tara & family

Gah!  I’m going to totally overshare this session.  Tara is a fellow Austin Photographer with Life is Sweet.  I absolutely adore her work and she’s taken some absolutely amazing photos of my family.  I was super excited and a little nervous to get her crew in front of my camera.  Tara did a wonderful job getting everyone’s outfits together – I love love love how fancy they all are!  

I love all the personalities shining through.  From the boy energy, big sister love and sweet snuggles with momma, their family shines.

Because every good session ends with a selfie lol!  Thank you Tara for trusting me to capture your beautiful family.  It’s always an honor and I’m so thankful for your friendship!

2017-06-22T21:49:31-05:00June 22nd, 2017|Austin Photographer, 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My old website was super outdated, embarrassingly so.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!

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We had every intention of heading to the Zilker Kite Festival in Austin this weekend and the kids (especially Taryn) were super psyched about it.  Unfortunately, Teagan has had a rough weekend, we’ve had to increase his asthma meds and he’s still just not doing very well.  He scares me.  I feel like I’m constantly worrying, watching, listening, hovering….waiting.  For him to be sick.  And for him to be better.  Teagan’s breathing was pretty good this morning so we decided that instead of facing the crowds at Zilker, we’d stay closer to home just in case he took a turn for the worse.  Fighting the crowds and the traffic just didn’t sound like fun.  Instead we picked up some kites, a few sandwiches and hit the park a few miles away.  I’m so glad we did.  Teagan did really well until the end, and at that point I was super glad we were close to home!  It was a gorgeous day and I just kept thinking “this is what it’s like to be home with my family on a Sunday”!…rare for me!

I absolutely love this shot….I love that they are in the shape of a kite, totally unplanned and I didn’t even notice it until I was downloading it!

Teagan was VERY into flying his kite.  I was surprised….he didn’t stay with me or his Daddy very long at all.  He got down and took off, his kite stayed up for the longest time and he was perfectly content running around with it and watching.  I thought for sure he’d need help but he didn’t.

In the end, Taryn got a little over excited when hers took a nose dive and ended up a tangled mess in her line.  I think it would have been easier to cut her out of the web!

While it would have been fun to see all the kites at the festival, this little version of our own worked just fine for us.

2010-03-14T20:56:00-05:00March 14th, 2010|My Family|

par-tay | austin photographer lyndsay stradtner

Today we celebrated Jason’s 32nd birthday.  After picking up Ty from school, we ran a few errands and were going to stop to pick up dinner.  I called home to get everyone’s ‘order’.  Jase gave me his, Taryn started yelling her order into the phone and then all of a sudden Teagan yells out “ketchup!!”  “ketchup!!”  “MOMMA KETCHUP!!!!!”  Do you think this kid likes to dip stuff or what?  Funny little guy…..

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I am so in love with this face, this kid, this crazy little dude who will karate chop you out of nowhere and then love the bobo he inflicted with utter sincerity.  I love the way he runs.  And dances.  And searches for Ty and Taryn when they’ve been out of sight just a little too long.  He’s a snuggle bug.  And a blankie boy.

And I have to say…..HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my husband!  If you want to see a few funny par-tay pics uploaded via iphone, click here.  Trust me, it’s worth the extra click, I can’t stop laughing 😉  He’s seriously the funniest guy I know.

2009-10-22T22:17:23-05:00October 22nd, 2009|My Family|

fall | austin family photographer lyndsay stradtner

Fall has managed to find it’s way to Central Texas and our house.  To this I say ‘Thank God’ and ‘Adios 110 temps!’

I love this time of year.  So crisp, the smells, the fresh air, temps you can actually go outside in, pumpkin spice latte’s, fall crafts and projects.  Our family embraces it in a big way….

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our front door…..this is the kids new favorite spot, they gravitate here.  Teagan loves to pat the scarecrow on the top of its head, rearrange the pumpkins, sit on the haystack and fiddle till his little heart is content.

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Jase loves fall projects too….he and the kids made these.  We still need to put the lights in them but they turned out great and so easy to do!

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And imagine my surprise when I came home from working this weekend and found they had all made this super cool haunted house out of an old box.  It even lights up!  I was super impressed!

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There are too many things about this shot that I love to list.  Way too many.

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And my other fave thing about fall at our house….the view from our living room as the sun rises each morning.  Its a blessing and a curse.  Obviously, the blessing is how beautiful it is….the curse?  I’m up early enough to see it.  Ha, not really.  I do love my sleep, but our family is adjusting to a new whopper of a schedule starting this week.  Oh how I miss my precious morning sleept.  But, I think I can say this is my new favorite part of the day when we enjoy it as a family each morning….

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Happy fall y’all!

2009-10-20T17:53:45-05:00October 20th, 2009|Austin Photographer, My Family, Our House|

Win A Mini Session & The Little Monsters Bash ’09 Slideshow! | Austin Photographer

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I know there are quite a few people waiting on this and I’m so excited to come share it.  This event started last year, with 10 families who helped MC and I raise some money for Team in Training.  This year, we went bigger, way bigger, and invited not 10, but 50 families (over 60 kids!!!) to the event to benefit MD Anderson hospital in the name of Jon Urban.  60 kids in 3 hours….that means 20 kids per hour and approximately only 3 minutes with each child!!  How crazy is that?!  Crazy and fun.  Anyway, Jon and MC have faced a lot this year, tackling cancer head on (you can read a little more about that here).  We couldn’t think of a better cause than to raise funds for the very hospital that helped to save Jon’s life.  I want to take a moment to thank all those who participated and donated this year, we couldn’t have done it without you and your support!  We raised over $1,700 in just a few hours on a Saturday morning!  Isn’t that just awesome!  I can’t even tell you how much fun we had too…..all the cuties in costume were just too much!  I’ve posted quite a few sneak peeks over the past week but I happen to know there has been quite a bit of blog stalking going on looking for even more…..it’s finally time!!!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL THE LITTLE MONSTERS

Fun stuff!!  Everyone’s images will be mailed out over the course of the weekend, thanks for your patience!

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But we’re not done yet.

We’re hoping to raise even more.  So here is the deal…..

I’m putting up a mini session.  Let’s do a raffle!  Here is the deal……

Each person who donates $10 to our cause, you will be entered to win a free mini session with me.  Donate $20, you will be entered twice.  Donate $50 and you have 5 chances to win.  So on and so on.  The winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday, October 20th.  The mini session will occur in January of 2010 at a mutually convenient date and time.  Session will occur in or around the Austin area at a location chosen by me.  The mini session will consist of a consultation prior to our session together, 30 minutes of photography time, 5 full resolution images presented in color and black and white with a print release and a 5×7 print of each image.  You do not have to live in or around Austin to enter, but you must be willing to travel to the area should you win the mini session raffle.  You can also gift the mini session to someone else if you choose to do so.  This would be a great gift to give for Christmas, and because it falls in January, it would be a great time to capture a few fun images in time for Valentines Day!  Please email me for a complete list of rules and restrictions on mini sessions.

Edited:  Please contact me at lstradtner@mac.com if you would like to make a donation.

**A quick note about next years fundraiser – we’re going even bigger!  It will be on location and it will benefit a very worthy close that hit close to home with us this year, Dell Children’s Hospital.  The exclusive invitations will be handled differently next year.  You will get an invite if:  1)  You are a Life in Motion Photography client anytime in the 2010 calendar year 2)  You attended the event and donated this year or 3)  You participate by donating to the raffle.  The exclusive invitations will be sent out in August and spots will be on a first come, first serve basis.  It was a blast this year, you don’t want to miss it in 2010!**

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