Category archives: Engagement

Jennifer & Stephen – Engagement Portraits at Winspear Opera House & White Rock LakeDallas, Texas

Tracy Autem 2015

I am on the edge of my seat in anticipation for this wedding next Spring.  Stephen and Jennifer and super fun together and I had a blast photographing them last week.  These two met in high school but started dating just a few years ago.  Now they find themselves living in Dallas and getting married in San Antonio next year.  These two together are pretty much the best.  I love Stephen’s silly faces and how he knows exactly how to make Jennifer smile.  We explored the Winspear Opera House area near downtown Dallas and Jen rocked a statement cobalt blue dress that made her eyes and hair pop!  After a little city we went for a total opposite vibe near White Rock Lake.  With their sweet golden pup in towe we snuggled up in the grass and had some fun with gorgeous sunset light.  Congrats Jennifer & Stephen!  So excited for you two!

-Tracy

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Bethany & Tyler – Engagement Photos at Dallas Arboretum & White Rock LakeDallas, Texas

Tracy Autem 2015

Bethany & Tyler met in Dallas through mutual friends and they are already having BIG adventures together as they prepare for their June wedding next summer.  Bethany packed up her life here in Dallas and headed to North Carolina so that these two would not be apart while Tyler pursues his MBA.  I had such a great time getting to know Bethany & Tyler – they are super sweet and I can tell that this time in their life is so good for them.  While at school it is allowing them to have lots of quality time since Bethany is telecommuting to her job here in Texas.  I am so excited for all their future holds and their wedding next year.  Can’t wait!

-Tracy

Check out more of their engagement session in their highlight reel:

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Kyndall & Cole – Engagement Photos at Botanic Gardens at TCU CampusFort Worth, Texas Christian University

Tracy Autem 2015

Kyndall & Cole are getting married next summer at TCU!  Yep, ceremony at Robert Carr Chapel and the reception overlooking the stadium at the TCU Champion’s club!  Texas Christian University is a huge part of this couples story, it is where it began so it makes so much sense that they will be saying I do there too!  They met as freshman and were friends thorough out college.  Cole knows he was firmly place in the friend zone and he worked hard to get out of it and eventually Kyndall came around and fell hard for this sweet and loving man.  He is a little soft spoken but I think Kyndall’s bubbly and outgoing personality make them a perfect pairing.  So complimentary!  This past summer both of their families vacationed together in Hawaii where Cole proposed 0 so special!  I had so much fun hanging out with them and loved Kyndall’s deep purple lace dress and her adorable “game day” outfit for the football stadium.  So much fun!  Can’t wait for the wedding!  Rah Rah TCU!


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Allison & Allen – New York City Engagement SessionDestination Photos

Tracy Autem 2015

I am so excited to finally share this lovely session I was oh so lucky to get to travel to New York City to photograph.  I love NYC – so much history, gorgeous architecture, public spaces and really great clients!  Allison and Allen’s story begins in New York City but next April they will be moving on to the next phase of their life in Fort Worth as they get married at Marty Leonard Chapel and The Modern.  Allison’s family may be from Texas but her life has taken her from school in California to the big apple for work.  There she met Allen and these two have had a fabulous 2 years of dating (TODAY!!! – Happy 2 Year Anniversary you guys!!!)  In February while vacationing in Utah Allen asked Allison to marry him and this kind brainy man is now marrying this athletic and sweet marathon runner.

Allison and Allen have a precious little pup, Andi, a corgi who joined us in Central Park for some photos. Love the fur babes!  We explored Bethesda Terrace and fountain as well as taking a stroll with Andi along the Mall.  After taking on the greener side of the city we hoped a subway to Brooklyn where we took in magnificent skyline views from Brooklyn Bridge Park.  Thank you two for allowing me to be in your life up in NYC and I can’t wait to see you in April!  It can simply not get her fast enough!

-Tracy

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Shelby & Whilden – Engagement Session in Trinity Park & Botanic GardensFort Worth, Texas

Tracy Autem 2015

Shelby and Whilden are getting married next spring here in Fort Worth and it is going to be such a beautiful reception at the Ashton Depot!  These two met in college at Texas Tech 3 years ago and their life has now brought them to Midland where they are working and living.  Leading up to the wedding here in Fort Worth where Shelby is from they are putting down roots in Midland – looking for a home and enjoying life with their 2 pups.  For their engagement session their doggies joined us for some photos at Trinity Park (thanks to Mom who dog wrangled!)  They were super cute and so sweet.  After some dog pics we headed to the Botanic Gardens and strolled around the Fuller Garden.  I loved Shelby’s blue bright dress, she has the most gorgeous smile.  Can’t wait for this wedding!

-Tracy

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Aurie & Joe – 1 Year Anniversary PortraitFort Worth, Texas

Tracy Autem 2015

When Aurie reached out to me a few weeks ago about a 1 year anniversary photo shoot I had no idea all the fun I was getting into.  You guys – she surprised him with this photo shoot!  It was like a first look on a wedding day but 1 year later!  Aurie left Joe clues on what to wear, where to go and when to be there and then we prompted him to come outside where he saw his beautiful wife of one year in her wedding gown!  Why?  Well, one a wedding dress is so pretty that really all girls need to get some bonus wear’s out of it!  Two: sometimes wedding days aren’t as smooth as planned and it can mean that less photos are captured than really wanted.  That was the case for Aurie and Joe – their wedding was out of state and she decided to fix her one wedding day regret with a photo session.  I feel so lucky she asked me to be a part!

Joe and Aurie are so adorably sweet together.  After some romantic wedding day style portraits we headed for a picnic complete with their top tier wedding cakes – thawed out and ready to eat!  It was super special.

Happy Anniversary and here is to many years of surprises, fun and laughter!  You two cracked me up and just gave me all the good feels.

-Tracy

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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

Tracy Autem 2015

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

oh – see more fun from their highlight slide show!

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

Tracy Autem 2015

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

Tracy Autem 2015

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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