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How to Prepare for Your Engagement Session

Hooray! You’re engaged!

If you’re like most couples, you now find yourself preparing for your engagement session. For many people, this is the first time in a long time (if not ever!) that they’ve had professional photos taken! While I have full confidence that you are going to rock your session no matter what, here are a few tips to help you prepare!

Golden Hour

There’s a good chance your session is scheduled just after sunrise or just before sunset. This timeframe is referred to as “golden hour,” and for good reason! The light at this time of day when the sun is low on the horizon creates those dreamy, glowy images you see, and will make you both look like super models. Because the sun tends to move quickly (I’d be a bit freaked out if it didn’t!), it’s SO important to be able to start on time to soak up all of that dreamy light before it disappears! This means that it’s always a good idea to make sure to map out where you’re meeting ahead of time. Plan on leaving a bit earlier than you think you need to in case of traffic, and be sure to pay attention to how much and where to pay for parking if necessary.

Puttin’ on the Ritz

If you’re planning on hiring a make-up artist for your wedding or elopement, your engagement session is the perfect time to take your look for a test run! Small details like manicured nails and a freshly cleaned ring are always a good idea!  

Matching is SO Last Year

One of the biggest misconceptions about getting photos taken is that you have to match. While it is important to coordinate your outfits, matching isn’t necessary. Instead, pick out your favorite color palette and coordinate your outfits from there!

For best results on camera, it’s usually best to stick with neutrals and earthy tones.

If you love color, fear not! “Neutrals” doesn’t have to be boring, or just mean tans and greys. Mustard yellow, navy blue, forest green, burgundy, dusty rose, ect. all count as “neutral!”

It’s best to stay away from bright pinks, oranges and reds that can take the focus away from your beautiful smiles and throw off the color balance. I have a Pinterest board for you of example outfits and color palettes if you’re a visual person to assist as you start to put your outfits together! 

Look Like You!

When it comes to the actual clothes you pick out, please be sure to wear something you are comfortable and feel like “you” in. 

More likely than not, we will be moving around a bit. Showing skin it totally fine, but try to avoid anything too low cut, tight, or short, as well any anything wrinkled or stained (contrary to popular belief, it’s not always super easy to photoshop these things out afterwards!)

For dress-wearers, I LOVE photographing long, flowy dresses and skirts – anything that moves with a breeze will look great on camera. For pants-wearers, a nice pair of jeans or some wrinkle-free slacks are a solid choice. Button-downs or collared shirts add a touch of class, but t-shirts are always welcome, too! Flowy blouses and sweaters are also encouraged. Please keep in mind that logos on shirts will stand out, so it’s best to avoid those if you can.

There’s also a good chance we’ll be walking around in dirt, rocks, and grass, so if you want to wear those killer heels, be sure to bring a pair of shoes that offer a bit more support that you can change into if needed!

A Second Set

If your session is longer than thirty minutes, feel free to bring one change of clothes to change into halfway through your session! This gives you the opportunity to get a few different looks and feels within your photos while making the most of our time together. Many couples opt for one dressier option and one more casual option for a variety of images, so don’t be afraid to mix things up a bit!

Pups? Yes please!

My dog was my “best boy” at our wedding, so I totally get wanting to include your most precious family member(s) in your session! I ALWAYS encourage my clients to bring along their pup if we’re shooting at a dog-friendly location. To make the most of our time and get the best photos possible, I recommend bringing along a favorite toy and some treats to help me get your pup’s attention, as well as a friend who can hang out with them while we take some photos of just the two of you.  

If you want to include something else that helps tell your story or to celebrate with, such as a picnic or a bottle of bubbly to pop, let me know and we’ll be sure to incorporate it!

Nerves are okay!

There’s a reason that I’m behind the camera way more than I’m in front of it. Getting your photo taken can be nerve racking – I totally get it! Just know that your only job is to show up and be yourselves. My job is to capture your authentic relationship (while you both have fun in the process!), so there is no need to practice your smile, study Pinterest poses, or watch reruns of American’s Next Top Model (girl, your smize is already perfect). You got this!

Looking for some examples of what your session might look like? Check out Taylor & TJ, Kelsey & Cade, or Becca & Mike!

Now, let’s get you scheduled!  

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