Dallas Arts District Engagement | Rebecca & Gabe

From the first time I met with Rebecca and Gabe, we hit it off. It was one of those coffee dates where you lose track of time because of all the laughter and conversation as you get to know each other, and the next thing you know, it’s three hours later when you finally realize how late it’s become. I really looked forward to working with them, especially when it came time for their Dallas Arts District engagement session.

Rebecca and Gabe chose a modern wedding venue (Windsor at Hebron Park) and wanted more of an urban vibe for their engagement photos. We started off outside of Deep Ellum for the first half of the session and then we headed into the arts district after they changed into a second set of clothes.

Rebecca and Gabe have a natural chemistry between them— very comfortable, but both of them love to laugh and enjoy life to the fullest. I loved seeing the interactions between them. Gabe definitely knows how to get Rebecca laughing so hard she can’t resist tossing back her head and just roar with laughter.

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Richardson bridal portraits | Falon

Fall is a beautiful time for a wedding and I was thrilled to spend an evening with Falon to shoot her Richardson bridal portraits before she and Dave got married at 1899 Farmhouse in Princeton. We lucked out with some amazing light and were able to rock her photos!

Falon is one of those people who is very chill, laid-back, and likes to have fun. She has a boisterous personality and could never be mistaken for “shy.” Bonus points have to be awarded, of course, for her magnetism in front of the camera. She let her personality shine through during her bridal session and we were able to get some great shots for her because of it!

Falon picked a great dress for her wedding and she is the FIRST bride who had it altered so it wasn’t too form-fitting simply because she wanted to be able to dance and move all night long! I love that attitude! The back was stunning with lace details, and choosing a sleeveless halter-style dress definitely is a great choice for someone who loves to dance!

Falon brought along her mom and future mother-in-law. One thing I love about bridal sessions is just getting to see the excitement from friends and the mom(s). It’s definitely contagious! Sherry was incredibly sweet, and seeing how much she loves Falon is always inspiring.

There are several great parks in Richardson for portrait sessions, but I found an obscure one a few years back that has become my favorite “go to” spot because of its versatility. Within a short distance, there are lush trees, a creek with rocky cliffs, walking trails, and old stone retaining walls. And best of all, the sunlight is simply gorgeous when it streams through the trees!

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You can also see more images by checking out Falon and Dave’s wedding at 1899 Farmhouse.


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Parker Rose Garden Engagement | Madison & Shane

Madison and Shane came up from College Station and we shot their Parker Rose Garden engagement session earlier this year before the summer sweat settled in too harshly. I’ve known Madison for six years now, and shooting her engagement photos and wedding has been a special memory for me. I first met Madison when she was a high school senior at a small school outside of Austin. I had just launched my photography business and I put out a “model” call, looking for a couple seniors who still needed their senior portraits done. Both Madison and her childhood best friend Kasey chose to have me shoot their senior photos.

Fast forward four years, and when both the girls graduated from college, they hired me to come down to A&M and do college graduation photos for them. We spent the day running around the college campus and I have to admit, I loved getting some great photos of two beautiful girls. Since then, I’ve stayed connected to both girls via social media and love getting to see the path their lives are taking.

Late last year, I noticed Madison made an announcement on Facebook with photos of a gorgeous new engagement ring on her finger. I was ecstatic for her and of course, congratulated her, Shane, and both their families. Then I quietly held back my excitement, not wanting to be pushy… I just wanted them to enjoy being engaged for awhile before having to jump in with wedding planning.

On New Year’s Day, I got a text from Madison asking if she could pick my brain with a couple questions. The first thing she texted was a photo of a camera with the message “Will you follow us around all day long?” I died. That was the BEST way I’ve ever been asked to shoot someone’s wedding!

I am always honored when couples choose me to work with them for their wedding, but instances like this are doubly meaningful for me. I had to forewarn Madison and her mom to not be shocked if I start bawling behind my camera watching Madison walk down the aisle on her wedding day.

Madison wanted an outdoor, natural, country feel for their engagement photos, so the Parker Rose Garden was perfect for their session. We were able to incorporate some items of special significance for Shane and Madison… like the dream catcher that had special meaning for Madison since it was made from materials that belonged to her grandmother. Shane is also in the military so it was important to incorporate his military uniform in some of the photos as well.

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This one below is my favorite. Sometimes when I feel connected to a particular photo, I’ll look for a quote that “fits”. For this, I added “And I would choose you; in a hundred lifetimes; in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.” ~The Chaos of Stars

(I heard afterward that when both mom’s saw this, they both cried.)

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