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Austin Events Calendar – April 2011

Here's some things to do in April 2011 in and around Austin, Texas...
Austin Reggae Festival - April 15-17, 2011 - Auditorium Shores
Eeyore's Birthday: April 30, 2011;   http://www.eeyores.com/
11:00 a.m. until dark. Children's Area from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
LIVE MUSIC from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Featuring: The Bandulus, Scorpio Rising, The Johnston Brothers and Rattletree
April 24 & 25, 2011 - Austin Fine Arts Festival http://www.artallianceaustin.org/art_city_austin.html
April 2nd & 3rd, 2011 - Art City Austin: Downtown Art Festival http://www.artallianceaustin.org/index.html
Barsana Dham Mela (Indian Fair) April 30, 2011 - Barsana Dham (Southwest Austin)
Urban Music Festival - April 9, 2011 - Auditorium Shores
http://www.urbanmusicfest.com/
Kings of Leon with special guest Band of Horses - April 12, 2011, Irwin Center, 1701 Red River - Austin, TX 78701
Tornado Alley - 1:30PM, IMAX Theatre, 1800 N. Congress
Storm Chasers star Casey joins the researchers of VORTEX 2 in this effort to capture the origins and evolution of tornadoes.
ASH Dash 5K Bunny Run - April 23, 2011 - Austin State Hospital
Austin International Poetry Festival - April 7-10, 2011
Multiple Austin Venues
Austin Dragon Boat Festival and Race - April 30, 2011
Lady Bird Lake
Austin Jewish Film Festival - April 9-15, 2011 - Regal Arbor Cinema & City Lights Theatre
Austin Psych Fest - April 29 - May 1, 2011 - Austin, TX
 

Austin Record Convention - April 30 - May 1, 2011
Carnival ah! - April 12-13, 2011
Austin Community College - Rio Grande Campus
Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
April 21-28, 2011 - Mexican American Cultural Center
Lone Star State Jam - April 16, 2011 at Waterloo Park
Old Settler's Music Festival April 14-17, 2011, Driftwood, Texas
Red Poppy Festival - April 16-17, 2011 - Georgetown, Texas
South Asian New Year Festival - April 9, 2011
Zilker Hillside Theater (Zilker Park)
Feb 1 - July 31, 2011 - Becoming Tennessee Williams at the Harry Ransom Center on the UT Campus - http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/exhibitions/2011/williams/

Coming Soon: What is Wedding Photojournalism?

In the next week or so I’ll be creating a blog about photojournalism. I want to define what photojournalism is and how it applies to different events and in particular, weddings. Lots of photographers consider themselves wedding photojournalists or photojournalistic-style photographers here in Austin, but I want to delve a little deeper into the topic of what exactly photojournalism is and what it means for wedding clients.

I plan to talk about the importance and emotion that photojournalism style photography can bring to a seemingly ordinary event. And at its core, photojournalism is all about telling the story of a bride’s wedding, which is something Austin Americana Photography tries to do for our Austin brides. It should be fun and interesting so stay tuned.

Read more about Austin Wedding Photojournalism from Austin Wedding Photojournalist Martin Whitton HERE.

austin bride dressing with bridesmaids


Burst Blogging, Twitter & Photography

In the future (which starts now, and now…and now), I’m going to try to make more frequent, less detailed blog posts. I think that the future of business and of photography begins with better communication and connectedness, so I’m going to do my part as a photographer to stay connected with my photo clients and friends.

I’ll still have my standard lengthy, detailed blogs (usually 1-2 per week) that tell a story about a subject, like a wedding venue/couple that I photographed or about a particular topic; but I want to close the gap of going days without blogging, if possible, by making smaller “burst” blogs. My “burst” blogs will be short blogs or long if you compare them to Tweets.

This will be my first “burst” blog. I am also making photography Tweets more regularly. Check out Austin Americana Photography on Twitter: http://twitter.com/americanaphoto

 


Letting Go of Technology: What Annoys Me About Smart Phones

It seems like everywhere you turn these days people are talking about how great technology is and what smart phone that they are using. What wireless service do you have? Is it a 3G or 4G network? Did you check out those new apps for your wireless device? Well friends, I’m not going to do those things. However, I’ve decided to make my own declaration: I’m going to say good bye to technology and hello to freedom and solitude.

But why? Why give up the amazing gadgets that are hitting the markets right now, like the Android, the iPhone, the iPad and so many other new wireless devices that supposedly make our lives more fun and easy?

Because I don’t need them – that’s why!

The other day I overheard some friends discussing some the latest technology for their smart phones – a phone application that helps you select what clothes you are going to wear. I believe the app is called “Cool Guy”, and it’s for the iPhone. I couldn’t help but laugh.

Bride at Wedding Being Photographed with Cell Phone Camera

Now some of my readers are probably saying, “oh, wow!” “Where can I get this app?”

And if that’s the case for you, then that’s ok I suppose. Just click on the link above. But, I’ve decided that downloading and looking for new apps is not for me. Don’t get me wrong, I like new technology and I’ve been down the smart phone road already. In fact, I’m quite amazed by the iPad and the latest iPhone (for the most part). But my situation is not necessarily one that fits into the young, single, tech-savvy model of American smart phone/device user. I’m married with a 2-year-old boy, I work about 50-60 hours/week, and I stay busy on most days with not much down time to tinker with new tech toys. Much of the time I’m near a computer, which means I’m accessible via email during the day, thus all but negating my need for a wireless device with email capability. And I’m still searching for the smart phone app that I just could not live without.

Another thing I did was to visit my bank and inquire about my checking account balance. The bank teller assured me that I don’t have thousands of dollars just lying around, which means I probably don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to purchase a new smart phone or iPad, and conversely, I won’t be required to purchase a special rate plan with my cell phone carrier that includes a “data package”, which in my opinion is expensive. Phew!! Thank goodness!

Instead, I cut the cord (or cut the wireless “cord”, if you will). I called my cell phone carrier company and told them that I wanted the cheapest cell phone plan that was available. While speaking with the cell carrier representative, I swear I heard a “thud” in the background which I assume was the cell carrier representative falling off of her chair. Ok, so that probably didn’t happen, but the woman on the other end of the phone line definitely seemed bewildered by my request, which made me feel all the more confident that I was doing the right thing.

So what’s your beef with smart phones?

