Within minutes of our arriving at Ashley and Aaron’s engagement session on Honeymoon Island, the sky turned black. We had only a handful of photos at that point, and when it started pouring, we decided to wait it out in our cars, and to try again if it stopped. Needless to say, we went through this drill about two or three times, but the resulting sunset was phenomenal and worth that wait. Congrats to Ashley and Aaron, you guys did great! Looking forward to the wedding day!
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Here are just a few sneak peeks from the M family’s photo session last weekend. The two little ones are just adorable, though with parents as gorgeous as this, how could they not be?!
Vanessa and Bassam had an intimate ceremony and reception at The Grand Plaza on St. Pete Beach. Every last detail was planned to perfection, and the day was flawless. Personal details included a butterfly release following the ceremony, the bride surprising her new hubby by changing into a gorgeous orange dress and traditional Indian jewelry, and photos with the bride’s Father’s antique Mercedes. Such a fun day!
Venue: Grand Plaza Hotel
Hair and Makeup: The Michele Renee Hair and Makeup Artist Group
Gown: Unique Bridal & Boutique
Flowers: Bloomsters Floral
Officiant: A Wedding Dream in Paradise
DJ: Jeff Staples Group
Video: Steven Kyle Pro
Cake: Di’s Delights
View more photos of Vanessa and Bassam’s wedding by clicking here to visit their Facebook album.
Recently I’ve been asked a lot of questions about engagement sessions, so I thought I’d take a second to discuss them, why they’re beneficial, and how you can best prepare for one. First I’ll start off by posting an image from this weekend’s engagement session. I just love how comfortable they are with each other and in front of the camera!
Engagement sessions are important for many reasons. They allow you to get to know your photographer, and vice versa, but they also give you and your fiancé’ an opportunity to “warm up” to the camera. Consider your engagement session as a practice for your wedding day! Additionally, this session commemorates a very important time in your lives. There’s a good chance that this may be the only time (other than your wedding) that you and your partner have professional photos taken (at least for a long time), so make it the best session you can!
There are tons of fun products that can result from your engagement session. In addition to having traditional prints to share with family or friends, and digital images (think Facebook, etc.), you can also get coffee table books, signature mattes, and signature guest albums… a great way to showcase your images while also preserving the loving messages from all of your wedding guests. Many couples choose to incorporate their engagement photos into save-the-date cards, and still others choose to display the photos as a slideshow at their bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, and/or wedding reception.
So, without further ado, here are some tips on how to make the most of your session. Enjoy!
Top Ten Tips for a Killer Engagement Session:
1. Location, location, location! Choose a session location that’s meaningful to you and your fiance’. Do you enjoy camping and hiking? Consider a park or nature area. Are you city-goers? Urban sessions are a great way to incorporate your personalities. Is the beach your favorite hangout? Sunset beach portraits are always gorgeous. Did you go to college together? Why not have the session at your alma mater. Think about what’s important to you as a couple; incorporate that into your session.
2. Grooming – You’ll be photographed from head to toe during this session, so neglect nothing! Take special care to do any primping that makes you feel good about yourself. Schedule haircuts, color retouches, any waxing (eyebrows, etc.), and manicures / pedicures in advance, so you’re not stressing at the last minute. Or, consider having your hair and makeup done by a professional… you’ll feel confident and beautiful, and this will show in the photos.
3. Wardrobe – Be yourselves! If you consider yourself a casual couple, choose outfits that demonstrate that. If you dress up frequently, incorporate dressy outfits into your session. You want to be the best dressed YOU during your session. When choosing your wardrobe, your outfits don’t have to match each other. Instead, consider your outfits to be one large ensemble… the colors and level of dress should complement each other. Its also very important to make sure your clothing is clean and wrinkle-free. One small wrinkle can ruin an otherwise fabulous photo.
4. Undergarments – Yes, this topic receives its own bullet point! Its important that you wear the correct undergarments for your outfits. You don’t want to realize after the fact that you could see your bra (or whatever!) in every photo. Try the undergarments on with your outfit beforehand to ensure that the colors don’t show through, no straps or lines are showing, etc.
5. Variety – Bring several outfits with you. A few wardrobe changes will allow for variety in your photos, and a different outfit can often give a photograph a whole different “feel”.
6. Make it a date! Treat your engagement session as a date. It’s a fun, romantic time for you and your fiance’. Plan a nice dinner afterwards so you have something to look forward to. And don’t bring onlookers… it will make it harder for you to be relaxed and intimate in front of the camera if your friends or family are watching.
7. Leave your cell phones, bags, jackets, etc. in the car. You’ll most likely be walking around to several different locations, and stopping a lot along the way. You don’t want to have to worry about personal belongings while you’re posing for photos. You also don’t want anything bulky (keys, cell phones, etc.) in your pockets. You can always ask your photographer to carry your keys… we won’t mind!
8. Be adventurous! A session often includes lying on the ground, or climbing on benches, walkways, stairs, trees, etc. Don’t be afraid to get dirty – if you’re tense, it will show. Instead just relax and go with it!
9. Don’t stress! Prepare your outfits in advance, and confirm all of your appointments (hair, makeup, etc.) so you’re not stressing at the last minute. If you’re frazzled when you arrive for your session, you’ll have a harder time relaxing in front of the camera.
10. Finally, have fun! This session is meant to commemorate an important time in your lives as a couple. Make it fun, and make it YOU.