About Your Session

About Your Session

My sessions are laid back and free flowing with a bit of quirk. The result is a collection of ~100 photos to share with friends and family.

Aside from having photos of the two of you this session is when we really get to know each other. You, me, and the camera. You’ll quickly get a feel for how I use subtle direction to capture you naturally.

It’s the perfect way for us to learn a lot about each other’s personalities; it’s amazing how much I learn about how couples interact just by hanging out and taking photos.

After the session I’m always open to any feedback you may have incase we need to change anything for the wedding day portraits. Some couples prefer less kissing photos, sometimes the sessions lead people to discovering their “good side.”

Whatever the case may be, it’s great practice for the wedding day photos as well. The wedding day shooting goes so much quicker and smoother if we’re all comfortable and if we know what to expect of each other.

Scheduling Your Session

Scheduling Your Session

Engagement sessions usually last 1.5 hours and are likely to be on a weekday and ideally in the evening. The best light is two hours before sunset. However, I’m always up for shooting any time of day. Even shooting at night can be really incredible and unique.

While it’s not always possible to schedule on a weekday evening, the sidewalks are less busy, parks are usually emptier, and we can schedule further in advance if you’re willing to plan for a weekday.

Scheduling the date for the engagement session will vary on what you would like to use the photos for. Save the Dates are pre-invitations usually sent out at least 5 months before the wedding.

Since the average edit time for engagement photos is 1-2 weeks, I recommend scheduling your session at least 5 months out from your wedding date for Save the Date purposes.

Location

Location

Get together and brainstorm

Get together and brainstorm

If your style is more modern and minimal you may want to pick a city block with modern store fronts, a building or restaurant with flare, an art museum, or a parking garage with geometric architecture, or an industrial set- ting, just as a couple of examples.

HIRSHORN GALLERY, DC

If you’re both foodies, a colorful outdoor market or a picnic may be an option. If you’re both con- stantly found with your nose buried in books, a bookstore, library, or a study might be right for you.

ANNAPOLIS, MD

Think about the colors and style of any potential locations and how you can compliment them with your outfits. If it helps, include your pets to help show who you are and what makes you different, so absolutely bring them along.

BETHESDA TERRACE, NYC

Keep in mind that sometimes the best locations for a shoot are in the most unusual places. These are just a few ideas to help you get started choosing a location. Our shoot doesn’t have to be deep and conceptual, but it helps if you love where we are.

GEORGETOWN, DC

RESCHEDULE FOR WEATHER UP TO A DAY IN ADVANCE

What to wear & bring

What to wear & bring

Like the location, your outfits should also be a reflection of you. Generally I think it’s a good idea to dress more casually for these as you’ll be more formal on your wedding day.

I’m flexible with whatever you’d like to wear. This is your session and I recommend no more than two outfits in order to maximize our time together. If you want to bring more it’s totally fine, but it may have an impact on the amount of time we’ll have shooting together.

Colors play a big part in my photography. A touch of red, yellow, or blue can make anything pop and help you stand out from the background. Adding a pair of red or yellow shoes, or a bright blue shirt or tie will transform your outfits.

Be sure to have outfits that you can easily change in-and-out of at a nearby restroom, or possibly your car!

Avoid baggy button down shirts and be sure to bring a comfortable pair of shoes to change in and out of because we’ll probably do a bit of walking. Also, try to avoid any clothing that may show visible straps, tags, or semi-transparent clothing that could reveal undergarments.

During the session, plan on only carrying the bare minimum. If you can, leave purses, bags, cellphones, etc in your car, or I can carry them for you.

THIS IS YOUR SESSION

This guide was written to give a few tips to help plan for your session, but it’s in no way a rule book. It’s just a few pointers to help give you in the right direction to make sure you’re ready for the camera. When it gets right down to it, this is your session. Make it personal, make it about you…  and remember, above all else, have fun with it!