As an aside, I have a few “beefs” with smart phones. I realize that technology is changing fast and what was slow or was poorly made yesterday is not the same today. But as a photographer, I get so tired of seeing these cloudy, murky, fuzzy pictures that are snapped on peoples smart phones. It always irks me when I see people depend so heavily on their cell phone camera to capture moments in time that can never be repeated, only to have an image that is all but worthless in the end. It just seems heartbreaking to me, especially when you are photographing friends and family.

My other beef with new phones is their delicacy. I’ve witnessed so many people with cracked or damaged smart phones. To their credit, the phones continue to work in many cases. But why do they have to be so delicate? Something that is meant to be taken with you and used in a mobile state should also be somewhat rugged and tough.

So to finish my story, I also visited my cell phone carrier store and let them know what I wanted to do (dump the smart phone, get a cheap cell plan). They attempted to talk me out of giving up my smart phone. The service representative reminded me of the great value that I was getting with my unlimited data package attached to my smart phone. But I didn’t give in and proceeded to select a simple, non-smart phone which I could utilize with my basic coverage package and which would cost nothing. The catch was that I had to sign a new contract with my carrier. But what I pay now monthly is a fraction of what I was paying before with my smart phone.

I no longer get emails on my phone which makes me feel more peaceful during the day. It  gives me the power to check email on my computer at my convenience. Sure, I can still be contacted by phone at any time, but these days it seems that no one likes to use their phone unless they are texting and emailing, which is ironic!

But I think the bigger question that we should be asking ourselves is why? Why do I need to make myself available 24 hours a day by phone? And why can’t I live without all these apps and better yet, all this technology? Personally, it is my opinion that too much technology and too much phone means that it is less possible for you to have some peace in your life. We should all be able to just turn things off at the end of the day and just rest in peace (but not in a morbid sense). I mean, do you really need to let all your Facebook friends know what you are doing every hour or to tweet every 20 minutes? (I think the answer should be emphatically, “no”.)

Have an opinion about this blog? Feel free to share your experience or opinion by posting a comment below!


A 1930’s Style Austin Wedding at Mayfield Park

In March I had the pleasure of being selected as the official wedding photographer for a 1930’s wedding that occurred here in Austin at Mayfield Park. Having photographed many weddings which can become a bit “cookie cutter” in nature, this wedding definitely changed the typical look and feel of an Austin wedding and what an Austin wedding photographer shoots into something classic and fun.

It’s not that often that I get the opportunity to photograph a wedding or event that doubles as a costume party like this event did, which is pretty exciting. Obviously, the bride, groom and wedding party were all donning 1930’s wedding/dress attire. But what was great and what made the event all the more fun was that many of the guests also went to the trouble of dressing in the clothing styles of the early 1900’s.

And no detail of the wedding was left to chance. The theme of the wedding was 1930’s and not only was clothing of the utmost importance, but décor at the wedding was also in the turn-of-the-century style, along with the cake, flowers, etc. Mayfield Park Cottage also lent some genuineness and credibility to the event, given that Mayfield Park and Cottage was constructed around the turn of the century (around 1900?) and gives the feel of being on a rural homestead during the given period of time.

1930s black and white shoes

According to the Mayfield Park Community Project Website, Mayfield Park and Preserve is a suburban park that has been a relatively lengthy part of Austin’s history. The Mayfield Park Estate was handed over to the city of  Austin in 1971 by Mary Mayfield Gutsch for the purpose of creating public use parkland. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, it encompasses approximately two acres of lush, green gardens, mature palm trees, peacocks and ponds containing water lillies, as well as 21 acres of nature preserve, walking trails and wildlife habitat.

Geographically speaking, Mayfield Park is located West-Central of Downtown. It’s just a stone’s throw away from some very well known Austin Landmarks, including Camp Mabry, Laguna Gloria and Mount Bonnell, all names that are synonymous with the history of Austin as a city. In fact, Laguna Gloria and Mount Bonnell are two of my favorite engagement and bridal photography locations here in Austin!

More from mayfieldpark.org: “Allison Mayfield purchased the board and batten, twin-gabled cottage and 23 acres for his family as a summer and weekend retreat in 1909. A prominent Austin political figure, Mr. Mayfield was Chairman of the Railroad Commission and former Texas Secretary of State. He and his wife had one child, Mary Frances, who married Milton Gutsch in 1918. Dr. Gutsch was Chairman of the History Department at the University of Texas for many years. As a young couple, Mary and Milton moved into the cottage in 1922 and added porches to three sides of the house, reflecting the Bungalow style of the early 20th century.

Mary Mayfield Gutsch designed the gardens while Milton directed the building of the stone walls, ponds, and garden features with the help of Steve Arredondo, resident gardener for many years. The peacocks were gifts from friends in 1935 and their descendants are here today. The Mayfield-Gutsch family developed this site over a 62 year period. Dr. Gutsch died in 1967. Mary Mayfield Gutsch died in 1971 and left the home and acreage to the City of Austin to be used as a park.

An interesting feature of the park and preserve is the Sabal Mexicana Palms. These palms were introduced in the thirties and now are one of the predominant species growing throughout the preserve. Originally from the Rio Grande they have survived Austin’s climate and are naturalizing to the area.”

More history about Mayfield Park, including old photos can be found at the City of Austin PARD Mayfield Park website.

See ALL the photos from this 1930s wedding in Austin Here: http://www.mwwphoto.com/Weddings/1930-Mayfield-Park-Wedding/

1930s Bride in 2011

Happy Bride and Groom

Zoot Suit

Home at Mayfield Park

Flowers on Table at Mayfield Park

Bride at Mayfield Park

To reserve the cottage and/or grounds, you can call (512) 974-6797 or visit: City of Austin PARD Mayfield Website – reservations. Maximum attendees for events: 200

Information for Photographers: Mayfield cottage and gardens provide a beautiful setting for pictures. Although there is no fee for taking professional pictures at Mayfield, a tax deductible donation in support of these historic gardens is encouraged and would be greatly appreciated. Send to: Austin Parks and Recreation Department – Mayfield Park/Community Project 200 S. Lamar, Austin, Texas 78704 – http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/mayfield.htm

Fun Friday Fotos (Sewing & Sliding)

Since my wife has been spending a lot of time lately sewing, Roman has decided that he definitely needs to be in the middle of things. He loves to “help” my wife when she is sewing things. Although he likes to sew and enjoys a pink bracelet, most other things he does are very boyish. He’s a rough and tumble kind of guy. He loves to be outdoors and loves going down his slide head first.


