David & Beth - Engagement Session in Downtown Austin!

David & Beth met at a Karaoke bar called the Canary Roost on 12/30/2017. She liked him right away, he smiled a lot & paid attention to what she said. Since she was planning on moving back home to Michigan in May 2018, she had no qualms asking him a bunch of questions like "what is your credit score?"…LOL! He was probably a little taken aback by her because not only did she yell at him for taking someone else’s seat, but she was asking him such personal questions! He was definitely intrigued, but a little hesitant since he had just broken up with his girlfriend hours before meeting her.


David & Beth - Dowtown Austin, TX

David & Beth - Dowtown Austin, TX

Kali is their dog. Beth has had her since she was 4 months old and she will soon be 15 years old! She is such a sweet girl!

Kali and her humans! :)

Kali and her humans! :)

A week later, after meeting, they went on their first date. Beth is a huge hockey lover, and David had never been to a game before. So she bought tickets to see a Texas Stars game in Cedar Park. She got them seats right on the glass, so that David could take in the whole experience, and be right where the action was. He loved it! They ”officially” began dating that same weekend. A week later they knew they had met their “person”

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David and Beth planned a trip to New York City that was meant to celebrate Beth’s 40th birthday. One of her favorite musicians was traveling to New York City to perform, and tickets were priced just right. David had never been to New York and thought this would be a great trip for her birthday, so he agreed to go! At the time, David already knew he wanted to marry Beth, and had even talked to his family, friends, her family, and had already asked her dad for her hand in marriage! He just needed the right opportunity to present itself so he could ask her. New York City, “how cliché” he thought. “She will see that kind of proposal coming a mile away… or will she?” he said to himself. For the next few months he put a plan into action which greatly increased savings, and diminished unnecessary spending. David had made plans for a Horse-carriage ride through Central Park the evening they arrived. David began to get nervous on stop #2, but Beth was unaware that this would be the most memorable stop on Bow Bridge. They both looked over the bridge at the water as the driver asked if they would like their picture taken. They both said Yes… but instead David got on one knee and said “I love you so much, that I don’t even mind that life made me wait so long to find you. The waiting only made the finding you that much sweeter." Beth was on the verge of tears as she could hear the Ring Pop wrapper coming out of David’s pocket. David took out the candy and placed it on the handrail of the bridge as a look of confusion crossed Beth’s face. He reached into his pocket again, and pulled out a ring box. He opened the box to reveal the ring that Beth had always wanted! Beth was crying as uncontrollable tears ran down her face. David, with his heart pounding, filled with so much emotion, then asked her “Will You Marry Me?” She pulled David up off of his knee by his face, and said “I will.” The rest of the trip was fun and exciting, but a little hard to top that proposal! SO romantic! Who WOULDN’T have said yes to a guy who put so much thought, feeling, time and effort into planning the perfect proposal!

I love this one! Aren’t they just perfect!?!

I love this one! Aren’t they just perfect!?!

When I asked how they were feeling about the engagement session, Beth said “My expectations were totally surpassed and exceeded. Rebecca was extremely adaptive, helpful, and knew what to capture and pick out at each spot we stopped at. My vision was to capture Austin and boy did we! Since we fell in love in Austin, it was important to us to have it as our backdrop. At first we were nervous, because we had never taken professional photos before, but now we know what to expect on the day of our wedding, and will be much more comfortable with our poses.

Wow! That was so great to hear! I was so excited to work with this couple. They were adventurous, and fun, open to anything! The thing that came through during the session was that they truly love each other, so my goal was to capture that in my images.

Aren’t they cute?! Another one of my favs!

Aren’t they cute?! Another one of my favs!

David and Beth were great to work with, and I am so looking forward to their wedding at Twisted Ranch in February!

My brother, James Simmons of Austin Area Weddings will officiate the wedding, and I just love working with him! I know that all who attend will have a great time!

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Rouse High School Student - Ryenn 16 Yr old Photo Session with Loa Photography in Cedar Park, TX

I met with Ryenn and her mom Alex in September. We had planned an outdoor session, but just as we were getting my gear out of the car it began to rain. So we moved on to “plan B”. We went to the Springhill Suites and obtained permission to take some pictures inside until the rain stopped. It was so pretty inside, I love the lighting and the decor!

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Ryenn has a classic beauty, like a pin up girl from the 40’s or 50’s.

