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Dance Amor

Raquel and Carlos from their first dance last night at Anderson Terrace in Austin, Texas. The first dance is always one of my favorite parts of the wedding day. It's that moment when you can feel all alone, but surrounded by al of your family and friends. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Dance Amor

    Raquel and Carlos from their first dance last night at Anderson Terrace in Austin, Texas. The first dance is always one of my favorite parts of the wedding day. It's that moment when you can feel all alone, but surrounded by al of your family and friends. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Day's End

    Sunset from Carlsbad Caverns National Park looking south toward Guadalupe Mountains National Park. The cliff that juts out and drops off in the distance is the 'bow of the ship' that stage coach drivers used to guide them through the area. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Steal the Show

    You never know who children will gravitate to in a wedding or what they will do. But they are often one of the highlights of the day as this ring bearer was on his walk down the aisle. :-) Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Balanced Rock

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  • Tree Love

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  • The Kiss

    Looking forward to photographing Shelley and John tying the knot today. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • First Dance

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  • Spring Beauty

    What do you do when the field of bluebonnets you want to photograph is filled with families and couples taking photos in the field? Get close and single out a section of the flowers to show off their beauty. At least that's what I decided on yesterday when I was at Brushy Creek Lake Park in Cedar Park. It was nice to see the field by the lake full of bluebonnets again this year after their absence last spring. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Pristine Water

    It's hard for me to believe that this was my view a week ago today. To get to this point on the Devils River in west Texas you have to portage around a waterfall, run multiple sets of rapids (2 of which I flipped my kayak on) and paddle 13 or 28 miles (depending on where you access the river). There is no other way to this point on the river unless you are one of the property owners whose land strides the river. There are numerous No Trespassing signs along the river to remind you that almost all of the land is privately owned as you make your way toward Amistad Lake that the Devils River feeds into. There are only 2 ways onto the river if you are not a landowner, either Baker's Crossing on FM 163 or through the Devils River State Natural Area that requires an outfitter with a permit from the state to take you there. This is one of the most remote places I've ever been in terms of being able to get to the outside world should the need arise. If you get off the river you stand the chance of meeting the wrong end of a landowners gun, not to mention whatever fines are bestowed upon you for trespassing. But, with all of that said, for this view I would do it all over again. And now that I have experience on the river and know what lays ahead from this point to the next campsite,, I would time it so I was in this spot later in the afternoon to early evening. The wind was blowing quiet strongly when I made this image and even with a polarizer and neutral density filter I could only flatten the surface of the water so much. I could not tell how deep the water was in the channel that runs through the middle of the image, but even as clear as the water was, I could not see the bottom. I found one of the few tiny islands in the middle of the river for this image. Just large enough for me, my tripod and enough room to pull my kayak onto to keep it from floating away. The overcast skies from the previous 2 days had been blown out by a cold front that had blown through the night before leaving partly cloudy skies and cooler temperatures in its wake. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Huisache Reflections

    Happy Easter! The huisache were in full bloom for our paddle down the Devils River last week. Luckily in this section of the river we were greeted with calm conditions and the trees reflected grandly off the mirror surface of the water. The sweet aroma of the blooms filled the air as we paddled past them. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Here Comes the Bride

    It's hard to compare to the joy and excitement a bride feels on her wedding day. Especially as she walks down the aisle with her father to meet her soon to be husband. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • The Lighthouse

    They say a man's home is his castle, but ladies should have their castles too. Especially on their wedding day! Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Stand Out

    Thought I'd start off the work week with the image I won a photo contest with last week. I made this last year in Castroville at the Castroville Poppy House. I was disappointed to read on their Facebook page this monrning that they have a lack of poppies this year and will not be open for any photo sessions. Hopefully the year off will provide a bumper crop next year. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Texas Independence

    Happy 182nd Birthday Texas! While the Mexicans were laying siege to the Alamo, Texas' forefathers were busy at Independence Hall in Washington on the Brazos signing the Texas Declaration of Independence. My ancestors on my mother's side arrived in Texas a few years later when Texas was still and independent country. I am proud to call myself a Texan and proud of our heritage. It is a land of beaches, forests, deserts, mountains and so many other things in between. It is filled with pride unlike any place I have been. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Upper Amicalola