My Favorite Austin Photographers

It seems like I do more than enough self promotion on my blog, specifically about the kinds of photography that Austin Americana does and the kind of clients we work with. But what about other photographers here in Austin, Texas? Austin is full of fantastic and wonderful photographers who specialize in all kinds of photography, from weddings to landscapes. Central Texas has an enormous pool of talented artists who regularly display their work in galleries and on websites for public viewing and enjoyment. So in the spirit of sharing and promoting others work and talent, I’d like to tell my readers about some of the talented photographers I’ve worked with or admired here in Austin. Eight of the nine artists listed below are people I’ve been taught by, worked with and/or consider a good friend.

Peter Tsai, Austin Photographer: http://www.petertsaiphotography.com

I met Peter while taking a photography class through the University of Texas Informal Classes. He is a very talented and soft spoken individual who never ceases to amaze me with his creativity and ideas. A particular favorite of mine is his “b-boy” photography, capturing break dancing in a beautiful way.

Joseph Pettyjohn, Austin Photographer: www.pettyjohnphotography.com/

Joe has to be one of the most relaxed, laid back photographers I know. I learned about landscape photography from him years ago during a UT Class. He specializes in landscape photography and is rarely without one of his trademark hats.

Tim Babiak, Austin Photographer: www.exquisitephotoaustin.com/

Tim is an amazing portrait photographer who is overflowing with knowledge and information about portraiture. His photos are truly exquisite (like his business name) and his enthusiasm for photography is second to none. I have attended several of his Photography MeetUp groups which he graciously hosts and teaches at his home in Austin.

Carlos Austin, Austin Photographer: http://www.austinphotography.com

I probably know more about wedding photography because of Carlos than any other single source. Carlos is a 3rd generation Texas photographer who photographs portraits and weddings. He is a true professional and he is a very experienced photographer and planner.

John Langford, Austin Photographer: http://www.johnlangford.com/

John is a master portrait photographer who tells stories through a single photograph, which is an amazing talent. He has a magnetic personality that provokes brilliant responses from his clients who are photographed in his studio. He also brings a level of eccentricity to his work that is creative and has led him on a world-wide journey recently.

Jason Wang, Austin Photographer: http://jwangphotography.com

Jason is a very good friend of mine who also happens to be a talented and up-and-coming photographer. He is capable of shooting a studio portrait one day, sports action shots the next and then following up with beautiful macro-photos of insects. He photographed my family portrait and has shot next to me on several important photographic assignments.

Jamie Kovach, Austin Photographer: http://jamiekovach.com

Jamie is a true art photographer at heart. She photographed weddings with me and eventually photographed my wedding. She has a knack for capturing images in a surreal, yet simple way. She has now taken on a new challenge, pursuing a master’s degree in fine arts photography – something that I have a sneaking suspicion she’ll be very successful with.

Kirk Tuck, Austin Photographer: http://www.kirktuck.com/

Although I must admit I’ve never met Kirk, I thoroughly enjoy reading his Austin Photography Blog, where he frequently discusses new photographic products, lighting and puts a personal spin on all things photography. He is inspiring and talented and perhaps one day I’ll have the opportunity to meet him.

Heather Wise, Austin Photographer: http://www.heatherwisephotography.com

Heather is a talented up-and-coming wedding photographer. She has worked with me on a number of weddings and bridal sessions. She is devoted to the trade of photography and has wonderful insight into her work and telling a wedding story.


Building a Garden Planter Box

I frequently blog about photography related subjects, so I’ll divert my attention for a minute to gardening. My last blog was about gardening and this one will be about our new garden that we planted this weekend.

On Friday I arrived home and found the garage open and a stack of gardening supplies awaiting me in the driveway. My wife had just returned from a local gardening store with a car load of things such as mulch/gardening soil, lumber, hardware, a slew of plants and a plum tree. And for those people who know me fairly well, I’m not only the family photographer; but I’m also the designated family gardener and landscaper. And I like to think I have a green thumb to some degree.

When I was eleven years old, I took an interest in the flowers and gardening that my mother did around our rural Texas home. She was very successful at growing plants, especially flowers, and I wanted to learn all of her gardening secrets. She showed me the things that her grandmother had taught her and I learned to garden in a simple, organic way (before it was cool to be “organic”). Eventually I took it upon myself to plant and maintain an herb garden, including herbs such as basil, dill, oregano, parsley and the like. It was a great success for the most part and was a great experience for a kid who wanted to connect with nature in a positive way.

So the challenges that my wife laid before me:

1.  plant the plum tree and keep it healthy and bearing fruit;

2.  build a wooden, elevated garden planter box in a place in the yard that will provide just enough sunlight for all the plants that would be included.

Most of the day on Sunday was devoted to building the wooden garden box. I used wood screws and nails (whatever I had on hand), along with the metal connectors to link all the boards together. The long side of the box was made up of 1X4″ and 1X6″ boards; the short side utilized 1X4″ and 2X4″ lumber. Once I hammered/screwed all the pieces together, the bottom was lined with plastic with holes (to allow excess water to drain from the box). Next, 4 stakes were driven along the sides of the box to provide support for the outer wooden panels and to have something to attached chicken wire to. The final step was to attach a layer of chicken wire (poultry fencing) from the top of the wooden box up about 3 1/2 feet (the width of the fencing), to keep animals out of the garden (not pictured).

Ultimately I think this design will work well. The box measures approximately 3X6 feet, which seems a little small now that it’s built. We planted tomatoes, squash, watermelon, peppers, etc., which is too much for one little planter box. The tree was easy to plant, if you don’t count having to dig a hole in ground that feels like concrete! But with a little elbow grease that task was completed too and now after a few days of watering it seems to be looking healthy and ready to make fruit (hopefully).

 

 


Austin Backyard Gardening

This weekend my family spent some time developing our green thumb (to what degree we can) and getting in sync with Mother Nature. We built a wooden garden box, dug around in the old flower beds and planted some flowers. Having grown up in rural Texas, these activities were things that I’ve always taken for granted; but now I’m starting to realize all over again and perhaps in a new way the importance that experiencing our natural world can have.

