Engagement Session Photography

Engagement sessions in the months leading up to a wedding are increasingly becoming an integral part of the documentation process.  What I love about these sessions is that they are a great way for us to meet in a casual yet meaningful setting for a photography “test run”.  Engagement sessions allow us to get comfortable with each other and for you to get comfortable in front of the camera.

Sometimes our clients simply want the engagement session to get comfortable in front of the camera. Other times, it is to fulfill a specific need, for example, Save the Dates, images to be displayed at your wedding reception or to be used on a wedding website.  Regardless of the reason, we LOVE getting together with couples prior to the BIG day to help document this important time in your life!

How does an Engagement Session work?

On the day of your session, we will meet at the location we have determined.  The session is very casual.  I want you to be you!  We will take a walk and explore the surrounding area.  While you are being you, I will be documenting!  During this time, I’ll be on the lookout for beautiful lighting, amazing backgrounds and interesting architecture we can use in your portraits.  There will be times where I may “pose” you for a shot.  But my goal is to see you together in your element!

What should you consider before an engagement session?

DAY OF THE WEEK:  We provide Engagement session times during the week and on Sundays.

TIME OF DAY:  If your session is to be outdoors, the best engagement sessions begin 2-3 hours before sundown for optimal lighting.

LOCATION:  #1 rule….choose a location with which you have an emotional connection!

Some great ideas:  where you first met or where he proposed, at your favorite restaurant or coffee shop, doing your favorite activity, with your pet, in a downtown urban setting or in front of your favorite skyline, at an amusement park, vintage-styled with old furniture or clothes, on the beach, outdoors at a local barn.

Not sure where you’d like your session?  Don’t panic!  We are happy to help.  Prior to your session, we will send you a questionnaire that will allow you to share specific information about you as a couple (how you met, your specific style, hobbies, things you like to do together, places you like to visit).  Based on this we will help you come up with the perfect location!

WHAT TO WEAR?:  For advice on what to wear take a peek at our Engagement Session Essentials!

PETS AND KIDS:  If you have pets or children – by all means, feel free to include them!  Remember this is about you and your journey together.  If pets and children are an integral part of this journey then we say – bring them along!  That being said, I do recommend that they not be a part of the entire session.  The best thing would be to include them at the beginning of the session, for a short period of time. You won’t be able to fully relax and be together if there are pets and kiddos hanging around.  If you want to incorporate your kids (furry and the like) we strongly suggest having someone on hand to take them away for a while so you can get some alone time in together as well!

There are several elements that make an engagement session the best it can be.  When we discuss the logistics of your session it will give me an opportunity to learn more about you.  This will also create an environment that you will feel the most relaxed, allowing me to capture your authenticity as a couple.

For some examples of real engagement sessions click the links below!

Looking for an Engagement Session Photographer?

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