This engagement session is truly a joy to share. This past Christmas it was put on my heart to share the gift of photography to a couple who was looking for and in need of a wedding photographer. I got SO many entries to this giveaway. It was incredible.
But two couples really stole my heart. Patti and Justin were one of them. Y’all this couple is fiercely loved. Their friends and family filled my inbox with the most beautiful stories and said over and over again, “This is the most deserving and loving couple I’ve ever met.”
They’re so right.
Multiple people told me about their engagement story and I thought it sounded very sweet, but then when I actually watched Justin and Patti’s engagement video I CRIED MY EYES OUT! No exageration. If you haven’t watched it, stop reading this post now and watch this video. I know this video and their engagement story will be something beautiful they share with their family for years to come.
I don’t want to ruin the surprise (so go watch the video!), but Justin not only MADE (that’s right…that’s commitment my friends) Patti’s engagement ring himself, but hiked and hiked and hiked to hang up a “Will You Marry Me?” sign for her to discover. There are no words I can write to do this proposal story justice.
So when I met Patti and Justin for the first time in person to do their engagement session, I was pumped to say the least.
We started their engagement session at Cloverleaf Farms and embraced this beautiful quiet outdoor space. This was the perfect spot to start their session.
We then travelled through some country roads where these two ride their bikes together from time to time. Their outdoor spirit and love for spending intentional time together is beautiful. I love photographing couples in locations that have meaning and importance to them. That made this session even that much more meaningful.
Patti and Justin, your love and commitment to serving your community, your friends and family, and each other is incredibly beautiful. I am honored to help you preserve your legacy through photographs. I can’t wait to celebrate your marriage and capture your wedding this Spring!
I am totally excited to share this blog post with you all! I met Madison several years ago through the Modern Pin-Ups at DanceFx. If you all know me, you know I’m crazy about these gals! Check out my previous post here to read about these awesome women. Madison has been a sweet friend that I’ve gotten to know through dance and our little network of friends, and I feel so incredibly lucky to have been present during this season of change for her.
When Madison reached out to me about being her wedding photographer I was elated to say the least! Madison is kind, caring, fun, and incredibly beautiful, so how could you not be excited! But the tables turned and Madison and Skylar eloped and moved away to Texas! I’m thrilled for this new journey they’re on and know they’ll have a beautiful marriage.
So, to celebrate we had a session together while they were back visiting family and friends in Georgia. Documenting these two during their beginning stages of marriage was so fun! Madison and Skylar, I wish you both the best and I can’t wait to see you again soon.
Y’all I am beyond thrilled to finally blog this amazing engagement session. These two are the cutest! From the moment Miles contacted me to be her wedding photographer, she has been so full of joy and has been sharing so many little wedding details with me! I LOVE it! It’s been such a joy and journey watching this couple’s wedding come together.
Miles and James are such a fun loving couple. They’re always going to concerts, loving on their pup Korver (keep scrolling to see some sweet photos of him!), on the go, and spending time together. I adore this couple! The way they looked at each other during their engagement session was so sweet. I know we’re in for a treat on their wedding day.
We started this session at Serenata Farm and ended the evening at Empire Mills, where they’ll be getting married next Spring!!! I loved exploring Empire Mills and hearing Miles and James share their wedding plans with me. I know this couple is going to host a beautiful wedding that all their guests will love and enjoy. Miles and James, March can’t come soon enough! I can’t wait to watch you become husband and wife and dance the night away with your guests!
“He just doesn’t take good pictures. He freezes up in front of the camera.”
“My fiancé is so goofy, I’m not really sure how seriously he’ll take these engagement pictures.”
“He’s a little awkward taking pictures.”
“My fiancé isn’t really comfortable in front of the camera.”
Do any of these sound like something you’ve said or thought? These are all exact quotes from some of my brides talking about their fiancé when it comes to taking pictures.
I would say a good majority of my brides ‘warn’ me that their fiancé isn’t the best at taking pictures. I hear this all the time, and let me tell you….all the grooms have been great and are awesome at taking pictures.
Part of helping your groom take quality engagement photos that you’ll love, is by helping him know what to expect. Most often they just aren’t sure what they’re getting into…heck…they’ve never taken engagement pictures before, how are they supposed to know!?!?
So, how do you help prep your groom?
First of all, remember that this is supposed to be FUN! This is a shoot with no pressure and no hard and fast timelines. This is your time to have fun as a couple and get to know me as a photographer, and understand how I work. This session will help me figure out how you two move best in front of the camera, help me find all your best poses, and allow me to get to know you better! It’s always a good time! Encourage him and get excited about your session.
Again, he has never done this before so of course he doesn’t know what to expect. He may think he’ll just show up and will take just a few photos and be out the door in 15 minutes.
But that’s not what is going to happen….
