Anna & Jon : Engagement | McGowan Images Blog


Anna & Jon : Engagement

Mack and I met Jon and Anna a little over a year ago, when they modeled for a style shoot for us. (Laundry Day… one of my faves.) At the time, they were just dating, and Anna was brunette. MY, how times have changed!

This fall, Mack and I will be accompanying Jon & Anna on a wonderful adventure to Vancouver, British Columbia for their sure-to-be-incredible wedding, and every time I think about it, I just giggle. TOO HAPPY. This couple is so much fun, and their love for each other just bounces off of them and ricochets around the room.Β  They’re a joy to shoot, and wonderful people to know.

And now, having shot their engagement session, I’m almost a little nervous… I mean, how will we top this gorgeousness for their wedding?!?!?

Sunset. Rockledge Park in Grapevine, TX. Beautiful people. Loads of fun. Perfect Friday blog. πŸ™‚

I don’t know how I could ever get tired of shooting around Rockledge Park. It can feel so warm and beachy (which you’ll see in a minute), but we also find little pockets of forest like in the shots below that give us such delicious variety!

Perfect PERFECT outfit choices, Jon & Anna. I guess it helps to have a friend like Meg, huh?

At the end of the session, “I’m gonna put you in the water, ok?” I love clients who are full of YES! πŸ™‚

Oh… wait… that’s ME in the water! (Worth it, no doubt.)

Children, avert your eyes… it’s about to get steamy up in here…

AHHHHHH!!!! So much pretty, I can’t even handle it.

Blogstalkers, you’ve been so awesome this week. Both here and on Facebook, we’ve really felt the social media love over the last 7 days, and we selfishly don’t want it to stop. What? Who couldn’t use a little more love in their lives? Happy weekend, everyone!

  1. Kendall says:

    These turned out gorgeous. You guys have definitely hit a whole new level of e-pic gorgeousness! The light is yummy, the color are beautiful, the people are too darn pretty, and Meg’s styling is dead on. Great job all around!

  2. KSellers says:

    Mot even words for how pretty these are. Favorite E-session ever! Completely stunning! People say its easy when you have beautiful subjects to shoot, but what you guys did here enhanced this gorgoues couple! BRAVO!

  3. Anna Bailey says:

    I knew to expect great things when I saw the sneak peeks on facebook yesterday afternoon, but these have exceeded all of my expectations by far. I’m blown away by how the two of you can take a place that is naturally beautiful and make it look completely magical. Your talent knows no bounds πŸ™‚ Thank you times a million for giving us the most perfect engagement pictures we could have imagined. It was such a sweet moment as we looked at each photo together over coffee this morning, commenting on the shots that radiated our love, and laughing at how my “serious face” could still use some work πŸ˜‰ We truly adore these images and will treasure them forever.

    I’m blessed to know you people, and am so excited to have you with us in Vancouver I can hardly stand it! THANK YOU!!!

  4. megB says:

    *stretches arms*

    I had to wait to get to work to make a comment on this post. Looking at these images for the third time, I am still truly, truly in awe. Yes, it doesn’t hurt to have gorgeous subjects, well-planned outfits, a lovely location, or even “good light.” But those things don’t really matter much if you don’t know what to DO with them. Chelsea and Mack… my dear, dear friends… you have mastered the art of “what to do” with your clients. How to coach them into the best poses, how to nudge emotional responses, when to say something, and when to let a moment happen. I am so proud of the two of you, having seen your growth over the last two and half years (and no, I am NOT crying right now!). I have been in front of your cameras, and also behind them, and there is no one more deserving of the praise you receive, or the opportunities that present themselves to you. You have *worked* for this, put in the time, developed your talents, and mastered your craft. I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for you because, my friends, it only gets better from here!

    Anna & Jon – a million thanks for letting me contribute, even in the smallest way, to this session. The two of you have a deep, magical sort of love for each other, and it so evident in these images. Eric and I are proud to know you, and are so excited about our Canadian adventure this Fall!

