Engagement Photos FAQ

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What is an engagement session?

Show your loved ones how and where your story began with your own engagement photo session.  Engagement sessions add so much to the story of who you are as a couple right now, and they’re an ideal way to become more comfortable in front of my lens before your wedding day.  Your engagement photo session can be as simple as a stroll through your favorite park, a cup of coffee at your favorite cafe, returning to the place he proposed or even hiking up a mountain!  Anything you can imagine to share the imagery of your personal love story.  Formal or informal, images from your engagement session are beautiful additions to your wedding album or possibly a guestbook.  They help to create the entire story and can be used for your save-the-dates, invitations or thank you cards.

 

How does an engagement session work?

First thing we do is decide on a location for your session!  The location determines the time we start shooting as light varies depending on if we are close to where the sun will set, on a mountain or hidden in the woods.  Then a few days before the shoot I will send you an email with a few tips and reminders to help you prepare.  On the day of the shoot we will meet at our location and ask you to show me the outfits and any props you may have brought.  Then we will dive right in and start shooting.  For the most part we will simply go on a walk and wander around the beautiful location that you chose and stop along the way to take photos.  I will be looking for spots with beautiful light, natural framing and beautiful backgrounds to place you both.  And no need to worry about how you will look as I will put you into poses each step of the way.  It really is quite simple as I simply want to get you both to interact.  I’ll tell you to be yourselves and try to do the things you normally do when you are together.  Do you walk holding hands or maybe an arm around a shoulder?  Do you tickle one another all the time?  But my goal the entire time is to simply get you laughing, comfortable and interacting like you normally would.  We may do a few silly things at the beginning to get you to loosen up by you’ll learn fairly quickly how easy it is!

 

Where should we do our engagement shoot?

There are so many wonderful locations to choose from for your engagement session in the Seattle or Tacoma areas.  If you have a location in mind, I would love to hear about it. Lots of my clients have either a specific location in mind or a general idea of the type of location.  I love when clients choose a location with a special meaning to them.  But if you need suggestions, I would love to help and even have a few blog posts with suggestions which you can find here.  Be careful in choosing the “popular” places you find on Pinterest or popular blogs unless they have special meaning to you.

 

When can we do our engagement photos?

There are several factors that go into scheduling your engagement session including location and time of the year.  I try to schedule each engagement shoot to happen so we can shoot during the golden hour before sunset.  This is one of the best times to shoot and produces gorgeous light and the sunset time varies throughout the year.  Location also determines what time our shoot happens as if we are up at Mount Rainier, we lose the sun behind the mountain an hour before sunset. Or maybe we want to shoot somewhere woodsy, we may want to start earlier so we can see the sun streaming through the trees.  During peak wedding season (May-September) for the most part I can only accommodate weekday/weeknight sessions.

 

What if it rains?  We do live in Seattle afterall…

Since we live in Seattle and have to deal with rain all the time I tend to leave it up to my clients depending on their preference!  If we have typical Seattle drizzle that comes and goes then I am usually fine going out and shooting in it!  If it is a massive downpour then I will recommend we reschedule.  I usually keep in contact with you the week of the shoot and let you know what the weather looks like.  Shoots can be postponed due to rain on the day of the shoot but only with at least two hours warning.

 

What should we wear for our engagement session?

I have a blog post here just for that!

 

Should we bring props?  What about our dog?

I absolutely adore when my couples bring props, especially when they have special meaning!  But try not to get too caught up into needing props unless they have a specific purpose for you as a couple or fit with the theme of your wedding.  I also usually encourage bringing at least one change of clothes along with you as well.  Bring a bag to carry your props if we will not have easy access to your car or do not feel comfortable leaving them in the car between photos.  What about your dog?  I usually recommend having someone who can take the dog after a few photos as they usually can’t handle wandering around with us the entire time and want to go play.  But of course it depends on your dog!  I love dogs and love when they come along for part of the journey.

 

What if I’m really awkward in front of the camera?

Do not worry!  I have been doing this for quite some time and have dealt with many couples who were awkward or uncomfortable and helped to create beautiful images for them.  An engagement session is about capturing this amazing time in your lives and the love you have for one another, don’t let anything else get in the way of that!  Just enjoy being together and go ahead and laugh at me when I’m being silly!  We are going to have a blast together and pretty soon you will be a pro!

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