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WELCOME H

i there! I’m so excited to photograph your engagement session! I put together this style guide to give you all the information in one easy place. Overall this session is all about Y’ALL, and your love story. Don’t think of it as a photo session. Think of it as another normal day of the two of you hanging out, doing what you love to do the most. My whole goal is to capture your unique interactions, special places and inside jokes. I love engagement sessions because it gives us the opportunity to really get to know each other. It’s amazing how much I bond with my couples and learn about them after a few hours of shooting. And it’s a great way to help you get more comfortable with being in front of the camera; because let’s be honest, it’s never a natural feeling! My sessions are laid back and stylish with a side of goofy. I’ll show you “what to do with you hands” but I’m also going to take a step back and let YOU do YOU, so that I can capture those subtle interactions that are “your things”. After the session, I’m always open to feedback so that we can make your wedding day portraits perfect! Some couples prefer less kissing photos or would never naturally touch their foreheads together. Others find out which side is their “good side”. Whatever the case may be, it’s great practice for wedding day.

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BOOKING

Ideally, we will schedule your session on a weekday as places are less crowded and it’s easier to get those perfect shots without crowds on the beach, at the bar, in the park, etc., but I understand that scheduling during the week can be difficult! Either way, I’ll work with you to figure out what works best for all us, and we will start your session about 2 1/2 hours prior to sunset to take advantage of the best light! Sunrise sessions are available upon request. Sessions are approximately 2 hours. If you don’t have a deadline on when you need the images, let’s choose a time of year that’s perfect for you! Ice cream cones and flowy dresses in the summertime, bundled plaid layers in autumn, bright colors in the spring, and mittens in the winter. There are so many ways to make your session unique and special depending on the style you’re going for, and the time of year has a big play in the images especailly if you live somewhere outside of California where there are seasons. If you do have a deadline and are trying to send out Save The Dates, I recommend scheduling the session at least 6-8 months prior to your wedding so that there is time to shoot, edit, print and send the invites. Generally this process takes about a month. Save The Dates are normally sent out 5-7 months before the wedding. If you are forgoing Save The Dates and would rather order an Engagement Guest Sign-In Book or Album to display at your wedding, I recommend scheduling the session at least 2 months before the wedding to give ample time for shooting, editing, designing, ordering and shipping the album. If you’d like to order either Save The Dates or Engagement Albums through me, let me know and I’ll send over all the details for you.

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LOCATION L

ocation is probably the most important and hardest choice you’ll make for your engagement session, and I’m happy to help brainstorm. It should be a unique spot that’s reflective of both of you. Think about things that inspire you; consider places that might have sentimental value like your first date spot {even if it’s a bar} or perhaps it’s a quirky hobby or passion that you may want to incorporate. The best locations are personal. Maybe it’s a home session if you love drinking your morning coffee together or it’s a rollercoaster because you’re both dare devils. Maybe you love art and want to shoot at a museum or you met at a concert and want to shoot at a record store. Or maybe you’re huge foodies and a picnic would be delicious and perfect for your session! If it helps to include props {or pets!} to showcase who y’all are and what makes you different bring them along! These are just a few ideas to help you get started choosing a location. Our shoot doesn’t have to be overwhelming or conceptural but it helps if you love where we are. And if you have a mood, concept or a theme you want to incorporate but aren’t sure on the exact location, let’s talk! I’m always up for location scouting to find the perfect place for your session!

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WARDROBE L

ike the location, your outfits should be a reflection of YOU. If you’re casual, be causual for both outfits. Or glam it up if that’s more your thing. You’ll want to keep the location in mind when planning what to wear; but at the same time, contrast can be super cool! Like a gold Oscars-status dress on the beach or ragged jeans in a swanky bar. I’ve put together some DO’s and DON’Ts below as well as a Pinterest inspiration board to help.

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• Wear something that gives you lots of confidence because that’s sexy. • Wear something classic that will look good years from now! • Be on the same attire level. Think fancy dress next to bow tie, not old t-shirt. In fact, leave the old t-shirt at home. • Layer. Your look gets an umph of depth and interest when you layer up the ensemble. If it’s a hot summer day though, this doesn’t apply. • Accesorize with a simple necklace, pop of color, beanie in the winter, etc. Accesories are the key to polishing an outfit. • Schedule your make up trials on the same day as the shoot. Taking photographs is the best excuse to get all dolled up! Simple eye make up with dark lashes normally looks best in photos. • Plan on carrying the bare minimum and leave purses, cell phones, etc. behind. • Bring one extra change of clothes in case we get dirty. This is especially true for beach sessions! Bring a towel to those as well!

• Be too “matchy matchy”. I know y’all don’t coordinate outfits on a daily basis {or maybe you do}; but when dressing as a couple, try to avoid showing up both wearing jeans and white shirts. • Forget nail polish. You have to show off that bling! • Wear baggy button down shirts, light denim, polos, tennis shoes or logo shirts. • Bring props for props sake. Your session should be personal so if there isn’t anything that stands out to you immediately, we’re probably best without props.

Now with all that being said, rules are meant to be broken. I truly trust your personal style and I know I’ll love what you choose if you do! And if you’re still not sure, bring a few looks to the session and we can talk about what I think will photograph best.

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I hope this style guide has been helpful. And if nothing else, I hope you got the message that this session is all about Y’ALL. When it gets down to it, make it personal and have fun! Because you’re freaking in love and that is the best!

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Engagement Style Guide