Texas

Ashley & Ben | Bull Creek Engagement Session

You guys. Ben and Ashley are getting married tomorrow. I love these two so much, and I am so, so excited to see them with all of their people celebrating one of the best days of their lives. It’s super crazy to think I met them two years ago for a couple’s session to capture their time together during college before Ben moved to El Paso, and then a few months later Ben asked me to photograph his proposal at the end of last year. And nowwwwww, their day is finally here!

For their proper engagement session, we met at Bull Creek in Austin, which is their new home (they just finished building a house, talk about exciting times!!). B, my baby boy, was super tiny at the time, so Curtis came along and had a bit of daddy/son time at the park while I explored with Ben, Ashley, and her sister, Avery — who was the best assistant ever! We had great light, Ash had an amaaaazing dress, and Ben had the sweetest smile. Recipe for perfection. Enjoy some of my favs from their session! I can’t wait to see what they’ve planned for tomorrow. I know it’s going to be full of gorgeous details, but most importantly, I know it’s going to be filled with so much emotion and joy. I’ll be sharing Ashley’s bridals at the beginning of next week, so be sure to come back for that! And I’ll be sharing sneak peeks from their wedding day on my instagram, @kristinarossphoto!

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Texas | Personal Files

Below is the start of a collection. 

I've had the idea of creating a book of photographs of Texas, for myself mainly, for quite awhile now.  I moved to the Brazos Valley in 2010, and to be honest, I haven't really explored it too much. The majority of my time spent here has been full of studying for exams and worrying about what I'm going to write in a research paper. But, life has slowed down a tiny bit lately, and I've been wanting to take a long drive just to give myself the chance to stop wherever I would like along the way to take photos of this and that. It's quite a peaceful thing to do. Texas back roads are what this kind of photography was made for; there are SO many things to see. 

In these photos, I drove a 35 mile stretch from my house to Washington-on-the-Brazos to Navasota in about two and a half hours. I saw a small area of Texas that I probably would have never even thought to see before this. Washington-on-the-Brazos is in Washington, Texas; it is now a state park and is where Texas signed it's declaration of independence from Mexico in 1836, becoming the Republic of Texas. I may have known that back in 7th grade in Texas History, but I had forgotten and was quite surprised to stumble upon it when deciding to turn into the state park on a whim. 

I was planning on heading to Brenham after visiting Washington, but the sun was starting to set and I didn't really want to drive back home in the dark, so I turned right instead of left and headed to Navasota. It's not necessarily the most interesting town there ever was, but it's filled with historic buildings and beautiful architecture that I've come to appreciate when visiting older Texas towns.  Navasota played a large role for the Confederate army during the Civil War as a shipping and marketing town. 

I'll be posting these posts as often as I can. I plan on heading to Anderson, Brenham, and Round Top, Texas next! Happy adventures my friends. 

First Friday in Bryan | Personal Files

Every first Friday of the month, the city of Bryan puts on a community event called First Friday. It's an awesome way to get to know artisans and local businesses in the area, plus there's typically some good music involved. I'm a huge fan of the revitalization trend I've been seeing in lots of smaller cities in the downtown areas. It makes my heart so full to know communities can come together and create great things like this! 

If you're ever in the B/CS area on the first Friday of the month, be sure to check downtown Bryan out, and if not.. just check it out anyway, there are so many fun shops and restaurants downtown that are worth your time!

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