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My Passion & My Work

Hey there and welcome to the Blueye Photography blog. My name is Troy and I'm a wedding and portrait photographer located in Austin Texas. I love making photos that are real... real moments, real smiles, real love. I'm not sure that I can put my photography style into a single category, but you can be sure that I'm looking for the best light and the most creative angles I can.

In my blog you'll find everything from sneak peeks of client sessions to personal information. My life is (almost) an open book and I like to share as much as I can. Most entries will include photos... this is a photographers blog after all. I also love feedback about my photography/posts/website/life so please comment as much as you like. I read them all and try to respond to each and every one.

After you've read through some posts and gotten to know a bit about me feel free to check out my portfolio site using the portfolio link above. The blog is updated more frequently than my site, but you won't want to miss checking out my portfolio either.

Thanks for stopping by.

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You can find, friend, and follow me on Facebook (therealtroy), Twitter (blueyephoto), (blueyeguy), and AIM (oversight7).  Yeah, social networking rocks!

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Category Archives: Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

In all of my traveling over the past 2 weeks I neglected to make a Christmas post on the 25th (oops!). Here’s a make-up post to cover Christmas and New Year.

I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Christmas full of warmth, love, and surprises and that you found some time to just lay back and look at the lights. Best wishes that 2010 proves to be even better than 2009 for you and yours!


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Happy Thanksgiving!

From all of us here in the Blueye Photography family we wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving!


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Happy 4th!

In years past Melanie and I would have spent today bouncing from party to party having a great time visiting with friends and ending the day watching a dazzling fireworks display light up the sky. This year, however, we opted to go more low key and spend the holiday at home. She’s 7 months pregnant and I have a ton of things to do around the house to get ready for the baby so it felt better for us to be home bodies. We’ve cleaned, painted, repaired, washed, and folded, but we’ve still found time to grill up some food and watch a couple of movies. Now if I could just manage to get to bed before 1am… sigh.

Happy 4th everyone!

A post without a photo just isn’t right so here’s a couple of photos of the nursery in mid-paint-state. Hopefully I can get the painting finished up tomorrow and we can start decorating next week.

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Happy V-day y’all!!

Whether you are quietly celebrating with the love of your life, are searching for that perfect person, or have found them and are working to make it permanent I wish you all the love and happiness in the world!


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Hello 2009!!

Happy New Year!  It’s hard to believe that it’s already 2009.  Where does the time go and who can I talk to about slowing it down a bit?

New year’s day is always a mix for me.  I’m not a fan of pork and sauerkraut nor black eyed peas so I’m unlucky in both Pennsylvania (where I grew up) and Texas (where I live)… I look forward to setting goals for the year ahead… and I like to look back at all of the accomplishments that me, my family, and friends have made over the past year.  I’m happy to be moving forward… making progress, but I’m also sad to say goodbye to another wonderful year.  So, for the first time on this blog I’ve put together a “Year in Photos” slideshow.  It has over 250 photos and moves very fast so hang on (and if it stops a few times to load try pausing it for a bit and letting it download the rest of the show). I don’t really have a resolution list for 2009… I do, however, have an ever growing to-do list (containing boring things like get an annual physical, hang new light in guest bathroom, get to the endodontist to get my crown checked, etc).

Whether you have a to-do list like me or a more traditional resolution list, here’s to accomplishing everything we plan to do in 2009!

Click to continue reading “Hello 2009!!”

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

To all my wonderful clients and friends:
This time of year is always a great time. Seeing family and friends who have missed you for months and catching up with everything not going on on Facebook. It’s a time of joy and thankfulness for all the blessings that have been shared with us and a time for us to relax (ha!) and just spend time with the people that mean the most to us. Melanie and I will be spending the next week surrounded by family and friends soaking in everything that’s happened since our last trip and afterwords we’ll need a little vacation (see the timestamp on this entry? yes I am up that early… this is just the beginning). As much as we joke about needing a vacation after our vacation it truly is a blessing to be able to travel and spend time with family. We hope that you find yourself surrounded by loved ones in the coming weeks and that you truly have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year!

Blueye Photography will be closed from now until 1/5. If you send an email to us or call during this time we will respond in the new year.

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It’s Christmastime!

This past weekend I spent two days putting the lights up on the front of our house. I love decorating for the holidays, but this was a pain in the butt to do. I don’t know why I wanted to line the driveway and yard with lights, but I may have to rethink that next year. I think it looks great, but the stakes that I used to hold the lights down weren’t easy to drive into the ground. Anyway, thought I’d share a few photos of what it looks like.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

It was a happy day at the Blueye household.  Melanie, Bella, and I spent a quiet day at home making a turkey feast and then eating ourselves into a coma (okay… I was the only one who fell asleep on the couch afterward).  I’ve been eating more healthily lately and have been going to the gym at least 4 times a week in an effort to shed some weight and get more fit… and this meal really threw me off my schedule today.  Normally I eat 5-7 small portions throughout the day.  Today I had 4 (breakfast, snack, HUGE lunch, snack)… I will be visiting the gym tomorrow to work some of it off.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving day and took the time to think about all of the blessings they have to be thankful about in their lives.  Times are tough and if we don’t find and acknowledge the positive things going on in our lives we can easily get swept away by all of the negativety around us.

I’m thankful for:

  • My loving wife
  • My family (who I miss dearly on Thanksgiving)
  • My health
  • My Bella
  • My job
  • My friends

If everything else fell to pieces and these things remained I could survive… for them I am truly thankful.

And what would a Thanksgiving day post be without some turkey day photos?

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Happy Father’s Day

Over the years my Dad has done a lot of things…

  • Graduated from McCaskey High School (same school his boys graduated from)
  • Joined the Army and survived a tour of duty in Vietnam
  • Married Veronica and started a new family
  • Fathered (arguably) two of the best sons in the world :)
  • Raised his boys to be strong, intelligent, loving, and respectful men
  • Worked hard to support his family for over 30 years
  • Taught me more lessons than I can remember

The most important thing he has done is to be there when I needed him… to mend scraped knees, to teach me to throw a baseball, to see me graduate from high school and then college, to help move me 1800 miles away from home, to watch me marry the girl of  my dreams, and to congratulate me on all of the other small accomplishments in my life.  It seems like such a simple thing, but it has meant the world to me.  Happy Father’s Day Dad!

And what good is a blog post without photos :)

Then (yes that is me on his shoulders)…


And here’s a photo of the two greatest Dad’s in the world… my Dad and Melanie’s Dad

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Dear Mom–
I know that I don’t call as often as I should, or write as much, but I do think of you often… and it’s really hard not to. You’ve had such an impact on who I am today and I thank the Lord for you on almost a daily basis. In honor of your day I put together a (seemingly) random list of things that I love about you:

1. Your laugh
2. Your welcoming hugs
3. Your chocolate chip cookies :-)
4. Your strength
5. Your modesty
6. Your love of riding roller coasters
7. Your generosity
Happy Mother’s Day Mom… I love you!




To all you moms out there, have a wonderful day! Thank you for everything you do in your children’s lives.

PS. I can’t forget about my other Mom… thank you for everything you’ve done to raise a beautiful, intelligent, and loving daughter.  Love you too!


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