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Updated: Aug 24, 2023

engaged couple looking at each other with the ocean in background

Now that you have picked a date, a photographer and probably a venue as well, you can celebrate! Those are some of the toughest decisions in wedding planning and you can cross them off your list! Hooray! Now onto the fun stuff Like your engagement session! We include engagement sessions in the Wedding Experience because I truly believe that they are a VITAL part of the entire process. During your engagement session, you’ll have the chance to get to know me, experience how we shoot and how we handle posing and lighting. This session will make a HUGE impact on how the wedding day flows. We’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 we 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, and that’s how it should be! Your engagement session can be scheduled anytime before your wedding day. Normally, we’d suggest booking it at least 1-3 months in advance to avoid stress. Because our weekends are filled with weddings, we shoot engagements on weekday evenings, normally from 5-7pm depending on the light and the time of the year. In the winter months, 4:30-5:00pm is a normal time frame to start an engagement shoot! As you start to plan for your engagement shoot, you will need to start brainstorming about location ideas. We 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, we can help you decide on a location. As long as the lighting is great, I can make ANY location look awesome! I shoot at farms, campuses, beaches and parking garages! seriously. Do not shy away from crazy ideas! The more creative, the better! Be sure to keep reading to find out more about outfit ideas and inspiration!

It’s always a little intimidating to have your picture taken, even if it’s just a photo on an iphone that is taken by a friend. We still want to look nice, make sure nothing is in our teeth and that our hair is behaving! We realize that preparing for your engagement session can be a little overwhelming. We will be providing tips for outfits, handling nerves and recommendations that will make your shoot the best it can possibly be! POCKETS | Empty your pockets! You don’t want to have key chains or phones showing through your pockets. TIMING | The sun sets quickly especially if your shoot is not in the summer months. The later you arrive, the less time we have to shoot! Once the sun is set, the shoot will be over. RING CLEANING | Clean the ring! We love to shoot a few ring shots while you change outfits! The cleaner the better. CHANGING CLOTHES | As much as we would like to say that we always have restrooms for outfit changes, more often than not, our clients do quick outfit changes in their car if there are no other options! DEEP BREATHS | We’re going to help you along the way and it’s going to be a blast! Enjoy this time together, and make a date out of it! Plan dinner afterwards and celebrate! PARKING FEE | This may not apply to your shoot, but you always want to plan in advance for a cash-only parking fee or any tolls that we may encounter. We’ve had instances where this has caused some stress and stress is what we want to avoid! CLOTHING | We’ll explain this more in-depth soon but generally, our couples like to bring one casual outfit and one dressier outfit! If you’re unsure about a few pieces, feel free to bring all options and we can help you decide. LIP COLOR & HAIRSPRAY | You may need to apply more lip color after one outfit change and a few kisses. (If you have a bold lip color, try to have a matte finish so it won’t transfer to your groom as intensely!). Hairspray and a brush will be helpful if your hair struggles in the humidity! FLIP FLOPS | If you’re wearing shoes that are difficult to walk in but look awesome, bring some comfy shoes to change to while we walk to each shooting location!

Believe it or not, you have so much control over the outcome of your shoot and what it looks and feels like!

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