One of the most exciting things that we did was discovering that our flower bed, which is rich in plant detritus, fertile black soils and covered in mulch is also home to lots of skinny, brown worms. My son Roman is extremely curious about bugs and we try to quench his thirst for bug experiences every time we get the chance. He was amazed by the squirming, squiggly little worms that we found and he wasn’t afraid to touch them. He immediately identified the worms as snakes (everything that resembles the letter “S” is a snake) and he poked a little stick at the worm.  My wife and I did our best to explain to our 2 year old boy that worms live in the soil and they like a cool, wet, soil-covered home. We’re never sure how he interprets our explanations, but hopefully he got it.

Earlier in the back yard, another important lesson occurred. We learned about the importance of plants and how they have feelings too. I was in the middle of constructing our wooden garden box, hammering nails and the like when I noticed that Roman was toting around a small green tomato plant that my wife had just picked up at the store, which will presumably be a part of the garden box. He carried it around in the yard for a while. When I went over to talk to him about the plant, he looked at it, considering what I’d said, and then proceeded to toss it on the ground. Now you have to realize that when a 2-year old boy tosses things, they’re not making any sort of statement. They frequently throw anything they can get their hands on, and the only interpretation that I make is that he’s done with whatever he just pitched onto the ground.

But I want my son to fully understand the importance and value of all life. I realize that in life “bad” things happen and not all of the things that exist or the events that occur are considered desirable. But on some level there is a deeper sense of perfection and divinity in everything. So when Roman threw the plant down I immediately picked it up and told him that tossing the plant down on the ground wasn’t good for it and harmed it, especially when some of its soil came loose and fell out of the cardboard pot.

Some people might think that this is silly to even discuss and that it makes no difference. And perhaps they are right – but I can’t believe that. I keep thinking that every small lesson like this one needs to be met head on with a great amount of thought, consideration, empathy and understanding. I need to believe that all these little lessons that my son and I will experience together will add up to him having some character and humanity that seems to be lacking more and more every day in our world.

At any rate, we try to have fun and learn something too! We also did some other fun activities outdoors. My wife painted a bird house with really bright colors. It will probably be more for decoration though. The finch family that has made our back porch their home for 2+ years have returned, but they prefer building their own nest of sticks and other debris in the corner of the porch near the ceiling.

And a few days ago we also added a plum tree near our backyard peach tree. I’m hoping we have as much luck with the plum tree as we’ve had with the peach tree. Trees can be finicky about where they live or if they are going to live at all, and to me, they are a test of one’s gardening skills. They require a lot of attention when they’re young, but are really rewarding once they’re bigger. So here’s to peaches, plums and whatever else grows in our not-yet-planted garden…


Austin Engagement Photo Session (Q&A)

We frequently field phone calls and emails (especially toward the end of the year during engagement season) about engagement photography sessions for the Austin area.  The primary and simple response that I give new couples is “yes, we can definitely photograph your engagement session and have a beautiful engagement print (framed or not) ready for your wedding day!”

Here are some frequently asked questions that Austin couples have asked about how the photo session works and some suggestions as well…

Q. Do you photograph engaged couples for engagement portraits?

A. Yes! We have lots of experience photographing couples in Austin, Round Rock and surrounding Hill Country for a special photography session including just the 2 of you.

Q. Where will you photograph our engagement session?

A. You can choose wherever you’d like to be photographed, preferably in the Austin, Texas or Central Texas area.

Q. I’m new/unfamiliar with Austin, Texas. Can you suggest some nice locations for our engagement portrait session?

A. Sure! We have a list of about 20 popular photography locations in and around Austin that we share with our clients. We can also give you specific suggestions based on what kind of engagement session you want.

Q. How long does the engagement portrait session last?

A. Our Austin engagement session is 60 minutes long, which normally gives the engaged couple time to relax, get into the moment with their partner (we call it “feeling the love”) and get lots of great poses at the location of their choice.

Q. Does the engagement photo session include a separate CD of images I can keep?

A. Yes. Couples receive a CD of edited, re-touched images (usually ranging from 50-150 full-sized, hi-resolution images).

Q. What all is included with my engagement photo session fee?

A. Our engagement session clients receive 60 minutes of shooting time, a CD of hi-resolution, edited images, free consultation to plan your event, expert shoot location suggestions, and quality personal service from a local Austin small business owner/photographer.

Q. Do you edit the images?

A. Yes, we individually edit all the images from your engagement photo session with Adobe Lightroom 3.0, the industry leader in photo editing. We can also apply artistic filters to your images, remove blemishes from skin, soften features and lots more.

Q. How long does it take to edit the images?

A. Normal editing of images requires 1-2 weeks.

Q. Do you have wedding photography packages that include an engagement session?

A. Yes we do. We have a number of wedding photography packages for Austin brides-to-be that include engagement sessions. In fact, you can also customize any package to include a engagement photo session so that your package is custom fit for your big day.

Q. Do you print the images from the engagement session or is it up to me?

A. It’s up to you. We have the ability to create and ship high quality, professional and stylish prints to your door, if you choose. You also have the option as a bride to print anywhere you desire.

Q. Do you work with an assistant at engagement sessions?

A. Occasionally we bring along an assistant to help out with engagement photo sessions, depending on the circumstances. You may bring along friends and family if you like.

Q. Are there extra fees associated with certain locations for my upcoming engagement session?

A. In many cases there are no other fees, but occasionally there are places that charge couples a “sitting fee” for using their location. Examples of places that charge fees include Zilker Botanical Gardens, The Driskill Hotel, Dunvegan Keep, and others; However, most engagement locations around Austin (particularly outdoor locations) are free. J

Q. Will I have the opportunity to incorporate some of my engagement photos into my regular wedding album?

A. Yes, we can incorporate as many or as few of your engagement session photographs into your wedding album. We can also create a separate album of only engagement photos if needed. We have a wonderful special album which we call the “Engagement Guestbook”. It’s different in that it’s a stylish album full of your engagement photos but it leaves space for your guests to write. The engagement guestbook gives you something special to show off on wedding day! Just ask about our special sale pricing on this item!

Q. Does Austin Americana Photography provide printing and framing service? Will you deliver a print or framed print of my engagement session on wedding day?

A. Yes, we can do all these things. We provide optional printing and framing services for our wedding clientele. We can deliver a framed print of your engagement session on your wedding day if this is what you desire.

Q. What if the weather is bad. Is there a backup plan for my session?

A. Sure. If you don’t want to re-schedule, then we’ll either have you come into our home studio or choose an alternate indoor location.

