Erin Reas Creates

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Blog for graphic designer + photographer, Erin Reas. Based in Austin, TX, Erin shares stories from photoshoots, case studies on design projects, and tips and tricks for either profession!

Melinda B. | SEU Class of 2018

The St. Edward’s University community is expansive y’all. This season, I’ve been meeting and connecting with Hilltoppers off of the campus grounds that it’s reminded me of how we’re all really connected by a home. Melinda reached out to me the Summer before she graduated about her graduation portraits. First, that was a completely new experience for me because most of the time, St. Edward’s students are waiting till the last minute to figure out their graduation portraits situation, haha. Second, I had to switch to a mindset to plan for so far out because not only do St. Edward’s student session tend to be last minute, but my general client-shoot workflow is booked a good 2-3 weeks out on average. Melinda contacted me and booked her weekend 5 months out.

Melinda graduated from St. Edward’s with her MBA. That’s right, Melinda successfully completed graduate school. She also received her her undergrad at St. Edward’s in Business Administration; this lady definitely knows all about St. Edward’s education! As part of her MBA, Melinda was completing an internship in New Jersey her last semester of her graduate program, but luckily, she flew down once a month for classes (and to grab her graduation portraits!). Melinda’s husband Roland came along and we got some adorable photos of them together. Guess what! Roland is currently attending St. Edward’s for his undergrad! Both of them are Hilltoppers which made their session a little more special. Melinda is such a sweet heart! I usually am the hype girl during a shoot, cause well, I gotta hype up my people, but Melinda was hyping ME up! She made her session so much fun and we had so many laughs!

Melinda wanted to pop a bottle of champagne during her session. I always say yes to this fun moment because it always provides tons of cute photos and laughs! I’ve only done a few champagne pop photos up till now, and each were a tad different. What Melinda and I learned during her session is to first loosen the cork a tad if you want to do a true pop. Then, make sure that you shake the bottle a TON to get enough carbonation going. Lastly, when you actually pop the bottle, there will be a split second of nothing happening before the foam comes out of the bottle. Melinda brought two bottles of champagne so we could try it a couple times in order to get the best photo and reaction! Things to note for future bottle popping photos: bring an extra stopper.

Graduate student at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX posing in front of red doors. Senior portrait by Erin Reas of Flying Lantern Photography.
Graduate student at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX posing in front of red doors. Senior portrait by Erin Reas of Flying Lantern Photography.
Graduate student at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX posing at main building ledge. Senior portrait by Erin Reas of Flying Lantern Photography.
Graduate student at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX posing at main building ledge. Senior portrait by Erin Reas of Flying Lantern Photography.
Graduate student at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX posing at main building ledge. Senior portrait by Erin Reas of Flying Lantern Photography.
Graduate student at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX posing at main building in front of red doors with hood slung over shoulder. Senior portrait by Erin Reas of Flying Lantern Photography.
Graduate student at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX posing at main building in front of red doors blowing confetti. Senior portrait by Erin Reas of Flying Lantern Photography.
Couples portrait on St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas
Couples portrait at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX cuddling on steps of Main Building. Senior portraits by Erin Reas of Flying Lantern Photography
Couples portrait at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX cuddling on steps of Main Building. Senior portraits by Erin Reas of Flying Lantern Photography
Graduate at St. Edward’s University standing in front of Main Building throwing yellow and blue confetti. Senior portraits by Erin Reas of Flying Lantern Photography.
Graduate at St. Edward’s University standing in front of Main Building popping champagne bottle and laughing. Senior portraits by Erin Reas of Flying Lantern Photography.
Graduation portrait at St. Edward’s University leaning against Sorin Oak. Senior portraits by Erin Reas of Flying Lantern Photography
Graduation portrait at St. Edward’s University standing in front of Sorin Oak. Senior portraits by Erin Reas of Flying Lantern Photography
Graduation portraits at St. Edward’s University in front of fountain. Senior portraits by Erin Reas of Flying Lantern Photography.
Couples portrait at St. Edward’s University by Erin Reas of Flying Lantern Photography
Graduation portrait of girl wearing green sweater at St. Edward’s University portrait by Erin Reas of Flying Lantern Photography
Graduation portrait of girl wearing green sweater at St. Edward’s University portrait by Erin Reas of Flying Lantern Photography