We met the Goodall's for the first time this past summer when we did a senior portrait session for their youngest daughter, Colette. The pictures turned out great (mainly because their daughter is beautiful and taking great pictures with her is very, very easy). But, not only did we just take some great pictures, we got to know some great people. Nicer people than George and Pam Goodall you will never meet. My mother often said that Panhandle people are the nicest people in the world. George and Pam exemplify that! Every time we are together we talk for hours as if we had known each other for years. Lucky for us, they liked Colette's pictures so much that they asked us to be the photographers for their oldest daughter's upcoming wedding. Candice and Reid will be getting married in June!
Elena and I of course immediately agreed. I started talking with Candice about ideas for a bridal shoot. We eventually agreed that the entire family would come to the Austin area (they live about 60 miles east of Lubbock) for a bridal shoot. We were excited to see everyone again. I tossed out a few location ideas to Candice and we decided to start our day at Pedernales Falls State Park. For those of you who have never been...go! It is beautiful! As you get down to the river, the scene just unfolds in front of you to reveal fantastic rock formations and a series of waterfalls in various forms and shapes. Elena and I took our kids with us on this shoot. George, Pam, Candice and Colette were all there. Some very good friends of the Goodall's also spent the day with us for the shoot. Marty, Beth and their daughter, Nicole, were so nice and great fun to have along. When we saw the river before us, we all agreed that this would be a great place to shoot.
We started down the stairs that led to the river area. Several of us saw some caves formed by water on the other side of the river. I immediately loved the character of the caves and decided that was were I wanted to shoot. I told Pam my ideas and she agreed. Off we went. There was only one problem. The road from where we were to where we wanted to go...well...there wasn't one. We walked and walked and climbed and slid and climbed some more and walked a bit farther. Finally, we realized that those great caves were inaccessible because the river was between us and the caves. So, we were forced find another location that we liked and shoot there. After an unexpected delay (for which I have and will continue to apologize...I'm really sorry), we were able to get started.
The rocks had formed the neatest formations. We found a spot that we liked and started taking pictures. George, Marty and Beth took turns holding a blanket above Candice to keep the direct sun off of her. Pam and Colette kept her dress, hair and makeup looking great. Elena provided lighting with the reflector. It was truly a team effort! We worked at the location for several hours getting a number of great shots.
After this, we decided to go to downtown Austin to get a change of scenery. The UT campus provided just what we needed. As the evening sun set, we were able to get some great pictures of Candice. We can't wait to finish the entire set to see the completed project. Here are a few samples from our shoot! What do you think?
Candice, you are beautiful! Thank you for being so much fun, so patient, and such a hard worker! I don't know many girls that would have wandered through the wilderness in search of the crazy photographer's ideal spot only to realize that the ideal spot couldn't be reached. And, then you still smiled when I asked you to! You rock!
Okay, ladies and gentlemen! There is only one rule. Reid can't see any of these pictures. Now, that shouldn't be a problem. According to Candice, she has this all under control. I sent her an e-mail asking if I could put some of her pictures on our blog and she said, "Go ahead! I just won't let him see it! Cause I'm the boss!" :-) Great answer, Candice! Thanks again for letting us be a part of your special occasion.