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What is the goal of our engagement session? We want your engagement session to be fun, unique, and leave you feeling more in love than ever! It is our goal to create an opportunity for you to escape the everyday craziness of life & wedding planning and focus on each other. Being engaged is such an incredible time of your lives and we want you to soak in every minute of it! Being able to share in this time with you and capture your love and excitement is definitely why we love doing engagement sessions! There are also a few other reasons we love engagement sessions so much! They give you an opportunity to see me in action while you get comfortable being in front of the camera! By the end of the session, it is my goal to make you forget about the cameras and just soak each other in! I also hope at the same time you feel like you are surrounded by your friends and not just a photographer named Mary! Everyone has a stereotype in their mind of what engagement sessions “typically” look like. We want you to remove that image from your mind. We want you to start with a blank slate as you plan your very own unique life {styled} engagement session! Think about what makes your relationship so special and so unique. What is it that makes you love each other so much? As we plan your engagement session, we encourage you to think outside the box and help us plan a session that will leave you with huge smiles on your faces and in your hearts now and for many years to come! There is no such thing as a bad idea…. In fact, the more “CRAZY” the better! If we can make it happen, we definitely will! The next few pages are some personal questions to help me get to know you. There is no right or wrong answer. This questionnaire simply helps me determine what the best fit is for your engagement session. Your Name: Address: Email: Phone: Your Sweethearts Name: Address: Email: Phone: Date of Wedding: Wedding Venue: Reception Venue:

How’d you meet? And how long have you dated? Where was your first date? What did you do?

What are your favorite things to do together? Any funny stories about yourselves? Do you have any pets? If yes, what are they? Do you want to bring your pet(s) to your engagement shoot? What kind of job do you both have? Do you have everything in common or do you have things that you can't agree on but poke fun about? When did you know he was going to be your husband? Did he know before you? How did he propose? Question for the GROOM: What things do you love the most about her? Question for the BRIDE: What things do you love the most about him? Do you have a location in mind for your session or want to ask about a location? Not every location is photo worthy so we will work together to choose the perfect spot. What made you decide on the time of year and venue for your wedding?

Describe your style as a couple. Check all that apply Modern Classic

Eclectic Traditional

Shabby Chic Country

Urban Unique

Fresh Other

If you checked other above please tell me more: Do you consider yourselves to be: (check one) Outdoorsy? If you are a couple who loves the outdoors, we can consider your session at a park, garden, field or woods. Artsy? If you both love books and the arts, we can consider a unique bookshop, cafe, or art area with murals and sculptures. Playful? If you are a fun-loving couple, we can consider a playground, candy shop, or theme park. Metropolitan? If you are more trendy and love the city, we can consider a downtown area. What will you be using your engagement photos for? Check all that apply: guest sign in book newspaper announcement display at reception home wall portraits gift prints for parents wedding website social media other Do you have a theme in mind for your engagement session? If not, no worries - not everything has to be themed. : ) Do you want to create a save the date photo during your session? Anything else you want me to know?

Please select any and all locations that sound appealing for an engagement session Metro/Downtown area Small downtown/Main Street USA Lake/Beach Football Stadium Baseball Field Hockey Game Coffee Shop Woods/Forest A Zoo Museum Winery Brewery Rustic Barn Open Fields Botanical Garden Bakery Our home/property None of these sound like us Another option would be your wedding venue. Most venues will allow you have your portrait session photographed without paying a location fee. Are you having a theme for your wedding? Example: rustic, glamour, city meet country, etc.* Okay, tell me more! What’s your wedding theme, style, colors, your must-haves?

OUTFIT INSPIRATION: Do you want your session to be: Casual



We recommend a maximum of 2 outfits for your engagement session to ensure that we have plenty of time to capture both looks before sunset! During your one outfit change is when I will photograph your rings while we wait! We have several resources for you to browse through for inspiration: Pinterest: If you’re not a pinner it’s okay, but I do suggest going to my board and look for some inspiration. Pin a few posts so I can see what you’re ideas are and what you’re looking for. Instagram: If you’re in need of some outfit inspiration! I recommend the following for your engagement session attire: - 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! If one of you is wearing something with a lot of color and pattern, sometimes it’s best to have the other person wear a neutral! - If you’re really looking for a soft, feminine look, I recommend a flowing, maxi-length dress or skirt! The movement of this type of fabric photographs beautifully! - Don’t forget to accessorize! I love scarves, belts, necklaces & earrings! They can add so much to an outfit. - We recommend a more formal outfit and a more casual one, so that you have plenty of variety to choose from later!

