Danie & Anthony

What A Gorgeous Day!

Wow this Sunday was a blast! I am just recently starting to shoot more weddings in Austin and I couldn’t be happier with these first few.

Danie and Anthony were such a lovely couple to work with. So relaxed and laid back, the ideal clients in my opinion. Here are some of the images from the wedding. I can’t wait to look through these more and get the rest of them edited!

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Wedding Couple's Photo

Jennifer & Jordan

I remember the moment that I knew I would be shooting Jennifer and Jordan’s wedding. They were guests at a different wedding I shot and Jennifer stopped me during the sparkler exit to tell me that she had a dream I shot her wedding. She told me that it made her cry and she was so excited to hire me. I found that super endearing and was so pleased when she followed through with her dream and hired me!

Jennifer and Jordan, I really wish you good luck in your future in Louisiana. Your wedding was beautiful and so chic! Looking forward to seeing great things!

Texas Engagement Photography
Texas Engagement Photography
Texas Wedding Photography
Texas Wedding Photography

The Best Time Of Day For Engagement Photography

So you’re planning your engagement shoot… awesome! I’m here to help you understand what time of day is best for engagements, because there are definitely right and wrong answers here.

So first of all, if you’re thinking “Okay let me knock these out during my lunch break” or something similar…. STOP. Photos shot mid-day are almost going to look less than stellar (unless your photographer is a magician or something!). You’re going to want to either shoot super early in the morning, or late in the evening. I’ll explain further below.

Images such as this one, shot by @timothypaulsmith, during mid-day may look nice (due to the photographer’s skill level), however it would benefit greatly if shot with the sun lower in the sky, casting softer/more flattering shadows.

Images such as this one, shot by @timothypaulsmith, during mid-day may look nice (due to the photographer’s skill level), however it would benefit greatly if shot with the sun lower in the sky, casting softer/more flattering shadows.

So when the sun is lower in the sky, several things are happening. Shadows falling across someone’s face is far more flattering during these two times. Don’t believe me? Have someone stand below directly below an overhead light (such as a ceiling fan) and snap a photo on your phone. Then do the same thing, but next to a desk lamp. You should see a very noticeable increase in quality!


 

So why is photography better when the sun is lower in the sky?

This photo, (shot by yours truly!), demonstrates how the sun can act as a rim light during an outdoor shoot. Notice how the edges of the couple are lit really brightly, resulting in a more dramatic appearance.

This photo, (shot by yours truly!), demonstrates how the sun can act as a rim light during an outdoor shoot. Notice how the edges of the couple are lit really brightly, resulting in a more dramatic appearance.

When the sun is lower in the sky, several things are happening. The light takes a longer path to reach you, so during that time, more of the blue light is filtered out due to chemical composition of the atmosphere. This results in an overall warmer tone, which is far more flattering to skin tones and feels more intimate (I personally think this is why tungsten lighting is more popular for lighting homes).

Also, a greater proportion of the light for your photos comes from the scattered light in the sky, resulting in softer shadows. Softer shadows are one of the primary reasons why photographers spend unforgivable amounts of money on light modifiers. Many of these modifiers can be boiled down to “light softeners”. The softer the light, the more flattering it is to the photo subject, such as you and your loved one!

And finally, when the sun is lower in the sky, the sun can act as a rim light to your photos. For the photography layperson, a rim light is a backlight that helps highlight the edges of your subject, helping draw your eyes to the subject and away from the background. See the included image for an example of natural rim lighting!

The Best Time For Shooting

Another example of how sunset photography creates that warm soft lighting that couples love so much!

Another example of how sunset photography creates that warm soft lighting that couples love so much!

So there isn’t a single good time that is good for photos. The sunrise and sunsets in your area are affected by your time zone, location relative to the equator, and whether or not you observe daylight savings. Luckily, the internet has our back here. Most weather apps can tell you the sunrise and sunset of any given day for the foreseeable future (assuming robots don’t take over the planet and destroy the sun, obviously). So my advice is to check the sunrise/sunset of a date close to when you’re planning your shoot, and then create your timeline from there.

If you plan to shoot around sunrise, then be sure to meet with your photographer 15 minutes before sunrise, so that way you’ll have plenty of time to get familiar with them and comfortable in front of the camera. The best shots are going to happen right as the sun is rising above the horizon.

