Lollapalooza, storm rollin’ in.

I spend a good deal of time at music festivals shooting aerials.  I’m pretty confident about hanging 80 feet in the air high above the crowd.  I’ve only had two instances when I was scared.  The first was at Austin City Limits Festival a few years ago when my lift operator (obviously inexperienced) couldn’t get the lift to work properly after we were already in the air.  He proceeded to put on his harness so he could shimmey down the neck of the lift and go get help.  I protested, the “you’re going to leave me UP HERE???” fear gripping me as I begged him to just try again.  It worked, all was well.  However, in that moment, I did come up with my official escape plan should something terrible happen up there.  Like if (Heaven forbid), the whole damn thing blows over or if rabid Rage Against the Machine fans go nuts and shake us down.  The latter scenario is virtually impossible, but my mind wanders there sometimes.  So here it is:  I plan to throw myself (in flying squirrel fashion) from the lift onto the beer tent below.  That’s it.  That’s my plan.  At Austin City Limits Festival this month, the new lift operator decided I must wear a harness and be attached to the lift so that I would be “safe.”  Safe?


My second scary moment in the lift was, well….scarier.  A storm rolled in very fast while I was up shooting aerials of the Foo Fighters.  I’d been caught in a storm earlier that day and was already wet and perfectly fine with the wind and rain that was about to come down on us.  Unfortunately, it came fast, furious and sideways.  My seasoned lift operator started to bring us down shortly after the storm began.  But the lift wouldn’t start back up.  We were stuck in the storm, 80 feet in the air.  I just remember being very quiet, and staring at the controls willing them to come back on.  Which they did, within a few minutes.  But OMG, during those few minutes, all I could think about was my Flying Squirrel Escape Plan and if it would even work with all this rain and wind!  Needless to say, we got down safely and escaped to shelter.  All was well again.  The good news is that the photos of the storm rolling in were pretty spectacular.  They are below….

This is what it looked like when we made it down to the ground:

And then we went back up and the sky cleared up again.  It ended up being a beautiful evening.~Smash

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Read more.. Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Gorgeous dress, gorgeous veil.


I am completely in l-o-v-e with this dress.

This is a photo from Tawney’s bridal portrait session.  She and Russell were married this weekend at The Four Seasons in Austin, Texas.  Pictures coming soon for that gorgeous fete!


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Read more.. Monday, September 26th, 2011

One photo – Aspen wedding.

I traveled to Aspen, Colorado over Labor Day Weekend to shoot Lauren and Scott’s wedding on the top of Aspen Mountain. I know what you’re thinking: “how sad for me, right?!”  Ha!  I was in wedding heaven.  Very few things can beat the majestic Rocky Mountains as a backdrop.   As usual, it threatened to rain, but we got lucky and were able to shoot the ceremony and all the portraits outside.  I’ll post more from this wedding soon.

Thank you Lauren & Scott for having me shoot your wedding.   I cannot wait to share the photos with you!

Have a good weekend, all!


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Read more.. Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Two things, both of them good!

Hola!  Two fun things happened. First of all, my photo was featured in an article about Austin City Limits Festival on The New York Times online.

The other fun thing is that the wedding I shot in Salem, Massachusetts at the beginning of the month featured a stunning red Oscar de la Renta gown.  It was all very swoon-worthy. 

More later, stay tuned!


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Read more.. Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Getting ready.

I like this quiet photo from the bride getting ready last weekend in Salem, Massachusetts.  More coming from this wedding next week.  Wait until you see her dress!!

I’m off to Aspen, Colorado for another wedding this weekend.  I haven’t shot a mountaintop wedding years.  I’m really looking forward to it!

I hope you are having a good day,


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Read more.. Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
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