Ryenn has a classic beauty, like a pin up girl from the 40’s or 50’s.

After getting these lovely images, we were able to move outdoors, since the rain had stopped.


It was great to work with Ryenn! She has so many facial expressions that show a variety of feelings - she made the session fun!

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I look forward to capturing memories again soon for Ryenn and her family!

Chris + Emily - Wedding by Loa Photography, Hacienda Del Toro, Round Rock, TX

I loved this wedding because I love this couple! Chris is such a "tough guy" and Emily is just the sweetest! The day began at Hacienda Del Toro in Round Rock, TX. We all were hoping that the rain would skip the ceremony site, because it was perfect!

The beautifully decorated arch

The day was pretty and sunny at this point...

Everything is set up and ready to go!

Everything is set up and ready to go!

And then the rain came! And everything was moved inside, which caused things to be a little cramped, but both Chris and Emily had great attitudes and remained calm. So the ceremony took place inside the "barn" which is where the reception had been set up, but it all worked out. Emily's dad walked her down the isle...

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And (tearfully) gave her away...

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And Chris (happily) received her!

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They said "I Do" and sealed it with a kiss

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And then the dancing began...

First dance as husband and wife

First dance as husband and wife

And after a full day and  a full (and rainy) night, it was time to take off..

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Chris and Emily, you are truly a special couple! Thank you for making things so easy for us on your (stressful) wedding day. I wish you the very best for your marriage and for your future! I am SO looking forward to capturing the special moments in the future as your family grows!

Sing & Shout Foods by Loa Photography

I have been volunteering with Sing & Shout Foods for about a year now. I think this is a great organization, and I'm privileged to be a part of it. 

It began several years ago when the small church I attend needed to raise funds. Someone had the idea to make a delicious chicken enchilada plate and try to sell them. It worked well. But, as we Texans know, you can't serve Mexican food without salsa! So, we included our own special salsa with the plates. 

Soon, people were asking about ordering not only the enchiladas, but the salsa as well.

Chicken Enchilada Fundraiser Plate

Chicken Enchilada Fundraiser Plate

Some of our ladies began to make salsa and sell it. And soon, they entered the salsa into the Round Rock Garden Center Tomato & Salsa Fest in 2016. The salsa was chosen as the "Fan Favorite". 


This was our original label, it has transitioned a few times since.

This was our original label, it has transitioned a few times since.

Once we saw the interest that people showed in our salsa, someone suggested we enter the HEB Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best competition, and so we did. And I am happy to announce that Sing & Shout has made it to the top 25 finalists! 


Sing & Shout Foods gives 100% of profits to families and kids, so winning this contest would be so great!  It has been wonderful to photograph images for this worthy cause. It's been fun working with everyone involved, especially the puppets!


I can't wait to see what happens next! 

A little about me

While I love photography, it is not exactly who I am.

So, as I mentioned in my "About Me" section, I am a church goin', God fearin' lady.

This has been my church for almost ten years.

This has been my church for almost ten years.

I'm also wife to my husband Adam - for almost 27 years!

Adam my love

Adam my love

I am mom to my kids Austin (Michael) and Alina and I'm "Nonny" to Bronson, Aubrey and Ben.

My family

My family

I just have to add a couple more of my grandkids because...well I'm a Nonny!






Capturing the story of a Marine - Cedar Park, TX Photos by Loa Photography

"From Extrovert to Introvert" Major Sean Miller tells his story in the Legacy Newsletter

Sue Waddingham, NMCRS Combat Casualty Assistance Visiting Nurse, meets with Major Sean Miller, USMC (Ret.).

Sue Waddingham, NMCRS Combat Casualty Assistance Visiting Nurse, meets with Major Sean Miller, USMC (Ret.).

A couple of months ago I received a call from Shelley with the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. She told me a little about Major Miller, a retired Marine who received a purple heart. She briefly described the interaction and help that Major Miller received from Sue Waddingham, a nurse with NMCRS. Sue had such an impact on Major Miller that he stated the nurses program saved his life!

Though I didn't know much at that point, I knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of telling this touching story. I am truly honored that I was able to play a part in capturing the images as well as the story of these two heroic and giving people.


Read the full story here about how Sue helped Major Miller by giving him hope, direction, accountability and structure.

