Picking a location
I am always willing to venture somewhere amazing. Tops of mountains, hiking through the snow, or down fun alleyways. Don’t hesitate to check out photoshoot locations before hand. Any ideas you have, I welcome! I encourage you to find a spot that reflects your love and a place you’ll both feel comfortable. There is no such thing as an “ugly” location. I’ve shot at some pretty unlikely places so don’t feel limited. If you are stumped, let me know and I can help narrow down your options.
I give you all the help you need to pose. My sessions are never “okay hold still for like 2 min” (well ha! Unless we are on a cliff, then yes, be careful please!). I give you all you need to feel confident and assured you look great, along with games to help you relax and enjoy being together, bringing out that authentic emotion.
Pick out at least 2 outfits for the session and no more than 3. Most clients bring one formal and one casual to give a verity of photos. Keep in mind, that we work with the sunshine as our clock, so also think through simplicity of changing, as the session does not stop, it simply continues while you change.
Have your outfits chosen in advanced to make sure your outfit choices are comfortable and attractive. What do you your dream photos look like? Are they soft and elegant? Choose neutral colors with soft, flowing fabrics. Creams, soft pastels, oatmeals, light browns, tans grays and slate blues look great in all occasions. What to showcase something fun and spunky? Choose coordinating colors but not too matchy, matchy. Bold accent colors such as hues of gray with yellow or bright red. Adding fun accessories like scarves, headbands, or hats can add a funky vibe to your photos. Feel free to visit Pinterest for some outfit ideas!
Sometimes girls do their practice run for hair and make-up on their engagement session. This helps confidence levels and also professional make-up photographs beautifully. Don’t feel compelled to do this! However, sometimes spending a little extra time getting ready does achieve that confidence boost.
Be sure to browse the engagement sessions on here prior to the shoot. When a prospective groom views a gallery in advanced, it helps him feel comfortable in front of the camera. Also, don’t hesitate spending some extra time as well in your primping.
ITs always fun to bring along props. I new every engagement session like a stylized shoot complete with models (thats you!) and props and scenery. For instance, I have had couples bring cute signs, horses, American flags, bikes, flowers, picnic set ups, canoes- the list is endless. Don’t hesitate to bring anything that truly reflects you individually as a couple.
There will be so much laughter, kissing, hugging, silly moments and love in your session. Do not worry about anything, my job is to make sure the logistics are taken care of you and you to show up and be ready to have a good time.