Engagement | Mallory + Darrin | Treynor, Iowa

I had a mild panic attack the day before I shot Mallory and Darrin’s engagement session.  It was a Saturday afternoon and I was taking the day easy, watching the Iowa Hawkeyes play the Wisconsin Badgers on TV.  Sadly it was a heartbreaking loss for the Hawks but we won’t get into that here.

Anyways, after the game was over I checked my phone to see if I had any messages.   Of course I had about nine texts (and one voice mail) from a few of my Husker fan friends.  They were kind enough to let me know that the Huskers had won and my team had lost.  Nice of them, eh?  I pondered getting new friends and proceeded to check the lone voice mail.  It was from Darrin and it went something like this…

Darrin: “Daniel, Mallory and I had an appointment with you today to do our engagement pictures and you never showed.  You need to give me a call back so we can reschedule.”

(panic ensues)

I dashed into the house to check my appointment calendar!  I have never even been late for a meeting let alone missed an entire session.  I always schedule E-sessions on Sundays for a couple of reasons; 1. In case I get a wedding booked for that Saturday we don’t have to reschedule the E-session.  2. College football is on Saturdays!

So after I double checked my calendar and my emails with Mallory I confirmed that the session was scheduled for Sunday and not Saturday.  Phew!

I called Darrin after I calmed down a little….

(I’m paraphrasing now)

Me: “Darrin?  Hey this is Daniel Dunlap.  How’s it going?”

Darrin: “Good.  So where were you?”

Me: “I just double checked my calendar and emails and our appointment wasn’t until tomorrow…”


Darrin: (speaking to Mallory) “He says the appointment was tomorrow.”

Me: “I could forward you the last email where we spoke of the date if you like.”

Darrin: “Daniel, we are so sorry.  We got the date confused!”

Me: “HAHA! It’s no big deal.  So I’ll see you two tomorrow at the Treynor golf course?”

Darrin: “Absolutely!”

Normally I send a reminder email to my clients a week before their engagement session to confirm the date and time.  This time Mallory beat me to the email so I figured we were all square on the date and time.  We ended up having a good laugh about it and we had a great time with their engagement photos.  This is one engagement session I will not soon forget!

Iowa Wedding Photographer | Daniel Dunlap
Iowa Wedding Photographer | Daniel Dunlap
Iowa Wedding Photographer | Daniel Dunlap
Iowa Wedding Photographer | Daniel Dunlap
Iowa Wedding Photographer | Daniel Dunlap
Iowa Wedding Photographer | Daniel Dunlap
Iowa Wedding Photographer | Daniel Dunlap
Iowa Wedding Photographer | Daniel Dunlap
Iowa Wedding Photographer | Daniel Dunlap

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  • October 31, 2010 - 3:46 pm

    Becca Dilley - The couple looks great, but I love that photo of the dog! Great job.

  • October 31, 2010 - 5:02 am

    Gayle - Love the wooded area shot. Makes you feel like you’ve stumbled into some fairybook scene.

  • October 30, 2010 - 9:50 pm

    Amanda Hoffman - Love the set. The one with their puppy rocks! I would have been freaked out. I would hate to have a client think I stood them up even if I didn’t. Glad it all worked out. 🙂

  • October 29, 2010 - 8:42 pm

    Becca - That story seriously put my stomach in a knot. SO glad that it all worked out. I’m glad the dog got to be a part of the session, he/she is so cute. Great job!

  • October 29, 2010 - 8:09 pm

    Kat Braman - these are so cute! that first dog one takes the cake for me.

  • October 29, 2010 - 7:46 pm

    Zach Anderson - Excellent work, the black and white with the dog is a fav.

  • October 29, 2010 - 7:25 pm

    Laura Burlton - Wonderful!!! I love the ones with the puppy as well, I love it when clients bring along their fur babies 🙂

  • October 29, 2010 - 6:56 pm

    Jacob Lacey - Lovin the doggie. great couple!

  • October 29, 2010 - 5:30 pm

    Magan Blasig - Love the shots by the fence and in the wooded area. So awesome! And so glad everything got figured out for the session!

  • October 29, 2010 - 3:44 pm

    Nick Key - I always love a good scheduling story haha, awesome set. I really like the ring shot. good work!

  • October 29, 2010 - 2:00 pm

    Nessa K - This is a really lovely session. And I love the photo of the dog, too =)

  • October 29, 2010 - 1:04 pm

    Luis Godinez - Love the setting for this e-shoot. Great job Daniel 🙂

  • October 29, 2010 - 1:00 pm

    Phill - The prelude had my heart racing but fantastic results come the time! What a brilliantly cooperative pooch too.

  • October 29, 2010 - 12:30 pm

    Preston - So much romance in every shot. You did a wonderful job capturing the love between Mallory and Darrin.

  • October 29, 2010 - 11:06 am

    Ashley Gillett - Aw, love the dog photo! I have my first engagement session with a dog next week, so excited!

  • October 29, 2010 - 11:05 am

    James Bitz - Nicely done man!
    I really like the one through the curly tree.

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