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Engagement Checklist

Engagement photos are a very special time.  The newly engaged couple take this opportunity to announce their engagement with the use of creative photography.  We will spend more than an hour getting to know you as a couple and how you interact with each other. We suggest you pick a location that is special to you or has the vibe you desire for your photos. For example, we could go to a special park, a downtown urban location, pose with a unique vehicle or even at the zoo. The photos can be more traditional, funny or a private moment.  In addition to getting to know us better and seeing how we work, you will get to see images of yourselves long before the wedding. The advantage of this is that you can let us know ahead of time if there are shots or angles you don’t care for, and you can point out things that you do like. Communication is key to success in photography.  Here are some quick tips as you prepare for your engagement session:

  1. We suggest you pick a location that is special to you or has the vibe you desire for your photos. For example, we could go to a special park, a downtown urban location, pose with a unique vehicle or even at the zoo. The photos can be more traditional, funny or a private moment.
  2. In addition to getting to know us better and seeing how we work, you will get to see images of yourselves long before the wedding. The advantage of this is that you can let us know ahead of time if there are shots or angles you don’t care for, and you can point out things that you do like. Communication is essential to great photography.
  3. Make sure you communicate with us the style and personality you are most comfortable with and how this fits into your overall story. You can explain your style by looking at our past engagements and let us know the ones you like. You can look through magazines and see couple shots that you like. This style will likely dictate where you go for your session.  For example, an open park, abandoned industrial area or a downtown area.  All are great but for different reasons.  Make sure it’s a location that suits your style and if we have not been there before, we recommend you check the site out in person or at a minimum on Google maps.
  4. Clothing is important. In our opinion, the more the couple complement each other … the better the photos.  Complementing each other doesn’t mean you have to wear the same outfit.  It just means that you should wear clothing that balances the other in color and style. We usually advise that you do not wear patterned clothing (large polka dots, stripes, etc.)  Too often this type of clothing can distract from the emphasis of the photo – “you” as a couple.  Also, a photo can be quickly dated by certain styles of clothing. Consider not wearing something that is very trendy. Regardless of what you choose to wear, it is most important that the outfit is appropriate for the setting.
  5. Use matte makeup if possible. It generally photographs best.
  6. Weather plays a key role in great photography. Our favorite time to shoot is either early morning or right before sunset.  Shooting midday is fine but only if it’s a cloudy or partly clouded day.  The harsh afternoon sun casts unflattering shadows. HOWEVER, the only kind of weather that we will NOT photograph in is rain.  If there a pavilion or some type of overhead shelter, we can make it work with our equipment.  Taking a photo in the rain with umbrellas or other props can be interesting.
  7. Be creative. Consider all types of unique props that can transform your engagement photos to something very unique to the couple.  Think about pets, sports memorability or locations, chalk boards with “save the date” info, chairs, couches, vintage suit cases, coffee cups, wine glasses and so many other ideas!  You are only limited to your imagination.  Discuss with us and we may be able to help you make your idea into a reality.  Along with props, just be yourself.  Some of our best shots were taken between setups when the couple was not paying attention to the camera only to each other. Enjoy the day and don’t be afraid to show affection or laugh together.
  8. Lastly and most importantly, call, text or email Gus the day before and make sure everyone has the correct time and place.  Confusion rarely happens but we sure do not want it to happen to you!  Engagements sessions are scheduled for one hour of time as shown in our price brochure.