I met Rosalie and Troy at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach on a warm winter evening for a picnic engagement shoot. They brought their adorable pup and a couple beers for after the shoot…my kind of couple! The two are getting married in August! Film shots were taken with a Contax645, Fuji400H, RPL.
It’s always fun to catch up with old friends and shoot a little film on the beach! Mika and Kesh were gracious enough to sport some fashions for me on this overcast (yet, still hot) afternoon in Miami. Posh sunglasses, crystal blue waters, and a striped cabana give these photos the Miami-flair I was after! I can’t wait to go back! Film photos captured on a Contax645, Fuji400h, Richard Photo Lab.
Heather and Robert’s wedding was quite the glamorous city experience in sunny San Diego. The bride wore a DIY wedding gown masterpiece (!!!), the bridesmaids were dressed in rose gold Badgley Mischka glitz gowns, and the flowers were out-of-this-world beautiful! The reception was draped in vintage decor, gold-dipped feathers, cascading flowers, and feminine touches. Overall, this was my kind of sparkly wedding! The couple had a one-of-a-kind cake designed by well-known cake artist Stevi Auble of Hey There Cupcake, and oodles and oodles of other sweet treats. This was definitely a wedding to remember!
Coordinator: Jennifer Getto
Florist: Simply Glamorous Floral, http://www.simplyglamorousfloral.com
Wedding Dress: DIY! Mermaid silhouette by Wtoo, with added plunging neckline, plunging back, and designer lace
Bridesmaid Dresses: Badgley Mischka rose gold gowns
Cake Artistry: Stevi Auble of Hey There Cupcake, http://www.heythere-cupcake.com
Hair: Kira Pinski, www.kirapinski.com
Makeup: Elizabeth Root, www.elizabethroot.com
Ceremony: Naval Base Point Loma
Reception: Admiral Kidd Club, San Diego
Favors: Homemade French macrons
Why have an engagement session?
(1) to meet your photographer in person (if you have not already); (2) to experience their shooting and directing style; (3) to learn some posing tips and tricks; and (4) to see how your trial hair and makeup look in pictures!
What to expect:
An engagement session lasts about an hour and a half and overlaps with “golden hour” which occurs just before sunset (you must take the season into consideration). If the sunset it at 7:30PM, we will meet at 5:45PM to chat and get warm-up photos. I will photograph your first outfit until about 6:30PM, your engagement ring while you change into your next outfit, and then your second outfit until sunset. I photograph most engagement sessions on weekday evenings, since weekends are reserved for weddings and family time.
I recommend bringing two outfits for each of you: one formal and one semi-formal or casual (see my Pinterest board HERE for inspiration). Simple and elegant will be the most timeless! Bold color pops (ex. bright shoes, gold necklace, green bow tie, etc.) and certain large patterns will photograph well, but tiny print or shirts with words will be distracting and should be avoided. When choosing outfits, I recommend laying your outfits side by side to see how well they complement each other (you might want to avoid wearing the same color or attempting to match).
*Ladies: If you are wearing a dress, tank top, or short sleeve shirt, consider a strapless bra. Also, you may want to treat yourself to a manicure; a bold colored polish or simple pale pink will photograph well.
*Gentlemen: Your outfit is just as important as that of your bride-to-be, so you may not want to wear a t-shirt and jeans if she is wearing a formal dress and high heels. Adding a belt, emptying your pockets, or ironing your shirt can make a huge difference.
Again, it is best to keep jewelry simple and timeless. A statement necklace or earrings can add interest to your portraits, but make sure not to overdo it.
Trial Hair and Makeup
I recommend scheduling your wedding hair and makeup trial on the day of our engagement session. You will be able to see how your hair and makeup photograph and will be able to make changes, if necessary.
The best location will be one that we can use to tell some sort of story; one that has meaning to the both of you. Do you love sailing together? Camping? Biking? Reading? Going to the beach? Movies? Hanging at home? Eating doughnuts? These are great photo opportunities that can make your engagement session fun and personal. The more creative the idea and less crowded the location, the better! If you can’t think of anything, that’s okay–I always have some ideas up my sleeve!
If time allows, I will take a few styled photos of your engagement ring, so I recommend you have your ring cleaned before our session.
*It is normal to be nervous! I always start each session with a series of warmup photos, so there is no need to worry. We will get a series of candid and posed photos, and I will prompt you as much as necessary. My goal is to make you feel comfortable so your laughs, smiles, and kisses look natural and fun. By the end of the session, I can guarantee you will feel much more at ease in front of my lens.
*Please be on time! If we start 15 minutes late, it will throw off our schedule and make us rush to catch good light. As soon as the sun is down, our session is over. Since you are all dressed up, it might be the perfect time for a romantic dinner!
The first time I laid eyes on that acrylic swivel chair, I KNEW we were meant to be soul mates! I know it sounds ridiculous, but I was inspired by that chair alone! It gave me a vision of a simple, modern, and elegant black and white office, complete with a gallery wall of some of my black and white work, a rain drop chandelier, and DIY spray-painted details. I can’t believe it is FINALLY done…and it turned out better than I could have imagined! It is true to my style and my photography brand, so I am very proud of this space! I just LOVE walking past it every morning and I especially LOVE sitting in my acrylic swivel chair (it’s more comfortable than it looks, ha)! I hope you LOVE my office and are inspired by it too! Enjoy the tour!
DETAILS: Desk (Office Depot), Acrylic swivel chair (LumiSouce), Acrylic guest chairs (LumiSource), Black and white pillows (Amazon), Side Tables (Garden Ridge, spray painted glossy black), Chandelier (Zulily), Curtains (Bed Bath and Beyond), Mirror (Garage sale, spray painted glossy black), Vase (Target, spray painted glossy black), Whiteboard (Target, border spray painted glossy black), Black and white clock (Target), White shag carpet (Target), Frames (Michaels), Mounted prints (BRI), “Blogging Day” mug (Click and Blossom), MacBook Pro, Wacom Tablet Pro