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Austin Photography Workshop | Risky Business

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Photo by Caroline

Photo by Caroline

Photo by Caroline

Photo by Caroline

Photo by Ben

Photo by Ben

Photo by Caroline

Photo by Ben

Photo by Caroline

Photo by Ben

Photo by Ben

Photo by Caroline

photo by Caroline

This past week we had the pleasure to host a wedding photography workshop at our house in Austin, TX. We teamed up an amazing photography duo, Adam & Sarah from InTandem Photography. We had a talented group of photographers join us on a journey to bring their businesses to the next level! We are so honored that everyone trusted us to guide them in the right direction and we can not wait to see where the go next!

Big thanks to Ashley & Elijah for giving up their entire day to model for this workshop! You are truly Rock Stars!  Your energy and spirit was more than we could have hoped for, and this would not have been possible with out you! Major thank you to the incredibly talented Emily, who is the beauty and brains behind Lucy Sky Rocket Hair Salon & Makeup Studio. She is sooooooooooo good at what she does it is kind of ridiculous. Check her out on Facebook as well.

Here are a few of our favorites images from the workshop, but make sure to check out Adam & Sarah’s images and see some of the behind the scene photos on the Risky Business blog, and take a moment to read a few of  the attendee’s experiences. :)

Austin Engagement | Aubrey + Jesse

butler park engagement photos
creative austin portraits
fall austin engagement photography
park engagement session
colorful couple's photos
auditorium shores engagement photos
town lake engagement photos
long center engagement photography

Photo by Eric

Photo by Eric

Photo by Eric

Photo by Eric

Photo by Eric

Photo by Eric

Photo by Eric

Photo by Eric

Aubrey and Jesse really wanted the city to serve as a backdrop for their engagement pictures so of course we kept to the downtown area to get some of those great iconic Austin skylines.  As the wind whipped the last leaves from the trees for the year, we poked around Town Lake and took advantage of one of those final golden, amplified, autumn sunsets.  For the evening, as luck would have it, The Long Center was decorated for the holiday season, providing a real treat and a unique take on an often used location for portrait photography.

Kenya

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetI think you learn a lot about a country when you go through the process of trying to get in to the country. We took a shuttle ride to the border of Kenya from Arusha and planned on having a separate Kenyan driver take us straight to Lake Naivasha, in hopes of avoiding even having to drive through Nairobi. The experience of crossing the border is chaotic with no signs and simple hopes that you are going the right direction and not wandering down a sketchy path in to a dangerous shanty town. All while many Masai women and regular men yell “jambo! jambo! you buy!”. With no form to fill out until you arrive at the desk you meet interesting travelers along the way, relating only to the fact that you are both crazy and willing to experience the hassle all to see a land like you will see no where else.

2.5 hours until we reached our first destination, after a stop at the chicken inn of course, we arrived at a lodge where we would be picking up our keys to the lake house we would be staying at for 2 nights. We called this lodge initially hoping to stay there but at $175 per person, we weren’t quite looking to splurge that much. The British woman over the phone gave us the option of renting her home just 12km from the lodge. Site unseen we headed down the 12km of bumpy road that would inevitably take us an hour. Luckily the house was beautiful, spacious, and even came with its’ own bow and arrow room. Another local Kenyan/American artist had just moved in as well and we finished our first night in Kenya playing cards and getting an insite into the world of a white Kenyan. The next day we had no intentions of leaving the house and decided to lounge the day away listening to the iris birds and hippos, neither make comforting noises however. We drank vodka and various fruit juices and played a ridiculously long game of spades. When we ran out of something the guard would get on his motorcycle and pick us up whatever we needed. When the sun started to set we tried to spot hippos from the nearby dock and Tara managed to pick up a goose. It’s the little things. At 5am we woke up to the hippos grazing off of grass in the backyard.

On the way to Nairobi we stopped by hell’s gate, a park where you can bike around the non-dangerous safari animals. While they are still too afraid of humans to get near  you, there is something intimidatingly awesome about being so close to herds of giraffes and zebras without the comfort of a vehicle. After a long bike downhill on crummy bikes we made our way to the scenic gorge, where unfortunately 7 lives were taken just last year from a flash flood. The “emergency exits” consisted of ropes hanging from trees dangling in to the gorge. It felt like a long sunburned day but knowing that the Hilton Nairobi pool was waiting for us was satisfying. The closest to a triathlon as we will ever get.

