Trust me, engagement sessions can in fact be very enjoyable, if you find someone who’s approach matches up with your interests + needs! Personally, my approach is all about giving my couples a relaxed + fun chance to be themselves and get used to being in front of the camera. You might actually regret not having one later and feel that you’ve missed out on these key experiences:
1 // Being natural + being yourselves in front of the camera:
You’ll get a feel for what it’s like to work together, and you’ll find that as the session goes on you feel much more comfortable and relaxed (which will translate into that same ‘relaxed’ feeling for your wedding day)! I guide my couples and give directions in order to keep us from feeling stiff or posed, and laughter + cuddling will happen naturally as you fall into a comfortable rhythm and focus on just being together.
2 // You’ll receive casual + wonderful images at some of your favorite spots:
We’re able to explore places you might not ordinarily go in a wedding dress (or formal wear in general), so we can make the most of your favorite date spots, a local park, that little rooftop cafe, your sailboat (not kidding – see below!), the beach – anywhere you have in mind. Love hiking, the outdoors, or sharing a craft beer together? Let’s document it!
3 // A real-life trial run for your wedding hair + makeup:
Unsure of how your makeup might appear in photos, and would really love a good idea of how your hair might hold up in windy, humid, or other conditions? Your engagement session is an idea trial run to see how everything could look for your wedding day, and you have the time + luxury of making alterations to your wedding beauty services once you see your images. You’ll also feel extra beautiful after being pampered, and it will translate into stunning photos where you look + feel completely comfortable with how you look.
4 // To intentionally pause + enjoy this special time in your life:
Slow down for a moment, leave the guidance + direction to me, and take a moment to soak in your engagement and all the amazing feelings it brings. You won’t regret the experience.
(film – Portra 400 :: camera – Pentax 645N :: lens – 75mm 2.8)