Erin + John – Texas Ranch Wedding

A few weeks ago I traveled to my home state of Texas to photograph Erin & John’s wedding weekend. Not only was it special to me to shoot a wedding in my beloved Texas, but even more so that the bride and I grew up on the same street. Erin and her younger sister  Lindsay – who I grew up playing soccer with and still play here in NYC – both live in Brooklyn as well, so many years later, we’re once again neighbors!

Many friends and family I knew growing up attended or were part of the wedding, and it was a joy to capture the weekend of festivities at Carleton Carleton Ranch in Franklin, TX,  a beautiful and serene ranch owned for generations by close family friends of Erin’s.

The weekend was nothing short of  joyous – fun, charming and Texas to the core.

Congrats, Erin and John!


Holly D.

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Erin and Jeff: Austin, TX Wedding

In September I traveled to my home state to photograph Erin and Jeff’s wedding at the lovely Mercury Hall in Austin, TX.

It was such a beautiful evening – and special in more ways than one. Erin’s sister Janessa is married to my brother Brad, and we are both aunts to nephews Mason and Jackson.

It’s always so wonderful when you photograph an event where everyone is so joyful and warm – and especially when it’s family. I could go on and on about this wedding but I’ll let the photos tell the story.

Erin and Jeff’s wonderful friends and talented videographers also made a wedding video of the day, which I highly recommend you check out here.

Congrats to Erin and Jeff!

Holly D.

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A Birth Story

This is a photo essay I shot more than 2 years ago but I wanted to share it because I’ve been missing my sister and nieces lately and looking at it again is inspiring me to shoot more, not to mention bringing back the emotions of that day.

When my sister went into labor in October 2009, I rushed down to Galveston, TX from Spring ( a 1 1/2 hour trip) on a Thursday night, around 8 p.m. Unfortunately, the next day was the most important day of the week at the newspaper I worked at; it was our production day and all my stories were due. It worked out though, I ended up finishing everything at the hospital on my laptop and e-mailing them to my editor with plenty of time before Elliot was born.

I did my best to capture the birth in a tasteful way (there’s limited blood and gore) but as realistically as possible.

— Holly D.

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