Engagement Sessions

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What is an engagement session

An engagement session is simply a portrait session of you and your future spouse. Some people use the photos for Save the Dates or their wedding website. Most importantly, I recommend an engagement session because it’s a great time to get comfortable in front of the camera with me. You can showcase your personalities in a more casual setting, while creating beautiful memories leading up to your wedding. 

How does an engagement session work


Almost all of my couples tell me they are THE most awkward couple in front of the camera. Don’t sweat it, I’m here to help. We will choose a time and location for your shoot, and that will be the most difficult part. We will hang out for about an hour at the chosen location and the shoot will naturally unfold. I will pose you, but I will never have you do anything disingenuous. I like to photograph couples as they naturally interact and will offer guidance along the way.  

What should we wear


My favorite advise is to come dressed as the best version of yourself. If you and your future spouse are causal relaxed people, then stay true to yourself. Whatever you choose to wear, pick something that is representative of who you are. With that said, it does help to coordinate your outfits with one another. Select clothes that are in the same color family or that compliment one another. You will also want to make sure you are dressed in the same scale; if one person is wearing jeans, it would look strange to have the other person in an evening gown. It also helps to stay away from large logos and patterns as they will distract in the photos.

How do we pick a location for our session


It’s easy to overthink the location for your engagement session. You’re in the beginning stages of planning your wedding and most things are foreign and overwhelming. I suggest choosing a location that is meaningful or important to you as a couple. Regardless of where we shoot, you and your love for one another will be the focal point of your photos. If you’re unsure or can’t decide on a spot, I’m always happy to offer some suggestions.

What time works best


When it comes to planning a photoshoot, it’s truly all about light. In the winter and spring months when thedays are shorter, I recommend starting at 3pm. In summer and fall I suggest 5pm. 

Enjoy the experience 

Make a day of it! If possible, coincide any hair or make up trials to be done before your engagement shoot. It’s so easy to rush from one appointment to the next- instead, have a lunch date or grab a drink before your shoot to make the most of the experience.

Vanessa Weber