How soon before our wedding should we have the engagement shoot? The answer really depends on how you intend to use the photos. Typically, couples want to use at least one of the photos for their save-the-dates, so in this case sooner is better. If you don’t care about save-the-dates, your next consideration should be location. If you have a specific place in mind, maybe a spot that’s special to you both, that location may look better at certain times of year more than others. Trees and fields tend to look pretty gross in the winter. I recommend booking your session when you are not totally slammed with your normal busy season or the normal wedding season.
What should we wear? Since most of my engagement shoots happen outdoors, and I like to experiment with a variety of poses, be prepared for your to come in contact with sand, dirt, concrete, railroad tracks, fallen trees, asphalt, or any other number of “dirty” surfaces. If you decide to wear high heels and a cocktail dress, don’t expect my usual variety of photos (like, anything sitting down). I recommend casual clothing, no crazy patterns or logos. If we’re shooting in the forest, don’t wear really dark colors. You don’t have to be all matchy-matchy, but it would be cool if there was some subtle stylistic connection between you both, maybe your scarf matches his undershirt, just be creative. Ladies, feel free to bring multiple tops or outfits. Feel free to bring a bag with a couple outfit options along, but be prepared to constantly pick it up and put it down throughout the shoot. Guys, don’t wear a shirt one size too small, even if it does make you look tough; it will make some poses feel awkward because you won’t have full arm mobility.
How intimate do we get during the shoot? The shoot doesn’t include a hotel room but please be prepared to unleash the passion you feel for your partner. I will give you as much direction as I feel you need. What to do with your hands, where to look, when to relax, and when to improvise. I do not want a bunch of lip-locked, face-mashed make-out photos; I will help create moments of intimacy and unscripted fun. Most of the shots will be posed, but in a completely natural and candid way. If you don’t want to have any actual lips touching, just let me know. I’m happy to accommodate your specific requests.
Do you have a pet that you would like included in your photos? It doesn’t matter what type of photo shoot you are having. If you have a pet and would like your pet included in the photo shoot we would be happy to include them. We are very pet friendly and love photographing animals as well.