Engagement

PLANNING YOUR

ENGAGEMENT SESSION

choosing the perfect time, location,
outfit & more!

 

Welcome

A NOTE ABOUT THIS GUIDE

We’re so excited to be working with you and we can’t wait for our time together during your engagement session! It’s normal to be a little nervous about your session. We always tell people that we still get nervous before having our photos taken – and we do this for a living!

We’re big fans of engagement sessions for a few reasons. First, they allow you to get comfortable in front of the camera. It takes time for most couples to warm up to being photographed and understand how we pose. Timelines can be pretty tight on weddings days and 30 minutes may be all we have for portraits – which is why we’ve found that wedding day portraits turn out so much better when couples do engagement sessions ahead of time. 

Second, you can showcase your personalities in a more casual setting that is signficant to the two of you (and even include pets!). While they’re great for save-the-dates, we’ve taken engagement photos anywhere from 18 months in advance to a few days before the wedding. 

There is a lot to think about when it comes to planning a session and since we get asked the same things over and over again, we thought it would be the most beneficial if we put together a guide that walks you through everything you need to know. 

We’ll cover what to wear, whether to bring pets & how to manage them, location ideas and more!

– Rebecca Anne

A NOTE TO

The Guys

We get it. Having your picture taken for 1-2 hours might not be in your top-10 favorite things to do during your downtime. And at first you might feel sort of awkward being in front of the camera. But I think you’ll find that by the end of the session, it’s a lot easier than you thought, and you even had a little fun. I look forward to it because it’s a great opportunity for us all to hang out a bit before the wedding day.

TIME & LIGHT

Is there a "good" time to take photos?

Engagement sessions can take place anywhere from immediately following a proposal to just a few days before the wedding. We’ve found that there isn’t a “good” or “bad” time to take your photos. We normally plan sessions based on a particular “look” a couple has in mind, spring flowers for example, or based on schedules. 

Sessions typically last about an hour and a half and when when we can—we love to begin sessions about two hours before sunset. We prefer to shoot when the sun is lower in the sky to avoid harsh shadows and bright sun patches. The first two hours after sunrise is also an ideal time to shoot.

We schedule sessions during what we believe will be the best light of the day – which means that it’s super important to be on time. If you’re late to an evening session, we could run out of light before we’ve finished shooting and if your session takes place in the morning, the sun gets more harsh as it rises. 

Seasons

While we shoot most of our engagement sessions between April and late November, sessions can take place all year. Most of our couples choose a season based on the location where they want to shoot. 

A few things to keep in mind during each season: 

Save-the-dates

If your wedding is local, save the dates should be sent between 6 and 8 months before the wedding. For a destination wedding, you’ll want to send them out 8 to 10 months before the wedding. 

If you’re hoping to use your engagement photos for your save the dates, we recommend scheduling your session at least two months before you plan to send out your save-the-dates. Between inclement weather, editing, designing your save-the-dates and printing, two months is generally a safe amount of time to make sure your images and cards are ready. 

Locations

SEATTLE AREA ENGAGEMENT LOCATIONS

We love when couples choose a location for their session that complements their wedding. For example if you’re planning a chic, elegant wedding, it may be fitting to take your engagement portraits among the classic architecture in downtown Seattle, while a local park or flower-filled fields may be more fitting for a couple planning a more rustic affair. The best session locations are often meaninful places to the couple; however, we’re also happy to make recommendations. From ski slopes to lavender fields to apple picking and college campuses, the options for engagement session locations are endless!  

TIMELESS ENGAGEMENT LOCATIONS

BEACHES:

Myrtle Edwards Park
Alki Beach
Owen’s Beach
Discovery Park
Lincoln Park
Ruston Way 
Chambers Bay
Golden Gardens 

LAKES & WOODSY

Rattlesnake Lake
Point Defiance Park 
Discovery Park 
Lincoln Park 
Greenlake
Gold Creek Pond

PAKRS & GARDENS

Point Defiance Park
Wright Park 
Fort Steilacoom Park
Lincoln Park
Discovery Park 
Volunteer Park
Washington Arboretum 
Juanita Bay park 
Bellevue Botanical Gardens 

SEATTLE VIEWPOINTS

Kerry Park 
Pier 66 
Alki Beach
Seattle Space Needle 
Gasworks Park
Mt Baker Ridge Viewpoint
Dr. Jose Ritzal Park 
Ella Bailey Park 

DOWNTOWN SCENES

Downtown Tacoma
Downtown Seattle
Pike Place Market
Pioneer Square
Pier 66
Rooftop parking garage
Downtown coffee shops
The University of Washington

ADVENTURE SESSIONS

Franklin Falls
Little Marshal Falls
Ferry sessions
Sailboat sessions
Gold Creek Pond
Ashal Curtis Trail 
Alpental snow sessions

