3 tips to plan your engagement photo session

So, you are engaged! The ring is shining bright and every time you look at your hand, it takes you back to the moment when the whole world crashed on you and he was desperately waiting for your “ YES!” to the most important question. Congratulations on such a romantic period of your life!The little girl in you is probably already fantasizing about walking down the aisle in a gorgeous dress, seeing everyone’s happy faces.. you can’t wait to plan a perfect wedding day and marry the love of your life! But first, engagement and everything that comes with it. Undoubtedly, this time is blissful, but it also can be a bit stressful if you, like most of us, try to embrace everything and allow it to overwhelm you. 

Let’s try to stay organized and prioritize instead. Of course, you want to tell the world that you are getting married! What’s the better way to celebrate your love than documenting it with a professional photographer? Plus, printed photos will make it a very special and memorable gift. Not only for each other, but for your families and your future generations. These tips will help you relax before and during your photo session, as well as understand the essence of your relationship and show you the true value of moments, documented by a professional.

1. Choose your style and theme

First of all, you need to narrow it down. Modern world offers too many options, and it confuses your mind. Think about where you and your partner will find yourselves comfortable. Try to imagine your photos and the final look they will have.  Is it a green park on a warm sunny day? Is it a сute cozy coffeeshop where you two enjoy your favorite pastries?  Is it a family farm or maybe a place where you spent your childhood? Are you a city girl and want to have that industrious urban style incorporated in your engagement photosession? Maybe you ( like me) can’t imagine your life without water and want to have your photos taken at the waterfront or at the shore? Do you enjoy big city lights instead?

  

2. Find the right photographer

Once your found your theme, find a professional photographer who specializes in weddings and engagements. It might sound easier than it is. These 2 tips will help you : when you look at photographer’s work, search for diversity. You should see lots of angles, lots of different lighting conditions, creativity, good eye, attention to details, and, most importantly, photographer’s work should speak to you. It should touch you and awake something in your heart. In other words,  you want to BE that person in his (her) artwork. If you can picture yourself in front of his lens, you are on the right way. Tip number two: get in touch and talk to your photographer. Tell him A LOT, in fact the more you share, the better it is, the easier it will be to tell your story and capture real you. Share your vision. Share away! I get a lot of questions from the  couples who ask me if I have any places for engagement session in mind. While I do have a list of my favorite spots and some hidden gems, I always ask my couples- what’s close to your soul? What’s meaningful for you? Is it a cafe where you went on your first date together? Is it the part of the city where you live and spend most evenings together? Is it that mountain you hiked where he proposed to you? Try to tell your engagement photographer everything that’s meaningful for both of you. Then make sure you communicate your vision and expectations, see tip number 1. Don’t be afraid to refer to photographer’s work and describe what you like in those photographs and if you want a similar style for your session.

 

3. Trust your professional.

When everything is scheduled, your hair and make up are done, your ring is cleaned, your manicure is impeccable, and you got to spend the next couple hours with your future spouse, stop for a second and try to clear your mind. Forget all the problems, insecurities and worries. Stop posing and overthinking. Do not ever dare to ask your photographer “ how do I look in these? “ 😉 Just be yourself and have fun! If you want to be romantic and playful, do it! It’s your time with your loved ones, don’t forget about it… Since we were kids, we are used to smile at the camera. I am not that photographer that will ask you to smile at the camera. I’m that photographer who will talk to you, ask you to share what your favorite moment of the proposal was, ask you to tell each other why you chose to be with each other and what you appreciate most in your relationship. I want to see real you, I want to be close to you, I want to be a part of your story, even if it’s just for a few hours.

P.S. Remember, it’s all about you. Trust yourself and your significant other, enjoy this time you get to spend together. Treat it as another opportunity to get closer and learn more about each other. In the end, if you go with me, you will love your photos so much you would want to work with me for your wedding 😊 Your engagement session will be a great rehearsal and will help you loosen up and get used to the cameras on your wedding day. You will feel more confident, more comfortable, you will know what to expect AND you will have a gorgeous album or a guest book for your guests to sign.

Enjoy your engagement! 

Best, Inna 

Sandra | Portrait session

There is a subtle magic in people. That magic that’s shining through on a dark grey rainy day. The magic that can heal you once you get lucky to touch it or just to hang around. That little string of connection and hearty warm hugs, conversations and that cup of coffee. The world exists in a way that usually separates those people from you. There is quite a distance. But you know what’s interesting? No matter how far you are, or how long you haven’t seen each other, one word and one meeting is enough to dive  back into that comfortable warm pool of magic. It’s not going anywhere, it’s all there. Just stretch a hand, send one message, meet some day and take some portraits. Because is there anything better than a portrait of one’s beautiful soul? That damn magic speaks louder than any words or any explanation people have been trying to find for ages…  Meet Sandra, she is #sundra.

