This past Saturday, my wife and I took a little trip to the downtown Square in McKinney, Texas to do a little scouting of the area and get some fun photos with my wife. There’s just something more enjoyable about seeing your wife all dressed up, hair done and makeup on that gets you amped up for a shoot like this. I felt pretty confident we’d get some good shots and I knew she’d look amazing, but I was blown away by all the great locations and alleys on and around the square and was extremely happy with how they turned out. We’ve been down to the square many times, from going to galleries, wine bars, art classes, or just good food on a date night, but we’d never really explored the area off the main square. It’s not like it’s a big secret that there are some good areas to take pictures back there, as there were probably 10 other groups with photographers taking family, senior, engagement, bridal and other pictures. Most seemed to be concentrated on a few streets or large alleys, so we ventured deeper into the less accessible areas and it was there that we came across some of the best locations. The graffiti walls were definitely my favorite scenes, creating some interesting textures and backgrounds for the shots that blended well with her colorful outfit. I am definitely going to be coming back soon and recommending it as a place to do some on location sessions in the future!
The entire session was shot with my Canon 60D and my 50mm 1.8 Canon lens in all natural lighting. I use Adobe Lightroom, Camera Raw and Photoshop for my editing, and did include some added textures to a couple of the photos for a grungier feel. I haven’t quite settled on my style yet as a photographer, and I’m not certain that I will as I do enjoy incorporating different styles sometimes on a photo by photo basis. I know I may be biased, but these are probably the best photos I’ve taken to date!