Waco wildflowers

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

The Orris Family | Waco Family Photography

It's always a delight and honor to shoot a family portrait session. We don't take the charge lightly, because we know we are providing this family with an immortalized snapshot of this particular moment in this particular chapter of their family's story. 

It's especially a privilege when we're given the task of shooting multiple generations of a family together. There's something heart-warming when grandparents join in the family session. Seeing the relationship between the grandparents and their adult children, witnessing how the grandparents love on their grandchildren, it reminds me of the continual line of a family and how generations care for one another to preserve the family unit.

Shooting this family was no exception. The closeness between Jeri and her mother, Debbie, was obvious. You could tell they had a deep relationship. It was even more apparent the close relationship between these four little boys and their grandparents. You could see right away there was an ease and familiarity there built on ample time with grandma.

And those boys were such sweethearts. They played together so well while exploring our shooting location, making sure to watch out for their little brothers. While walking back from one location, the little blonde ran up beside me and requested to hold my hand. And the oldest picked some wildflowers for his girlfriend, but then at the end gave his Mama and me one each. Hand-holding and flowers all in one shoot? They sure made this photographer feel special. 

It was such an honor working with you, Orris family. Thank you for letting us tell your story.

The Brown Family | Woodway, TX

Not too long ago, a friend told me (Melaina), "I have this friend who just moved to Waco, and I think you two would really hit it off." So our mutual friend set up a play-date at the park for us to meet and for our kids to play.

And she was right.

It's been so fun to get to know this sweet family. Our daughters are becoming besties and it's always great to add another friend to your tribe. Because living life takes a tribe, y'all.

To celebrate their settlement in Waco, to celebrate making new friends, and because it's spring and central Texas comes alive in the spring, we decided to let this adorable family be themselves in a field of bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes while I snapped some pictures. 

There's something magical about springtime in central Texas. Wildflowers transform the landscape and turn one of our favorite places to play into a wildflower wonderland. The large field in the center of the walking trail at Whitehall Park in Woodway no longer is a non-descriptive grassy field, but rather a field vibrant with the deep blues and purples of bluebonnets and a sea of red from the Indian paintbrushes. Every time I find myself out there in March and April, I want to run through the field, touching all the flowers. So when for a portion of our shoot this sweet little one wanted to run through the flowers rather than sit still, I told her mama to let her.

You are living the dream, little girl. 

You know what else is magical? Being a fly-on-the-wall, watching a loving mom and dad dote on their little girl. Each family portrait session we do is an opportunity for us to be invited in to the love shared among a family, and it's always one of the most precious things to witness. Seeing how a parent interacts with a child naturally, and being able to capture that love shared in a recorded image to reflect on for years to come? That's beauty right there.

Thanks for being our friends, Brown family. We're so glad you moved to Waco.