HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION
Congratulations on your engagement! This joyous occasion will be marked as one of the best days of your lives! You no doubt have started wedding planning and visiting Pinterest daily. While your 'To-do-list' is growing, don't forget to have fun during the planning process. In my opinion, the engagement session is one of those moments that you can put planning aside and truly have fun. Unlike the wedding day, there is no time crunch, and no pressure. It's just the two of you enjoying each other's company, like you're on a date. Plus, by the time you wedding day rolls around, you'll be PROS at posing. Here are some tips to make sure you're read for you're session!
LOCATION AND TIME
Choosing a location is a personal decision that you and your fiancé should discuss. What do you like to do as a couple: Visit a coffee shop, chill at the beach, hang out downtown, lounge at home watching your fave movies or cooking together? Every couple is different. Choose what you love! Here are some questions to ask yourself when deciding: Is there a location that has special significance? Is there a location we love hanging out at together? Or is there a place that we are simply drawn to? What hobbies do we enjoy? I love assisting couples through this process also, and I'm happy to provide suggestions in case you get stuck!
Most engament sessions begin 2 hours before sunset. Sunset lends a dreamy romantic feel to your photographs, and most couples love this. It also gives you time to have hair and makeup done. Plus, you might as well go on a date afterwards or grab some dinner since you're all dolled up!
HAIR AND MAKEUP
You know that wedding day hair and makeup trial that you've been putting off because you've been busy planning? Well, now is the perfect time to have it done. You deserve to feel beautiful! You will be radiant, and it will show in your photos! Plus, you'll know exactly how you want your hair and makeup to look on the big day! And don't forget to bring a small makeup kit for touch ups during the session if needed.
ITEMS TO BRING
In the summer months DO bring water for yourselves, and a cloth to lightly dab sweat. It can be HOT out there, so also bring a small makeup kit just in case touch ups are needed.
HOW I POSE MY COUPLES
I want my couples to have fun during a session, plus I want them to feel relaxed and confident. If you're not used to it, being in front of the camera can be intimidating. I like to pose my couples as naturally as possible for your comfort, and don't be surprised if I have you play a few silly games, or have you laugh at one of my horrible jokes!! This is just to put you at ease, and forget about the camera clicking away!
RELAX AND HAVE FUN
When I say there is NO pressure... I mean it! Most couples feel awkward or that they won't be any good at 'posing.' This is NORMAL! I still feel this way when I have my own picture taken. If you feel nervous, don't. Just let loose, relax, and have fun! I will instruct you and your fiancé on posing, and Ya'll will ROCK it! I promise!
WHAT TO WEAR
There are so many 'rules' on what to wear for your engagement session. My goal is not to cramp anyone's style, so these are just suggestions.
Suggestion #1 You DON'T have to mach, just coordinate
Suggestion #2 Bring two outfits: one casual and one dressy. Girls, if you're going for a romantic, feminine vibe choose a long flowing dress. It's oh-so-gorgeous and adds whimsy to the photo.
Suggestion #3 Choose outfits that mix well with your location, and wear appropriate shoes.
Suggestion #4 Yes!! Prints are fine! However choose a larger print, because a smaller one may not show up or might be distracting. Try to avoid letters on clothing also.
BE ON TIME
I'm a natural light photographer, and the sun dictates how long I can shoot. My main goal is to give you the best experience, and not rush through your session. The majority of engagement sessions are two hours before sunset, so showing up late will cut into your time and the number of images you receive in your portfolio. You don't want that. I don't want that!
Props are fun!! However, I would suggest bringing only one or two. You won't want to carry a heavy bag, because you'll want to be as comfortable as possible. I get questions on props frequently. Here is my advice: Bring only what speaks to you as a couple. For example, do you have a hobby you both love? It's best to incorporate items that hold significance. Some couples like to bring a prop with their wedding date for 'Save the Date' invites.
INCLUDING FUR BABIES
Can't envision photos without your four- legged friend? Bring him along! I am 100% fine with pets at a session, but make sure the location you choose allows them. Another very helpful tip (Actually you should do this) Bring a family member or friend to either take your pup home after photos are taken, or watch him for the remainder of the session. Bring water, snacks, and a leash also.
LOOK AT MY WORK
Before you and your fiancé arrive, check out the slideshow below from a few of my sessions. Look at them together, that way you both have a solid idea of what to expect!