Ron Parks Photography crew at SXSW!


South By Southwest is a set of music, interactive and film festivals and conferences that take place every year in Austin, Texas. Commonly known as SXSW, it began in 1987 and has continued to grow in size every year. South by Southwest is run by a company, called SWSX Inc. that plans and executes conferences, trade shows, festivals and other events. SXSW chose the Capitol as the hosting city because of the background and character due to the University of Texas, which draws in people from all over the world, and as the home to the Texas Legislature and state government. Austin is the self-proclaimed “live music capital of the world” and the people of Austin reflect a friendly, accepting culture of artistic and individual expression that maintains the city as a vibrant and eclectic creative center. “Keep Austin Weird” is more than just a slogan, but reflects the diversity that encompasses the city.

So why SXSW? It’s a good place to be as the festival attracts a lot of young, early adaptors of new technology, music and directing talent. SXSW attracts thousands of entrepreneurs and startups. SXSW Music is the largest music festival of its kind in the world, with more than 2,200 official performers and bands playing in more than 100 venues. The music event has grown from 700 registrants in 1987 to nearly 12,000 registrants.

In 1994, SXSW added both the Film and Interactive Conferences to accommodate these growing industries. SXSW Film and SXSW Interactive events have grown every year, most recently bringing around 15,000 to 20,000 registrants to Austin. SXSW Interactive has earned its reputation as a starting ground for emerging digital and creative technology. The conference lasts for 10 days total, with SXSW Interactive lasting for five, Music for six, and Film for nine days.

At this years SXSW, the Ron Parks Photography crew was invited to photograph all the crazy moments happening during the festival! The crew had such a fun time running around the streets in downtown Austin and meeting people from around the world that flew in specifically for the festival. Some of those fans were from Australia, Japan and The Netherlands! We love capturing the diversity of this awesome city and SXSW is one of the best times to do it.

As SXSW came to a close, one of the most memorable things about this year’s festival got a lot of attention. We would like to recognize the two victims that were killed and the other 23 people that were injured when a drunk driver plumaged into a crowd of people walking in the streets during the event. A vigil remembered the two victims killed during the crash that happened early Thursday morning. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of all the victims involved in the horrific scene.


With that said, we hope next year will be just as fun and more precautions are taken to ensure the safety of the SXSW attendees!

Here are some pictures from 2014’s SXSW that the Ron Parks Photography crew photographed!


Knot’s 2013 Best of Weddings

We feel very honored that our studio has won the Knot’s 2013 Best of Weddings award for the fourth time in recent history. A huge “Thank you” to the thousand plus brides who have trusted us with their wedding memories over the last couple decades! If you know anyone  getting married any where in the world, please let them know about us. Ron Parks Photography LOVES shooting weddings and will happily keep shooting them until we are blind. :)


Surprise Proposal on top of the 360 Bridge!

Love is in the air and ’tis the season to step up your game and get creative if you plan on putting a ring on it. If you’re going to spending the rest of your life together, make the kickoff at least memorable!

Could you imagine your boyfriend driving 250 miles to take you to the top of a mountain to have a picnic, popping open a bottle of wine, while enjoying the breathtaking view of Lake Austin and then suddenly getting down on one knee to ask for your hand in marriage? Any woman would be crazy to say “NO” to that kind of dedication and time it took for him to come up with such a unique idea!

On January 31, a Houston resident did an amazing job making a memorable moment for his new fiancee. Jake proposed to his long time girlfriend by driving all the way to Austin to ask the BIG question on top of the infamous Pennybaker Bridge, most commonly known as the “360 Bridge.” But what made it even more special was little did she know that Ron Parks was there hiding in the bushes to capture every special moment leading up to the proposal!



…and best of all…she said “YES!”



Well done Jake, we applaud your creative and thoughtful effort. Congrats to the newly engaged couple, and thanks for choosing Ron Parks Photography to be apart of such a beautiful occasion.


Cute and Quirky Wedding Bouquets:

The most important wedding flowers are those in the bridal bouquet and are a very integral part of the wedding ceremony. They are beautiful and look great as the bride carries it down the aisle. Wedding bouquets are an accessory, bringing more freshness and beauty of your romance.  It is amazing how many unique wedding bouquet ideas are out there…all you have to do is search for it! I found these great ones for just about any theme and they are all fairly inexpensive ideas. Check out the website here!