Winter Brightlightsland | Melissa + Ken | Philadelphia Engagement

Probably nothing shines brighter and brings more joy than Longwood Gardens in December. Their Christmas display truly offers something that will leave you in awe and make your spirits bright. Taking all of that into consideration and really just chasing some cool Christmas lights = we decide to take some fun engagement photos there. This amazing couple is getting married in Philadelphia area in 2018 and I am sure their wedding photos will be as awesome as their engagement! ( not even mentioning breathtaking location that Ken chose for proposal - a beautiful lake in Canada).

 

Sean + Caitlin | Rittenhouse Square Surprise Proposal

When I was heading downtown on a bright sunny Saturday morning to photograph a surprise proposal, I had a feeling it's going to be nice but I didn't expect it to be that emotional and vibrant. Guys chose Rittenhouse Square, one of our all time favorite spots for romantic souls ( see more @ https://www.innaovsepian.com/blog/oldcity/philadelphiasurpriseproposal  for inspiration). Sean pretended he was taking a photo of Caitlin while I was hiding behind, ready to capture the most exciting moment. Then he got down on his knee and asked the most important question. Caitlin was shocked! She couldn't stop smiling and laughing... True, vibrant, strong emotions and a couple so in love with each other- I hope I managed to capture it all :) Their story is quite interesting and it proves one more time that what's meant to be is meant to be.  Those love stories with running into each other on the street after not being in touch for some time add something mysterious and it just blows my mind every time...

After a short walk around Philly, we came back to where it all started. Sean and Caitlin had a brunch reservation at iconic Parc Restaurant, a stylish french restaurant that recalls the chic brasseries of Paris. Their first date was there. Their first date as engaged couple happened there as well. I can't wait to see what future brings for this lively, beautiful, emotional couple.

Enjoy the moments! xoxo

 

Beau + Craig + Butters | Family session along Kelly Drive

It's an incredibly great feeling when clients come back every year to do a fun family session with their beloved dog. Beau and Craig both enjoy living in the city, and so does their little furry ball of happiness, Butters. Last year we met at Race St Pier where Butters had all the freedom in the world to sniff everyone, say hello and play in the green hot grass while occasionally sitting still for photos :) This summer we decided to change the scene a bit, and chose romantic Kelly Drive on a warm August night. We got so lucky with gorgeous sunset and quiet intimate moments between these two. I am already excited about our photo session next year!

 

Fall. Engaged. Princeton.

Although our love for Philadelphia, especially during these charming fall days is immeasurable, we absolutely adore Princeton, NJ and highly recommend our clients consider it when deciding on photo session location. Princeton University is truly magical and is probably one of the country's prettiest campuses. Here you can find gothic, romanesque, modern and postmodern styles, beautifully intertwining. These amazing buildings and gardens make the perfect backdrop for photography, whether it is romantic photosession, or a fun family lifestyle shoot with kids. Enjoy these peaceful images and hurry up to book your dream session with Inna Ovsepian Photography, fall won't last forever ;) We all know what's coming soon :)

 

 

Throwback SUN day


I visited 2 sunny countries recently. Countries of "sun", as I call them. My forever sweet and bright memories don't let me go so easily and I keep telling myself how said it is that warm days are over. We never want summer to end, right?;) But the good news is everything comes in circles and spring will be here pretty pretty soon. And we all know what it will start with. Cherry blossoms, of course!
Today on the blog is a spring- inspired photo session with Rie. She's a lifestyle blogger, dancer ( fragile as a tiny statuette) and a beautiful soul who got impeccable taste, combines outfits in the most organic and unique way and loves to roam romantic streets of old Philly with a cup of freshly-brewed La Colombe.

Armenian. Inspiring and inspired.

Armenia gave us so much inspiration it had to pour into something beautiful. The word " beautiful" is not really enough. It was a magic trip, revelation and self- awakening all while discovering something deep inside your soul. This portrait session with lovely Arpine took place in one of the most remarkable, romantic and fundamental locations - Cascade. Enjoying Mr. Ararat from the top of Cascade became my favorite thing to do while in Yerevan. I can't wait to be back and work on more creative photoprojects while enjoying all the beauty and charm of this country. Here are some of our favorites from portrait session with Arpi. 