EPIC ADVENTURE SESSIONS

Rattlesnake Ridge
Gold Creek Pond Snow Sessions
Mount Rainier at Paradise
Mount Rainier at Tipsoo Lake
Mount Rainier at Reflection Lake 

EPIC+ ADVENTURE SESSIONS

Mount Rainier + hiking
Deception Pass
Vantage Point
Diablo Lake
Artists Point
Oregon Waterfalls
Columbia River Gorge
Leavenworth 
Olympic National Park
Ruby Beach 
Seabrook 
Lake Crescent
Hurricane Ridge  
Sonoma/Napa Valley
Your dream destination 

Don’t see your dream location on our list? Inquire today about shooting there! The above locations are all beautiful but we also love exploring meaningful locations with our couples! 

Destination Engagement Sessions

While we take most of our engagement sessions in the Seattle area, 
we’ve photographed sessions everywhere from Napa Valley to Chicago. If you have a location in mind that is significant to the two of you, let us know because if our schedules align, we might be able to take your engagement photos outside of our normal area. 

Travel fees may apply depending on the location and our availability. 

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Pets

Our dog is huge part of our family, which is why we love when couples choose to incorporate pets into their session. Keep in mind that bringing a pet along often means that we’ll need to choose a pet friendly location. 

We recommend planning for your pet to be at the first part of your session and then either dropping them off or having a friend take them home. We won’t use the pet in every single photo so it’s also nice to have a friend available to hold him or her in between shots. 

If you’re going to bring a pet, we recommend exercising your pet before the session and bringing your pets favorite toy or treats! Depending on your pet’s fur type, it might also be a good idea to groom them before the shoot. 

Outfits

TIPS FOR LOOKING YOUR BEST

When picking outfits we recommend keeping in mind the word “complement” rather than “match.” For example, if the groom-to-be is wearing a blue and pink pastel plaid shirt, the bride-to-be may want to choose a long, soft blue dress. It can also be a great idea to choose “color-families,” such as pastels or jewel tones. 

 Generally couples pick two outfits for an engagement session: a more formal outfit and a casual outfit. We recommend saving your favorite outfit for later in the session, when couples usually feel more comfortable in front of the camera. And don’t forget to bring a few accesorries! Statement necklaces, cute shoes and classic watches are great ways to add detail to outfits. 

We have a specific Style Guide for you to check out as well that addresses even more on outfits and location ideas.  Find it here. 

 

Inclement Weather

what to do if it rains

It’s typical for us to schedule two engagement session dates. A primary date and a rain date. Having two dates helps us make sure that your photos happen in a timely manner. Coordinating schedules can be tough and we’ve found that the best way to make sure our couples get the look they have in mind for their photos is to schedule two dates at the same time. 

We’ll check in the week of your engagement session to confirm the time & location we’re meeting and the weather. We know it takes a lot of time to get ready for engagement session and it’s the worst to get dressed up and drive out to your session only to have it rain. Let us know what works best for the two of you – but if the weather looks like it won’t be great, we typically try to make the call at least 12 hours in advance. 

Ring Cleaning

When we can, we always try to take a photo of your ring during your engagement session – so it’s a good idea to have it cleaned or clean it yourself before your shoot! To clean at home, soak your ring in warm water with dishwashing soap for 20 to 40 minutes. Then gently brush the stone with a soft toothbrush, rinse and repeat if needed.

Props

champagne is always a good idea

 

If you’re planning to bring props to your engagement session, we recommend including them only if they’re meaningful to you. Shots of drinking coffee at a local coffee shop would be cute if that’s where you met; however, a trying to fly a kite together when it’s not a part of your relationship may come off as contrived.

 

POSING

"What do I do with my hands"?

When it comes to posing for your engagement session, you don’t need to worry about a thing! We’ll guide you through the entire process beginning with “poses” that are super easy and natural. If we tell you to do something that feels a little funny, it’s probably because we know it’s going to make the two of you laugh – and that’s the photo we’re actually looking for. 

Throughout your session, we’ll keep an eye on your hair, makeup and outfits to make sure things stay in place. We want you to feel as relaxed as possible and enjoy your time together! 

Date Night

If you’re anything like us, you probably don’t get dressed up all that often. Which means that the day of your engagement session is the perfect occasion for a date night (or brunch if your session is in the morning!) 

The engagement session is another part of celebrating your love and heading off to dinner is a great way to end the session!

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When to Expect Your Images

Unless we have a holiday closure, you can expect to receive your engagement photos between 3 and 4 weeks after your session. 

THANK YOU!

