I think it was late November when I got a call from Bill. We hit it off from the start as he told me of his plans to surprise his beautiful wife, Sarah, for their up-coming 5-year anniversary.

His gift? A Day-After Session.

The Challenge? Neither Bill nor Sarah were familiar with Houston because they live in Ohio! Oh, and no pressure…Sarah didn’t like their wedding photos as much as she would have liked. My heart broke a little and my stomach sank with that news. I was officially on a mission!

Truth be told, Bill had me at surprise. But I just knew I was in for for something extra special when his mom, Ann, got in touch with me to plan details for the shoot. You see, Bill & Sarah were coming to visit family in Houston for the holidays and it was during this trip that Bill wanted to surprise his wife. So over the next few weeks I exchanged calls and emails with Ann (to keep things on the super down-low) and learned so many cool things about them both. For instance, Bill works with volleyball players, and impressively his namesake is Bilbo Baggins from Lord of The Rings. True Story!

Sigh.

My inner nerd could hardly contain itself when I heard that little tidbit. Yessireebob! I can honestly say I’m Bilbo Baggins’ photographer. Well, sorta.

Sarah, on the other hand, is a badass surgeon-mom of two, who also runs marathons. Could these two get any cooler? Yep. And they did too!

I haven’t been so giddy and nervous to do a shoot in a little while. What with all the pressure of hitting a home-run for their anniversary! And when I met them at Herman Park on that very cold, second to last day of December, my belly was all a-flutter with anticipation. Boy howdy! The day did not disappoint! I’m so happy to share this sneak of their session. Cause y’all gave me a SUPER home-run!

How gorgeous are these two, eh?

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Given some of the background info on their wedding photography, one of the things I wanted to do was recreate a First Look with these two. They did soooo good! There was no faking here. Check out that glimmer of luve (yeah with a U) on Bill’s face. Could only be rivaled by Sarah’s mischievous grin, am I right?

 

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We had a little fun with a tiny-running competition. Sarah highly impressed me and park visitors alike running full-sprint in that gown and heels! I can’t even remember who won.

 

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The sun’s position gave us some amazing light and I could not have asked the cloud gods for a more beautiful

 

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sky!

 

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We stopped by the fountains for a bit and caught these fun shots too:

 

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There are so many beautiful photographs from this day. But if I HAD to pick my favorite, it would be this set of four below. The drama of this light is just so beautiful to me.

 

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And so we’ll end with this one for now. Thank you guys so much for giving me an amazing shoot! I hope you love these photos as much as I do.

 

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To see the full gallery, please visit: Sarah & Bill • Day-After Session

 

4 Comments

  1. Patricia says:

    @Patty, thank you girl! I appreciate the kind words and hope you’re having a Blessed 2013!
    @Mom&Dad, thank you, thank you! You have one gorgeous daughter – inside and out!
    @Ann, my goodness, thank you somehow falls short of such an incredible compliment, but THANK YOU! I could not have done this without you!

  2. Ann says:

    What a talent you have for capturing moments and people rather than images! These are beyond our wildest expectations. Can’t wait to see everything!
    Thanks so much. … Bill’s mom!

  3. Mom and Dad says:

    Super idea and great shots.

  4. Patty says:

    What a sweet story, what a thoughtful gift & the photos are beautiful! Patty, you are simply AMAZING!!