ENGAGEMENT SESSION GUIDE
wardrobe and insight into our engagement shoots
So we got you all booked for your session! Yay! We can not wait to document your love for each other and to get to know you both more. But before then, we've prepared this guide to give you further insight into what a session will look like, help with wardrobe, and more! Let's start with brainstorming colors and getting wardrobe picked out. I've compiled a few visual examples of great wardrobe choices from past couples, as well as a few inspiration boards throughout our guide that have helped past clients in coming up with fantastic color choices!
From our experience in photographing couples the last 6 years, we’ve found that keeping the base of the color story more on the neutral side (think taupes, soft blues, greys, creams, mauves) is the most complimenting against our southwestern landscapes. From there, you can always add colorful accessories (hats, vests, subtle patterned layers, belts, coats, fresh florals, etc) to add color, character and dimension! However, if color is your jam then bring it on! Let us know ahead of time so we can find the perfect backdrop to help balance it out. If you’d like further help in picking something out, feel free to drop us an email or text with your outfit choices, we are happy to help!
After you have your clothing all picked out, all your hard work is done! Kidding (slightly) but we kindly ask that you give us your 100% of your trust and let us do all the work! Try to arrive to your shoot calm and relaxed and know that you are in the best hands. Our emotions are so very easily picked up on camera, so we encourage you to sit back and just enjoy your time together. When you really start to anticipate the excitement & joy of your upcoming wedding, it can totally show in your faces and body language. So forget the to-do list, endless emails and use those added emotions to your advantage... love, flirt and cuddle with your significant other! Tell them how much they mean to you. Hug them and kiss them -- gentleman, surprise your lady with a dip and kiss them, maybe pick them up unexpectedly. While we don't expect you to show up knowing exactly what to do, we will definitely help guide you with subtle prompts that you can make into your own (those sweet, simple poses you see on our portfolio? that’s usually how those are done!). We will do our best to pose you, chase the most beautiful, soft light for our shoot, and your job is just to simply be your sweet selves and have fun!
flirt, cuddle, hug, whisper, laugh, kiss.
We are primarily on location photographers so light plays one of, if not the most important roles for an absolutely beautiful session. It is because of this that we are very particular and selective of the time of day we shoot. We never shoot our sessions at high noon (12pm). This is when the sun is directly above us and creates really harsh shadows. We shoot 45min-1 hour before dusk. Why you ask? -- because it’s soft, often times it’s golden, it is truly romantic, and we know in our heart you will understand why the big fuss on light and time, once we shoot and deliver your gallery! “Sooo you're telling me we can’t shoot any other time of day?” We absolutely can, however locations are limited as we will mainly shoot under shade and you will most likely not get any of that pretty light you see all over our website. We highly encourage you to find an evening (late afternoon, if it is in Late October-March) that works with both of our schedules but I know this can't always happen and I am more than happy to accommodate you. Again, please keep in mind that location options are a bit more limited.
keep this golden light speech of ours in mind for when finalizing your wedding timeline!
Similar to light, weather also plays a huge part in the overall quality of our session. As the date approaches, we stalk the forecast like a hawk. Rain (even just above 20% chance in the southwest), high winds (15-30mph gusts) and frigid cold are some of the reasons for rescheduled sessions. Also keep in mind cloudy/overcast days will provide for more cooler tones in your final gallery and is another reason why light and weather really can dictate the overall outcome of our shoot (not necessarily in a negative connotation, but you should definitely expect to see a more moodier look on your photos for overcast days). For this reason, we can't guarantee the warm/soft/dewy photos seen in our portfolio. Don't fret though -we will get in touch approximately 24-48 hours before the day of your shoot to confirm the final date and make adjustments fi needed.
subtle wind movement can add a magical flair to your photographs, but 20mph wind gusts in a dress is not the most complimenting!
We always encourage our gorgeous brides to consider hair and makeup services for their session. It not only enhances your natural beauty when professionally done but is always nice to get dolled up + relax a little before your shoot (we've only ever gotten positive feedback from suggesting this)! Of course absolutely no pressure as we know it doesn’t always works out with schedule or budgets (or you simply aren't that kinda gal), however most makeup and hair artists will not only keep in mind your style and every-day look while still elevating it slightly but they’ll usually also honor this appointment as a possible trial for your bridal look --so take advantage of this for your engagement shoot and knock out two birds with one stone!
Here are some great hair & makeup options for your big day:
Okay! We've shot your session, and you’re so super excited to see all of your beautiful photos! Turn around time is approximately 1.5-2 weeks. We absolutely know how difficult it is to wait for something you’re completely pumped about, so don't forget to follow us on our social (Facebook and Instagram)! We will try to post a preview from our session. You are welcome to tag yourself, share with family and friends, and/or make your profile picture but please refrain from downloading/editing or altering in anyway (or try to print). These are set up for social media quality and are super low-res quality and compressed files.
When your images are completely, beautifully color corrected and edited, we will upload your images to an online gallery. The online gallery holds all of your full resolution images and you can download immediately. You are welcome to order directly from their through our pro lab, email to friends and family, or upload them straight to Facebook/Instagram ( appropriate credit to our photography business is required and appreciated)!
We tend to be at our desk Tuesday-Thursday's and early morning or late afternoons are usually the best time to try and reach out. We will do our best to get back to emails within 1-2 business days, and we promise to return voicemails within 48 hours.