We recently had an engagement session with a beautiful couple, Sukhi and Pawan. They wanted 3 different locations, and in each one they expressed a different part of their culture. Punjabi and Western fusion. We started off the shoot in the evening at the iconic Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas. We got there a little early to scout out the location for the best picture framing. It was quite crowded, as it was prom season.
The couple got there, and we were excited to see that they were dressed in traditional Indian Punjabi attire. The details of Pawan's outfit include her colorful gorgeous phulkari (literally means flower work, which was at one time used as the word for embroidery, but in time the word “Phulkari” became restricted to embroidered shawls and head scarfs), traditional khussa (embellished, hand-crafted flats), and of course her stunning jewelry.
We noticed right away that Pawan, the bride to be, was pretty nervous, and really shy! She had just made the move from Punjab to the US, to get married to the groom, Sukhi. Before jumping into the shoot, I assured Pawan that it was going to be easy, and she could relax, as I was going to guide them throughout. I have to admit, her shyness brought the X-factor to the shoot, each smile and laugh was so genuine!
Our goal for the first session was to to achieve the look of rural Punjab with a fusion of the Dallas skyline in the background. As we continued with the shoot, Pawan's cousin brought out some props, which we absolutely loved! It included a chadar (sheet) to sit on on the grass, a Punjabi pakhi ( a traditional embroidered hand fan), and a small pot. We set it up to look like a couple enjoying a beautiful evening out in the fields of Punjab.
For the next location we moved on to White Rock Lake. We arrived there right before sunrise the next morning in order to capture the fantastic colors that compliment the nature around the lake at dawn. The couple opted for traditional Indian clothes, Pawan wore an Anarkali Suit and Sukhi wore a Sherwani. We were able to get some beautiful shots by the lake! The weather was just right and we even caught a romantic early morning fog drifting over the water. It was surreal! Some of these shots just make me think of royalty.
The final location we headed to was Flippen Park in the Highland park area. This park has a gorgeous gazebo sitting in the center of a lush green garden right in front of a small fountain, perfect for romantic shots. The couple chose to go for a more western look for this part of their session. Pawan wore a black pleated dress with a white cardigan, and Sukhi sported a casual dress shirt with jeans.
Overall, we had the most wonderful time during this shoot. Sukhi and Pawan were just adorable, and looked