt Photography.

May the new year 2014 bring all of us the joy, growth, and prosperity we desire.

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The Oh Family Slideshow

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High quality canvases without breaking the bank.

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Buy one get one free canvases! You can buy canvas prints of my photos through my store when you have an online gallery, but I also wanted to introduce you to Easy Canvas Prints.   I recently ordered 4 large canvases from them so I could see their quality, customer service, shipping, etc.  I am beyond happy with my results.  I would not recommend a service to my clients unless I tried it first.    The online ordering system was easy to follow and easy to purchase…guess that’s why they have the word Easy in their name!   My prints were shipped quickly and packaged very nice so nothing would get damaged in route.  The canvases are high quality and of substantial weight.  The photo quality is wonderful and the basic build of the canvas frame is well done, you can tell these will be on my walls for years to come.

I have included 2 links (they can also always be found in the sidebar of my blog) that will get you either Buy One Get One or 25% off your entire purchase.

25% off!

 

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Tips for having a great family photo session

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This is one of my favorite times of the year to get pictures taken, because the weather is nice and cool. That means you can layer your family up with lots of cute colors, pull out your favorite boots and accessories.  Simple outdoor backdrops usually means a fun colored wall, or something with awesome texture.

There are lots of different kinds of photo shoots with a family, that don’t necessarily fall into this category, ones that are more laid back and somewhat casual.  For example at home with the family cooking together or doing an activity such a fishing or decorating the Christmas tree.

To the left is an image I found online (but could not find out who I could credit for such an awesome creation) It shows color combos, layers, and textures of clothing selections for a really cool family photo sesh.

 You could also go with a themed shoot that could incorporate props or styling even.

 

 

 Outdoors.…If you pick the right time of day, an open field with a outline of tree’s works wonders. This is the safe route, and the easiest in my opinion as the photographer. I have my certain spots that I know work well in certain times of the day. It seems most of my clients prefer this type of location because it’s safe with not so many distractions.  Natures colors are a good neutral background, which helps emphasize the people, with fewer distractions. Outdoors refers to any nature scene: from the beach to rivers to open fields with trees. This seems to be the easiest type of setting to bring in props and other elements, such as quilts or treats or fun elements for every member of the family.

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Urban….amazing Austin artist murals, skyline, or man made structures within your family portraits.  Urban can be very colorful or very monochrome, it also allows for something new around each corner.

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In your Home….most of the time families can under estimate the potential of the home setting, but think about it being the best reflection of your family.  I have also found with toddlers it really helps the personality open up because they are comfortable in their environment (mom and dad can also relax a little).  I have found myself crawling around back yards, tea parties, mud pie creation, and even watching a ‘sword fight’ between Peter Pan and Captain Hook, it was a marvelous show.  If your home doesn’t have great lighting, then it would be tricky for a photographer to capture the natural light as well. So much can be done around the family bed, in the kitchen, or in the backyard.  Think about making dinner together or playing board games to capture a real candid photo of your family time that I guarantee you will love for years to come.

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A few tips when the shoot time comes:

  1. Squish together in your group/family. –I say this because more times than not I see families grouped together but not really ‘there’ with each other.  You are related…get in there and squeeze each other!! Hang on each other.  When you come together as adults I suggest a tilt of the body-shoulders and hips for a slight angle. This is flattering, allows more people in the shot, and looks great in a photo.
  2. Coordinate some sort of clothing idea.  See the long image above at the beginning of this post for more ideas, browse through Pinterest (I always lose an hour if I even glance at Pinterest…so many great ideas!) 001small
  3. Tell jokes or something funny everyone will smile at.  This could be me as your photographer or an inside family thing. Nothing looks better than a genuine smile on camera!
  4. Be open minded & try something on a whim.--I love to ask mom, dad, or the kids (especially the kids) if they have any ideas for a photo, pose, etc.  This helps everyone feel like they are part of the process, makes things interesting, and engaging. Before you know it you have 5 people’s ideas and lots of great photos.  Plus I have found kids will want one of the photos they ‘planned’ to hang or place in their room, it really gives them a sense of pride.
  5. If you have little ones (under 7)–Bring a water bottle, a small (non staining) snack, and a few of they small favorite things.  I have had some parents try to hide that one toy their child will not put down but I say go with it!  It is a part of their personality at that moment and you will treasure it in the future. My lastest was a toy golf club…it made for a few great shots & laughs but I also got enough photos without the toy.

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