Before you drive in to the parking lot of the Nairobi Hilton there is a guard checking for car bombs and when you walk in you go through a metal detector. It is nice to feel safe with these precautions but it’s hard not to imagine what took place for them to get to this point. The next day would be Tara & Kevin’s final day in Africa. On our way to the convention center we were nearly accosted by 6-7 men in front of the market. It was very normal to experience people trying to sell you things or to “befriend” you only to have them sell you on something later but 1 came, then another, and another and despite in being only 10am, we felt nervous and crossed the street in hopes of avoiding a potentially dangerous situation. We survived and got a view of the city with a mini guide explaining what some of the buildings were. We had a local Kenyan meal of stews, fish, ugali, and fried plantains. When Kevin left we made 1 last attempt at the Masai market across the street in hopes of getting the last little bit of souvenirs for friends. We went there with little money, no phones, & little concern. We negotiated prices and walked away with trinkets of earrings and in Tara’s case a 2 foot giraffe we named Alfred. The ending of a trip is always a little heartbreaking for, especially with friends, but it leaves me more inspired to understand and see the other side of everyone’s story.

~Caroline

 

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Tanzanian Safari

cheetah chasing a wildebeastOhhh Tanzania… It was so close to being an ordeal to get there but well worth the hassle. FYI – African airlines require you to have the credit card you purchased your ticket with to get on the plane. Rules definitely vary from airport to airport since we were allowed to bring certain liquids on the plane and you were, supposed, to have a copy of your proof of flight before even entering the airport. Luckily, I was oddly prepared for this, for myself, but I guess they just let Ben slide! We landed in Moshi watching, what I believe, was Mount Meru (the first photo below) appear through the clouds from the plane as we landed. Kilimanjaro was so large it was predominantly covered by clouds. We took the hour long cab into Arusha, the land of safari companies.

Excited about our recent arrival in Tanzania, Tara & I were eager to walk around the town to get a lay of the land and hopefully seek out a company to fulfill our future safari needs. We ended up going out a little too close to sunset time and ultimately found ourselves walking around town with a local tout/fly catcher and a local chatty pothead in search of a Tanzanian restaurant to seek refuge from the scary, drugged out, crime-riden, streets of Arusha. After calming down and losing my paranoia we were able to enjoy our first local Tanzanian meal without utensils. Grilled chicken and lamb (I believe) with collard greens and ugali, a bland version of a potato/starch. We took our 3000 shilling ($1.75) cab ride home back to the not-so-comfortable Spices & Herbs hostel. A hostel where if you haven’t been woken up by the heat or the mosquito buzzing around inside your mosquito net, you wake up to the call to prayer at 5:00am sharp, every morning. At first the call to prayer seems exotic and almost enchanting in a way to a foreigner that lives in a mostly Christian culture, where call to prayers are illegal, but after day 3 I would find it… lets just say, less enchanting. While the accommodations were lacking the people sharing our neighboring rooms were not. We met a UT & Harvard anthropology grad (of many years) that was working for Cambridge university in the UK studying a local tribe over the last 20 years and effects that tourism and the advancing society has had on them. Tara met an interesting Tanzanian girl that is now living in Germany but once used to live in North Korea! I am still fascinated by the North Korean culture… I digress…

Lets get to the most exciting part of our entire trip. THE SAFARI. We set our sites starting at the Ngorongoro crater, considered one of the seven natural wonders of Africa. The crater is beautiful and full of amazing wildlife but the Masai people that have inhabited the area for generations are slowly being driven out. Unlike Rwanda, Tanzania has many tribes, over 120 different ones to be exact! We spent a day cruising around Ngorongoro, we were able to see many animals and some that are rare like the black rhino. We stayed at the rhino lodge where lions are known to show up and wreak havoc, that night outside our patio we saw two water buffalo fighting. The following 2 days and nights were spent roaming the bumpy and fly filled roads of the Serengeti. We saw more wild animals than I can remember and sites that felt like we were in a Discovery channel documentary. It is sad to imagine that when we possibly have kids our age, that they will not be able to see the amazing things that we saw on this trip. We stayed in glamping style tents for two nights, after dinner we could shine the flash light all around us to see 5-6-7 hyenna eyes all surrounding us. In the middle of the night we could hear the hyennas howling every few hours. It is difficult to describe the… epicness… of what we experienced while being out in the wild in this manner which is why photos will have to do. Next up, Kenya!

These photos were taken with our 5dIII, 40d infrared converted camera, or our iphone :).

~Caroline

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