Hi, we're Hunter and Sarah, a husband-and-wife, luxury wedding photography team. We’re also educators, helping other photographers build profitable and sustainable photography businesses.
The night before Katie and Boris’ sunrise engagement session, we were obsessively checking the weather forecast. We would only be in Austin, TX for 48 hours, and we just HAD to capture engagement photos with Katie and Boris – they had flown us all the way from Charlottesville to document their love in a city that has meant so much to them. But things weren’t looking good. Rain was in the forecast for the entire 48 hours of our trip! But there was a sliver of hope: the following morning, just after sunrise, it looked like we might get just a few hours before the storms rode in. So that was the plan: wake up at 5:30 am (our second sunrise session of the week) and shoot in nearby Zilker Park.
But when we awoke before dawn the following morning, rain was sprinkling outside. It looked like it would blow over by the time the sun rose, and we would hopefully get 90 minutes of overcast before the rain returned. And at first, it looked like exactly that would happen! We met Katie and Boris at the park (in-person for the first time since they booked us almost 10 months ago) and got right to work. At our first location – the edge of the park with the Austin skyline behind them – it was looking good. The occasional sprinkle would force us to grab the umbrellas, but that was no problem! However, just a few moments after moving to our second location… IT. STARTED. TO. POUR. And I’m not talking about a heavy rain – think torrential downpour. The kind of rain that soaks through your shoes in a matter of seconds. The kind of rain that turns sidewalks into flowing streams and roads into rushing rivers.
The four of us quickly decided that this engagement session would have to be a mini-session as we frantically rushed back to Katie and Boris’ car. We chatted with them over breakfast and agreed that the second half of their session could happen in Charlottesville when they visited later this fall! It was a perfect compromise between Austin-loving Boris and Charlottesville-loving Katie. In fact, in classic Boris optimism, he commented that the rain worked out to their advantage, because now it meant they would get an engagement session in both locations! But the frustrating part for Sarah and I, as photographers? About two hours after their session ended, just after we had said goodbye to Katie, the sun came out. And it stayed for the rest of the trip. In an effort to avoid the rain, we shot during the only rainy portion of the entire trip 😭 But that’s apparently weather in Austin!
It was so great to finally meet you two in person! As much fun as we had during your session (and running back to your car in the pouring rain!), we enjoyed our guided tour of Austin — and dinner and drinks the following evening — even more! You two are such kind-hearted people, and certainly have a gift for hospitality! You made us feel so at home in Austin, and we already can’t wait to come back! We’re also looking forward to your next trip to C’ville, so we can finish what we started last week. No 4:00 am wake up for hair and makeup necessary 😂 Until then, stay safe and we can’t wait to see you two again!
Hunter + Sarah