What is an Engagement Session?
An Engagement Session is, quite simply, a portrait session of you and your significant other. Whether it's for a specific purpose (i.e. Save the Date cards displayed at your wedding reception, incorporated into your wedding website) or a just because, it's a wonderful opportunity to have professional photographs taken during this important time in your lives.
How does an Engagement Shoot work?
We firstly set a location and time for the shoot. On the day of the session itself, we will meet at a pre-determined location and get started! My photography style is very natural, so instead of just going from landmark to landmark and following a series of pre-arranged poses, we'll be walking, talking and shooting along the way. We're simply looking for beautiful lighting, incredible backgrounds and interesting compositional scenarios to make you look amazing!
And for those of you who may feel a little uncomfortable in front of camera - don't worry... the reason why many clients remark on the believability of my engagement images is because they are all real moments, not just staged interactions. While we do choose a location, setup a scenario and put you in beautiful places for your portraits, your emotions and interactions are your own for me to capture... and it's as simple as a conversation between you and I, plus a few little expert tips along the way.
We had such a great time taking photographs with Darren. As it was our first time taking couples photos, we were a little nervous and unaware of where and how to stand, but he made something as awkward as modeling for the camera as enjoyable and relaxing as a date night. Not only did we end up with amazing photographs that we will cherish forever, we also had a great time getting to know Darren as he taught us the secrets to taking good, natural photos, and we look forward to our next photo session!
Frequently Asked Questions
Firstly, whether you feel like dressing up or down, the main thing is to feel comfortable, natural and wearing something that's representative of who you are. If you're not comfortable in heels... don't wear them! Secondly, your outfits don't need to match. Coordination is ok, but I don't encourage matching. Look for colors that compliment each other, or are in the same color family. Ensure both your outfits go together from a formality perspective... if you're wearing an evening gown, you will want to make sure your future spouse is wearing something that goes with it.
If you're working with a hair and makeup artist for your wedding day, now might be a great time for a trial. If you're just in town for the shoot, I can recommend some wonderful artists for you. While professional hair and makeup is not a must, it can help boost your confidence and ease the getting-ready process on the day of the shoot. I also recommend staying away from bright whites, heavily visible logos, or crazy mismatched patterns. The key point is to avoid moving the attention away from your faces.
Lastly, consider the look and feel versus the location. Whether it's the beach, a peaceful field, secluded back street or forest walk, ensure you're comfortable for the entire session. Whilst contrasting outfits going against the scene can be very compelling, they can also be hot, burdensome and prevent you from looking and feeling natural!
If you won't have easy access to your car or hotel room, bring a bag to carry your extra items. If you have a change of shoes, phones, car keys, etc., try to consolidate them into one bag to make transporting them easier. If you want to change up your look without changing clothes, consider an additional layer or a few changes of jewelry or shoes. Try to get everything into that one bag! Trust me, you'll be glad to not have to drag around more than you need to!
If you have pets or kids, please feel free to include them in your session. However, I strongly suggest limiting their involvement. If you're going to bring pets or kids, you're also going to need to bring someone else to handle them. The best thing is to include them in the beginning of the session, for a brief time, and then having a trusted friend or family member take them home. If you don't, we'll spend valuable session time wrangling with them. It's certainly unlikely that you'll be able to relax and be together if you've got kids running around that you need to keep an eye on, and it's difficult to cuddle up when you're trying to hold your dog's leash in your free hand!
When it comes to props, I gently discourage them. The point of the engagement session is to create beautiful portraits of you two together, and the addition of props is just a distraction. I realise that there are websites that encourage you to bring vintage items, bunches of balloons, signs to hold, and so forth, but then the entire engagement shoot becomes all about those props and less about you two together. But, if you have a 'Thank You' sign or a 'Save The Date' sign, let's shoot those quickly and then tuck them away in your bag. I want to create a shoot that fully brings to life your vision for engagement pictures, but I also want to focus on you!
We are super nervous in front of the camera and take terrible, terrible pictures. Can you help us learn to pose?
It's easier said than done, but please try not to worry about being 'bad' in front of the camera! I can honestly tell you that everyone has fears about being in front of camera. But getting you to feel less awkward and uncomfortable is my job, and I promise that I'm good at it. I promise to do everything in my power to make you feel at-ease and comfortable during your Engagement Session.
In the days leading up to your session, if it looks like rain, we'll connect in advance to discuss a game plan. Some of the time, it will involve picking a new date and moving the session to that new date. Sometimes clients would rather wait until the morning of the session to see if it really will rain. I'm totally fine with doing that, but bear in mind that if we start the session and it gets rained out, there will be a fee to reschedule.
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