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Celine & Wesley Engagement – Dallas Arboretum & White Rock LakeDallas, TX

These two made the drive from west Texas to do this morning session!  We went to the Dallas Arboretum and White Rock Lake for some nature which is perfect since they will be saying “I Do” at the Texas Discovery Garden.   These two met at Texas Tech and wore their jersey’s for the second part of their session.  How fun!  Check out some of my favorite moments from their session!

-Annie

Lindsay and Keith – Engagement Portraits at Japanese Gardens and Kimbell Art MuseumFort Worth, TX

I love it when couples are not shy or afraid to be themselves in front of the camera!  It’s a hard thing to do but Lindsay and Keith nailed it!  They currently live in New York City but are getting married here in Fort Worth so we had a chance to do their engagement photos while they were in town.  I love that Keith wore the same suit that he wore on their first date.  I think it makes the photos that much more meaningful.  Lindsay and Keith cracked me up.  It is always a blast when we can all just joke around and laugh together, like when I caught Keith smelling Lindsay’s hair which is apparently an inside joke that has to do with one of their first dates.  I don’t know that I’m going to be able to let go of that one and will probably mention it and use it on their wedding day haha!  I am so excited for their big day in December.  It is going to be so much fun! Please enjoy some of my favorites from their Fort Worth engagement session.

-Amanda

Jess and Bobby – Engagement Session at Globe Life ParkArlington, TX

ATTENTION ALL BASEBALL FANS!!!  It is finally baseball season and with Jess and Bobby there was no other place than the Texas Rangers Stadium (Globe Life Park) for their engagement portraits.  Bobby proposed to Jess during a tour of the stadium, so I loved that they wanted to have their photos done there.  Being a big baseball fan myself, this was such a treat!  Not only are Jess and Bobby big Rangers fans, but they are the sweetest and kindest people! They are so much fun to be around and we had a blast hanging out around the empty stadium.  Our tour guide, Dick, also provided us with a fun time, a little Rangers history and added entertainment!  If you haven’t taken a tour, you definitely should!  I think the ballpark might be one of my favorite places to photograph.  Congratulations to Jess and Bobby!  Hope to you see you at a game soon! (Also, a special shout out to the tour coordinator, Billie, at the ball park!  She was absolutely wonderful to work with!)

-Amanda

Annie & Josh are Engaged – Proposal PhotographyFort Worth, Texas

I love documenting proposals, there is nothing like the surprise and secrecy of waiting for that moment when he FINALLY goes to one knee  and out comes the ring – the tears, the laughter, the YES!!!!  This proposal was super near and dear to my heart though – this lovely bride to be is our very own Annie – my associate photographer and dear friend.  When I heard the whispers of the proposal and their coming engagement I knew that Amanda and I had to be a part of this very special day.  A little message on Facebook to Josh led to us helping document this emotionally charged proposal and doing some sneaking around to make sure Annie looked gorgeous.  I was so tricky I even had a reason for her to have her makeup professionally done by Fallon Farmer with Love & Pout Makeup and made sure she was super fancy!

Along with Thirteen Media we followed Annie on and adventure around Fort Worth where she visited spots that were tied into Josh & Annie’s courting and at each spot she had a surprise!  Josh is a big hearted guy (I am really super happy he is marrying my girl – I am in tears writing this!!!) and he exposed all of his softness for this day.  Not only did he take her on a scavenger hunt but at each location he had a married couple that they are friends with there to greet her, give her a gift and ask her a question.  Before hand Josh had Thirteen Media record him answering the same questions.  It was pretty freakin sweet and romantic!!  If you like crying happy tears for someone you don’t even know – you have been warned – watch the video below!  Our photos show the fun and the emotion and the highlights but the video that Thirteen Media created along side us really reveals the love that Annie & Josh have for each other, the Lord and their community.

I am on the edge of my seat in anticipation to watch my Annie marry Josh on April 30th!  Love you guys and congrats!!!!

 

-Tracy Autem

Annie & Josh from Thirteen Media on Vimeo.

WHAT TO WEAR - ENGAGEMENT PORTRAITSFAQ

Wondering what to wear for your engagement portraits?  It is one of the most difficult challenges when it comes time to step in front of the camera.  Here are some of our tips and tricks to make sure your outfits look flattering and visually interesting.
One of our favorite things is when our clients are not afraid to layer clothing in males and females. Layering offers an additional dimension, definition of your body shape and interest to your photos.
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Make sure you are dressing appropriately for the season in which your photos are taken. If it is winter, layer up! If it is summer dress in lighter clothing. It may be wise for men to avoid long sleeves and suit jackets during summer months. If weather is expected to be hot bring along extra clothes in case you perspire and stain your clothing, it’s always good to have back up’s!
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We encourage our clients not be afraid of bright colors or patterns. If you love patterns and bright colors EMBRACE IT!!!  You can always mix a bright with a neutral if you are afraid of all over color.
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Make sure the colors you are wear are complimentary but not matching. We warn against wearing white shirts and jeans or something to that liking as we prefer you not end up on an awkward family photo blog!
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If you are going to buy new clothes make sure you buy silhouettes that you know flatter your body. We suggest staying away from the loose clothing. An outfit that is tailored or cinched and emphasizes the smalls part of your waist is always flattering.
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When in doubt, go with what you love!  Wear things that make you feel pretty and are complimented by your friends.  We love this quote by one of our REAL brides:
“Like most brides, I did tons of research and read lots articles about what to wear for your engagement session. When the time came to pick an outfit, I threw the advice out the window and did what I thought would be best. I was sadly mistaken. The best advice I can give you is to dress like the girl your fiance fell in love with. He didn’t fall in love with a picture in a magazine. Wear what you know looks good on you, not someone else. Don’t use this time to break out new styles or trends. Be YOU.”
-Heather
So get to shopping, raid your own closet and start planning your engagement portrait outfits!  When in doubt reach out to us for help by shooting us over some photos of the looks you are considering.  Remember that you will need 2 outfits for a 2 hour session and 1 outfit for a 1 hour or mini shoot.  For further ideas and inspiration see our Pinterest board of engagement photos.

