Oh Ben and Ashley! I just love these two, and now that I've met their parents, I love them, too! Ashley hired me to do a couples session for her and Ben last year as a Christmas gift to their parents. They're the kind of people that you become fast friends with, so when Ben contacted me back in May asking if I'd be willing to photograph his proposal to Ashley sometime in the fall obviously I was going to be on board. Through the summer, Ben planned, traveled back and forth between El Paso, Victoria and Austin, occasionally without Ashley even having the slightest clue as to what was going on. Oh did I mention he also moved from El Paso to Austin during that time? Yeah, he's a trooper. Finally the October morning had arrived and it was time to seal the deal. I hid in the bushes along with Ashley and Ben's families, while Ben waited for Ashley, her two friends, and Bear to arrive at Lick Creek Park for some "photos." They all made their way to the selected spot, Ben walked Ashley out a bit further, and got down on one knee to ask Ashley to be his wife. It was awesome. Ashley's reaction was precious. Their families whooped when she said yes, and came running out to celebrate with them both. I don't get to photograph proposals often, but they are seriously one of my favorite things ever! We took family photos and lots of fun photos of Ben and Ashley together afterwards. What a joy it was to be apart of this awesome day! I cannot wait until their wedding next December. 51 more weeks, Ash!
College Station Engagement Photography
Stephanie and Jordan met me at one of my favorite little spots in College Station for their engagement session in October. We adventured around a bit, had a lot of fun in the Texas sunshine, and I even got to explore the new area around the Hotel Stella -- it's pretty sweet if you're local to BCS. I had such a great time with these two and their pup, Remi. They will be my first wedding back from maternity leave in the spring, and I'm really excited to have such a sweet, sweet couple to work with after my longest break from weddings in almost 4 years. Stephanie thought it'd be fun to do part of their session near Hotel Stella because that's where they'll be staying the night of their wedding since it's so close to their reception at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan. I can't wait to celebrate another Mr. and Mrs. Ross on their big day in March!
These two were so much fun to photograph! Natalie and Devyn are pretty much naturals in front of the camera, and I loved that they made each other laugh the entire time I photographed them. Those smiles are genuine, y'all! I love the moody romantic contrast of the final images from their session. The sun was just about to go down, and even though I usually prefer the brighter, happier sunshine that appears an hour or so before sunset, I can't help but love the feeling that light helped create in the last few images.
Special thanks to Leanna Duran of Naturally Flawless for doing an amazing job on Natalie's makeup!