Embrace the spontaneity! Windy? A little dirt? Other unplanned moments? Just go with it. If you want natural, honest photos, go with the flow. Often times, the in-between moments otherwise considered “imperfect” end up being the most cherished photographs because they tell the truest story. I won’t be doing any cheesy poses or fake laughs. The focus is on moments as they organically occur. Your session will involve embracing your togetherness, both the fun and intimate. It’ll be a blast, I assure you.
I want to capture who you are, not create cookie-cutter photos that look the same as the next couple. I strive to capture how things feel, not just how they look. That being said, both honesty and vulnerability are necessary from you. I can only capture your true dynamic if you allow me into your space. I will, of course, guide you through this in a way that encourages interaction. You’ll just have to meet me half way and know that you’ll have the best possible experience (and best possible photos) if you let your guard down a little. A little nervous? Let’s grab a drink beforehand 😉
Try not to treat your photo session as another “check” off the wedding to-do list. (Remember… a good “Save the Date” photo is just a bonus!) Allow this experience to be a break from the planning. If possible, take it easy on the day of your photo session. Grab lunch together, get a drink, relax, do something fun together. That way, when we meet for the session, you’ll be feeling ready to rock n’ roll.
Pick an environment that reflects you and one in which you’re comfortable. The setting, and how you fit into it, will affect the overall mood of the session. It’s best if you’re surrounded by what you love. Not particularly outdoorsy people? Then maybe we should avoid that long mountaintop hike and perhaps opt for an in-home session documenting the nuances of everyday life. City slickers? Let me photograph your stroll through town doing your favorite things. Nature lovers? I’ve got loads of beautiful overlooks, waterfalls, and open fields up my sleeves.
Don’t feel like you “have” to dress up or tuck in your shirt just because it’s “an occasion.” This isn’t picture day at school. Wear something you feel confident and comfortable in. If you’re constantly adjusting that uncomfortable strap or re-tucking in your shirt, you may not feel totally confident or at ease which might be noticeable when you look back at your photos.
Ultimately, your photos are about feelings, not clothing. What you wear, however, does affect the overall mood the final photos will convey. Try to avoid busy patterns as they can be distracting to the eye. Also, I’d highly encourage you to avoid bright colors as they can cause your skin tones to take on these colors in camera. Keep your chosen location in mind when selecting your outfits. For instance, if your engagement session is taking place on a hike, let’s avoid high heels or dress shoes. If you find yourself having trouble coordinating your outfits, don’t hesitate to send me some outfit options and I can help point you in the right direction.