Philip & Hailey | Rainy Engagement Portraits in Cameron Park | Waco, Texas

A couple embraces near Brazos River in Cameron Park in Waco, Texas during the engagement photos - Jason & Melaina Photography -

Philip & Hailey were so excited to have their engagement photos taken in Cameron Park. Not only is it a beautiful location right in the heart of Waco, but it holds a special meaning for them. Philip took Hailey up to Lovers Leap for their first date, and that special spot is where their love story began.

So when we were all deciding where to tell their love story in their engagement portraits session, we knew we had to end up at Lover’s Leap!

As we were watching the weather that week (like we always do), we saw there was a 20% chance of rain the evening of the photo shoot. 20% hardly ever amounts to anything, so we went ahead as scheduled. But this one time, things didn’t turn out like we all expected!

We chose one of our favorite little nooks near the Bosque River as our starting location. We ran Philip & Hailey through our posing technique, and got them set up for a photo. Jason started getting into place to take their photo, and I was standing on the edge of the river. I looked out and saw rain coming down far off, but noticed it was coming our way quickly. Soon rain drops began to make little circles on the river near us. And then suddenly, it was a downpour!

Philip, Hailey, and I huddled under our lighting umbrella, while Jason ran to hide under tree cover and keep the gear dry. For the next 15 minutes, it rained so hard that rain was blowing sideways across the river. We watched kayakers who were stuck out in the middle of the river frantically paddle to get over to the opposite shore from us. We all hunkered down until it passed, and while we tried our best to keep Philip & Hailey dry, they still got partially soaked.

And then just as quickly as it came, the rain was gone. The sun broke through the clouds. The trees hung with rain drops. The woods of Cameron Park had a misty quality to them. And Philip & Hailey were still game to go on with the engagement session. We all laughed as huge raindrops would fall from the tree limbs above and audibly land on Philip or Hailey’s head as we continued in the photo shoot.

We all dried off and loaded up to drive to Lover’s Leap. Once there, we were rewarded with a spectacular view of the clearing (and approaching) rain clouds as they hung over Waco. As we walked up, Philip pointed out to us the bench they sat on when they first declared their affections for one another.

We were able to photograph these two Sweethearts in their special spot, recreating the magic that hung in the air the evening they started their story together. And after we finished up the session, Jason & I got in our car and drove away, taking one last look at these Sweethearts sitting on “their bench,” watching the storm clouds roll in.

Close up on a bride’s opal stone engagement ring during her engagement photos in Cameron Park - Jason & Melaina Photography -
A couple walk hand-in-hand down a rain-soaked road during their engagement session in Cameron Park - Jason & Melaina Photography -
A bride-to-be laughs with her fiance as they are standing in the rain during their engagement photos in Cameron Park - Jason & Melaina Photography -
An engagement session in the rain at Cameron Park in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography -
A bride-to-be tries to keep from laughing at her fiance while he jokes with her during her engagement photos - Jason & Melaina Photography -
Post-rain clouds lit by sunset fill the sky behind a couple during their engagement photos - Jason & Melaina Photography -
A man kisses his fiance’s head as they sit on stone steps together in Cameron Park - Jason & Melaina Photography -

Dear Philip & Hailey,

It was definitely a memorable photo session with y’all! But even without the rain, it would have been memorable. You two are so sweet to one another, and watching you together makes us excited for your future.

Love, J&M

A couple holds hands as the sun sets behind them - Jason & Melaina Photography -

Justin & Tiffany | Belton Lake Engagement Portraits | Belton, Texas

A couple embraces at the Belton Lake Dam while the sun sets over the lake behind them - Jason & Melaina Photography -

Justin & Tiffany have been friends since middle school, and in a relationship for 7 years. They even work together, with Tiffany working as an admin and Justin working at a mechanic at a local shop in town. To say they’ve spent a lot of their life together is an understatement. We love hearing stories like Justin & Tiffany’s, of Sweethearts who have a hard time remembering a time in their lives when they weren’t best friends.

Both Justin & Tiffany enjoy the outdoors and being outside in nature. When they have some free time, they’ll drive to the beach, or go hunting, or spend time on their boat. But one of their favorite things to do together is to go fishing, often going fishing near Belton Lake Dam.

Belton Lake Dam is a special place for these Sweethearts and one of their favorite spots to visit on dates. One special date night at the Dam- after they had climbed down the rocks and gotten closer to the lake, with the sun set turning the sky orange- Justin pulled out a ring and asked Tiffany to marry him. She said yes.

To mark the occasion, they added a gold lock to the fence at the Belton Lake Dam’s lookout. They wrote their initials and the date, and then placed the lock on the fence along with all the other locks left behind by couples before them.