    View of the upper Amicalola Falls from the foot bridge that crosses the falls about midway down the falls. If you find yourself in northern Georgia, making a stop to see this waterfall should definitely be on your list. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Singing Dad

    Having your father toast you at your wedding is one thing, but having him sing to you and your husband raises it to a whole other level. Raven's dad went over the top in his song to her and Roger in their wedding. Hard to beat moments like these. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Seeing Red

    The old saying of April showers bring May flowers may be true in other parts of the country, but in Texas, February showers bring March flowers. The rain we're receiving today and expecting most of this week has me thinking about March flower photographic opportunities. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Magic Moment

    I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day! I love helping couples capture their special moments on their wedding day. Leah and Lance wanted their photo taken in front of the LOVE letters set up at Casa Blanca on Brushy Creek on their wedding day. We tried multiple angles, but this one just spoke to me. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Historic Dress

    One BEAUTIFUL dress in the doorway of the historic Barr Mansion in east Austin. Weddings on rainy days present certain challenges. Like finding a cool place to photograph the dress, but keeping it out of the rain. The dress stayed dry. My assistant and I, not so much, but we still had a blast. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Hunter Sunrise

    Sunrise from the Pine Springs Trail in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Wedding Day

    Looking forward to photographing Leah and Lance's wedding today. We made this portrait in June during their engagement session in downtown Georgetown. Looking forward to doing a little more night photogrephy with them today. :-) Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Looking Glass

    Kate had seen a photo of another bride looking out a window at the Barr Mansion that she wanted to see if we could replicate, but due to the the time of day that was not possible. So instead we strove for a different look and had her and Danny sit in the bridal getting ready room while I went outside for a unique 'looking in' photo. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Davis Sunrise

    Happy New Year! What better way to start out a new year than a sunrise from a beautiful vantage point in the mountains in west Texas. Looking forward to seeing many more sunrises in 2018 like this one captured through the window at the CCC Overlook in Davis Mountains State Park in October. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Clint's Bar

    Experimenting with the MagMod my stepdaughter gave me for Christmas. Our friend Clint has a really cool bar that he has set up in his family's former sunroom. I made use of Clint's popcorn maker by placing a flash in it to add a little light to background and used the MagMod to focus light on his face. I could not have made this image without a grid like the MagMod on my main light. Took a little tweaking with my voice activated lightstand (aka my wife) moving the light around until I got just the look I was going for, but I think our patience paid off. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • All Ears

    If you purchased a copy of my 2018 calendar you've seen this shot of Mule Ears in Big Bend National Park that I made in October. Definitely a cool place to watch sunrise from and for this vantage all you need to do is get out of your car. No hiking required for one of the coolest places to watch sunrise in the park. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Last Kiss

    We wrapped up the 2017 wedding year last night with this image as Kate and Danny were leaving their reception at the Barr Mansion in Austin. After raining a good portion of the afternoon and forcing all activities indoors, the rain finally let up to allow for the planned sparkler exit. I have heard rain on your wedding day is supposed to be good luck, so here's to wishing Kate and Danny many years of happiness and fireworks! Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Wall Art

    I saw Zoe and Johnny at the wedding I photographed last weekend. She told me how happy she was with this image hanging over their new fireplace in a 30x40 canvas. I love it when my clients realize the importance of prints in their homes, especially large wall hangings that really show off where they were at when the photo was taken. With some software I have, I was able to show them before they had the print made how it would look in the space they wanted to place it so they could see the way various size prints would look. The final decision was theirs, but it thrills me when I'm able to educate my clients to think beyond traditional 8x10 prints and go with big wall art. Here's to Zoe and Johnny and many years of enjoying their art above their fireplace. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Couple Light

