Category Archives: Engagement
I’m so happy these two are joining my 2015 wedding lineup!
They are awesome to work with and oh-so adorable! For change of location we decided to go to the groom-to-be’s family farm and I’m so glad we did. I even learned that that’s where they got engaged!
I can’t wait for your wedding Jenna & Matt! See you next year!
This session was jam-packed full of newness for me.
Firstly, I had never met Andrea and Chris before. And they weren’t one of my typical wedding couples; ready for their engagement photos. They had been to together for 3 years and Andrea thought it would be nice to surprise Chris with a photo session; they had never had their photos done professionally before. Secondly, I had never shot in Uptown Waterloo before, making it my first photography outing and forcing to me “fly by the seat of my pants” (which I kind of like 😉 ).
Fresh faces, fresh locations. But the one thing I ALWAYS try to express is the CONNECTION and did they ever do that wonderfully.
Andrea and Chris were SO easy to work with and I think it shows in the photos. Their happiness and comfort and affection shine through every photo. There is an ease to these photos like they were letting me see into their relationship, if only for an hour. The truth is, the location, lighting, outfits, etc. didn’t matter in this session because they let themselves and their relationship show through it all.
It was a pleasure photographing this lovely couple and I hope I will get to do it again in the future. And who knows? Maybe next time they will be one of my wedding couples…
I’m SO excited to share this engagement session because it happens to be two people who are very special to me: my brother-in-law and his fiancé! We had so much fun together the day of the session, the light was lovely and thanks to a lifetime of history (okay, half a lifetime) there were no awkward moments or miscommunications. This is completely and genuinely THEM. I can’t wait for the big day Kourt & Jer- love you guys! A special thanks to Old Goat Books http://www.oldgoatbooks.com/Welcome_to_Old_Goat_Books.html for letting us photograph in there!
It’s been a long time coming but spring seems to have finally made it’s way here and I couldn’t be more excited to be able to shoot in the gorgeous weather. Here’s a preview from an Easter weekend shoot I did of 3 very awesome people. I am looking forward to the wedding this summer! More to come on these lovely people!
Unfortunately, my job revolves around the weather more than I would like (stay tuned about my new INDOOR studio- can’t wait). A lot of time and effort goes into planning and preparing for a session but one thing we can’t control is the weather. Sometimes Mother Nature just doesn’t want to cooperate and there are really only two things we can do: reschedule or brave the storm. K & M decided to take a chance and go ahead with the session and I’m glad they did. As we were shooting K told me she was okay with the rain because no one else was going to have photos like them. Needless to say, these are the people I enjoy working with- the ones who show up rain or shine 😉
K & M I’m looking forward to your big day and hopefully we have a lot more shine than rain!
I’ll tell you what I love about engagement sessions- the excitement(!)- for both myself and the clients. During the session, we talk about the upcoming wedding; the planning, the details, the guest list (lol) and you can always tell that they are brimming with excitement for the big day. And so am I! I’m looking forward to (quietly) being in the middle of the action and catching all of those details that they have worked so hard on.
An engagement session serves several purposes but here are a few that I think are most important:
1. It ‘primes’ the couple for the wedding day. It’s no secret that most people do not like having their picture taken (I know I don’t). Having a session before the wedding allows the couple to develop expectations about what their wedding day will be like and to see that it’s really not so bad.
2. It allows them to see me in action. It’s one thing to meet a couple in a coffee shop, it’s another to have me shooting, directing and getting personal with them. This goes back to number 1 but more than that, they get to learn what it’s like to work with ME. It creates a foundation for the couple and I to work from.
3. It allows me to get to know them. This is a BIG one. I do a lot of groundwork before a wedding- from creating Pinterest boards to getting the couple to fill out a survey asking them to list which photos they want, special instructions, etc. The greatest indicator of success for me is how well I know the couple. I have shot weddings before where I haven’t even met the couple in person before I was shooting some of the most important photos of their lives. Don’t get me wrong, everything turned out well but I was missing a big piece of the puzzle by not knowing who they are. By shooting an engagement session first, I am able to tell, for example, if the groom is really uncomfortable and I’m going to have to be cracking jokes to loosen him up. Or if the bride is self-conscious and I will have to show her some shots on my camera where she looks awesome so she can relax. I cannot emphasize enough how important these things are, especially because my style is very personal.
4. Photos! I love seeing your engagement photos used for guest books, up on boards and on your invitations/programs. It’s so nice to have photos to look back on from that time before you were married. Some engagements last several years and it’s nice to remember that special time when you are enjoying the engagement period.
When I restructured my pricing a while back, I changed all of my wedding packages to include an engagement session for all of the reasons listed above and more. They are so important and as I mentioned before, the EXCITEMENT creates such a good energy in these sessions. Below are pictures of V & K and they are a perfect example of what an awesome engagement session looks like- relaxed and real and happy! Add a great location and some really cool icicles and I was pretty much in heaven. If you are in need of a wedding photographer and feel I may be a good fit for you, please contact me; I would love to meet you!