During your engagement session, you’ll have the chance to get to know me, experience how I shoot and how I handle posing and lighting. This session will make a HUGE impact on how the wedding day flows. I’ll arrive on your wedding day already knowing how you two interact, what your best poses are and how to photograph you in a genuine way! What I will learn about you during your engagement session is invaluable! You will feel like such a pro on your big day because of the great practice you had during your engagement session andthat’s how it should be!
Your engagement session can be scheduled anytime before your wedding day. I normally suggest booking it at least 3-6 months in advance to avoid stress. Because my weekends are typically filled with weddings, I shoot engagements on weekday evenings, normally from 5-7pm depending on the light and the time of the year. In the winter months, 3-5pm is a normal time frame for an eshoot! As you start to plan for your engagement shoot, you will need to start brainstorming about location ideas. I LOVE it when couples pick a location that is special or sentimental to them in some way! If you can’t think of anywhere specific that you would like to shoot, I can help you decide on a location! As long as the light is great, I can make ANY location look awesome! I shoot at farms, campuses, downtown alleys, you name it! Do not shy away from crazy ideas!
What to wear
After a client books an engagement session, the first question a couple usually asks is “what should we wear?” The most important thing to feel during your engagement session is comfortable and yourself. You want your clothing and accessories to reflect you and your personal style.
That being said, your engagement session is a special occasion and sometimes we don't always have exactly what we want in our closets to celebrate. A lot of my clients end up renting from Rent The Runway, an online shop that allows women to rent expensive, designer dresses for a fraction of the cost.
Aside from loving on your partner, feeling beautiful and confident is the first step to a successful engagement session. All of my clients that have gone the Rent-the-Runway route have all agreed that it added something extra special to their session, and they absolutely loved how they looked and felt!
Whether you decide to rent or wear something in your closet, here are some frequently asked questions when it comes to styling for your engagement session…
WHICH LOOKS BETTER?
I always invite my couples to text or email me their outfit choices. For the guys, I strongly suggest choosing shirts without logos or sayings and to keep it simple. You want to stay away from anything that’s too busy, as well. Stick to smaller, rather than larger, patterns.
ARE THERE COLORS TO AVOID?
Nope. The myth that certain colors don’t photograph well is nonsense. I would, however, tailor your color choices to your skin tone, eye color, and hair color. Wear the color that looks best on you. I always advise my couples to coordinate colors and patterns together. For example, if one of you has chosen to wear a pattern than the other should choose a solid. Keep it simple, and jazz it up with jewelry or layers.
SHOULD WE ACCESSORIZE?
I suggest layering your outfits to create some diversity in your images. Accessories that you can take on and off help, as well. Wearing a flowy gown? Jazz it up with a leather jacket! Don't have a leather jacket, but want to wear one? I love to share my wardrobe! Just ask!
SHOULD I GET MY HAIR AND MAKEUP DONE?
That is completely up to you! For most of my clients, getting their hair and makeup done means one less thing for them to worry about. They feel beautiful and confident and it show’s in their images.
Lastly... I'm always here to answer any questions. If you guys need me just shoot me a message or give me a call ;)