Favorite Engagements of 2012 | McGowan Images Blog


Favorite Engagements of 2012

We try to keep the main “Best of” contest to wedding portraits… one per couple, from the same part of the day… keeps things clean. πŸ™‚ But there are SO many other things we shot this year, besides wedding portraits. It was just too painful not to show off all our other favorites as well!

Today, we’re sharing our favorite engagement portraits. While there’s no contest for the ultimate “best” of these images, we definitely want to know your favorite, too! Leave a comment and let us know your favorite image, and every commenter will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Consider it your belated Merry Christmas from McG. πŸ˜‰


Fun, right?? Come back tomorrow to see a few of our favorite bridal portraits!!

  1. Madlyn says:

    I’m so proud

  2. Madlyn says:

    I’m so proud to be a part of this group! There is so much pretty here!! Obviously my favorites are ours, but if Willum and I weren’t in the mix, I think my favorites would have to be Jon and Anna’s session. Especially the ones with them surrounded by all the trees!

  3. Kendall says:

    So much pretty! I think my favorites are any of the couple + the storm rolling in, the ones in the lake, and the bleacher set πŸ™‚

  4. Geanna Chisholm says:

    It’s just too hard! I can’t do it!

  5. Kristan says:

    My favorite is definitely the 4th picture in the post… an old, rusted-out pickup truck steals my heart every time.

  6. Geanna Chisholm says:

    OK – since we don’t have to technically chose our ONE favorite…here are my top 9 – yup, NINE. #1 – The guy holding the girl in the street; #4 – Kissing thru the truck window; #14 Head to head on the railroad tracks; #24 – Kissing on the dock – OMG, so pretty; #50 – laying on the rock overlooking the water; #53 – Standing in the water with the sun shining between them, WOW; #73 – The guy holding the girl with the storm rolling in, BEAUTIFUL! Oh, and #22 & #56 – the bleachers – the emotion in that group is goosebump material! As always, you two have done a truly amazing job! I love seeing your faves and thanks so much for sharing!!! Happy New Year!

  7. Courtney says:

    As hard as this is, I might have to go with Jon carrying Anna out of the water (silhouette). Tough Choice!

  8. megB says:

    TOUGH call, per usual. I’m torn between Jon & Anna, Madlyn & Willum, Cody & Meagan, and Angela & Garrett. These were some of my very favorite sessions of the year: a beautiful storm rolling in, a sunset by the lake, a snuggly bleacher set, and the beautiful foliage of fall. So much pretty, so much love. I love this not-having-to-choose-just-one thing!

  9. Adria says:

    It’s a tie between #1 and #34. LOVE!

  10. Lauren says:

    I love the one on the dock in the water…just beautiful!

  11. Sara says:

    Obviously my favorite is lacy and tyler in the field πŸ™‚ they are such a beautiful and loving couple. You guys capture the love so beautifully!

  12. stephanie says:

    Anna & Jon hands down! One of my favorite images of 2012.

  13. Julie says:

    Love the ones with the storm clouds coming in and then the one with the sun setting with the girl in the white/cream colored dress. Beautiful!!!!!

  14. debbie says:

    i am a fan of any of the ones with water, sky, or woods! actually i would have to say my favorite is the one of angela and garrett in front of the old grey house. the angle of the shot, and the red of her dress with the rust of the roof is too cool.

  15. Mike says:

    I’m so thankful this wasn’t the post for yesterday. It is practically impossible to choose my favoritest favorite. Chelsea, why are you doing this to me? πŸ˜‰ I have a few favorites, like Meg. Jon & Anna, for sure. All of them! #16 is most likely my most favorite single image from this post. Wowsers!? Can I just copy Meg’s list for the rest? Seriously. I’m just gonna go with that, because they are incredible.

  16. Mandaroo says:

    My absolute favorite picture this year was Angela & Garrett’s sitting on the dock (#24)! My 2nd favorite was Leslie & Garrett’s under the trees (#2)…well I loved their whole e-session actually!

  17. Annie says:

    WOW!!! Super amazing photography!! I loved 1, 4, 12, 14, 18, 21, 25, 27, 35, 37, 40, 48, 51, 56 (!), 60, 72, 74, and 77. Although I had 17 favorites, there really is something special about each image… Truly beautiful!

  18. Erica says:

    The black an white in the wooded area with the couple offset to the left (she has a headband). I LOOOVE it!!!!

    I have a hard time choosing between that one and number 7, the couple in the grass with the amazing lighting!! You guys do great work!! πŸ™‚

  19. Casey Walker says:

    They are all so beautiful! But my personal fave is the fourth one through the old truck windows…so cute!