We know that this guide is long and hopefully it covers everything you need to know to prep for your engagement session! However if there is something we missed, or you need a recommendation feel free to email
rebecca@rebeccaannephotography.com

Every couple has a love story, let me tell yours.

Your wedding is a unique reflection of you. That’s why I love getting to know you personally - so i can tell your story beautifully. Sharing all your wedding dreams and details helps me to create authentic, meaningful image that reflect the true you. Your unguarded moments. Your natural emotions. All the cherished images of your very special day.

 

My shooting style is quietly unobtrusive. And my images naturally reveal the expressing of love and commitment that you both share. This is my passion; the heart of what I do. And it shines through in every image.

 

Your wedding day will be filled with extraordinary moments - intimate, surprising and joyous. Those fleeting moments, captured creatively, are the timeless visual heirlooms that will instantly bring you back to the essence of your wedding day.

 

Let me tell your love story.

Rebecca Anne

Bringing your memories to life.

You have hundreds of wedding plans to make. Deciding who will bring your memories to life is one of the most important. When the flurry and excitement of your wedding day is over, it is beautifully captured images that help you revisit the romance, emotion and spirit of an even that passes so quickly.

 

So, how do you choose the best wedding photographer for you?

Choose a Photographer Who Values Your Dreams

I don’t think of you as a shot list. Instead, I invest time getting to know you and your wedding dreams. That makes all the difference. You will be more comfortable in front of my lens, and your images will have the natural, more authentic feel of true keepsakes.

View Portfolio Images from An Entire Wedding

I will capture consistent, quality images throughout your wedding day. Details matter. And the subtle nuances of your day are important. I am happy to share entire wedding galleries with you, so you can assure yourself that the quality you expect consistently shines through in every shot.

Choose A Seasoned Professional

I am experienced in dealing with many different lighting environments and situations. I am committed to a professional and timely response to your needs before and after the ceremony. And all assurances that every special moment of your wedding is flawlessly captured. I am also experienced in many different situations that happen on a wedding day and know what is most important - you getting married! And whatever I can do to ensure your day goes smoothly - photography or otherwise - is what I am here for!

My husband and I had the best experience working with Rebecca Anne Photography. She is amazing! She is so talented and captured our wedding day perfectly. Her photos are stunning and timeless. They will never look dated, which was incredibly important to me. Rebecca helped everyone feel at ease throughout the day. Taking aphotos never felt awkward or uncomfortable because of her direction and organization during the process. I could not have asked for a better person to capture our day and give us the best memories to look back on. Thank you!!

 

My husband and I had the best experience working with Rebecca Anne Photography. She is amazing! She is so
talented and captured our wedding day perfectly. Her photos are stunning and timeless. They will never look
dated, which was incredibly important to me. Rebecca helped everyone feel at ease throughout the day.
Taking photos never felt awkward or uncomfortable because of her direction and organization during the process.
I could not have asked for a better person to capture our day and give us the best memories to look
back on. Thank you!!
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You want images that stand the test of time.

My goal when editing your images is to make the images look similar to what they looked like to our eyes when they were taken or a little bit better. However, I do not want you to see the editing when you look at your photos, i just want you to see the photos. Ten years from now I do not want you to look back and say, “that looks so 2020” or “remember that editing fad?”. We want your images to be timeless so that your grandchildren just judge what you wore. ;-)

It is about the memories, not the poses.

My goal when posing the two of you is to get you naturally interacting, having fun and being yourselves. I know every Pinterest post in the book, but we love those poses because they were two people naturally being themselves, holding hands in their unique way, leaning her head on him the way that she does. They are authentic and we are drawn to them. THAT is my goal. I might make you do something stupid to get you to THAT moment, so don’t judge me when I make you run, or do silly things. The beginning of our photo time will be more posed until you get comfortable and eventually are posing yourselves and forgetting I am there. I want you to look back and see memories, not how many photos we took or how awkward some pose was

Let's tell your love story
how it deserves to be told.

The easiest part of your wedding plans

Let’s get together - on the phone, at your favorite coffee spot, even SKYPE - I’m flexible. We’ll chat about your wedding day, confirm your date and discuss all the fun details. I’ll show you examples of beautiful custom wedding albums and other items that can become your cherished wedding day heirlooms. Together, we’ll select the perfect package for your wedding.

 

Once we confirm the details, I’ll prepare your booking proposal. After you return your signed contact and retainer fee, I’m officially your wedding photographer!

The Next Steps - What You Should Expect

6 weeks before your wedding: I send out a questionnaire to get all your details!

 

2 weeks before your wedding: We confirm the details from your questionnaire and finalize any last details.

 

Your wedding day: Final payment is due. I follow your timeline as your day unfolds. A sneak preview image is posted to Instagram after the “I Dos”.

