Engagement Photos | Preparing for your engagement session

So you finally took care of all the big things and now it’s time to plan your engagement session. For most clients, it’s their first time planning something like that. And it’s not like you are in front of the camera every day. We can assure you it will be fun and relaxed experience. We can give lots of helpful tips so make sure to keep reading if you want to have a perfect day with you significant other and have beautiful photos :)

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If there is one you thing you need to remember… you are more photogenic than you think! We get lots of “ oh we are so awkward in front of the camera, we surely won’t know what to do” from couples. And those couples are usually the best! Their engagement sessions are tons of fun and we end up with some of the most natural, unposed, candid images. When clients ( especially guys) tell us after the session that they had fun, we are literally in heaven! That’s what our ultimate goal is- to provide beautiful images for you while not forcing you to do anything unnatural, but enjoy each other and soak in moments spent together.

Outfits

What should you wear? I like to advise clients on wardrobe. Obviously you want to look your best, and you want your outfits to compliment your photos. Try not to match, but dress in a way that your color palette would add to each other, for example, beige and navy or grey and pink. Classic black and white is always a win too. Don’t hesitate to bring more than 1 outfit if you want to try different looks, for examples one fancy or edgy and one casual and comfy. Try to stay away from super bright colors, or any loud patters ( like geometric patterns) because they are quite distracting in an image, drawing the attention away from the subjects. Also, during the photo session we will definitely move a lot, whether it’s walking around scenic location or running on the beach etc, so make sure to have change of shoes. High heels look fantastic, and we love them, but your comfort will always be our priority.

Location

We have a million places we would recommend. But think about two of you : what do you like to do? what are your hobbies? what’s an ideal date for you? what’s that place that is super meaningful for you? It might be anything, from a cute local coffeeshop to your favorite park where you walk your dog ( by the way we highly recommend bringing your pups to your session). Maybe it’s a beach where you got engaged or a favorite ice cream place… Think outside the box! The whole reason you hired us was to capture YOUR story. If there’s a place that’s a part of your story, we want to be there with you and create art for you.

Most of all…RELAX!

The engagement session is meant for us to get to know each other, to see how you act in front of the camera and practice before the wedding as well as have some gorgeous photos for you and your families. Everything we do is to have fun and make it a pleasant day with you guys. Take a deep breath and know that the first 5-10 minutes are for warming up…after that, it’s party time. We want to capture who YOU are…so have fun! We often end up grabbing dinner or coffee after we finish the session with client. Those are our favorite nights. We can’t wait to spend the day with you.

Checklist:

  1. Outfit change

  2. Comfortable shoes

  3. Water

  4. Polish the ring

  5. Your great mood

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Wedding Day Photo Timeline

Every wedding is unique and has a different timeline.
There are however, similar parts of every wedding day no matter the time of year or culture of your wedding. The following are ideal time frames to keep in mind when we plan your timeline. They might seem a little long at first, but remember that most weddings run slightly behind schedule and the day will absolutely fly by.
Also, having a little 5-10 min break on your wedding day is healthy ;)

Rings, Dress and other Details

Ideal Time Allotment: 20 Minutes
Location: Bridal Suite/ Home

20 minutes gives us enough time to get beautiful photos of your rings, dress, shoes and other details ( such as invitations, or details that are especially meaningful for you). Sometimes the hotel room is crowded or not aesthetically pleasing so we'll have to find a calm, quiet and clean space.

Detail shots are an important part of your wedding day story and make for great transitions from one part of the day to the next in your album.

Getting Ready

Ideal Time Allotment: 45 Minutes
Location: Bridal/Hotel Suite, Home

We'll spend this hour getting candid moments of the bridesmaids and groomsmen as they are getting ready for the day as well as the final makeup touches. This is also our time to zip / button up the dress and put on jewelry and shoes.

While I will be with the bride,my second photographer will be capturing special moments with the groom and his guys. We usually get a lot of candid, emotional moments, so don’t cut it short. It’s always better to have some extra time to take a deep breath before the day unfolds.


First Look, Bride/Groom Session and Individual Portraits

Ideal Time Allotment: 45-60 Minutes
Location: Choose a location close to ceremony/ reception area

From our experience, we can assure you travelling to multiple locations will take loooots of time on your wedding day. Although it would be wonderful to go to multiple locations, especially around the city, parking and weekend traffic will cause us lots of headache. Make sure you're leaving at least 45 minutes in your wedding day photography timeline for us to capture your first look, standard and creative images of the two of you as well as individual portraits (bride and groom separately). Most couples schedule an after wedding photo session when we can have all day for ourselves and hit as many beautiful spots as we want.

Bridal Party

Ideal Time Allotment: 30 minutes
Location: Same as Bride/Groom session

Your bridal party is your dream team! :) During this time we'll get individual portraits of you with each of your bridesmaids and groomsmen and then move on to group and fun photos of all together.

Immediate Family

Ideal Time Allotment: 30 minutes
Location: Park, Venue lobby/garden, church

Immediate family photos are a very important part of your wedding day and we want to make sure we capture enough images with them. Remember that your wedding day is the happiest day, not only for you, but for your family as well. Gather your parents, siblings ( and their spouses) and grandparents.

Reception Details

Ideal Time Allotment: 15-20 minutes
Location: Reception site

We like to capture the reception room completely set up 15 minutes before the guests enter to capture the beauty of the room. This includes details like the cake, centerpieces, menus etc. We also set up our lights and do a quick light test.

Night Photos

Ideal Time Allotment: 10-15 minutes
Location: Areas near or inside venue with interesting lights and textures

We are famous for our incredible night time photos. If you like those creative images, please plan on sneaking out of the reception for a short period of time. We like to create these images around 10-20 minutes before we finish photo coverage, usually after the cake cutting.
It’ s a little get away from loud reception and lots of guests and a chance to be alone for a few minutes. The images we create at this time usually serve as a beautiful ending to your wedding day story. Please leave time in your wedding day photography timeline for this important set of images!