Engagement sessions are about celebrating this exciting, nerve-wracking, and love-filled time in your life! With all of the chaos of wedding planning, my goal is to help you relax and enjoy spending a few hours of uninterrupted quality time together. The result is a fun experience and photos that feel true to you.
My aim for engagement shoots is to show what makes you unique as a couple and give you photos that will remind you of your connection during a hectic time. My goal is to celebrate YOU, and give you portraits that are a creative representation of who you are together.
My style includes a combination of close-up photos, as well as some wider photos that incorporate the incredible Montana landscape. I don't force you into poses that feel unnatural, but rather work off of your natural interactions with each other. Some are intimate, some are silly, and all are straight-up magic.
During Your Session
If you'd like, we can start off by meeting up for a drink before your session to talk about a game plan. This is also a great starting point for your shoot! We can snap a few photos while you're sipping coffee or a beer to get comfortable, and then it's game time. We can also take a quick break during your shoot for a drink if the weather is bad, or just because you feel like it.
My directing style is very candid and natural. I'll help you with posing and make adjustments to help you look your best, but the best photos are created when you're interacting with each other as you usually would. I'm here to support you as much or as little as you need!
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When it comes to choosing a location for your session, the possibilities are limitless! If you have an idea for a location or a place that's particularly special to you, we can absolutely use that. If you need help brainstorming or would like me to fully take charge, I can do that, too! I've included a few suggestions here to get the ball rolling, but ultimately the best location is one that holds some significance to you. Keep in mind that I'm not afraid of a little adventure. We can shoot on your favorite hiking trail, down by the river, in your sprinter van, at a campground, or at the ski hill. I'm game for anything!
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If you have more than one location you'd like to shoot at, I can absolutely accommodate that. When using multiple locations, be conscious of the distance between them. Travel time between locations counts toward your total session time, and we don't want to waste too much time in the car. The best way to get a variety of locations is to go on a short hike, walk around your city, or ensure that the drive between locations is on a scenic route with places to stop along the way.
A little fine print: If we're shooting on private property by your suggestion, you're responsible for securing permission from the owner to use the property. Trespassing is a no-go--nothing kills a shoot faster than getting in trouble! If we're shooting in a hotel room, park, or other location that requires an additional fee, the client is responsible for covering the fee. Clients are also responsible for any applicable travel fees. Lastly, if we're shooting in a national park or other are that requires a permit, the client is responsible for obtaining the permit.
What to Wear
There are no rules in style, and there are no rules as to what you should or shouldn't wear to have your photo taken. The most important thing is for you to be comfortable and feel confident, and I'm here to provide a few suggestions to help you look and feel your best. These are by no means strict rules, but simply some guidelines from my experience of what works best in front of a camera.
Confidence is key in photos, so ultimately the most important thing is to dress is clothing that makes you feel comfortable, highlights your individuality, and is easy to move in. There's a difference between looking your best and wearing something you would never usually wear because you think you're "supposed to". Having your photo taken is a great excuse to treat yourself to the dress you've been eyeing or a new pair of shoes, but make sure that you try on any new clothing well before the shoot!
When choosing colors, avoid matching too much. Choosing a general color palette to stick to is a great plan, but make sure that you don't end up in a "white button downs and jeans" situation. An option that I have seen work really well is having a statement piece and working around that. This can be a flannel shirt, a bright jacket, or a patterned dress. When choosing patterns, avoid anything too trendy. Classic florals, polka dots, or pinstripes are a smart choice! You don't want to look back on your photos in a year and regret having worn something that wasn't timeless.
You're welcome to bring multiple outfits, but keep in mind that changing clothes can be a time suck. Rather than bringing multiple outfits, I suggest bringing different layers. Switching out a sweater, jacket, jewelry, or shoes can provide a change of look without the hassle of fully changing clothes.
You can wear whatever you'd like, but there are a few other rules of thumb to ensure that you look polished and not too casual.
If you choose to wear open-toed shoes, avoid flip flops.
Gentleman, if you'd like to get a haircut before your shoot, do so a week before the shoot date. Also make sure that facial hair is neatly groomed.
Ensure that you have the proper undergarments for your clothing to avoid showing straps or bands.
Please, no basketball shorts or gym clothes.
Bring a pair of shoes that are comfortable to walk in! You can change into your dressier option once we're settled.
If you have any questions or need help, feel free to reach out at any time! It's not uncommon for clients to text me photos of outfits as they're shopping or getting ready. Whatever I can do to help!