Sue Waddingham and major Sean Miller are both heroes in my mind. Major Miller served our country in order to keep all Americans safe, while Sue serves our military by helping individuals find hope and healing.

Moses & Sarah - June Wedding in Buda, TX by Loa Photography

Moses & Sarah met in Buda while Sarah was working as an Athletic Trainer at the local high school and Moses was working for the local newspaper covering High School sports.



After dating for a while and getting to know one another, Moses being the romantic guy that he is, proposed on a softball field. ;D

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I so happy for this couple who were married in Buda in June! I wish you all the best!

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Jonathan & Jennifer - Wedding in Cedar Park, TX by Loa Photography

What a beautiful day it was! On April 28, 2018 Jonathan and Jennifer were wed in holy matrimony.  This was a beautiful wedding, one where commitment means something.

When Jennifer arrived she was relaxed and ready for her day....she looked great too - she has dropped some serious weight since the last time I saw her! Her family and friends were there to help organize and decorate - it was obvious to me that these people love her. 

I thought it was wonderful (and very touching) that they had prayer just before she was going to walk down the isle...how beautiful is that?! 

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Jonathan was also preparing for his bride, waiting to watch her walk down the isle to him...

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The ceremony was lovely, I feel so privileged to play a small part in something so meaningful. 

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After the ceremony and reception they chose a "bubble" exit with all of their friends and family present to wish them farewell.... 

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You can take a look at the video below to watch the entire day unfold.

Jonathan and Jennifer I wish you the very best and a bright future in Florida!

Thanks for allowing me to capture your special day! 


I would also like to thank Stephen and Kyla for their help... I couldn't have done it without you!

Chris & Emily - Engagement session in round rock, tx by loa photography

Chris and Emily met on Emily's 13th birthday while in eighth grade at Chisholm Trail Middle School. Emily says that the day she met him her science teacher announced to the class that it was her birthday. This was at the beginning of the school year. After class Chris came up and said "Hey, happy birthday - congratulations, you're one day closer to dying!" Then he picked up a penny from the floor and said "I got you something".  So..... obviously he had some pretty amazing pick up lines! But hey, they worked! She was "in love" with him, and they began dating. They dated during all of eighth grade until she broke up with him at the end of the school year. She told him that her mom wouldn't allow her to have a boyfriend over the summer. 


Did I mention that Chris is tall? And Emily is well, not tall...like he's 6' 6" and she's 5' 1"?!!! 

They are such a cute couple! Well...perhaps I shouldn't say "cute", I don't think Chris would appreciate being called cute. So, let's see - they are a sweet couple...but then, hmmmm...sweet probably isn't a word he wants to have attached to him either. So, we will just say that it's obvious that they love each other! :D


So, what happened during high school and how did they get back together? Well, I'm glad you asked! They reconnected during high school and they were "on again - off again". They kept dating, breaking up, then getting back together again... At this point Emily's parents stepped in and said - you're too young for this type of relationship - you need to break it off. And so they did...they dated other people during their junior year, but still talked to each other - a little on the sly you could say. But then Emily felt guilty about doing even this behind her parents back, so they broke it off again. They didn't talk much at all during senior year.  They graduated high school in 2010. On August 10, 2012 she sent him a Facebook friend request. And on August 11, 2012 they went on their "first" date. In August of 2017 Chris proposed on the football field at the middle school where they met. And now they are getting married on August 11, 2018 - the anniversary of their first "real" date as adults. Chris was Emily's first boyfriend and he was also her first kiss. And soon she will receive her first kiss from him as her husband! 




Jonathan & Jennifer - Engagement Session in Austin, tx by Loa Photography

Jonathan & Jennifer will be tying the knot on 04/28/18! 

They met on Christian Mingle in January of 2016.  Jonathan was living in Florida, but was originally from Cedar Park and Jennifer lived in Leander.  He contacted her first, and a few weeks later she asked if they could talk on the phone. According to Jennifer "Five seconds into the conversation I was very impressed".  They didn't really chat online much, but they talked on the phone and used skype a few weeks later.  They had "hot chocolate dates" on the phone.  Jonathan drove to Texas to meet her in person three weeks after they had talked on the phone.  

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They went to Roaring Forks and then Cheesecake Factory for their first date. They were also celebrating his birthday. Jennifer's first thought when she saw him was "he's tall..." he also talked about his kids a lot, which she loved. She loves the sound of his voice and the way that he dresses nice no matter what the occasion.  