    Working with my friend and assistant Anand on this image we made with Raven and Roger at their wedding at the Milestone in New Braunfels on Sunday. The evening was beginning to cool down and we ran outside before it got too chilly for an outside portrait. Raven and Roger could not have been more perfect in their pose under the arch they were married beneath a few hours earlier. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Night Ends

    Thinking of Big Bend this morning and the snow photos I saw from there yesterday. There wasn't any snow there when we visited in October, but the desert had it's own beauty without snow, which is how most of us see it. For this image we got up early and made the trip from the Chisos Basin down to Mule Ears on a morning in October. This long exposure enables you to see the desert around the Mule Ears area, but it was still quite dark when this image was made. The glow in the east from the quickly approaching sun was still almost an hour from actual sunrise. The air was still and quiet which made this long exposure possible. If you find yourself in Big Bend and want a nice place to watch sunrise from, take a little drive from one of the campgrounds or the Chisos Basin Lodge and check out sunrise from Mule Ears. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Princess Bride

    A cold front had blown in the day I photographed this wedding and the wind was blowing quite a bit as witnessed by the sash that had blown out of the photo on the left. The bride was a natural in front of the camera showing off her stunning dress in front of the Lighthouse in Johnson City. The venue truly did give one the feeling of being in a castle. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Lunar Lights

    The city of Cedar Park had lit the Heritage Oak tree on Friday night but I had decided to skip the fanfare and instead wait til Sunday night to see if I could get lucky with the Super Moon. However, when I was driving to see the tree last night I had little hope that I'd be able to see the Super Moon as the sunset was obscured by clouds and there were more clouds in the east where the moon would soon be rising. But just as I was about to head back to the van and home for the night I saw the old familiar glow begin to rise in the east. I waited for the moon to clear the treeline behind the Heritage Oak and was able to capture it looking down on the city's handiwork of adding 60,000 lights to the oldest tree in town. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Drawing Lines

    Checking out the geology around Balanced Rock in Big Bend National Park. I'm always fascinated how the layers of rock twist and curve. To think of the forces that caused these shapes never ceases to amaze me. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Pink Rose

    Some days it's all about the details. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Hunter's Cabin

    If you hike far enough into McKittrick Canyon in Guadalupe Mountains National Park you will eventually reach Hunter's Cabin. This cabin is actually a little off the main trail, but it is marked on the park's map. I decided I wanted to take the additional side trip to check it out and was not disappointed. I can only imagine how the hunters must have felt when they came out to this cabin in it's past life. What a picturesque place to go to escape from the rest of the world. Definitely worth the extra side trip to check this place out. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Emotional Moments

    Weddings are filled with emotional moments. First looks are great for letting you have some of those moments in private with your loved one. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Wild West

    On our last trip to Big Bend we made the drive down river road, which I read at one time that National Geographic had classified as one of the most scenic drives in the US. For desert scenery it is hard to beat and there are several interesting stops along the way. We stopped at the old Contrabando movie set where movies like the Streets of Laredo were filmed. Most of the buildings that were here were torn down by Texas Parks and Wildlife in 2015 due to safety concerns regarding the integrity of the buildings. But this one building remains and the backdrop is second to none for an old western, especially if you are patient and wait for the right light to bring it to life. Definitely worth the stop if you ever find yourself in Big Bend and want to see more than just the national park. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Lit Up!

    We had a ton of fun with Lauren and Lance yesterday at their wedding at the Wildflower Barn in Driftwood. It was getting rather chilly when we made thsi shot in their sparkler exit, but they still had a great contingent of guests to send them on their way into the happily ever after. It is such a great honor to be asked to be a couple's wedding photographer because I know my work is the one thing they will have long after the last sparkler has faded to but a memory. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Magic Moments

    It's those special moments on your wedding day that tell the story. The fleeting looks that pass so quickly are lost without a photographer to help you preserve them. Taking a break from my landscape photography to show the other side of my business that I love to help couples remember their special days and keep the love alive. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Hands Up!

