Mrs. Fender’s bridal session took place at Rosewood Mansion at Turtle Creek in Dallas. The Rosewood Mansion is a breathtaking space with incredible floor to ceiling windows, and timeless charm. With a huge variety of areas to take photos, from gorgeous hallways to the outdoor spaces, Mrs. Fender’s bridal session was a photographers dream come true! The mansion was an amazing spot for Sara’s bridal session to take place, she radiates classic beauty and is the sweetest southern belle. With her simple and stunning bridal gown, Sara looked like an old Hollywood movie star in her wedding dress. I couldn’t think of a more fitting venue for Sara’s bridal session and wedding. I have to admit, I felt a little under dressed showing up in my normal photographer attire of leggings and nikes haha!
I love learning about my couples and how they got engaged! Sara and Nick’s engagement story is a cute one! Nick proposed to Sara at Branch and Bird in Downtown Fort Worth in late June of 2019. The proposal itself wasn’t a surprise, but the timing of it was! Sara had planned to have a group date night at Bass Hall with her friends, where vendors were to be serving all kinds of unlimited desserts. Nick asked Sara out to get appetizers before her friend date, and when it was just about time for them to leave the restaurant, Nick asked Sara to go check out the views. Branch and Bird is on the 12th floor of Frost Tower in downtown Fort Worth, so there are so great views! Nick then knelt down on one knee and asked the question! Sara said yes, and she told me she knew she would be happy when it happened, but had no idea the extent of the joy that she would feel!
I just love their proposal story, it fits them and you can tell how much they adore each other. I cannot wait to share more about Sara and Nick’s love story when I post their wedding blog soon!
The Anglin’s Fort Worth family session took place early in the morning in Flower Mound. I prefer shooting in the early morning or evening in order to take advantage of the softer, golden light that we all adore. Another plus to morning sessions is walking away looking your best for the rest of the day!
The anglin family
I have had the pleasure of working with the Anglin’s since their oldest, Xander, was still in mom’s tummy! From 2017 to now, every session that I have with this precious family becomes my new favorite! Our first session together was a maternity session, since then we have covered just about all of the bases. I captured Xander’s newborn photos, milestone sessions, and lots of family sessions in between. Then when Eli came along, we did it all over again and loved every minute of it. As a photographer, there are always certain families that you have a soft spot for, that is the Anglin’s for me. They have offered unwavering support to me over the last four years and I hope we get to continue to create these magical moments together for a long time coming!
Having the opportunity to grow with a family truly is the most unique and rewarding aspect of being a photographer. I have made some lasting bonds and friendships with my amazing clients that I cherish! It is so fun to see how fast kids change from one session to the next. Documenting their growing personalities through photos is so special. Xander and Eli never fail to melt my heart with their sweet smiles.
Outfit choice for family photos
I love the outfits the Anglin’s chose for their Fort Worth family session! The fact that Amber is a pop of color in the group really draws your eye in to the photos. Burnt orange, denim and navy blues is a classic color combo and works especially well in the fall season. Tying in the subtle oranges in the trees with a pop of warmth in your outfits is genius.
Sierra and Davis had their Fort Worth Engagement session out at Eagle Mountain Park on the most perfect day! Even with a bunch of wind, and it being a little bit chilly, these two were so full of joy! Not to mention we got the most incredible sunset at the end of their session. I had the best time capturing these images for Sierra and Davis! We had to reschedule their original date because it was only twenty degrees outside that day and I am so glad that we did. I would love for every session to have backlighting like this.
Sierra and Davis
Sierra and Davis got engaged while on vacation in Gulf Shores, Alabama in August of 2020! Davis proposed to Sierra with a family heirloom ring, which he had custom fit just for her. Those kind of special details melt my heart! These two are high school sweethearts, the ultimate love story! Sierra loves her cats, playing the piano, and spending quality time watching movies at home with Davis. Davis is passionate about cars and loves working out. Their chemistry is so sweet and I just adore them together!
When talking about what their vision for their engagement session was, Sierra just knew that she wanted it to be romantic! Simple sunset vibes at this gorgeous park in Fort Worth fit their personalities so well. Eagle Mountain Park is a favorite location of mine because it has so many unique looking backgrounds all in one location! Eagle Mountain Park also seems to always get the best lighting at sunset time year round which is every photographers dream!
Engagement outfit choices
I have to give these two props for picking such great outfits for their Fort Worth engagement session! Neutrals with lots of texture are always a good fit for an outdoor session. I especially loved their second look for its colors and subtle yet striking patterns. I always recommend a casual oufit and a formal outfit for these sessions to have nice variety. Kudos to Sierra and Davis for bringing their style and rocking it!
Oliver’s lifestyle newborn session in the family home came out so incredibly gorgeous! Indoor sessions can be tricky, as every home and even every room can have completely different lighting situations.
Over the years I have mastered indoor lighting for newborn sessions. To start, I always pick the rooms in your home that have the most natural lighting available. To enhance the natural lighting, I always open all of the windows and turn off the overhead lighting in the room. Overhead lighting can cause yellow tints to skin tones, as well as a flickering affect that makes editing consistently in one session difficult. For those reasons, it is best to work with only natural light indoors. Oliver’s newborn session was blessed with perfect, even natural light. The pastel blues and pinks in their bedroom are a dream come true for any newborn photographer!
What I love about newborn sessions
Something that I adore about newborn sessions is every single one is unique. No two homes, no two families, and no two newborns are the same. The variety that comes along with in home newborn sessions allows my creativity to thrive! I love when siblings join in for their new little brother or sisters newborn photos! Nothing melts my heart more than shots where big brother or sister is kissing their new little sibling on the head. That pose is one of my very favorites from Oliver’s lifestyle newborn session and can be seen in the gallery below!
I thought it was such a cute idea to use a swaddle that had Oliver’s name on it! Custom baby clothes are the best. For clients who want a ton of options for swaddles to use in their session, I have several available to choose from! I like to begin each newborn session with baby swaddled, as it makes them feel safe and comfortable.
Newborn session Tips and Tricks
Another great tip for newborn sessions, make sure baby is fed until full right before the start of your session! This will help baby stay in a good mood, and makes the chances of having to take several breaks during the session smaller. The best time frame for newborn sessions is when baby is between five and fourteen days old. In an effort to make things as convenient as possible for my clients, I am on call for newborn sessions.
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