Win a Love Shoot from Clayton Austin on the Hammers & Strings Tour!

hammers and strings photography

If you’ve been reading GWS for awhile now, you know I LOVE great photography. There are lots of different styles out there and I try to share lots of them here so you can get a better idea what type of photography you would like to invest in for your wedding and engagement/anniversary photos. One of my most favorite photographers is Clayton Austin. His style is very distinct: artistic, vintage inspired and extremely passionate. His portrait sessions are always amazing. I don’t think I’ve seen one that hasn’t taken my breath away! Clayton is about to embark on a fun adventure, the Hammers & Strings Tour. Beginning on October 13, he will travel with his beloved piano and photograph couples in love in some of the most breathtaking landscapes. The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Salt Flats and more. And I’m so excited to announce that Clayton found an amazing spot in Malibu and has offered to photograph one lucky couple from Green Wedding Shoes on his tour!! So, for all of you that dream of having AMAZING romantic photos of you and your honey, this is your chance.

piano field engagement photos

piano engagement field

The details:

You must be available on Sunday, October 24 in Malibu, CA. You must be in love. :) And the fun part…if you read Clayton’s blog you know he is also an amazing writer and storyteller. I love that. I wish I could tell stories like that! Well, we thought it would be fun to play off that idea by having you tell us a song lyric that best describes your relationship as a couple. So, if you are interested in having your photos taken by Clayton and can be in Malibu on Sunday, October 24th, just leave a comment in this post with a single line from a song that best represents your love/relationship. Fun and easy, right? Clayton and I will pick our favorites and then we’ll have you the readers vote for the couple you would like to see Clayton photograph! We will close comments on Sunday Sept 26th at 10pm PST and name the finalists later in the week. Have fun and I can’t wait to read your song lyrics!

Prize will consist of:

• Hammers & Strings session on Sunday, October 24, 2010
• 50 images
• DVD of high resolution images on DVD with limited rights to print
• 1 10×10, 20 side flush mount album
• 1 11×14 print signed and numbered as limited edition.

photography album

photography album

piano in the field engagement photos

piano engagement field

piano engagement field

If you want to see more from the original Hammers & Strings session, click here.

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryClayton Austin is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery

Interested in advertising with us?

for our current rates!


  1. “you only have to smile and i’m dizzy” – halo by the cure

  2. okay… I can’t take part in this shoot because on October 24th my fiance will be in Iraq. But there is a song that describes our relationship to a T. I have always loved songs, and the way they can bring such emotion… but I’d never heard a song until recently that I felt described us SO well. It’s from Lady Antebellum and it’s called “Our Kind of Love”.

    I know the contest says a single line, but since I don’t really qualify for it anyway and the song describes us so well, here it is:

    You wear your smile like a summer sky
    Just shining down on me and you
    I swear your heart is a free bird
    On a lazy Sunday afternoon
    I love the way that you were up for anything
    Never worried ’bout what people say
    That’s right, oh that’s right
    What we got is
    Just like driving on an open highway
    Never knowing what we’re gonna find
    Just like two kids, baby, always trying to live it up
    Whoa, yeah, that’s our kind of love
    Mm that’s our kind of love
    Skipping rocks and leaving footprints
    Down along the riverbank
    Always holding hands, never making plans
    Just living in the moment, babe
    You get me laughin’ with those funny faces
    You somehow always know just what to say
    That’s right, oh that’s right
    What we got is
    Just like driving on an open highway
    Never knowing what we’re gonna find
    Just like two kids, baby, always trying to live it up
    Whoa, yeah, that’s our kind of love
    That’s our kind of love

    If I had to choose only one line… it would be this one:

    “Always holding hands, never making plans
    Just living in the moment, babe”

    I could go on forever with more… but I suppose that is enough. I adore these shots and I am so bummed I don’t qualify. I would have LOVED to do this shoot!

  3. I love the Hammers and Strings pictures- I wish I could be a part of the Yosemite shoot… that is the most beautiful place.

    Here is something that describes my 11 years with my new husband:
    “I really don’t mind what happens now and then
    As long as you’ll be my friend at the end”
    Three Doors Down, Kryptonite

  4. too much coffee and an obsession with this post led to this:

    songs mentioned most (in no particular order):
    You’re My Best Friend- Queen
    The First Day of My Life- Bright Eyes
    Better Together- Jack Johnson
    Banana Pancakes- Jack Johnson
    The Book Of Love

    artists mentioned most (in no particular order):
    Miranda Lambert
    Ingrid Michaelson
    Jack Johnson
    Joshua Radin
    Dashboard Confessionals

    can’t wait to see the lyrics that were picked as the finalists! almost all of them are amazing, beautiful, meaningful lyrics. You can tell your readers really put their hearts into this. I’m so excited to see the final results of this project!!! No matter who you pick, with you and Clayton at the helm, this is going to sail into Love photo history!!!!

  5. oh boo! i missed the deadline.
    but just for giggles…

    if i could do just one near perfect thing i’d be happy
    they’d write it on my grave or when they scattered my ashes
    on second thought, i’d rather hang around and be there with my best friend,
    if she (he!) wants me.

    thats me n my fiance in a nutshell.

  6. that’s from “if she wants me” by belle and sebastian, dear catastrophe waitress album! x

  7. Any word on the finalists?

  8. I missed the deadline on this but I can’t believe no one went for Naive Melody.

    “I can’t tell one from another
    Did I find you, or you find me?
    There was a time Before we were born
    If someone asks, this is where I’ll be . . . where I’ll be”

    “Out of all those kinds of people
    You got a face with a view
    I’m just an animal looking for a home
    Share the same space for a minute or two
    And you love me till my heart stops
    Love me till I’m dead”

  9. Well you may not be beautiful
    But it’s not for me to judge
    I don’t know if you’re beautiful
    Because I love you too much

    (Magnetic Fields)

  10. When will the finalist be announced? I need time to plan our trip to Malibu. ; )

  11. Our song is What Ever It Is By Zac Brown Band. Here is just a sample of our favorite parts of the song:

    Just something about the woman makes my heart go haywire
    And she’s gonna be my wife…
    Cause every time I try and tell her how I feel
    it comes out “I love you”

    Mark and I have been together for over 3 years now and just got engaged a few years ago and are so excited to spend the rest of forever together.

  12. Black and white pics…are so artistic…i really like them..

  13. This images are very impressive, amazing work Clayton. I almost forgot to read the giveaway i was totally drawn into those images :)


Email me when there are new comments on this post. You can also subscribe without commenting.

GWS is a creative and supportive community of wedding fans and vendors. As such, we reserve the right to remove comments that contain profanity, are distasteful, personally attack individuals or do not contribute to the goals of our community.

You may not love every detail of every event, but please remember that the couples who share their weddings on GWS are real people and their wedding is a special day, so please be nice.