She could see that he yearned to know the Bible more. They did a Bible study over the phone as another creative way to hang out with each other.  After Jonathan visited the first time he continued to come see Jenifer about once a month. 

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When Jennifer was asked when she knew that he was "the one" she replied:

"It wasn't a certain moment but when he kept accepting me for me. I could be myself with him faults and all and he loved me for me. His desire to be closer to God and know the Bible more makes him attractive."

 Jonathan proposed on July 9 2017 at Ponce de Leon lighthouse. At night, with a full moon just outside of Daytona Beach. He took her to the top of a lighthouse where there was a private area. 

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I am looking forward to their wedding day! What a blessing it will be to watch these two be joined together in matrimony.

Congratulations to Jonathan and Jennifer! I wish you joy, peace, love and happiness in your future together.

Isaac the Overcomer! - Senior Portrait session in Austin, TX by Loa Photography

Isaac has faced many obstacles in his life, and so far - he has overcome!





Isaac was born in Dallas, Texas in 1999. He is the youngest of four children. He moved to San Antonio at the age of two when his parents divorced. His mom struggled for many years to make ends meet with four children. He grew up quickly and was familiar with "street life" from an early age. When he was 11 years old he and his family moved to the Austin area. They moved in with his aunt and uncle. 




They all lived together for a few years and things were getting better for them. They had started attending church on a regular basis and the whole family became involved. But when Isaac was 13 years old his mom decided to move back to the Dallas area. This was not something that Isaac or his siblings wanted to do. So, his mom decided to go without them. This was very hard for all of them, but especially for Isaac because he was the youngest. One by one his three older siblings decided to go to the Dallas area also. Eventually it was just Isaac living with his aunt, uncle and cousins. He missed his family terribly, but he decided that he wanted to continue going to church and to live a better life. It took him a while to get over missing them and even today it still saddens him to some degree. But he knows that he made the right decision. He has a close relationship with God and a church family as well as his aunt and uncle who have supported him all along the way.


His friends describe him as unique, smart and funny.

Isaac, I am so happy for you! You did make the right decision and it is a great accomplishment that you are graduating from Leander high school and have goals for your future! Congratulations!!! 

A story of two seniors, two friends - Senior pictures in Austin, TX by Loa Photography

Josh and Isaac - Seniors 2017!

Josh and Isaac have been friends for about five years, they are both graduating from high school this year, and both wanted to have senior photos taken. I suggested that we do them at the same time. We had a great time! We went downtown and Oshlianna (my second shooter) and I clicked away while they made each other laugh. 



Josh is seventeen and was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1999.  He is second oldest of seven (yes SEVEN!) children. He is fun to be around and loves to laugh and sing. He's very out-going, he never meets a stranger, he's charming and he's kind.

 His family moved to Texas in 2005 and he met Isaac in 2012. He has been home schooled for most of his life and he is his mom describes him as "smart - an "A" student".


He hopes to be an architect and enjoys drawing, he has taught himself to play the piano and currently wants to learn guitar - he also has an amazing singing voice. I hope that he continues to pursue his dreams and I wish him the best! Congratulations Josh!!! 

Brandon & Lynnette

A couple in love thanks to their faith in God. 

Brandon and Lynnette met when she was only 18 and he was 21 . It was obvious from the start that there was an attraction there, but neither had any idea where this would lead them.

A tragedy was ultimately what brought them together. Brandon had been in a terrible accident with in April of 2003, while a few months later Lynnette was also involved in a tragic accident.

Not many people could truly understand the pain they were experiencing, but they understood one another. Brandon was able to comfort Lynnette in a way that no one else could. They married three months later and soon had two beautiful daughters, Destiny and Genesis.

Marriage at any age takes a lot of work, but being in your early twenties with two small children -  is almost impossible. Suffice it to say that they definitely had their share of struggles. When their daughters were ages five and six, they had separated and their marriage was almost over.  They decided to give their marriage one last try. Brandon started visiting churches because he knew that they needed and wanted a fresh start. A couple they were friends with invited them to church. Brandon visited the church alone for the first time, and then brought the girls to the next service. By the third visit, Lynnette had joined them. They found that this it was exactly what they were searching for.  That was five years ago and God has completely healed their marriage, they are more in love with one another and with Him than ever before.