San Antonio Engagement Photographer – Downtown River Walk

When suggesting the San Antonio River Walk as an engagement photography location, I am often met with a hesitant response.  The image most people visualize is the crowded narrow walkway in the heart of the tourist attraction.  I typically have to paint the picture of a much more laid back and intimate location away from the crowds.  Just outside the main River Walk area is a more picturesque and quaint trail, that offers an intimate atmosphere.

Rebecca and Cody were up for the adventure, and trusted we would get some great photos for their engagement session.  I always get excited when a local couple experiences new locations and sites they have not encountered before.  The diversity and architecture of downtown allows for a wide range of backdrops, which Rebecca and Cody loved.

The lights of the Drury Inn along the San Antonio River Walk.

The Red Tunnel that connects the River Walk proper with the San Antonio River.

The Red Tunnel that connects the River Walk proper with the San Antonio River.

The Red Tunnel that connects the River Walk proper with the San Antonio River.

The waterfall along the San Antonio River Walk by Houston Street.

One of the alcoves for a high-rise building along the San Antonio River Walk.

One of the alcoves for a high-rise building along the San Antonio River Walk.

Schoolteacher Engagement

There is something about a schoolteacher that is downright cool.  Put two teachers together and you have a cool factor that is off the chart.  So, the pressing question…where do you do the engagement photos for two teachers engaged?  I am always up for an interesting location, and I never turn down a spot that is special to a couple.  Somehow I wasn’t surprised when Michelle and Jeff suggested the school grounds where they teach.

So the day of the shoot, off we went looking for an appealing location to create some fun engagement photos.  They had just the spot; an outdoor terrace, where they often retreat with their students for lessons and discussions.  It was a small area, but it was a wonderful spot for an engagement session.  Everything felt right, and their love as well as their enthusiasm for teaching shown bright as the morning sun.

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Jessica and Juan – A San Antonio Engagement

I always enjoy getting together with my wedding couples for engagement photography.  This past week I had the opportunity to create some beautiful photos of Jessica and Juan.  There wedding is quickly approaching and I am excited to capture these two again on their special day.  For the engagement photos it was the first time for me to photograph at the Lourdes Grotto on Oblate here in San Antonio.  The area is gorgeous and includes a rich history which can be seen on the website.

San Antonio Engagement Photography Oblate Grotto Missions

San Antonio Engagement Photography Oblate Grotto Missions

San Antonio Engagement Photography Oblate Grotto Missions

San Antonio Engagement Photography Oblate Grotto Missions

San Antonio Engagement Photography Oblate Grotto Missions

San Antonio Engagement – Beth and Brent

If you are friends with Beth or Brent then you already know they are a really cool couple.  I met up with them at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Antonio for their engagement photography session.  It not only was a great location for their photos but it was a wonderful chance to get to know them.  These two are on a whirlwind year, with a great deal going on.  Their plans are mixed with both known, and yet-to-be-decided events, but they are both taking it in stride and ready for whatever life throws at them.

Such was the case with the engagement shoot, as we tried to find a date that would work.  Between their out of town traveling and my hectic photography schedule we were finally able to set aside a date and create some gorgeous photos of the two.  I will save all the wedding details for Beth and Brent to reveal; I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag 😉 but I am sure it will be a fantastic wedding.

Japanese Tea Garden San Antonio Engagement Photography

Japanese Tea Garden San Antonio Engagement Photography

Japanese Tea Garden San Antonio Engagement Photography

Japanese Tea Garden San Antonio Engagement Photography

Japanese Tea Garden San Antonio Engagement Photography

Japanese Tea Garden San Antonio Engagement Photography

Japanese Tea Garden San Antonio Engagement Photography

Japanese Tea Garden San Antonio Engagement Photography

Japanese Tea Garden San Antonio Engagement Photography

Japanese Tea Garden San Antonio Engagement Photography

Japanese Tea Garden San Antonio Engagement Photography

Now you need a permit!

The Japanese Tea Garden has seen a good deal of renovation and improvement over the past few years.  I can remember for many years the pond sat empty, and only the most hearty foliage survived the hot summers.  Now the park has been restored to its former beauty,and is once again a hot spot for tourism.  This has also brought some additional restrictions in regards to photography.

The Tea Garden has long been one of the iconic locations for portraits and photos of all kinds.  The park is typically filled with the usual visitors capturing their snapshots and the professional looking to create a gorgeous portrait or family photo.  I assume this has lead to the current restrictions and need for a photo permit when taking professional portraits.  The San Antonio Parks Foundation has implemented a photo permit program and requires those photographers who are taking professional portraits to purchase a $20 permit before arriving.

The $20 permit can be purchased from the Japanese Tea Garden website through paypal.  This is something I was not aware of until yesterday when discussing details of an upcoming engagement shoot with a couple.  Wanting to have the shoot at the Tea Garden, the bride-to-be noticed something regarding a fee to shoot there.  After some searching of the usual websites I found the details and thought I would pass the info along through the blog here.

The last engagement shoot I did at the Japanese Tea Garden was with Melissa and Chris and the photo below still remains one of my favorites from the location.

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Michelle and Steve’s San Antonio Engagement Photos

Michelle and Steve were in town a couple weeks ago for their engagement session.  This was a photo session I had been looking forward to, since we were shooting in a new location; always a fun and exciting experience.  The location was Bracken Village out NE of San Antonio.  Bracken Village is a boutique shopping area made up of antique buildings and historic homes that have either been re-located to the area or were already present.  It provides a beautiful location for photos any time of day with large shaded trees and gorgeous surroundings.

For Michelle and Steve, Bracken Village provided a lovely location for their engagement photos, and a fun end to an exciting day.

San Antonio engagement photography at Bracken Village

San Antonio engagement photography at Bracken Village

San Antonio engagement photography at Bracken Village

San Antonio engagement photography at Bracken Village

San Antonio engagement photography at Bracken Village

Average Engagement Ring

I came across some survey statistics today that might be interesting to those of you engaged and planning a wedding.  The headline focused on the average cost of engagement rings, but the article has stats on wedding spending in general.  One interesting stat was that San Antonio made it into the list for most expensive places to get married.  At 17th in the list we were not at the top, but we should be proud to be on there, or not!  However you look at it, the average cost for the engagement ring is what interested me.  At $5,130 that can be a pretty big chunk of money for the future groom.

Let me know what you think in the comments, a lot for an engagement ring or not?

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