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I’ve photographed every major milestone of Julian and Heather’s life together, but getting to witness and document the birth of their first child was by far the sweetest of all of them. I’ve watched them prepare for this moment for the past nine months and every ounce of preparation paid off when Heather brought this sweet girl earthside early on Tuesday morning. Seeing them work together as such a beautiful team with their doula and midwives is something I will never forget.

A mother laboring on a birth ball while her partner and doula assist at Fort Worth Birthing and Wellness Center. Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fort Worth birth photography by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest
Heather, you are so incredibly strong and brave. Seeing you work so hard and with so much grace to bring your daughter into this world was an absolute privilege.

If anyone needs a doula, Dana Cluff with Bump to Baby Birth Services is AMAZING. Seeing her work together with Heather and Julian to create such a peaceful, safe, supportive environment during such a vulnerable time was so inspiring. I was trying to tell a friend just how amazing she was and the only word I could think of to describe Dana was “gifted”. She has a gift.

Birthing Center and amazing midwives: Fort Worth Birthing and Wellness Center
Doula: Bump to Baby Birth Services
Amazing labor and birth playlists perfectly crafted by: Nikki Belshe of Heart & Harmony Music Therapy

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Before I met Erin in person for our shoot, I saw her in my living room on Fox Sports Southwest. She seemed like such a cool chic on-air and as we brainstormed and planned for our shoot I discovered she also shared my love of emojis! When we met in person the morning of our shoot, it was seriously like getting together with an old friend. She greeted me with a hug, that huge smile of hers, and I knew right away we were going to have fun! She was needing updated head shots and promo photos but wasn’t wanting a boring back drop so I ended up calling the folks at one of my favorite restaurants in Fort Worth, Tillman’s Roadhouse, to see if we could pretty please come up there to shoot before they opened. They were so sweet and accomodating! I think the location turned out perfect, but I’m pretty sure Erin would have rocked the heck out of a potato sack and a boring back drop. Fox Sports Southwest reporter Erin Hartigan photographed in Fort Worth, Texas by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fox Sports Southwest reporter Erin Hartigan photographed in Fort Worth, Texas by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fox Sports Southwest reporter Erin Hartigan photographed in Fort Worth, Texas by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fox Sports Southwest reporter Erin Hartigan photographed in Fort Worth, Texas by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fox Sports Southwest reporter Erin Hartigan photographed in Fort Worth, Texas by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fox Sports Southwest reporter Erin Hartigan photographed in Fort Worth, Texas by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

Fox Sports Southwest reporter Erin Hartigan photographed in Fort Worth, Texas by Shanna Leigh Images.pintopinterest

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I’m not even kidding with that blog post title, either! Stephanie fell in love with a man from Ohio and then moved there to be with him, so when it came time to plan their Rockwall wedding, she was doing everything long distance and in the few trips she as able to make back home. I can’t imagine how stressful that must have been! We originally planned to do her bridal portraits in May but due to an alterations issue her dress wasn’t going to be ready until the week of her wedding. So we decided to do this ninja style and shoot her bridal portraits the three days before her wedding. I had it all planned out, we were going to shoot them at the gorgeous canals in Las Colinas but when I called the day before the session to secure the permit for photography I was greeted with bad news. Due to the massive amounts of rain and flooding the Dallas Fort Worth area had recently had, they weren’t able to issue permits to shoot at the canals due to a sewage problem. I was SO bummed, and seriously panicked. I wanted this to be absolutely perfect for her and when I saw a photo of her gorgeous lace Allure bridal gown the canals were THE spot I pictured for her portraits. I asked several photographer friends if they knew of anywhere even close to the look and feel of the canals and my amazing friend Lisa suggested that we shoot at Adriatica in McKinney. She sent over a few photos from a fashion editorial that she shot there and I knew that was the new place for us! So, about that Starbuck’s drive-thru…
starbucksdrivethrubridalportraitpintopinterestThanks to the beauty of photoshop, I bet nobody would ever guess that the photo above was taken in the drive-thru at Starbucks, right? Bridal portraits are very much a southern tradition and with her fiancé, Chris, being from Ohio I think it was a very new concept for him to begin with. But once we knew we got *the* shot in the drive-thru, Stephanie and her mom might have had a little fun telling Chris that “we just shot the bridal portraits at Starbucks”. It was awesome and hilarious and I’m sure he was either really confused or thought wedding planning had finally gotten the best of us and we had surely lost our marbles! Either way, it goes down as one of my favorite “stories behind a photo” that I’ve taken. Enjoy the rest of these gorgeous photos taken around Adriatica…
Stephanie in her lace Allure bridal gown posing for her bridal portraits at Adriatica in McKinney, Texas.pintopinterest

Stephanie in her lace Allure bridal gown posing for her bridal portraits at Adriatica in McKinney, Texas.pintopinterest

Stephanie in her lace Allure bridal gown posing for her bridal portraits at Adriatica in McKinney, Texas.pintopinterest

Stephanie in her lace Allure bridal gown posing for her bridal portraits at Adriatica in McKinney, Texas.pintopinterest

Stephanie in her lace Allure bridal gown posing for her bridal portraits at Adriatica in McKinney, Texas.pintopinterest

