Getting Ready for your Engagement Session
SPEND THE DAY TOGETHER.
I know it's not always possible, but if you can, take the day off together. We'll photograph your session about an hour or so before sunset, to allow for the most flattering light, so plan a day date! Sleep in, go to brunch, play your favorites tunes, have a cocktail (or two) and re-connect. You could also use the time to pamper yourself a bit with hair + makeup. (Massage, anyone?) By the time you get to me you'll be so darn in love it'll be sickening. And I'll friggin' love it. (And so will you when you see your gallery.)
If I'm not prompting you, you're doing it right.
If you remember nothing else, remember this! During the first few minutes of an engagement session, someone (usually the groom-to-be...ha) will ask "What should we do? Are we doing it right?" And I always tell them, "if I'm not giving you direction, keep doing what you're doing!" Even if that just means chatting or laughing with your partner. Just relax. I am a real person just like you, and I promise that if you're not "doing it right," (you are) I'll let you know!
THE IN-BETWEEN MOMENTS ARE MOMENTS worth photographing, TOO.
When we're moving from place to place, whether that's a new pose or a different location all together, keep lovin' on one another; hold hands, get cozy, get handsy, whatever! These always end up being the most genuine moments I capture and a true representation of your relationship.
GET THOSE INSIDE JOKES READY.
During the session, I might ask one of you to whisper something funny (or dirty) to the other person in order to get you guys laughing. (Don't worry, I'll be far enough away from you and won't be able to hear it.) Cant think of one? No problem. The awkward silence will make you laugh, too. ;)
You might be surprised at some of the prompts I give to evoke emotion. You also might be standing so close to your partner that you get an up close and personal show of their nose hairs. Trust me that I'm creating something special for you. Most of the time, I’m looking for the reaction, rather than the action. Be confident in yourself (and me) that we have what it takes to create something awesome for you!
SPEND TIME PLANNING YOUR OUTFITS.
Want some advice on what to wear to your session? Check out my Engagement Session Style Guide here. Also, if we’re photographing your session in your home, check out this In Home Engagement Session Guide that will ensure you get the BEST photos ever!