When it came time to pick the location for their engagement session, keeping things in Belton and using the sunset at Belton Lake Dam was a no-brainer. We started at a creek in a nearby park, and dodged the other Beltonians who were fishing, wading in the water, or having their own photo shoot. Then, just in time for sunset, we hiked down the rocks at Belton Lake Dam and made our way to where Justin proposed to Tiffany.

We love being able to capture some romantic engagement pictures on the exact spot where the proposal happened. Because we like to think that years later, our Sweethearts can show their grandchildren pictures of the exact spot where Grandpa proposed to Grandma, and smile at one another as their grandkids say “Awww” and exclaim how young Grandpa and Grandma look.

A woman leans her head on her fiance’s shoulder and he smiles down at her during their engagement photo session in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography -
A couple embraces and puts their foreheads together as the sun sets over the lake behind them - Engagement Photos in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography -

Dear Justin & Tiffany,

Y’all are such an adorable couple, and it’s obvious you’re each other’s best friend. We know you have many years of date nights fishing ahead of you. We can’t wait to be with you again in September when you start the next chapter of your love story!

Love, J&M

A couple kisses at Belton Lake Dam while the sunset turns the sky orange behind them over the lake - Belton, Texas Engagement session - Jason & Melaina Photography -

Ernie & Stephanie | Glen Rose Engagement Session | Glen Rose, Texas

A bride-to-be smiles sits beside her fiance and they turn in towards one another to smile during their engagement session at Glen Rose, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography -

Last November we had the joy of photographing Misael & Ellisa’s wedding. It was there we first met Ellisa’s close friend and bridesmaid, Stephanie. A few months later, we got a DM from Stephanie asking if we had August 31, 2019 available. She and her fiance, Ernie, were having their wedding celebration that day and they wanted us to be a part of it. We’ve met a lot of bridesmaids over the years, so it’s always fun when we get to see one again for her own wedding!

Ernie & Stephanie first met as freshmen at Tarleton State back in the day. They dated for a brief period that year, but ended up parting ways. They continued on with their studies at Tarleton State and graduated, and then both moved into adult world with jobs and homes.

Then, in 2012, Ernie sent Stephanie a Facebook message to connect and catch up on life. They jokingly say Stephanie ignored the message, and five years passed. But luckily, in 2017, Ernie decided to message Stephanie again. This time, she responded to his message, and the two of them met up for lunch to catch up on life since their freshmen year at Tarleton.

At that lunch, they both recognized a connection between them that was still there, and it wasn’t too long after they began their long distance relationship. And after about a year of long distance, these Sweethearts decided to close the distance between them and get married!

When we were discussing the perfect spot for their engagement portrait session, we all agreed returning to the Glen Rose area would mean a lot for them. It’s where Stephanie grew up and her family still lives, and a place they visit frequently as a couple. We even began their session at her parents’ home, because it was where Ernie proposed.

During her family’s Christmas, Ernie gave Stephanie her gift. She opened the larger gift to see the smaller ring box inside. Surrounded by her family, next to the Christmas tree, Ernie got down on one knee and asked Stephanie to be his wife. With such a romantic proposal, we loved the idea of starting our session where their journey to marriage began!

After taking some sentimental photos of these Sweethearts at her parents’ home, including in a sweet little patch of wildflowers near her parents’ driveway, we headed to our next stop. Heading into Glen Rose there is an abandoned structure of an old home made of petrified rock. Stephanie said a lot of locals take photos there, but it was especially meaningful for her to do so because it was her dad’s childhood home.

After a little photo shoot at the petrified rock home, we headed into Glen Rose proper and stopped at a local park. This park had historic buildings from Glen Rose throughout, and a beautiful walking path along the river. It was the perfect spot for a romantic sunset stroll. And as the sun faded in the big Texas sky, we grabbed some beautiful engagement photos of these two Sweethearts.

A couple faces one another and holds one another in a field of little white flowers during their engagement session at Glen Rose, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography -
A couple holds one another under an archway of an abandoned petrified rock building in Glen Rose, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography -
A man kisses his fiance’s cheek with a large, blue Texas sky behind them during their engagement session at Glen Rose, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography -

Dear Ernie & Stephanie,

It was so fun connecting with y’all during your session, and our Dairy Queen double-date afterwards! We hope you treasure these photos and remember this wonderful season of starting your married life together whenever you look at them. We can’t wait to see y’all again in August!

Love, J&M

A couple smiles at the camera while standing near a river with a pink sunset sky behind them during their engagement photo session - Jason & Melaina Photography -

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