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Engagement Prep 

It’s always a little intimidating to have your picture taken .... even if it’s just a photo on an iphone that is taken by a friend, we still want to look nice, make sure nothing is in our teeth and that our hair is behaving!  I realize that preparing for your engagement session can be a little overwhelming.  Here are some tips for outfits and accessories that will make the e-shoot preparation a little more managable! 



Dec-Mar 3-5pm

During December through Mid-March you can plan on your engagement session taking place around 3-5pm.  However, the time changes in Mid-March and so that will make the start time one hour later.  


April-May - Varies

The sunset time drastically changes throughout the course of these two months and so our shooting times change as well. You can plan on approximately 5:30-7:30 in April and 6:00-8:00 in May.


Don’t try to MATCH...try to pick outfits and accessories that coordinate instead.  If everyone wore the same exact color at their e-shoot, how boring would those images be?  

-  Don’t be afraid to be BOLD!  Accessorize and make your outfits your own! Scarves, bold necklaces and fun shoes are always welcomed!

-  MOST PATTERNS are actually ok.... however, graphics are not favorable for portraits.  If you’re wearing a pattern, make sure it’s not overwhelming and distracting.

-  Be sure to check out my Pinterest boards for more outfit inspiration if you’re having trouble!

-  Empty your pockets! Literally.  You don’t want to have key chains or phones showing through your pockets. (This is for the guys especially!)


June-Aug 6:30-830pm

Summer engagements, just like all engagements, take place two hours before sunset.  This will hopefully mean that the shoot will be during the cooler part of the day.


Sep-Nov - Varies

The sunset time changes drastically during these three months. In Sep, you can plan on 5:30-7:30 until the third week and then you can plan on 5:00-7:00 until Mid- Oct.  After the first week of Nov, 3:00-5:00pm.



Most often, couples like to have one casual, everyday outfit and then one outfit that is dressier!  This will give your shoot two totally different “looks”.  I recommend beginning with the dressy outfit first!

-  Make sure you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing. And ladies, if the top is super low cut, that will limit the amount of angles I can shoot from. 

-  BE ON TIME!  The sun is only out for so long ! The later you arrive, the less time we have to shoot! And nobody wants that!

-  Clean the ring! I love to shoot a few rings shots while you change outfits!  The cleanerthe better!

-  Relax! You don’t have to be a pro at this! I’m going to help you along the way and it’s going to be a blast! Enjoy this time together and make a date out of it! Plan dinner afterwards and celebrate!! 


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