Q. When should I schedule my engagement photo session with Austin Americana?

A. We ask that you schedule your engagement photo session a minimum of 2-3 weeks prior to your wedding day to allow for image editing, processing, printing, shipping, etc.


Fun Friday Fotos (Visit to the Park)

Thursday afternoon we made a spontaneous trip to a park in our neighborhood. Highlights included hiking, playing on the playscape and getting to sit on the yellow tractor that happened to be parked onsite. It was a great day!


Villa Antonia Wedding

One of the premier wedding venues in the Hill Country of Central Texas is a place called Villa Antonia. Villa Antonia is an Italian-styled villa located in Jonestown, Texas, just northwest of Austin, near Lake Travis. Historically, the villa was built in 1998 as a personal residence for family living. However, later, out of necessity, the home became a popular wedding and event center because of its beauty and magical feel.

Villa Antonia is modeled after post-renaissance Italian architecture. When one enters the grounds, there is a feeling of entering a time machine and going back to an earlier, more romantic time or place in Europe. Its architecture and design sets it apart from many other Texas venues and creates a special kind of atmosphere for weddings and special occasions.

Villa Antonia is equipped for indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions. It has a beautiful indoor wedding chapel that seats a reasonable number of people. The outdoor patio that is partially covered can also facilitate a wedding ceremony and features sweeping views of the green Texas Hill Country.

Villa Antonia can accommodate medium to large sized weddings and features multiple levels for celebrations of all kinds and entertaining guests. The main indoor reception area is lined with stone walls and sprawling area for guests to mingle and dance. Some of the great features of the interior include the spiral staircase bathed in natural light and surrounded by green plants, which is a signature of Villa Antonia. Upstairs there are quiet, intimate quarters for the party of the bride and groom to prepare for the event/wedding.

Outside the main reception area statues and water features abound. In the main entry way, a stone fountain with a statue punctuates the center point between the wedding chapel, the main patio (used for outdoor ceremonies) and the reception hall. As one walks along the reception area and descending the stairs/walkway, plants and more water features are encountered, making you feel like you are in a Babylonian garden. There are also look out points on the third level of Villa Antonia where amazing, romantic views and star watching can occur.

Austin Americana Photography has photographed several weddings at Villa Antonia and has experience working with coordinators and management there. You can view one of the weddings we photographed there (from start to finish) here: Villa Antonia Wedding Photos

View entire wedding at Villa Antonia (our old website): http://www.mwwphoto.com/Weddings/Yeseniawed

Villa Antonia is located at 19039 Adrian Way, Jonestown, Texas 78645-9605. Phone number: (512) 267-3509

Official Villa Antonia Website: villaantonia.com


Professional Photograph With Borders And Information

Austin Americana Photography frequently receives phone calls and emails from people who have special photography-related requests. The requests are varied and we never know what kind of work or special task will be required. Normally the requests from potential clients relate to things you can do with specialized camera equipment, specialized software, or general photography expertise.

This week a potential client called to inquire about a special editing for a business portrait. Austin Americana frequently provides portrait services to corporate, business and other organizations, as well as individuals and families. But what the caller needed was taking his portrait one step further. He asked if we could “jazz up” his professional portrait a little by adding a white, customized border around the photo and include his name on the portrait, which he could then include on his website and potentially make prints of the image.

I told him that we can easily provide this service. Adding borders and lettering to prints is a relatively simple procedure and turnaround time is quick (usually a day or two). I’ve included a few examples of what the work would look like below. In reality, there are many more options for adding borders and lettering to the photographs. And the application for this kind of photo is ubiquitous.

A personal portrait with an added border including text could be utilized by lots of people. Examples of its use include:

-         Actors Head Shots

-         Musicians Portraits

-         Corporate/Business Portrait

-         Real Estate Agent Portrait

-         Art Gallery/Artist Portrait

-         Business Card Photo

-         Band Photograph

-         General Advertisement

-         Marketing Photo

-         Many more options…

Austin Americana can easily provide clients with portrait services that include images with specialized borders containing information. We can also add a border with information to photos that you have copyright usage of. Have a question or special request? Email us at AustinAmericana@Gmail.com



Austin Bridal Photo Session (Q&A)

I often have new and prospective wedding clients ask about bridal photography sessions. The primary and simple response that I give new brides is “yes, we can definitely photograph your bridal session and have a beautiful wedding or bridal print ready for your wedding day!”

Here are some frequently asked questions that Austin brides have asked about how the photo session works and some suggestions as well…

Q. Do you photograph brides for bridal portraits?

A. Yes! We have lots of experience photographing Austin brides donning their wedding gowns for a special photography session.

Q. Where will you photograph our bridal session?

A. You can choose wherever you’d like to be photographed, preferably in the Austin, Texas or Central Texas area.

Q. I’m new/unfamiliar with Austin, Texas. Can you suggest some nice locations for my bridal portrait session?

A. Sure! We have a list of about 20 popular photography locations in and around Austin that we share with our clients. We can also give you specific suggestions based on what kind of bridal session you want.

Q. How long does the bridal portrait session last?

A. Our Austin bridal session is 90 minutes long, which normally gives brides time to relax, move around and get lots of great poses at the location of their choice.

Q. Does the bridal photo session include a separate CD of images I can keep?

A. Yes. Brides receive a CD of edited, re-touched images (usually ranging from 50-150 full-sized, hi-resolution images).

Q. What all is included with my bridal photo session fee?

A. Our bridal session clients receive 90 minutes of shooting time, a CD of hi-resolution, edited images, free consultation to plan your event, expert shoot location suggestions, and quality personal service from a local Austin small business owner/photographer.

Q. Do you edit the images?

A. Yes, we individually edit all the images from your bridal photo session with Adobe Lightroom 3.0, the industry leader in photo editing. We can also apply artistic filters to your images, remove blemishes from skin, soften features and lots more.

Q. How long does it take to edit the images?

A. Normal editing of images requires 1-2 weeks.

Q. Do you have wedding photography packages that include a bridal session?

A. Yes we do. We have a number of wedding photography packages for Austin brides that include bridal sessions. In fact, you can also customize any package to include a bridal photo session so that your package is custom fit for your big day.

Q. Do you print the images from the bridal session or is it up to me?

A. It’s up to you. We have the ability to create and ship high quality, professional and stylish prints to your door, if you choose. You also have the option as a bride to print anywhere you desire.

