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.

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