big old family session share | austin family photographer

Doing a session for another photographer and their family, while a bit unnerving, is also one of my absolute favorite things to do!  And I’m in love with photographing teenagers, so I was in heaven during this session with Jenna and her beautiful family.  She mentioned to me that this might likely be their last full on family session before the oldest is out of the house and off to college.  Wow, what a responsibility placed upon me to capture them as they are right now, before so much change happens.  And I’m reminded, again, of how quickly times flies.  Their oldest is only one year older than Ty.  I have 3 years to capture my own family as we are before the big changes start happening!  Parenting, and photographering (totally a word, I just made it up….) is so bittersweet.

2013-03-09T15:16:17-05:00March 9th, 2013|Austin Photographer, Client Work|

How she reads | Austin Lifestyle Photographer

Have you ever seen this?

The first time I saw it my very first thought was “Oh my, that is sooooooo Taryn”.  Living, breathing proof below!  Ha!  I caught this over the course of about 5 minutes.  I was laying on the floor in Jude’s room photographing Jonah and every so often I’d turn and snap a shot of T quietly reading her book in the hallway.  She didn’t notice till the end.  My funny girl, you make me laugh.

2013-02-08T08:05:47-05:00February 8th, 2013|Uncategorized|

real. three photos, three stories.

When I put up a post last week that I was making an unexpected trip to Houston, my photographer friend Wendi emailed me and grabbed it.  And she knew just what she wanted….”birth photographer Lyndsay to show up”.  Wendi wanted all the little real moment captured of her family at home, doing what they do, eating popcorn, playing, dress up, couch jumping, snuggling in bed, playing legos, painting toenails, all of that and more.  She wanted me to capture them…..living.  I LOVE that.  In fact, when she emailed me about it I shared with her that I’m so smitten with this idea that Jase and I hired someone a few months ago to come in and do the exact same thing for us in the fall.  Real moments, at home, all the little beautiful moments inbetween, they matter.

Story for the first photo…Oliver made his mom this necklace that she was supposed to wear for their last session with me.  Only, Wendi forgot it in Houston and their session was in Austin.  Whoops!  So we made sure that she wore it this go around.  He was so proud.  Is there anything better than a mom with a noodle necklace?!

Story for the second photo…Wendi really wanted to capture the kids in their favorite dressup costumes diving off the couch because this is the daily entertainment.  It’s what they do.  Constantly.    Miss A was about to dive when I caught this and oh my word, it cracks me up!  And while you’d think that Audrey is dressed up as batman, you’d be wrong, very, very wrong.  This is robyn, batman’s trusty sidekick.  I dare ya to tell her otherwise!  HA!

And I also have to share what I spotted right when I walked through their door!  I LOVE it!  That’s another thing about working with photographers that I absolutely love, they always print BIG.  I love what Wendi did with her photos from our last session together.  You’d think it is one big print but it’s not, individual standouts hung together and it’s just perfect!  And the awesome part is, if she ever wants to put something else in this spot, she’s not married to the sheer size of it, she can break it up and move it around.  Brilliant!  And it makes such a statement as you walk in their house, I just fell in love with it.

And now is where I’ll confess to a laugh we shared and hope Wendi doesn’t kill me for sharing.  As I walked in to their bedroom, I noticed a big frame with various photos in it.  But the families in the photos were obviously “frame families” and not anyone she knew.  I laughed, she blushed a little and then I too confessed that I’ve had an entire arrangement hanging in my bedroom (for over a YEAR) with frame families in it.  HA!  What is it they say about plumbers always having leaky faucets?!  Apparently photographers are the same way.  Well, at least these two photographers.  Wendi, don’t worry, I have just the photos for that frame!!

2011-08-15T18:24:22-05:00August 15th, 2011|Client Work|

Life in Motion Photography

Life in Motion Photography by Lyndsay Stradtner

My old website was super outdated, embarrassingly so.  Most of the photos on my old site were between 2 and 6 years old.  I considered just keeping my blog and ditching the website, but I wanted a place for my clients to always see my best foot forward, to view my work and to keep myself comfortable with being able to share family snapshots and simple little stories of our every day life here on my blog and not worry about those things being the all important first impression for a client.  Having a dedicated website gives me peace in knowing I can post whatever I want over here.  I bought a new one in January and started to build it.  And then I got busy and I’d work on it maybe 15-20 minutes a week.  It is finally, FINALLY, done and I am so excited to share it with you!  It is a much better, more current, representation of my work, my style, my clients, me.  My hope is that it is simple, easy to use and let’s my work speak for itself.  I still have a few photos to move around, a few things to tweak, but in the meantime, I hope you like it as much as I do!

belle | austin newborn photographer

Miss Belle is also a little bitty thing weighing in at around 5 lbs at birth.  I also photographed her birth but I am still working on proofing those images (halfway done Pam!).  Her parents chose to have me proof her newborn photos first so they could get announcements out but I wanted to take a quick break and come share a few.  LOVED this session.  The color, the moments, everything.  When I arrived I asked if they were friendly with their neighbors because it would be great to use the flowers in their yard as a backdrop.  They thought I meant the beautiful, manicured yard two doors down…nope not me….I was drawn the house across the street that hadn’t been mowed since last year.  HA!  Yeah baby….

Uh, have I ever mentioned how much I adore grandpas?  I LOVE cute little old grandpas.  He was so cute with Belle, a confident hand and just in love with her….I love how they are checking each other out in the first one.

And as I was setting them up for a shot on the front porch, I was testing the light, he was getting ready, and both of them sneezed at the same time.  Such a cute moment!

I can’t wait to see this one on canvas….

And then as I was poking around in the nursery looking for things to incorporate into their session, blankets, etc.  I found THIS!!  It pays to be nosey!  HA!  I thought I had died and gone to photographer heaven right then and there!  I mean seriously?!  An original bright red English Pram?!  And bonus, it belonged to her Daddy when he was a baby overseas.

And last but not least, my fave family shots from this session….

Pam & Chris, congratulations on the birth of Belle, she is so beautiful!  It has been a pleasure to get to know you and I look forward to photographing your family again in 6 months!  Birth photos coming soon, promise!!

2010-04-28T20:32:34-05:00April 28th, 2010|Austin Photographer, Client Work|
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