We had the good fortune of connecting with Obsidian + Blush and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Obsidian + Blush, what role has risk played in your life or career?
We love new and adventurous ideas for shoots, and we love the challenge they bring! There’s no idea too big, too out there, or too simple either. We really love every clients ideas, and the new fresh look we get to take at them and their world to create the perfect photographs that capture them and their world. We”ve built a 900sq. ft. Forest for a client, and done massive 40 person crew shoots, and we have loved those as much as the shoots we we do in studio on a background with a stool. They’re all incredibly unique, and really push us to make sure we capture exactly what the client wants and needs. Believe it or not, the simple shoots are just as challenging as the large ones, just on a different scale. Outside of shoots, we love exploring abandoned places, taking crazy long road trips, and learning new things, like power tools! We’ve become quite the construction guru’s, and have never been happier for it. If you’d have told us 5 years ago we’d be using circular saws as much as our camera’s, we’d have laughed so hard, but here we are, photographers, designers, and builders!

What should our readers know about your business?
We started Obsidian + Blush because we had many people wanting us to shoot them the way we did our fashion shoots. And, we thought it would just be something we did quarterly for fun and extra money. And it took us about 6 months in business to find out we were terribly wrong, everyone needs this experience. With this new found knowledge, we had to figure out so much, we both had other full time jobs, and then, how do we set up a business? And everything that goes with that, paperwork, invoices, what do we really want to be for our clients? And more over, what do we want to provide them, and how? It was a steep learning curve that we have had to figure out over long days and nights and everything else that goes with those questions. We’ve definitely learned that while spreadsheets and policy’s keep us on track, people and business partnerships have made us what we are today. We couldn’t be doing this without our ‘people’, they help us find things we need, build sets, and refer us to new clients, they are the heart and soul of Obsidian + Blush.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would definitely have to take someone from out of town to the museum district first and foremost. We have some of the top museums in the country, and they are always awe-inspiring regardless of which exhibit is in town. From there we would have to go to Niko Niko’s for mango margaritas and gyros, and then walking around Hermann Park. We would eat at Little Woodrow’s, The Aquarium, Spaghetti Warehouse, and the authentic Vietnamese restaurants. We would get drinks in Midtown, at El Tiempo, and end the night at Barbarella’s or Number’s. We would definitely have to visit the Screw Records Shop off of Fuqua, the Zoo, the Botanical Gardens, see a show at the House of Blues, and go shopping in the off of Westheimer. For coffee we would go to Boomtown Coffee, Agora, and Inversion Coffee.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh my, what a question! We have so many people to thank! Our families for bringing us up artistically and believing in us, to designers and other artists, like Mysterious by NPN, that trusted us with their visions, to all our clients and friends, that have made us even better, helped us with projects, and believed in us so much. We thank The Texas Advocacy Project, Cr8tive Empowerment, the Shrewsberry’s, Carl McQueary of Estate Services of Austin, Brandon Gonzales, Niki Guadarrama, Decker Derdeyn, and so so so many more!

Website: www.obsidianandblush.com

Instagram: @obsidianandblush

Facebook: www.facebook.com/obsidianandblush

Image Credits
Image 1 (Red dress greenhouse) Art Direction, Photography, Styling: Obsidian + Blush Model: Kate Leatherwood Makeup: Brooke Hampton Hair: Emily Litzell Dress: Sally Daneshjou Location: Sekrit Theater Image 2: (Maternity flowing red dress) Art Direction, Photography, Styling: Obsidian + Blush Client: Lauren W Hair + Makeup: Kiana Borth of Pryme Beauty Image 3: (woman in bathing suit in pool) Art Direction, Photography, Styling: Obsidian + Blush Client: Teshana Hair + Makeup: LUX Beauty & Bridal Image 4 (Man by Ferrari) Art Direction, Photography, Styling: Obsidian + Blush Model: Keifer Rector Designer: Dhanir Image 5 (Girl on throne) Art Direction, Photography, Styling: Obsidian + Blush Model: Beth Makeup: Autumn Duris Hair: Tanya Kinney Image 6 (couple with motorcyle) Art Direction, Photography, Styling: Obsidian + Blush Client: The Shrewsburys Dress Designer: Mysterious by NPN Suit Designer: Tom Ford Hair + Makeup: Teresa Romero Image 7 (Group shot tea party) Art Direction, Photography, Styling, Set: Obsidian + Blush Models: Alex Kemsley, Nicolita Capdevielle, Felix Lens, Jenna Finney, Camille Little, Isaiah Haywood, Beks Hawkins, Jonno Rushbrook Everything Assistant: Sabrina Loyless Location: Sekrit Theater Key Hair: Katt Pearls Key Makeup: Kayla Cameron Hair Team: Marla Jensen & Kiana Borth Makeup Team: Shirley Cox & Codie Lepors Assistance: Sonia Lavier & Niki Guadarrama Image 8: (Girl at shipwreck) Art Direction, Photography, Styling, Hair: Obsidian + Blush Model, Makeup: Natasha Aldridge Designer: Mysterious by NPN

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