Behind the Scenes

The music starts. The slow organ entrance music showcased in a thousand movies. The audience knows their cue. As one, they stand, turn, and sigh as the bride makes her entrance. She will remember this, her moment in the spotlight, for the rest of her life. It is a moment worthy of remembrance, a moment worthy of a portrait’s immortalization.

When she thinks back on this moment, she’ll remember the music, the sighs, the lights – possibly how itchy the dress was, or hoping some last minute safety-pin tailoring isn’t showing. She’ll remember the trouble her mother had getting the curls in her hair to stay, and that moment the maid of honor couldn’t find the veil. She will remember everything leading up to that magical entrance more clearly, and perhaps more fondly, than the entrance itself. What happens behind the scenes of any event if often the most touching and the most distinctive part of the day. Remember to capture these moments, because they will tell a story like no other.

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Details Details

We mentioned before how paying attention to accessories can help make that “almost” dress into your “perfect” dress, but did you know that the same holds true for all aspects of your wedding?

Awhile back we were privileged to attend a fall wedding at Villa Antonia where these very details caught our eye! Against an unexpectedly rainy backdrop, the old country charm of the location stood out particularly well. Additions such as themed uniforms for the band, simplified cake decorations, and the all-important dress a gauzy masterpiece combined to give the entire event a classic but unique dreamlike feel we will be admiring for a long time to come.

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Website Updates

I have some exciting news both for the website and for future posts. I just want to take a quick minute to say a few things:

First off, thank you all for the wonderful comments you have been leaving. We have a bunch lined up to be approved, and I can not promise that our busy office staff will get to these in the next day or so. We have started a system that will allow new comments to be posted much more quickly, though. If you have posted a question or request in the past, and you have not had a response from us, please feel free to repost now. If everything works out how we hope, we will be able to answer a great deal more of your questions!

Second, both our websites are undergoing background maintenance. This should not affect your use of the site, but if you do experience any problems, check back after a little while. If the issue is still there, feel free to shoot us a notice, we may not have noticed the problem ourselves!

We will have more posts of the sort you are looking for soon. Until then, enjoy this amazing Austin weather!

Thank you all,

Ron Parks and Team

Ron Parks Photography crew at SXSW!

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.

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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!

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