Engagement Portrait Session
Cost - $175 for a 2 hour session
I use some of the most beautiful natural spaces in the area for my sessions and I have chosen them very carefully to achieve certain looks. However, if you have a specific location in mind that has personal meaning for you as a couple then we can definitely work there. As an example, you can find a couple in the sessions gallery who grew up together in a small town and really wanted some images that captured the small town feel so we shot in and around their local main street.
In addition to your private gallery of screen ready image files your engagement portrait session will include your choice of either one 8x10 or 11x14 print, perfect for the wedding reception and for a wall at home.
"Preparing for your engagement session"
Scheduling the session:
- If you want to use the photos for your "Save the Date" announcement then you will want to schedule your engagement session early enough that you can shoot, get your images back, design a save the date announcement, and leave time to get the actual cards printed and mailed. I suggest a minimum of 4 weeks out from the date you plan to post the announcements.
What to wear:
As always, rules are meant to be broken and if you are unsure about an outfit please feel free to ask me beforehand or bring it along to the session for some advice.
- Know your body type and choose something flattering -- Almost no one looks good in a tube top and super short shorts on camera. I'm looking at you grooms.
- Coordinate colors -- They don't have to be the same color or too matchy. Basic complimentary colors can work very well and even something in the same color family like a bold red and a lighter shade of red
- Coordinate styles -- Guys make sure you match the overall "feel" of your girl's outfit. If she's wearing a dress, make yourself look a little nicer. If she's rockin' some jeans and fashion boots then funk yourself up a little with a tie and nice leather shoes.
- Keep the shoot location in mind -- If you want a soft natural feel then going with neutral colors might be a good option. If you want the edgier look of a city or urban environment the brighter colors or just going with something a bit more dressed up might be a better choice.
- You can't go wrong with the classics -- A cute cocktail or summer dress for the girls and dark jeans with a jacket for the guys can work just about anywhere.
Makeup and hair:
Here are a few tips from professional makeup artists that will help you look your best in front of the camera.
- Go slightly brighter/heavier on your cheeks, eyes, and lips than you normally would. Makeup tends to look more toned down in photos so in order for it to look like you are wearing any at all you need to go slightly heavier and use colors that have a tiny bit more "pop".
- Stick to matte textures unless you really know what you are doing. It is super easy forshiny/glittery/shimmery makeup to reflect light, in unflattering ways that can make you look oily or blotchy in a photo. So stick to nice matte finish powders and eyeshadows for flawless looking skin.
- Always wear a powder over your makeup to set it and also to maintain the matte appearance.
- False eyelashes can be your best friends. They make an awesome impression in photos and are a great way to add some flare without looking too unnatural.
Now, just relax and enjoy the session! It's really just all about the two of you and celebrating the beginning of this beautiful journey together.
All images are color corrected and re-touched before being sent to a professional photo lab.