Step 1: You get married, I take your wedding pictures.
Step 2: I post your pictures to an online gallery.
Step 3: I'll ask you to pick pictures that you want to include in your album.
Step 4: I'll design the album and send you a pre-design to approve.
Step 5: If you approve it, I’ll begin the printing process. If you want to make some changes, I’ll make the changes according to your requests.
Step 6: You receive a beautiful album!
When it comes to the camera, no one (except for maybe a professional model) is prepared for what is to come! The best advice I could give a couple is to be themselves and have fun with it. It’s not every day that you get to spend 2 hours together doing nothing but staring into each other’s eyes, holding hands, hugging, kissing and being super sweet to one another… so take advantage of that time! I want you both to forget that I'm there. If I need you to do something specific, I’ll let you know but otherwise I just want to capture you guys being genuine and being together. When you forget about the camera and let loose, the best photos are created because the best moments happen without you even realizing.
I encourage you both to wear outfits that bring out your playful, creative side. I am a big fan of color – all colors are great, and when mixed together in coordinating fashion – they are even better. For example, if you "the bride" are planning to wear a dress with pink, purple & yellow patterns, I would encourage you "the groom" to wear a shirt that suits your taste and personality but maybe in a purple shade. The colors on each of them will compliment each other! I also love to encourage couples to bring along an outfit change so that they can add variety to their shoot. That being said, the colors of the second outfit should somehow correspond with the first so that the whole shoot can flow well together, while still being unique and colorful. In terms of accessories, they all work! Belts, earrings, necklaces – you name it! I like to highlight this stuff in my photos, so when I notice a unique accessory, I totally tie it into the shoot!
I really think that people should be themselves! But professional make-up never hurt anyone. The camera loves professional make-up and it comes out looking so perfect on camera! My goal of the engagement session is to capture the couple’s personalities, affection, character – so if they get too done up then the essence of who they are starts to become hidden. Also with tanning be careful! Some self-tanning lotions need time to mix with your skin. If you want a little more color for your photos, apply a self-tanner at least 2-3 days before your session. That way you don’t come out looking orange in all of your photos.
We shoot at different locations for almost every shoot. My favorite spots are those you wouldn't suspect that a shoot could go on there. For example, I love finding random spots off of main roads and I am constantly scouting for new locations. I love abandoned building and locations with a lot of texture! You love coffee? Perfect, let's shoot there. Library, bowling, a brewery? Anything goes. If you're not "picnic in the park" people then don't do that for your engagement. If you guys love to drink coffee in bed then do that! You don't need to Pinterest the sh*t out of your engagement shoot, because when you get your photos back you won't see your relationship - you'll see Pinterest. (I got that from my photographer friend Tara and she is 100% correct)