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….




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.


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!


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!


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


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….


Happy fall y’all!

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

it only took me 4 year & 11 months

to print our wedding photos.  i should have done it a long time ago.  but in all honesty, i didn’t love them.  i love him.  the photos….eh.  after digging through hundreds of proofs and tweaking and editing and creative cropping, i can honestly say that I do love these.  and that is enough.  so….finally…..a wedding wall.  jason was somewhat shocked when he walked through the door today.  he put up the shelves but had no clue what was going on them.  and neither did i until i sat down to order.  i put 3 orders in my cart and deleted them one by one, trying to find the right combo of pics before i even thought ‘wedding’.    we thought we lost all of them to hurricane katrina.  even contacted the photog to see if he had another copy (we bought the original negatives)….he didn’t.  then months and months after the storm, we found them in a random box we’d looked in a million times.  no clue how they got there, and thankful, emotional, hanging on by a thread through the stress of rebuilding and God giving us a much needed gift of photographic memories….tears started to flow.  i appreciate them more now.  i am so happy to have them up, happier that i love them.

here is the before (but after the shelves were hung).  there was previously nothing there.  this is the hall leading into our master bedroom.  the kitchen is to camera left, playroom is camera right and backdoor / living room behind.


((i still need to order a canvas of teagan for the all on the left – or i might just do something else all together))

And the after:


(2) 16×20’s  (2) 11×14’s  (3) 8×10’s (2) 5×7’s  (1) 5×10
All mounted on styrene and sprayed for protection.


I love how it turned out but might move things around a bit as the top shelf feels unbalanced.  The shelves came from IKEA.  I simply went with Alli so she could buy some for her foyer display (that I still need to go take a snap of) and I came home with 3 shelves myself.  Funny how that works.  Here is what we did with the 3rd shelf….we added it to the top of our kitchen display.


I love having pics in my kitchen.  I spend so much time in there.  They make me happy.

And now that these are done….jase will soon be starting a huge photo project for our house.  the pics are the easy part for once, he’ll be building the largest photo frame to ever enter our house!!!   floor to ceiling and he’s building green with reclaimed wood.  I can’t wait!!!!

2009-10-02T20:51:54-05:00October 2nd, 2009|My Family, Our House|

for sale

we are about to do some work on our house, new floors, painting and just finally trying to get rid of the cookie cutter feel to our house.  yeah, we’ve been here almost 2 years, it is time.  we have a few things we are getting rid of and since we’re a little afraid of craigslist after some weirdos replied to an ad for some bedding, we thought we’d post it here.  most of the stuff we have now is for local purchase only because of size and weight, but I will be adding much, much more that can be shipped here pretty soon.  ((including some photography props, kids clothes, scrapbook / craft supplies, pottery barn bedding and much more!))

I added a tab under the links tab above.  Or you can click here.  Items include decorative items, furniture, TV’s, baby furniture.  I’ll be adding stuff until we are all done, so check back often!

2009-09-13T12:50:27-05:00September 13th, 2009|Announcements, My Family|

a new photo display | austin photographer

If you are a facebook fan, you know I’ve been posting little sneak peeks of the newest photo display idea going up in our house.  I am constantly looking for new and different ways to display photos in our house.  It is a challenge because I’m bad (really bad) about not printing any of my personal work.  If I do, it’s just a few here and there.  And while shoving a 4×6 in an album is nice and all, I rarely do it.  I want our home, the place we live and love and grow and change to be filled with the everyday captures of our life.  I want my children to be in our home and feel the memories, the history, the little moments.  But even though we’ve been in this new house for almost two years, it still feels very builder cookie cutterish.  It bothers both Jase and I a lot, but we just don’t have the extra funds to do all the things we want to do with it.  Most of the rooms are still blah builder beige, we’re slowing fixing that, but not happening as quickly as I’d like.

