We make no secret of the fact that our time is prioritized for our wedding clients, and that leaves little time left over for things like family sessions. We photograph most of our family sessions twice a year at our mini session marathon events, and that works really well for us. But let me tell you, when a fellow photographer is willing to drive 4 hours to see us for the second year in a row to get her family pictures made, we will ALWAYS make time for that!
Last year for Mari & Nathan’s anniversary portraits, Mari brought a huge pink tutu. This year… she brought a baby.Sweet Ascher is nearly 6 months old, and the smiliest little chunk I’ve ever seen! We had so much fun catching up with these awesome people, and we’re already coming up with ways we can make next year’s session even better.
Enjoy a few of my favorites!
Isn’t he delicious??
Kudos to Mari for convincing Nathan to haul the big orange couch all the way from Odessa… totally worth it!
SOOO cute, right??
Stay tuned… this may be a light blog week, but tomorrow’s post will be a glimpse of something pretty magical.
Another Saturday, another storm… except for McG clients! Once again we managed to dodge the forecasted rain, and had BEAUTIFUL weather for Carmen & Ryan’s big day in Dallas. Mack and I remarked to each other all day long that this was one of the smoothest, easiest, happiest weddings we’d ever photographed. It truly was ALL about these two precious people and their love!
We’ll have TONS more to share from this gorgeous wedding later in the week, but in the meantime, here’s a little peek at how bride Carmen spent her day:
When we walked in, she was calm & kind & getting ready for her big moment…
Then she got to walk across the street and meet up with the love of her life…
We got to shoot some lovely portraits in Belo Garden and around the SMU campus…
They pledged themselves to each other in a gorgeous ceremony at Perkins Chapel…
Then they celebrated with their guests at City Club, complete with McG-approved lime centerpieces.
Congratulations, Carmen & Ryan! You’ve been a joy to work with, and we hope your Mexican honeymoon is off to an incredible start!
We spent last Saturday with Alex & Chris, celebrating their wedding along with great friends & family. The rain chased us around all day, forcing us to take cover inside, but thank goodness the Palace Arts Center at the Lancaster Theater in Grapevine has gorgeous light! No matter the kinks that came up throughout the course of the evening, Alex seemed unflappable… being married to her love at the end of the day was all that mattered!
I feel like we’re pretty darn good at what we do– we capture real life happening in relationships. And I’m really proud of that work, because it’s something that can last for generations, and help your kids and grandkids appreciate who you were “way back when you got married”. But Chelsea’s wicked good at this other thing, too… and the work she does on the Girls on Film side of our business is a real blessing for women and their relationships. She’s kindof amazing.
But that leaves me in a bit of a weird spot– Typically, girls don’t want me hanging around during their boudoir sessions, and I wouldn’t be as good as Chelsea anyhow. So I have this little chunk of creativity left over, and all of this camera gear not doing anything of an evening. Time to put it to work
I got inspired to shoot some night sky images by a discussion Chelsea and I had regarding decorating our bedroom. We wanted some sort of grand starfield image with some lyrics overlaid (more on that later), so I started searching through Google Images to see what was out there. Holy crap. There are people who are SO much better than what I’m about to show you guys! But I just HAD to try it.
My first attempt was on the blog back in March, and I felt really good about it. Since then, I’ve gone out a number of times, dodging the weather, cycle of the moon, and light pollution to try to capture a few more. Here’s what I’ve been working on:
This first image is what happens when you’re taking a shot, and a rancher yells at you to get off his driveway… Whoops! Lesson=learned. Great stars, no foreground!
You also have to watch out for those pesky planes in your images…
That last shot is OK, but I REALLY love the time lapse captured during the exposures… check out those clouds!
The next few have a delightful accident — cow silhouettes! I didn’t even realize they were in that field until one nearly trampled me…
This frame from the above composite had a really wicked meteorite!
And these final two were captured after Meagan & Cody’s wedding in Odessa– The sky is a bit brighter than I would’ve liked, but we were feeling adventurous!
So all that to say that I’ve been working getting something good enough to mount in our bedroom– and I think I might finally have it. What do you think?
Note: By request, these are now available for purchase on the McGowan Images Art Gallery. Except that last one– because that’s for me.