Engagement Session Info

Engagement Session Info

THE IMPORTANCE OF AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION

Engagement sessions are a great opportunity to celebrate this unique phase of your lives. You’re only engaged once! For most of my couples, they have said that their engagement session was one of their favorite parts of working with me.

Engagement sessions are important to not only the photographer but you as a couple being in front of my camera. It gives me a chance to be able to see how you two are with eachother, it gives me a chance to see how you respond when I ask you to snuggle up, or get close. It allows me to figure out your comfort zones, and help creat a comfortable enviroment for both of you.

These sessions are the perfect time for you to see how I work, to see how I direct my poses, it gives you a chance to see how I communicate so you can feel comfortable in-front of my camera. Most importantly you learn to trust me. And trust essential to my relationships with my clients. When my clients know and trust that my biggest goal is to capture them looking the BEST that they can in their photos, it allows everyone to relax and enjoy the session.

It’s just plain fun. Engagement photos are a great excuse to put aside the stressful parts of planning a wedding and just enjoy one another and have some fun together, plus you get to use the photos for save the dates, guest books and other pre-wedding items to make your special day even better.


WARDROBE

The most important thing is that you wear something you’re comfortable in. Show your personality and wear something that makes you feel amazing and shows your individual style. My goal is to capture you in your element, so feel free to get creative with your wordrobe! Limit of 1-3 outfits per session. Colors can really transform the look of an outfit in a photograph, and primary and secondary colors are great to help you stand out from the background. Wear outfits and accessories that go together, but try to avoid cliche matching as a couple. Dress as though you would be attending the same event, and keep the location of the shoot in mind with your choices. If possible, I recommend scheduling your makeup trial the same day as the session. In my experience it can really help you feel that much more confident and ready to be photographed. You’re welcome to bring an additional outfit as well if you’d like to mix it up a little bit. Most couples prefer to have one casual look, and one dressier look.


WHAT TO BRING

If you want to bring fun props like balloons, blankets, picnic basket etc. or props that mean something special to you, please do so. This is a great way to make your engagement session totally unique. 


SCHEDULING

All sessions are scheduled two to four hours before sunset in order to capture the day’s most beautiful, natural lighting. In the even of the forecast calling for rain, we will make a joint decision on the day of by noon to postpone. 

Wedding Day Preparation

Wedding Day Preparation

WEDDING DAY TIMELINE TIPS

Having a well planned timeline will allow you to really enjoy your day! You want to be as relaxed as possible, leaving yourself ample time for each part of the day so you’re really able to soak in the moments. Always allow more time than you think you will need.


DETAILS & PREP: 1-1.5 HOURS

Your details are an important part of your day, and I love having time to shoot the dress, shoes, jewelry, invitations, etc. While I’m capturing details, I’m also capturing some shots of you and the girls getting ready! After the details have been photographed, it’s time for the bride to get into her dress. This is a big moment! I usually ask that the mother of the bride and bridesmaids be dressed by the time the bride is ready to get in to her dress. After the bride is in her gown, I pull her away for a quick bridal portrait session before we head to the ceremony.

FIRST LOOK & PORTRAITS: 30-40 MINUTES

This is one of my favorite parts of the day! I like to have at least 30 minutes for this time with just the bride and groom so we can focus on getting the photos you've always imagined.

FAMILY FORMALS: 20-30 MINUTES

Family formals normally take place immediately following the ceremony. It works best this way to make sure all of the family members will be present at that time. Please be sure to make a family shot list with all the different variations you must have. (Example: Bride, Groom, Bride's Parents / Bride, Groom, Grooms Parents / etc.). I recommend shooting all portraits outdoors if possible so that they are more natural with the best lighting. In case of bad weather please be sure to have a rain backup plan.

BRIDAL PARTY: 20-40 MINUTES

During the bridal party portraits, we will make sure to get some great shots of the guys and girls both separately and together. I also like to make sure that both the bride and groom get a photo with each of their bridesmaids and groomsmen. 30-40 minutes will allow us enough time to change sceneries and get everyone set up for a variety of poses. 

EXTRA BRIDE & GROOM PORTRAITS:

I love having a extra time with the bride and groom in the evening. During down time the two of you may want to leave the reception for a few minutes to get those special sunset photos you've dreamed of.


WEDDING DAY PREPARATION

When I arrive on your wedding day, I’ll first check in with you, say hi and introduce myself to all the girls. Then I will grab your dress and all the details and start photographing them right away. You both worked so hard to make today feel like you. You chose invitations that would set the stage, you handpicked everything you’ll wear, and some of the details may even have sweet little stories to tell or have significant meaning to you. I love using these details to help tell the bigger story of your day. It is very helpful if you gather these details in advance for me to photograph, especially if everything is together either on a tray or in a box - that way moving to different locations on the property is much easier.  

BRIDE DETAILS:

Rings (all three, can also be done later) - Stationary (invitations, save the dates, programs etc.) - Bride’s dress - Bridesmaid dresses - Veil / Hair piece - Garter - Shoes - Clutch - Jewelry  (Earrings, necklace, bracelete) - Bouquets - Gifts for bridesmaids  - Heirlooms, keepsakes

GROOM DETAILS

Jacket - Tie / bow tie - Cuff links - Belt - Shoes - Gifts for groomsmen - Boutonnieres