Usually my engagement sessions last ~ 2 hours and include 2 outfit changes. This gives us plenty of time to have a calm engagement session, and get you a variety of different poses and photos to choose from. Let him know how long a session will take so he knows what he’s up for.
Walk him through your photographer’s website so he can get an idea of their style and see the variety of poses couples are usually in. This will help him get a visual of what to expect. I would sit down and show him a few of your favorite engagement sessions so that you are both on the same page.
You can read this earlier post all about how to pick out good outfits for your engagement session.
Remember that your photographer knows that you’ve never done an engagement session before, so they don’t expect you to be an expert at all. Your photographer on the other hand photographs these sessions all the time, so they know where to take photos and how to pose you both so that you’ll get the best images possible. I walk through what to expect to each of my couples at the start of an engagement session and guide them every step of the way. So it’s your job to just relax and go with the flow!
If you prep your groom and help him relax, you’ll have a wonderful time at your engagement session.
Do you have any other questions about how to prep for an engagement session? Leave your questions below, I’d love to answer them!
One of the biggest questions I get as an engagement session approaches is…”What should I wear?”
Good question! I want to help you look and feel your absolute best during your engagement session!
Here are my tips and recommendations on choosing the best outfit(s) for your engagement session:
Most of my couples wear two outfits during their engagement session. One outfit that is a little more causal and comfortable and one that is dressier. This will allow you to get two totally different looks during your session, and add more variety in your images. I think it’s nice to have options. But be sure that you are totally comfortable in BOTH outfits!
If you don’t feel good in your outfit you are not going to have a good time. Just make sure you feel comfortable and like the way you look in your outfit. You want to be able to move, laugh, and play with your significant other….not spend your time pulling on your dress and rearranging your clothes. I’m all about the comfort!
You know that one outfit that everyone gives you compliments in? That’s the one you should wear for your session! There are certain things that you know make you look great, so go with it and embrace it. For example, I don’t like the way I look in strapless dresses. I get those weird fat areas that go over the dress by your armpits. Ladies, you know what I’m talking about?!?! I’m not a fan, and I don’t like pictures of myself in strapless dresses for that reason. So, guess what? I shouldn’t wear a strapless dress to my engagement session.
If you know you don’t like the way your body looks in certain outfits or colors, then don’t wear them to your engagement session. You don’t want to look at photos of yourself in an outfit you don’t love! You want to be confident and happy in all your photos.
Make sure you both match in terms of style. For example, if the bride is wearing a formal evening dress, then the groom shouldn’t be wearing jeans and a t-shirt. One is way more formal than the other! That would look plain silly. Be sure you chat with each other and prepare your outfits together.
Coordinate and plan your outfits together. This doesn’t mean you need to be wearing the exact same colors (actually please don’t!), but just make sure your outfit colors and patterns look good together. Glance at your outfits and make sure they fit together.
If one of you wants to wear a bright vibrant pattern, that is totally OK! Go for it! Just make sure that your partner wears an outfit that has some neutrals in it. You both don’t want to be competing for attention with all these crazy patterns going on.
You might want to use your engagement photos on your Save the Dates! Many couples do and I think it’s a great idea. If you have certain colors in mind for your wedding day and Save the Dates, you might want to make sure your outfits coordinate with that theme.
Yes, I went there….with that cheesy line. But it’s true! Don’t overthink it too much. Just wear something
You can check out examples of engagement outfits I love on my Pinterest Board to get more ideas! I am a big fan of neutral colors (as you’ll see if you look at my Pinterest Board) and would always recommend those. You don’t have to be as plain as I am about my style, but I think you’ll get a good idea of what looks good on camera.
If you ever have any questions or aren’t sure about something, email your photographer and get their opinion! I’m sure they’d be more than happy to give you advice.
Do you have any other tips or suggestions about what to/what to not wear during an engagement session? If so, leave your tips below! The more tips the merrier!
Good luck picking out those outfits!
Goodness….where do I even start with this post! Everyone meet Hunt & Stephanie! They have to be the most loving and generous couple I know.
I met Stephanie at the start of graduate school and I remember thinking to myself, “That girl is so happy! I wish I was exuded joy everywhere like that. I wonder how she does it!” And I have never stopped thinking that two years later….and I still don’t know how she does it! This gal is joyful even when she’s stressed out to the max. She is an intelligent scientist, beautiful woman , awesome dancer, caring daughter and sister, and a great fiance´.
She’s the real deal y’all! I am continuously impressed by her.
Stephanie & Hunt have been dating since high school and it’s so sweet to see pictures of how they have grown together through the years. When Stephanie told me that they had never had engagement pictures done, I knew we needed to fix that right away. So we got to it! I’m so glad this couple trusted me to capture such a sweet season of life for them. I will forever cherish these photos.