THANK YOU FOR BOOKING!
I am so excited to shoot your engagement session! I know I am saying this to everyone who visits this page because I really feel that way about every one of my clients. I love storytelling. And the wedding day is just a small piece of your story. When you two are just being silly with each other and just taking a moment to forget about the world to spend some genuinely quality time together, this is your story. Plus, I want to deliver you the best images! So that is why I created this style guide because what I see through the camera is only part of it. The rest is about relationships: you and your finance but also you two and me and what we can accomplish when we are all on the same page.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Getting your photo taken is awkward. Maybe I shouldn't have opened with that, but it is! Even if it's your job to be in front of the camera, the first few moments can be uncomfortable. I do everything in my power to get you through that weird feeling as fast as humanly possible! Sometimes it's jokes (bad jokes), sometimes I just start directing and shooting but most times it's simply having a conversation and reassuring you how fabulous and cute you two are together.
Once we break through the initial wall, I like to give simple directions and posing idea to get you into a photogenic scene. I will walk around, talk to get, get you to interact, ask questions and ask you to kiss... a lot! If something doesn't feel right, I can usually tell before you do and I will change it up. If you are uncomfortable or don't like a certain pose idea we won't do it. I am very accommodating and ultimately what you to have a fantastic experience and tell all your friends.
CHOOSING A LOCATION
Choosing a location can be easy (especially if I already chose one for you! In that case, you can skip to the next section.) Even though I think it's easy, I find that many couples have trouble with this, either trying to think of one awesome spot or having way too many ideas.
My first pitch would be a location that has special meaning to you as a couple. Where was your first date? Where did you get engaged? Where did you first meet? These locations will bring you back emotionally to those moments you shared together. It doesn't matter if it's a dive bar or a sweeping vista, the key piece of the photo will be you two so your connection is what is most important to me. This is why I always suggest these options first.
But if that doesn't appeal to you, I have a catalog of amazing spots throughout New England, and particularly in New Hampshire. Everything from amazing mountain views to rocky ocean shores to waterfalls to quiet parks, I am more than happy to find you a spot that inspires. I also love city streets, there are always unique architectural elements to use that add interest to photos.
STYLE GUIDE & WARDROBE
Below I have outlined a few general tips for picking a great wardrobe and style for your engagement session. Remember, these are just tips! I am all for breaking the rules when it makes sense! Also, you may choose up to four different looks during your session so feel free to mix it up.
1) COLOR COORDINATE BUT DON'T COPYIdentical matching styles are rarely fashionable or flattering, and there’s no reason your other half has to wear the same thing you wear. One way to keep you both looking unified is through coordinating colors. Pick two to three colors that are flattering for you both, and work those colors into each outfit in varying degrees. My favorite place to create color combos is using this free app: https://coolors.co/app
2) TURN UP THE TEXTUREAdd interest, personality, and elevate to your photos with texture. Whether it’s a nubby sweater, a tweedy scarf or a fur vest, varying textures adds dimension and visual interest. Use texture in unexpected ways: A tulle skirt, a gleaming metallic shoe, or a denim jacket paired with a lace top or dress will add an element of surprise to the images. Mix patterns to create texture: The most foolproof way to do this is to contrast pattern size (i.e., a small pattern with an oversized one) while keeping the colors similar. If you choose to work with a stripe or a plaid, it’s most effective when used in small doses. Avoid both wavy designs and really tiny prints. Add texture through color: Pile on the rich jewel-tones for a glamorous look, working these colors in small ways into both of your looks. Or use varying shades of a particular hue to create a soft but interesting color palette.
3) SHOW OFF YOUR SHOESPlan to don your best footwear for the session, be it sneakers or oxfords, please make sure they are clean. Or, ditch them all together in favor of bare feet! Statement shoes: Every woman knows that shoes complete an outfit, and this is the time to pick a really fabulous, wildly impractical pair that will elevate the whole look. Clean & pretty feet: If you decide to go shoeless, make sure feet are well-groomed, and stay away from anklets or toe rings. Polish is nice but not necessary if you prefer a more casual look. Heels help: Heels are always a flattering pick for women by enhancing posture, creating a longer line, and generally making a more flattering silhouette than a flat shoe.
