Earlier in the year, I had the pleasure of second-shooting a hill country wedding with Shelly Beck of Shelly Beck Photography. Payton and Eric had their June wedding at the Kendall Plantation in Boerne. Kendall Plantation is gorgeous Boerne wedding venue and it was an equally gorgeous day!!
As second shooter, I covered Eric and his groomsmen pre-wedding and they were a very lively group of men. This group of guys might well have been the funnest group I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. I’m not saying this because they were full of fun and jokes. I’m not saying this because they laughed with each other right up until ceremony time. I’m not saying this because one of the groomsmen was a fellow Army man! Hoorah!! I’m not even saying this because I photographed Eric taking a shower. (Disclaimer: The shower walls were frosted and I witnessed absolutely no nudity.) I am saying this because these groomsmen were in great spirits and were there to support Eric 100%. The energy was great!
Hill Country Wedding at Kendall Plantation
I loved witnessing the moment—just prior to Eric and Payton walking down the aisle to say their vows—that they did a peek-a-round. It’s an intimate moment where they met before the ceremony without actually seeing each other. They exchanged gifts and briefly spoke with each other to get rid of the butterflies and nervousness. Payton had written Eric a love letter and then gifted him with a boudoir photo book of herself. I will just say that Eric was beside himself and couldn’t actually believe that his wife-to-be took those photos.
It was so funny hearing him ask, “Payton, what are these? Oh my god, Payton!! You did this!! Wow!!! This is wonderful!!”
Even though the two shared a private, intimate moment before the ceremony, Eric was still overcome with emotion when he finally saw his bride escorted down the aisle to be given her hand in marriage.
Gentlemen, this is way you have your first kiss! You exert energy, zest, love and lots and lots of excitement!!
The timeline only allowed for a few minutes for Eric and Payton’s creative session. Personally, I always love it when my clients are willing to expend and allow more time for the creative shots. As wedding photographers, we do have to be able to act fast and think on our feet while moving at 80 m.p.h. However, if these images are important to you, slow down just a bit. Give us a few more minutes to try and be creative. When you only give us 10 or 15 minutes for your creative portraits, that only allows us enough time to get the safe shots. We resolve to just do the “routine” shots and basically, you get what everyone else gets. That’s not enough time to explore and experiment and try anything new. In essence, you’re putting a damper on our creativity and that’s probably exactly why you hired us—for our creativity.
Here are a couple of other of my favorite shots from the day.
If you’d like to see even more images from this special hill country wedding, please enjoy this video. For the best quality, be sure to change the video player settings to 1080 HD.
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**All of the images contained in this post were shot under the direction and for assignment of Shelly Beck Photography. The images are copyrighted by Shelly Beck Photography, but are used herein with permission.
I am a professional wedding and senior photographer based in South Texas near San Antonio. I pride my business in offering a premier and personal service coupled with an unforgettable photography experience. I cater to clients who appreciate quality photography and help them to create family heirlooms that will last for generations. As a full-time professional photographer, my sole purpose is to provide amazing, memorable and full-service photography.
I started Ata-Girl Photography Co., LLC in 2010. 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. I enjoy documenting the important milestones and captivating moments in people’s lives. I love being a part of people’s journey and consider myself privileged to document their legacies.
When I’m not photographing a wedding, family or high school senior, I love to spend my spare time hiking, camping, cycling, reading, listening to Elvis and Prince. The most important things in life are for me to see my two daughters happy and to create a family history my grandparents would be proud of!
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