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    I am a natural light photographer currently based in Austin, TX
    specializing in modern lifestyle portraits and headshots.
    I travel too! I'm frequently in NYC, Southern California and beyond. Check back on the blog for upcoming travel dates.

Spring Awakening

To call my blogging here sporadic would be a gross understatement. I used to have a personal blog and found it easy to post regularly about my daily life and adventures. But it seems ever since switching to my “business blog” I’ve been struggling to find my voice.

Truthfully, like many things in my life, I think I have just been overanalyzing this whole blogging thing. I’ve been so concerned about what topics to discuss or which pictures to share I can never seem to complete a post. I have over a dozen blog posts that are half written, just waiting for that perfect edit that will make me want to post them. Today, I finally got sick of waiting for perfection and decided to just start blogging again.

Sure, I could continue to edit and reedit posts. But I’m sick of waiting. I have so many pictures  I’ve been waiting to share. So perfect or not, I am going to start sharing. I hope you’ll follow my adventures.

Speaking of perfect, here are some pictures from a perfect day in NYC. The 5th Avenue Easter Parade. Oh and the guy with the My Little Pony on his shoulder and his BFF? They were totally singing the My Little Pony theme song to us. And it was amazing. Sadly, I have no video, so you’ll just have to imagine it.

Happy Spring!!!

  • Lauren - April 29, 2014 - 4:21 pm

    So glad you’re back! What a great post about a magical day!ReplyCancel

  • Kar Red Roses - May 15, 2014 - 8:10 pm

    It was a memorable one, wasn’t it? Thanks for taking our pic! :-) ReplyCancel

    • summerlalande - May 20, 2014 - 2:26 pm

      It was so lovely meeting you both! I hope the rest of your day was wonderful.ReplyCancel


I find it so easy to get caught up in being an adult. Focusing on my responsibilities (mortgage, bills, running a business, etc.) can get a little overwhelming. Oh, who am I kidding, it can get very overwhelming. Sometimes I just want to throw myself on the floor like a two year old and flail around violently screaming, I won’t pay $400 a month for electricity! Instead, I pay my bills (I’ve grown pretty fond of having electricity) and behave like a grown up (for the most part).

Thankfully my job allows me to have a little play time. Among the bazillion things I love about photography, working with children is near the top. Instead of living in my head 5 feet, 8 inches above the ground, I get down on the floor and connect with the earth. I run around trying to capture their precious expressions and attempting to view the world through their perspective. If you haven’t rolled around on the ground lately making silly noises and trying to get a toddler’s attention, I highly recommend it. It’s good for the soul.

I had a little playdate with my godson recently. I brought my camera to snap some pics of him, since he happens to be mighty adorable and will undoubtedly follow in his very talented parents’ tap shoes. I love this little guy. I hope he never forgets to laugh, have fun and roll around on the ground every once in a while.

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  • Patti Harrison - October 8, 2013 - 1:17 pm

    Beautiful pix and words, Summer. My feelings exactlyReplyCancel

  • darci zartman - October 8, 2013 - 11:24 pm

    OH Summer! Thank you for always perfectly capturing this little man for us! We LOVE how we get to connect with Hudson through your pictures! All of us appreciate you – Uncle Kevin, Aunt Darci, Cousin Natasha and Cousin Drake, love your work!!ReplyCancel


I was once called the ringleader of my group of friends. The person (a disgruntled friend) meant it as an insult, but I took it as a compliment. I see the ringleader as a glamorous entertainer who likes to make people happy. What’s wrong with that? I like a little glamour, I love entertaining and I certainly like to make people happy. If that makes me a ringleader, then a ringleader I am.

Ever since embracing my ringleader status, I’ve wanted to do a ringleader themed photo shoot and a couple of weeks ago I got my chance.

I was in Cape May, NJ with a group of amazing friends who all are also incredible photographers from around the country. We all met through the Go Pro photography workshops lead by the awesomeness that is Wendy & Tyler from Blue Lily Photography. Now we like each other so much, we get together once a year to learn more about photography, eat lots of junk food, take lots of pictures and have so much fun it should probably be illegal. I am so grateful for the support of these friends as I continue to grow my photography business. They are all talented, generous and extremely kind people who would never accuse me of being a ringleader. Unless , of course, they meant it as a compliment, then I’ll take it.

From the Family Fun Arcade on the Boardwalk in Cape May, NJ. Two little ringleaders.

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  • Angry Baker - October 2, 2013 - 5:33 pm

    I kind of forgot about these! They turned out great – that awesome Summer vintage vibe. You’re a terrific ringleader and you’re also a fabulous hostess/tour guide. Can’t wait til next year :) ReplyCancel

THE GATSBY GANG (Cutting a Rug)

Last Sunday was the final Jazz Age Lawn Party of the season on Governor’s Island. This event has become one of my favorite New York City traditions, I wouldn’t have missed it. This was the 4th picnic I’ve attended and I think it was my favorite so far. To start, I actually got there early and got an amazing spot for our picnic blankets, right next to the dance floor. I even learned how to do a 1920s dance called the Peabody. I played the part of the male in our dance lesson. No surprise, I was pretty good at pushing someone around the dance floor.

My dance partner was my beautiful bestie Lauren, pictured here with my adopted 5th little brother, the handsome Michael. (He’s neither adopted nor my actual brother, but I think we can all agree he’s handsome).


Also joining us at the picnic were my beloved, dashing D (seen here on the ferry departing the island). His little ‘stache is the result of over a week of growing it out. He promptly shaved it after the picnic.

Of course, we weren’t the only ones dancing…

The amazing music provided by Michael Arenella (the creator of the event) and his Dreamland Orchestra was the bee’s knees.


Occasionally, the dance floor was cleared for a special performance. (Forgive the blur, I was holding the camera above my head to take this)

Monday I’ll share some more details and the pictures we took post-picnic. Including some photos of us riding two 100 year old French carnival rides.

Bon Weekend!


Babe in the Woods

Babies are quite the talk today. I got word this morning that it was a boy! No, not the royal baby but my own little nephew-to-be. He will not inherit a royal throne, but he will be the first of his generation to carry on my maiden name, Wybaczynsky. It’s a bit more difficult to pronounce than baby Cambridge, wouldn’t you say? Congrats to both my brother and his wife and Will and Kate on their exciting news. Actual royalty or not, I look forward to spoiling our family’s new little prince when he arrives in December.

Another baby I am looking forward to meeting is the little sister of this adorable girl. She will make her arrival in October and I am thrilled that I will be in California at the time to capture her newborn session. If she’s as beautiful as her big sis, I know we’re going to get some great shots.

I’ll be available for California sessions October 12-18. More info coming soon or email me for details, spots are already booking quickly!

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