Engagement Session Tips
- Be sure that your hair and make up are done. Bring along your make up that way you can touch it up throughout the session.
- There will be detail and hand photos so make sure that your nails are either free of polish or freshly polished. I can't use Photoshop to fix your nails.
- Be sure you don't spray tan or go to the beach at least a few weeks prior to your session. Sunburns and peeling skin are pretty much impossible to edit.
- Be sure you're clean shaven or your facial hair is meticulously groomed. I suggest shaving a few hours before your session so you look fresh and your face won't be irritated.
- I don't expect you to run out and get a manicure but make sure your nails are free of peeling cuticles and are clean. In other words, no working on the car half hour before the session!
- No white socks!
For the lovely couple...
The best advice I can give is to be yourselves and have fun with it! It's not every day that you get to spend a few hours together doing nothing but staring into each other's eyes, holding hands, hugging, kissing, and being super sweet to one another so take advantage of that time!
At times, I want you to totally forget that I'm even there. Get lost in the moment and in each other! (Well, maybe not too much!) If I need you to do something specific, I'll let you know. Otherwise, I just want to capture photos of you guys being genuine and being together. When you forget about the camera and let loose, the best photos are created because the best moments happen right before our eyes.
Commonly Asked Questions
What should we wear?
Wear something that fits with the location that you chose for your engagement session. Now, that doesn't mean that you wear boots and old jeans if we're shooting in the fields! I like to advise people to dress up like they're going on a date or a little bit fancier than they normally do as it will really help them feel and look their best. Bring along a few outfits in case something gets dirty or we don't like how it's photographing. It's always nice to have options.
- For girls, nice pants, skirts (not too short), and dresses always photograph well and help show off your figure. Wear a few killer accessories (belts, bracelets, necklaces, etc.) as they really help complete your look.
- For guys, nice jeans (no holes and a darker wash) and dress pants look best. Oh, and dress shoes are a must. Please make sure they've been cleaned up and aren't scuffed up.
- Do NOT wear perfectly matching colors! Complimentary colors tend to photograph much better and show off your individual styles.
- Make sure anything that you're going to wear is ironed/steamed/ready to go. No, I can't "unwrinkle" your shirt using Photoshop.
Should I get my hair and make up professionally done?
You don't have to but I can tell you that it makes a HUGE difference in your pictures. Girls that have their hair and make up professionally done for their engagement session tend to feel more confident and not worry about their appearance throughout the shoot because they know how good they look. It's also a great way to do a trial run with your hair/make up artist before the wedding and get a feel for what works and what doesn't.
What time will the session begin and end?
We will usually start about 1.5-2 hours before sunset so that we can shoot during the amazing "golden hour" when lighting is ideal. It's so crucial that you're on time to your session as the sun doesn't wait around for us. I like to work until about 15-20 minutes after sunset as there's a ton of color left in the sky and it allows me to use flash to create some really dramatic images that will look great as huge canvases on your walls!
Should we bring props?
It's totally up to you and what you want to get out of your session. If you want to create save the dates, bring along whatever you want to use to create those pictures. If there's a favorite activity that you do together, bring it along if you can. If you like to play frisbee, bring a frisbee! If you're going to bring props along, just shoot me an e-mail or text with a picture so that I can plan to incorporate it into the shoot.