Engagement sessions are a fun way for us both to get to know each other. I'm able to understand better how you both interact as a couple and you both can get comfortable with me and my style of directing.
Many couples use their engagement portraits as wedding announcements, printed and framed for their home and on the wedding day and the guest book.
I encourage clients to photograph their engagement sessions outside. My favorite locations are scenic, have a variety of options within the location and are usually an "outdoorsy" feel, like a field or mountain vista location. For a more romantic, soft location, I recommend photographing outside (fields, beach, mountains). For a modern feel, I recommend photographing in an urban area like outside of your first home together, downtown in the city or an old town area.
My favorite time to photograph is up until sunset, for example, starting the session at 6 pm and ending at 7:30 pm, just in time for sunset. One thing to keep in mind is that if you want mountain vistas (or other items) in the background, make sure the sun is also setting in that direction - so to put it simply, your background and sun are both to your backs. Click Here to see my favorite Locations.
Since my Wedding Collections include engagement sessions complimentary, most couples choose to hire me for both.
For outfits, I recommend having at least two options with a few accessories like a floppy hat, scarves or jackets to pull from. Most couples will photograph in one or two outfits, as most engagement sessions last around 90 minutes. I don't recommend trying to match outfits - khakis and matching black shirts are outdated. Instead, pick a "feel" or "look" you want to go for. For soft and romantic outfits, I recommend dressing up and wearing a fun, flowy gown or maxi dress paired with your partner wearing pants and a dress shirt. For something more elegant, think evening soft and flowing wear from Rent the Runway. For a look that's more modern, wear more fitted attire like fitted cocktail dresses, jeans with heels and fashion top and fitted blazers.
I do have a few couture gowns (size small) that I am willing to loan out, ranging from a Adrianna Papell gown to custom couture gowns hand-made. I also have accessories like floppy hats, fur vests and scarves that I'm happy to bring with for ladies to borrow and add an extra touch to their outfit.
You can check out my Pinterest Boards for outfit ideas and inspiration.
Lastly, I highly recommend hiring a professional makeup artist for your portraits - it can make a huge difference in your portraits. I also love styling and props, so adding in a vintage chair to the outdoorsy space can add a flair of whimsical. Check out my Vendor Loves for who I recommend.