 

1-2 days after your wedding: Sneak previews are posted to Facebook for your friends and family to see.

 

4-8 weeks after your wedding: Edited images are delivered to you through an online gallery and you select your favorite images to go into your wedding album!

 

2-3 months after the wedding: Your heirloom album is delivered to your doorstep!

Show your loved ones how it all beganTHE ENGAGEMENT 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 session can be as simple as a stroll through your favorite park, an intimate meal at your favorite cafe, or even a romantic return to where he proposed - 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, and also make a wonderful guestbook. They help to craft the whole story, and can even be used for save-the-date cards, invitations or thank you cards. After booking my couples get a engagement style guide to help planning their outfits as well as a wedding resource guide that contains lots of tips, tricks and location ideas.

Engagement Session Pricing

THE TIMELESS ENGAGEMENT

$500

Includes:

90 minutes of shooting time

1 photographer

1 location

30 high resolution images

Print release

Travel within 30 miles of Seattle or Tacoma

THE ADVENTURE ENGAGEMENT

$1000

Includes:

The Timeless Engagement

+ additional hiking time

+ additional 20 images

+ more location options like Franklin Falls, Snoqualmie Pass, Snow sessions & more.

THE EPIC ENGAGEMENT

$1500

 

Includes:

The Adventure Engagement

+ all the images

+ more location options like Rattlesnake Ridge, Mount Rainier, Deception Pass, Diablo Lake & more.

 

A smooth flow to your special day

 

Memorable weddings don't just happy. They take a bit of organization. To ensure a smooth flow of beautifully captured memories of your day, a timeline of wedding events will help guide your planning. Our brides get a wedding resource guide with multiple sample timelines and many other tips. I am also happy to help custom write timelines.

Getting Ready - 1-1.5 hours

Depending on the size of your bridal party, if you want both guys and girls getting ready and if you are getting ready at the venue plays. apart in how long getting ready may take. But ideally you want your photographer to arrive when hair and makeup are just wrapping up as you don’t want photos with mascara on only one eye and not the other.

The Bride & Groom - 1 hour

These are some of the most important moments of the day! If you do a “first look” or not, we want to get around an hour with you somehow throughout the day. This ensures quality time together to get you a variety of poses, multiple locations and multiple lighting situations. An hour also guarantees relaxed time during your portraits so we don’t feel rushed or stressed. If we can steal you at sunset for 15 minutes we love that as it gives you a break from the big party and a few more intimate and relaxed photos in different light.

Wedding Party & Family - 30 minutes each

Unless Aunt Ruth and Uncle Bob and their 10 kids each want their own photo as well as your mom’s other 6 siblings, usually 30 minutes is enough time for family portraits to get you one large extended family photos and every combination you can think of with your immediate family. Your wedding party photos are usually also 30 minutes (unless its only 1-2 people) which includes group shots, girls photos, guys photos and an individual with each member.

Ceremony & Reception

The rest of the day is really up to you, what is important and what you want it to look like! We highly encourage planning in time to mingle with your guests during cocktail hour or before toasts as you’ll want to say hi to everyone and get a few candids with them.

Wedding Packages & Pricing

THE TIMELESS wedding

$3350

Includes:

6 hours of coverage

1 Photographer

All images in high resolution

Print release

The Timeless Engagement

THE modern wedding

$4750

Includes:

8 hours of coverage

1 Photographer

All images in high resolution

Print release

The Timeless Engagement

10x10 Linen Layflat Album

the lush wedding

$6775

Includes:

9 hours of coverage

2 Photographer

All images in high resolution

Print release

The Timeless Engagement

10x10 Leahter Layflat Album

Or Create Your Own Package

choose your coverage

6 hours | + $2850

7 hours | + $3325

8 hours | + $3800

9 hours | + $4275

10 hours | + $4750

Hourly Rate | $475

add an engagement?

Timeless Engagement + $500

Adventure Engagement + $1000

Epic Engagement +$1500

 

Add a second photographer?

6 hours | + $750

7 hours | + $875

8 hours | + $1000

9 hours | + $1125

10 hours | + $1250

Hourly Rate | $125

Add an album?

8x8 linen | + $400

10x10 linen | +$500

12x12 linen | +$600

Upgrade to Leather | +$500

Thank you!

 

If you have any questions or would just like to chat, we’re here for you. Thank you so much for taking the time to read through our wedding guide! Feel free to email us any time through the contact form below or at REBECCA@REBECCAANNEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM.

 

I usually respond within 24-48 hours. Please note that on weekends I am often out on a shoot or spending time with family and so I appreciate your patience.

I cannot wait to hear from you!
- Rebecca Anne
(253) 797-9528
Contact@RebeccaAnnePhotography.com

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