*Proud to be an Armenian photographer in Philadelphia, specializing in weddings, engagements, lifestyle sessions and portraits. 

p.s : Armenian people in Philadelphia, let's plan something awesome next summer!:) 

Location : Cascade
Photography : www.innaovsepian.com

M + B | Philadelphia Waterworks Wedding + 1st Anniversary Old City Photowalk

I met this incredibly sweet and damn, photogenic couple last summer. Crazy heat and crazy in love. That’s how I remember that day. They got married around noon, the sun was high and so were Maryam’s heels…. But we braved the heat and all the inconveniences and had one of the most amazing photowalks around Philly. Apparently, Philadelphia means a lot to these lovebirds. When they asked me to photograph them again this year after falling In love with their wedding photos, they told me they wanted “a lot of Philadelphia” in their pictures.

So this is the outcome of our cool photosession with two cool people, who are so into each other, photography, technology, nature and travelling. They were leaving Philadelphia shortly after our session to have a second marriage ceremony and celebration with their loved ones in their hometown. I am happy they now have all this to enjoy memories of the lovely city that united them.

John+Alexis | Philadelphia Old City Surprise Proposal

Sometimes you meet people. And they are made of light. And some sunshine, love, laugh and bright energy. Their names are Alexis and John. Two beautiful souls who recently got engaged in one of the most romantic spots in Philadelphia. John did great! He planned this surprise proposal perfectly. And, oh, that ring from "Where Philly gets engaged" .... stunning. We celebrated with a nice relaxed photo walk around Rittenhouse square and took some great photos of this sweet couple. One more time I came to a conclusion that if somebody tells you they look awkward in front of the camera, DO NOT BELIEVE THEM :)  As I am adding these images for their friends and families to see, Jack Johnson is singing his " Always better when we're together" in my headphones and I could not agree with him more :) Let it be the official soundtrack of that hot summer night when two decided to be one. 

Enjoy the memories!

May + Ali | Morris Arboretum | Philadelphia Wedding

May and Ali is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful couples I've ever seen. Remember me saying that my couples are from the movies? Well, yes, they are, and these guys just proved it one more time. They got married at the Islamic Society of Valley Forge on Friday, July 14, and threw a wonderful party for families and friends at gorgeous Morris Arboretum the next day. Morris is another love from first sight. I am lucky to live just 15 minutes from this beautiful garden, which makes it one of my favorite spots for photo sessions, whether it's an engagement session,family portraits or a maternity photo shoot. Morris Arboretum is different every time you visit! Magnificent cherry blossoms in spring, bright and blooming in summer, and soothing and charming in fall. Perfect location for any photo project :)  

First time we met with May and Ali ( and bride's lovely family) on a snowy, but cozy day in January, in my favorite Chestnut Hill. I remember I said to myself : how cute, her parents came here to meet me too! What a little but powerful sign of parents' love, appreciation and care about their daughter. I always remind my couples that their wedding day is one of the most important days of their lives, not only for them, but for their parents! This is the day they've been waiting for, nothing brings them more happiness than seeing their kids happy and in love.  May and Ali were the cutest, there was that tender energy between them that is so difficult to describe. They are like rose and water. Complete each other, compliment each other, look like a ONE.

It was incredibly hot on their wedding day. Incredibly great, bubbly, loud, emotional and beautiful. May looked absolutely stunning in her incredible dress she decorated with beads by herself. She was radiating elegance, rays of happiness and tender grace. Eileen did a wonderful job with May's make up, she looked perfect till the end of reception, which lasted till late, I must admit :) 

I am so very lucky to know these two beautiful souls and preserve the memories forever. It was an emotional day for everyone around – something that I as a photographer love to capture. The combination of vulnerability, emotions, tears, warm hugs and crazy dances and a completely unique day led to some of my favorite photos that I am now honored to share with the world. 

Location : Morris Arboretum

Photography : www.innaovsepian.com

 Videography : www.nathanieldavidweddings.com

MUA : Eileen Makeup

Catering: http://www.companyscomingphl.com/

Mitch + Shanna | Mansion on Main | New Jersey Wedding

Two lovebirds who share something special and even mystical... Their love is quiet, beautiful, enormous and so sooo warm.

Mitch and Shanna got married on a hot summer day at the beautiful Mansion on Main. ( http://www.mansiononmainstreet.com/)

Enjoy the memories!

