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When I first met Jen & Austin I was blown away… by their chemistry… by their love … by how extremely comfortable they were together…  They fit. After I heard their sweet story… (which is far better told by them) I knew why I adored them.

When Jen and Austin were teenagers… they had a special place… a gazebo they called their own… They would retreat there night after night and  spend time together… often singing their own renditions of 311 songs.  One night without realizing… Jen’s charm on her necklace fell between the slats of the gazebo floor…and when she sat up… her necklace snapped… In a single moment, her charm was lost…

That gazebo also left its mark of them… when their relationship grew to be miles apart… they would end each phone call with…”I’ll meet you at the gazebo tonight”…

On March 13, 2010, their high school anniversary… they headed to Houston for a trip to visit family and see her brother in law’s band play… They grabbed lunch and stopped by the Gazebo for an impromptu picnic where Austin proposed… It was the perfect place… for the perfect moment… However, this time they weren’t singing their own renditions of 311 sons… This time their eyes were full of tears, hearts full of laughter… and heads full of happily ever after!

Internet: Meet Jen & Austin!

(The story below is written by Jen… I could not come anywhere close to telling their story the way they can!… This will give some insight to the story these pictures tell!)

“Love is a friendship set to music.”  –Joseph Campbell

When we found that quote printed on a tiny scrap of paper while attending a friend’s wedding in January 2009, we both knew that it perfectly summed up the metaphorical and literal essence of our relationship.

We met in November of 1995, at The Abyss, an all-ages club in Houston, while a nameless bar band rumbled on in the background.  After a few exchanged glances from across the venue, Austin used his band’s upcoming show as an excuse to hand me a flyer and to introduce himself (I still have the flyer to prove it).  It wasn’t long before we were spending every moment we could spare together, lost in the scores of LP’s that my disc jockey parents had amassed over the years, or poring over the lyrics of the latest album we had adopted for that given week.  We covered our textbook covers and bedroom walls in enthusiastic displays of our mutual love for bands such as Beastie Boys, Rage Against the Machine, Hagfish, and our shared favorite, 311.  Even some of my first photos ever published adorned the CD that Austin’s band released in the summer of 1996.

Despite our boundless love for one another, our relationship came to an end a year and a half after we first met, and the lines of communication all but ceased.  High school faded into college, CDs became mp3s, and Y2K came and went without much fanfare.  Although Austin spent the better part of the next four years eluding any chance at a friendship with me, I nonetheless persisted and finally succeeded in getting him to let his guard down in college when I called him during his weekly DJ shift at KTSW, Southwest Texas’s radio station (for those who remember when it was Southwest Texas and not Texas State).


And with that cautious greeting, our friendship swiftly resumed.  We easily set aside all differences and spent the summer months of 2001 catching up and rebuilding the bonds that lay dormant for far too long.  From that summer on, we stubbornly maintained our label as ‘friends,’ perhaps as a result of us both having too much pride to admit the shared feelings swelling beneath the surface.

As iPods replaced Discmans, I remained a proud Austinite after college while Austin moved to California to attend law school in 2003.  Long distance can impede the growth of any relationship, yet we maintained our friendship half a country apart, punctuated by the occasional mix CD that would work its way through the postal service from one set of hands to another. Then there were the catchy song choruses with the hidden meanings in its lyrics that would be assigned as each other’s ringtones.  And no nine-hour marathon phone call would be complete without the guitar-toned lullabies that would welcome the new day’s rising sun.

Fortunately, three years of California (and a little prodding from me) were enough to convince Austin to return to Texas in 2006, and for the first time ever in the course of our relationship, we lived in the same city as one another.  But we gradually realized that the mix CDs didn’t sound as good and the punk rock shows weren’t as fun when we spent those times apart.  I guess after all the years of love, friendship, and music, it comes as no surprise that Austin finally professed his love to me in February of 2008, minutes before we left my apartment to attend a G. Love and Special Sauce concert.  And ever since that night, we haven’t looked back.

Our entire experience spent visiting every spot on the friendship spectrum has created the timeless quality that I love about our relationship.  In the same conversation, or trip to the grocery store, or ride in the car, we are awkward teens and established adults all at once.  We are each other’s past, present, and future, and we both regularly express gratitude, with tears of laughter streaming down our cheeks, that we are each other’s best friends.

So now, fifteen years since our first meeting, our wedding day draws near, and we increasingly fret about last-minute details and feel overwhelmed about the enormity of the impending big day.  Yet we never lose sight of what matters most as we prepare to embark on our journey to the happily-ever-after:  no matter what we do, no matter where we go, our relationship is a love song, and we never want it to end.

Austin is not only a talented musician… he is a talented writer.. This is a synopsis of their story… told by him… and this was their unique Save the Date… designed by: Allyson Maxey

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  • Regina - LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!!!!

As I get older I begin to realize how valuable time is.  Time with family, time with friends, time in business, time spent shopping, networking, sleeping… [insert anything that occupies your precious time… here].  And I am remembering each moment that passes… is a moment we can’t get back.

There are things in life that can make your life busy and more complicated… or there are things that can make life easier, well spent, not regretting those single moments that disappear with the blink of an eye.

So here is the truth.  What if I told you… that WE CONTROL OUR BUSY-NESS?  What if I told you that each and every decision we make could either save us time… leading toward a better quality of life – or we could make a poor decision and lead to a busy life… filled with work and rushing from one thing to the next… and waking up at 65 years old wondering where the heck our life went?

