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I'm Mylah, a luxury wedding photographer based in Austin, Texas, capturing timeless and tangible memories that celebrate marriage.
This may be one of my favorite posts of the year! Not only do I get to re-live our couples’ beautiful days (all 29 of them this year), but I get to savor the fun we had documenting those for them! It’s also a chance for some of you to get to know Dylan and me a little bit better, not just our Austin wedding photos. It lets you get a peek into some of our behind the scenes working AND know that what we do on wedding days is more than just take pretty pictures. Hopefully, it also emphasizes that whomever you hire as a wedding photographer needs to be someone you get along with because they’ll be there with you for a good portion of your wedding day.
We don’t usually sign the marriage license for our couples, but an exception was made for Tammy and Brian when they decided to take us to Belize to photograph their elopement!
The second was just after one of the many rain storms that hit Austin this year. As I was moving around the seated guests during the ceremony, my foot somehow found a mud-hole that claimed my shoe. To keep shooting, I had to free my foot of the shoe and leave the shoe behind. You can see me shoeless below. Sacrificing your shoes for your couples is just another day in the life of this Austin Wedding Photographer.
I tend to show people exactly how to pose or give them various options to choose from. Here, I was using Jordan’s sweet mom as a stand-in “bride” in a “mirror me” situation, showing the bridesmaids how to pose. Don’t worry – I made sure to ask her permission before invading her personal space.
I’ve coached most of our couples how to cut a wedding cake and what to do for cute photos afterwards. Most know that when I tap my lips, they should kiss each other. It’s super helpful when they walk back down the aisle after the ceremony and just after the cake cutting when they can’t hear me over the reception noise.
Please know that Dylan is in shorts because we’re at a bridal session, not an actual wedding. No, he doesn’t usually go to bridal sessions but asked to tag along for Stormy’s bridals at The Plantation House.
Here, Dylan is acting as stand in, so our couple doesn’t have to stand out in the cold waiting for me to get my lights set up just right. He braved the freezing cold with me to make sure all our settings were correct before bringing out our bride and groom away from their party.
Even though our couples get their wedding day images and can share them with friends and family, we’re still willing to put our cameras down to take a group shot on someone’s iPhone (giggling inside while we do).
There you have it! A brief glance into a day in the life of a wedding photographer. We do way more than just take beautiful images and we have a ton of fun doing it! A great big shout out and THANK YOU to all our amazing couples who allow us to follow this crazy dream of ours! We owe it all to y’all’s trust in us and GOD’s many blessings.
– Mylah Renae
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Mylah Renae is a refined wedding photographer based in Austin, Texas, capturing timeless and tangible memories that celebrate marriage.