Photography is my passion. I’m in love with love.
Your engagement session is the most critical part of your photography experience. It allows us to get to know one another and familiar with the way I work.
This is the SECRET to creating a ton of gorgeous, genuine portraits on your wedding day!
Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter? They are all beautiful. Do you have an outfit in mind? Does it match one of the seasons better than another? This can help you with picking which time of year you would like to have engagement portraits done.
The ideal time to take photos is during the 'Golden Hour'. It brings out natural skin tones, provides even lighting and gives photos a beautiful 'glow'. Golden hours happen just before sunrise and sunset. I'm happy doing either.. our babies wake us up at 5 AM all days of the week, so sunrise is usually not too early for me. :)
I am always a few minutes early so that I can scope out the location and find the light that will be flattering on you. Because I am racing the sun and cannot shoot after it has set, I recommend leaving 15-30 minutes earlier than you originally planned to be safe! I’m a natural-light photographer, so the sun dictates how long I can photograph you. An average shoot lasts 2 hours, and if you show up 30 minutes late, the session is not extended, and ends at the regularly scheduled time.
HERE ARE A FEW THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING THE BEST LOCATION FOR YOUR Engagement session.
What do you and your fiance like to do for fun? How do you like to spend your time?
Make sure you are choosing a location that will best suit your personality. For example, if you love hiking together we may want to head out to the mountains.
Take into account the season your session is scheduled for. For example, there are some gorgeous parks in the fall that really show the beautiful Pacific Northwest autumn colors off. If it is going to be warm on your session date, going to the beach and getting your feet wet might be super fun!
Urban. Seattle has some incredible urban locations that show off our historical architecture as well as some great textures.
Beach. We have an abundance of beaches right here in the city of Seattle! We are so lucky to be surrounded by so much water. What is fantastic about our beach locations is that they are usually surrounded by trees and water so you get a ton of diversity at these locations.
Forrest. We actually have forests within the city limits! Seattle is so incredible. If your family loves to spend time in the woods the forest may be be best location for your session!
Park. Seattle is chock full of gorgeous parks! Parks can be especially gorgeous in the fall when the leaves are changing. This makes a lovely backdrop for your engagement photos.
Mountains. This option is weather dependent as many of my favorite mountain locations get snowed in come December, however if you are willing to drive about an hour out of the city, the backdrop is very rewarding. You can make an adventure out of it.
Open field. Luckily, my favorite field is right in the city, however I know of a few remote fields as well that are only a 30 minute drive away. Fields make a gorgeous backdrop for your engagement photos.
I’m always happy to explore new places so if the two of you see something that you love, we should look into it!
I will be photographing your gorgeous diamond through a macro lens, and it will show any dirt or build up. Having your ring cleaned prior to the session will make for the prettiest images.
Splurge a little! If you were considering getting your hair and makeup done, this is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself ! You will cherish these images forever and so investing in professional hair, and makeup can be an extra fun way to celebrate the occasion and allow you to be extra confident during your shoot! Tip: If you’re worried about looking tired or want a little something special for your portraits, getting false lashes to make the most impact in pictures! There are all types of lashes that range from looking entirely natural to look like Beyonce's! I would lean towards the natural end of the spectrum. :) Please avoid hair and makeup that you are not used to or secure with. The worse thing is to try something new with your hair and not like it in this session.
Hair & Makeup
Engagement session images are more timeless in nature. Unlike your wedding images that time stamp a specific life event, engagement images are more general. Here are some general rules of thumb to help guide you on outfit choices for your engagement session. Keep in mind that sometimes breaking all the rules works as well. It comes back to your personalities and styles as individuals and as a couple.
Outfit Change: A maximum of 2 outfits for your engagement session is recommended to ensure that we have plenty of time to capture both looks before sunset! It's best to start with a formal look and move into a casual outfit after you've warmed up. When you change for your engagement session, I will photograph your rings while we wait! If we cannot find public bathrooms to change into (or if they are gross), I have a portable changing tent we can use.
Solids work best: Try to avoid outfits with patterns, stripes, logo, checkers, plaids, etc. Outfits like these are very busy and take away from the two of you as a couple. Neutrals such as blush, tans, link pinks, faint blues and teals, creams, grays, and whites will always result in more of a light and airy look to your images. These colors photograph softer and more romantically!
Layers with complimenting colors work well: Possibly an accent color on one is the primary color on the other. Complimenting colors shows thought and care were taken into consideration while planning outfits. The goal is to COORDINATE instead of MATCHING! We also recommend avoiding both of you wearing WHITE as a top. Wearing white won’t allow for any contrast in your images.
Guys: I recommend that you avoid patterns that are smaller than a dime! These small patterns can create strange visual effects in a digital camera. Close-toed shoes photograph well, and we recommend avoiding graphic tees and tennis shoes!
Gals: I suggest that you wear something that flatters the parts of you that you love the most and also allows you to be extremely confident! If you are uncomfortable when you look in the mirror (having to suck in and only like the way you look from one angle), then that probably isn’t the best outfit choice for you. I want you to be so confident in your outfit because I know that you will love your portraits so much more if you’re not worrying about how your clothes fit!
What to Wear
I do not use props during my sessions, however if you have something in mind please let me know.
I am SO looking forward to our time together.
Also, to keep you well-informed, you can expect your images to be ready anywhere from 4-6 weeks post-shoot!