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We shot our first engagement session of the year last week, and it was so good to stretch those muscles again. We’re having so much fun getting to know our 2016 couples… Every new couple we meet makes us more and more excited for the year ahead… and we have room to meet a few more. We know once wedding season kicks up, it’s going to be an absolute blast!

Aimee & Keid are one of those couples, and if the amount of laughing we did during their engagement session is any indication, the wedding day is going to be completely joyful. And really… isn’t that what they all should be?

We’ve been sharing a few sneak peeks of this session on our Instagram account (@mcgowanimages) and our Facebook page, but you know we love sharing a bigger collection here on the blog. Enjoy!

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There are so many images from this session that DON’T involve Amy and/or Keid laughing, because obviously we weren’t cracking jokes the whole time. But as I looked through the collection, these HAPPY ones just jumped out at me. It’s so them.

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That January light… there’s just something about it. We don’t always get to use it because January is just as likely to be cloudy and gross, but this year, it’s DELICIOUS.

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It might still be cold outside, but April is right around the corner. We’ll see y’all so soon!

  • Dawn - I really love this session–it just feels so easy and perfect, and the light is to DIE for! Great job, McG’s! Also, Aimee, I’m sooo jealous of your outfits.

About two weeks ago, we tagged along with one of our 2015 couples on a road trip to Red River. They had to make a deliver and a pick up in the area, and they needed someone to puppy-sit during the day while they snowboarded. And hey, as a bonus, some fabulous snowy 6-month-anniversary photos, and someone to mix incredible drinks in the evenings (that’s Mack, by the way. Not me.)

We were so thrilled that they wanted to take us, and felt even more loved when they DEMANDED to take us after we asked about what we could chip in. In general, this is one of those times when we realize that the people God has put in our lives, through our business or otherwise, are so frickin’ amazing.

Red River was so gorgeous when we got there, and we got another 10 inches of snow over the weekend. I was basically in southern girl heaven… neither San Diego or DFW ever gets this kind of real puffy waist-deep snow, and we only went inside to stop playing in it when we couldn’t feel our noses anymore.

So, just in case anyone was wondering, YES. We will absolutely do snowy destination weddings & portrait sessions. Yes PLEASE, actually.:)

T&J’s session ended up being pretty make-out heavy…. but hey, it was less than 15 degrees outside! And, well, they’re pretty into each other even when the weather isn’t frigid.

Here’s some of our faves…

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And of course, when I get to play with a baby deer due to Tiana’s wildlife whisperer abilities, I’m gonna show pictures of it! SUUUUCH a good highlight of, like, the year.

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We love you guys. Billions. Thank you for wanting us to adventure with you!

This is, hands down, our favorite blog post to build every year. While we love photographing portraits of people in love… and oh my gosh, we DO… there’s something particularly challenging and exciting and gratifying to capture real life as it’s actually happening on a wedding day. These real moments, more than any portrait, can bring back a memory so fast.

Our sincerest hope is that when our couples look at their wedding photographs in years to come, they are instantly transported back to the day they said I Do, and that the genuine moments we froze for them will help those memories last a lifetime.

This is a long post… but in our opinion, totally worth the scroll time. Thank you for spending your week with us!

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So, maybe it’s not 2015 anymore. But it was a pretty great year. And even though the task of sitting down and looking through 12 months of images was pretty overwhelming, we’re SO glad we did it… as always. As you’re moving forward, it’s important to remember where you’ve been. Where we’ve been is AMAZING…

… and that makes us even more excited to see where we’re going! Ready to get this 2016 show on the road!

  • Jackie Johnson - Absolutely amazing! Your pictures put a smile on my face and make my heart sing! The moments you capture are nothing short of perfection. Thank you for sharing.

  • Susan Troppy - Look at all the JOY! Beautiful!

  • Amy M - REALLY glad that you’re not making me chose! WHEW! Great work in 2015!

Today, we’re sharing our favorite wedding portraits of 2015. Some were taken before the ceremony, others immediately. These are the images we are often most rushed to create… and that’s totally normal. Our couples want to spend time with their guests, while most all of them prioritize some romantic time to just be together, we always try to keep portraits moving pretty fast so our brides & grooms can get back to enjoying their day.

Trimming down this collection was especially difficult, but we’re pretty sure this blog post is a great glimpse at the kind of portraits we like to make for our clients.

In the past, this is the category we’ve made into a contest, which limited us to one portrait per wedding…. so this year, we’re REALLY excited that we can show off a couple dozen of our favorites, instead of trying to choose just one per couple!!

Enjoy!

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Tomorrow’s blog post is our absolute favorite… I mean, if we’re allowed to pick favorites. 😉 But seriously, if you’ve looked at anything this week, make it a point to come back and see the REAL MOMENTS in tomorrow’s post!

  • Allison - Just now having enough down time to check out all the year end blog posts. Y’all have some major talent for sure

Not all of our clients choose to include a bridal session in their McG package, but when they do, we make it our goal to come up with a plan that really feels like the bride. While a classic image of a bride and her bouquet smiling at the camera is always something we deliver, we’re MUCH more interested in creating an incredible experience for her. The goal is that a bride’s grandchildren can look at these portraits, decades in the future, and feel like they know the woman she was just a liiiittle better.

And, of course… flowers & rings & dresses & shoes… we know these wedding details are important, and they’re often some of the images we have the most fun with. Those are interspersed here among the bridal portraits.

Happy Thursday, everyone!

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  • Malisa - That ring shot in the water. OH. M. G.

    Details are what us brides work so hard on for the big day. So excited to have you capture them at our wedding in May.

    Love.

  • Jess - Ahhhh all the pretty!! you guys are way too talented!!!