PEOPLE | stafford woodworks

Just taking a moment to brag on my talented dad today! He's going to be a part of West Austin Studio Tours this weekend and next (May 14th-15th and 21st-22nd). As a chemical engineer turned finance guy to a gifted woodworker my dad has started embracing his inner artist lately. I'm so proud of him! I love his work and am very lucky to get to commission a few pieces for my own home every once in a while ;). 

His trunks are completely made by hand, old school style, with reclaimed wood. He creates dovetail joints using hand tools and the results are beautifully well made pieces with so much care put into each one. 

He is #284 in the tour and you can get more info in the West Austin 2016 Catalog.

Come see his work!

2405 Bluffview Dr. 

10am-3pm

May 14th-15th and May 21st-22nd

kate stafford photography | stafford woodworks
kate stafford photography | stafford woodworks
kate stafford photography | stafford woodworks
kate stafford photography | stafford woodworks
kate stafford photography | stafford woodworks
kate stafford photography | stafford woodworks
kate stafford photography | stafford woodworks
kate stafford photography | stafford woodworks
kate stafford photography | stafford woodworks
kate stafford photography | stafford woodworks
kate stafford photography | stafford woodworks
kate stafford photography | stafford woodworks

wedding shop

I'm finally taking a little side project I've been at for the last few years to my website! One thing I have always loved about weddings is the paper-- it can be simply beautiful. I am excited to share a few designs with you that I worked on (with some help from my husband on a few) that are classic, simple and hopefully appeal to a few brides out there ;). We are open to custom designs as well, just send me an email (kate@katestafford.com).  Check out more designs and get a little more information in my WEDDING SHOP.

flower crowns + spring mini sessions

I'm offering mini sessions just one day in March so check the date with your calendars and email me ASAP to book since spots will fill up fast. In celebration of spring, I will provide flower crowns for any gals who want them. Mini sessions are great for families, seniors, couples, individuals, college roommates or a group of friends! 

Details:
$350
30 minute session + disk of about 20-30 edited images
Saturday March 19th (rain date will be March 20th or April 2nd)

Location: Circle C Metropolitan Park

*This is SXSW weekend which as all Austinites know clogs, our traffic in the downtown area! Circle C's park is beautiful and tucked away from all the busyness. PLUS we will most likely have a ton of bluebonnets by then. 

Email me today to book your spot!
kate@katestafford.com

Aren't my models the cutest? I may be a little partial since they are my nieces ;). 

kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions
kate stafford photography | spring mini sessions

big sur

My husband and I took advantage of his work trip to San Francisco by making a long weekend after to visit Big Sur. I've always been attracted to Southern California's warm weather and beaches so this part of the state had never been something I explored. I am so glad we did! It's amazing and like nothing I've ever seen before. We stayed at a great Airbnb on an organic lemon tree farm, high up on the mountain with a view of the ocean-- dream city.  Here are a few shots from the trip...

kate stafford photography | big sur
kate stafford photography | big sur
kate stafford photography | big sur
kate stafford photography | big sur
kate stafford photography | big sur
kate stafford photography | big sur
kate stafford photography | big sur
kate stafford photography | big sur
kate stafford photography | big sur
kate stafford photography | big sur
kate stafford photography | big sur
kate stafford photography | big sur
kate stafford photography | big sur
kate stafford photography | big sur
kate stafford photography | big sur
kate stafford photography | big sur
kate stafford photography | big sur
kate stafford photography | big sur
kate stafford photography | big sur
kate stafford photography | big sur
kate stafford photography | big sur
kate stafford photography | big sur
kate stafford photography | big sur

PRINT SHOP | texas series

I am excited to announce my print shop is live! I have wanted to do this for a while, but never found the right collection of photos. I finally rounded up some of my favorites from the lovely state of Texas. There are so many places dear to my heart in this state and I hope these photos reflect that. Here is a little about each of the photos in the series.

(Click on image to shop the print)

This images is from the Barton Creek Greenbelt where I literally grew up running barefoot, swimming every summer there was water, swinging from trees, saving fish, collecting rocks and so much more. I got engaged here, learned to love trail running, and it's a special spot for my mom and me :). I love when there is water but I also love the way the bleached creek bed looks even without the water. 

