Waco Engagement Photographer

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 - www.jasonandmelaina.com

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

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 - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Bret & Sidney | Tarleton State University Engagement Session | Stephenville, Texas

A couple kisses under the large trees in Memorial Park at Tartleton State University, Stephenville, Tx - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

I (Melaina) met Sidney, her mom, and Bret’s mom at the With This Ring Bridal Show in January of this year. We really hit it off and I was secretly hoping they’d pick us as the perfect photographers for their wedding. So when Sidney won a free bridal portrait from us at the show, that sealed the deal for all of us. And luckily so, because Sidney was the 5th bride that day who came to our booth with an October 5, 2019 wedding date, so I’m glad she made her decision that afternoon and didn’t wait!

A few months later, we met Bret & Sidney for a coffee double-date in downtown Waco and learned more about their love story. They grew up in the same area and had known each other since middle school. But it was their high school job as lifeguards at the local pool that brought them together. They began dating Sidney’s senior year of high school, and have been inseparable ever since.

Sidney’s loves Christmas, so Bret knew he needed to incorporate her favorite holiday in his proposal. On a trip to visit a large Christmas light trail in the DFW area, Bret had a large bridge covered in Christmas lights cleared so just he and Sidney could be alone. Then, when it was just the two of them, he asked her to be his wife. She said yes, and suddenly they were surrounded by family and friends to celebrate. Such a romantic holiday proposal!

Since their engagement, Bret & Sidney have been busy planning their October 5th wedding...and being college students at Tarleton State University. Bret graduates this year, but Sidney still has a little bit more to go. When it came time to pick a location for their engagement portraits session, the college campus where they’ve spent most of their relationship together made perfect sense.

Tarleton State is such a pretty campus that even if it wasn’t their school, it would have been a beautiful spot for their engagement session. But it was meaningful that it was their school, and it was fun to hear Bret share all these cool details about the campus and culture of Tarleton State. We took some portraits in front of the beautiful president’s home in the middle of campus, and said hi to him when he came out for his evening walk. We stopped in the popular gazebo and let Bret & Sidney have a romantic moment to dance together there. And then they took us to a pretty walkway they often take to get between classes.

Bret & Sidney wanted to showcase a little more of their relationship in this session, and have some fun. So they suggested we get some shots of them long-boarding together. Bret is really talented at it, and he’s been teaching Sidney for a while. Though she feels more confident riding her bike next to him when he long-boards, she was game to try it out in her dress and everything for the session. And she looked great doing it!

A couple strolls near the President’s House on the Tarleton State campus during their engagement session - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple dances in the gazebo at Tarleton State University during their engagement session - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A man whispers into his fiance’s ear and she laughs during their engagement session - Tarleton State University - - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple embraces as the sky turns pink behind them at sunset during their engagement photo session - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A guy helps his fiance long board down a sidewalk while she laughs during their engagement photos in Stephenville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Bret & Sidney,

You are such a joyous couple who obviously loves to have fun together. We hope you continue to make each other laugh and have adventures together for many years to come!

Love, J&M

A couple stands in the center of a sidewalk lined with trees and buildings on the Tarleton State University campus in Stephenville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Jeremiah & Shannon | Cameron Park Engagement Session | Waco, Texas

A man hugs his fiance from behind in a wooded trail inside Cameron Park in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Jeremiah & Shannon met while swing dancing in Austin. They kept dancing together whenever they’d go swing dancing, and eventually started spending more time together off the dance floor. Their love of dancing, working out, and movies meant they always had fun together. They decided they wanted to be each other’s forever dancing partners, and so during a trip to Chicago, Jeremiah took Shannon on a tour of a beautiful greenhouse in the city. Inside, he proposed to Shannon with the ring she had saved on her Pinterest board. After she said yes, they took a cruise on Lake Michigan. Talk about a romantic proposal!

Since their engagement, Jeremiah & Shannon have been busy building a life here in Waco and planning their wedding. Their June 15th wedding day will be here soon, so we met them in Cameron Park for their engagement portrait session at the end of April.

When deciding where to have the engagement session, we always ask our Sweethearts what locations are important to them and their story. Is there a particular spot where a milestone in their story occurred, like a proposal? Or is there a favorite date night spot that’ll be the perfect backdrop for the session?

We do this because we want to give our Sweethearts more than pretty engagement photos. We want them to be able to show their children and grandchildren these photos and point out exactly where grandpa proposed, or where their favorite date night spot was when they were younger.

Jeremiah & Shannon chose Cameron Park and Waco’s iconic Suspension Bridge as the location for their engagement session. They love hiking and the outdoors in Cameron Park, so they wanted to document that favorite date day location. And they wanted an iconic spot in Waco to symbolize how they are starting their new life together here in Waco. We thought those were great choices!

We had so many fun moments during this session with Jeremiah & Shannon! They were game for hiking through some of the trails to capture the beautiful green trees in Cameron Park. And Cameron Park kept showing off this spring with all its wildflowers, so standing in a field of them was a no-brainer for these two!

One of our favorite memories was when we really got to see their playful side during the session when they started swing dancing for us. Between the dancing and working out, they are both strong, which was lucky for us so we could ask them to hold some swing poses to get great photos!

We can’t wait to see these two tear up the dance floor at their wedding reception!

A couple stands on the MLK memorial platform by the Brazos River, looking into one another’s eyes, while the sun sets behind them - Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Jeremiah & Shannon,

We hope these final weeks of wedding planning and preparation are filled with excitement and joy. And that you always find reasons to dance together!

Love, J&M



A couple puts their foreheads together with the sun setting behind them during their engagement photos near the Waco, Texas Suspension Bridge - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com