    Sticking with the black and white theme for another day. I made this image in the early morning after photographing sunrise in the Mule Ears area. Every other time I've been down to Santa Elena canyon in Big Bend National Park has been in the late afternoon, so I wanted to see the canyon under a different light. I feel like the trip down to the canyon paid off as I not only got the canyon in some great light, but alos managed to catch the moon as it was setting in the western sky. Oh, and it was a lot cooler in the morning which made if a real pleasure walking around in the desert below the canyon that has been around 100 degrees Fahrenheit every other time I've been down there. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Mountain View

    In all my visits to Davis Mountains State Park I had never seen this view until our last visit earlier this month. I had taken the Indian Lodge Trail in order to gain better access to an image of the park's Indian Lodge, but this scene actualy struck me as far more compelling than the image I ended up taking of Indian Lodge. You can only see this view from this trail and it's well worth the hike. I made this at sunset, but hope to get back to this vantage point at sunrise on another visit. Seeing SH 118 below just makes me want to follow it to see where it leads me around the bend. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Chasing Chisos

    I made this image as we were returning to the Chisos Basin after sunset. The grass on the sides of the road almost appeared to glow in the dark. I made this image with a 3 second exposure to allow enough light into the camera to have more than just 2 streaks down either side of what was the roadway. The grass just seemed to be guiding the way back to the Chisos Mountaions. As you approach Panther Junction from Rio Grande Village in the park, the desert vegetation definitely begins to increase and the grasses begin to fill in where there is only rock at the lower altitudes of the park closer to the Rio Grande River. Even though this was taken well after sunset you can see all of the flora on the side of the roadway as you are headed back to the mountains. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Desert Blooms

    Every season seems to bring different blooms to the desert of Big Bend, In October it's the purple sage (cenizo). I made this image at dawn in the Mule Ears area of Big Bend National Park, The sun was still not quite up to camera left. The Mule Ears area has many interesting rock formations, not just the 'ears' the area is known for. The rocks are always there, but the blooms are a passing memory. This was their time to shine. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Mountain Dreams

    Camping in the mountains is one of my favorite ways to get away. I made this image on the trip my wife and I just returned from in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Looking to the west before the moon rose behind us I was able to capture the Milky Way before it set for the night. I believe I will be looking at this image often and dreaming of our next trip to some far off location. Hope all of you have a great week wherever you are. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Fog Bank

    In the words of John Muir, "The mountains are calling and I must go." Time for another Big Bend trip to experience moments like this one from last spring. Every season brings different sights to the desert and it's been over 20 years since I've been in Big Bend during the fall. Looking forward to new sights and to capture the last images for my 2018 calendar. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Up, Up and Away

    It's hard to believe that October is here again and in Albuquerque, New Mexico they are once again preparing for their annual balloon festival. This year's celebration begins next weekend, so I thought in honor of the upcoming event I'd share this image I captured a few years ago when we were there. I believe this image provides you with a pretty good idea of what it's like to be there. It is an amazing sight watching hundreds of balloons lift off during the dawn ascension. Something that was on my bucket list and I'm glad to have it checked off. :-)

  • Ranch Wedding

    With fall weddings coming into season I was looking back at some of my favorite images. Liz and David chose this spot on their family's ranch because of the huge oak tree they wanted to be married under. This ranch made the perfect place for a wedding and has Texas written all over it. We didn't get the sunset I know Liz would have preferred that day, but the location she selected speaks for itself in any weather. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Love Unites

    We had a great time with Shelley and John in the Mueller Development on Saturday. We dodged dragons, shrieked at a giant spider and were bitten by ants, but we perservered for a great time touring this fine Austin landmark. If you haven't taken a stroll through the development you owe it to yourself to do so. I really enjoyed helping introduce Shelley and John to all that Mueller Lake Park and the Southwest Greenway had to offer for their engagement session in such a cool Austin location. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

  • Silver Run

    This waterfall in North Carolina was a short walk off the highway south of Cashiers, NC. The woman at the visitors center told us about when she saw my camera. She asked if I was interested in photographing waterfalls. She proceeded to tell us of several waterfalls in their area, but this was the only one we had time to see on this trip. Definitely need to go back again to see a few more. :-) Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (

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