Katie is the youngest sister of my dear friend Janice, the globetrotter currently adventuring in Dublin, Ireland. When first we met Katie was still in High School, now she is a graduate of Texas A&M University, working for the Brazos Valley Coalition for Life, and engaged to be married next summer!
Katie is a great girl, smart, hilarious, has a compassionate heart, and is obviously beautifully photogenic. Brian is one lucky fellow! I was very excited when I learned of their engagement and even happier when I was asked to shoot their portraits. It’s actually a really sweet story. A few days after their engagement Katie contacted me and said she’d be in touch soon to discuss having their engagements taken. Not a minute later I received another message from her sister Janice stating she wanted to surprise Katie by treating her to an engagement session with me! They were completely unaware they’d both written, and I thought it was such a delightful coincidence, and testament to their relationship.
The day of their engagement session Benjamin and I met Katie and Brian at the top of Mount Bonnell in Austin, Texas bright and early in the morning. Despite the sweltering heat and early hour they were in great spirits and made my job quite agreeable. They have such a natural ease together, I love working with couples who are not only madly in love with one another, but great friends too. Every location was chosen by Katie and Brian, and had a sentimental place in their story together. We shot at The Arboretum which is where they first decided to pursue a dating relationship, and at Potbelly’s where they first met over the sandwich line as co-workers. We even made friends with a pair of ducks at the pond in The Arboretum, who soon tired of us as we hadn’t any tasty bread crumbs to offer.
I never would have thought Potbelly’s, a sandwich shop, would make such a great backdrop for an engagement session but the photos taken there are among my favorites! The shop has such a vibrant palate, great variety of textures, and tons of fantastically quirky decor. The manager let us in early, before open, and we had the place to ourselves. We were even treated to delicious cookies on the house!
It was a really fun day, which I think reflects in the photographs, and highlights what a great pair Katie and Brian make. I wish them every happiness in the world as they plan their upcoming wedding and subsequent life together.