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.



Wedding Shoppe Bankruptcy help for Brides

August 13, 2015  •  1 Comment

While I don't like to hear about local businesses filing Bankruptcy, , The  Wedding Shoppe Austin has closed their doors and left several couples without a photographer.  I'd like to help, by working with any client of the Wedding Shoppe Austin who is in need of a photographer.  I am giving away 2 digital wedding packages to two local couples who's wedding photographer needs cannot be fulfilled by the Wedding Shoppe Austin.  This includes day-of coverage, fully edited images on USB flash drive, Online gallery to purchase prints and albums from.  These are based on availability and some other details.  Please get in touch with me ASAP

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Georgetown Chamber of Commerce 34th Annual Bar-Bid-Cue

July 25, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Friday July 24th was the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce 34th Annual Bar-Bid-Cue event.  Reunion Ranch Venue hosted the Silent and Live Auction, Games, Food and Drink, Live Music inside and outside and lots of fun people.  Here are a few shots from the evening.  To see the entire Gallery, Click here  Feel free to tag, tweet, pin, or favorite your images.  Or even download them if you want.  Enjoy.

Michael and Carrie