From the first time I met Jacob and Janay at a McKinney, TX Starbuck’s, I was thrilled to be chosen as their wedding photographer. This endearing couple wanted their three children — Jacob’s two daughters and Janay’s son — to be a part of their North Texas engagement photography session, which made it extra fun! We started off at the Frisco Heritage Center with the kiddos, who enjoyed climbing on the old train, which provided a fun backdrop for the entire family.
One of my favorite locations in the Dallas area for engagement photography sessions is the area around Babe’s Chicken. I know what you’re thinking — a fried chicken restaurant? Really? Really! Babe’s is surrounded by interesting rustic backdrops, perfect for every setting. Funny enough, I always have to compete with a handful of other photographers for the best locations near Babe’s.
After clowning around with the kids, Janay drove us to historic downtown McKinney for the second leg of our photo shoot. Even though I work in McKinney (okay, so it’s right on the border of Frisco), I’d never ventured to its downtown. Wow have I been missing out! Luckily it was a Sunday evening, so most of the shops were closed and the crowds had dwindled. I can tell McKinney Square is a hoppin’ spot during the day!
With its quaint atmosphere, it was fun exploring all the unique architecture the downtown had to offer. My favorite ‘find’ had to be these three rustic lanterns hanging in a storefront. Had it been a few hours earlier, we wouldn’t have been able to have that little nook all to ourselves!
Once we’d thoroughly explored downtown McKinney and I was satisfied with the variety of photos for the locale, we headed to the real gem of the shoot (besides the bride and groom, of course!) — the Bella Donna, a Tuscan-esque chapel that just so happens to be where Jacob and Janay’s August 4, 2013 wedding will be held! Approaching sunset, we maximized our time after J & J’s quick outfit change at Starbuck’s and got some gorgeous shots outside the chapel.
Jacob and Janay truly are an amazing match — fun-loving, laid-back, and in love. And what’s even better? Their kids already consider themselves family — two of them even share the same first name (Kayden and Caden)! Cannot wait to be a part of the next step of their life together!