Engagement Portraits

Lise and Darron's Deep Ellum engagement session

When I first met with Lise and Darron, they mentioned to me that they each had a bike and loved to ride together in their spare time. So when it came time to create the look for their engagement portraits, I knew we had to incorporate their motorcycles! I immediately thought of Deep Ellum as our backdrop and since I know the folks over at Deep Ellum Art Co, I decided to ask them if we could commandeer their sidewalk in front of one of the cool murals by Preston Panneck and IZK art. So we set up shop there right as the sun was setting and the sky was just gorgeous, so we snuck over to the street corner for a couple shots with the beautiful Texas sunset behind them. I love it when I have photography clients that are willing to let me be creative! It always leads to great sessions and this engagement shoot was no exception. Lise and Darron trusted my vision from the very beginning and it definitely paid off! Enjoy!

Zach and Katie's Dallas Skyline engagement portraits

When My good friend Zach and his fiance Katie announced they were getting married, I couldn’t wait to congratulate them! I was so excited when they reached out to me about doing an engagement session before their destination wedding in Jamaica. Unfortunately we were unable to travel for their wedding so I knew that I wanted to give them a great gift that they would enjoy for years to come. I offered to do their session as my wedding gift, but they had to agree to do what I wanted! hahaha I know how much they love living in the heart of Dallas, and I am currently obsessed with nightscape portraits, so I suggested we do something that incorporated the skyline of Dallas. I had done some photos of the skyline form the continental bridge before, but not with a human subject, so I wanted to give it a shot! (pun intended) Since Zach is a musician I thought we could start out at one of the most recognized music venues in Dallas, the Kessler theater. Zach brought his “sexiest” guitar (his words, not mine hahaha) and we had some great shots that make him look very Johnny Cash, in my opinion! All in all it was a fun time to get to work with dear friends and we ended getting some amazing captures along the way! Enjoy!

Hollow Hill Farms Engagement Portraits

This "golden hour" portrait session was so much fun!  Last fall I photographed this engagement session with a great couple, Diana and Howard, at a beautiful wedding venue in Weatherford, TX called Hollow Hill Farms.  Hollow Hill is always adding new structures and features so every time I work there, I get to play around with something different!  I got to explore the grounds at Hollow Hill a bit more than I do during a wedding day at that venue.  Timing is everything when it comes to portrait sessions, so I like to start around an hour before the sunsets.  That way I have some time to do some sun-drenched images before getting a great post-sunset landscape with the couple.

First, I wanted to capture them in the bright golden light of the sunset in a wooded area to highlight the golden leaves on the trees.  Then we moved over to the mission. The sun was hiding behind a hill, so I was able to capture the deep blue sky and the moon!  Finally, we headed over to the pond and I got in some silhouettes and a couple of shots that I lit with some off-camera flash.  Did I mention I was 8 months pregnant and laying in the grass next to the pond in order to get the angle perfect?  Oh yeah, that is just how far I am willing to go to get the perfect shot!  

Overall, this was a really exciting a fun shoot for me!  I have 2 weddings coming up this season at Hollow Hill Farms, and I couldn't be more excited to explore their gorgeous wedding venue even further!

Katie and Shawn's White Rock Lake engagement session

Check out my latest engagement portrait session at White Rock Lake!  Katie and Shawn are just the cutest couple and we had so much fun hanging out with their doggies at the lake for this stunning portrait session.  

I am so excited to photograph their wedding in November!  As a wedding photographer, I offer an engagement session to all of my wedding photography clients so that we have a chance to work together before the wedding day.  It helps me to get a feel for what poses work best for them, as well as giving the couple an opportunity to get accustomed to my posing style.  The best part is that we get to know each other a little better and it makes things go much smoother on the wedding day when you have had a chance to work together before.  

Take a look at this awesome session and tell me what you think in the comments!

Sarah and Jon's Deep Ellum Engagements

Sarah and Jon are some of our awesome neighbors from our time living in Deep Ellum.  They are such a great couple and I was thrilled when they reached out to me about photographing their upcoming wedding!  We definitely knew that Deep Ellum would be a great location for their engagement portrait session.  They have lived there for several years and wanted to incorporate their favorite hang-out spots in the session as well.  We started over at my favorite spot, Central Square Park, and continued into Deep Ellum, ending our session on the roof-top patio of the Green Room.  They both have such fun personalities and I really wanted to capture that in our session, while also making them look fabulous!  I think we accomplished that goal! I am looking forward to capturing their wedding this summer.  Leave your thoughts on this cute engagement sessions in the comments below...

Tracee and Anthony Downtown Dallas Engagement Session

This session was so much fun to plan!  I met with Tracee at her friend's building downtown to scout out a rooftop that she was interested in incorporating into their engagement portraits.  We had initially thought we would do an outdoor location and then go to the roof for a couple of night-time shots with the Dallas lights.  As soon as I walked into the lobby of the building, I fell in love and knew that we needed to do the session indoors with studio lights!  The colors in the lobby worked so well with this gorgeous couple.  The results were outstanding and I couldn't be happier with the images we had to choose from.  Proof that success in photography has so much to do with planning!  I am so glad I decided to go look at that rooftop with her or we may have missed out on that awesome lobby!


Salma and Chris- Downtown Dallas Engagement Portraits

I officially love shooting in Downtown Dallas!  Salma and Chris were so much fun to work with!  Our downtown Dallas portrait session could not have gone any better!  We cruised around from Main Street Garden Park, to the AT&T Performing arts center, to the location of their first date, The Fairmont Hotel.  It was a fun time and these two lovebirds made my job easy!  They certainly don't have any trouble making each other laugh, which in my opinion, is the key to a long and happy marriage!  

Jessica and Aaron's Engagement Portraits in Deep Ellum and Central Square Park

Jessica and Aaron definitely know how to make each other laugh!  We decided on Deep Ellum and Central Square Park for Jessica and Aaron's engagement portraits last fall.  The best part about this location is the variety of looks we can get in one shoot.  The scenery at the park gives us the traditional feel with some natural aspects and the murals in deep ellum give us an those bright colors and a more urban feel.   The natural lighting that day (right before sunset) was just perfect and all the fall colors were so vibrant, it made for a great selection of images for them to choose from.  Great location, great lighting, and such a fun couple!  Who could ask for anything more?