The date is June 9th 2018, and and I pull into Austin, TX with a good photography friend of mine. We stop and grab a bite to eat before heading to the capital building in downtown Austin.
The clouds start to gather as it starts to sprinkle outside. Nothing major, but I still walked cautiously up to the capital building before taking out my camera.
Austin and surrounding area creatives collaborate
Little did I know the rest would be a blast! The ATX insta-meet was hosted by local photographers led by Portraits_by_G. They killed the meetup and I know everyone had a great time.
Starting at the Capitol building
The meetup was more of a photo walk that happened to start at the Capitol building. I wasted no time getting started right after we arrived. I met a local model named Tyler and she did an amazing job.
She had beautiful long hair that just danced in the wind during our shoot. I also got to work with a few other models before moving to the next location.
The Paramount Theater on Congress St.
The next location was a few blocks down the street on Congress. The Paramount theater was pretty busy so we casually walked across the street and still made the best of the location.
This is where I met Gabby, and she did an awesome job posing for me in front of the colorful buildings and textures around the area.
Parking lot debauchery (no not really)
The last location (technically second to last) was a 7-story parking lot off of Congress. We all packed into 2 large elevators and headed for the top floor. The sun was already setting so we all rushed to get our shots in of the beautiful sunset.
Again, I jumped at the opportunity to work with Gabby while she danced in the wind. Within 20 mins a security officer came out and asked us to vacate the premises. It happens, and we wanted to be respectful of the location and property.
Ending the photography meetup at the park
Across the street from the parking lot was a small park that we used to finish our shoot. The sun was pretty much gone by this point so we said our final goodbyes to the new friends we made and trekked back to the capitol building parking area.
Photography Meetup: The importance of collaborations
This meetup was more than just a small group get together. It allowed people from all over the Austin area to come out and showcase their creative sides.
We drove for 3.5 hours just for this shoot from the Dallas area, and we went to support local artists. There were many models, photographers, and close friends to support the group but we wanted to represent Dallas in the process.
Get out of your comfort zone
The biggest takeaway I can give you from this experience is getting out of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and meet new people.
All experience levels were onsite, but everyone had smiles on their faces. If you get a chance, take a quick look at Instagram and search with the hashtag #ohsnapatx2 to see all the great photos from the meetup. Until next time, best of luck and happy shooting!
My final images from the meetup
Sony Cameras for Portrait Photography:
Sony a7iii Mirrorless Camera – 3rd Generation Sony Mirrorless Camera
Sony a7ii Mirrorless Camera w/IBIS – 2nd Generation Sony Mirrorless Camera
The Sony A7 Mirrorless Camera – Great full-frame starter camera for beginners
Sony Lenses for Portraits:
Sony 85mm f1.4 G-Master – Best 85mm portrait lens
Batis 85mm f1.8 – Lightweight 85mm portrait lens
Sony 85mm f1.8 – Smallest 85mm portrait lens
Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8 – Small, sharp, lightweight portrait lens (my favorite lens)
The Sony 50mm f1.8 – Cheap starter nifty fifty
The Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4 – Great wide option for portraits and lifestyle images
Sony 24-70 G-Master f2.8 – Sharp and versatile zoom lens
Sony 24-105 G Lens f4.0 – One of the best zooms for Sony
The Sony 70-200 G-Master Lens f2.8 – Long range telephoto zoom