  20. Amy says:

    OMG so much !!!!!! you guys capture the love so well!!! I am so excited to have you capture all these special moments for me this year… i love the one in I think it was turner falls? ahhh all of them were amazing!

  21. Dana says:

    #24 of them sitting on the dock. I love the sky! Gorgeous!

  22. Brittany says:

    I love the pic of the couple sitting at the end of the pier.

  23. Jennifer says:

    I love #24 of Angela and Garrett

  24. bobbileigh says:

    I have been thinking about this on and off all day about how I would pick just one, but I am going to follow suit with others and refuse to pick just one. I could not pick just one fave out of this if you offered me $100. Jon and Anna with the sunset is seriously stunning! Angela and Garrett the mix of the dark and moody clouds with the happiness of the couple is just the best. The pic of Madlyn and Willum in the wheat field just draws me to it, I cant explain why, but I loved that pic so much when you posted it.

  25. Anne says:

    OMG, all of these pictures are BEAUTIFUL!! Not only is the photography gorgeous, but your clients seriously look like models. I want all of their clothes in my closet πŸ™‚

  26. Amanda Gillett says:

    I’m so glad that we are able to choose more than one favorite this time! All of the above pictures are absolutely incredible, but I definitely have a top 16! (in numerical order of course) πŸ˜‰ 1, 4, 8, 9, 12, 24, 25, 27, 37, 41, 45, 52, 56, 65, 76, & 80. Amazing job as always McG!!!

  27. Willum Lackey says:

    Wow, there we are, all engaged and stuff… Congrats to all of us!

    PS I like the Daniel Craig + Redhead hottie picture the best.

  28. Jessica Luker says:

    I love the 4th photo down. They are all so beautiful!!

  29. Ambo says:

    14th from top. It was hard and I had to narrow it down to top 7 and then top 3….goodness…beautiful!

  30. Linda Brazier says:

    Love# 29!!!!

  31. Jenn says:

    LOVE that we don’t have to pick ONE, because I have a top FIVE πŸ™‚ My favs of the year would have to be Madlyn & Willum, Meagan & Cody, Jon & Anna, Alex & Chris, and Hannah & Eric. Congrats to all engagements in 2012-being engaged was a favorite time of mine!

  32. Samie W says:

    Blake and Nicole have my vote again…wonder why??!! πŸ™‚

  33. Keri says:

    I think it’s Jon and Anna? The one with the sunset where they are sitting on the log by the water. Beautiful!

  34. Abby says:

    I’m just going to have to say….. Every one from Madelyn and Willum’s incredible engagement session. Amazing!! And the one on the dock with the sunset is awesome, too!

  35. Sandra says:

    Garrett and Leslie, #17!

  36. Kylie says:

    Wow, there are so many of these I love!
    4th one down with the rusty car and the couple through the window
    The couple on the railroad tracks, she has on a lace dress and boots
    The couple sitting on the end of the dock with that FANTASTIC sunset!
    The couple in the field with the vacant barn structure thing
    You guys just do fantastic work. Period.

  37. Margaret says:

    Number 56 the image on the right. Perfection

  38. Margaret says:

    And by right, I mean left. When she is holding onto him. Sigh. Emotions!

  39. Amber B. says:

    The waterfall hands down, followed by the fiancΓ© holding his soon to be bride in the water!! I really love most of these to be honest lol!!

  40. Breanna says:

    I vote #5 all the way!!!

  41. Tiffany says:

    My fav is the couple kneeling near the water with the beautiful sunset!

  42. Chelsea D. says:

    The one on the pier for sure!

  43. steven odle says:

    i vote for #25; steven & patrice

  44. Rachel says:

    So honored to be included in such an incredible body of work! You guys are amazing!

  45. Katie Beach says:

    We love that we made this post (several times.) the big open sky picture is one of our all time favorites!!! πŸ™‚ y’all are awesome!

  46. Will says:

    Flannel/Snow fo sho. Great job with these, y’all!

  47. marybeth says:

    They are all very beautiful in one way or another, but I want to share my faves!
    Hopefully I haven’t gotten off on my numbers. πŸ™‚
    4, truck window
    14, train track
    24, sitting on dock over water
    40, reflection in water
    43, waterfall and fall trees
    53, standing in water
    60, sunset
    73, dark sky

  48. Niki says:

    Picture at the pier is gorgeous!

  49. Marissa says:

    My vote is for #9 all the way!!!!!!!!! Kendall and Al!!!!! Love it!!!

  50. Meagan says:

    I am going to go with #22!

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