Chris & Jessica : Engagement | McGowan Images Blog


Chris & Jessica : Engagement

When we got home from Tuesday’s engagement session, our contractor was packing up to leave our house for the night. He said, “Who’d you shoot tonight?” I replied, “Actually, my high school boyfriend and his fiance!” Our contractor made a face and said, “Oh, WEIRD.” And Mack laughed, immediately saying, “Nope… AWESOME.”

Because it was. Chris & I may have dated as silly selfish teenagers, but we cherish the friendship we’ve been able to hang onto in the decade since. Having kids & moving all over the world hasn’t kept us from keeping in touch, and when he fell in love with Jessica, I could tell even through Facebook that it was the real thing. So when he contacted me and gave me advance warning of his proposal, and asked about bringing his bride-to-be down from St. Louis to surprise her with an engagement session, we were of course thrilled to help him pull it off!

Jessica absolutely did not let us down when we finally met her. She’s bubbly & happy, but in a very real way. The way she’s so naturally comfortable with Chris’s gorgeous daughter Elle was wonderful to see, and we all had an absolute blast. This is one of those times I find myself really bummed that we don’t live close to someone… I can see double dates with this couple being pretty dadgum epic!

Luckily, we’ll have another excuse to hang out in 2015, when McG travels up to St. Louis for Chris & Jessica’s wedding. If this short little portrait session is any indication, the images we’ll capture in September are going to be blog-breakingly beautiful! 🙂

Here are some of our faves!


Elle is Chris’s little mini-me… but, obviously, WAY prettier. 🙂


Perfection. You guys are just IDEAL together. Can’t wait to see you again!

  1. Mama of the Groom says:

    I, too, love the friendship that y’all have been able to hang on to!

  2. Chris Carrell says:

    Ya’ll are the best! These are more than pictures they are precious memories. Thank you so much for capturing them so perfectly. We love ya’ll!

  3. Jessica Tarr says:

    GUYS. GUYS. GUYS!!!!!!!!!! Love them more than liiiiiiiife! My makeup & hair looks more than fabulous! Y’all picked the most perfect spots! We are the luckiest couple in the world to have y’all as our photographers & our friends!

  4. Maggi Van Zummeren says:

    Beautiful Couple and adorable litte girl! These pics are just beautiful! Love the setting and that you truly captured them so perfectly!

  5. Chandra says:

    i can’t pick just one fav…they all are perfect!

  6. Angie says:

    LOVE them all! You are both awesome together!

  7. ann says:

    What a beautiful family. Love Elle’s freckles! She is adorable!

  8. Joshua Tarr says:

    Great pictures! Thank you

  9. Chrissy Schmidt says:

    So pretty! Glad to call her my god-daughter, and so happy she found her forever family! 🙂

  10. Ambo says:

    Beautiful. Love these shots!

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