Other things to Know

Other things to know— Pets are welcome! It is helpful if you bring along a pet wrangler to take your pup off when she's  ready for a break. Bring along water and favorite treats as well. Your photos will be retouched for skin imperfections, so don’t worry if you have a break out. Because my focus is on you as a couple in the photos, I do not usually provide props for engagement sessions. The goal is to have beautiful, unique photos that will not become dated by trends or fads. However, feel free to let me know if you have any special signs or props you’d like to include. Please leave your purse at home or locked away securely in the car. Guys, please remove wallets or cell phones from your pockets as well as sunglasses. I’m happy to carry keys, cell phones and anything needed for touch ups for you during the session. Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or need any further info from me!

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have gorgeous scenery to spare but we never know what the weather is going to have in store! In the best case scenario, we’ll plan your engagement session for “golden hour” on a sunny or partly sunny day. The most perfect light for photography happens during the hour just before the sun goes down, and for about thirty minutes after sunset. However, a beautiful sunset isn’t always in the cards. I like to keep an eye on the forecast during the week leading up to your session and, if necessary, move our starting time 1-2 hours earlier if it looks like the day will be overcast. But don’t worry if the sun isn’t shining! Many of the images you see on these pages were created with cloudy skies. The weather and scenery in the PWN offers a variety of beautiful lighting conditions throughout the year.

Light & Weather

Let me know what kind of feel you want for your engagement photos -- wild and oudoorsy, mountains, beach, or forest, urban and modern, quaint or rustic. I've been photographing portraits in the northwest for almost ten years and I know dozens of gorgeous spots where we'll be unlikely to run into construction, seasonal events, or huge crowds. Do you have a special or sentimental place in mind? Let me know about it!

Location

Outfits— This is a unique time in your lives that we're going to commemorate for the decades to come! We're celebrating, so dress up! You can go "date night dressy" or full-on formal. I especially love the drama of a formal outfit in the wild and rugged PNW. Stick to classic colors and shapes, especially muted colors, neutrals, and pastels. Prints great if they make sense with the overall color palette of your outfits. Choose one color from a pattern to determine something the other person will wear. Lay out your proposed outfits together to see if the colors and patterns harmonize. And you’re more than welcome to send me a photo of your options if you’d like my two cents! I’ll also provide a Pinterest board with some outfit inspiration to get you started. At minimum, bring two outfit options or a jacket to put on during your session. Feel free to get creative with fancy shoes, jewelry, hats, or other accessories! I also encourage bringing a blanket to sit down on—just be sure it’s in a subtle, solid color or classic pattern like plaid. And don’t forget—footwear matters! Your photos will show your full body as well as close-ups so make sure shoes are clean and not scuffed, and pay attention to coordinating socks if they can be seen. We may also be walking and hiking off-trail during your session, so bring a comfy pair of walking shoes to slip in and out of if you’re planning to wear heels.

What to wear

A great engagement session will show the connection that brought you together in your photos. As your wedding photographer, this is a great time for us to get to know each other. You’ll get used to being in front of my camera and I’ll see the connection you have with your fiancé through the lens before your wedding day. If you’re a bit nervous about being photographed or have specific concerns, the engagement session is a good time to discuss these. From a photographic standpoint, I can also assess if you are a chronic blinker, seem nervous in certain situations, or favor a certain kind of pose, which is great for me to know before the whirlwind of your Big Day. Couples that take the time to do an engagement session have a much easier time getting into the flow of the portraits on the wedding day.

Whether you're having your engagement session in a wild and natural setting like Olympic National Park, a beloved neighborhood locale, or a bustling downtown landscape, you want your images to reflect yourselves and your personalities! Engagement sessions are one of the best investments you can make in your upcoming wedding photography. First of all, the season you’re in now is worthy of celebrating! It’s important to take little moments to focus on your connection and relationship, especially when wedding planning and the sheer business of life are a constant distraction. Being engaged is a really special time in your life since it’s the transition from casual dating to the long-term commitment of marriage. 

With a few exceptions, most people haven’t been photographed professionally many times in their lives, so this will give you the chance to practice in front of the camera and see what images and expressions result in photos of yourselves that you love. 

Engagement Session

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