 

Venue: Mansion on Main (http://www.mansiononmainstreet.com/)

MUA : Salon 7 

Photography: www.innaovsepian.com

Happy Birthday, new website! :)

Juy 10th officially marks the birth of my new website. It took a lot of energy, tweaking and changing and (almost) sleepless nights but I love it as it is my child and very proud of the results. For a perfectionist like me, it was not easy, but some things are worth waiting for.

Some new things you will see on this website: samples of wonderful products I am happy to offer all my clients. Read more about it here : https://www.innaovsepian.com/services/

And get inspired here : https://acuratedhome.com/

Partnering with professional photolabs brought so much joy into my life which means I can now bring this to YOUR house and share with your families and friends. Nothing will ever be cherished more than this…. And, frankly speaking, when we are gone, this will be one of the few things that will still live as a reminder of us for years to come.

Also, you can now read more about me ( I am an introvert who usually hides behind the camera, but now I opened up!) : https://www.innaovsepian.com/about-1/

Promise there will be more of the journey here : https://www.innaovsepian.com/blog-1/

Come visit me from time to time to see what’s new, get some photoinspiration from recent sessions, read some helpful guidelines about planning your experience with me and celebrate life!

As always, don’t forget to follow along on Instagram @innaovsepianphotography and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/photobyinna/)

I like to associate important events in life with some imagery. My brain tells me it’s time for new beginnings, new adventures, path to a new world. That’s’ why this photo I took on a hot summer day symbolizes the journey best of all ;)

Thank you for all the love and support! Say hello, click this attractive LET’S MEET button and let's get coffee together.

Also,  I am incredibly grateful to all my clients. Everything I do is for you, inspired by you and brought into life by you.

Stay tuned for more! Great adventures are coming.

Love, Inna 

 

Larisa + Ryan + Ben | Fairmount Park | Philadelphia Engagement

Fairmount park engagement session with Larisa and Ryan. And their wonderful dog Ben :) One of the most loving, caring, smiling, attractive couples I know. Working with these guys was extremely easy! Larisa's smile and energy is enough to light the whole park ;) We met at beautiful Valley Green Inn and made some memories with their adorable family member, Ben. We taught him to hold the engagement ring and smile to the camera and even though he wanted to eat it first, everything ended well. 

We ended the night at our favorite Chestnut Hill, ate delicious ice cream and enjoyed each other.

Random facts: Recently, wandering through Instagram, I found a wonderful lady @lpriorijewelry and her incredibly tender and beautiful jewelry!  I was impressed to say the least. Well, my excitement elevated to the next level when I found that Larisa's engagement ring was made by the same wonderful jeweler. Happy coincidence? :)

I asked Larisa what her favorite song is. She told me they both love Ed Sheeran and Lucky by Jason Mraz. That's my girl :)

Enjoy the memories!

Location : Fairmount Park + Chestnut Hill

Photography : www.innaovsepian.com

Engagement ring : https://www.lpriorijewelry.com/

Ice cream : http://www.bredenbecks.com/

Song: Hearts don't break around here by Ed Sheeran

Kim + Jason | Artesano Gallery | Philadelphia Wedding

The moment we met with Kim and Jason I knew their wedding day is going to be special. They love wine, live in Manayunk, going to Barcelona for their honeymoon... could there be more coincidences? ;) The way the treated each other, their relationship, all the energy, love and effort they put into planning their big day and the fact that they did their best for their guests to have fun and celebrate love and life - that says it all.  When we were saying goodbye to each other after our initial consult, Kim told me she needed to finish the table invitations she was making from wine corks. I smiled. I still smile today when I think about it.

I can't express how amazed I was by the incredible venue Kim and Jason chose for their wedding. ARTesano Gallery is for lovers. Unique venue with incredible atmosphere, amazing stuff, great food, outlandish lighting located in the heart of vibrant Manayunk makes a wedding day a dream!

It was a pleasure to celebrate wit you guys! I enjoyed it so much. Now it's time to enjoy these memories. 

Venue : ARTesano Gallery

Dress : Lovely Bride

Photography: www.innaovsepian.com

Hair : Chroma Hair Salon

Band : Karlie loves Jones

 

Kira + Steve | Mummers Museum | Philadelphia Wedding

Kira and Steve's wedding was the first wedding of season 2017 for Inna Ovsepian Photography.

Started at beautiful Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church in Philadelphia and proceeded straight to awesome Mummers :)

Smiles all day, crazy dances, unique and elegant dress, outlandish Mummers Museum and pouring rain - that's how I will remember their big day!

Venue : Mummers Museum

Dress : https://www.dreamersandlovers.com/

Photography: www.innaovsepian.com

Florist: Kathleen Claar

DJ : No Macarena