Q. Do you work with an assistant at bridal sessions?

A. Occasionally we bring along an assistant to help out with bridal photo sessions, depending on the circumstances. You may bring along friends and family if you like.

Q. Are there extra fees associated with certain locations for my upcoming bridal session?

A. In many cases there are no other fees, but occasionally there are places that charge brides a “sitting fee” for using their location. Examples of places that charge fees include Zilker Botanical Gardens, The Driskill Hotel, Dunvegan Keep, and others.

Q. Will I have the opportunity to incorporate some of my bridal photos into my regular wedding album?

A. Yes, we can incorporate as many or as few of your bridal session photographs into your wedding album. We can also create a separate album of only bridal photos if needed.

Q. Does Austin Americana Photography provide printing and framing service? Will you deliver a print or framed print of my bridal session on wedding day?

A. Yes, we can do all these things. We provide optional printing and framing services for our wedding clientele. We can deliver a framed print of your bridal session on your wedding day if this is what you desire.

Q. What if the weather is bad. Is there a backup plan for my session?

A. Sure. If you don’t want to re-schedule, then we’ll either have you come into our home studio or choose an alternate indoor location.

Q. When should I schedule my bridal photo session with Austin Americana?

A. We ask that you schedule your bridal photo session a minimum of 2-3 weeks prior to your wedding day to allow for image editing, processing, printing, shipping, etc.


Fun Friday Fotos (The Terribly Fun Twos)!

Roman will be turning two years old in April and he’s already begun the “terrible twos”. Actually, it seems like there are lots of other names for the terrible twos and I guess the name just serves as a blanket term for the entire episode of a toddlers life. It could also be called the “mischievous twos” or the “talking twos” or even the “terrifying twos”. I thought I’d share a few photos of Roman with his cute “what’s up dog?” shirt and of him tormenting his mother by trying to pull some of her crucifixes down from their places on our wall at home (while riding his horse). There’s never a dull moment around our house with Roman on the loose, unless he’s sleeping of course!

:)

One other interesting note. I recently acquired Adobe Lightroom 3.0 and I’m currently bringing myself up to speed with some of the new tricks. One that I kind of like is being able to you a single slider to adjust softness of skin, something that previously was far more difficult and required more effort and potentially expensive secondary software. Notice how soft and smooth Roman’s skin appears in the photo of him and his mom below. I was able to easily cover up most of the cheetos debris that was on his mouth with just a few minor adjustments. Very cool! Can’t wait to learn more about the newest version of Lightroom.

What's Up Dog?

Riding the horse with no name (and trying to grab the crucifixes)


Photography Event Calendar: Is Your Date Available?

Did you know that Austin Americana has an “official” calendar?! Well, we do.  :)

The Austin Americana Photography official calendar is updated monthly and allows current, former and future clients to view our scheduled events. All you have to do is click on the link below and you’ll be able to view what we’re doing for this year.

Want to know if Austin Americana Photography will be available to photograph your upcoming wedding or if your date is booked? Click the link and view our Google calendar. Want to find out if we’re available to provide photographic coverage at a special upcoming event, party, family or corporate portrait session or other event? Simply click the link and find out for yourself.

Our intent is to update our Austin Photography Calendar each week and provide dates for the upcoming 12 month period, approximately 1 year out from today’s date. The idea is to give our photography clients the best possible service by giving you better information which will hopefully help you make better and faster decisions for your event by providing frequent updates.

If, for some reason, you still want to check with us directly to see if your proposed photography event date is open, you can also contact us by email: AustinAmericana@Gmail.com or call (512) 669-0020.

Our Photo Calendar can be viewed here: http://www.google.com/calendar/feeds/austinamericana%40gmail.com/public/basic

You can also click on the “Contact Us” link at the top of the main page.

Couple Shows Off Their Engagement Ring


Why Don’t More Guys Get Pedicures?

Since last week, I’ve been pecking away on my keyboard, preparing a blog about how to deal with wedding stress. But I decided that, for now, I was tired of researching that topic and that I would like to write about something a little more topical and interesting – kind of like if you are in line at the grocery store and you have the option to read about the Federal Omnibus Spending Bill (boring!) that Congress debated or to read the latest gossip tabloid about what celebrity is breaking up with whom, which are you going to choose? Exactly.

I got to thinking about the topic of men and pedicures this weekend when I went to get a pedicure for myself, along with my wife. Now, I must admit, my recent visit to the nail salon in my neighborhood wasn’t my first. My wife has been encouraging me to get pedicures for some time now, especially since she’s a big fan of them. Like many men, I was resistant to the idea of having someone work on my feet, but I eventually capitulated and took the pedicure plunge. But it left me wondering why more men don’t get pedicures?

Let’s talk about what is involved in a pedicure. Webster’s New World Dictionary defines “pedicure” as, “a trimming, polishing, etc. of the toenails.” And according to Wikipedia, people have been receiving manicures (hands) and pedicures for at least 4,000 years, when they were being performed in greater Asia and Africa (Egypt). Even the Bible makes numerous mentions of foot washing in the Book of John.

My experience in getting a pedicure has involved the following elements:

  • Soaking the feet
  • Cleaning the feet
  • Trimming/cleaning the toenails
  • Scrubbing/exfoliating feet/legs
  • Secondary cleaning/rinsing feet/legs
  • Hot towel massage of feet/legs
  • Drying feet
  • Buffing toenails

The whole process usually requires 20-40 minutes. For the most part, it is a very pleasant experience. To me, just having your feet washed and cleaned feels somewhat cathartic.

I remember the first time my wife suggested that I get a pedicure I felt a weird, gooey feeling inside myself, like someone was asking me to do something that wasn’t “man-like” (whatever that means). I guess I mean that in our society, males and females think of themselves as characters who play a role in the “theatre of life”, if you will. From the time we are born, our parents encourage us or discourage us from doing certain things; it’s ok for boys to play with trucks and girls to play with dolls, etc. As children get older, the gender role divides more and it seems ok for boys to be rough, tough and dirty; whereas girls are expected (in general) to be more refined, sensitive and attractive. Again, I realize that I’m generalizing and that these roles don’t fit everyone; I’m simply making the observation. In some ways, as we grow older and more independent, we have the option to change what our role is. So in my own small way, after being given the opportunity to make a change, I did so – albeit a small one.

