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It has been a busy week Victoria. I've been trying to write this blog for a week now and between traveling to playoff games and shooting features I haven't found the time until now, which is technically too late. But I already wrote this whole thing so bear with me on timeliness.

Last week I had the honor of photographing the cover of our weekly Get Out magazine for its Valentine's Day edition. The original idea that was pitched to me was to shoot something striking with the backdrop of a beautiful Texas sunset and maybe incorporate some silhouetting (my specialty). Unfortunately, that Saturday's weather had other ideas and it was cloudy and rainy the entire day of the photo shoot. Not to be deterred (and because we had a deadline and no other real choice) reporter Jessica Rodrigo and I trekked out to Riverside Park and met with Victoria West seniors Rachel Heyde and Brandon Ellis and the crew from the Rockin N Carriage Company anyway for a fantastically fun photo session full of young love.

Here are some of the behind the scenes photos and some of the outtakes from the shoot for you to see the day after it is taken off of newsstands. You can view the story HERE. And you should check out this week's Get Out which is a very special fashion edition photographed, once again, by Yours Truly.

Here's our couple, looking embarrassed, as we wait for the carriage to be set up. Rachel's mom was also there, trying to get some cute, kiss-y photos, of the couple for herself.

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Setting up the carriage.

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It was easier for the humans to turn the carriage around than Rose, our beautiful horse powered engine.

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Speaking of easier, if you think it's hard to get teenagers to cooperate (which it wasn't Rachel and Brandon were beyond fantastic to work with) you should try getting a horse to pose for photos. Here is Rose checking Rachel out. She also startled her (and me) a few times when she decided she was done having her photo taken.

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This is my favorite photo from the shoot. I chose this location as I was driving out of the park after scoping out possible places to take the photos. Because the sky was so gross and blank, I thought the leaves and the arc of the trees on the road created a better backdrop. To me it looks like Autumn but I guess that February in Texas is like Autumn up north.

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And here are the rest of the photos. Thank you to everyone that helped us make Get Out more romantic and, as always, thanks for looking.

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