Engagement Session Guide
A handy guide to make the best of your engagement session!
WHEN TO BOOK //
Engagement sessions usually last 1.5 hours and are likely to be on a week day and ideally, in the evening. The best light is two hours before sunset.
While it’s not always possible to schedule on a weekday evening, the sidewalks are always a little more cleared out, parks are usually emptier, and we can schedule further out in advance if you’re willing to plan for a week day.
Scheduling the date for the engagement session will vary on what you would like to use the photos for. Save the Dates are pre-invitations usually sent out at least four months before the wedding. Since the average edit time for engagements is 1 week, we reccomend scheduling your session at least five months out from your wedding day for Save the Date purposes.
ABOUT THE SESSION //
These sessions are really just about celebrating your love and life together. It’s a chance to capture moments that tell your story, embrace individuality, showcase creativity, and illustrate the love you share.
Our sessions are laid back and free flowing with a little bit of quirk. The result is a huge variety of of photos to share who you are with friends and family. Aside from having photos of the two of you, this session is when we get to know each other. You’ll quickly get a feel for how we use subtle direction to capture who you really are.
It’s the perfect way for us to learn a lot about eachother’s personalities. Some couple’s prefer less kissing photos, sometimes the sessions leads people to finding their “good side,” whatever the case may be. It’s great practice for the wedding day photos.
Get together and brainstorm anything that describes both of you. If your style is more modern and minimal, you may want to pick a city block with modern storefronts, a building or restaurant with modern flair, a modern art museum, or a setting with geometric architecture.
If you’re both foodies, a colorful outdoor market, or a picnic may be an option. If you’re both constantly found with your nose buried in books, a bookstore, library, or a study might be right for you.
Think about the colors and style of any potential locations and how you can compliment them with your outfits. Keep in mind that sometimes the best locations for a shoot are the most unusual places. These are just a few ideas to help you get started choosing a location. Our shoot doesn’t have to be deep and conceptual, but it helps if you love where we are.
And if you have a mood, concept or a theme you’d like to incorporate, feel free to talk to us about what you have in mind and we can work together on executing your ideas. We’re always up for location scouting to find the perfect spot for you.
WHAT TO WEAR //
Like the location, your outfits should be a reflection fo you.We’re flexible with whatever you’d like to wear, this is your session after all, but we reccomend no more than two outfits in order to maximize our time together.
Avoid baggy button down shirts and make sure to bring a comfortable pair of shoes because we’ll probably do a bit of walking. Also try to avoid any clothing that may show visable straps, tags, or semi-transparent clothing that could reveal under garments.
During the session, plan on carrying only the bare minimum. Remember, confidence is everything in photographs. What you chose to wear should be something you feel comfortable in, something that compliments your physical features, your individuality, and makes you feel amazing!