Well I have BIG news… It IS our decision!  We (and only we) have the ability to make those decisions… that either make our life easier… or harder.  Complicated, or less complicated…  busy… or relaxed.

My friend (and a former fabulous bride of mine) Anna… makes the decision to begin dinner at the beginning of her day… before she ever goes to work… so that when she gets home it is ready… and she and her husband can enjoy an amazing home-cooked meal without cooking after a 10 hour work day.  This was a small decision… but it was simple…and has changed her quality of life… See?

What about buying a permanent luggage tag?  I am sitting in an airport writing this post right now… on one of many frequent flights… and I promise you… for the last 5 years, each and every time I fly… I fill out that annoying little piece of paper with my name, phone number, and address on it.  I get so tired of filling that thing out! There is ONE simply solution… buy a permanent luggage tag!  Why didn’t I do this before?!

What about… Hiring someone to clean your house?!  Can I hear a Hallelujah? There are people who enjoy cleaning their homes. I am not one of them… ha! (Not most of the time anyway)… I always feel  my time could be used much better doing something else…so why not hire someone to clean your house… so you can spend that 8 hours doing something you love! Makes sense to me!

Creating templates for blog posts… HUGE time saver. If you have  a blog, and you are not using templates… WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO YOURSELF!!

(Regarding photography…) What about hiring someone for album design… or outsourcing your basic edits? (What would you be doing if you weren’t stuck behind your computer?)

When it comes to my business, periodically I write down things I feel are working FOR me… and I write down things that are working AGAINST me.  What is making my life easier? What is making my life more complicated?

Here enters:

When I first began shooting… My system was… Shoot (on film)… Print, buy an album or two (matching) from Target… (Except I pronounced it like it was french because it made me feel fancy, as if delivering a Target album wasn’t fancy enough… I’m tellin’ ya… I pulled out all the stops!)  then I would insert photos… one by one… and four hours later (literally) I was done… No one told me I was doing things the WRONG way… more importantly… the HARD way… I just did what I knew to do at that time. Since then, I have learned quite a bit… I’ve learned what works for me and I’ve learned what  doesn’t… Each day I learn a little bit more… but there has been one thing that has been extremely helpful to me in my business.. and that has been They are an event hosting company… (and much more – I’ll get into that later)… but when I needed a company to host my events…for clients to view and order, I wanted to find an option that was both easy and convenient on the front end and the back end. I had tried a few options… and it just took entirely too long on the back end. I needed something to make my life easier.. not more complicated…

If you are interested in trying Collages out… Click here and type LACY into the promo code… You can try them free for 4 months… I do realize every vendor is not for every photographer… but I have sincerely loved them from day one!

They are also an album company… So if you are not working with an album company yet…and you need one… They are fantastic!

PINIMAGECollages -  Thank you for helping me get my life back!:)I am truly grateful!

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  • Katie Jordan - So true! I definitely need to outsource/hire people to do the things that are eating up my time.

  • Lisa Sauder - First of all, your work is incredible! Second, I couldn’t agree more with your praises to It’s awesome to be able to tell customers that they are undoubtedly getting the BEST quality product out there. Outsourcing to was definitely one of my best business decisions thus far.

  • Jenny Baugh - I use as well and they are FABULOUS!! They’re almost too good to be ture! :)

Ohhh my gosh…where do I begin…!  I met Steven years ago when I was photographing at Grace… He worked there at the time… and I was shooting… our paths crossed and the rest is history!  He just might be the most… who am I kidding… He is THE most creative, talented, genius I know… He can make something… out of nothing… and make it look incredibly easy.   Move over MacGyver! (If you are reading this and you don’t know who MacGyver is… please don’t ask me… lol  You will make me feel incredibly old…) ;)  So back on topic… When Steven introduced me to Ferrin… he brought her to my house…I’m pretty sure I was in my PJ’s… (No… Really.)  Maybe it was work out clothes… Either way, rest assured… I was lookin’ ROUGH!  But she didn’t seem to mind!  She was just the sweetest thing ever!  SO fast forward to last week:  We were shooting engagement pictures with a few different classics… Some Old Chevy’s… etc…  and we get in the car to drive back… and we start talking… Now… If this is not a small world I don’t know what is… We were talking about where we grew up… and (you will not believe this…) I told her I grew up on Colorado street… and she looks at me and says.. “MY mom grew up on Colorado street!” I said… “What was her address? Mine was 1409.”… and SHE says, “1411!”  WHAT?!?   Her MOTHER was my mother’s next door neighbor! (Insert jaw-dropped face here!)  Her family… knows my whole family! CRAZY! I mean… Really?!  I understand this whole 6º of separation thing…but THIS was just…crazy! So I had to share… Ha!

Steven & Ferrin… I am beyond excited to spend such a special day with you two… You guys are beautiful and I feel lucky to be capturing such a sweet day for two amazing people! :)  Here are a few favorites!:)

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  • Maria - WOW!!!!! Ooooberlicios is the word that comes to mind!!
    The couple is gorgeous!

  • Courtney - LOVE these. You are so talented!

  • Ferrin - You did such an amazing job Lacy! Your photography is out of this world!

  • Kristin Nicole - So fresh!

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