I The Photo Shoot
Brittney was recently married and before her wedding she asked me to create some Iconic Bridal Images for her to display on her big day and give to family members.
Brittney’s Bridal Shoot took place on a windy overcast Saturday amidst “tours” of White Rock Lake’s famed Filter Building. I was able by some supernatural blessing to secure a reduced two-hour rental rate for the building if we worked around the Saturday afternoon tours of the building.
All Smiles 🙂
The entire time we shot, wedding coordinators and their clients paraded through the building. I will say that they were all respectful enough not to obscure our field of view. After I moved all the tables and chairs, we took full advantage of the entire two hours indoors to capture images highlighting the elegant beauty of Brittney and her dress juxtaposed against the rough texture filled walls and floors.
Had to remove all tables & chairs before shooting
We then moved outdoors and used the stoic industrial look of the brick to create yet another beautiful clash of softness and harshness.
Outside Filter Building
Then to add even more value to the location we only had to switch the bride and the camera positions to place Brittney against the natural wonder of DFW’s most treasured body of water.
White Rock Lake
Brittney is unsurprisingly an outdoorsy kind of woman and the lakeside images are a testament to this fact. To finish out her iconic photo shoot, Brittney wanted to visit a local coffee shop where we were lucky enough to capture the caffeinated side of her life as well! The shop was abuzz with activity on this Saturday afternoon so her arrival in a wedding gown certainly brought its share of ooos, ahhhhs and stares.
Hounds Tooth Coffee Shop
Management gave us the green light to shoot and we all ordered coffee and I shot images of Brittney in her real natural environment (wink wink).
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II Bonus Material – Our Brittney Backstory:
Our local Church leadership was in the midst of transition after having been served faithfully by the same pastor and worship leader for almost 30 years. Change is hard and many if not most of our core group of friends moved on to other congregations. My wife and I were anxious about whether or not to stay put and see what God would do with us or move on to find out the same thing. We continued to attend regularly but realistically were starving spiritually and socially as the Church was defiantly a place we found refuge through worship and fellowship. It seemed for a long stretch that we were not connecting on either front.
Outside Filter Building
Then one insignificant Sunday our new pastor announced he had hired a young college graduate with exceptional creative ability and design skills to start a communications department in the church office. Everyone was invited up to meet the young lady after service. I don’t usually do this as the new person certainly can’t remember hundreds of people who come up, but we walked up, introduced ourselves along with all the other folks. Then thinking about future needs of my own small business, I asked her if she knew how to design websites? Little did we know at the time how truly significant this small thread would prove to be for the condition of our hearts spiritually and socially.
Time went by and this young lady became close to these two empty nesters. Dinners and website design sessions for my new photo endeavor became frequent. We even worked together on several photo shoots as she is an exceptional photographer. As the communications department at Church ramped up, it was clear that small home groups were an enormous priority from leadership. My wife and I had never been involved in a home group and were not looking to join one, which seemed to be made up mostly of young people and couples with children. We were still trying to stay connected with friends our age who had successfully integrated into new congregations. Then another pivotal occurrence happened. Brittney invited us to her small group with the new worship pastor and several other young families. Under our protests we relented for one visit… which turned into one more visit…. which turned into one more visit and so on…
Brittney & The Crew
What happened next is nothing short of miraculous. The Spirit drew us in close to everyone in the group. My wife and I grew spiritually as our focus shifted from ourselves to engaging with and serving others. This in turn fed our need to connect through fellowship with other believers. We have become closer to each other, closer to other church families than we ever thought possible and feel more engaged with our Creator than at any time in our 27 years of marriage!
Standing on the wall
Not sure where this journey will take us, but for now we are in awe of how God could change the course of our lives by a meeting a young designer who took our lives by storm! We love you Brittney Burnett and thank God for bringing you to our town, congregation and to our family! PS, we love Austin too!