Gosh, everyone should meet Claudia and Doug in their lifetime.

We started out this lovely afternoon at the Fort Worth botanical gardens because Claudia has an affinity for this here magnolia tree.

Did I mention that they are both photography enthusiasts?! That makes ME enthusiastic!

(Too corny? Maybe?)

Their shoot was just entirely inspired and (my hope is) entirely them. They brought along some vintage cameras, glass vases and a blanket to customize the shoot. It. was. awesome.

Everything about the way Claudia and Doug treat each other communicates that they think the other is precious. I’m not talking “squeeze a baby’s little bitty toe” precious — I’m talking precious in the truest meaning of the word. The way they hold, look, and speak to each other tells me that they consider the other highly, highly valuable. The way they interact just screams that they cherish each other. They understand that they have found a rare find in the other.

It’s beautiful.

When I was first uploading these photos to my computer after the shoot I passed this one and it resonated with me — this (to me) is Claudia and Doug in photo form.

And THEN they bust out a polaroid. Work it, Doug.

The last time I took a polaroid was like 5th grade, so I’m pretty pleased with this shot if I do say so myself.

The essence of closeness is what calls to me in this above shot.

I wrote that above line and wondered if what I meant would be communicated, so I looked up the definition of “closeness” to try and better express myself. This was the top definition and it fit just perfectly:

“a feeling of being intimate and belonging together”

James happened to attend this session with me so that he could continue practice second-shooting. He took the above shot and a few others I used in this post. YAY JAMIE!

Also, be sure to notice the camera hanging from the tree branch. I was jut really excited about that.

GUYS, y’all are just so pretty!

And this magical shot above? James’.

Next we headed over to the nearby Fort Worth Public Market Building, built in 1930. For months I have passed this building and each time thought to myself, “I bet that would make a good place for pictures . . . ” So when Doug suggested it as a location they’d like to use in their shoot I was ecstatic! Finally I had an excuse to shoot there.

You are just beautiful, Claudia. And the way Doug looks at you says he agrees with me on that topic.


There are no words.

So. much. fierceness.

When Doug got out of the car he was holding some white cardboard in his hands.

Curious, I asked, “What’s that?”

He smiled coyly. “An equation.”

Eyebrows raised and forehead wrinkled I looked at him, waiting for further explanation.

“A love equation,” he finished.


I believe that was my line of thought after I looked at this shot all set up.

Four days.

Four days until this couple is back in front of my camera.

Four days until the wedding day that joins this precious couple.

I. can’t. wait.

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