McNay Art Museum Bridal Photography – San Antonio, TX

The Mcnay Art Museum has long been a favorite destination of wedding photographers and brides around San Antonio.  The well kept landscape and wonderful architecture makes for a wonderful backdrop.  Shooting on the grounds is inexpensive and easy.  A small $20 grounds fee is collected by security, preventing the need to fill out paperwork or obtain a permit beforehand.

The grounds can get a bit crowded depending on the time of day and weather, so some patience and planning is recommended.  It is not uncommon to find a number of photographers as well as museum goers wandering about taking in the art.  There are the typical photo spots, but there are plenty of areas for those with a creative eye.  Make sure to check the hours the grounds are open, which vary from the museum itself, if you are planning a visit.

Diane’s bridal photos on the grounds of the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, TX

Diane’s bridal photos on the grounds of the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, TX

Diane’s bridal photos on the grounds of the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, TX

Diane’s bridal photos on the grounds of the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, TX

Diane’s bridal photos on the grounds of the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, TX

Diane’s bridal photos on the grounds of the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, TX

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Tawanna’s Bridal Photos at McNay Art Museum

Weather, schedules, and more weather had a big impact on Tawanna’s bridal photos.  This all lead to a last minute bridal photo session only a week out from her wedding.

The weather this past winter has not been conducive to outdoor photo sessions here in San Antonio, but I’m not complaining; it has been much worse in other parts of the country. We finally hit everything perfect with beautiful weather and great temperatures for Tawanna’s bridal shoot, and McNay Art Museum was an excellent setting.

With only a week to go, I quickly got proofs to her, and the print made for her reception portrait.  By the way, the photo chosen was of her in the veranda with the bouquet.  A big thanks to Brandy, her Maid of Honor, with all the help during the photography session. I appreciate all the help behind-the-scene to make sure we got wonderful images.

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Celena – San Antonio Bridal Photography

I love being a wedding photographer and thrilled with the chance to capture beautiful brides in their wedding dress.  The downside is not showing the photos until after the wedding.  No photographer wants to be known as the guy that blew it by posting photos of the bride in her dress before the big day.

Celena and Ricky’s wedding was in Corpus Christi, but Celena made the decision to come up to San Antonio for the bridal shoot.  I think the charm of the city, and the numerous locations for bridal photos helped sway her into the choice.  Mcnay Art Museum was the perfect spot, but some delays in the drive and the early closing of the grounds made for a tight schedule.  We had to work quickly to get the photos.  Fortunately the grounds were void of any other visitors so we could move from one setting to the next easily.   In the end we captured some great images, and now I can share them.

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Sueyon and Joel Engagement Photography at McNay

Time of day can play a big role in creating beautiful photographs.  It is always fun to plan out a shoot so that it finishes up around sunset.  Not only is the light fantastic, but for engagement and couple shoots everyone is at ease and feeling comfortable.  The images take on a rich atmosphere and the gorgeous sunset color compliment the images nicely.

For Sueyon and Joel we settled on the McNay Art Museum as the location for their engagement photos.  The McNay has a long history with area photographers and provides a gorgeous backdrop with varied scenes and wonderful architecture.  My challenge with familiar locations is keeping the images creative and fresh.  It is easy to fall into a pattern of always shooting the same set-up, but with the McNay there is a wide range of opportunities for unique shots.

The late day shoot was perfect and we made good use of the sunset and clouds to create some incredible images that they both loved.  Congrats Sueyon and Joel, and thanks for a wonderful evening at the McNay.

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Behind the Scenes of Beatrice’s Bridal Session

Back in September 2011 I had a fantastic time of working with Beatrice on her bridal photos.  Given the blistering summer we had here in San Antonio, we opted for a morning shoot at the McNay Art Museum.  An added bonus was the opportunity to shoot unencumbered by the throngs of other photographers who would show up later, it pays to not sleep in.  Of course I posted some of the images on the blog after the wedding, but I wanted to throw a couple more up for fun.

The first image is a behind the scenes shot.  Unfortunately I did not get my lighting set-up in this shot, but it was rather simple.  I was using two speedlights, one to camera left at a 45′ angle to Beatrice with an umbrella to soften the light.  I had the second bare speedlight set up camera right and just behind her to throw some highlight on her dress.  Of course I balanced everything with the sunlight to get a dramatic looking image.  The behind the scenes image was a quick shot to get an idea of the exposure for the sky.  The second image is the result of the setup.

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Beatrice is Married – San Antonio wedding photographer

Bridal sessions are so much fun but it is hard to wait until after the wedding to post the photos.  In September Beatrice and I created some stunning bridal photographs at the McNay Art Museum.  While I unfortunately did not get to photography her wedding I did get to work with her on the gorgeous photos below.  Now that she is married (congrats Beatrice!) I can post these for all to see.

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san antonio bridal photographer mcnay art museum

san antonio bridal photographer mcnay art museum

san antonio bridal photographer mcnay art museum

san antonio bridal photographer mcnay art museum

Kate’s Bridal Photos – What I Couldn’t Show You Before

With Kate and Luke’s wedding on the blog, I can now post her bridal photos.  For Kate and I both, it was hard not posting and showing the photographs sooner.  Back in May we met up at the McNay Art Museum, one of the only locations in San Antonio with green grass.  With her sister Holly and good friend Chase along for assistance, we set out about the grounds capturing some beautiful images.

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