A few weeks ago, I headed out in the Houston Heights for an engagement photography session with Catherine & Rich. The folks at Down House were so gracious and even let us take a few images indoors there, which was great because Houston has been simply sweltering all summer long! I love visiting there now that we live so close since our move to the Heights! Check it out if you’re in my neighborhood!
Heading to Down House was also the perfect choice for their engagement photography because wine has played such a role in their relationship, from meeting through friends at wine dinners, to their favorite date night ending with wine at Cavo, to traveling to Sonoma & the Russian River Valley. Wine is among one of their favorite things – so wine at Down House fit right in!
We started outside on the front steps, and then went down the block for a bit. I’m still totally smitten with the blue knit dress Catherine was wearing – it was so beautiful!
This photo above? That is one of those “you want us to stand … where?” sort of moments. But I knew it was just going to be amazing, and I’m so happy Catherine & Rich trusted me! What you can’t see is the dead grass and the chain link fence hidden by the bushes there. I know, I shouldn’t give away my secrets. But we didn’t want to walk too far and get too hot & sweaty – and I’ve learned over the years that that results in pushing for even more creative options! Love!
That is also one of the best things about engagement photography – building that trust! That way, on the wedding day when I ask people to stand in a certain position, they trust me. They know it may not look great to them, but from where I’m standing – and with them in the photograph – it will be fabulous!
We quickly retreated into Down House so we could cool off and get a glass of wine!
As the sun was starting to set, we headed back outside for another round of photos there. I just love this wall of trees that we found!
When we decided to call it a wrap, we headed back into Down House for a wonderful dinner. Catherine said the chicken & waffles were especially tasty!
Thank you again Catherine & Rich for such a fun evening! I can not WAIT to photograph your wedding in just over a week!