- The goal is COORDINATING outfits instead of MATCHING! We also recommend avoiding both of you wearing WHITE as a top. White doesn’t allow for any contrast in your images. Wearing the same color in a different shade is actually more ideal than trying to find the EXACT color purple! - Guys, we recommend that you avoid patterns that are smaller than a dime! These small patterns can create strange visual effects in a digital camera. Don’t over think it! Some of my favorite outfits have been when the guy is just wearing a simple colored V-neck! Close-toed shoes photograph well, and we recommend avoiding graphic tees and tennis shoes! - Gals, we recommend that you wear attire that is flattering to your figure and your skin tone. 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. We want you to be really confident in your outfit, because we know that you will love your portraits so much more if you’re not worrying about how your clothes fit!

-Make sure you are equal when it comes to how formal your attire is. If the bride is wearing a little black dress…. the groom probably shouldn’t be in shorts and tennis shoes. :) -Don’t be afraid to be yourself and wear something that is unique to you! It’s great to wear a dress with a cardigan…. that’s probably what I would wear!… but if you have a unique style, be sure to show it off! Some of my favorite engagement shoots have incorporated my couple’s unique style!

If you’re wearing plaid, the bigger the better!! This is just a personal preference. I probably feel this way because my son Barry dresses like a southern boy and wears large plaid button-ups constantly. However, it is true that larger plaid photographs better than tiny little checkered patterns. It would be better to have a solid dress shirt than a shirt with teeny tiny patterns. The camera can’t pick those tiny patterns up from far away and that can sometimes result in CHROMATIC ABERRATION. We all know that everyone has certain things that look GREAT on them and certain things that aren’t really made for them. For example… I’m pale… because I’m a blonde. I’ve accepted it… I know that’s never going to change… and because of that, I also know that wearing a strapless, pale yellow sundress for a portrait session is NOT IDEAL! I also know that I personally never LOVE the way I look in pictures in sleeveless shirts. Why? I don’t know! I’m fine with my arms…. but I just don’t like that look! So if I were to have a portrait session with someone… I wouldn’t wear a sleeveless shirt. It’s a compliment to say “Oh, well Mary will make it look amazing”…. but the truth is, if you don’t like the way you look in stripes on a normal, day-to-day basis, you’re not going to love the way you look in your images that I take. If you’re self-conscious about your legs, don’t wear a mini-skirt. If you’re self-conscious about your arms, it’s probably not smart to wear a tube top…. not that those are even “in” anyway (thank goodness). Bottom line; make sure you wear something that you’re comfortable in. Sure, I’m going to teach you how to pose in super flattering ways, but you’ll love your images so much more if you wear an outfit that you’re comfortable and CONFIDENT in!! Confidence photographs well!! ;) - And last, I know this may sound strange but don’t wear sunglasses for an hour prior to your session. We don’t want red marks on the sides of your nose.

As you prepare for your engagement session, here are some resources and pieces of advice that will come in handy! : 1. CLEAN YOUR RING! : I will be photographing your gorgeous diamond! This means that this would be a perfect opportunity to have your ring cleaned so that it’s clear of dirt and other build up that may be visible through a macro lens! 2. HAIR & MAKEUP: 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 just want a little something special for your portraits, getting false lashes will make the most impact in your portraits! There are all types of lashes that range from looking completely natural to looking like Beyoncé! I would lean towards the natural end of the spectrum! :) 3. THE TIMELINE: I am always a few minutes early to engagement sessions so that I can scope out the location and find light that will be flattering on our couples! Because we are racing the sun and cannot shoot after it has set, we recommend leaving 15-30 minutes earlier than you originally planned just to be safe! 4. HAVE A PREVIEW PARTY: In the past we have found that it is incredibly helpful for our brides to sit down and have a little preview party with their groom before their engagement session. Take ten minutes and sit down together to scroll through 2-3 of your favorite engagement sessions on my blog. This will allow your groom to be prepared for what he is about to experience! 5. TAKE A DEEP BREATH!: You’re going to be amazing models! I always tell my couples that the BEST models are the ones who have never modeled professionally before, And I mean it! The couples who are usually most nervous are the couples who totally rock their session! So be encouraged! I have worked with EVERY personality type and EVERY body type, and I always create images that our clients love!! Get excited!

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Cherished Memories Studios gives you helpful tips and advice for your engagement session.

Engagement Questionnaire Brochure  

Cherished Memories Studios gives you helpful tips and advice for your engagement session.