Sharing My World Through Photos - steve-coyle

Sharing My World Through Photos

Shot of the Day

School Colors

Despite the cool temps and intermittent drizzle Elizabeth remained jacket free for her senior session Sunday afternoon. The rest of us were all bundled up in coats and rain gear, but Elizabeth would not let a little cool weather make her change her planned wardrobe for her session. We made some great images and had a lot of fun along the way. Wishing her the best senior year ever! Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • School Colors

    Despite the cool temps and intermittent drizzle Elizabeth remained jacket free for her senior session Sunday afternoon. The rest of us were all bundled up in coats and rain gear, but Elizabeth would not let a little cool weather make her change her planned wardrobe for her session. We made some great images and had a lot of fun along the way. Wishing her the best senior year ever! Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Remembrance

    Thank you to all of those who have served our country. My grandfather served in WWI as a supply truck driver. I still remember some of the stories I heard from my mother and grandmother of some of the horrors he saw. My dad was a Marine right after the Korean War ended. He joined wanting to see the world but ended up serving his four years stateside driving 155mm motorized cannons around the Mojave Desert. That service helped pay for his bachelors and masters degrees. Here's to all who have served, whether during wartime or peace! Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Golden Road

    Being careful to stay off this landowners property, I made this from the highway their private road opens onto. Definitley a place I'd love to call home, especially with all the superb fall colors. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Enchanted View

    Continuing with the gate and fall colors theme, fence line along the Enchanted Circle in northern New Mexico. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Ranch Gate

    Fall colors on a ranch in northern New Mexico in early October. I was looking for a combination like this as we drove across New Mexico. Glad we were lucky enough to find it with a tree in full fall colors and a gate to frame the scene. :-) Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Family Portrait

    Fall is in the air and it is making me think of family portraits. Fall is the perfect time to update your family portraits for holiday cards. Plus the cooler temperatures make outdoor sessions so much more pleasant. Remembering this session with the Frizzelle family from Butler Park in downtown Austin from last fall. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Lasso and Coins

    In honor of All Saints Day I thought I'd share a wedding tradition that I recently had the opportunity to photograph. I had heard about the tradition of giving 13 coins during a wedding several years ago when I ate at the 13 Coins restaurant in Seattle, but I had not heard the story of the Lasso. When I was at Vanessa and Tory's wedding in October, this was a tradition they were using in their wedding. According to the information I received and researched, the lasso is a ritual in which the bride and groom face each other to declare their love. The coins are a way of saying that everything they have is going to be shared from now on between them. If you'd like to know more about the tradition, you can read about it here - Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Happy Halloween

    One of the families that stopped by the photo booth we had set up in our front yard a couple of years ago. I loved the Mary Poppins theme they used for their costumes. One of the best dressed families of the evening. Unfortunately the weather doesn't look like it's going to cooperate for such a photo booth this year. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Finally Foxes

    I got to spend my Saturday afternoon and evening with this lovely couple at the Meadows Center in San Marcos. Donna and Jackson's wedding took me back to one of my old college haunts and brought back a lot of great memories. I hope they have as many special memories from their wedding day at the Meadows Center as I did from my days in the same location. Congratulations and cheers Donna and Jackson! Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Ranch Wedding

    It's a beautiful fall day and I am thinking about fall weddings as I prepare for today's wedding in San Marcos. I made this image of Liz a couple of years ago on her groom's family ranch in Goldthwaite. It had been raining that morning, but the rain had stopped as we made the trip from Austin. The cloudy skies aided in some nice portraits of her before they tied the knot under the big oak tree in the background. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Tunnel Arch

    We arrived at Arches National Park just in time for sunset and a short hike to a couple of nearby arches. The first one we reached was Tunnel Arch just as the sun was setting behind the other nearby formations. I shot this single image handheld at f/16 to intentionally capture the sunburst as the sun set. Not an award winner with the blown highlights, but I still enjoy the image and thought it was fitting as the sun sets on another work week. TGIF! Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Winter Wedding

    Although today we are returning to more normal fall temperatures in central Texas, I was reminded the other day by a post from Cypress Falls Event Center in Wimberley that winter is not far off. We made this image of Zoe and Johnny in front of the falls that are the namesake for the wedding venue on a very chilly January day. Although the temperatures were hovering in the mid 30s, the couple was not detoured from having their creative portraits made. Still one of my favorite images from the day that was filled with so many beautiful moments. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Hanging On

    Along the Rim Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park. These Limber Pines are slow growing and hang on by their roots as the ground beneath them erodes away. Imagine how long it would take for this much ground to erode in order to see this much of the trees root system. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Canyonlands Sunset

    Golden hour at Canyonlands National Park. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Thank You

    Hannah and Matt had a unique way to say thank you to their guests after their wedding ceremony on Saturday in College Station. We just helped with the posing and where to make the memorable image. :-) You could tell the time they had spent planning their special day with all of the little details spread throughout the venue. A truly creative couple down to the last Thank You! Congratulations Hannah and Matt! Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • I Do

