Amanda and Josh – A Fall Engagement Session in Dallas

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    In celebration of Amanda and Josh’s beautiful holiday wedding last weekend, I wanted to post their fall engagement session.

    When you are planning a destination wedding, getting engagement photos can be slightly tricky.  Generally, couples assume that you either have to hire two different photographers or plan a session at the location where you are getting married.

    But, did you know there is a third option?

    What if I come to you for your engagement shoot?

    Whether planning an engagement session in your hometown or in another place that is special to you, having your wedding photographer come to you to photograph it is always a great idea.

    It is super important to have your wedding photographer be the one to photograph your engagement session.

    For one, you want the style of your images to match.  Your engagement photos and your wedding photos should look unified and tell a story of your relationship.

    Secondly, having your wedding photographer be the one who takes your engagement photos is a great way to get to know each other, feel comfortable in front of her (his!) camera and to feel more prepared for your wedding.   It also helps me, your photographer, get an idea of how you two interact, what your concerns are, and what kind of images you like most.  It is a win-win.

    I started offering on-location engagement shoots about a year and a half ago and it has been wildly successful for those clients that I traveled too.

    These sessions tend to be a bit longer and more all-encompassing.  They mirror something know in Asia and Europe as a pre-wedding session. See this link for more information on a pre-wedding session.   Plan on taking several hours (or more!) to really explore your location and get some fantastic images.

    So back to Amanda and Josh –

    I traveled to Dallas during October to photograph these two beauties in places that are special to them and it was oh-so-amazing.

    We started the day at the Dallas Arboretum. The Dallas Arboretum is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens that I have been too.  It is truly an experience.

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    The following series is all film and totally my favorite from the day. It completely captures the playfulness of Amanda and Josh.

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    I will tell you now, you will most likely – no, most definitely – receive blurry and oh-so-yummy images like this with me. I hate having a gallery full of only perfect images.  I want fun, real and unique images.

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    Repeat: Sun flare is your friend.  Sun flare is your friend.

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    Next we went to White Rock Lake. This is clearly a special place for the couple, especially for Josh, whose mom use to come to the lake when she was pregnant with Josh. It was super sweet to hear him talk about the lake and his mother and how important this place was to him.

    Plus, we had to get some photos with Josh’s first baby….

    Dallas Engagement Session, White Rock Lake

    Again, I love how well film captures the playfulness and motion of these two.  It is just so timeless.

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    As a Knoxville wedding photographer, one of the biggest lessons that I have learned is to not fight the sun. Use it to your advantage, even if it is super bright and not “ideal”.  If you stop fighting it, you can get some really amazing results.

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    We ended our day at Deep Ellum near downtown Dallas.  This eclectic, revitalized area of Dallas is full of murals, cool bars and restaurants and boutique shops.  With fantastic views of downtown Dallas, this was a great place to end up at sunset.

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    Little known fact – I really don’t like using flash.  There are times I use it but I avoid it at all cost.  So instead of using a flash during their session, I timed the light from the headlights of oncoming cars to give an extra little boost to the photo.

    And I think it works just great!

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