Mikenzie Ryan Photography » Luxury and destination wedding photographer

Ahhh it’s that time of year! Fall colors, photos for your Christmas cards to share with family, and beautiful weather to go along with it! I think I may have to make mini sessions a part of my annual routine because working with all these families has me in the best mood!

Normally I don’t photograph families unless they are close friends or, in this case, for an awesome cause. Katie and Clay are working endlessly to adopt their son from Africa and while this process is stressful, and seems like it may never end, they have the most optimist outlook on everything! Adoption is something Tim and I both have a heart for, and hope to one day go through the process ourselves, so when the opportunity came up to offer our services, we were excited to be a part of something so special!

Thankfully, we FINALLY had an actual day of fall weather when it came to these photo shoots and even though I was a little cold in the morning (and by that I mean freezing), I was so grateful for the cool breeze once noon hit! I couldn’t have asked for a better group of families to photograph all day. All the kids were such troopers and smiled throughout their whole session (only needing a few bribes of pancakes!). I kept thinking “I hope Atlas is this well behaved!” but if she has any of her mom’s personality, she’s going to be REALLY awkward in front of the camera. But hopefully, REALLY talented behind the camera ūüėČ

Now, take a second and enjoy all these adorable families! We had puppies join in, a daddy daughter photo shoot, big bows and a whole lot of pumpkins! Enjoy!

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I’m sorry but, where did the year go!??! I CANNOT believe we are already heading into 2017! Every year around the holidays I start to become so grateful for the life I have been fortunate enough to be born into, and always try to set the goal to take a step back and let time move just a little bit slower. This season¬†I am trying especially hard to enjoy each little moment because in just 3 short months, our world will be forever changed! And while I am so excited and overjoyed Atlas will be joining our little family, I am a little sad to say goodbye to the way of life we’ve become so comfortable with. Tim and I have had so much freedom, comfort and spontaneous moments together that I know will become more difficult with a little munchkin calling the shots. Again, I cannot wait for her to get here, but I am trying my best to just soak up every moment while it is just the two of us for a bit longer <3

So, in the spirit of a new year quickly approaching, I have compiled my absolute favorite photos, experiences and stories from 2016! Every year I do this and I always realize this is usually for my own pleasure rather than anyone else, but I hope you all enjoy it just as much as I do!

P.S. Stay tuned for a blog coming soon with lots of announcements and updates on our little nugget and how the business will be adapting as she makes her debut! 

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Falon + Alan got engaged AND married!!

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Tim + I got to play on the other side of the camera! Photos by Angie L Photography

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 Rylie turned ONE!

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 Baby Atlas decided to surprise us all!

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 Tim + I explored the jungle in Puerto Rico!

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 We shot a Pride and Prejudice themed wedding!

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We FINALLY nailed our marketing packages!

 

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Baby Olivia was born!

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 Our model called in so Carmen of Bird Dog Weddings stepped up and KILLED IT!

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 We shot our first vineyard wedding for two of our favorite high school sweethearts!

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 We shot our first destination wedding in Puerto Rico!

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 I got to photograph this beauty as a bride, and then her maternity photos!

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 I met Kaylie at the Bloom Bar!

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 We hosted our first business workshop, and these two got engaged!

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 My brides brought the best details <3

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Barr Mansion continued to be our favorite bridal spot!

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 Our creative clients trusted us to shoot their engagements in a BAR!

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 We mastered the sparkler shot!

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Fall is my favorite time for engagement sessions, and it is finally feeling less like¬†summer here in Austin, Texas! If you haven’t been down to Bull Creek in Austin, it’s time to make the trip. It’s so beautiful and even on a busy day, one of my most favorite, peaceful, spots to run away too! Especially now that you won’t melt on your hike around the creek!

Now, back to the real reason i’m writing this little story for you… Leyna + Tim.
Sometimes, you¬†need to just kick your shoes off and hop in a creek for the shot, and sometimes, your clients are awesome enough to agree! I am so fortunate to work with people who trust my eye and are willing to get a little uncomfortable (AKA, crawling across logs) and even a little wet so we can get the shot! Tim and Leyna never hesitated and I think it’s safe to say they don’t have any regrets after receiving their photos ūüôā

Leyna, thank you for trusting me to document such a special time in your life! You both are so radiant and after leaving the photo shoot I couldn’t help but talk my husband’s ear off about how cute you both were. I’m pretty sure my exact words were “That guy just loves the crap outta her”! Which, is so apparent. Good luck with all your wedding planning and your beautiful future together!

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It’s senior season y’all! As a photographer, I am obsessed with shaking up my routine and photographing different kinds of sessions, and once weddings are over, seniors are the perfect change of pace! Different poses, locations, and totally different stories! Instead of asking “Where do you plan to honeymoon?!”, I get to hear all about their plans for college, trips they want to take and the next big stage in their lives! Maybe it’s not as big of a decision as marriage, but the excitement and anticipation is still there, and I love hearing all about it!

Taylor wanted to embrace her senior photos during the fall season, but still wanted bright, vibrant images, which made me immediately think of Zilker Botanical Gardens. In Texas it takes a good bit for the beautiful flowers and plants to wither away, because it stays warm into November, so there was no shortage of gorgeous backdrops and bright colors to play with!

Seniors! If you are looking for graduation photos, now’s the time to book! For any session scheduled for the month of January, we are offering 20% off our normal package prices before my maternity leave starts! That’s up to $100 of savings! Make sure to contact us using the form above to get your shoot scheduled before I dip out for almost three months ūüôā¬†

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It was sunny, sixty degrees and after 9 years, Robyn and Major got married! This weekends wedding at Gruene Event Center was such a breeze with a bride as laid back as Robyn, and a groom as excited as Major. They both were so anxious to see how everything had come together, and FINALLY get to be husband and wife!

Leading up to your wedding day you can really start to feel the pressure and stress of all the planning, but once Saturday rolled around, both Robyn and Major were ready to get the show on the road! These two are the exact reason I love a first look. So many nerves, but everything disappears once you see your bride privately and get to share a moment together. Plus, the pictures are too adorable to pass up!

After being together for nine years, you become family, even before it may be official. Watching Robyn and Major’s guests flow in was heartwarming. Not only did they fill every seat, no one asked which side to sit on. There was no sign directing anyone, they were all one, big, excited family! How special! Both loved so much!

Robyn and Major, I hope you guys are having a margarita for me on those beautiful Bali beaches right about now! You guys deserve every second of relaxation and vacation together! Congratulations on such a beautiful day. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did documenting everything!

Vendors-
Venue: Gruene Event Center
Flowers: The Bloom Bar
Hair and Makeup: Erica Gray Beauty
DJ: Hill Country DJ
Cake: 2Tarts
Second Shooter: Bourbon Oak Tree
Ceremony Music: Strings Music

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