Which leads me to my final point. Sunset engagement photography sessions are so much better because you can end the shoot with the best photos. Your engagement shoot is likely the first time you’ll work with your photographer, so there will be that awkward time where you’re all getting familiar with each other and getting comfortable in front of the camera. So the less awesome photos that are shot while the sun is still in the sky can be almost like a small “meet-and-greet”, and then later when the sun is super low in the sky, you’re mega comfortable with each other. It most definitely shows in the photos!

I hope this is helpful for planning your engagement shoot. Your photographer will likely have their own opinions, but I feel like most of them will agree with what I said here. Good luck out there!

Jennifer & Jordan

Could these images from my latest engagement shoot be any more perfect?!?!?! This is a couple I’ve been waiting to work with for a really long time, and now it’s like a dream come true! So happy for them!

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Amber

A few weeks back, I had that pleasure of working with Amber Chaffin on her bridal photos. When you first meet Amber, she is very shy and reserved. However, after working with her for a couple hours during her bridal shoot, I learned that she just needs some time to get comfortable. She was very focused and easy to work with that day!

One of the things I loved about working with Amber is how comfortable she was telling me what she wanted, and also if she didn't like a photo that I shot. My feelings do not get hurt easily, and my main goal is to help deliver a product she loves. So if there was a photo she did not like, she was willing to let me know, which is something not all brides do unfortunately. This helped us work together and create images that she and her family will cherish forever!

Tatiana & Tristan

As a child, my father's side of the family was very close. I knew all of my cousins, aunts, and uncles very well. However, as with most families, time caused us to drift apart. Most of my family moved away and started living their own lives.

Now, there is nothing wrong with that at all. I feel like relationships with people should always be treated as temporary. Because most of them are, and that makes them even more special. This is why I was so excited to shoot my cousin Tatiana's wedding. We haven't reconnected (other than on social media) in over ten years. While I had very little time to catch up with her in between shooting the wedding photos, it was very refreshing to see how happy and excited she was to get married! 

Enjoy the photos!

Tatiana & Tristan Wedding Blog

Lauren & Kody

Because I'm finishing up my degree in chemistry, I don't usually advertise my ability to travel very much. I will definitely do it though, but because of my lack of outreach, I don't do it often!

However when Lauren & Kody approached me at a local wedding show, I knew I just had to shoot their wedding. We just immediately hit it off, and I could sense the strong connection they had with each other, even through all of the overwhelming stress that comes with wedding planning. I feel like wedding planning is the first major test in a relationship. If you can handle that, then there is little you ca't handle together!!!

Lucky for me, they hired me to shoot their wedding at the absolutely gorgeous Inspiring Oaks Ranch in Wimberley, TX. Let me just say something, wow at that place! You get to stay at this really nice house in what feels like the middle of nowhere surrounded by hills and trees. They had an excellent ceremony spot and and an equally amazing reception spot. They didn't pay me to say this hehe, I just loved it!

Anyway, I loved shooting this wedding! The weather and lighting were perfect. Lauren and Kody were obviously deeply in love. The ceremony was perfect. And the reception? I swear they hacked my spotify playlist and copied my favorite songs! haha

Okay I'll stop talking and get to the photos now! Enjoy!!!!

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Brittany & Ryan

Brittany & Ryan

June 11, 2016


It's not very often that I pull up to a venue which is still under construction on the day of the wedding. In fact... it's never happened to me before Brittany and Ryan's wedding! Long story short, Brittany's father turned his home into a vineyard/venue for his daughter's wedding! I believe he plans to host weddings in the future, but his daughters would be the first. Let me just say this... it was amazing. I'm so very excited to think I may get to shoot over there again!

However, my favorite moment during the day was their first look before the ceremony. I literally cannot recommend doing this enough! Not only does it help because you can shoot all of your family photos before the ceremony and go straight to your reception, but the moment is also far more intimate. I must admit that I've shed a few photographer tears over the years while Okay I'll stop writing and let you see the rest of the images!!! Enjoy!

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Heather and Brant

On March 5th I shot a very special wedding. It was my first wedding to shoot at Villa di Felicita. It was also probably the shortest ceremony I've ever shot!

So what people may not realize is that when I meet a client for a pre-wedding consultation, I'm not only being "interviewed" for a job, but I'm also deciding if I want to accept the job. It doesn't happen often, but sometimes I meet people who I don't really feel a good connection with and I'll recommend them to another photographer.

