Planning your engagement is such a exciting time! Not only is this more than likely your first time having professional photos together, but it really prepares you for your wedding day. This time is a chance for you both to get to know me and vice versa oh yeah and have amazing photos together, outside of your wedding day.
When to schedule
I normally suggest booking your engagement session 3-6 months in advance. Because my weekends are filled with weddings, I shoot engagements on weekday evenings, normally in the evening time depending on the light and the time of year. On average the typical start times for sessions are as follow- Spring 5pm , Summer 6pm, Fall 5pm and Winter 3pm.
The planning can be overwhelming for some couples (brides ;) ) so here are a few tips to help this experience be nothing but wonderful.
What to expect :
Sessions typically last 1-2 hours this depends on location(s) and outfit(s).
I edit 40 images from our time together.
One location or two, one outfit or two, the choice is yours. If you do decide on two locations they must be within 10-15 minutes of each other. I like to give each couple the freedom to create an engagement session they would like. * Included is travel up to 60 miles from 17366 for your engagement session.*
2 weeks after our time together you will receive an email with a link to your online gallery where you can easily download your engagement photos. This gallery will be found in your client portal.
1. EMOTION over location every time! - Many couples spend too much time concerned about choosing the right location and while it does help set the tone for your engagement session and can add some dynamic interest. The location alone does not make the photo, you and your fiancé do. A couple who is not afraid to embrace, be silly, and have fun will have amazing photos they cherish, no matter if there is a tree or a brick building behind them.
2. LOCATION- well now that I said location doesn't matter ;) It does set the tone and incorporating a location that may mean something to you as couple or you feel comfortable in, can help bring out the emotions. I have had couples who love craft beer so we went to a brewery for one location, others loved hiking so we went to a hiking trail, one couple had their photos taken around the restaurant they got engaged. Take some time to think about what you both enjoy or the "type" of photos that would best reflect you. I am here to help and have several location ideas,please ask.
2. LIGHTING- We will typically schedule your session around the best light of the day so please be sure to be on time. I keep my eye on the best lighting for the location we are in. lighting and emotion go hand in hand- they are the most important aspect to capturing photos you will love.
3. WEATHER- I schedule in a few "rain dates" throughout the year in the event bad weather turns up on your engagement session. I will be keeping an eye on the forecast and I typically make a call the morning of because the weather forecast can change so quickly. I do not require it to be a bright sunny day, cloudy days are actually wonderful for creating a nice soft even light.
4. POSING - I make sure to photograph a few "headshot/ traditional" photos for mom and dad ;) However, the majority of your session I will set up you up into a location or pose and instruct you to interact, that could be walking together, whisping silly things, big embraces, looking at each other, and so on. It's the moments in between the directions that I capture the photos that are typically favorites. Check out a few examples below.
What to wear
- Don’t try to MATCH...try to pick outfits and accessories that coordinate instead. If you both wore the same exact color at their e-shoot, how boring would those images be?
- Don’t be afraid to be BOLD. Accessorize and make your outfits your own! Scarves, bold necklaces and fun shoes are always welcomed.
- MOST PATTERNS are actually ok.... however, graphics are not favorable for portraits. If you’re wearing a pattern, make sure it’s not overwhelming and distracting.
- Be sure to check out Pinterest/Google for more outfit inspiration if you’re having trouble. A quick search on “engagement session outfits-summer” could be a big help!
- Empty your pockets, literally. You don’t want to have key chains or phones showing through your pockets. (This is for the guys especially!)
- Some couples like to have one casual, everyday outfit and then one outfit that is dressier. This will give your shoot two totally different “looks”. I recommend wearing your favorite outfit last.
- Make sure you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing. And ladies, if the top is super low cut, that will limit the amount of angles I can shoot from.
Looking forward to our time together!!