Category archives: Engagement

When to Schedule Your PortraitsFAQ

After completing the booking process many couples want to know what is next.  Here is a suggested list and time frames for wen to schedule your portrait sessions:

Engagement session planning can start right away.  We suggest you do your session 3 months or more in advance of your wedding date.  If you want to use an image on a save the date we suggest 7-9 months in advance.  Save the date’s typically are sent out 6 months prior to your wedding.  If you would like to use an image from your engagement there is a $40 file charge that includes, retouching, sizing and release to you.

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Bridal photography is scheduled about 2 months in advance of your wedding.  Once your dress is ordered and arrives at the salon we suggest contacting the studio to set up your bridal session.  The length of time required for alterations may affect when we are able to photograph you.

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Boudoir photography is scheduled prior to your wedding (no later than 4 weeks before.)  We offer 2 boudoir weekend events that are all inclusive, in winter & summer!  These sessions include hair, makeup, the hotel location & a 6×6 book to gift your spouse.  Please check with us as soon as you know you want to participate so that we can guarantee you a spot.  Individual sessions are also available to be scheduled but do not include hair, makeup and the hotel.

Emilee & Jeff – Engagement Portraits in Fort WorthJapanese Gardens & City Backdrops

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This session was so much fun!  Emilee and Jeff grew up together in a small Oklahoma city and were friends but never close.  As they grew up, moved away and the internet stepped in the reconnected online and as they did they quickly fell for each other.  Now these two are living in Arlington and planning a Fort Worth wedding in just a few months.  These two were a dream to photograph.  So lovable, cuddly and laughing the entire session.  Jeffery knows just how to wrap his arms around her and whisper sweet silliness into Emilee’s ear that make her light up.  Her eyes are gorgeous, and when you combine that with her killer smile it is a fab combination.  Jeff was awesome and helped pick out our downtown locations where we concentrated on a more city urban vibe before heading over to the Japanese Gardens.  As a lover and teacher or literature Emilee of course has a heart for the Lord of the Rings and she adores the garden for that ethereal vibe.  I am on the edge of my seat waiting for this wedding!

-Tracy

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Leigh & Evan – Engagement Portraits at Botanical GardensFort Worth, Texas

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I have missed engagement sessions!  The summer is so hot that many couples put of portraits until fall temps hit.  Leigh and Evan though were brave and woke up early for a sunrise session with me at the Botanic Gardens of Fort Worth.  It was so worth the early time though for some scrumptious light and some less than 100 degree temps (not going to lie – it was still warm!!)  These two are just adorable.  They have been dating for 3.5 years and will be getting married next April.  I can’t wait!  These two are so sweet together, they have an ease to them that is just so simple and perfect.  I always enjoy watching my couples together as all have unique ways they interact.  Pretty much every time Evan wrapped his arms around Leigh she flashed that killer smile – she is so gorgeous and even more so happy snuggled up next to Evan.  Leigh & Evan are going to have a great wedding!

-Tracy

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Kelly & Dale – Romantic Portraits in Sundance Square & StockyardsFort Worth, Texas

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Dale & Kelly were married last year and never had engagement photos taken so I got to hang out with them for a bit last week to capture some romantic portraits of these two.  They met while Dale was on the job, he is an amazing landscaper (He designed and upkeeps our studio landscaping!  Blooms Landcare) and they literally met in Kelly’s backyard!  It took awhile before he did ask her out but once they did they fell fast and hard and were married last year.  Kelly is a spicy personality with lots of smiles, laughter and a loving and talkative spirt.  She was easy and quick to get to know and connect with.  I can see how these two definitely compliment each other.  Thanks so much you two for letting me capture this time in your lives.