Anyway, a few weeks ago, I did an in home session for this beautiful family.  I was in awe the second I walked into their home.  It’s warm and thoughtful and filled with things with meaning, new and old.  The colors just flow and their style is divine.  I know they put so much thought into their space during the recent renovations and I had to stop myself from asking if I could photograph their home when I was done taking their family pics.  One of the things I loved was a little photo display on the cabinets separating their dining room and kitchen.  Polaroids arranged with little clips.  They looked awesome and polaroids are so nostalgic.  I have so many memories of my old polariod camera from when I was a kid.  My dad bought me one at a young age and I had so much fun with it.  Not long after that family session I was browsing through blogs on my google reader and came across these amazing polaroid designs by Tina Parker of My Lil Creations.  I bought them immediately, not even sure what I would do with them.  I thought about doing a display similar to Brad & Noelle’s, but wasn’t sure where I could put it.  I thought about it awhile and then it hit me.  We recently purchased this bookcase with glass frame doors.  You can put anything inside the doors, photos, fabric, the possibilities are endless. I initially had other plans for the new bookcase in my office (it hold all my packaging supplies, boxes, albums etc) but instead I gathered favorite shots, snapshots and just images I loved and started assembling them with Tina’s templates.  I knew I wanted a background that was earthy and simple, not black or white, because my office is also in our bedroom (I gave up my office in favor of our playroom last winter).  I couldn’t find what I was looking for in my stash of digital backgrounds and designs, so I emailed Tina to see if she could help me.  And help she did, she nailed it on the first try, I love it soooo much.  Thank you Tina, you are the best!!  I know I shouldn’t share until the entire project is done and complete, but the first ‘sheet’ came in from the lab today.  It’s 15×30 and there will be two and a half sheets per door.  It’d difficult to photograph due to the glare, but you get the idea….

Here is the design if you want to see it upclose….

I can’t wait to go through more family photos and get the entire bookcase done!  I absolutely love that I can display so many favorite images in one place, without a lot of framing.  And I get to look at it all the time!  Just looking at them in passing makes me smile and love each one of these people all over again.  Even on their most ornry days.

And on that note, thank you for your support yesterday.  It made me fell so much better.  I cannot say that today was much better.  But, I decided to treat myself to an iphone this morning.  No matter how bad they act, it can’t trump an iphone.  Dude, I am so smart.  Ha.

Happy Friday!

2009-07-17T14:51:14-05:00July 17th, 2009|Uncategorized|

progress | austin photographer

After my cry for help, we started to get to work around here.  First up, tackling my desk.  We bought some supplies, boxes, cubbies, dividers and a new bookcase to house everything from paper to portrait packaging supplies like ribbon, presentation boxes, albums and so much more.

Jase put the bookcase we bought together last night and I LOVE it.  The best part is yet to come, the doors are big frames for (what else) PHOTOS.  How flippin cool is that.  Big photos!  15 in x75….yummmmm-e.  And you know you’re hardcore organized when your labels need labels….

Funny story, the other day when I was labeling everything in sight, Taryn came and sat on my lap at my desk.  She requested a label with her name on it to put on her shirt and spelled out the letters with me, t-a-r-y-n.  Her next request cracked me up…”Mommy I need one that says “relax chic”….oh yes you do girlfriend.  ha.

I’ve been picking up other little things for the house to help contain things.  These finds were only $5 bucks!  Score!  I love TJMaxx.

I’ll come back and post pics of our new and improved organized spaces once we finish up, I’m just happy to finally make some progress!  Thank you all so much for your ideas, feedback and understanding!!

Happy Friday!

2009-05-29T13:58:59-05:00May 29th, 2009|My Family|

cry for help

There is a beast in our house and it has been here as long as I can remember.  And I want it out.  Or contained.  Or tamed.  Something has to change and I’m desperate for help.

It’s ugly.

It’s paper.  It drives me insane.  The mail, the papers from school, bills, magazines.  It was bad before we started our business but now it is downright out of control.  Bills from vendors, client contracts, maps to locations, quickbooks reports, receipts.  We are drowning.  At this moment we have no less than 10 stacks in our house worse than the one above.  Not including my desk, or the cabinet packed to the gills with paper we haven’t gone through in the garage, or the two messy filing cabinets in our bedroom closet, the stacks on the kitchen counter, a few tucked away here and there that never got attention when we had company over and I had to hide them.  Yes, our dirty little secret, we hide our stacks when people come over.  And then we leave them there.

I can’t tell you how much time I have lost looking for something.  A lot.  I have tried so many times to figure out a way to manage the paper that comes into our home.  I have.  Filing systems, boxes, containers, cabinets, cute little mail holders.  None of it works.  And it is no wonder.  I averaged it out a few weeks ago and approximately 40-50 paper items enter our house each weekday.  That is insane.  I need a secretary.  Or a wife 😉

Someone please help me!  If you have a system that works, how do you do it?  If you have a command center in your house, how is it set up?  If you have control of your paper/mail/school forms/doctor stuff/business stuff/receipts, action items,  etc. etc. etc. please share your tips….cause I’m drowning.

2009-05-12T13:12:53-05:00May 12th, 2009|My Family|