It’s almost Christmas and New Years, and that means time to wind down for the year. But before that happens we have one last sponsored post, and a good one too. Today I get to officially introduce you to Elissa R Photography in Austin Texas, serving Austin and San Antonio, as well as Houston and Dallas (with a small travel fee). We’ve got a lot of APW-ers in Texas: there are three thriving Texas book clubs, and our own editor Alyssa lives in Dallas. So I’m thrilled that we’re finally able to get y’all more Texan wedding elves you’re going to love. Yay Elissa R Photography!
Elissa has been reading APW forever-ever (two years), and has been chatting with me for at least nine months about coming on as a sponsor. She was building her business and her portfolio, and wanted to wait till she finally felt powered up and ready to go, and that time is now! Yippie! Elissa’s photos are gorgeous, and I have a feeling that after this summer’s experience shooting APW weddings, her work is going to be even better, if that’s possible. That makes Elissa R Photography one of those wedding myths… the affordable but talented photographer who is building her portfolio. Her wedding rates start at $600 (!!), and I have a feeling THAT isn’t going to last. So those of you in Texas looking for a phenomenal deal on a rising star? Let’s do this thing.
Elissa is a classically trained photographer who went to an arts magnet school in Texas, worked in Houston-area museums, and grew up in the dark room. But she told me, “I didn’t think I could make a career with my passion, however, so I put the camera down, rejected offers from art institutes, and went to a state university. I’m glad I received a well-rounded education, but it turns out that being behind the lens (and then writing about the people and experiences I encounter!) is really what makes me happy. So I’m giving it a go.” Hooray!
But her story about why she wants to work with APW couples is even better. Elissa R Photography might be the only wedding business ever (or at least so far) that started *specifically* to work with you guys. She got engaged, found APW, and started reading all your comments and support every day, and she told me this:
While I was reading about these smart, practical, talented folks I thought to myself that I would love to support them all, one day, somehow. Being a part of this community has made me feel like I have thousands of awesome sisters — or, at least, some awesome distant cousins.
At the same time I realized that my life was so much better with creativity and art and I picked up my camera again. I realized I could contribute to this fantastic community by being a part of their wedding days. Does that sound insane? That I chose to go into wedding photography because of the people I met here? I admire the seriousness of the love, life, and marriage that these ladies (and gents) have admitted to owning. And hey, if supporting their marriage means being there with a camera in hand, working my butt off, I will totally do it.
And in one final bit of awesomeness, Elissa is offering a free photo session early next year for an APW couple. Here are the details:
I want to offer a couple a free portrait session in the greater Austin area (special consideration to fabulous folks in San Antonio or Houston!) to be redeemed in early 2011 (Jan or Feb). It can be an engagement session or just a couples’ portrait session, or whatever — no strings attached and they will get all their photo files. I just want to meet some rad people and have fun and shoot some lovely photographs. If they could comment with their story, that’d be great.
So leave a comment, and then go browse. We ended 2010 right, didn’t we? Elissa R Photography could not be more perfect for APW, and I can’t wait to see the magic you guys create together.