John is my little brother and has been ever since I can remember. When his fiancee asked me to take some country engagement session photos for them, I knew it would be a very difficult to task to keep my brother focused and serious. I knew this because despite the fact that he’s four years younger than I am, he thinks and acts like he’s ten years older. He has that whole “big brother pestering business” down to a science. So, I devised a plan that during the photo shoot my name would be… Margaret. I theorized that if I was Margaret, he would act better and this experience would be a whole lot less painful for everyone. And, for this Texas country engagement session, I could succeed in getting some really great engagement shots to showcase at their wedding. It wasn’t a very good plan. It really didn’t have any bearing on the way he acted. He would have acted the same had I been the real Mother Theresa. Besides the one small incident where he pantsed me in the middle of County Road 329 (and I’m talking to MY ANKLES), everything else was only a minor aggravation. He had intermittent fits of struggling with his behavior, but nothing major. I must admit his willingness surprised me. My FAV shot from the day!

country engagement session

John & Shanna

All in all, we shot at six different locations and had about nine wardrobe changes for Shanna. I told Shanna to not be intimidated by colors or patterns and she took my advice well. She did an excellent job coordinating the wardrobe changes. We tried to keep John from changing his clothes as often as Shanna to ensure that he stayed in good spirits, and for the most part, that worked. He never seemed too irritated with all of this. It was a lot to shoot in less than two hours, and I wouldn’t recommend doing it again. But, it was a good learning experience. I do hope that the photos we were able to capture on this day serve to help John and Shanna remember what all this is about {L-O-V-E}. I hope the two grow old together! (And, I hope someone will pants my brother in public!) Love, Margaret


san antonio senior portrait photographers ata-girl photography since 2010I am a San Antonio-based wedding and senior photographer who started Ata-Girl Photography Co., LLC in 2010. As one of the up-and-coming San Antonio wedding photographers, I am also available to shoot in Austin, Houston and Dallas and the surrounding areas. I am also available for destination weddings worldwide. Ata-Girl Photography Co. offers an amazing wedding photography service that you won’t soon forget.  As professional photographer, my sole purpose is to provide you the absolute best photography experience.

I am a professional photographer who enjoys documenting the important milestones and captivating moments in people’s lives. I firmly believe that the unique set of circumstances I have faced in life has prepared me to take a personal and genuine interest in my photography clients. When I’m not photographing a wedding, family or high school senior, I enjoy watching my daughter play softball, hiking, cycling, reading, and listening to Elvis!

The post, John & Shanna’s Country Engagement Session, first appeared on Ata-Girl Photography Co’s website and blog. Please feel free to comment here, or share this post with your friends via Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. Please email me if you have any questions about this article or want to share a neat idea for a future blog post with me.