A picnic, a dog, and an engagement session is the best way to sum this McKinney session up. We started out at Adriatica in McKinney, and despite torrential winds, were able to get some great shots. From there, we went to Erwin Park in McKinney for a little picnic. And Audrey and Ryan didn’t leave any details out. They had the food, the drinks, the books, the basket, and even a cute red and white blanket to lay on. I was able to really capture them doing what they love, which is enjoying beautiful weather, reading good books, and spending time together. It was so much fun to capture these two on their engagement session picnic! Now we have to wait until 2020 before they tie the knot at Chestnut Square.
An engagement session at a brewery feels more like hanging out with friends than it does work. So yes, anyone who wants to do this, give me a call! It was so much fun hanging out with James and Angela. They wanted to do their session in Dallas at their favorite brewery: Peticolas Brewing Company. It is where they had their first date and many other since then. It is a special place for them, so the perfect place to capture them in their element. They were even on their best behavior when they played foosball. Before their BAC got too high, we headed out to a local Dallas park for some pictures in nature. It is always fun to mix up the session with someone more casual with somewhere more formal. We had a great time at Peticolas Brewing Company. And maybe next time I am there I won’t be holding a camera. Just enjoying the brewery with friends. Oh, and special thanks to all the guys at Peticolas. They were amazing, and even let us back in the tank room!
Engagement photos in the fog was not the plan. In fact, the plan was for a sunrise engagement session at Erwin Park. I woke up that morning, looked out side, and verbally said “yes! Fog!”. Now I am sure Leah’s initial reaction wasn’t the same. You don’t usually get excited to wake up super early for sunrise when the sun is no where to be found. But as we started walking around through the fog, Leah and Adam saw how unique and beautiful it was. And you can’t plan for a morning like this…so it was super special to have a session scheduled! With the pond, the trees, and the fog this made for a super fun engagement session! It gave a little edge to the photos and the lighting was perfect from a photographer’s perspective. If I could schedule more engagement sessions in fog I would. But since I can’t, I will just have to enjoy looking at these until next time.
Now in just a few months these two will get married at Chapel Ana Villa. Which rain, shine, or fog is a beautiful place to tie the knot! Here are some of their engagement photos until then:
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.