Who has a dog they want in photos? It is a question I get a lot as a photographer: can I bring my dog. And the answer is yes! Bring your dog! We love all the relationships we get to capture and you and your dog is just that. Bringing your dog on an engagement shoot is something I have become very familiar with over the years. Couples love their dog and want to bring them along to help capture this season of their life: engaged, happy, and dog lovers. So when Justin and Marissa asked if they could bring their dogs to the engagement session, I of course said it would be great! What I didn’t realize was that these were 3 of the biggest and strongest dogs I had ever seen. When they pulled up, they didn’t just get out of the car with their dogs. They got out, went to the back of the SUV, and opened the back. Out came 3 dogs who would definitely beat me in a wrestling match. The goal was to spend about 15 minutes with the dogs getting some photos of Justin and Marissa with the dogs. What we didn’t anticipate was the dogs agenda. They didn’t get the engagement photos with dogs memo. The got the memo that there would be squirrels and smaller dogs (well, every dog is smaller) at White Rock Lake. So while we were trying to get them to look at the camera and snuggle up with Justin and Marissa….the dogs were looking at all the furry things running around White Rock Lake. Needless to say, with the help of Justin and Marissa’s friends who Kindly came to help, we were able to get a few engagement photos with dogs and send the dogs home. We spent the rest of the session without our furry friends and just walked around White Rock lake to get some beautiful engagement photos around the lake. It was green and sunny, which make for some really pretty photos! And now I am even more excited about their fall wedding at The Grand Ivory! For that wedding, we will be working with Each and Every Detail, so we know it will be a well planned and executed wedding! But for now, enjoy some of their engagement photos at White Rock Lake.
The Plano Bridal show and the Dallas Bridal show looked a little different this year. But what hasn’t, right? Covid has affected so much of what was normal. But thankfully, with following the state regulations, the bridal shows were allowed to move forward with careful precautions in place. It was at the Plano bridal show where I met Claire and Cliff for the first time. Prior to that we had exchanged some emails…so I knew they were coming to the show.
Claire is in marketing and Cliff is an engineer, so the attention to detail and style was on point. They knew what they were looking for and it turned out perfectly. We started off in downtown Plano to get a few pictures with a more city feel and with Cliff’s car. From there, we headed over to Prairie Creek Park in Richardson as the sun set.
Little did we know, but Prairie Creek Park was packed with photographers and families. I guess we weren’t the only ones with the idea for pictures there. It was beautiful weather, the trees were changing…so it made for the perfect spot for photos! Oh, and they brought their dog along for some photos, which made this park work out really well. Here is a preview of their engagement session in Downtown plano and Prairie Creek Park in Richardson. Enjoy:
Laura and Omar’s downtown Dallas engagement session began at Margret Hunt Bridge near Trinity Groves. Their session was planned for the Dallas skyline in the background, but the fog rolled in and made for a stunning and unique backdrop for their engagement photos. It was so fun to photograph!
After their engagement session near downtown Dallas, we headed over to Prather park and Davis Park for some photos. It was the perfect combination of downtown city feel and nature. Here is a preview of their engagement session. Soon their Magnolia Grace Wedding will take place, and I can’t wait! It is so nice to be back to shooting weddings and engagement sessions after corona shut it down for a bit.
The Cotton Mill in McKinney is such a historic and beautiful venue to take wedding, engagement, or even family photos. So when Ethan and Dimi wanted to do their engagement pictures at the McKinney Cotton Mill, I was thrilled! It is a photographers dream! It will be the same location as their wedding, so to have these photos taken there was so much fun! The light, the shadows, the history, and the authenticity of the Cotton Mill is absolutely incredible! I had so much fun walking around with them for these photos. With so many ways to take the session creatively, it was a dream for a photographer. As a wedding photographer, the time after a wedding can often feel rushed. So to have the time at the Cotton Mill to not feel that pressure of guests waiting allowed us to truly capture some amazing shots! And it also got us all excited for their McKinney Cotton Mill Wedding! Here are a few from their beautiful session.