Meet Jen & Ben… right away I thought these two were perfect for each other just from their names. That’s only the beginning and they actually are quite an amazing pair together!
They are getting married in Clearwater Beach, FL at The Carlouel Yacht Club but live in Texas. So, when I asked if they’d like to have their engagement session some place special to them in Texas they said definitely. I’ve been traveling more and more for engagement sessions just like this and I absolutely love getting to bring this kind of experience into a session.
For Jen & Ben’s session we photographed in both Galveston and in Houston. I hadn’t been to either of these cities before so I took a little time to research and scout some locations prior to the shoot. First, Galveston Island… I arrived and was in need of coffee so I found a Starbucks on the fringe of the historic downtown area. The significance of this coffee break was that across the street I saw some graffiti that said “Love me” which I thought could be useful later for an image. During my scouting I also found the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier which you’ll see in the background in an image. There’s also these shoreline breaks every quarter mile down the coastline or so which made for the most epic beach photos. My favorite aspect of Galveston Island Beach was the coast line looks south. In Tampa the coast line has us looking west and provides for beautiful sunsets but when facing south you have incredible side lighting from the setting sun while still being able to see the crash waves.
Our second portion of the engagement session took place in Houston. I found at least a dozen awesome locations just from my immediate research but ended up mapping out 3 locations that I thought would highlight Jen & Ben the best. They completely left it all the planning up to me and that was an enormous compliment. So, we started off at this quaint and super cozy British Pub called The Black Labrador. The outside of this pub had ivy covered walls and a bright blue door. The second location was on North Blvd. along this incredible tree lined path tucked away in an upscale neighborhood just outside of the Museum District. Lastly we photographed at The Water Wall at Gerald D. Hines Park. This manmade waterfall fountain is hands down the COOLEST I have ever seen. Aside from making some incredible images I really love the concept of this fountain and the architectural symmetry! I think I’ve probably blabbed enough so get on with it and enjoy some of my favorite images from this session.