Engagement guide

For all of my summer and fall weddings, engagement session season is ramping up and I wanted to just put together a few tips for all of my amazing couples, or any couples that might be gearing up for their engagement sessions. 

First off, engagement sessions should be super easy and low stress. That is what I want to say to all of my couples. It really is a fun day of capturing photos, and getting to know each other. I like to spend the first 10-15 minutes just talking about how the wedding planning is going, what you two have been up to since our booking meeting, and just having a general chat about life. Since we will be working together so closely on a very important day in your life, I want everything including the engagement session to be easy and fun for you. 

So here are a few tips for all of you lovely engaged couples to make sure the engagement session goes smoothly, that you have fun, and get beautiful photos of you two to share leading up to your wedding day. 

* What time of day is best for your session?

Since the light is the most beautiful in the few hours after sunrise and before sunset, these are the times that I recommend. The time right after sunrise and before sunset is called the "golden hour," because you get a beautiful golden light that seriously makes your photos stand out even more. 

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What should we wear? 

The first tip I would give you is to stay true to who you are, so make sure to stick to your style first and foremost. However, you are taking photos that you may share leading up to the wedding day, so I would say stick to your style but dress it up a little bit as well. You don't want to come off too matchy-matchy, so generally pick a color palette that you like and stick to colors in that palette. Avoid having too many patterns, so it isn't too busy. Dark colored pants tend to look better, and I would say just generally look to see if the clothes you have work work together. If all else fails, use neutrals such as black, white, gray, etc and pair those with one or two non-neutral colors that work together. 

If you book a longer engagement session, you can do two looks: one that's more formal and one that's more casual

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Should we bring props? 

If there is something that makes you two unique as a couple, such as that you are avid readers, or love eating a certain kind of food, you should definitely bring a prop that incorporates that to your engagement session. If you two love eating donuts, bring some donuts because that would make for some awesome photos that show you two as a couple. 

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Can we have our pets be part of the session? 

Totally!! I have personally captured quite a few engagement sessions that include pets. Pets are a big part of your life, they are really a part of your family. So it's natural to want to include them in photos that show you embarking on the next part of your life. One thing that I would recommend if you bring your pet, is to have another person with you two that can hold your pet so that we can get a few photos of just you two. Also, make sure that if you bring your dog, that they got a good walk before the session. That always helps dogs to be more cooperative for the camera :) 

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What happens if there is inclement weather? 

I have captured some truly adorable engagement sessions where it rained, or wasn't the most ideal weather. You can truly make your engagement session amazing in inclement weather as well, and I encourage my clients to keep their session in the rain or in the snow. Having said that, if it's unsafe for you to be outside, then definitely postpone your session. I generally try to have a rain date set for engagement sessions, but if you are coming from out of town then it's best to try to still do your session that day. 

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As I said in the beginning of this post, what I want the most as a photographer is for you to enjoy your engagement session, to have fun, and let me capture your love for each other.  Every couple is unique, and I want to make sure you have a great session that captures how special and one of a kind you two are!