Engagement Session Information, Details & TIPS
Having an engagement session prior to the wedding is as much for our clients as it is for us. We pride ourselves on the relationships we form with our couples and an engagement session is the perfect ice-breaker for the four of us. Our couples have the chance to get comfortable in front of our cameras and to learn our (crazy) cues. We also spend time talking and getting to know each other in a casual, relaxed setting. By the wedding day, we are not two strangers showing up with our cameras. Our couples already know our cues and shooting antics. This expedites the photography process during the wedding, making things run smoother. Engagement session photos can also be used for Save-The-Dates, guest books, and wedding decor!
1-1.5 hours on-location: $1000
Includes high-res edited digitals for download in an online gallery and custom wooden USB
Perfect for elopements, vowel renewals, post-wedding bridal portraits, or engagement sessions purchased without wedding coverage
(When purchased with wedding day coverage, engagement sessions are 50% off. If you later book wedding coverage, credit will be given towards your account.)
when to book and availability
As soon as you are ready fill out the questionnaire (have an idea of the season/time of year you'd like to go for, along with a look/ location idea), we can begin scheduling and planning your session! It's definitely good to get your date on the books as sooner rather than later. I recommend booking at least two months in advance!
If you would like to use photos for your save the dates, try to book a session for a date at least 3-4 months prior to the date you'd like to send out the cards. This will give you plenty of time to allot of editing, retouching, choosing your favorites, designing your cards, and just in case there are weather issues.
choosing a location
-Consider the type of look and feel that you two want to go for in your engagement session photos! Look around on Pinterest or my blog and find some "inspo" photos that have a feel for the look you want to go for. It may be the beach, or something woodsy, or something floral, or even urban! Once you have an idea for the direction of the look you want to go for, it's a lot easier for us to choose an exact location!
-When choosing an exact location, consider a spot that has some variety. For example, with the beach locations that I choose, I choose a specific one that has a great little mini field, dunes, greenery, all near the beach. That way we can switch it up without going too far and get multiple looks!
-You also might want to consider your venue, style of the wedding, and time of year that your wedding is. You might want to hang your engagement session photos on the wall next to or near your wedding day photos and style-wise they will go well together since the same photographer is shooting them, but you might want to have something completely contrasted, or something that goes with your theme!
Recommended Locations & Suggestions:
-Ocean City Beaches in the Gardens (check out the blog for some posts!)
-Longwood Gardens - a mix of garden look and trees (good rain plan too)
-Terrain (They charge about $150 and need a reservation for us to shoot)
-Penn Treaty Park in Philadelphia (beautiful park, view of the Ben Franklin, some beautifully blue water shots, and a rustic field nearby.) [see a recent shoot at this location here!]
*Don’t hesitate to check out photo shoot locations beforehand. If you have a cool idea, let me know! I encourage you to find a spot that reflects your love and a place you’ll both feel comfortable.
styling your engagement session
Hair and Makeup: Some girls will have their practice run regarding hair and makeup for the engagement shoot. This helps them feel a little more ‘done-up’ for the shoot and boosts their confidence. A little extra make-up than usual helps the camera really bring out your features, and this is a great time to make use of your trial run! If you’d like recommendations, I’d be happy to pass a few a long who’ll take amazing care of you.
Clothing: Be you! Also, feel free to bring a second outfit! I recommend one casual, one more formal. Definitely coordinate your outfits with your fiancé with complimentary colors, but don’t feel like you have to match! Don’t be afraid to where pops of color or patterns. I’m happy to help if you have ideas you’d like to run by or need suggestions. (Bright colors like red look great in the winter, along with accessories like scarfs and hats!) If you need some more outfit inspo, check out my Pinterest board.
Props: It’s always fun to bring along props!. Feel free to bring things along that really reflect your personalities. For instance, I’ve had a couple bring along a soccer ball because they met on the field. Another couple bought cotton candy and had fun eating it together. Maybe a special blanket to cuddle up with, or even your dog! The list is endless! More suggestions: Bikes, polaroid camera, a favorite journal, magazines you like reading. Anything! :) Don’t hesitate to bring anything that truly reflects you individually or as a couple.
*Empty your pockets (boys) of all keys, wallets, cell-phones before the shoot! Leave it in the car!! We don’t want weird bulges!!
*Clean your ring! I will take some time to do a few ring shots while you are changing your outfit :-)
*Please be on time! I’m a natural-light photographer, so the sun dictates how long I can photograph you. Please make proper considerations for traffic, hair delays, and fashion emergencies! I usually plan for about an hour coverage… This is usually plenty to get everything we need!
*Be sure to check out the website for engagement sessions before the shoot. I’ve also discovered that when the prospective groom views some photos in advance, it can help him feel more comfortable in front of the camera.
Weather Policy | Engagement Sessions
In the event of adverse weather conditions:
-If the client has been contacted and advised to reschedule due to the photographer’s concerns about weather, and the client still proceeds with the session and it rains, limiting the time and or photos that were able to be taken, the client will be charged for an additional session at the photographer’s hourly rate to reschedule or shoot additional photos. Due to photography equipment, it is up to the photographer’s discretion if bad weather persists to cancel the session, during the session.
-If the client has been contacted and advised to reschedule due to the photographer’s concerns about weather, and the client decides to go ahead and reschedule, the client will not be charged to do so. The client will then be put on first alert for their engagement session and able to have their session even on non-session days.
Engagement/Portrait Session Policy:
-Props: The client is responsible for bringing any props that they would like in their photos. In the event that the client has forgotten a prop for the session and wants photos with that prop, the client will be charged for an additional session at the photographer’s hourly rate to reschedule or shoot additional photos.
-Appearance: In the event that the client would like additional photos due to appearance out of the photographer’s control (hair, makeup, etc.) in the previous session, the client will be charged for an additional session at the photographer’s hourly rate to reschedule or shoot additional photos.
-Locations: If you have more than one location for your engagement session, the travel time going from destination 1 to destination 2 and so forth does count towards the total amount of the session time.
-Location Access and Fees: If the client wants to do a session at a location that charges for access, the client will be responsible to cover fees associated with shooting there, and all parking fees. They are also responsible for organizing the access and any permits related to doing so.
-Outfits: Although there are no additional fees for additional outfits, the amount of time it takes to change into those outfits does count towards the total amount of the session time.
-Tardiness: In the event that the client is late to the appointment set, the client’s session will still be for the same scheduled ending time.
-Engagement sessions will be sessions geared towards the couple. Individual headshots, portraits of pets, houses, landscapes and all other shots are not included.