Engagement Session Tips
Engagement sessions are perfect for us to work together before your wedding day. I love being able to capture the two of you during this exciting season of your relationship. Remember that engagement sessions are supposed to be fun and relaxed. You don't have to be a model to take great photos. I will help you every step of the way and together we will create beautiful images! Please read the following tips to ensure a perfect engagement session!
1- Outfits | I like to suggest each of you bring at least two options for outfits. Usually a dressy outfit and a casual outfit work great. Girls can never go wrong with dresses/skirts and guys always look great in a button up and dress coat. Avoid matching outfits (color or pattern). Photography tip: Colors you wear can sometimes reflect on your face. Which is why I always say to avoid neon and really loud colors.
2- Preparing your Groom | Most guys don't realize what all an engagement shoot entails. It's best to prepare him ahead of time. I will be guiding the two of you during the session but remind him to stay relaxed. I promise I keep things simple and fun! My goal is always to shoot candidly as possible but engagement sessions need a tad more guiding and posing.
3-Trust Your Photographer | Like I said at the beginning of this page, you don't have to be a model to take beautiful photos. Just remember to relax, have fun and be yourselves! The first 10-20 minutes you will be really nervous and that is normal! Let me be creative and you will have nothing to worry about! If you ever have any photo request please let me know and we will always get what you want too! :)
4- Be on Time | I'm a natural light photographer (other than using flash at wedding receptions) and I'm always cautious of the time and sun. It's highly important that we start on time as the sun dictates how long I can photograph you. An average shoot lasts 1-1.5 hours. If you show up 30 minutes late, the session is not extended, but, rather, ends at the regularly scheduled time.
5- Location and Time | The best time to shoot any portraits is normally right at sunrise or 2 hours before sunset. This rule of thumb can be applied to any time of the year. When it comes to picking the location for your portraits, I love shooting engagements in locations that mean something to my clients! I understand that this isn’t always possible but I like to throw it out there just in case!
6- Hair & Make-up | Keep your hair down and don't worry if it blows in the wind, this is a sure way to make your photos 10x more romantic! Some brides opt to get their make-up professionally done but if you prefer to do your own make up then remember to apply it like you normally would. Don't try any new make-up styles that might make you regret that decision later on.