Stephanie in her lace Allure bridal gown posing for her bridal portraits at Adriatica in McKinney, Texas.pintopinterest

Stephanie in her lace Allure bridal gown posing for her bridal portraits at Adriatica in McKinney, Texas.pintopinterest

Stephanie in her lace Allure bridal gown posing for her bridal portraits at Adriatica in McKinney, Texas.pintopinterest

Stephanie in her lace Allure bridal gown posing for her bridal portraits at Adriatica in McKinney, Texas.pintopinterest

Stephanie in her lace Allure bridal gown posing for her bridal portraits at Adriatica in McKinney, Texas.pintopinterest

Stephanie in her lace Allure bridal gown posing for her bridal portraits at Adriatica in McKinney, Texas.pintopinterest

Stephanie in her lace Allure bridal gown posing for her bridal portraits at Adriatica in McKinney, Texas.pintopinterest

Stephanie in her lace Allure bridal gown posing for her bridal portraits at Adriatica in McKinney, Texas.pintopinterestI want to give a special thanks and shout out to Pounds Lab in Dallas. We shot Stephanie’s bridal portraits on Wednesday. I came straight home, and stayed up till the wee hours of the morning to get the gallery ready for Stephanie to choose the image she wanted on a canvas for her reception, only to find out that the lab I usually use currently had a slower turn around time than usual. Her wedding was on Saturday so of course PANIC set in! Then a friend told me to check out Pounds Lab. I gave them a call and was greeted by a super friendly person that listened to my rambling plea of why I needed a 20×30 canvas in 24 hours or less only to be told “No problem! Of course we’d be glad to do this for you!” They’ve definitely earned a customer for life! So, if you’re a pro in need of excellent customer service and beautiful print products, definitely check them out.

 

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Amanda and Steve’s wedding was one of the most heartfelt, laid back, sincere, awesome days. Not only are they two of the coolest people you’ll meet, but their family and friends that surrounded them that day were just as great! There was no stress, no fuss. Just plenty of love, craft beer, a gourmet food truck, a rocking old timey band, and a big white tent nestled between centuries old oak trees at the French Legation Museum. When storms literally blew in and knocked the power out at the end of their reception, everyone was still joyous and on a high from the love the witnessed and celebrated that day. To top it all off, I got to have one of my favorite people ever there to second shoot for me. Nikki has many super powers, but the greatest one is that she can read minds and knows exactly where to be at what moment to get shots that are so great, they make me want to throw my camera in the trash!
Lush white and green florals from Amanda and Stevepintopinterest

Succulent boutonnieres for the groom and his groomsmen at Amanda and Stevepintopinterest

Vintage decor at Amanda and Stevepintopinterest

Sapphire halo engagement ring.pintopinterest

Amanda getting dressed in her lace bridal gown with a delicate beaded belt.pintopinterest

The groom making last minute touches to his handwritten vows.pintopinterest

The bride getting her veil attached by her sister, the maid of honor.pintopinterest

The bridal party in their green bridesmaid gowns looks on at the gorgeous bride.pintopinterest

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The bearded groom.pintopinterest

Amanda, the gorgeous redheaded bride, poses for a bridal portrait at the French Ligation Museum in Austin, Texas.pintopinterest

The bride and her bridesmaids coming down the stairs at the French Ligation Museum in Austin, Texas.pintopinterest

The bride and her bridesmaids dressed in green.pintopinterest

The bearded groom.pintopinterest

The groom and his fellas dressed in gray suits with Converse sneakers.pintopinterest

The bridesmaids wore different shades of green bridesmaid dresses.pintopinterest

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The bride coming down the stairs at the French Ligation Museum on her way for her First Look with the groom.pintopinterest

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Second Shooter: Nicole Riggs Photography
Venue: The French Legation Museum
Engagement Ring and Wedding Band: Tiger Gemstones
Dress: David’s Bridal
Band: The Show and Tellers
Food Truck: East Side King
Officiant: Spike Gillespie
Flowers: Petals, Ink

 

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Heather has become a dear friend over the years. You know, the kind of friend you don’t even have to clean your house for! I’ve been so honored to get to document the big things in her life from engagement photos, to bridal portraits, to her gorgeous wedding, a new house, a pregnancy announcement, and now her maternity photos! This sweet baby girl is so lucky to have Heather and Julian as parents and I cannot wait to document her entrance into the world in a few weeks.

A beautiful pregnant woman in a light blue flow maternity dress poses for her maternity photos in Fort Worth, TX at sunrise.pintopinterest

A beautiful pregnant woman in a light blue flow maternity dress poses for her maternity photos in Fort Worth, TX at sunrise.pintopinterest

A beautiful pregnant woman in a light blue flow maternity dress poses for her maternity photos in Fort Worth, TX at sunrise.pintopinterest

A beautiful pregnant woman in a light blue flow maternity dress poses for her maternity photos in Fort Worth, TX at sunrise.pintopinterest

A beautiful pregnant woman in a light blue flow maternity dress poses for her maternity photos in Fort Worth, TX at sunrise.pintopinterest

A beautiful pregnant woman in a light blue flow maternity dress poses for her maternity photos in Fort Worth, TX at sunrise.pintopinterest

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