Meet Vanessa

I live in Belton, TX with my husband of 13 years, Jereme, and our full-of-life 8-year-old, Penelepe.

Most days you can find me hitting the gym by 7am, having my 3rd cup of coffee by 10am, and listening to my favorite podcasts while editing my galleries. I'm known for the goofy girl who doesn't take herself too seriously. I believe that road trips are good for the soul, laughter is truly the best medicine, and you can never give too many kisses.

I’ve always had a love for photography, but my passion for capturing wedding days didn’t come until after I had my own wedding to the love of my life in 2010. Being able to document one of the biggest days of your life; the anticipation before walking down the aisle, expressing your love in front of your favorite people, your first dance as husband and wife, the stolen kisses between you two as your guest enjoy dancing the night away. Documenting love stories is what drives my soul.

I'd love to meet you and chat about capturing the precious moments, which you and your family can cherish for generations.

Hi there, I'm Vanessa!

I'm a wedding photographer based out of Austin, TX and the greater hill country area, serving fun, joyful couples madly in love. 



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I'm a born and raised Austinite. In 2018, my husband and I moved back to our home state from Washington, D.C. We lived there for 5 years, and it feels so good to be back! We've also lived in New York and Colorado.

I shot my first wedding in 2011, and immediately fell in love.

I get super excited when I get certain shots on your session or wedding day. That comes with making weird noises, happy dances, and lots of talking with my hands. 

I cry at almost every wedding I attend. Especially during the father-daughter dances, and the memorable speeches. I'm such a sap!

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Favorite time to photograph 

Sunrise sessions will always be my go-to time for engagement or anniversary portraits. Not only is the sunlight or overcast the most magical, it also give you two the rest of the day to enjoy each other's company

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Favorite snack

A good cheese board and glass of white wine is something I will never refuse. Although, chips and salsa/queso will always be #1 in my heart! 

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What I'm currently binging

I currently started watching Schitt's Creek on Netflix. You know your girl will always have The Office and Parks and Rec on when ever my current show is over! 

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What I'm currently listening

Podcasts are always playing in the background when I'm editing a wedding or session. My go-to's are "The Office Ladies" podcast (behind the scenes of each episode of The Office!), and anything The Bachelor related. 

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guilty pleasure

Speaking of The Bachelor, I can't look away from that drama filled show! Give me all the Bachelorette/Bachelor in Paradise craziness!

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must have drink

Hot coffee in the morning and vanilla iced coffee in the afternoon. 

I'd love to chat and get to know you better! Fill out the contact sheet, or feel free to email me directly at 

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