I was thrilled when Ashley and Tim told me they were interested in having their engagement session done in my hometown of Dallas, TX and even more ecstatic when they picked the shooting itinerary that I secretly was the most excited about: a romp around the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff. I’d been wanting to photograph a Bishop Arts District engagement session for years because of it’s quaint shops and bright colors and textures. I had a feeling that it was going to be fun, urban and colorful and it totally paid off. I always like to start sessions off with an adult beverage and this one was no different. Unfortunately, our original plan was to meet at the uber colorful and outdoor space of the Foundry but I arrived to discover it was closed for a special event. Womp, womp.
Instead, we ended up at the beginning of the district at Parker Barrows, which had fantastic open windows, local beers on draft, and cool subway tile. We wandered our way through the district, stopping when inspiration struck and sampling chocolate (a must do!) at Dude, Sweet Chocolate, where the employee went above and beyond to let us sample almost everything in the shop.
We finished up at the Old Kemp House where local artist Eric Mancini has given it his colorful make-over and created a work of art. There was a swing! Finally, we drove over to the nearby Trinity Overlook Park to capture some golden hour goodness and the Dallas skyline.
No trip of mine to Dallas ever goes without a stop at Fireside Pies for dinner, usually in the company of my mom and her sisters. My aunts weren’t available but Ashley and Tim accepted my invitation and we had an awesome evening over amazing pizza and great wine!
These two are quite the pair. Self described as “reversed” from the norm, Whitney wanted nothing to do with engagement photos… at first. Two days later, she’s posting on her facebook about how excited she is to see them. Apparently, I’m fun to hang out with but they are the real fun: Whitney and Richard will jumping at the chance to climb, roll, run, and acrobat through their two hour session, which started out with drinks at The Mansion Bar, in The Mansion at Turtle Creek, a location significantly fancier than the three of us put together. I was immediately in love with both of them and I can’t wait to force them to be my new Dallas friends.
Until I’m done, here’s a few images to hold you over from their awesome Dallas Winspear Opera House engagement session.
My cousin Melanie and her fiance Michael met and both graduated from Texas A&M University, where she recently graduated with a Doctorate in Veterinary Sciences (we are all very proud of her). They now reside in Dallas, TX and I was super excited to drag the two of them all over the city for their downtown Dallas engagement session! We started out at the super rad Texas Truckyard, partly because I believe that every engagement session should start with adult beverages, but also because the location looks bright, vibrant and full of awesome textures to photograph against! With an airstream bar and eat-in truck beds, this place was the perfect starting location. It had plenty of shade to shoot in the Texas afternoon sun and a great selection of Texas craft beer.
After that we headed over to White Rock Lake to photograph at The Filter Building, where they will be holding their rehearsal dinner. After that, we headed to the Fountain Place building, an iconic downtown Dallas structure awash with dancing water gardens. This building is significant to Michael because his father works there. It was the weekend, so the fountains weren’t splashing, but it still provided a memorable and stunningly beautiful location to photograph. Next stop was Klyde Warren Park, which offers lush green urban park with a skyline backdrop. Are you tired yet? We were, so we hit up one of my favorite Dallas Tex-Mex spots, Meso Maya, for dinner and margaritas before finishing up on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge for a nighttime Dallas skyline portrait.
It’s a week of sneak peeks around here and I’m super stoked to share these. My cousin Melanie is engaged to her boyfriend of eight years. I’m thrilled for the two of them and was so honored to be asked to photograph their Dallas engagement session. As my Aunt Cheryl said, Melanie was “probably photographed more in one day than in her entire life” and for a person who does not like to have her photo taken, she is ridiculously amazingly photogenic. I subjected them to an entire evening of engagement photos, much to their chagrin, but the two were super great sports. We ended up at amazing locations like the Texas Truckyard, the Filter Building on White Rock Lake, Klyde Warren Park and the Margaret Hill Hunt Bridge in Downtown Dallas.
There’s more to come from their awesome Dallas portrait session, but until then, here’s a few I can share today!
Congratulations to my good friend Allie who graduated from Hockaday this past week in Dallas, TX.
Allie will be attending the University of Georgia on an academic scholarship this fall and I couldn’t be more proud of her!