A Georgia Bulldog and a North Carolina Tar Heel walk into Aggieland...
As much as that sounds like the start of a bad joke (and trust me, I'm full of them), it's the start of Kathleen and Josh's love story! These two Texas transplants ended up in our little corner of the world for work. Eagle eyed readers might recognize them as local news anchors for KBTX! I don't know how long they worked together before sparks started flying, but it's safe to say that the advice "don't date your co-workers" was completely lost, and irrelevant, on them. It took about .5 seconds of shooting this couple to realize that Aggieland did a great job matchmaking. As you see the images of them together, you might be inclined to think "Goodness, Mary, you sure went nuts with the "candid laughing" pose this time). But y'all, I didn't pull out a single one of my laughing tricks or games. Kathleen and Josh simply cannot keep smiles off their faces when they are together, and looking at each other without giggling was not in their repertoire.
Alright, so we have established that I got to shoot a couple that was very much in love, content in each others' arms, and the opposite of camera shy (hello....news anchors). What more could a photographer ask for? A change of scenery, perhaps?
Kathleen and Josh wanted to document the places around Bryan and College Station that have been meaningful to their lives here. What we ended up doing was a bit of a lifestyle engagement shoot at their favorite date spots (and a few of my favorite photo spots). We started at Century Square, and hit the cotton candy colors of Hey Sugar Candy Shoppe. Next up was a trip into The George Hotel, where they like to play chess (and I'm told Josh always wins). We strolled the outdoor areas, pausing for cuddling and laughter when the light was nice. I forgot I was working a bit, and enjoyed getting to know some new friends in between snaps.
Next up was Downtown Bryan. I got to be a bit of the tour guide here, because while Kathleen and Josh frequent the bars and restaurants, I am an expert on the little places where the walls, staircases, facades of the shops provide interesting texture and color for portraits. We walked a 2 block radius, stopping at all of my favorite spots, and got such a nice variety of "feels" to their images.
All in all, it was a lovely (and surprisingly breezy) Texas evening, spent with two charming people in some spots that I don't often get to photograph. I was sad for it to come to an end.
Kathleen and Josh, thank you for letting me be a little bit of your story here in Aggieland!