Brian and Anitra are engaged!


Brian is one of my oldest friends, and when I learned that he had found a lady worth his awesomeness, and asked her to marry him,  I was super stoked for my bro…. and of course I wondered if I was going to get the chance to shoot this wedding.  Here is how you and I know that Anitra is wife material.  Their wedding day was originally going to be on September 24th.. but I was BOOKED. and heartbroken. Not only could I not shoot it, I couldnt even attend!! Brian came to my wedding,  so its only right that I show up for his… so what did Anitra do? SHE CHANGED THE DATE.  yes, read that again, let it sink in.  Brides raaaaarely do this for anyone let alone someone they have never even met before.  But on September 17th, I am going to rock their wedding SO HARD  that I will get a music deal afterwards.  I know you were thinking ” really, rock that hard?”   yeah, that hard.   Here’s their engagement session around their house and in a randomly cool spot downtown:

Japanese maples kick ass!

I love this picture… have you ever seen anyone look so natural and awesome underneath their own kitchen window??


Thanks for making me photoshop out that Dr. Pepper bottle Brian!!

If you saw this in real life, you wouldnt think anything of it… They are standing in a driveway!

They had a little picnic out by the river, and even though the sun was almost down, these Sacramento Picnic engagement photos turned out awesome!


  • J - July 20, 2011 - 6:17 pm

    love this post. especially the last two.

  • S & T - July 20, 2011 - 6:30 pm

    Amazing job done by an amazing photographer! These two are so photogenic and gorgeous!

  • Anitra - July 20, 2011 - 8:21 pm

    Dave, changing our wedding date doesn’t even seem like a sacrifice. I couldn’t even imagine anyone else shooting our wedding…no one could compete with your level of awesomeness! Thank you for giving us pics we will treasure forever! You’ve given me even more reason to be excited about our wedding day.

  • daveshilling - July 21, 2011 - 5:07 am

    Thank you for the kind words! I’m pretty excited myself…we’re going to have an awesome time!

  • Kimberly - July 25, 2011 - 4:02 pm

    Fabulous job Davey! That 2nd to the last shot is breathtaking!

  • MiMi - August 5, 2011 - 7:07 am

    Awesome pics!!! Such a beautiful couple!