Engagement session

Tips + FAQ: How to prepare!

Engagement Session Run Down!

They’re my favorite, because its usually the first time we are celebrating your engagement in person! Its always a little intimidating to have your photos taken. Trust me, I’m with you on that 100%! 

We offer complimentary engagement sessions with our wedding packages for two reasons:

1. We want to take the time to understand how you guys vibe in front of the camera.

2. We understand that sometimes photos can be funny. Trust me when I say that once you’ve had a practice run with the poses we do, they will be the last thing you worry about on your big day! Here are my personal favorite tips for planning your engagement session!

Session Tips

 OUTFITS:

This is huge! It can make or break a session. I suggest 2 outfits: one dressy and one more casual. Have fun with this! Wear something you wouldn’t normally wear but wear something you feel confident in! I love a good long sparkle dress or even a super cute outfit! Dress for the season and be YOU! 

If you don’t want to purchase anything, check out www.renttherunway.com, and go all out! I LOVE long dresses for engagement sessions. They look so romantic. I love to help with this, so feel free to send me pictures. Things to AVOID: loud patterns, matching (like twinzies) + graphic shirts!

BE ON TIME:

This is so important. I shoot the last 2 hours of the day, and when the light is gone, it’s gone! We must start on time, so always plan for traffic, late hair appointments, etc. Have a Fur Baby? YES BRING THEM! Bring a special helper while we are photographing your session! Dont forget the treats!

 HAIR AND MAKEUP:

 YES, do it! This is a great time to do the trial run for you wedding day! If youd like to have your hair and make up done, check out our vendors choice team, Say I Do Hair and Make up!

INSTAGRAM STALK

Go check out my recent engagement sessions on my Instagram. We post every day and seeing the poses will help you nail them! Pintrest is also another great tool for poses! Make Sure to follow us here!

LOCATIONS

If you have a specific location or idea in mind, please feel free to share it with me. This is about YOU, and I want to reflect how you are as a couple.  If you’re looking over some options, we suggest outdoor locations that are colorful, natural and unique such as vineyards, green houses, beaches, farms.  WE ALWAYS will travel! We also offer lifestyle sessions in the comfort of your own home (OR you can rent a rocking Air B&B for the day or a fancy hotel!)  where we can do a more personal one on one session with a twist. In the event that the weather is not on our side, we will reschedule!

DON’T FEEL NERVOUS!

We get the jitters too. We are only human, and things like this aren’t easy, BUT IT WILL BE SO WORTH IT! Fun fact, your girl is really awkward in front of the camera… In fact, I rarely have my photos taken, and really only do them for work and for my son’s Christmas cards and Averys yearly birthday images. Heres the thing, I love your awkwardness. It’s apart of who you are and I use that to create your magic. I love to make you laugh and to talk to you, because after all we’re both human beings. I understand that most people go into their sessions and weddings thinking they have to look like Heidi Klum; I’m here to tell you that the model faces rarely make the walls. Its the moments where you are newly married and you cannot contain your excitement, or the smile your partner gives only to you. The moments you wish a fly on the wall could capture, those are the shots you hang up. So, I pose you both in ways that I can re-record that moment. Sometimes its as simple as taking a deep breath, and other times its the moments you’re purely being yourself and I’m lucky enough to catch it. I implore you, please bring your awkward and I will bring you the best version I can of your own authentic love.