Few things fire me up like photographing a proposal. I can’t help but return in my mind to that place where Aaron proposed to me. I love tapping into that moment when I’m photographing a proposal–I can remember the intense joy I felt, all the way down to my toes–and it gets me GIDDY for the couple in front of me.
Photographing a proposal always comes with a rush of emotions, for me, but the rush of Will and Mallary’s proposal was multiplied exponentially–BECAUSE WE WERE IN FRONT OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. Will proposed to Mallary on stage at the Foster The People concert in Austin last Tuesday. It was an absolute joy to be involved, and I’ll never forget nervously/excitedly weaving through the band members on stage to get the best angle. I love the images below, and the Johnny Cash + June Carter feel to them.
My super talented husband shot their proposal on video, and you can view it here.
Will and Mallary–Thank you for inviting Aaron and I to document this incredible moment. I am so happy for you–giddy for you is more like it. :) Enjoy this sweet time, and just know, it only gets better. :) Xoxo, Caroline
I met Caroline at a wedding I shot back in 2009–and I thought she was adorable–so I was SUPER excited when she emailed me about surprising her husband with an anniversary session. First of all, anytime a photo session is a good surprise for a husband, I know the photos will be amazing. There just aren’t too many guys out there who love having their photos taken. :) But Chris and Caroline were a ball to work with, and we had so much fun playing with their dog Lola, wading in the river, and enjoying good conversation.
Happy one year anniversary, Chris and Caroline! I loved getting to take these photos for y’all! :)
When you think London, you think rain every 10 minutes. We had already planned a make-up shoot date in case the weather didn’t hold, we had our umbrellas, and we were ready for the worst.
But we got the BEST.
The London skies were pure sunshine for Pamela & Daniel’s engagement session. What a blessing! I’m absolutely, utterly, completely in love with these images below.
I was browsing through my copy of Southern Weddings a while back, and this quote made me stop:
“We all love a real engagement session here at Southern Weddings. Nothing to styled or prepared. Just a couple being themselves-relaxed, happy, authentically joyful-in an environment that tells their unique love story. You can feel the love…” -Lara Casey, editor of Southern Weddings
Oh yes. I can get behind a photo session like that. I grabbed my journal and penned the quote with loopy letters and hearts and everything, like I was writing a message in the yearbook of my 4th grade crush. (Yes, Sarah, that one is for you!)
So, grab a cup of coffee and settle in for these sweet images. Bonnie and Armon, bless their hearts, live miles away from each other–she in Texas, he in California–and their joy at being together for our session was the happiest thing ever. I chose two spots for their session: one that reflected the beauty of the Texas hill country, and one that reflected the beauty of the West Coast. A little bit. A tiny bit. Okay, maybe I’m reaching for that. But there were palm trees, so… good try, Texas. :)
And I’m just going to say it. I want Bonnie’s dress. Don’t pretend you don’t. It was the most perfectly perfect thing you could possibly wear to an engagement session. Oh, and her tattoo says, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” LOVE!
Bonnie & Armon, thank you so much for inviting me to be your photographer. I am genuinely so happy to have met you both and I hope these photos make you smile. You are both fantastically fun, kind, and let’s just face it, you have ammmmmmazing style. xoxo Caroline
Happy Friday, y’all!
This week while I was in North Carolina, Nancy and I took an afternoon to swap our skills and photograph each other. I am totally head over heels with these images of Nancy and her husband, Will. These two hold such a special place in my heart. I miss them already!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I’ll leave you with this quote from our Branches&Light talk on conquering fear: Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Shake yourself awake. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto. Live today without fear. -Dale Carnegie
And in case you need a little more to read:
My February goals & goal setting
Three ways to join in the creative process with your photographer
Abby & Jordan’s wedding day portraits
My favorite family portraits ever
This is the last little batch from Aimee & Vantana’s engagements and wedding weekend. :) It goes without saying that all the props they brought were beyond perfect. But I must say, I adore that Aimee brought a bouquet for this session! Ladies, think about bringing a bouquet to your engagement session. There’s something way too fun about carrying around fresh flowers. :)
So much love in these photos.
Warm, golden light makes my heart happy. So does that tree. And that open field. And those mountains. And that pink balloon. And Aimee and Vantana. You might remember their wedding a few posts back. Fun Fact: Aimee is a graphic designer for Disney! How fantastic is that?! :) Part two of their engagement session will be coming soon.
Bonnie was on a trip to NYC when Ryan totally surprised her by flying there and proposing at a sweet little breakfast cafe that had been a favorite of theirs since they discovered it together. These two have a special place in their hearts for the morning meal and coffee, so they came up with the idea of shooting their engagements at Oddfellows in Dallas. I am typically drawn to color images, but the classic feel of these three in black and white has me swooning!