I then wondered what some of my male peers thought about the subject. So I asked about 10 men that I associate with whether they have ever had a pedicure and what their opinion was on the subject. The age range of the group of guys was from around 25 to 50 years. The guys are all considered “middle-class” and all live in the Austin area. My findings were not all that surprising.

My informal poll of men on the subject of pedicures was this: 100% of those polled stated that they have never gone to a salon to get a pedicure. When asked “why?”, many men stated that they never really considered it. Some men said that they didn’t like people touching their feet or that they felt “weird” about stepping into a role that is perceived to be almost strictly the domain of the opposite sex.

My poll also coincides with what I’ve observed during the past 3-4 visits to the nail salon with my wife. Every time I’ve visited I have not observed one male receiving a pedicure and each time I’ve gotten a pedicure I was the only male in the salon. However each time I’ve visited, at least 4-5 females were visiting the salon to have pedicures/manicures performed.

Now I don’t want to make any rash judgments about men in general or the pursuit of pedicures. And I certainly cannot draw real conclusions about my informal survey, given the tiny group that I polled; I suppose this discussion is purely anecdotal. But it is very interesting to note that there does appear to be such a strong trend or tendency by males to strictly follow these cultural and sexual boundaries created by society.  Something tells me that the disproportionate amount of males who appear to get pedicures, as compared to the number of females, will likely change in the future.

So why not guys – go out and get a pedicure. Feel anxious about taking the pedicure plunge alone? Take along a friend who has had a pedicure before and who knows a great place to have one performed. You never know, you might actually like the experience.


Are Your Wedding Photos Saved or Archived?

As a person who just got married or as a bride who will soon be married, you may not be thinking about what will happen to the photos that are captured on your wedding day. But perhaps you should. Do you know if your wedding photographs/images will be archived or saved by your photographer? Do you save your wedding photos?

Ok, I know that this isn’t the sexiest, most fun topic to think about. I’m sure it would be fun to talk about Lindsey Lohan or Charlie Sheen, but perhaps this topic is worth considering.

Today, on my way downtown to meet a couple for a photo session I was listening to NPR on my car radio.  The story being discussed was that of silent movies from the early 1900s, when Hollywood was new and the idea of a film for entertainment purposes was in it’s infancy. The discussion that was ongoing was that many of the silent films from the early 1900s were missing or lost and some were being recovered from Russia, of all places, to be placed in the Library of Congress vaults. The disturbing statistic that stuck in my mind was that somewhere around 80% of all the silent movies of that era were considered missing or lost. 80%!! That means that only 1 in 5 movies made during that time is still around, approximately 80-100 years later. And what I’m talking about here is a little different because what I’m discussing is digital images captured on a SLR camera. But the topics are certainly related. Those movies that were filmed and lost surely weren’t intended to be lost or go missing, and neither are peoples wedding photographs

In the past when a wedding photographer took photos of your wedding with his/her film camera, they would have the film developed and either retain the negatives or hand them over to the bride and groom. Since most photographers shoot digitally these days, they can save your wedding or event images in a number of ways. And you have the power to save the images too, if you choose. Sometimes it’s just a matter of asking your photographer.

I think what compelled me to blog on the subject of photo archiving was a couple of things. One thing to remember is that your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and you will definitely want to have some lasting momentos to remember it by, in particular I’m thinking of photos. The second thing that concerns me is that these days if you are creating a budget, do-it-yourself wedding from scratch and you’re on a limited budget, you can visit Craig’s List or other sites online and connect with photography novices who make big promises, but may or may not actually be able to deliver. What I’m saying is that the guy who you picked to photograph your wedding for $225 from Craig’s List, who has a great portfolio of images from his trip to Machu Pichu, Peru and the Dominican Republic is likely not archiving your photos for you. This means that the burden is on you to keep the images safe.

CDs are an obvious and easy option for archiving images

What to consider when archiving important images.

Many times photographers deliver images to their clients in a more refined, manageable format. For example, after your wedding the photographer may provide you with selected images which have been edited to his/her personal standards, which have been reduced in size (and possibly quality). They may look fine when you post them to Facebook, but what happens when you decide to make large prints? You may discover that this is not an option.

I recommend that if you want to archive your images, ideally you will want to start by using the original images. That is to say, if you are archiving an edited version of the original, then you are saving a degraded, reduced file. Saving the original image, whether it be in RAW format or a JPG file, will allow you to have maximum leverage when you decide to access it for use in the future, which equates to more printing options and better image quality (in theory).

Options for archiving are abundant, but I’m going to discuss a few that are familiar to me and that have worked for me. The first and most obvious way to archive is to save images to a compact disk (CD) or digital video disk (DVD). Both options are relatively inexpensive and the only noticeable difference between the two is amount of storage space available; DVDs tend to have significantly more space available for image storage than do CDs.

Another thing to keep in mind is that among CDs and DVDs, you have the option to upgrade to a truly archival CD or DVD. However, however truly archival the CD/DVD may be is unclear. I purchased some a few years ago, but it’s still too early to tell if they will outlast regular CDs/DVDs in longevity. Based upon my research, regular (non-archival) CDs/DVDs are rated up to 100 years or more; however, there are reports of disk failure in much shorter times (less than 10 years), so who really can say?! I guess what I’m saying is that I don’t have a straight answer regarding how long a CD or DVD might last. For now I suppose I’ll just have to trust in Verbatim (the brand I frequently use).

When I shoot a wedding, I return home and immediately dump the images from the camera’s compact flash card onto my computer hard drive. As a secondary backup system, I subsequently burn the original images to DVD disks. I also save a copy of the originals onto my external hard drive as a tertiary backup. External hard drives are fairly cost effective if you have gigs and gigs of images to store. For PC users, last time I checked, you can purchase a 1+ terabyte external hard drive for around $100. That’s 1,000 gigabytes of storage (a whole lotta photos – even in RAW format!). One consideration with external hardrives: treat them gingerly. Several years ago I bumped my old external hard drive and it never worked again, so keep in mind that they may have sensitive parts inside. For my $130 external hard drive, I was quoted my the manufacturer a price up to $2,500 to recover my lost data. I just about fell off of my chair when I heard the price. So buyer be ware!

