Ashley & Philip’s New Jersey Engagement Photo Shoot
I love doing an engagement photo shoot with my couples! They are always so much fun and I believe, strongly, that this time together always results in great wedding photography. I repeat, wedding photography. Why? Because the engagement photo session is a dedicated time for me to really get to know my couples and for them to become more familiar with my documentation style as well as get comfortable in front of the camera.
What should you consider before an engagement session?
First develop an idea of the style and location you prefer, make a list of any special details you’ll want included in the shoot, and establish a time frame for when and how you’d like to use the photos. Two of the most important things to consider for your session are time of day and location. Ideally, the best engagement shoots begin two to three hours before sundown, allowing for optimal lighting. When choosing a location for your session, my number one piece of advice is to choose one with which you have an emotional connection. Planning together will give me an opportunity to learn more about you and allow us to create an environment that will make you feel relaxed and open to the creative process!
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.
I met with Ashley & Philip, who were visiting from their home state of Kentucky, on a recent rainy Friday evening. The original plan was to meet in Point Pleasant allowing me to document them on the beach and boardwalk. But as Ashley put it, we had to “call an audible” due to weather so we met at Ashley’s parents home instead. Well, rain or shine, this couple did not disappoint. Ashley looked amazing in her Slate & Willow dress from Rent the Runway! Philip looked fabulous in his suit. These two are adorable together and we cannot wait to help them document their wedding, being planned by Louis Avanti of AMG Events and Visuals, this Fall! Stay tuned!