This photo shoot took me back on so many levels. First of all, I used to babysit Amanda and her sisters. Also, we did the photos in my “hometown.” That word is in quotation marks because I’m actually from the farm, but this is where I went to grade school K-8. I had the same 20 some kids in my class from Kindergarten through 8th grade. I grew up with these people. I wouldn’t trade my childhood for anything.
So we had planned this shoot several weeks out, and you never know what the weather is going to do. This particular day was very very gray, dark, cloudy, rainy-it actually sprinkled on us off and on throughout the shoot. I almost thought of cancelling, but I thought as long as it wasn’t pouring down rain, we were gonna make it work. And we used that cloudy day to our advantage by taking photos from every angle in the little town of Blackwater. We started off down at the railroad tracks.
We then strolled through town, stopping at all the little quaint spots along the way. This town is actually a lot cuter now than it was when I grew up. There has been a lot that has gone into the restoration of the town. There’s several antique stores, an old saloon, a hotel/restaurant, courtyards, gardens and they were even having a festival the weekend that we were there.
The thing I remembered most about Amanda when she was little was her adorable freckles and curly hair. She looks exactly like the grown up version of that little girl I had pictured in my mind. She is gorgeous! I had to politely ask a guy to move his truck to get this shot of the mural.How gorgeous is this ring? I love the vintage look to it.These two could not stop smiling at each other. I love engagement sessions so much. They are just fun and full of love!
After a quick outfit change, we kept strolling through the one street town.
Shane was totally awesome throughout the shoot. He actually looked like he was having fun. And I watched him be a perfect gentleman on several occasions. You can tell he truly adores Amanda!
He was actually carrying her over puddles in this pic. So cute! I love a couple who is up for anything! We climbed into fields, dodged trains, jumped over puddles…fun stuff 🙂
This train depot is fairly new (or at least wasn’t here when I was a kid). You can rent it out for parties/events. It’s adorable. I said, “Hey, Shane. Try dipping her up there!” and after a smile and a look, he made it happen. Magic.
With the festival in town, I had to get some sort of pic with this cute, little food truck. I don’t think either one of them cared for cotton candy, but they were good sports for me. And the result…one of my fave pics ever.
Thanks for a fun shoot, Amanda and Shane! I can’t wait to shoot your wedding next fall!