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Austin Wedding and Portrait photographer, Amelia Tarbet. bio picture

It's all about the real moments...

If you're looking for a wedding photographer, I can honestly say I sympathize. It can be a really long and tiresome process. Where do you start and how do you choose? When I got married, I had no idea what the most important factors were to consider, and I certainly didn't know how to narrow down my favorites. Let me start by saying that photography will be all that's left, besides the memories, when all is said and done. So, what's most important is that your photographer has a style that you can identify with and absolutely love.

My style? It's really a blend of styles. When I first started out in wedding photography seven years ago, I told my clients that my style was total photojournalism and that I would be a "fly on the wall" at their wedding. I quickly learned that this was not a realistic scenario. The trick is to know when it's appropriate to step in and create imagery (ie. creative portraits) and know when to let things just happen. I love candid moments, but I also love stunning, creative, and bold portraiture. However, even when I create portraits for my clients, I want them to feel natural and look comfortable.

I love things that are hip and edgy, but I also love things that are old fashioned. My photography is sort of the same story. Like everything else, photography can easily look too trendy. Certain poses, colors, and even post-production techniques can make images seem really cool now, but how will they look ten or twenty years from now? I know how to move quickly to capture those fleeting moments and expressions that cannot simply be recreated. The welling up of your husbands eyes as he sees you come down the aisle, your mother's expression as she watches you dance with your father, the huge hugs and pure elation (and exhaustion) that everyone shares right after the ceremony is over. I've experienced and seen these moments enough to know when they usually happen and how to capture them.

So, what do you want to remember from your wedding day? By the color of your shoes or the flowers you picked? Of course you do! These details are the result of months of planning and reflect your individual style. But, I am sure years from now those aren't the images you will want to pour over. I'll bet you'll want to see the images that reflect the real moments and real emotions that happened between you, your families and best friends. That's what I believe and that's how I approach photography. Finding beauty in all the real moments and capturing the essense of your wedding in an authentic, creative and natural way.

Sensational Vintage at Vista West Ranch

I had the pleasure of participating again in the Vista West open house last weekend. We had a wonderful turn out of new couples and I know the vendors had a fun time getting to know each other.
I was particularly in love with this fantastic vintage inspired theme, that I just had to take some extra photos. The chairs, the plates, all the vessels and of course, the great mix of flowers fit perfectly with the rustic elegance of the venue itself. I had a really hard time narrowing down my favorites since no two centerpieces were alike and they were all so very beautiful. I was married in the mountains (in Estes Park) and if I were to get married again, to the same amazing man of course, this whole design would be right up my alley. Natural and rustic, yet refined. I must say, Wendee and Stacey of Petal Pushers really outdid themselves this time. Here’s some (I guess more like a lot) inspiration for your upcoming wedding.














…and a few shots from around Vista



- 12:08 pm Isabel S. Waisman - Amazing..............Amelia you are amazing so artistic! You make every bride look fabulous and at ease. Is

- 9:08 am kristi wright - This is such a beautiful wedding. I love the vintage touches and the flowers! Always beautiful w/ Petal Pushers. I've really enjoyed looking at your work.

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