  5. April says:

    You have outdone yourself!!!!! These are simply simply stunning!!!

  6. Chelsea D. says:

    Rockstars. You guys are total Rockstars! I would love to live inside your creative brain! You see things in ways that are so beautiful and you translate that in your photos. BEAUTIFUL as always!

  7. Angela says:

    LOVE those shots in the water!

  8. Jenn says:

    I am at a loss of words here…these are magical, stunning, beautiful, amazing, and maybe even my favorite engagement EVER! You seem to have captured the very love that they have for one another in each photo…I cannot pick a favorite – I love them all. Hat’s off to you guys on this one. Can’t wait to see their wedding pics πŸ™‚

  9. ambo says:

    Oh geez…..beautiful!!!! I love them all, but my favorites are the last shots…amazing!

  10. Cassie says:

    Wow those last pictures…. amazing! I absolutely love sunset and water… it’s a perfect combination… and that couple is stunning.

  11. Liesa says:

    These are yet again fantastic! You guys make me sound like a broken record over here! I started as usual to pick favorites but they kept getting better and better and better! These feel so unique and yet sooo you guys. I don’t know why after this week anyone could have any reason to not follow this blog!

  12. Mandaroo says:

    These are seriously so beautiful! Wonderful job yet again! You two have such an amazing talent… You’ve captured this couple so perfectly! I love the picture of them taken from you in the water!

  13. Nicole says:

    My favorite session so far! This is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Erin says:

    So, SO stunning. Beautiful location. GORGEOUS people. And there are so many brilliant pictures! Even though I absolutely love the lake ones, I keep going back to #22- so much awesome texture and light and…just wow. You guys have totally outdone yourselves. Yay for pretties!!

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  16. Kevin says:

    This sessions is LEGAND…wait for it…DARY!!!!!!

  17. Mike says:

    Can I have a new favorite e-session this soon after being blown away not more than a week ago? Y’all need to slow down on the awesomeness. πŸ˜‰ (kidding) Seriously though – this is HOTT! And I’m loving the location. Jon & Anna – oh. my. wow. Y’all are easy on the eyes. πŸ˜‰ Even more importantly, you are truly in love with each other. I can tell, even though we’ve never met. I can’t pick a favorite this time, because I love them all. Alright, I’ll pick 3 – the B&W after you start the water shots; the wicked awesome shot by Mack on the beach that you used for a sneak; and the very last shot.Β Chelsea & Mack – I’m gonna echo Liesa. I must sound like a broken record. I always have such high praise for you. I don’t know how to say this any more powerfully, but you are the best. It’s not merely the image quality that matters, although that is obviously important. Y’all know how to, like MegB said, capture the love in your clients-turned-friends without manipulating false emotions. Ok, so this whole Vancouver
    thing…lucky!? I hope y’all have the best time ever!! You KNOW I’ll be stalking your IG & FB until I can see the full blog post on this wedding. πŸ˜‰

  18. Abby says:

    You really did book-end your week in perfection. These pictures capture the kind of love that you read about πŸ™‚ There is no way I could pick a favorite out of these… I imagine that the “Best of 2012” contest is going to be a serious killer with even just the shots from the last week! I generally lean toward all the bright, colorful, AMAZING shots, but I think with this session I am more drawn toward the emotion in the B&W ones. Except the last ones and the one that Mack shot for the sneak peek. I also love the gauzy, filtered light ones of them in the forest. What do you get when you combine Beautiful models, perfect wardrobe, romantic surroundings and the best photographers in the biz??? THIS SHOOT!

  19. Anne Avidon says:

    These pictures are stunning! Can’t wait to see the wedding photos πŸ™‚

  20. Sarah says:

    WOW. Probably one of my all time favorite sessions from yall!! Every. Single. Picture. Is. Perfect!!! 21, 22, and 38 are awesome! Great job McG! I want pictures here!

  21. Sibelle Sparapani says:

    Simply stunning! I loved it! πŸ˜€

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  23. Brandi says:

    SEXY! This is fabulous from start to finish. Right out of a magazine.

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