4) FLATTER YOUR FIGUREIf a woman carries much of her shape in her hips: a beautiful short statement necklace, a gorgeous collar, or a top with interesting details at the shoulder will draw the eye upward. A-line skirts, empire waist dresses (fitted just below the bust), horizontal necklines and straight-leg pants are all flattering silhouettes for this body type. Keep pockets and other details around the hips minimal.
If her body is an hourglass (meaning the hips and shoulders are about the same) and the waist is defined: she will be more flattered by vertical lines, such as a v-neckline or a long necklace. Fluid lines, wrap dresses, belting at the natural waist, and boot-cut pants.
If her shoulders and hips are proportional but the waist is not defined: the illusion of a waistline can be created by adding interest at the hips and the shoulders with epaulets, collars, embellishments or color. Ruching at the waist helps to further define the waistline. The best pants for this type are a graduated flare.
All body types look gorgeous in wrap tops, A-line skirts, and jackets cinched at the waist.
5) AIM FOR CLASSIC STYLE BUT CURRENTAvoid dateable trends and stick to classic shapes like sheaths, straight-leg pants, and button-front shirts. Keep in mind that timeless doesn’t need to be dreary. If your style tends to be trendy, classic shapes can make the color or pattern of the season more palatable in years to come. You can pull timeless pieces from their existing wardrobe and update them with current accessories. Details such as color and texture are additional ways to make these items your own.
6) BASIC GROOMING FOR THE GUYSSome men are reluctant to switch up their style for photos, so it’s important to make sure that he feels like himself no matter what he’s wearing. That said, the details for him matter as much as they do for the woman. Spruce up any facial hair or stubble and think about getting his hair trimmed by a barber a few days before. His shirt and pants should be clean and well-pressed — no dingy whites. Shoes should be dirtless and shined. Socks should match the pants, not the shoes (except if you are wearing jeans, white socks are fine.) If he’s game, add interest with details like a cool knit cap, a great watch or a scarf as long as these items don’t make him unrecognizable.
7) ACCESSORIZE ARTFULLYIt’s trendy today to pile on a statement necklace, armfuls of bangles and multiple layered colors, but ten years from now, these details will date your photo. Instead, pick a couple of gorgeous accessory pieces you love and limit it to that. For everyone in the photo, one or two carefully selected embellishments make a stronger impact. A statement accessory is called that for a reason. One is best, and two is pushing it. The eye needs the statement pieces to add interest, but it also needs a place to rest. Remember, your engagement ring is a statement piece and we do not want to overshadow that!
8) TAKE ADVANTAGE OF MULTIPLE LOOKSHere are a few of my favorite ideas:
• White t-shirts or coordinating flannel and jeans• Him in a colorful suit and her in a cocktail dress with statement heels• Him in khakis with a linen button up and her in a white lace sundress.• Totally glam! Him in a formal suit and her in a floor-length, flowy gown.
More great ideas here: 18 Outfit Ideas For An Engagement Session You Will Actually Love
Convinced that you have nothing in your closet? Download my Wardrobe Shopping Guide here.
HAIR & MAKEUP PREPArrive well rested, hydrated and with clean, moisturized skin. Wash your hair the night before to ensure it is fully dry for the stylist.
MALE GROOMINGClean up any facial hair, stubble and your neckline. Think about visiting a barber a few days before the photo session to get cleaned up properly if you are not comfortable doing it yourself. Moisturize your skin, get plenty of sleep the night before and stay hydrated. The morning of your photo session, style your hair however you would for a romantic night out with your finance.
AFTER THE SESSION
Plan a night out after your session because you both will be feeling and looking amazing!
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