    Heading out for another October wedding today and all week long it has been looking like rain for the day. But the forecast is looking up and I'm hopeful we might have a chance at a sunset photo like we achieved through the trees at Lauren and Lance's venue last year. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Backroads Fall

    Blue skies and fall colors on the backroads in southern Utah. A late morning image as we made our way around some backroads on our way to Zion National Park. 25 miles of dirt roads made for one dusty van when we were done, but the views were well worth it. Not something you'll see on the interstate. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Turning Yellow

    Low clouds and fall colors along the San Juan Skyway in southwest Colorado. Standing in the rain is part of the job as a landscape photographer and there was quite a bit of that on this day touring the skyway. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Remembering Libi

    I learned that my friend Libi had passed away yesterday and her passing sent me rummaging through my archives for images I had of her. My friend, and Libi's son, Matt had his 50th birthday party a few years back and asked if I would take some photos to remember the occasion. This is still one of my favs from the night with mother and son dancing and serenading each other as the mariachis played on. RIP Libi. The world is a little emptier today without you here. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Love Unites

    We were off to Brownwood this past weekend for Vanessa and Tory's wedding at the Brownwood Coliseum. The couple had a lovely wedding and amazingly transformed the inside of the coliseum into a beautiful wedding location. The day started with rain and had us wondering it we would be relegated to working indoors all day, but the clouds broke and we were able to get outside in the evening for some photos outside their venue. It was a great way to wrap up a beautiful day with the new bride and groom. Congratulations Vanessa and Tory! Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • The Edge

    The view from the edge at Dead Horse Point State Park. Most of the time we find ourselves looking down and out into the canyon, but for a different perspective I decided to photograph what it felt like standing on the edge. Not for those with fear of heights issues. But here's a chance to see it without the possibility of falling in. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Long House

    The only way to see the cliff dwellings up and personal at Mesa Verda National Park is on a tour. Tours are often sold out days in advance, but we were lucky on our visit to the park and snagged tours of two of the cliff dwellings. Tours are great to learn information about the site, but hard to get photographs without other tour members in them. But if you're quick and on the ready, you can get some shots devoid of other members of the tour party. This was taken about halfway through our tour of Long House, one of the largest of the cliff dwellings in the park. This was built in the 1300s and still remains today. A true testament to the construction of the people that once called this home. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Harvest Moon

    A shot from early in the evening as the Harvest Moon rose and there was still light from the setting sun to illuminate the canyons below Mesa Arch. The moon had not been completely covered by the clouds at this point as it made its way into the night sky. Watching this moonrise from this spot was definitely an experience I will not soon forget. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Storms Fall

    Fall colors were exploding when we drove the San Juan Skyway in southwest Colorado in early October. It was raining on us for most of the trip as the reminants of Hurricane Rosa made their way into the States. The clouds from the storm provided just the right backdrop for this image made from one of the scenic pullouts along the road. The cross seemed to be leading the viewer to look out at this wonder of nature. It also makes me wonder who placed it there and why. Crosses typically indicate where someone has died. I know we all must die at some point, but if that is why the cross is here, what a beautiful place to leave this world and go on to the next. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Slot Canyon

    Most of the photos I have seen online from this hike are of the Kanarraville Falls. Few show the slot canyon leading up to the falls. I have long wanted to have the chance to see a slot canyon for myself and was rewarded with this view as I hiked to see the falls. Well worth the stop and the long exposure to get the shot. Amazing there is one tree growing out of the rock. How it ever got there and managed to survive in this fairly dark canyon is beyond me. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Rivers Wind

    Taking in the view from Dead Horse Point on the Colorade River in Utah. I got up early for this view when the only other people around were other photographers. The only sounds were those of the birds chirping or the wind blowing. The sun had not yet crested the rise and only the glow from it lighting the early morning sky lit the canyon at this point. It was truly a religious experience to see the land laid out bare before you from this vantage point. One of true wonders of this wonderful world we call home. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Arches Eyes

    The Eyes of Arches are upon you all the live long day. Or so it seemed as we took the primitive trail around the Windows at Arches National Park last night. You can see the glow of sunset rimming the arches as the sun was leaving us for another day on the other side of the arches. Glad we took the less traveled route to get back to the car and away from the other tourists. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Mesa Moonrise

    Lots of people photograph sunrise from this point, but what about moonrise? The clouds didn't quite cooperate as they blocked a lot of the moorn as it rose from the vantage point of Mesa Arch, but it was still spectacular none the less to see it. There were only a few people there to watch the rise which was a nice change compared to the crowds we've seen at the national parks on our Utah visit. I actually think the clouds add a drama all their own to the occasion. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Bridal Bouquet

    Capturing the details of the day. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • End of the Road

