What to do when you won’t see your fiance until the wedding.

The biggest drawback to outdoor photography in Texas is the heat, and last weekend in San Antonio there was plenty of it.  The engagement photo session is a big event for most brides, and I can always see how excited they are to be spending time with their fiance doing something special.  Jacey’s story is a little bit different, not in terms of excitement, but more in terms of the session.

Jacey’s fiance is active Air Force and currently stationed in North Dakota until the month of their wedding.  The solution for Jacey?  Schedule a photo session with her bridesmaids, and downtown San Antonio was the perfect spot for it.

Photographing in downtown San Antonio is always interesting and fun.  There are so many different directions the session can go and an unlimited number of looks available.  It is certainly a situation where you can just start walking and inspiration will find you.  Of course so does the heat.

Before we even made it out of the parking area I had an idea for a shot along the Riverwalk.  It was the waterfall I had used for Melanie and Jason’s engagement photos back in the winter.  From that spot on, there was no slowing down.  The 7 of us (I had my assistant Adri with me) didn’t get more than 50 yards before finding another inspiring location.  We spun off Jacey’s ideas and added a few extras, and by the time we all stopped having fun and laughing we realized we needed a break.

The Walgreens, which was about to close, made a good place to stop and have a drink before moving on.  We ventured back in the direction of the parking lot and along the way came across St Mary’s Church which had a “Fallout Shelter” entrance that made for a great backdrop.  With some dramatic lighting thrown in, we made some captivating images.

Overall we had a great time in spite of the heat, and came away with some great photos of Jacey and her bridesmaids

Downtown San Antonio engagement wedding shoot with bridesmaids

Downtown San Antonio engagement wedding shoot with bridesmaids

Downtown San Antonio engagement wedding shoot with bridesmaids

Downtown San Antonio engagement wedding shoot with bridesmaids

Downtown San Antonio engagement wedding shoot with bridesmaids

Downtown San Antonio engagement wedding shoot with bridesmaids

Downtown San Antonio engagement wedding shoot with bridesmaids

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