As my hometown of Austin, Texas was hemorrhaging at its seams with SXSW attendees, I hopped in the car with my two favorite photography friends and partners in crime @coznlinda and @pluto911 to travel a few hours north to a small town north of Kileen, Texas for some night photography of St. Olaf's Church.
We arrived just before sunset. As soon as we pulled into the parking lot, all three of us moved at an abrupt pace to grab our gear and set up for some epic shots of the setting sun. The clouds were fairly cooperative and we were able to capture some beautiful images of the church and sky just as the sky turned shades of yellow, orange, pink, cranberry and purple.
Our time there lasted late into the evening as we waited for the Milky Way to rise. We finally called it a night as the weather started to turn cold, but not before we had quite a bit of fun light painting the church (and telling some great jokes while we were doing it). We shared a cold pizza too. We finished the night set up in the cemetery next to the church for our final shots. It was me that finally called it a night as I was just a bit creeped out by that cemetery thing.
It has been quite a while since I have been out shooting and this made me remember why I love it so much. Being outdoors and capturing the beauty in the things we take for granted each day is how I ground myself. I can't fail to mention the good times with friends that this hobby involves. Throughout my photography journey I have made some remarkable friendships with people that make me remember that my cup is full. It is not often that you get to spend hours with the same people, chatting about, well, just about anything. Our work and family and household chores can easily get in the way of spending time enriching your life with other people. This hobby has given me the chance to really connect with some quality souls.