Austibond : a bonding trip in Austin

This past December in good ol’ 2013, I embarked on a photographic journey in Austin with a group of local and insanely talented female photographers: Jillian, Lauren, Stephanie, Emily, Elisabeth, Amanda, Allison, and Jessica…oh and Jessica’s little baby boy, Judah.

Jillian got us all together and “planned” this random, just-for-fun, whatever happens, spontaneous trip meant for exploring, bonding and photographing purely for our own enjoyment. Jillian and I go way back…well back in college when we were both attending UNT and she needed a wedding photographer for her wedding about three years or so ago. Since then, I’ve seen her grow into this super amazing photographer.

So most of us attending were either strangers or just kinda knew each other through social media. But I guess you could say we are all used to photographing complete strangers.

We rented a cozy home that was near downtown. Some of us practiced double/multiple exposures just for fun (I had never practiced it prior to the trip). We talked and joked about the behind the scenes of being a wedding photographer, from the many joys to the relatable horrors. Personally, I feel that it’s better to be part of a friendly and helpful community than be a lone competitor in this industry.

I will always treasure this little trip. I sure hope we do another one! Here are a few faves!

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Jillian and I enjoying a lattes from Vintage Heart Coffee.

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We went to McKinney Falls for the nature portion of our adventure.

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Look at me, bein’ all edgy and model-ish.

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Here is one of all of us, thanks to a random passerby!


And here is a few of our Instagrams! We created our own hashtag (#austibond).

We sort of are obsessed with that app.



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  • Jillian Zamora

    Steph! Gahhhhhhlly! Love these. I really love your double exposures too! Especially the one you posted large of Lauren and the one above that one of Amanda. SOOOOOOO good. You’re crazy talented and I’m so happy to be friends with you.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Brannon

    What a fun trip! Thanks for the mid-week inspiration, PS You look AMAZING!ReplyCancel

  • Miranda

    Ugh. I’m so tired of you being so cool and having cool friends and doing cool things and being so damn cool. Cut that out.ReplyCancel

    • Stephanie Rose

      You’re too funny Miranda. I ADORE YOU. Remember when we did cool things together? Let do that again!ReplyCancel