Belle & Jaimie | Austin "Engagement Session"

Normally, I like to start off my blog posts with a story about my couple. For this one, take a look at their downtown Austin session first and you can read more about Belle & Jaimie below! 

How gorgeous is this pair?! My camera almost couldn't handle how hot they were! Their chemistry was insane and I absolutely LOVED shooting these two, it's definitely a session to remember.

Now, would you believe me if I told you they aren't a real couple?! They actually met the morning these images were taken!

Last summer, I was heading down to Austin for Mallory & Clayton's hill country engagement session when I thought it would be fun to do a couples shoot near Sixth Street, too. There is something I can't explain about Austin, I just love the grittiness, the weirdness, the artistry of the city, and the vibe it gives off. I started looking around on Instagram and found this cotton-candy-colored goddess via hashtags! I knew I needed to photograph her immediately and reached out. Fortunately for me, she was totally into the idea! After a few weeks, she then used social media to find Jaimie!

We met on top of an Austin parking garage on a HOT Texas morning and clicked right away. They had even brought completely unplanned coordinating outfits! It couldn't have gone more perfectly, don't you think?! Thank you both for being amazing models, people, and for letting a complete stranger from NYC talk you into this crazy photo shoot!

If you're near Austin, check out Belle's Beauty Box and keep up with Jaimie's surfer/skate lifestyle here

Galaxy Wedding Inspiration

"It's bigger than love, brighter than all the stars combined."  - Ben Gibbard

This past summer, I was looking through Instagram and felt inspired to put together a styled shoot after seeing photo after photo featuring the most beautiful shades of purple and blue. Celestial colors and imagery has always been appealing to me, I even got a telescope as a birthday gift many years ago! 

A few weeks later, I began reaching out to other vendors both in NYC and across the country. My good friend and previous collaborator, Ashley, of Le Petit Prints, and I were bouncing ideas and inspiration back and forth when it all started to come together. 

The overall vision for the shoot was a modern galaxy themed wedding, but I wanted each vendor to be able to use their own creativity and artistic ideas. We wanted to keep it simple, with trendy, but offbeat twists. Our tattooed "bride" skipped the traditional white gown for a sleek navy number. Our baker opted for cupcakes instead of classic wedding cake. Our jeweler created customized pieces just for us. Our florist went for a very unique interpretation with her wild arrangement.

I am infinitely grateful to the amazing team behind this shoot! It couldn't have come together better than it did. Thank you all for your contributions, collaboration, patience and for bringing my idea to life.  See how it all turned out below!

Photography/Planning: Kate Alison Photography

Venue: Dobbin St

Day-of Coordination: One Six 9 Occasions

Paper Goods/Calligraphy: Le Petit Prints

Watercolor Art: Jaadin Adele Studio

Cupcakes: Cupcakes by Amélie 

Jewelry: Desert Daisy Jewelry

Hair/Makeup: Natasha Lynnanne

Flowers: Karma Flowers

Linens: Nüage Designs Inc

Settings: Anthony Joseph Events

Models: Mary Godwin & Timothy William

Desert Daisy Jewelry | Las Vegas 2016 Holiday Collection

Several months ago, I participated in a weekly social media challenge through the Rising Tide Society and discovered the gorgeous jewelry designed by Emma of Desert Daisy Jewelry. At the time, I had an idea for a styled shoot her work would be perfect for. When the time to plan the shoot came, I reached out to see if she would be interested in contributing a few of her pieces. She was delighted to hear about the theme (more on that coming soon!) and we knew we were on to collaborating on something amazing. 

My shoot was planned for just two days before a Vegas vacation where Desert Daisy Jewelry just happens to be located! Emma and I decided to meet for coffee so I could return her custom made pieces in person instead of shipping them back to her. Little did I know when we originally made those plans they would morph into much more than a get together at Starbucks! I had a little extra time one morning during my trip so we decided on a photo shoot instead! She threw together a creative made up of the most wonderfully talented ladies I could imagine connecting with on a trip across the country! All together, we made magic! Behold, the Ice Princess inspired 2016 holiday collection from Desert Daisy Jewelry. 

Makeup by Tanya's Touch of Glam.

Hair by Kate Loves Hair.

Dress & Location by Gypsy 05.

Model: Jenni Anderson

As a bonus, here are some fun behind the scenes shots of the creative team!