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 favorite 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

During the first few minutes of an engagement session, someone 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," (but 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. 

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GET THOSE INSIDE JOKES READY

During the session, I might ask one of you to whisper something funny (or serious heh heh) to the other person in order to get you both laughing (don't worry, I'll be far enough away from you and won't be able to hear it). Cant think of something? No problem, I'm pretty goofy and will gladly do something silly for those laughs. 

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TRUST ME

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. Leave your inhibitions at home, be confident, and I promise you, you're going to love your photos. 

Read on for my style tips & tricks!

The Style Guide

What you wear to your engagement session can totally make or break the vibe of your photographs. That sentence probably freaked you out a little bit but don't worry!! Not only do I have this super easy-to-apply guide, I can also help you plan! I'm happy to be involved as much or as little as you'd like! Check out this Pinterest board that I put together specifically for inspiration for outfits!  

LOOK LIKE YOURSELF

Ultimately, I want you to feel good in what you wear because feeling yourself is what's going to make you more comfortable in front of the camera. I also want you to feel like a million bucks so if that means getting your hair and makeup done, then do that! If you feel more comfortable in a top knot and your favorite cut offs, then don't do the makeup & hair. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable, confident and Y-O-U.

BRING OPTIONS

I can pick and pull from the options you bring so that I can make sure the outfits compliment the environment (we can also FaceTime a few days before if you don't feel like lugging everything to the shoot). I recommend each of you bringing 2-3 outfits to pick from (maybe one dressy, one casual), and then a few accessories like jackets, jewelry, hats, etc. Also, depending on where we're shooting and how much time we have, you’ll most likely be changing in the back of a car. If you aren’t down with that, that’s totally fine and you can just bring one outfit! 

MAKE SURE IT MAKES SENSE

Think about the conditions and locations we're going to be shooting in and plan around that. If we're going on a hike, wear shoes with a good grip so you won't twist an ankle. (You can always take them off or change into other shoes once we get to the destination.)  If we're shooting on the beach, you can ditch the shoes all together. If it’s freezing outside, bring lots of cute layers and warm clothes with wool socks and boots. If it’s hot outside (the DC humidity, man- am I right?) bring clothes that are breathable so you're not sweating. 

MOVEMENT

Not only do you want to be comfortable temperature-wise, you'll also want to be able to move around easily for more authentic images. If you're in a tight dress, you might be distracted during the shoot trying to make sure everything stays in place as well as lets you sit and run and move around in. I recommend bringing clothes that are "broken in" so that you'll be as comfortable as possible. I also love when people bring clothing or accessories that can show movement by catching the wind because it adds energy to the photos!

COLORS

I think this is the most important suggestion. I recommend sticking to neutrals and earthy tones but that doesn't mean only white, beige, and tan. There are neutrals of every color! For example, if you love yellow, go with a mustard yellow or if you love green, go with a forest green. Just be sure to stay away from bright or fluorescent distracting colors like pink, bright orange or red. I find that the neutral of things are WAY more timeless. If you're unsure, check with me first! 

PATTERNS

Avoid big, loud, chunky, patterns. The smaller or more subtle, the better! If the pattern is too loud, it will distract from your faces (although I do love a good flannel because it makes the photograph feel warm and soft.) I usually try to avoid pairing too many patterns together because it can make the photo feel chaotic and hectic so if one of you wears a pattern, the other should wear a solid. Also, be sure to iron your clothes beforehand to eliminate distractions!

Do not wear logos! Your photoshoot is not an advertisement LOL!

PROPS

When I think “props," I think of all of those cringe-worthy Pinterest photos of chalkboards and hobby lobby signs- YUCK. The good news is, props don’t have to be cheesy! Props could be a pizza picnic, your motorcycle, your dog, snuggly blankets, a campfire, a canoe, etc.. If you have props that you'd like to incorporate, let me know and we can make sure to make it natural! If you decide to bring your dog, all I ask is that you bring someone to handle your pup when we just want to focus on the two of you. If not, it'll be crazy hard to balance both. 

IN-HOME SESSIONS

If you're wanting an in-home session, you'll want to make sure that your space has enough natural light (feel free to text me photos) and that the aesthetic matches the vibe of the shoot. As for style, all of the above applies, but less layers. Not saying you should be in your Birthday suit, but the photos will look a lot more comfortable and intimate than if you’re in lots of heavy layers! I mean, most of us walk around the house without pants anyways (right?) I recommend bringing options of tank tops, shorts, sweaters, and jeans to mix and match! Anything that will show some skin is beautiful! Or if you wanna just wear a sweater with undies for a few or have your man be shirtless, then heck yes to that. I swear I'm not a creep & that these will be tasteful!!

No question is too small! Shoot me a text or email me for any suggestions! 
I look forward to our shoot!

-Em