One of the coolest parts of the Texas suburbs is the flexibility that the downtown areas have to offer; you can get a sleek urban vibe or a something a little more rustic literally within steps of each other and downtown Grapevine. For those that may not be local, Grapevine is basically the center point between Dallas and Fort Worth, its a historic city with a rich heritage. Main street is the perfectly blend of modern renovation and historical landmarks. There are beautiful 100+ year old silos a few footsteps from a new art gallery. Its such a unique experience to visit, and an even better spot to photograph. When I first met Hannah and her mom, they knew without a doubt they wanted to use downtown Grapevine. Faith Christian School is located just downtown so it was especially symbolic to use this location for them. We started our session with a little primping with hair and makeup by the amazingly talented Elizabeth with Moore Beauty Salon. Its important to me to start every session with my clients’ feeling there best. hair and makeup isn’t about a make-over, but about feeling confident and just sitting back and relaxing knowing your hair and makeup are on point.
Whenever I shoot at a location often, I always have a few favorite spots I like to hit. In Grapevine, that is the tiled wall on the old theater. When I saw the outfits Hannah had picked I knew that blue shirt would be perfect there. It had little hints of burgundy that really made her stand out from the wall, while bringing in some vibrant color.
So while I always know I want to visit certain spots, I also like to keep an open mind and not have a specific plan. I like to walk around and be inspired by whats around me, mu client’s own personality and the wardrobe choices they bring. These next 2 images are a perfect example of this. We were just walking, and found the pinkish wall, that was PERFECT for the mint top. In actuality the wall was a little more tan, but with the shade and the color of her shirt, it really turned into the beautiful coral/pink color. It was the side of a building attached to a parking lot, we were just lucky no one was parked in it! The barn door building was actually a barn door vendor. In all my years walking the streets of Grapevine I do not remember this building, so either I am the least observant person on the planet (possible) or its recently renovated. Hannah had this beautiful outfit that fit so perfectly with these doors it was a great place to stumble upon. Fun fact about her cowboy hat, it was her Grandfather’s sherif’s hat. What a cool way to incorporate a little bit of her heritage in her portraits.
We continued walking and found this AMAZING alley to fit with Hannah’s leather jacket and sequin dress. I love these two items paired together. It brings a little bit of rock and roll to her glamorous look. I love layering pieces, it really brings some depth to your wardrobe and interest. A structured jacket over a flowy dress can really bring that beautiful hourglass shape that every girl wants. I you forced me to pick a favorite set from our session, this would be it.
We knew we were going to finish at the historic trains downtown. There is something sort of symbolic about the trains and ending your high school career. Its moving one, the train has stopped but its time for a new adventure.
I had so much fun wandering the streets of downtown Grapevine with Hannah and her mom. We had some great laughs, found some really fun places and created some beautiful memories for them to cherish for a lifetime.