Adria, Shawn & Emily : Celebration | McGowan Images Blog


Adria, Shawn & Emily : Celebration

It’s well-known that we try to only shoot the weddings of people we enjoy. We think that’s better for the clients, and better for us… more beautiful art gets created when subject and artist all “get” one another. 🙂 But that doesn’t mean we end up being actual FRIENDS with every couple we shoot. That’s still a rare and wonderful gift that happens once every couple of years. We feel like that’s what happened when we met Adria & Shawn last year, and photographed their sweet Dominican Republic elopement.

Since then, we’ve grown to really cherish their friendship, and mourn the fact that they live several hours away. But hey, that just means we have to MAKE time to hang out! We loved that they were able to come visit us for a family session (and family date to the local BBQ joint). As the kids all ran & played together, we again counted our blessings, and made sure to voice the gratitude we feel for photography having brought such wonderful people into our lives.

plus, HELLO, these family pictures are the

Check out just a couple faves:


Silly faces for the win.


Obviously, saved the best for last. That photo sums up everything I love about this family. Relaxed, natural, and kiiiiind of goofy. 🙂 Love you guys! Can’t wait to see you again soon!

  1. Adria says:

    And then the heavens opened up, and the Angels sang, and there was much rejoicing. And weeping. And an actual earthquake just happened while I was reading this, because these are just THAT good! I never doubted that the pictures would be fabulous. The two of you are the most talented people EVER, and your love of photography comes BURSTING through in every photo you take. The real joy here is the friendships we’ve made. My everyday life would be so boring and lonely without you guys! We love you the MOST! Thank you for capturing this time in our lives so beautifully, and thank you for rocking so hard at life. I’m glad or daughters are instant besties, just like us!

  2. Shawn says:

    I love these pictures!

  3. Wendy Kropf says:

    OMG… These are absolutely stunning! I love this girl to the moon and back…. These photographs show their love and beauty. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  4. Connie Kuehl says:

    As you can tell, this was an arranged marriage…. by God! We are so lucky to have you as family in our lives and these pictures show the joy in your hearts! Amazing! Love you much!

  5. Sharleen says:

    These pictures are awesome..of course this is an awesome family..but you capture their joy for life and fun with another beautifully. you come to New Jersey?? 🙂

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