Why am I writing about all of this? Well I got to meet Heather and Brant at The Foundry Coffee House a few months back and almost instantly decided that I wanted to work with them! It usually takes me a few minutes to the entire meeting before I make my decision, but they had such a good positive energy that it took almost no time at all.

So anyway, I'll stop talking and get to the photos. Congrats Heather and Brant! Your wedding was awesome and I loved the venue you chose!

Kayla & Jason

This is overdue. LOOOOONG overdue.

I've been neglecting my blog a bit lately, and recently decided that it was time for some weekly updates again. But instead of writing about a wedding that was a bit more recent, I'm gonna rewind it a bit and go back to a wedding I shot in August!

Kayla

So Kayla and began our relationship waaay back in the day when we did a photoshoot together. I was in business with my now ex-girlfriend and we decided to do a photoshoot in these woods that I knew about from my childhood. So we met up with Kayla down there. The shoot went really well, because it was the one of the first times I experimented with off camera flash outdoors, which turned out to be a massive success. 

About a year after we shot that photo, I left that previous photography business and started David C. Allen Photography. One of the first photos I shot under that business name was once again, with my good friend Kayla! We met up on a cold and windy December day and for some reason I thought it would be intelligent to shoot a photo in the water! We nearly froze to death, but were able to capture a (although very old now) pretty cool looking image! We've been friends ever since.

Jason

Jason is a super dope videographer guy who Kayla started dating very soon after she and I completed our shoot in December. I didn't really know much about him other than occasionally speaking on facebook, until one day I ran into him and Kayla at a grocery store. We spoke for a moment, and he and I decided that it would be pretty dope to combine forces and send each other some wedding business when we could.

And since then, Jason has been letting borrow his awesome/expensive gear whenever I needed. I have been letting him borrow what I can, but I don't own near as much cool stuff haha! He's a pretty awesome videographer whose website you can check out here!

The Wedding

So when I heard that Jason and Kayla were getting married, naturally I hoped they would pick me to shoot their wedding. Lucky for me, they decided to not only hire me to shoot their photos, but they were also interested in me shooting some video for them! Of course I said yes! So I will cut to the chase and share some photos and the video shot for them that day!

Matthew and Sara

A lot of the time when I write these blogs, I write about the couple because they should obviously be the focus right? Well that's still true, but there is no way I could outdo what Matt and Sara have already written on their personal blog. Click here to read their story. Instead, what I'm going to do is write about my personal connection with this couple.... well just Matthew really.

To this day when I'm asked the question "How did you get into photography?" It's a complicated answer, since there were many decisions and interests which led me down this path. But the best way I know how to respond to that question is...

"I started shooting professionally because of my friend Matthew Hogan."

Matthew and I knew each other through mutual friendships, but we didn't really spend much time together until we played in band together called "Theaterfire." We played shows everywhere all over Texas. Okay that's a lie... we played one show. It was probably the first ever documented case of a band playing its first show after a hiatus. But I digress.

One day we were at a bandmate's house and I had my point and shoot camera with me. I always knew that I liked taking photos of random things, but I never thought that I could be actually good at it. So anyway, I point the camera at Matthew and this bandmate's dog and had some trouble focusing. So I used the "focus recompose" method to get them in focus. Matthew pointed out that I was using this focus technique and asked where I learned to do that. I replied that I didn't know it was an established technique, but that it just made sense to me. Impressed, he said that most people didn't know how to do that.

And that's the reason I'm telling you all of this. That moment was the first time I even thought about the possibility of becoming a professional photographer. I'm sure Matt was equally unaware of the impact of his actions, because for the next several years he has had to deal with me bombarding him with random photography questions. And each time, Matt has not failed in answering each question the best way he knows how.

So, fast forward to this wedding. I had the honor of being Matt and Sara's wedding photographer. Up until this day, everyone who knew about this responsibility which was bestowed upon me had pretty much the same thing to say about it. "Oh wow, that's a lot of pressure to take some amazing photos of Matthew's wedding huh?" And to be honest... yeah it was! But after tonight, I feel like I had nothing to worry about at all. It could not have gone any smoother and I was so excited to show off the photos that I went ahead and edited some of them tonight! There will be more to come, but for now enjoy the photos!