By Mikela Floyd
Photographer Ashley Garmon didn’t end up behind a camera by accident. After shooting on her own for a few years as a student, she became a live-in nanny for a pair of Austin photographers keen on spreading the bug. Garmon received room and board as payment, and in exchange, they taught her everything they knew. Two decades later, she’s still behind the lens and loving it. As principal of Ashley Garmon Photographers, Garmon has established herself as one of Austin’s most notable wedding photographers, shooting nuptials all across Central Texas and beyond. And when she’s not capturing newly-minted marital bliss, you can find her taking aerial shots at Austin’s music festivals, or on a private plane, scouring the depths of Big Bend National Park to add to her Far West Texas series, currently on display at South Lamar’s Spartan boutique. Here she talks to TRIBEZA about the wedding business, what makes a great photo, and why she likes to slow things down.
When my friends and I were in college, wedding photographers were terrible. I mean, they were really bad, but there weren’t any better options. So when our friends started getting married, we started shooting their weddings, because we couldn’t bear it anymore. And it was so much fun.
A great moment. When everything comes together, stylistically, it’s great. But it really is the matter of the moment. Everything else could be terrible, but if the moment is good, that shows.
I’m really proud of my Far West Texas series, all large-scale landscapes shot with film on a toy plastic camera that has a lot of light leaks. You have to be really careful. So it’s kind of a reaction to the idea that everything today is immediate and loud and bright and fast. With this, you have to be very deliberate with what you shoot and slow way down. It’s really about getting back to the basics of no filters at all. It’s a very pure way of shooting — straight from the camera.
As far as weddings go, I’d say that the most beautiful church in town is Central Christian Church [on Guadalupe Street]. But I’d say my favorite venue would have to be 1102 East [on East Cesar Chavez]. It’s just got a really cool vibe about it. And of course Hotel Saint Cecilia is always lovely. Otherwise, I love the Federal Courthouse off 5th Street. Repeating lines are always appealing.
I love telling the stories. The stories are still so interesting to me. As wedding photographers, we show up knowing exactly what’s going to happen that day — often more than the bride and groom. So we can kind of anticipate reactions, but the story — although the layout is still the same, the players are always different — so it’s still very unique. You may have tears, you may have joy, elation, nerves. But, ultimately, people are really happy and it’s so much fun.
by Joanna Steblay
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For those days when it’s too hot to venture out, we went to Austin’s sweet treat professionals and compiled the ultimate collection of DIY recipes to make from your home. Click through the galleries below to learn how to make everything icy and sweet, from poptails for date night to ice cream sandwiches for a dinner party.more
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by James Ruiz
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Hundreds of people are moving to Austin each day, and downtown is one of the major hubs of growth for the city. Local real estate expert Jude Galligan discusses smart urban growth and what to expect this year as the skyline continues to evolve.
Your blog keeps Austin updated on the latest news in downtown. What is the most exciting development happening right now?
From my point of view, the most exciting development is the Waller Creek District Master Plan. Decades in the making, this transformative project came to life after designers competed for the contract. It is finally coming to downtown, bringing an imaginative chain of parks,...more
by James Ruiz
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Instead of letting all that inspiration go to waste, we tried our hand at flower arranging to see what we could create. Since we consider ourselves floral design novices, we asked a few top designers...more