Win Win in Wimberley

The family. That's pretty Elizabeth smiling in blue in front 🙂

Every now and again you luck out and make connections with a new client that ends up being more blessings than you could have ever imagined! Like, Elizabeth: someone I am happy to call my friend. She strolled into the gallery on the very first day I ever worked there (A very good sign. “Thanks, God!”). “Do you do commission work?” Of cooooourse I said, not really sure what I was getting into. But it turned out to be such a FUN project, climbing to the top of the tallest hill in Bandera County on her property to get summit shots of her hubby’s hill country land for large pictures she planned to give him as a gift.

Not "the" summit shot -- but this is one of the photos from my first shoot at the Bandera County property

That part was fun enough. Bill went with me, and we really enjoyed traipsing up there at sunset. But then, she contacted me about doing a family portrait shoot of her family who was gathered from far and near for the holidays. Sure!!! I happily agreed since I love, love LOVE working with her. Where should we do it? Anywhere would have been fine. But, when she said, “Well, my dad has a house on some really pretty property out in Wimberley where we’ll all be. It will be a generational photo because the oldest is our 91-year old Poppy, and the youngest is our 6-month old Katha. How ‘about that?” Are you kidding me?? Wimberley just may be one of the most beautiful spots in Texas. 91-years old?? I’m in HEAVEN! (even tho I have to admit that when I met Poppy, I was not totally believing he could possibly be 91!)

Elizabeth & Katha, with her sister, Gretchen & Shelley

I loved this family! You could feel the easy comfort they all had with each other. A family totally down-to-earth, and obviously very much a family whose relationships go deep! Photographing families like that is so much fun! And it was one of those days when we could do it outside in midday (“Thank you, God!”)!

Abraham decided he'd rather be inside, thank you 🙂

They had politely said, “No thank you” to the early morning idea, so we were going to do it inside. But God smiled on us, and gave us one of those glorious overcast days when the outside light was perfect all day long! And since we started at about 3:30’ish, hints of pink started showing up for sunset pretty quickly.

Elizabeth’s nephews, Gavin and Ethan were fabulous!! Most people agree to family portrait shoots quite reluctantly, but not so Gavin & Ethan. They had endless ideas for pictures and I loved it! My favorites were the ones where they were perfecting the new skill their grandpa had taught them just the day before: archery. We tried and tried to get shots with the arrows in mid-air. My viewfinder showed n’ery a one where you could see the arrows, but much to my delighted surprise, when I got home, there those beautiful suckers were in all their glory in mid-air. Thanks Gavin & Ethan!

Not far from their house. I told you Wimberley was pretty, right?

To close out the day, on my way home at dusk, I had to drive over a little bridge with water from the river flowing over it. It was such a beautiful Texas winter scene, I had to stop. Right there. But I couldn’t get out because the water would have gotten me soaked up to my knees. So I rolled down the window, set my camera on the window ledge and shot from my window. Not bad for a hand-held shot in the dark, eh? Maybe it was just the good memory that makes me like the picture so much.

About Sandy

I'm Sandy Powers, full-time photographer, doing what I love with my life! My passion is PEOPLE! There is such artistry in people, and I love capturing it. Naturally, portraiture is my passion, but I also love shooting for the art of photography for competitions or exhibit. I once watched an interview with Kim Walker, a well-known Christian worship leader. What she said resonated with me and pretty much describes my own story. In the interview, she said she didn't have to force things to happen for herself. She didn't have to push. She didn't have to overly promote herself or call people and beg them to hire her. In fact, she didn't have to do anything except keep her eyes on Jesus and watch Him bring her destiny to her. That's exactly how I feel. I walk each day by faith, and my eyes are on Him! I have watched in amazement as He has orchestrated circumstance to bring my destiny to me. I thank Him daily for allowing me to not only do what I love, but to use what I love to bless others! So, how is "the destiny" unfolding? Well. . . . My work has been juried into temporary museum and art gallery exhibits, I have been featured in Outdoor Photographer Magazine, my portraiture and fine art have won several awards in national and international competitions, and one of my portraits was selected by an Adobe Lightroom blog as one of the top 50 most stunning black and white photos. I'm a member of Professional Photographers of America and the Texas Photographic Society. Anything else??? Send me a note ( any time! I LOVE meeting new people, sharing stories, and best of all, changing the "ordinary" to extraordinary through photography!
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