Jess & Alan Wedding

August 27, 2017

Jess and Alan's wedding day was set out near the Smithville/Flatonia area.  Jess got ready at her parents house, and the outdoor ceremony was off a river, complete with an airboat tour that ran up and down the river, but stopped during the ceremony time. The reception was at Kovar Dance Hall in Flatonia, TX.   You can head over to my website to see their whole gallery here:  Jess & Alan Wedding

Here are just a few of my favorites

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Executive Headshot-Behind the scenes

August 25, 2017

Earlier this year, I provided a group of executives some new headshots.  I thought I'd give you an idea of what goes into producing this type of image.  It started with a schedule and signup.  Company paperwork was needed and my staff for the day was Kendall who allowed me to focus on the client.

MBP_9779MBP_9779 I usually talk to the client to put them at ease and to get to know them a little and it also gives me time to analyze their facial features.  I usually talk to them about their goals for using the image, what they want to convey with this image and how the image can help them in business.  This helps me visualize the end result. MBP_9784MBP_9784 I take few shots, reposing them gradually to where I believe we hit the mark on what looks best. MBP_9793MBP_9793 Then we review the images, which then gives the client an idea of possible changes, or actually picking the image they like best. MBP_9799MBP_9799

Then I do the editing.  Lint, flyaway hair, temporary blemishes, are removed or faded out.  People joke and ask if I can make them look 20 years younger...Yes I could, but no I won't.  I'll make you look your best, where you are now in life.  This was the final delivered image, and those that follow were a few examples from the same day.

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If you're thinking about a new headshot, talk to me.  I can do Environmental Headshots (Fancy word for natural background), or a themed background.  I can do an entire staff group image.  Give me a call 512.415.2640, or send an email to  Would love a chance to discuss your needs.

Dear Santa,

December 02, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

     Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I watch, what has become my favorite seasonal movie, "A Christmas Story".   The central character is Ralph, whose Christmas desire from Santa is a special BB gun.  He dreams of sitting with Santa at the local mall and describing the deepest desire of his heart.  What happens if you get to the Mall, wait in line for over an hour, then right before you go to sit with the Jolly Guy, you find out Santa doesn't speak your language?  What if Santa can't hear you?  There is a community of children and adults that are hard of hearing or deaf, but still get a chance to talk with Santa using ASL or American Sign Language.

 At this time of the year, I get the privilege of working with volunteers from the community and staff from the Texas School for the Deaf in taking over 250 photos and providing prints of them with Santa at Barton Creek Square Mall.   I admit, I know almost no ASL, only "Thank you".  But I think Santa forgives me...and hugs are universal.  

This event is made possible by the generous donations of love, time, talents, and money.  If you can help, please do so.

If I want to tell Santa what to bring me for Christmas, I can write a letter addressed to somewhere in the North Pole. But getting up close to Santa himself, and telling him how I've been such a good boy this year, and I want a Nikon D5 with a 600mm F4 lens, and blah, blah, get the picture.  You tell him your list of things you really, really, want.  Not that you really, really, need more stuff.  That's just nonsense.  It brings me great joy to see lives filled with true love.  Love one another deeply. 

Merry Christmas to all of you,


Melanie + Shannon Engagement

March 22, 2016  •  1 Comment

Melanie and Shannon wanted an iconic background for their engagement/invitation images.  University of Texas in Austin was their choice and it provided a beautiful background for this wonderful couple.  Just a block away were a couple of Austin Icons as well.  To see the entire session, click here for their full gallery.  If you'd like more information about Michael Barker Photography, please connect with me on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram or email me: or just call me  512.415.2640!  Talk to you soon.




Brittany + Jordan Daugherty Wedding

March 15, 2016  •  1 Comment

Brittany was a bride who was out of time and money after hiring a photographer who abruptly went bankrupt, leaving her in a bind.  I had seen part of her interview on a TV News broadcast, and knew I needed to step up.   I posted something about helping out 2 brides that were affected by this bankruptcy, and almost immediately, through the wonderful networking of social media, Brittany reached out to me and we connected.  After meeting her and Jordan, the rest was easy.  They were married last fall at Arbor Pointe Event Center in Round Rock, TX., and I'm just getting around to posting some of my favorite images from their special day.  Click here to see Brittany and Jordan's full gallery, click here.  If you'd like more information about Michael Barker Photography, please connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram or email me: or just call me  512.415.2640!  Talk to you soon.