Senior: Cayla • Austin, Tx.

There’s something special about photographing high school seniors; they are full of personality, dreams, vision, wit, & fashion. Cayla’s senior session was one of my very favorites because it included sun flare, bluebonnets, & lots of laughter – all of which captured her vibrant personality! Cayla, you’re too fun! Keep shining bright.

photos: ryan & jessie.

I’ve been back in Haiti for 3 weeks now after a whirlwind of a few weeks in the States. My time home was filled with great quality time with my brother & sister-in-law, Ryan & Jessie before they moved to Greece!

Yep. You read that right! They’re in Greece with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) specifically with a focus on college ministry. It’s been deeply encouraging to see the Lord put this on their hearts & to watch their obedience & faithfulness of following Him.

We had #durbansiblingweekend in Austin & adventured through the city & made some time for photos.

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Austin || Texas.

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Y’all. I can start a sentence with “y’all” because I’m a Texan, right?


I love Texas. I love the heat [call me crazy], the hill country, DFW, rivers, tea, BBQ, bluebonnets, camping, & the list goes on.

This past time home from Haiti, I spent several days in Austin to work from our Mission of Hope stateside office & connect with the wonderful staff family stateside.

Amanda & Matt were there too, which was so fun! I love getting to be in the states with these friends from Haiti, because we just get each other. We share the desire to sit in a coffee shop for 3 hours because we can. And we understand the joy of being able to simply drive around at night. I know, it sounds a bit weird…but all of my Haiti friends get it.

We had so much fun with the MOH Staff, & had incredible friends that fearlessly led us around Austin.

It’s such a great city!

Below are a few highlights of the trip (captions are above the photos).

“hopdoddy” – great burgers!
Kendra Scott’s flagship store is beside it.

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Famous Amy’s – the dark chocolate flavor was on point.

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this wall is so perfectly “Austin” cliche…& I love it. No shame.
left to right: Cammie, Amanda, myself, & Jess.
Cammie & Jess are 2 of the many amazing staff that work in the Austin office!
(Thanks for taking our picture, Matt. This seems to become a theme this trip…ha.)

IMG_3057After this, we walked 4 miles around downtown…because “oh, the Capitol is just right there!” Ha. We clearly under-exaggerated justttt how far it was. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful night with sweet friends walking around a great city!

The Capitol.

I loved exploring this city with these 2 dear friends!

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Below are several hilarious photos that we took on South Congress while exploring all of the wonderful spots. Matt loves being our photographer so much, that he took 37 photos. Isn’t that brick wall perfect??

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Uncommon objects was full of wonderful (hilarious) things!

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“The Science of Facial Expression” – If the title of this book & this photo doesn’t summarize our friendship, then I don’t know what does.

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lovely details at Toms coffee shop.
Have I mentioned that coffee shops are my love language?

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string lights & live music? yes, please.
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My dear dear friend Liz! I LOVED getting to see her & enjoy the best salad of my life at Bouldin Creek Cafe with her & Jess.

Cammie, Jess, & I went downtown for a run around Lady Bird Lake with my favorite dog, Stanley. It started out bright & sunny…& then a massive storm hit. So…we embraced it & ran in the rain. Stanley wasn’t phased. We finished the night off with a healthy dinner at Juiceland.

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These are the highlights: coffee shops, delicious food, rest, great friends & community. It was a great way to wrap up my time in the states & to be rejuvenated to go back to Haiti. I’m excited to be back in Haiti for the fall, & hope to be blogging a bit more – I’m not going to make any promises though. 🙂