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 Just give me some sunshine, two people in love and a cinderblock wall and I’m a happy camper.

Enjoy a few of my favorite images from Holly and Brad’s Plano engagement session.

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Well, in the past month my little brother graduated college (from my alma mater — GO, MEAN GREEN), moved out of his house three miles away from mine and, on Friday, got on a plane to Spain for WHO KNOWS how long.

I’m proud of that guy – -who he is, what he values, that he has goals for himself and is not content to sit still and wait.

Before all of these huge life events though, we took a morning to document his life as it has been lived the past few years. In his home, wearing my PaPa’s hand-me-down button-up, biking the streets of Denton and spending way too much time and money at Loco Cafe.  I don’t know who it was more important to for us to document the end of this season in his life — me or him. It’s been one of my absolute most favorite things living in the same town as Jacob, seeing him often, both on purpose and also unexpectedly. Gosh, he’s grown up so much since he first moved here four years ago.

Also I wanted to take these photos because he is DANG HANDSOME and he needed a new Facebook profile picture on which my mother did not have to (lovingly) comment, “Comb your hair, son!” or just plain *sigh*

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For those of you wondering why my brother is in Spain for an indefinite amount of time, he’s volunteering at my FAVORITE PLACE, Colegio Alfa & Omega Denia. And the bright side of this whole arrangement is that I’ll get to go visit him and help run/document some kids camps there in early July — WOOHOO!!

Gosh, I hope his hair is combed when my mom gets there.

p.s. LITTLE BROTHER, hook me up with a Spanish wedding while you’re in the area, mmkay? Thanks.

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I left off my last post with part I of Alicia and Michael’s engagement session and we’ll start part II at the Sutro Bath ruins, where Alicia and Michael braved the wind and the San Francisco chill for some snuggly portraits by the ocean.

 It might be easy to breeze past the first sentence of this post and miss two huge factors from this day: that it was frustratingly windy and it was colder-than-normal-San Fran-cold. I’ve come to find that you can learn a lot about a relationship when things don’t go exactly as planned.  And what this day helped me learn about Alicia and Michael is that


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They warm, they soothe, they cherish, they remind, they hearten, taking turns doing so. This was a great help during this shoot and I know will be a great help throughout their upcoming marriage.

With that, I give you part II of Alicia and Michael’s San Francisco engagement session.

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Alicia and Michael, thank you so much for having me out to see your lovely new city and make some portraits of the two of you in it! I am so excited for your McKinney Flour Mill wedding this September!

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