The next three are from Leakey, Texas. Which is an oh so quaint little town on the Frio River. I've been going there every summer for as long as I can remember and I just love the absolute simplicity of it. 

This photo was taken near the Warrenton fields where hundreds of antique vendors set up shop twice a year for a few wonderful weekends of junking, collecting and lots of kettle corn. I try to make this trip every chance I get and the spring weekend is just bursting with bluebonnets. 

This winter field is from a beautiful bed and breakfast in Roundtop. I went for a sisterhood weekend with my sister and cousin and this was the view we just couldn't get over.

This cotton field is outside of New Braunfels and a few friends and I had a dreamy shoot that we put together after a rain. The light was just amazing. 

Johnson City is on our drive on the way to the Frio River-- one of my favorite antique stores located there is a must stop. I love these string lights haphazardly strung between these gorgeous Texas oaks! 

These river rocks from the Frio River are really one of my favorite things ever. I love the worn shapes and the bleached whites and greys and how they get hot in the sun. This is probably my favorite in the series.

Christmas Cards

It doesn't really even feel like fall yet here in Texas, but that doesn't stop us from getting ready for the holiday season! I have a new line of Christmas cards printed on double thick matte card stock accompanied by a kraft envelope ready for order.

Follow the link to my SHOP to place your order and then email me (kate@katestafford.com) your high res image. If you are local to Austin, shoot me an email first if you would like to arrange local pick up. 

BONUS for early birds. If you order before Thanksgiving you will receive a 4 pack of letterpress Merry Christmas Wreath cards for free! 

kate stafford photography | custom christmas card
kate stafford photography | custom christmas card
kate stafford photography | custom christmas card
kate stafford photography | custom christmas card

late summer happy hour

My friend Kortni and I threw this little backyard happy hour a few weeks ago to help relaunch her flower business. I love Kortni's simple, natural and delightful style. Send me a message to get her contact info Austin brides and event planners. Her website is coming soon. She's the best! 

kate stafford photography | late summer happy hour
kate stafford photography | late summer happy hour
kate stafford photography | late summer happy hour
kate stafford photography | late summer happy hour
kate stafford photography | late summer happy hour
kate stafford photography | late summer happy hour
kate stafford photography | late summer happy hour
kate stafford photography | late summer happy hour
kate stafford photography | late summer happy hour
kate stafford photography | late summer happy hour
kate stafford photography | late summer
kate stafford photography | late summer happy hour

mini sessions are here!

Fall mini sessions are coming up! Get your holiday card pictures done early friends ;). 

kate stafford photography mini sessions
 

Details:

$350 

30 minute session + disk of about 20 edited images

October 25th in the late afternoon/early evening

Outdoor location TBD-- think park/Austin-y vibe

Email me kate@katestafford.com to book your slot! 

 

WEDDING | chelsea + mark

I said goodbye to shooting weddings this summer, but with some of the most beautiful couples. I was truly honored to capture Chelsea and Mark's small ceremony on a family ranch and then portraits at a vineyard in Fredericksburg. These two are so awesome! 

From now on, I will be focusing on portraits and lifestyle shoots. I will happily recommend some wonderful wedding photographers that I know if you are looking!

kate stafford photography | mark and chelsea
kate stafford photography | mark and chelsea
kate stafford photography | mark and chelsea
kate stafford photography | mark and chelsea
kate stafford photography | mark and chelsea
kate stafford photography | mark and chelsea
kate stafford photography | mark and chelsea

rio frio

Even though we only got to spend about 24 hours in this beautiful place I was grateful for every minute! Love spending this time with my family every year and love the beauty of this river. 

...like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in due season and its leaf does not wither... Psalm 1

kate stafford photography | leakey, tx
kate stafford photography | leakey, tx
kate stafford photography | leakey, tx
kate stafford photography | leakey, tx
kate stafford photography | leakey, tx
kate stafford photography | leakey, tx
kate stafford photography | leakey, tx
kate stafford photography | leakey, tx
kate stafford photography | leakey, tx
kate stafford photography | leakey, tx

LIFESTYLE | summer patio

I'm no gardner but I'm trying to get better at growing and caring for green things. After our hot Texas summer I'm proud that I have a few patio plants not only somewhat thriving but blooming! I also kind of like the dusty green plants turn at the end of the summer as opposed to the brilliant green of spring.