One other option for storage as a go between are flash drives, also called stick drives. These are tiny, pocket sized storage devices that are great for storage of images, sharing of images and more while you are on the go. For example, if you are shooting on location and want to dump images from your notebook on to the USB flash drive,  it can be easy and quick. These can also act as backups considering that these days flash drives can store up to 256 gigabytes of data (Amazon: $700 – not all that cost effective, by the way), which is no joke considering how small they are.

One relatively new method of storage is to save your images onto a storage host website. Many websites offer this as an added option to having an account with them (think smugmug, wordpress, picasa, etc.), but often you are limited in storage size. However, some websites are dedicated solely to image/data storage and guarantee the safety of your data. These sites are of course not free, but can be a great and convenient option for image storage.

So my whole point of this blog was to explain many of the options that are available for backup storage for important events, or even those that are just dear to your heart. I personally sleep a little better at night knowing that I have multiple copies of images of my family stored away safely. And most of my wedding and portrait clients probably have no idea of the trouble I go to so that their images are safe, but that’s ok. So the question that begs to be asked when meeting with your photograher: will our photos from our special event be archived? Hopefully they’ll have the right answer for you!

External Hard Drive for backing up images to your computers hard drive

Portable flash drives work great for temporary storage

Archive CDs, specifically designed for long term storage


Fun Friday Fotos (Peach Blossoms)

Apparently these peach blossoms from the peach tree in our backyard think that it’s springtime already. And the weather lately certainly doesn’t feel like winter. I guess we’re all a little confused as to what season we’re in here in the Austin/Pflugerville area. Enjoy!


Austin Calendar of Events: March 2011

Here’s the Austin, Texas calendar of events for March 1st – 31st, 2011. Number 1 on the list is everyone’s favorite, South by Southwest (SXSW) – Austin 2011. There are probably many more that I’ve missed, but here are some highlights for the month. Without further ado…

-It’s My Park Day, Austin’s Citywide Park Service Day

March 5, 2011 – http://www.austinparks.org/itsmypark.html

- SXSW – March 20-11 – Music, Film, Interactive and more.

The Breakdown:

Interactive: March 11-15
Film: March 11-19
Music: March 15-20

More info on SXSW Austin Activities: http://sxsw.com/

Guitar Players in Austin

- Zilker Kite Festival: March 6th, 2011 at Zilker Park, Austin, TX

http://www.zilkerkitefestival.com/

- Becoming Tennessee Williams

Nov 30, 2010 – Jul 31, 2011

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

With his plays The Glass Menagerie (1945) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) reinvented the theater. This exhibition draws on the Ransom Center’s extensive collection of his manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and artwork to explore the idea, act, and process of artistic creation.

- Nature Nights- Stargazing at the Wildflower Center

Mar 4, 2011 – Mar 4, 2011

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, Texas

A night of celestial discovery on Friday, March 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. at our first monthly Nature Night of the Spring season. Experts from the McDonald Observatory, Austin Planetarium, Austin Astronomical Society and other organizations will talk about the cosmos above our Texas Hill Country. Field telescope viewing and take-home astronomy crafts will be on hand during the event. On April 1, Nature Night will focus on wildflowers and pollinators. Admission, $1 (free for Wildflower Center members.)

Austin skyline

- Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo

9100 Decker Lake Road, Austin, TX 78724

March 11-26, 2011;  http://www.rodeoaustin.com/

- Zilker Garden Festival 2010

Saturday, March 27 & Sunday, March 28
10am – 5pm daily
$5 Adults, $3 Children (3-12 yrs.)
Parking $3

- Old Settler’s Music Festival – April 14-17, 2011

http://oldsettlersmusicfest.org/

is Central Texas’ signature music event featuring Grammy winning Americana, arts & crafts, camping, food & libations. Acoustic jazz & blues, bluegrass, old-time local faves & award-winning artists from around the world.

- 2011 Austin Reggae Festival: April 15-17 – Auditorium Shores, Austin, Texas

- Bill Maher Mar 26   7:00 pm – The Moody Theater http://eventful.com/austin/events/categories

- Los Lonely Boys Mar 29 5:00 pm http://eventful.com/austin – Waterloo Records


Avery Ranch Wedding

A new, up-and-coming and popular location for brides to get married in North Austin is Avery Ranch. I’ve photographed several weddings at Avery Ranch Golf Club and I’ve never been disappointed by the beauty, convenience and charm that it has to offer brides and grooms.

Located near the major intersections of Highway 183 and 45 Toll Road, Avery Ranch is slowly becoming one of Austin’s premier places to live, work and get married. It is conveniently located between Austin and Cedar Park, centered in the North Austin area,  where much of Austin’s growth is happening at the moment.

Avery Ranch is a master planned community that features a medium sized community of classy homes, restaurants and entertainment nearby and featuring Avery Ranch Golf Club. Despite the luxurious overtones that the area exudes, I’m told by brides that Avery Ranch is quite affordable, as compared to some other known event venues in Austin. It features a large lake, golf greens as far as the eye can see (relatively speaking) and the venue itself, which includes the clubhouse/restaurant and the separate ballroom.

One thing that I loved about Avery Ranch was the beauty it offers an outdoor wedding ceremony. The golf course greens and the lake intersect just behind, and below, the Avery Ranch Clubhouse. Adjacent to the clubhouse and overlooking the lake is a green area shaded by large oak trees which features a concrete patio with stone pillars upholding a wooden trellis, where the wedding ceremony is held, overlooking the glassy lake. It’s a wonderful experience and a great place to have a wedding. Did someone say beautiful sunset location?!

 

Groomsmen relaxing before wedding ceremony

 

From the Avery Ranch Website:

Avery Ranch boasts a beautifully furnished 4,000 square foot banquet facility with up to 200 person capacity and a dramatic lake-front view of the Texas Hill Country. A Full-Service professional catering staff will pamper you with semi-formal to formal dining packages, and we offer dramatic sunset ceremonies complete with a backdrop of Avery Lake.

S-E-R-V-I-C-E is our middle name.  Do you have a special occasion, corporate meeting, club gathering, party or reunion in the coming months? We can help with any banquet or special meeting needs you may have. The Lakeview Room is fully equipped with state of the art audio/visual equipment that’s perfect for corporate meetings, wedding presentations/videos and more.  Our Cordon Bleu Chefs will customize a menu specifically for your event.  We have a complete set of services to make your event a success and have planners to assist you to ensure everything goes smoothly.  Call Bob Brady at (512) 248-2442 ext. 3 for more information.

-         http://www.averyranchgolf.com


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