What is an engagement session?
An engagement session it is supposed to be a fun and relaxed portrait session which allows you and your fiancé to be photograph together for the first time by a professional photographer (in the majority of the cases). The goal is to take the most compelling images on a place that has a great meaning for both of you.
Ok, but why take engagement photos?
I believe that the best reason to do an engagement session is that you have the opportunity to get to know me as your photographer and become comfortable with me photographing the two of you before the big day. In addition to getting to know me and seeing how I work, you will get to see for the first time a professional image of you as a couple. This is important because it's like a sneak preview for what's to come:)
Another advantage to having your engagement photos taken is that once you have your images, there are a variety of things you can do with them. They can be used for save the date cards, given as gifts to family (parents especially always appreciate photographs of their children). You can also make a small album, coffee table book, or order a wall collage or portrait to hang in your home. Some couples choose to send an engagement picture to their hometown newspaper to announce their marriage. This can sometimes be important to your parents as well. The pictures can also be used in your wedding program, invitation, or as a large portrait for guests to sign in lieu of a guestbook.
How does it work?
After you contact me via email or phone and we confirmed our session, we will schedule a date, time and location to meet. The photo session is an hour and a half of shooting time and after that you will receive an email with a link and a password to your online gallery. There you can view and share photos with friends and family as well as purchasing capabilities.
Choosing a location for your engagement session
So when the time comes time to decide where your engagement photos will be taken, the location that you pick should be significant or perhaps have some meaning to the two of you. It could be where you met for the first time, or where you got engaged. It could be a place that you both like to spend time, or a place that you frequent go together. There are a lot of locations to consider such as the beach, your hometown, the San Diego Zoo, the college where you met, on the streets of downtown, a stadium, a favorite restaurant, at your home inside or in the backyard, a park trail. There are an infinite number of choices, but the most important thing to keep in mind is that you should pick a spot that represents your style so the images can match that.
Should I get my hair/make-up done?
The engagement session for sure is a great opportunity for you to test out your makeup/hair by using this as a trial. We typically recommend that the ladies get their makeup done and a manicure—regardless of anything, we will be photographing your ring and the last thing you want is chipped nail polish. For the gents, we recommend getting a haircut prior to the shoot and also making sure their nails are manicured.
Should we bring props to our engagement session?
Yes, absolutely!! If you desire so and fits your vision, you should totally bring props to the shoot.