    Wondering what lies ahead in the coming year as I start another trip around ole Sol. What lies beyond the shrouded veil? Leaving the Chisos Basin in Big Bend National Park. Makes me think of a scene from the movie 'The Fog'. This is what can happen when there is rain the day before in the desert below the Chisos Mountains. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Emotional Moments

    I used to think it was always the brides that cried at weddings, but in my experience, I've seen more men shed a tear on their wedding day. Capturing those emotional moments is what I like to do best! Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Teal the Show

    Some days it's all about the details. Loved the matching footwear the couple selected for their special day. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Senior Year

    With the return to school today for many students in central Texas I'm reminded that senior portrait season is upon us. Time to get your senior portraits done for the yearbook. Please let me know if I can be of assistance. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Cutting Cake

    You've been waiting all day to cut into that cake and finally the moment arrives. The excitement of being surrounded by friends and family as you nervously cut into your beautiful cake. Thoughts like 'I hope I'm doing this right' and 'I hope the photographer is getting this' race through your head. And then the moment is over, the cake is cut, you've shared your piece of cake and that kiddo on the left is diving into his piece. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Sharp Dressed

    Going through Raven and Roger's wedding photos again yesterday as I was preparing their album for the printer. It's nice to feature the guys in wedding photography too since they often do not get the attention the bride and bridesmaids do. Roger and his groomsmen were definitely sharp dressed. Roger even threw on some personal flair and showed off his Cowboys loyalty with his handkerchief. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Blown Away

    That amazing first look. As the groom you've heard about this dress for months, but haven't seen it yet. When you see your bride in her dress for the first time you are blown away. How amazing she looks. There are no words to express the pure amazement of that first look! Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Reflective Moment

    Catching the bride in the next room as she waits for her wedding to start. I captured this moment in the foyer of St Mary Cathedral as I scanned between the groomsmen who were lined up waiting to enter the church. I love photographing weddings, but it's moments like these that make the day for me as a photographer. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Alley Secrets

    Having fun at Texas School with this couple who were actually engaged and not just models for our class. Tons of fun wandering around Addison with them on their 'engagement' session. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • First Look

    Some couples want that first look without actually seeing each other. Just the opportunity to hold their loved ones hand is enough to help calm those prewedding jitters. Being able to capture that moment for the couple to see later is something I love to do. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Sparks Fly

    Love those sparkler exits. There is just something magical about having all your guests sending you off into the night brandishing sparklers to light the way. Loved sharing the day with Kate and James. I wish them all the best in their life together! Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Casa Blanca

    Heading back to one of my favorite venues for a summertime wedding today. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Afternoon Thoughts

    Thinking ahead to the weekend and images I'll create. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Busy Bee

    I really enjoy macro photography. It keeps me sharp for shooting details during the weddings I photograph. Plus it provides the viewer with a glimpse of the world you won't see unless you really get close. Am I afraid of getting stung you ask? Maybe a little, but usually the bees are so busy collecting pollen they pay little attention to me. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Harley Lady

    My stepdaughter asked if I would do some portraits of her and her motorcycles when we visited her in Virginia. We made this image outside her place as the sun was setting behind her on the lake beside her place. This is a restored Harley that she had some custom work done on it. She's even won some competitions with it for it's uniqueness. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Forest Dreams

    A walk through the woods late in the evening at Shenandoah National Park. We were on our way to the evening ranger talk in the Big Meadow campground when I saw this scene. A storm had passed through earlier in the day and fog had settled in for the night. The ferns in the park were amazing and I had not seen them growing in the wild like this since I was in the Pacific Northwest over 10 years ago. I really wanted a scene that showed them off and I felt the trees did a nice job of framing up the image for me. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Fourth of July

    Happy Independence Day! Hope your fireworks show was as nice as the one I saw tonight. Military towns know how to do fireworks right! It was a blast watching the display put on in Norfolk, Virginia tonight. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Wedding Sparks

    Happy 4th of July everyone! Hard to beat a sparkler send off on your wedding night. Hope your day is filled with as much fun and good times as Lauren and Lance had on their wedding day. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Dark Hollow

    I always enjoy going to a national park that I haven't been to before. This summer we decided to add Shenandoah National Park to the list of parks we have visited. I had picked out several hikes I wanted to do, but with limited time and rain in the area, I narrowed down my focus to the Dark Hollow Falls hike. It's a nice hike of about a mile and half along the stream that feeds the falls. What goes down, must come up, so be prepared for a good walk out should you go. I saw a momma black bear and her 2 cubs crossing the path as I made my way out which made the excursion even more enjoyable. I made this image of the falls in the middle of the day. I just waited for the clouds in the area to cut down on the sunlight so I wouldn't have a lot of hot spots in the image and a .9 graduated ND filter to cut down on some of the light at the top of the image and allow for a little longer exposure. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

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