Kathleen & Colin Engaged at Urban Walls in Deep Ellum

 

Kathleen Colin Engagement Session Photography Deep Ellum Dallas Texas Urban Walls Red Door Bright Purple brick colored glass windows public art edgy graphic grid glass blocks Lightly Photography by Sarah Whittaker

 

 

The other week I got to explore some great new spots in Deep Ellum with Kathleen & Colin during their session. Kathleen and I have a shared love for textures and bright colors so this was definitely the place for us! I enjoyed getting to know these two as a couple and can’t get over how well they mesh with each other. I’m excited to share some of my favorite photos from the day.

 

-Sarah Whittaker

 

 

Kathleen Colin Engagement Session Photography Deep Ellum Dallas Texas Urban Walls Red Door Bright Purple brick colored glass windows public art edgy graphic grid glass blocks Lightly Photography by Sarah Whittaker

Kathleen Colin Engagement Session Photography Deep Ellum Dallas Texas Urban Walls Red Door Bright Purple brick colored glass windows public art edgy graphic grid glass blocks Lightly Photography by Sarah Whittaker

Kathleen Colin Engagement Session Photography Deep Ellum Dallas Texas Urban Walls Red Door Bright Purple brick colored glass windows public art edgy graphic grid glass blocks Lightly Photography by Sarah Whittaker

 

Kathleen Colin Engagement Session Photography Deep Ellum Dallas Texas Urban Walls Red Door Bright Purple brick colored glass windows public art edgy graphic grid glass blocks Lightly Photography by Sarah Whittaker

Kathleen Colin Engagement Session Photography Deep Ellum Dallas Texas Urban Walls Red Door Bright Purple brick colored glass windows public art edgy graphic grid glass blocks Lightly Photography by Sarah Whittaker

Kathleen Colin Engagement Session Photography Deep Ellum Dallas Texas Urban Walls Red Door Bright Purple brick colored glass windows public art edgy graphic grid glass blocks Lightly Photography by Sarah Whittaker

Kathleen Colin Engagement Session Photography Deep Ellum Dallas Texas Urban Walls Red Door Bright Purple brick colored glass windows public art edgy graphic grid glass blocks Lightly Photography by Sarah Whittaker

Kathleen Colin Engagement Session Photography Deep Ellum Dallas Texas Urban Walls Red Door Bright Purple brick colored glass windows public art edgy graphic grid glass blocks Lightly Photography by Sarah Whittaker

Kathleen Colin Engagement Session Photography Deep Ellum Dallas Texas Urban Walls Red Door Bright Purple brick colored glass windows public art edgy graphic grid glass blocks Lightly Photography by Sarah Whittaker

Kathleen Colin Engagement Session Photography Deep Ellum Dallas Texas Urban Walls Red Door Bright Purple brick colored glass windows public art edgy graphic grid glass blocks Lightly Photography by Sarah Whittaker

Kathleen Colin Engagement Session Photography Deep Ellum Dallas Texas Urban Walls Red Door Bright Purple brick colored glass windows public art edgy graphic grid glass blocks Lightly Photography by Sarah Whittaker

Melissa & Carl Engagement at Times Ten Cellar, Downtown Fort Worth, & Trinity Park

Over St. Patrick’s weekend I met up with Melissa & Carl at Times Ten Cellar where they will be having their reception in May. I had so much fun getting to know them over a glass of wine.  We went to many places that are significant in their relationship. We strolled by what used to be 8.0 where they met and went to the wall where Carl proposed to Melissa. Here are some of my favorites from their Fort Worth engagement session.

Sarah Rizy

Chelsea & Adam – Engagement at Joe T Garcia’s & Urban Walls

The police seem to play a part in Chelsea and Adam’s relationship. They actually met because of a police officer when someone attempted to break into Chelsea’s apartment and Adam was walking by and asked if he saw anything. Adam came back the next day to check on Chelsea and things went from there.  Then during their engagement session we witnessed a car hit my vehicle and take off so we had to call the police. Chelsea and Adam have such a great sense of humor and we were able just to laugh at the absurdity of what happened.  For their session we went to Joe T Garcia’s where they are having their rehearsal dinner and then went to some of the urban walls around our studio. Here are some of my favorites from their Fort Worth engagement session.

Sarah Rizy

 

Annie & Jacob Engagement Portraits at Van Zandt Cottage, Fort Worth Modern & Urban Walls

I met up with Annie & Jacob over the Christmas Holiday. I had spoken so many times with Annie so it was great to finally meet them while they were in town from Houston. For their engagements they brought along their own little dog pack. They have two Chocolate labs named Bella and Polo and their most recent addition is Mack whom they found.  I loved getting to know Annie & Jacob and can’t wait for their wedding in July. Here are some of my favorites from their engagement session.

Sarah Rizy

Mack, Polo, & Bella

This one of Mack kissing Polo as Annie & Jacob kissed cracked me up so I had to share

 

Annie made these signs just hours before their session. Love them!

Audra & Matt – Couples Portraits at Penn Farms, Cedar Hill State Park

Another one of my amazing wedding clients back to update their pictures for the holidays!  Audra and Matt were married a few years ago and she has made it a yearly ritual to come  back for more pictures.  I love that!  It’s hard to believe but I think Audra and Matt have only grown more in love since their wedding and I swear she is more beautiful every time I see her.  Matt, you are ONE lucky man!  It was great seeing y’all again.

-Tracy Autem