-Tracy

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Laura & David – Engagement at Texas Christian University Campus & StockyardsFort Worth, Texas

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TCU is a part of this couples story even if they didn’t meet there.  They both attended Texas Christian University but met after Laura graduated playing sand volleyball.  We kicked off their engagement session at the stadium and around campus to give a nod to their pasts and that because of that connection and mutual fiends and interests these two were destined to meet.  With Laura’s California roots and David’s feet firmly planted in Texas we headed over to the stockyards for some laid back photos that give a nod to their home, the place they have placed their roots together as a couple.  Loved hanging out with you two and can’t wait of your wedding this Fall at Classic Oaks Ranch!

-Tracy

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Nicole & Kyle – Engagement Photos in DallasArlington Hall & Downtown Arts District

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Nicole and Kyle will be getting married in just a few months and I can’t wait!  Their Dallas Weddings at SMU Perkins and The Adolphus is going to be one fun party!  How do I know?  Because these two keep good company, they are friends of one of my other couples and every wedding we get to photograph related to this group of friends is always dance floor packed don’t want it to end excitement.

Nicole and Kyle are super sweet together.  During their session I loved that there was lots of laughter – Kyle knows how to make Nicole smile and laugh and I can just see how she melts into his harms.  Pretty dang perfect.  This day can not get here fast enough!  Congrats you two and I will see you soon!

-Tracy

Check out more of their images from this Dallas Engagement session in their slideshow!

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Sarah & David – Engagement Portraits in Fort WorthTrinity Park, Water Gardens & Downtown

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Sarah & David are getting married this summer and I am so excited to be photographing their wedding at Robert Carr Chapel & City Club of Fort Worth.  These two worked for the same BIG company in Fort Worth but with multiple campus’ they never had a reason to be in the same place.  But due to a company discount at a gym these two did find each other working out and Sarah caught David’s eye and he made a decision to catch hers.  Now they live in Austin but they are coming home to where their story began in Fort Worth to say I do.  For their engagement session we visited Trinity park, the Fort Worth Water Gardens and a few downtown spots.  David had me laughing the entire time and Sarah is just breathtaking.

See more of their Fort Worth engagement session in their slideshow:

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Caitlin & Jordan – Engagement at Lakeside ParkDallas, Texas

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Caitlin & Jordan are getting married this Fall at the Chase Tower in Dallas.  I can’t wait for their wedding and I am even  more excited after getting to hang out with them last week at Lakeside park in Highland Park.  They met though mutual friends and fell for each other fast and hard.  I can see why, they are perfect together.  So much fun, silly and sweet and  so easy to be around.  Jordan was playful and made photographing them super fun!  November can not get her fast enough!

-Tracy

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Abbey & Dustin – Dallas Arboretum & Old Red Courthouse Engagement Photos

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Right before Christmas on one fabulously warm day I spent some time with Abbey & Dustin at the Dallas Arboretum & downtown Dallas.  These two met working at the same law firm in Dallas.  Their paths were meant to cross!  They attended the University of Texas Austin together yet never met, after working for awhile though finally their paths crossed and they will be getting married in just a few months!  Can’t wait for their wedding at the Adolphus.

-Tracy

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Britny & Aman – Engagement Photos at White Rock Lake and Dallas Arboretum

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This wedding has me on the edge of my seat – September can’t get here fast enough so I can celebrate for 2 days with this amazing couple.  Britny is the sister of one of my past brides and I have loved her ever since.  When she called to say she was getting married I was over the moon.  She is funny, bright and just a joy to be with.  I can see why Aman chased after her.  Aman is just as fun and a complete gentleman.  He is in love and is such a genuine and kind person.  When we first got to talking Britny told me how when they were first talking they would do some fishing down at the pond so we incorporated a little bit of fishing into their session for a nod at their story.  I loved this beautiful and warm quilt that Brit brought along – we pretended it was cold and snuggled up since it was a 70 degree kind of December day!  For a taste of a more formal look we also visited the Dallas Arboretum.  I will see you both in Sept for a traditional Indian ceremony and a full fledged american celebration and wedding!  It is going to be awesome!

For more beautiful moments and photos from their Dallas engagement session check out their highlight reel:

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