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Since I was a child I always had a desire to see the world and experience new things in life. I’m not sure what exactly I can attribute this desire to, maybe the 20 years worth of National Geographic magazines in the living room or the fact that my father was a military brat. Over the last 6 years of being a full time wedding photographer my tolerance for being home in Austin has grown to be less and less. (For the record, as I have mentioned in other places, Austin will always be my home base, my biased opinion says it’s the best city ever.) However, when I am home for more than a few weeks I have an undeniable urge to set forth on the road to experience new places. Initially we wanted to move to Amsterdam but the visas and working permits were more confusing and complicated than we had anticipated. So instead, I had planned to go on a pretty long road trip this coming summer, camping in some of the most beautiful & popular places in the U.S.; it was something on an equally grand & exciting scale but more feasible. One week ago, Jona & Jerry of Forever Photography approached me about setting forth on the road trip together & teaching along the way. It did not take much convincing. It felt right to take on an adventure with two people that I adore to teach and travel – two of my favorite things in this world with two of my favorite people. So here we are, just one week later with an itinerary, contacting models, setting up dinners, & planning on putting on one amazing traveling workshop for portrait & wedding photographers. Jona & Jerry will be purchasing a 5th wheel to accommodate the trip with intentions of traveling in it for a year. We know that this is going to be one hell of an intense, amazing, life-changing experience, and we could not be more exciting about the journey.

While Jerry will be organizing many of the logistics of the workshop, Jona & I will be working towards creating customized lessons for every location based on the personal needs of the students that sign up. We will teach the lesson at a local wedding venue, shoot a model, have dinner, then drive to utilize the beautiful near by scenery of the epic locations we are touring with a bride and groom model. You can read more information here. 

Sign up for the workshop by clicking on the location you’d like on the map below.

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You may recognize these lovely humans from 3 weddings we have photographed in the last year and a half! Sushma & Vivek have decided to embark on the adventure of celebrating their wedding anniversary every year with a photo session in a new place. This year, their 1st, lined up perfectly with our trip out to Southern California for Jaclyn & Justin’s wedding. In true bollywood style they were dressed to the nines for their session on the beach of Santa Monica.

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Samantha & Rajiv hosted an amazing 3 day event in Dallas this past October. The event started at Samantha’s parent’s home with a theme of lights and henna for the girls. The sangeet held place at the Renaissance Hotel’s brand new ballroom. Performances were made by many family members & friends as well the Roarin’ Raas Dance Team, from Rice University with surprise appearance by Rajiv himself! The wedding day included a baraat lead by DJ Yogi on the shut down streets in front of the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas. The hindu ceremony lasted an hour and included the traditions of exchanging the garland, the panigrahana, where the groom takes the bride’s hand in front of fire, and the saptapadi, where the groom leads the bride around the fire 7 times as they are tied together. After lunch and a short break the 800 person party was kicked off with magicians, centerpieces as tall as me, a hip-hop flutist, & a comedian MC (Paul Varghese). I expected nothing less as the dance party lasted into the wee hours of the morning! Thank you to Events by Hala for making sure everything ran smoothly and to Todd Events for making it beautiful!

~Caroline

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Jaclyn & Justin are one of the many awesome couples we have been lucky enough to meet through Melissa & Dave. They started the wedding day at the modern hotel Casa 425 where the had their first look and took photos with their adorable son Noah. The rest of the wedding day took place at Justin’s parents home in the mountains of Clairemont, California. They had a Jewish ceremony complete with the signing of the Ketubah and breaking of the glass. The day could not have been more beautiful for an outdoor reception. While California nights can be a bit cooler everyone managed to stay warm with plenty of dancing. This group knows how to party right. We joined the group for the after party in which we managed to devour many pizzas.

~Caroline