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ENGAGEMENT SESSION FAQ

COUPLES SESSION FAQ

 

Engagement and couples sessions are my absolute favorites to shoot. Whereas wedding days tend to be hectic (and fun), during a couples session we can take our time and really focus on the connection between you and your fiancé. Here are some pretty common questions I get about the sessions:

WE’RE SUPER AWKWARD IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA… WILL OUR PICTURES SUCK?!

This is the number one thing I hear from my clients! Nerves are SO normal, especially if you haven’t had professional photos taken before. It can feel overwhelming to suddenly have the spotlight turned on you, even if you’ve got your person by your side. But it’s MY job to put you at ease in front of the camera - and you’re in good hands! I give a lot of direction and rely on prompts that encourage interaction, so you’ll never feel like a deer in the headlights (I also crack plenty of dumb dad jokes. Get excited…). My goal is to help you turn away from the nerves and towards each other.

It’s also helpful to think of our time together as a collaboration among the three of us. We’re all working towards the same goal: beautiful pictures that honor your connection. The absolute worst thing that could happen is that we try a shot and it doesn’t work well - and who cares if that happens?! We’ll just move on to the next pose! It’s a very low-risk process, and the more you can relax and trust my process, the more fun you’ll have.

WHAT DO WE WEAR?

This is the second most-asked question! I strongly recommend that you bring more than one outfit - things can start to feel stale after an hour and a half in the same clothes. Most people bring two - three outfits along. You can use this change of clothes to showcase a variety of formality (for example, one very dressy outfit and one very casual).

Wear clothes that make you feel confident and represent your personality! Don’t choose outfits that you have to adjust or tug at constantly; you don’t want what you’re wearing to distract you from being in the moment. As far as colors and patterns go, think about what our backdrop will be and choose colors that will work together well. Crazy patterns or neon colors tend to clash with nature; neutrals and rich tones tend to help you pop. Also think about clothing that will help show movement in photos - a flowy dress, for example.

WHAT IF MY PARTNER IS DRAGGING THEIR FEET ABOUT HAVING PHOTOS TAKEN?

A common dynamic that I encounter is that one partner is very excited about having photos, while the other can be more resistant, maybe even rolling their eyes at the photo-taking process. I’m used to working with all types of personalities and am great at helping the two of you connect in front of the camera, even if one partner has reservations. But it might be worth having a conversation with your partner before the time of our session. Express how important these photos are to you and how our session is a way for you two to connect, spend time together, and celebrate your relationship. A good partner wants to make you happy and can endure a finite time of “suffering” for that happiness! Plus, I promise it will be more fun than they think.

WHAT IF IT RAINS?

Weather is the bane of my existence. If we’re shooting outdoors, it’s just a fact that we’re at the mercy of mother nature. The good news is that I can make a drizzly day work. Rain can enhance the mood and richness of your photo experience, and I have a supply of clear umbrellas that work to keep you dry AND as cute props.

If it’s absolutely pouring, thundering, lightning, or the weather is inclement in a way that might be dangerous, then we have two options. One: we can search for a last minute indoor option, such as in your home or at The Hive (depending on availability). Two: we can simply reschedule for another time - this can be frustrating, but it happens.

 
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