Dolly, the Goldendoodle, joined her family for an engagement session with Theresa Elizabeth Photography in New Orleans, Louisiana. When Ellen decided to propose to Megan, she set the stage with an elaborate scavenger hunt for Megan. Ellen included sentimental locations, favorite people, and of course, their dog, Dolly even helped with a clue. So it just made sense for Dolly to join them for some of their engagement photos.
From Megan: “As soon as all the hype of being engaged died down, and we finally got serious about beginning to plan the wedding, finding the best photographer was at the top of my list. I knew from the moment I met Theresa that her technique and style were exactly what we were looking for.
After telling her all about the proposal, we began to plan our engagement photo session. Ellen chose some amazing books to use throughout the scavenger hunt. She also took the time to highlight quotes in the books that are relatable to our relationship. For this reason, we explained to Theresa that we would love to have part of the shoot done at a library. Theresa suggested that we begin the photo shoot at the Milton H. Latter Memorial Library on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana. This place was absolutely magical! I had not taken professional pictures in years and was feeling very nervous when we first arrived. Theresa just has this way of making her clients feel at ease. It truly was such a fun experience.
When Ellen got down on one knee, she presented me with a blank book that we would be able to use to document our own story. We used this book in many of our pictures at the library. We took pictures in the aisles surrounded by books, against a beautiful mantle, on the staircase, in a beautiful room with natural lighting, on the front steps, along the street, and many more areas around the library. Theresa even snapped a picture of us in the elevator! I didn’t think anything could top the first location of the photo shoot, but the second location was just as meaningful to us because we got to include our puppy.
A little over a year into our relationship, Ellen decided that it was time to add a dog to our family. Ellen named our pup after Dolly Parton because she comes from Tennessee and because our Dolly has curly, blonde hair.
Dolly has brought so much happiness to our lives over the past two years. We are so thankful for her sweet, gentle, and playful soul. Ellen had found a book about dogs for the scavenger hunt and had Dolly waiting at the dog park to give it to me. Dolly was also waiting right next to Ellen as she got down on one knee and proposed so we knew that we wanted her to be a part of the engagement session as well!
Theresa suggested that we take some pictures at Audubon Park in New Orleans for the next part of the photo shoot. This area was absolutely beautiful at sunset. It felt effortless to walk under the trees with my beautiful fiancé and our sweet fur baby. It was so enjoyable to include Dolly in this part of the photo shoot. We can’t thank our photographer enough for capturing so many beautifully breathtaking moments from this memorable day. I truly never thought I’d be that dog mom that swoons over her fur baby, but everything changed the moment that Ellen and I met our Dolly girl. Our sweet baby is now two years old. She was born on St. Patrick’s Day, and we consider ourselves to be the luckiest dog moms in the world to call her ours. Some of Dolly’s favorite things include sleeping on moms’ heads, jitterbug dancing, momma hugs, and playing fetch (even though it’s more like ‘I’m going to keep this one for me, ma!’). Nothing compares to the love we receive from our sweet girl when we return home after a long day. I believe that she was always meant to be a part of our family, and we are so very thankful for her sweet, gentle, and playful soul.”
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About Theresa Elizabeth Photography: Based in New Orleans, Louisiana, Theresa specializes in engagement portraits as well as wedding photography.
She is available to travel.