I hope I’m not incorrect in assuming that the internet is excited for me to post this session as I am thrilled to share it. When I posted a sneak peek from Angela & Garrett’s engagement session on the McG FB page last week, we broke the record for likes and comments on a single image from that page. It swelled our hearts up near to bursting to have that kind of response to an image we’d worked so hard on. Believe it when I say that nothing about that image was left to chance… we needed that amazing sunset, but we had to know what to do once we got it.
And really, that’s the secret behind this session. INTENT. Angela & Garrett are insanely in love with each other, and chose to celebrate their love in the town where they both grew up. We chose the season mindfully. We chose the time of day mindfully. And when the session started, this incredible couple put themselves entirely in our hands, and told us to do “what we do best”. I am proud to say that by working together, the four of us truly created some magic in Shiner, TX last week, the results of which are some of my favorite engagement portraits in McG history.
We are shutting down our 2012 wedding season with Angela & Garrett, as the sweethearts become Mr. & Mrs. in their hometown this December. Their love story and the start of their new journey will be celebrated with the biggest crowd we’ve ever photographed at a wedding, but having just been around this couple for one day, I can already tell you they’ll be in their own world. When Angela & Garrett are together, that’s what matters… that they are together. It’s heart-warming to see, and stunning to photograph.
What can I say? We just have the very best job in the world.
We started our session at the West House in Shiner, TX, which is a historic property with a home built in the 1800s, and a really amazing barn. Kudos to Angela for securing permission for us to shoot at this site out in the boonies… it was absolutely perfect.
It’s such a shame Angela & Garrett aren’t great looking, right? I mean, life must be really hard when you’re so hideous. (if you didn’t read that sarcastically, we’re not friends.)
Ok, so, I probably spent too much time shooting at our first location. By the time we realized what was happening, we were pretty much swallowed up in a very intense black scary amazing storm front. We decided that the sunset pictures we wanted to capture at Angela’s family farm probably weren’t going to happen, so we switched plans and went to Garrett’s family’s homestead where the storm clouds would be on full display.
Angela said, “What happens if it starts raining?”
I replied, “We get wet.”
Angela grinned and said, “I like it.”
I repeat… the clouds are NOT Photoshop magic. God just gave us a mind-bendingly amazing sky.
And then, as quick as it blew in, the storm system dissipated. I’d already called wrap on our shoot, but I looked at Mack and said, “If we hurry, we can catch sunset on the dock.” Garrett drove us as quick as he could, and then… oh my friends, THEN. The angels absolutely sang, and gave us one of the most spectacular sunsets I’ve ever seen.
If you’re not affected by that, dear blog reader, then your eyes are broken.
Angela & Garrett, what you gave us last week was a gift. Beyond just the pleasure of your company making this shoot a joy, you also set us free to try new things and stretch our creative wings and create the kind of images that fulfill us as artists. We hope you love these as much as we do… more, if at all possible.
Blogstalkers, don’t stay quiet today. Come out of the woodwork! Comment! I see the traffic, I know you’re out there. We’d LOVE to hear what you think!